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The Episcopal Church is accepting applications for the position of Episcopal Migration Ministries Manager of Communication, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff.

Episcopal Migration Ministries Manager of Communication is a full-time position and is responsible for addressing the communications and social media programs for Episcopal Migration Ministries the refugee resettlement program of the Episcopal Church. Each year the Episcopal Church works in partnership with its 30 member local affiliate network in 26 states, along with dioceses, faith communities and volunteers, to welcome refugees from conflict zones across the globe. This year, Episcopal Migration Ministries will welcome more than 5,000 refugees to the United States from 32 countries, from places like the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burma, Afghanistan, and Syria.

More information and application instructions for this position are available here

Deadline for applying is July 12.

For more information contact a member of the Episcopal Church Human Resources Team at hrm@episcopalchurch.org.

 

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 Episcopal Migration Ministries Manager of Communication, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff. Episcopal Migration Ministries Manager of Communication is a full-time position...

Alan Yarborough of the Diocese of Western North Carolina has been named the 2016-2017 Intern for the Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations and Virginia Theological Seminary Center for Anglican Communion Studies.

The first of its kind, this new internship reflects an innovative collaboration between the Episcopal Church and the Center for Anglican Communion Studies at Virginia Theological Seminary. Yarborough will be based in Washington, DC and will reside at Virginia Theological Seminary.  His focus and work will be with the Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations, also located in Washington, and the Center for Anglican Communion Studies at Virginia Theological Seminary in nearby Alexandria, VA.

Previously Yarborough was a Young Adult Service Corps (YASC) volunteer in the Diocese of Haiti. YASC is a ministry for Episcopal young adults, ages 21 - 30, who are interested in exploring their faith in new ways by living and serving in communities around the Anglican Communion.

In his new role, Yarborough will mainly be responsible for lifting up the work of the Episcopal Public Policy Network by engaging Episcopalians in advocacy. At the Center for Anglican Communion Studies, he will staff projects related to international and inter-cultural partnership reconciliation.

"I'm grateful to be continuing with the Episcopal Church after serving as a missionary in Haiti for the past three years,” Yarborough said. “I am excited about the diverse roles the Virginia Theological Seminary and the Office of Government Relations will involve that will allow me to apply what I have learned while living abroad. I'm also simply looking forward to assisting these amazing ministries in the work that they do."

“Alan’s experience and dedication to work in our Church and throughout the Anglican Communion make him a natural for this internship,” the Rev. Canon Charles Robertson, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Ministry Beyond the Episcopal Church, commented.

Acting Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary, the Rev. Melody Knowles Ph.D., said, “The Center for Anglican Communion Studies is an integral part of the mission of VTS. It helps us grow deep relationships across differences as we form leaders of the church. This internship is a great opportunity to further connect those relationships and opportunities with the wider church.” 

The Rev. Robert S. Heaney, Ph.D, D.Phil, Director of the Center for Anglican Communion Studies, commented, “VTS exists to form leaders for the Episcopal Church, Anglican Communion and wider Church. The team in the Center for Anglican Communion Studies is excited to welcome Alan as someone who embodies the relationships that define the Communion."

The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations is responsible for bringing the policies of The Episcopal Church to Congress and the administration through the ministry of public policy advocacy. The actions, programs, and ministry of the Office of Government Relations are based entirely on policies approved by the Church meeting in General Convention or by the Executive Council.

Virginia Theological Seminary’s Center for Anglican Communion Studies exists to ‘promote and practice better community for the Anglican Communion.’ Within the larger vision of VTS, the Center has three imperatives that drive its program: reflect, resource, and reconcile. Vision and practices of reconciliation nourish the work the Center does in its inter-cultural, inter-theological, and inter-religious programming. See the Center’s video here

Yarborough begins his internship on September 6. 

 

Alan Yarborough of the Diocese of Western North Carolina has been named the 2016-2017 Intern for the Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations and Virginia Theological Seminary Center for Anglican Communion Studies. The first of its kind,...

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry and President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings have written the following letter to the Episcopal Church.

