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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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Bishop Stacy Sauls, Chief Operating Officer of The Episcopal Church, will preach at an Interim Shared Eucharist with the United Methodist Church on March 3 at 5:30 pm at John Street United Methodist Church in New York City. United Methodist New York Annual Conference Resident Bishop Jane Allen Middleton will preside.

Sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of New York, the historic Eucharist between The Episcopal Church and the United Methodist Church will follow The Episcopal Church-United Methodist Church Common Guidelines for Interim Eucharist Sharing.  

“The growing unity between United Methodists and Episcopalians is a source of great joy for me as someone who was formed in the Methodist Church as a child,” commented Bishop Sauls. “I continue to value the depth of Methodist spirituality and appreciate the Methodist gift for piety in the best possible sense, and I am filled with hope at the missional opportunities we might pursue together.”

Nicholas Birns, chairman of the Diocese of New York Episcopal – Methodist Dialogue, noted that this service marks the second Interim Shared Eucharist. The first, he said, occurred at St. Paul’s Chapel, New York City, in May 2012. “At that time, the Episcopalians hosted, United Methodist Bishop Jeremiah Park co-presided, and the preacher was Bishop Robert Rimbo of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA),” Birns said.

March 3 is significant as it is the day The Episcopal Church celebrates the lives of John and Charles Wesley.

For the past ten years, the United Methodist Church and The Episcopal Church have been in discussion and discernment moving forward to “full communion” which involves a relationship between church organizations that mutually recognize sharing basic doctrines. This relationship involves: mutual recognition of members, joint celebration of Holy Communion/Eucharist, mutual recognition of ordained clergy, mutual recognition of the sacraments and a common commitment to mission. Both the United Methodist Church and The Episcopal Church share full communion with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, but not with each other. The Episcopal Church also shares full communion with the Moravian Church.

The John Street parish started as a prayer circle of Methodists who also attended formal services at Trinity Church, Wall Street.  After American independence, and the consequent formal break between Methodists and Episcopalians, these ties were severed.

Recently, an Interim Shared Eucharist between The Episcopal Church and the United Methodist Church was celebrated at the Episcopal Church’s National Cathedral in Washington DC.

 

 

 

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Bishop Stacy Sauls, Chief Operating Officer of The Episcopal Church, will preach at an Interim Shared Eucharist with the United Methodist Church on March 3 at 5:30 pm at John Street United Methodist Church in New York City. United Methodist New...

Applications are now accepted for grants from the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society that center on new or revitalized efforts in domestic poverty ministry.

The purpose of the grants is to engage Episcopalians in ministry among the economically impoverished in the United States; To provide opportunity to the marginalized to overcome chronic adversities; To challenge unjust structures that perpetuate the cycle of poverty; and to inspire the wider church to more deeply engage with the poor.

The focus of the grants is Mark IV of the Anglican Marks of Mission: To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation.

“A successful application will demonstrate a passion for, and an innovative approach to, inviting Episcopalians into a deep relationship with the poor,” explained the Rev. Canon Mark Stevenson, the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society’s Domestic Poverty Missioner. “The work should include a plan for sustainability beyond the scope of the grant – either in a continuation of the original proposal or through an evolutionary process that leads to something new.”

Areas of ministry might include, but are not limited to: community development; early childhood development; education for children, youth or adults; health; homelessness/affordable housing; hunger; microbusiness and/or entrepreneurship; and racial reconciliation.

Grant awards will range between $5,000 and $30,000.

All domestic Episcopal dioceses, congregations and institutions are eligible to apply.

Grant applications, overview and instructions are available here  All applications must have the endorsement of the diocesan bishop. Deadline for applying is April 30.

For additional information, contact Stevenson.

 

 

 

 

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Applications are now accepted for grants from the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society that center on new or revitalized efforts in domestic poverty ministry. The purpose of the grants is to engage Episcopalians in ministry among the...

Follow each step of the way of the pilgrims on the #ShareTheJourney as they participate in an 11-day pilgrimage to the Great Lakes region of Africa.

Eight Episcopal pilgrims depart on March 2 on the #ShareTheJourney pilgrimage, designed to raise awareness of ways in which the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, through its Episcopal Migration Ministries service, works to facilitate refugee resettlement work throughout The Episcopal Church. 

“Through real-time social media, participants will serve as the eyes of the church as they witness conditions where refugees are currently living, and come to understand that the responses we offer through resettlement are life-saving," noted Deborah Stein, director of Episcopal Migration Ministries.

Follow the pilgrims

From March 2-13, follow #ShareTheJourney using: #ShareTheJourney on Twitter (@EMMRefugees); Facebook (facebook.com/EMMRefugees); the blog emmrefugees.tumblr.com; or through the media hub here

The pilgrims will travel to Nairobi, Kenya and Kigali, Rwanda. Among the planned visits are the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre and the Gihembe Refugee Camp in Rwanda as well as operations supported by Church World Service's Resettlement Support Center (RSC)-Africa, and the UN refugee agency UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees).

