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The Public Affairs Office provides statistics, biographies, photos, background information, and other resources to media representatives reporting on the mission and ministries of the Episcopal Church.

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On Thursday, February 16, Thursdays at 2 will feature Episcopal Moments with Erin Deason of Maryland.

In this Episcopal Moment video, young adult Baltimore resident Erin Deason discusses her positive experiences and welcoming from the Episcopal Church and the impact on her life.

The video is available here and is also available closed-captioned

Thursdays at 2 is a weekly preview of Episcopal Church innovative ministries. Every Thursday at 2 pm Eastern, a new video illustrating the work of congregations and individuals will be posted on the Episcopal Church's Facebook page here and YouTube Channel here

Produced by the Episcopal Church Office of Communications, previously posted videos featured on Thursdays at 2 include:

  • Episcopal Revival
  • St. Gabriel's, Leesburg VA
  • Episcopal Moment - Lindsey Ardrey
  • St. Paul & the Redeemer
  • Ecclesia Ministries Common Cathedral
  • Christ Church in Philadelphia, PA
  • YASCer in Tanzania
  • Two Tables
  • The Food Pantry at St. Gregory Nyssa in San Francisco, CA
  • @OurTable
  • Young Adult Service Corps
  • The Crossing
  • United Thank Offering at St. Paul's Senior Center
  • Amazing Grace
  • St. Thomas Choir School
  • Bridal designer Anne Barge
  • Ferguson Pilgrimage
  • Jericho Road
  • Bluestone Farms and the Community of the Holy Spirit
  • The Abundant Table
  • Church on the Square in Baltimore
  • Mobile Loaves and Fishes
  • The Slate Project

 

For more information contact Mike Collins, Episcopal Church Manager of Multimedia.

 

Episcopal Moments - Erin

On Thursday, February 16, Thursdays at 2 will feature Episcopal Moments with Erin Deason of Maryland. In this Episcopal Moment video, young adult Baltimore resident Erin Deason discusses her positive experiences and welcoming from the Episcopal...

Team Leader applications now accepted for the Nuevo Amanecer 2018 Design Team.

Nuevo Amanecer is a biennial event co-sponsored with the Episcopal Church’s Office of Latino/Hispanic Ministries and Kanuga Camp and Conference Center in partnership with the Latino Ministries Office of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

Nuevo Amanecer 2018 will be held August 27-30, 2018 at Kanuga Camp and Conference Center in Hendersonville, NC. 

“Nuevo Amanecer offers practical tools and a network of support to better equip for ministry those working, or intending to work, within the Latino/Hispanic community,” explained the Rev. Canon Anthony Guillén, Episcopal Church Missioner for Latino/Hispanic Ministries.

Team leaders will work with the Nuevo Amanecer 2018 Executive Committee, comprised of Guillén along with the two event co-coordinators, the Rev. Samuel Borbon of the Diocese of Oregon and the Rev. Dixie Roberts Junk of Kansas, along with Wendy Pineda of Texas, budget and finance administrator.

Team leaders will develop, plan, coordinate, and direct the following teams: Event Space, Interpretation/Translation, Media & Communications, Program, Registration, Transportation, and Worship. 

Application forms for team leaders are available here.

Deadline for applying is Thursday, March 9.

For more information, contact Guillén
 

Team Leader applications now accepted for the Nuevo Amanecer 2018 Design Team. Nuevo Amanecer is a biennial event co-sponsored with the Episcopal Church’s Office of Latino/Hispanic Ministries and Kanuga Camp and Conference Center in partnership...

The Episcopal Church Board for Transition Ministry has issued an invitation to the church to participate “to think out loud about how we bring ordained leaders to our churches.”

In a document located here, the Board for Transition Ministry explains its goals and objectives:

Our goal in writing this document is to invite the church to think out loud about how we bring ordained leaders to our churches. From our experience, study and prayer, we recognize these to be important issues in our time. We invite dialogue in the many and diverse ways we have available: conversations on social media, at church gatherings such as meetings of diocesan transition ministers, diocesan conventions, the House of Bishops, and other leaders in our church. We offer this not as a declaration, but as an invitation to dialogue.