June 28, 2016

Dear People of God in the Episcopal Church:

We all know that some things in holy Scripture can be confusing, hard to understand, or open to various ways of understanding. But some essential teachings are clear and incontrovertible. Jesus tells us to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves, and he tells us over and over again not to be afraid (Matthew 10:31, Mark 5:36, Luke 8:50, John 14:27).

There’s no confusion about what Jesus is telling us, but it often requires courage to embody it in the real world. Again and again, we become afraid, and mired in that fear, we turn against Jesus and one another.

This age-old cycle of fear and hatred plays out again and again in our broken world, in sickening and shocking events like the massacre targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Orlando, but also in the rules we make and the laws we pass. Most recently, we’ve seen fear at work in North Carolina, a state dear to both of our hearts, where a law called the “Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act” has decimated the civil rights and God-given dignity of transgender people and, by extension, drastically curtailed protections against discrimination for women, people of color, and many others. We are thankful for the prayerful and pastoral public leadership of the North Carolina bishops on this law, which is known as House Bill 2.

North Carolina is not the only place where fear has gotten the better of us. Lawmakers in other jurisdictions have also threatened to introduce legislation that would have us believe that protecting the rights of transgender people—even a right as basic as going to the bathroom—somehow puts the rest of us at risk.

This is not the first time that the segregation of bathrooms and public facilities has been used to discriminate unjustly against minority groups. And just as in our painful racial past, it is even being claimed that the “bathroom bills,” as they are sometimes called, ensure the safety of women and children—the same reason so often given to justify Jim Crow racial segregation.

But we believe that, as the New Testament says, “perfect love casts out fear.” On June 10, the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church stood against fear and for God’s love by passing a resolution that reaffirms the Episcopal Church’s support of local, state and federal laws that prevent discrimination based on gender identity or gender expression and voices our opposition to all legislation that seeks to deny the God-given dignity, the legal equality, and the civil rights of transgender people.

The need is urgent, because laws like the one in North Carolina prey on some of the most vulnerable people in our communities—some of the very same people who were targeted in the Orlando attack. In a 2011 survey, 78 percent of transgender people said that they had been bullied or harassed in childhood; 41 percent said they had attempted suicide; 35 percent had been assaulted, and 12 percent had suffered a sexual assault. Almost half of transgender people who responded to the survey said they had suffered job discrimination, and almost a fifth had lost housing or been denied health care due to their gender identity or expression.

In keeping with Executive Council’s resolution, we are sending a letter to the governor and members of the North Carolina General Assembly calling on them to repeal the “Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act.” When legislation that discriminates against transgender people arises in other places, we will also voice our opposition and ask Episcopalians to join us. We will also support legislation, like a bill recently passed in the Massachusetts state legislature, that prevents discrimination of all kinds based on gender identity or gender expression.

As Christians, we bear a particular responsibility to speak out in these situations, because attempts to deny transgender people their dignity and humanity as children of God are too often being made in the name of God. This way of fear is not the way of Jesus Christ, and at these times, we have the opportunity to demonstrate our belief that Christianity is not a way of judgment, but a way of following Jesus in casting out fear.

In the face of the violence and injustice we see all around us, what can we do? We can start by choosing to get to know one another. TransEpiscopal, an organization of transgender Episcopalians and their allies, has posted on their website a video called “Voices of Witness:  Out of the Box” that can help you get to know some transgender Episcopalians and hear their stories. Integrity USA, which produced the video, and the Chicago Consultation are two other organizations working for the full inclusion of LGBT people in the church. Their websites also have online materials that you can use to learn more about the stories of transgender Christians and our church’s long journey to understand that they are children of God and created in God’s image.

When we are born anew through baptism, we promise to respect the dignity of every human being. Today, transgender people and, indeed, the entire LGBT community, need us to keep that promise. By doing so, we can bear witness to the world that Jesus has shown us another way—the way of love.

 

Faithfully,

 

 

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry                              The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings

Presiding Bishop and Primate                                 President, House of Deputies

 

  

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry and President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings have written the following letter to the Episcopal Church. June 28, 2016 Dear People of God in the Episcopal Church: We...

More than 50 applications have been received in the first round of submissions for the 2016 grant cycle for new church starts and Mission Enterprise Zones in The Episcopal Church, and the General Convention Advisory Group welcomes and invites more applications and inquiries.