The pilgrimage is funded through a Constable Fund grant awarded last year by The Episcopal Church Executive Council. The Constable Fund provides grants to fund mission initiatives that were not provided for within the budget of The Episcopal Church passed by the General Convention.

The pilgrims

Participating in the pilgrimage are:

  • Jessica Benson, Diocese of Idaho
  • Spencer Cantrell, gender violence fellow, National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project (NIWAP), Diocese of Washington
  • Cookie Cantwell, Province IV Youth Ministries Coordinator, Diocese of East Carolina
  • The Rev. Canon Scott Gunn, Executive Director, Forward Movement, Diocese of Southern Ohio
  • The Rev. Canon Frank Logue, Canon to the Ordinary, Diocese of Georgia
  • Victoria Logue, Diocese of Georgia
  • The Rev. Burl Salmon, Middle School Chaplain and Dean of Community Life, Trinity Episcopal School, Diocese of North Carolina
  • Alyssa Stebbing, Outreach Director, Trinity Episcopal Church of The Woodlands, Diocese of Texas

The Missionary Society

  • Deborah Stein, Director, Episcopal Migration Ministries
  • Kurt Bonz, Program Manager, Episcopal Migration Ministries
  • Wendy Johnson, Communications Manager, Episcopal Migration Ministries
  • The Rev. Ranjit Mathews, Network Officer for Mission Personnel and Africa
  • Lynette Wilson, Editor/Reporter, Episcopal News Service

 

Episcopal Migration Ministries

Episcopal Migration Ministries is the refugee resettlement service of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society. Each year this ministry works in partnership with its affiliate network, along with dioceses, faith communities and volunteers, to welcome refugees from conflict zones across the globe.

#ShareTheJourney as the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society celebrates 75 years of resettling refugees in the United States. #ShareTheJourney is a multi-media effort to educate, form, and equip Episcopalians to engage in loving service with resettled refugees and to become prophetic witnesses and advocates on behalf of refugees, asylees, migrants, and displaced persons throughout the world.

 

Episcopal News Service will provide extensive coverage on the pilgrimage upon return.
 

Check out the website: www.episcopalchurch.org/emm and www.episcopalchurch.org/sharethejourney.

 

 

 

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Follow each step of the way of the pilgrims on the #ShareTheJourney as they participate in an 11-day pilgrimage to the Great Lakes region of Africa. Eight Episcopal pilgrims depart on March 2 on the #ShareTheJourney pilgrimage, designed to raise...

With the 2015 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) meeting on the horizon, The Episcopal Church submitted its first ever official written statement to the 59th Session last October detailing persistent challenges to women’s empowerment and gender equality and offering action steps. 

2015 UNCSW

This year, UNCSW will undertake a review of progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 20 years after its adoption at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995. The document outlined 12 Critical Areas of Concern in which progress needs to be made to empower women and girls.

The Episcopal Church’s statement identified four Critical Areas of Concern as “persistent gaps [that] continue to impede gender equality and empowerment of women and girls”, twenty years after Beijing: Violence against women; Education and training of women; Women and health; Women in power and decision-making positions.

“As people of faith, Episcopalians especially are called to lift up women and girls who frequently are marginalized or forgotten: women with disabilities, women of color, women from ethnic minorities, women refugees and immigrants, girls displaced by war or sent abroad by themselves, lesbians and transgender individuals, indigenous women, older women, enslaved and trafficked women, women who are heads of single-family households, and women in developing countries,” the document states.

The Statement in full is located here

Ecumenical Women

In addition, The Episcopal Church joined other members of Ecumenical Women in submitting a joint written statement, located here 

Ecumenical Women is a coalition of Christian denominations and organizations,  including the Anglican Consultative Council, Association of Presbyterian Women of Aotearoa (New Zealand), Church Women United, Lutheran World Federation, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), The Salvation Army, Society of Catholic Medical Missionaries, United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church – Women’s Division of the General Board of Global Ministries, Women’s Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women and the World Young Women's Christian Association, and associates including Anglican Women’s Empowerment, the National Council of Churches of Christ (USA) and Presbyterian Women in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

The advocacy priorities highlighted in the Ecumenical Women statement are: Violence and discrimination against women; Poverty, inequalities and climate change; Education and training of women and girls; and Women and health – full access to reproductive health and informed decision-making.

Together, The Episcopal Church’s written statement, along with Ecumenical Women’s joint written statement – of which The Episcopal Church is a signatory – will be the foundations by which The Episcopal Church’s first official delegation will represent the Church at this year’s UNCSW.  Delegates will be encouraged to highlight the statements’ priorities, adding their own research, stories and information from their local perspectives, in order to illustrate the themes and communicate about them at the United Nations, and in their local communities once they return home.