These invitations to ponder about clergy transitions might seem like a very “churchy” endeavor. But we are reminded that the Church exists not for itself but for the glory of God and the transformation of the world. We are the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement that is out to change the world from the nightmare it is for so many, into the dream God has for it. God's will is to be done “on earth as it is in heaven.” We are to develop disciples that go out into the world and “turn it upside down” (Acts 17:6) - which our Presiding Bishop tells us "”is actually right side up.” The Church exists to fulfill the mandate of Matthew 25.

Among the topics explored in the document are: Aging Church; Dual Call Couples; Energy Beyond the Parish; Diversifying Our Clergy; Interim Ministries; Part-time Clergy Leadership; Full-Communion Partners; Diversity is reality; and Calling” is Not “Hiring”.

"I have used this document as a 'discussion starter' in several venues already in our diocese -with my staff, the Commission on Ministry, and Diocesan Council,” explained Bishop Douglas Fisher of Western Massachusetts. “Last week I had the opportunity to share it with Province One bishops and that led to a very fruitful discussion about the recruiting of bi-vocational priests and their formation. Transition Ministry is in transition and it is my hope that dialog about it in many different settings will lead to insight, creativity and exploration of God's imagination for developing leadership for Jesus' mission."

The Board encourages everyone to converse around these topics within parishes, dioceses, provinces, and inter-denominationally.  Direct feedback to the Board may be sent to Judy Stark, Chair, at btmboard@gmail.com.

Members of the Board for Transition Ministry and their dioceses are:

Judy Stark, Chair, Southwest Florida; Michael Spencer, Vice Chair, Eastern Michigan; the Rev. Canon Stuart Wright, Secretary, Maryland; the Rev. Paula Clark, Washington; the Rev. Canon Elizabeth Easton, Nebraska; Bishop Douglas Fisher, Western Massachusetts; Bishop Anne Hodges-Copple, North Carolina; Canon Jill Mathis, Pennsylvania; Denise Obando, California; the Rev. Canon Jim Pritchett, Western North Carolina; Bishop Allen Shin, New York; Bishop Kirk Smith, Arizona; Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Ex-Officio; President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, Ex-Officio.

For more information contact the Rev. Meghan F. Froehlich, Director, Office for Transition Ministry. 

The Episcopal Church Board for Transition Ministry has issued an invitation to the church to participate “to think out loud about how we bring ordained leaders to our churches.” In a document located here, the Board for Transition Ministry explains...
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The Episcopal Church Executive Council, at its February meeting in Linthicum Heights, MD, approved the recipients of the Constable Fund Grants, totaling $380,000 for seven projects.

The Constable Fund Grant Review Committee was chaired by the Rev. Tanya Wallace, an Executive Council member from the Diocese of Western Massachusetts.

The Constable Fund provides grants to fund mission initiatives that were not provided for within the budget of the Episcopal Church as approved by General Convention. Wallace explained, “The criteria used for the ranking, in conjunction with the expectations of the grant and its benefactor, were a clear focus on religious education, potential impact of the project, cost-effectiveness and clarity of budget, level of collaboration, and consistency with the priorities of General Convention and the Episcopal Church.”

Wallace said the Executive Council Constable Grant Review Committee received 16 applications, which carried combined requests totaling over $1.2 million.