“It is with great joy and anticipation that the Advisory Group has received so many applications for new and continuing church starts and missional initiatives,” commented the Rev. Jane Gerdsen of the Diocese of Southern Ohio and chairperson of the Group. “In addition, more than 25% have a special focus on mission and ministry with Latinos/Hispanics in the Spanish-speaking community.”

Application, guidelines and information are available here.  

Resolution D005 and Resolution A012 approved by General Convention in July 2015 authorized new and continued funding for church plants and Mission Enterprise Zones throughout the Episcopal Church. Newly created grants will be awarded to dioceses and already-established ministries exploring possibilities for new initiatives or expansion. The funding also calls for the creation of a community of practice for equipping the church with resources for assessment, coaching, networking, and the sharing of best practices.  

According to research presented by the Rev. Susan Snook of the Diocese of Arizona and an Executive Council member, the Episcopal Church started only three new churches in 2012.  “The volume of the submissions indicates significant growth in interest and support for church planting and mission as the Episcopal Church seeks to continue in the Jesus Movement,” she said.

More information about the church planting initiative is here   

For information contact churchplanting@episcopalchurch.org.

Members

Members of the General Convention Advisory Group and their dioceses are: the Rev. Jane Gerdsen, chairperson, Southern Ohio; the Rev. Valerie Bailey Fischer, Newark; Erendira Jimenez-Pike, Kentucky; the Rev. Michael Michie, Dallas; the Rev. Alex Montes Vela, Texas; the Rev. Katie Nakamura Rengers, Alabama; the Rev. Zachary Nyein, East Tennessee; the Rev. David Perkins, Lexington; the Rev. Canon Jesus Reyes, El Camino Real; Bishop George Sumner, Jr., Dallas; the Rev. Canon Janet Waggoner, Fort Worth. The Rev. Canon Frank Logue of Georgia and the Rev. Canon Tanya Wallace of Western Massachusetts are liaisons from Executive Council.  Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings are Ex Officio members.  The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers is staff advisor. The Rev. Tom Brackett is the staff liaison.

 

More than 50 applications have been received in the first round of submissions for the 2016 grant cycle for new church starts and Mission Enterprise Zones in The Episcopal Church, and the General Convention Advisory Group welcomes and invites more...
Tagged in: Evangelism Multimedia

On Thursday, June 23, Thursdays at 2 will feature the Rev. Katie Nakamura Rengers discussing Missional Voices in The Episcopal Church.

The video is available here.  Closed captioned video available here

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:

 

  • Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on World Refugee Day 2016
  • Church on the Square in Baltimore
  • Episcopal Church Advocacy
  • Missional Communities
  • Mobile Loaves and Fishes, a food truck ministry in the Diocese of Rhode Island
  • Re-membering and Re- Imagining, a report from the House of Bishops.
  • Double Down on Love, an original song from the Thad's Band in Santa Monica, CA, Diocese of Los Angeles
  • The Slate Project, an Episcopal, Lutheran and Presbyterian congregation that exists online and in person.
  • The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, Presiding Bishop’s Canon for Reconciliation and Evangelism, providing an update on recent church planting meetings.
  • The Rev. Scott Claasan of St Michael’s University Church reflecting on how music and surfing led him back to church. 

 

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

 
On Thursday, June 23, Thursdays at 2 will feature the Rev. Katie Nakamura Rengers discussing Missional Voices in The Episcopal Church. The video is available here.  Closed captioned video available here.  Thursdays at 2 is a weekly preview of...

Episcopal Digital Network has launched Actualités, designed to provide news and information for French-speaking readers.

Actualités, which means “news” in French, was designed to provide services for French-speaking Episcopalians and Anglicans throughout The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. Actualités is available here 

"The Episcopal Church includes several dioceses where English is not the primary language, so it's vital that we offer news and resources so that all Episcopalians may benefit from them," said Matthew Davies, an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. "We have been providing news in Spanish for several years, both as a resource to the Province IX Spanish-speaking dioceses and for the thriving Latino communities in the U.S. With the launch of Actualités, we are delighted to expand our service to Episcopalians in places such as Haiti, the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe and the approximately 4 million French-speaking Anglicans around the world."