For more information contact Lynnaia Main, Officer for Global Relations for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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With the 2015 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) meeting on the horizon, The Episcopal Church submitted its first ever official written statement to the 59th Session last October detailing persistent challenges to women’s...

The Executive Council of The Episcopal Church will meet March 19 – 21 the Radisson Hotel in Salt Lake City, UT (Episcopal Diocese of Utah). Media representatives wishing to attend the meeting must secure credentials. Contact Neva Rae Fox, Public Affairs Officer, at publicaffairs@episcopalchurch.org.

A media conference with access for media not able to attend is planned for Saturday, March 21, the last day of the Executive Council meeting; exact Mountain time to be announced. Among those scheduled to participate are Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, and the Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, Executive Officer of the General Convention. Pre-registration for media is required; contact Fox at publicaffairs@episcopalchurch.org.

Executive Council

According to the website: The Executive Council of the Episcopal Church is an elected body representing the whole Church...The Executive Council has the duty to carry out programs and policies adopted by General Convention. It is the job of Executive Council to oversee the ministry and mission of the Church. The Executive Council is composed of twenty members elected by General Convention (four bishops, four priests or deacons and twelve laypersons) and eighteen members (one clergy, one lay) elected by provincial synods.

 

The Executive Council of The Episcopal Church will meet March 19 – 21 the Radisson Hotel in Salt Lake City, UT (Episcopal Diocese of Utah). Media representatives wishing to attend the meeting must secure credentials. Contact Neva Rae Fox, Public...

The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society has posted information to help congregations and dioceses understand the demographics of their areas, an important tool for growth and vision processes. The information, Studying Your Congregation and Community, is available for no fee here 

Studying Your Congregation and Community allows users to easily download customized MissionInsite demographic profiles based on a 3-mile radius around their congregations.  These community profiles include 2010 Census data, demographic estimates through 2014, and projections through 2019. 

“This free feature has proven helpful for congregations and dioceses of all sizes in strategic planning and development,” explained C. Kirk Hadaway, Ph.D., Officer for Congregational Research for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society “The uses include such applications as stewardship, short- and long-term planning, and strategic development.”

Additionally, the congregational 11-year Participation and Giving trend charts, called Church Charts online, have been updated with 2013 Parochial Report information, which is the most recent available.

Be sure to check the Research & Statistics page here for additional important congregational information including Parochial Report filing process, due to dioceses March 1. 

For more information contact Christine Kandic, Congregational Research Assistant for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society.

 

 

 

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The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society has posted information to help congregations and dioceses understand the demographics of their areas, an important tool for growth and vision processes. The information, Studying Your Congregation and...

The deadline has been extended for applications for the United Thank Offering special $1250 grant for young adults (ages 21-30).

Established by United Thank Offering, a ministry of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society to promote thankfulness and mission in the whole Church, in honor of its 125th anniversary, the grants are designed to provide start-up funds for a new project that focuses on any of the Five Marks of Mission

Nine grants will be awarded throughout The Episcopal Church.

Additionally, United Thank Offering has announced that the criteria has been updated and expanded.

The new deadline for young adults to submit applications to their diocesan bishops is March 17. From there, bishops will select one application per diocese. Applications are due from the diocesan offices on March 27 at 5 pm Eastern.  

Application and additional information are available here

The funds are not permitted to the continuation of on-going ministries.

A video of the start-ups will be showcased at the 78th General Convention in Salt Lake City, UT.

For more information contact the Rev. Heather Melton, the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society’s United Thank Offering coordinator.

Known worldwide as UTO, the United Thank Offering grants are awarded for projects that address human needs and help alleviate poverty, both domestically and internationally in The Episcopal Church.

 

The Five Marks of Mission are:

To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom

To teach, baptize and nurture new believers

To respond to human need by loving service

To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation

To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth

 

 

 

 

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The deadline has been extended for applications for the United Thank Offering special $1250 grant for young adults (ages 21-30). Established by United Thank Offering, a ministry of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society to promote thankfulness...

The holy season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 18, and continues to the festive day of Easter on April 5.

The following are offerings from the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society for a reflective, meditative Lenten season.

Live webcast

The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society will offer a live webcast of a traditional Ash Wednesday service with the imposition of Ashes on February 18 at12:10 pm Eastern from Grace Church, New York City 

The webcast will be available here  

Justice and Advocacy 

The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society will offer a seven-part Episcopal Public Policy Network series "Engaging Poverty at Home and Around the World."   The series will begin Ash Wednesday and will be available at advocacy.episcopalchurch.org.  