Recipients

The following seven projects receiving 2017 Constable Grants are:

  • Building Bridges (Province VII): Support for creative multi-diocese Province VII antiracism project. $29,000.
  • Red Shirt Table (Province VI): Support for convocation on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation with Presiding Bishop's presence. $40,000.
  • Province IX Youth and Young Adult Event Leadership Development (Province IX and Episcopal Church Office of Formation): Support for project to create Spanish language Episcopal Youth Event in Province IX. $40,000.
  • Province II Forming Christians (Province II/Diocese of New Jersey): Support to create web-based interactive Christian formation videos for use in the home with families. $50,000.
  • Love God, Love Neighbor (Episcopal Migration Ministries): Support for regional educational trainings designed to empower Episcopalians to be agents of reconciliation in the world as allies, advocates, and ambassadors for their refugee neighbors. $60,000.
  • Episcopal Asset Map (Episcopal Church Office of Communications): Support to continue important work of the map through rebuilding the site, in partnership with the Episcopal Church and Episcopal Relief & Development. $60,000.
  • Our Stories Speak of God (Episcopal Church Office of Evangelism and Reconciliation): Support for collaborative churchwide project to grow faith and relationship through stories (evangelism and reconciliation). $101,000.

Named for Mary Louise Constable

The Constable Grants were named for Mary Louise Constable, who was a visionary philanthropist.  In 1935, in the midst of economic catastrophe known as the Great Depression, Constable made a monetary gift to the Episcopal Church to establish the Constable Fund.  Her desire and intent to add periodically to the fund during her lifetime was realized and culminated with a very generous final gift at the time of her death in 1951. The language of Constable’s will states that the fund exists “in perpetuity … to apply the net income for the purposes of the Society, preferably for the work in religious education not provided for within the Society’s budget.

The Episcopal Church Executive Council, at its February meeting in Linthicum Heights, MD, approved the recipients of the Constable Fund Grants, totaling $380,000 for seven projects. The Constable Fund Grant Review Committee was chaired by the Rev....
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The Episcopal Church is accepting applications for the position of Director of Human Resources, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff.

The Director of Human Resources position is based at the Episcopal Church Center in New York City and is a full-time position.

The Director of Human Resources reports to the Chief Operating Officer and will be responsible for providing organizational development strategies and direct human resources management to partner and support the mission and ministry goals of the Episcopal Church; managing every aspect of employment needs; overseeing the talent acquisition process and ensuring compliance with federal, state, and in-house regulatory requirements and procedures; and benefits administration.

Information about the position, details for applying and process overview are available here.

To apply, provide résumé and a cover letter that includes at least three professional references with contact info by email to TEC-HR@ies-consulting.org. Review of materials will begin immediately and will continue until this position is filled.

For more information, contact Dr. George Conway, President, IES Consulting, gconway@ies-consulting.org. IES Consulting has been engaged as the search firm for this position.

 

The Episcopal Church values diversity of culture and thought and seeks talented, qualified employees regardless of race, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age, gender identity and expression, or any other protected classification under Federal, State or Municipal law as well as the Canons of the Episcopal Church and resolutions of the Episcopal Church General Convention.  We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

 

The Episcopal Church is accepting applications for the position of Director of Human Resources, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff. The Director of Human Resources position is based at the Episcopal Church Center in New York City and is a...

The 2017 United Thank Offering grants for seven seminarians and four young adults were approved by Executive Council at its February meeting.

The focus of the grants is The Jesus Movement.

The United Thank Offering is a ministry to promote thankfulness and mission in the whole Church. Known worldwide as UTO, the United Thank Offering awards grants for projects that address human needs and help alleviate poverty, both domestically and internationally in the Episcopal Church.

Seminarian Grant Awards

  • A Good and Joyful Thing: Meaningful Eucharistic Liturgies for Children and Families; Berkeley Divinity School at Yale; $1,210; Emily J. Garcia, Diocese of Massachusetts
  • The Episcopal Church Resource Center on Second Life; Berkeley Divinity School at Yale; $2,500; Cheryl McFaddin, Diocese of East Carolina
  • Journey Together at the Abundant Table Farm (JT@theAT); Episcopal Divinity School; $2,500; Lisa Devine, Diocese of Los Angeles
  • Shared Struggles; Collective Liberation: A Holy Land Pilgrimage; The School of Theology at the University of the South; $1,997.97; Kevin-Antonio Smallwood, Diocese of Western Massachusetts
  • Equipping Episcopal Seminarians to Nourish Children Spiritually through Godly Play; Seminary of the Southwest; $2,400; Reagan Gonzalez, Diocese of Montana
  • Capturing the Beauty Way, Hozho; Virginia Theological Seminary; $2,500; Leon Sampson, Navajoland Area Mission
  • If You Really Knew Me: A Series of Conversations Tilted Towards Reconciliation; Virginia Theological Seminary; $2,500; Kathleen Walker, Diocese of Southeast Florida

