The Public Affairs Office

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.

The Toolkit:
The Toolkit of the Public Affairs Office is designed for your use to help enhance your message, broaden your reach and offer tips for placements into regional, secular, and other media – both traditional and social. It is located on the Public Affairs pages of the Episcopal Church website here.

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 Aoteaora (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...

Daily Prayer for All Seasons is now available for free downloading on the website of The Episcopal Church here  

Developed by the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music and authorized by the 77th General Convention in 2012 (Resolution A055 here), the prayers in Daily Prayer for All Seasons are presented according to liturgical season beginning with Advent and progressing through Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, and Easter.  In addition, two sections are offered for Ordinary Time: Creation and Rest.

In each, all prayers are grouped according to eight particular themes: praise, discernment, wisdom, perseverance and renewal, love, forgiveness, trust, and watch.

Daily Prayer for All Seasons “was compiled and written by a diverse team of people from all over the United States,” according to the Introduction of the book.

The Introduction continues: “We came together periodically over four years to create a set of prayers that acknowledge in their brevity both the need to pray and the short time we have to pray.”

Included in Daily Prayer for All Seasons are explanatory pages of how to best utilize the prayers.

Printed copies of Daily Prayer for All Seasons are available in English and Spanish from Church Publishing Inc.  Daily Prayer for All Seasons on the web is made available by the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society.

 

 

 

 

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Daily Prayer for All Seasons is now available for free downloading on the website of The Episcopal Church here   Developed by the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music and authorized by the 77th General Convention in 2012 (Resolution A055 here...

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has issued the following statement:

On Healing and Wholeness

            Healing is the primary work of people of faith and the communities of which they are a part.  Christians, as disciples of One who came to save (rescue, heal, make whole) the world and its inhabitants, seek to heal their relationships with one another and with all that is.

            Episcopalians believe this is God’s mission and we are its ministers or servants.  We are meant to seek to repair what is breached and broken, to stitch up what is torn, to heal what is sick, to release what is imprisoned and oppressed, to comfort the dying, to encourage the ignored, forlorn, and grieving.  Our life finds meaning in responding to the cries around us and within us, as individuals in community.  We follow One who was himself vilified, tortured, and finally executed for proclaiming the possibility of reconciled relationships in communities divided by poverty, violence, and religion.

            The tragic death of Thomas Palermo challenges us all to attend to the work of healing.  We cannot restore what is past, but we can seek reconciliation and wholeness for all who have been affected – the Palermo family, Heather Cook, the biking community and others in Baltimore, the Diocese of Maryland, bystanders and onlookers who have witnessed any of these traumatic events.  

            We begin in prayer – lament and wailing at loss and at human frailty.  We continue in prayer – for succor and comfort, for compassion, for transformation and healing.  Episcopalians worship a God who came among us in fragile human flesh and suffered pain and death at the hands of other human beings.  We understand his resurrection to mean that death does not have the final word – and that healing and wholeness transcend the grave.  That healing is never quick or easy, it does not “fix” what has already happened, but it does begin to let hope grow again.

            Our task is that hard work of healing.  It requires vulnerability to the pain of all involved – victims, transgressors, onlookers, friends and families and coworkers and emergency responders and community members.  A violent death often divides communities, yet ultimately healing requires us all to lower our defenses enough to let others minister to us, to hear another’s pain and grief, to share our own devastation, and indeed to look for the possibility of a new and different future.  Healing also comes through a sense of restored order, which is the role of processes of accountability.

            Healing requires hope for a redeemed future for the Palermo family as well as Heather Cook.  Many have been changed by this death, yet their lives are not ended.  They can be healed and transformed, even though the path be long and hard.  Our work is to walk that path in solidarity with all who grieve and mourn.  May we pray with the psalmist, “Yea, even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, you are with me.”  May we also be that companioning presence, the image of God in the flesh, for those who walk through that valley.

 

 

 

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori

Presiding Bishop and Primate

The Episcopal Church

 

 

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has issued the following statement: On Healing and Wholeness             Healing is the primary work of people of faith and the communities of which they are a part.  Christians, as...

The proposed budget for The Episcopal Church in the 2016-2018 triennium is available for viewing here 

The document was approved by The Episcopal Church Executive Council at its January meeting.

The proposed budget is now submitted to the General Convention through the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget, and Finance, which will meet to consider the proposed budget February 23 – 25.  That committee will conduct hearings at General Convention and present a Budget to a joint meeting of the House of Bishops and House of Deputies on July 1.

The Episcopal Church 78th General Convention will be held June 25 – July 3 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, UT (Episcopal Diocese of Utah).

Prior to its January meeting, Executive Council received input on the proposed budget from a wide range of church members and leaders, including Committees, Commissions, Agencies, and Boards; Executive Council committees; members of the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget, and Finance; the officers of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society; bishops and deputies; and the church at large. 

"The Finances for Mission Committee is very grateful to the many people who have given us input and feedback to help us develop this proposed budget for the coming triennium,” noted Executive Council member the Rev. Susan Brown Snook, Diocese of Arizona, and chair of Executive Council’s budget committee. “We are especially grateful to the members of Program, Budget, and Finance for their presence and input with us throughout this budget development process. We believe that this proposal represents a balanced and visionary way to carry the church into the next few years, which we pray will be a time of transition and growth for the church."

 

Proposed budget details

Of significance in the proposed budget:

  • The proposed budget lowers the diocesan assessment from 19% in the current triennium to 18% in 2016, 16.5% in 2017, and 15% in 2018. It also increases the exemption for each diocese from $120,000 to $175,000 per year. 
     
  • The proposed budget includes grant money for the important Marks of Mission initiatives: 

-In Mark 1, it raises the amount of money available for grants for church planting and new initiatives from $2 million to $3 million. 

-In Mark 2, the program of Province IX Sustainability that was begun in the 2013-15 trienniums continues; the amount of Campus Ministry Grants increases to $400,000; youth and young adult ministries, including the Episcopal Youth Event, receive full funding; and $100,000 is provided for the ministry of Forma

-In Mark 3, funding continues for the Young Adult Service Corps, and funding is provided for matching grants for diocesan and parish World Mission work, meeting the 0.7% spending target for the Millennium Development Goals. 

-In Mark 4, it provides funding for Domestic Poverty and Jubilee ministries

-In Mark 5, it provides $500,000 in grants for environmental initiatives. 

  • In the area of Supporting Mission through Local Efforts in The Episcopal Church, it provides $1.5 million of funding for long-term development grants for domestic dioceses, and $400,000 of grants for higher education, particularly in Historically Black Episcopal Colleges and Universities
  • Funding for the Anglican Communion is restored to earlier levels, at $1.2 million for the triennium. Funding of $300,000 is also provided to help Anglican Communion covenant partners with long-term sustainability. 

 

 

 

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The proposed budget for The Episcopal Church in the 2016-2018 triennium is available for viewing here  The document was approved by The Episcopal Church Executive Council at its January meeting. The proposed budget is now submitted to the General...