United Thank Offering

United Thank Offering, a Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society ministry for the mission of the whole Church, will provide a daily scripture passage from the Daily Office through Facebook and Twitter (#unitedthankoffering).

Sharing your experiences

This Lent, consider sharing your experiences by uploading photos and videos to appear on the stained glass on the main page of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society website www.episcopalchurch.org.

Upload photos here

Upload videos here

For more information contact Barry Merer, Manager of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society Web & Social Media Services

Throughout Lent

Continue Lenten observances throughout the 40-day period with the Word of the Day from the Society of St. John the Evangelist to be posted daily on The Episcopal Church website or by participating in Lent Madness.

 

 

 

 

 

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The holy season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 18, and continues to the festive day of Easter on April 5. The following are offerings from the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society for a reflective, meditative Lenten season. Live...

The Climate Change Crisis, presented by the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society on March 24, and addressing one of the most significant topics in today’s society, will feature panelists well-versed in the critical areas of the environment and the impact of climate change on our world.

The 90-minute live webcast will originate from Campbell Hall Episcopal School, North Hollywood, CA. In partnership with Bishop J. Jon Bruno and the Diocese of Los Angeles, The Climate Change Crisis will begin 11 am Pacific.

Forum Participants

The forum will be moderated by well-known climatologist Fritz Coleman of KNBC 4 television news. 

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will present the keynote address.

Two panels, each 30 minutes, will focus on specific areas of the climate change crisis: Regional Impacts of Climate Change; and Reclaiming Climate Change as a Moral Issue.

Panelists include:

Bishop Marc Andrus, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California He has made climate change a focus of his episcopacy.  

Princess Daazhraii Johnson (Gwich’in), former Executive Director of the Gwich'in Steering Committee, one of the oldest Indigenous non-profit groups in Alaska focused on protection of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.  She currently serves on the SAG-AFTRA Native American Committee, the Dancing with the Spirit committee, and is an active member of her community. 

Dr. Lucy Jones, seismologist with the US Geological Survey and a Visiting Research Associate at the Seismological Laboratory of Caltech since 1983. She currently serves as Science Advisor for Risk Reduction in the Natural Hazards Mission of the US Geological Survey.

Mary D.  Nichols, J.D., Chairman of the California Air Resources Board. She is responsible for implementing California's landmark greenhouse gas emissions legislation as well as setting air pollution standards for motor vehicles, fuels and consumer products. 

Please note additional panelists may be announced later.

30 Days of Action

In addition to stimulating conversation and raising awareness about The Climate Change Crisis, the live webcast will serve as the kickoff to 30 Days of Action. A range of activities developed by the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society will be offered for individuals and congregations to understand the environmental crisis and will be available on www.episcopalchurch.org.  The activities will culminate on Earth Day, April 22. 

The forum

  • There is no fee to view the live webcast. The webcast will be viewable here 
  • Registration is not required for the live webcast.
  • The forum will be available on-demand following the live webcast.
  • The forum is ideal for live group watching and discussion, or on-demand viewing later.  It will be appropriate for Sunday School, discussions groups, and community gatherings.
  • Resources such as bibliography, on-demand video, materials for community and individual review, discussion questions, and lesson plans will be available.

The event supports Mark 5 of the Anglican Communion’s Marks of Mission: To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth. Anglican Five Marks of Mission are here. The Five Marks of Mission form the basis for the triennial budget of The Episcopal Church adopted by the 77th General Convention in July 2012.

The event is one of the aspects of The Episcopal Church's 150th year of parish ministry in Southern California.

For more information contact Neva Rae Fox, Public Affairs Officer for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, publicaffairs@episcopalchurch.org.

 

 

 

Episcopal News Service will provide coverage of the event and the climate change issue.

The Climate Change Crisis, presented by the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society on March 24, and addressing one of the most significant topics in today’s society, will feature panelists well-versed in the critical areas of the environment and...

Bishops of The Episcopal Church will gather for the House of Bishops spring retreat meeting March 13 – 17 at Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville, NC.

The theme of the gathering will be Fostering a culture of curiosity, compassion and courage in Christ. Meditations will be offered by various bishops on aspects of the theme. Daily there will be meditations, reflection, and worship. At the concluding Eucharist, the bishops will renew their vows.

As in previous years, the spring meeting of the House of Bishops is a retreat and therefore not open to the media. Daily Accounts will be issued. There will be an over-the-phone media conference at the conclusion of the meeting on Tuesday, March 17.  Pre-registration required; to register contact Neva Rae Fox, publicaffairs@episcopalchurch.org.

 

 

 

 

 

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Bishops of The Episcopal Church will gather for the House of Bishops spring retreat meeting March 13 – 17 at Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville, NC. The theme of the gathering will be Fostering a culture of curiosity, compassion and courage...