Actualités features news articles by Episcopal News Service as well as press releases from the Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs and links to useful resources, such as the monthly radio program, Le Magazine Anglican. Already featured on Actualités is Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s World Refugee Day statement.

Actualités joins the Spanish news area Noticias, available here 

The Episcopal Digital Network is an ad-supported media network that delivers news, information and resources to church leaders, members and general audiences through the Episcopal News Service, Sermons That Work and Lesson Plans That Work websites.

 

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Episcopal Digital Network has launched Actualités, designed to provide news and information for French-speaking readers. Actualités, which means “news” in French, was designed to provide services for French-speaking Episcopalians and Anglicans...
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The application deadline for the 2016 Jubilee Ministry grants to further the mission and ministry of The Episcopal Church has been extended to Monday, June 27.

The 2016 Jubilee Grants will be awarded in two categories, totaling $65,000: Jubilee Development Grant and Jubilee Impact Grants.

The Jubilee Development Grant, up to $25,000, will be awarded to a new or existing ministry that can demonstrate a new or re-visioned strategy and methodology to address systemic issues affecting domestic poverty. This grant is intended to seed a sustainable program that makes a difference locally and can inspire others for similar work beyond itself.

The Jubilee Impact Grants, in amounts of $750 to $1,500 for a total of $40,000, will be awarded for initiatives of Jubilee Centers that make a positive and measurable impact in the lives of those in need.

Application forms are available here. Deadline for applications is June 27 at 5 pm Eastern. All currently-designated Jubilee Ministries are eligible. Proposals must be approved by bishop of the diocese and, if applicable, the Diocesan Jubilee Officer.

Successful applications will demonstrate sustainability, a commitment to working with and empowering God's people, localized understanding of the Jesus Movement, and the knowledge that the Spirit is, even now, at work reconciling us to God and to each other.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee comprised of lay and ordained Episcopalians, including Executive Council and staff representatives, all with experience in, and understanding of, healthy ministry among the economically impoverished.

For more information contact the Rev. Canon E. Mark Stevenson

About Jubilee Ministries

Jubilee Ministries, created by General Convention in 1983, encourage a ministry of joint discipleship in Christ with poor and oppressed people, wherever they are found, to meet basic human needs and to build a just society. Now in their 33rd year, Jubilee Ministries seek to fulfill Christ's mandate found in the Gospel of Matthew-to provide for the hungry, drink for the thirsty, welcome for the stranger, clothing for the naked, healing for the sick, and companionship for the captive. Today, over 700 ministries across The Episcopal Church have achieved Jubilee status, as recognized by the Executive Council.

 

The application deadline for the 2016 Jubilee Ministry grants to further the mission and ministry of The Episcopal Church has been extended to Monday, June 27. The 2016 Jubilee Grants will be awarded in two categories, totaling $65,000: Jubilee...

On Thursday, June 16, Thursdays at 2 will feature the World Refugee Day video statement by Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry. The video is available here 

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:

  • Church on the Square in Baltimore
  • Episcopal Church Advocacy
  • Missional Communities
  • Mobile Loaves and Fishes, a food truck ministry in the Diocese of Rhode Island
  • Re-membering and Re-Imagining, a report from the House of Bishops.
  • Double Down on Love, an original song from the Thad's Band in Santa Monica, CA, Diocese of Los Angeles
  • The Slate Project, an Episcopal, Lutheran and Presbyterian congregation that exists online and in person.
  • The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, Presiding Bishop’s Canon for Reconciliation and Evangelism, providing an update on recent church planting meetings.
  • The Rev. Scott Claasan of St Michael’s University Church reflecting on how music and surfing led him back to church. 

 

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

 

 
On Thursday, June 16, Thursdays at 2 will feature the World Refugee Day video statement by Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry. The video is available here  Thursdays at 2 is a weekly preview of Episcopal Church innovative...

“Indeed, we must find a way to end war, but we must find a way to end the suffering of human beings who are forced from their homes,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry notes in his 2016 World Refugee Day message.

In 2000, the United Nations named June 20 as World Refugee Day, deeming it an annual opportunity to celebrate the resilience and success of the former refugees who bless our communities with their wisdom and irrepressible spirit and to examine the root causes of violence and persecution that force people to flee at an alarming rate.