Young Adult Grant Awards

  • Evangelism Intern to the University of Arkansas; Samantha Haycock, Diocese of Arkansas, $2,500
     
  • Cheii’s Web Development; Ryan Sam, Navajoland Area Mission; $2,330.07
  • The Episcopal Church Stands with Standing Rock; Patrick Kelly, Diocese of North Dakota    , $2,500
  • Young Adult Leadership Development – Union of Black Episcopalians; Darius Jenkins, Diocese of Southern Ohio; $2,500

More information

Descriptions of the grants are located here

For more information contact the Rev. Heather Melton, Missioner for the United Thank Offering.

 

 

 

The 2017 United Thank Offering grants for seven seminarians and four young adults were approved by Executive Council at its February meeting. The focus of the grants is The Jesus Movement. The United Thank Offering is a ministry to promote...
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On Thursday, February 9, Thursdays at 2 will feature the events and energy of the Episcopal Revival, filmed in February in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.  Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, Canon for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Creation, share the joys and importance of Revivals in the Episcopal Church.

The video is available here and is also available closed-captioned

Thursdays at 2 is a weekly preview of Episcopal Church innovative ministries. Every Thursday at 2 pm Eastern, a new video illustrating the work of congregations and individuals will be posted on the Episcopal Church's Facebook page here and YouTube Channel here

Produced by the Episcopal Church Office of Communications, previously posted videos featured on Thursdays at 2 include:

  • St. Gabriel's, Leesburg VA
  • Episcopal Moment - Lindsey Ardrey
  • St. Paul & the Redeemer
  • Ecclesia Ministries Common Cathedral
  • Christ Church in Philadelphia, PA
  • YASCer in Tanzania
  • Two Tables
  • The Food Pantry at St. Gregory Nyssa in San Francisco, CA
  • @OurTable
  • Young Adult Service Corps
  • The Crossing
  • United Thank Offering at St. Paul's Senior Center
  • Amazing Grace
  • St. Thomas Choir School
  • Bridal designer Anne Barge
  • Musician Mike Notter
  • Reflections by Brother Geoffrey
  • Ferguson Pilgrimage
  • Potluck Dinners
  • Jericho Road
  • Bluestone Farms and the Community of the Holy Spirit
  • The Abundant Table
  • Church on the Square in Baltimore
  • Episcopal Church Advocacy
  • Mobile Loaves and Fishes
  • The Slate Project
  • Music and surfing leading back to church. 

For more information contact Mike Collins, Episcopal Church Manager of Multimedia.

A New Revival

On Thursday, February 9, Thursdays at 2 will feature the events and energy of the Episcopal Revival, filmed in February in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.  Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, Canon for Evangelism,...
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The 80th General Convention of the Episcopal Church will be held in July 2021 at The Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD (Diocese of Maryland).

The decision was presented by the Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, Executive Officer of General Convention and Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Planning and Arrangements, to the Executive Council currently meeting at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum Heights, MD (Diocese of Maryland).

“There were three outstanding finalist cities, each with compelling histories of mission, work toward racial reconciliation, and a strong desire to welcome the General Convention.  It was a most difficult decision,” Barlowe said. “An important factor in the decision was that the city of Baltimore’s incentives for our 2021 gathering offered the church the most economical plan. The Baltimore Convention Center offers superb facilities and services, is located on the Inner Harbor, and is well served by regular train and air connections."

Barlowe explained that the approval of Executive Council are among the steps of the process of approval for the location of meetings of the General Convention. As required by canon, the decision needs to be approved by the majority of the Presidents and Vice Presidents of the House of Bishops and House of Deputies, the Presidents of the Provinces, and the Executive Council.  Barlowe announced that the majority of those required consents have now been received.