The Presiding Bishop’s message is here

Closed captioned video available here

The following is the text of Presiding Bishop Curry’s 2016 World Refugee Day message:

 

World Refugee Day

 

In the late 1930s the world found itself on the verge of what became a terrible war.  The Second World War.  Millions of refugees were fleeing from Europe and fleeing around the world seeking asylum and safe haven. 

In 1938 The Episcopal Church published this poster with the depiction of Mary, Joseph, and the infant Jesus, and it read, “In the name of these refugees,” referring to Mary, Joseph and Jesus, “Aid all refugees.”

The United Nations is now asking the peoples of the Earth, of all religious stripes and types, to once again come to the aid of those who are refugees. 

I’m standing in front of the Isaiah Wall, based on the prophecy of the words of Isaiah, in the Second Chapter of his book, where the word says that one day, people will come to Mount Zion from all over the Earth, and they will hear God’s law, God’s way, and when people hear God’s way for life,

 

It is then that they will beat their swords into plowshares. 

Their spears into pruning hooks. 

It is then that the nations of the Earth will learn war no more.

 

Indeed, we must find a way to end war, but we must find a way to end the suffering of human beings who are forced from their homes.  So I encourage you to support United Nations World Refugee Day.  And do anything that you can do to bring an end to the unhappy lot for many so that they may find life as Jesus said, and have it more abundantly. 

God bless you, God keep you, and you keep the faith. 

 

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry

Presiding Bishop and Primate

The Episcopal Church

 

Additional information

  • Prayer for World Refugee Day

Written by #ShareTheJourney pilgrim Alyssa Stebbing, Outreach Ministry Director and Contemporary Music Director at Trinity Episcopal Church, The Woodlands, Texas:

Gracious God, we pray for our newest neighbors, that those families who have sought refuge from the ravages of war and violence may find not only shelter and sustenance, but also a loving and supportive community in which to create a new beginning with dignity. Amen.

  • Ways and resources to observe World Refugee Day on June 20  Here 

 

 

 
“Indeed, we must find a way to end war, but we must find a way to end the suffering of human beings who are forced from their homes,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry notes in his 2016 World Refugee Day message. In 2000,...

Save the date for an important upcoming conference and educational event, the International Black Clergy Conference, scheduled for Wednesday, November 16 to Saturday, November 19 in Houston, TX.

The theme of the event is “The Jesus Movement: Embracing Our Call.” 

The pre-conference begins on Tuesday, November 15 with meetings of affinity groups: clergy ordained five years or less; deacons; retired clergy; diocesan leadership staff; New Visions Team; and clergy serving in multicultural and/or white congregations.

On Wednesday, the conference keynote address will be presented by Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry on “Embracing the Call.”

Indaba style conversations throughout the conference will include the following:

  • Thursday, November 17: New Visions Movement: Ministries & Models for Congregational Renewal and Vitality
  • Friday, November 18: The Jesus Movement: Conversation on Race and Reconciliation                   
  • Saturday, November 19:  The Jesus Movement: Call to Action  

Saturday’s program will also feature a live webcast from Evangelism Matters, the Episcopal Church Evangelism Conference November 18-19 in Dallas, TX. For info see here 

In addition to priests and deacons from The Episcopal Church, the International Black Clergy Conference will welcome participants from the Anglican Church of Canada as well as Anglicans and Episcopalians from the Province of the West Indies and throughout the United Kingdom. 

Registration information is available here.  Early bird discounts are available.

These clergy conferences continue to be important events in the church, gathering clergy for conversations on various topics that include congregational life, clergy wellness and networks in support of one another.  The conferences have traditionally included bishops, who are available for consultation.  Also, the Episcopal Church Office of Transition Ministry will be present for counseling on discernment and ministry opportunities.

For more information contact the Rev. Angela Ifill, Episcopal Church Missioner for Black Ministries; or Angeline Cabanban, Associate for Diversity and Ethnic Ministries.

 

Save the date for an important upcoming conference and educational event, the International Black Clergy Conference, scheduled for Wednesday, November 16 to Saturday, November 19 in Houston, TX. The theme of the event is “The Jesus Movement:...