The General Convention is the governing body of the Episcopal Church that meets every three years. It is a bicameral legislature that includes the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies, composed of bishops and deputies from each diocese. During its triennial meeting bishops and deputies consider a wide range of important matters facing the Church. In the interim between triennial meetings, various committees, commissions, agencies, boards and task forces created by the General Convention meet to implement the decisions and carry on the work of the General Convention.

The 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church will be held July 5 - 13, 2018 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin TX (Diocese of Texas). 

  

The 80th General Convention of the Episcopal Church will be held in July 2021 at The Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD (Diocese of Maryland). The decision was presented by the Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, Executive Officer of General...
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The Episcopal Church is accepting applications for the position of Chief Legal Officer, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff.

A new full-time position, the Chief Legal Officer is based at the Episcopal Church Center in New York City. The Chief Legal Officer will be responsible for assuring the reliable and timely provision of high quality legal advice and services to the Presiding Bishop, the President of the House of Deputies, the Executive Office of the General Convention, the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, and Executive Council.

The Chief Legal Officer reports to, and is accountable to, the Presiding Bishop and will serve as a senior member of the Presiding Bishop’s leadership team.

Candidates must be a member of, or have the ability to become a member of, the New York bar within 18 months of hire.

Detailed information about the position, details for applying and process overview are available here.

To apply, provide résumé and a cover letter that includes at least three professional references by email to TEC-CLO@ies-consulting.org.  Review of materials will begin immediately and will continue until this position is filled. For more information, contact Dr. George Conway, President, IES Consulting, gconway@ies-consulting.org. IES Consulting has been engaged as the search firm for this position.

According to Canon I.4.2(h): Upon joint nomination by the Chair (Presiding Bishop) and the Vice-Chair (President of the House of Deputies), the (Executive) Council shall appoint a Chief Legal Officer who shall function as general counsel and serve at the pleasure of, and report and be accountable to, the Chair.

Materials will be reviewed by a Chief Legal Officer Nominating Advisory Committee that is comprised of lawyers who are Episcopalians and chancellors of Episcopal Dioceses.

The Episcopal Church values diversity of culture and thought and seeks talented, qualified employees regardless of race, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age, gender identity and expression, or any other protected classification under Federal, State or Municipal law as well as the Canons of the Episcopal Church and resolutions of the Episcopal Church General Convention.  We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

 

The Episcopal Church is accepting applications for the position of Chief Legal Officer, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff. A new full-time position, the Chief Legal Officer is based at the Episcopal Church Center in New York City. The Chief...

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry and President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings shared the following letter with the staff of the Episcopal Church on February 8.

 

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

 

Earlier this week, we informed Executive Council that Bishop Stacy Sauls has filed a lawsuit against the corporation of the Episcopal Church, called the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (DFMS), and an unspecified number of unnamed defendants associated with the church. The suit concerns Bishop Sauls’ tenure as chief operating officer of the DFMS and his departure from that job.

As you may remember, Bishop Sauls served as chief operating officer from 2011 until December 2015, when he was placed on administrative leave. Bishop Sauls’ employment with the church ended in April 2016.

The Presiding Bishop, in consultation with legal counsel, tried his best to negotiate a severance with Bishop Sauls. We believe he made a good faith and compassionate offer, but that offer was not accepted. The Presiding Bishop, as a steward of church resources, felt that he could not go beyond that offer and explain it in good conscience to the church.

As officers of the church, we are not going to comment directly on pending litigation that involves the church. We have complete confidence in one another and in the staff, officers, and leaders of the Episcopal Church. We are united in our desire to resolve this suit as quickly and compassionately as possible, and we are committed to working together to create a church culture that follows the loving, liberating and life-giving way of Jesus.

 

Faithfully,

 

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry

Presiding Bishop and Primate

 

The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings

President, House of Deputies

 

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry and President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings shared the following letter with the staff of the Episcopal Church on February 8.   Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:   Earlier...