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On Thursday, May 26, Thursdays at 2 will feature the Rev. Beth Magill from the Diocese of Texas discussing Missional Communities, 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:

  • 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. 

In production for future Thursdays at 2:

  • Church on the Square, an Episcopal and Lutheran church plant successfully celebrating its first year in Baltimore, MD.
  • The Abundant Table whose mission is to connect the land with spirituality and community in the Diocese of Los Angeles.

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

 
On Thursday, May 26, Thursdays at 2 will feature the Rev. Beth Magill from the Diocese of Texas discussing Missional Communities, here  Thursdays at 2 is a weekly preview of Episcopal Church innovative ministries. Every Thursday at 2 pm Eastern, a...

Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry has appointed the Rev. Canon E. Mark Stevenson as Director of Episcopal Migration Ministries, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff. 

Since September 2013, Stevenson has served as the Episcopal Church Domestic Poverty Missioner, responsible for encouraging poverty ministry efforts aimed at systemic change and overseeing Jubilee Ministries, with nearly 700 ministries that focus on the economically impoverished.  He has also worked to develop partnerships and extensive networking with many Episcopal Church organizations, including Episcopal Relief & Development.

"Mark Stevenson is a demonstrated leader, an able and effective administrator and a faithful and compassionate priest, deeply committed to living the way of Jesus and to advancing his movement in the world, especially through service to and witness on behalf of the poor, the disposed, and the disinherited,” Presiding Bishop Curry said. “In this he joins with the remarkable staff of Episcopal Migration Ministries as they work to resettle our brothers and sisters who find themselves refugees a long way from home, like Mary, Joseph and the infant Jesus” (Matthew 1:13-15).

Episcopal Migration Ministries is 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.

As director, Stevenson will provide leadership with a dedicated, experienced team in implementing Episcopal Migration Ministries’ national program of refugee resettlement as mandated by federal requirements, as well as any initiatives stemming from General Convention and Executive Council pertaining to refugee and immigration issues. Episcopal Migration Ministries carries out a national program of refugee resettlement through a public/private partnership with the US government, holding contracts with both the Department of State, Bureau for Population, Refugees, and Migration; and the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement.  

“The work of Episcopal Migration Ministries is an important element of our overall work as a Church, as we do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God,” Stevenson said. “In my ministry over the years, I have witnessed injustice – and the struggles that come from it – attempt to strip away the dignity that God grants to each of us at our creation. As with the related issues of economic poverty ministry, the work of welcoming the stranger can bring systemic, transformative change to our world. I am looking forward to my new ministry alongside the professional staff of Episcopal Migration Ministries, its affiliates and partners, as the Church lives into this calling.”

Stevenson boasts extensive managerial and administrative experience, both within the Episcopal Church and in his previous secular employment.

Prior, Stevenson served as Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of Louisiana beginning in August 2005 where his responsibilities included oversight of the bishop’s staff, budget management, coordination of clergy and congregation transitional ministry, and various pastoral and administrative concerns throughout the diocese.   When Hurricane Katrina made landfall just days before Stevenson took his post, the scope of his ministry expanded dramatically to include working closely with then-Bishop Charles Jenkins, as well as local, regional, national and international leaders and groups to put into place the processes for effective relief ministry.   In partnership with Episcopal Relief & Development, the diocese instituted an Office of Disaster Response that evolved over the years into Episcopal Community Services of Louisiana, a ministry focused not only on immediate disaster relief but also on the transformation of lives by building a community of care and respect for all human beings.

Before that, Stevenson served as rector of the Church of the Annunciation in New Orleans (Diocese of Louisiana) and the Church of the Good Shepherd in Maitland, Florida (Diocese of Central Florida). In addition, Stevenson has served as a deputy to the 2012 General Convention and an alternate at the 2009 General Convention.

Stevenson serves as vice-president of the board of The Living Church Foundation and has been a board member of Episcopal Relief & Development since 2012.

Stevenson’s appointment takes effect June 1.  

Stevenson can be reached at mstevenson@episcopalchurch.org

Stevenson replaces Deborah Stein, who resigned her position on May 6.

Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry has appointed the Rev. Canon E. Mark Stevenson as Director of Episcopal Migration Ministries, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff.  Since September 2013, Stevenson has served as the Episcopal Church...

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry and Registrar of General Convention, the Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, have notified the Diocese of Pennsylvania that Bishop-Elect Daniel G.P. Gutierrez has received the required majority of consents in the canonical consent process.

The Rev. Canon Daniel G.P. Gutierrez was elected Bishop on March 12.  His ordination and consecration service is slated for July 16; Presiding Bishop Curry will officiate.

In Canon III.11.4 (b), Standing Committees, in consenting to the ordination and consecration, attest they are "fully sensible of how important it is that the Sacred Order and Office of a Bishop should not be unworthily conferred, and firmly persuaded that it is our duty to bear testimony on this solemn occasion without partiality, do, in the presence of Almighty God, testify that we know of no impediment on account of which the Reverend A.B. ought not to be ordained to that Holy Office. We do, moreover, jointly and severally declare that we believe the Reverend A.B. to have been duly and lawfully elected and to be of such sufficiency in learning, of such soundness in the Faith, and of such godly character as to be able to exercise the Office of a Bishop to the honor of God and the edifying of the Church, and to be a wholesome example to the flock of Christ."

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry and Registrar of General Convention, the Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, have notified the Diocese of Pennsylvania that Bishop-Elect Daniel G.P. Gutierrez has received the required majority of consents...

The Episcopal Church is accepting applications for the position of Director of Government Relations, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff.

Based in Washington, DC, the Director of Government Relations is a full-time position responsible for  representing the public policy positions adopted by the Episcopal Church’s General Convention and Executive Council, and the ministry of the Presiding Bishop, to policy makers in Washington, including the White House, the Congress, the Washington, D.C. diplomatic community, the Episcopal institutions and networks, visiting Anglican and Episcopal leaders, the ecumenical community, and public interest organizations so that the Church has a direct presence and ability to advocate its positions to those who make or are concerned about governmental policy.

More information and application instructions for this position are available here 

Deadline for applying is June 20.  

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 Director of Government Relations, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff. Based in Washington, DC, the Director of Government Relations is a full-time position responsible for ...
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On Thursday, May 19, Thursdays at 2 will feature Mobile Loaves and Fishes, a food truck ministry in the Diocese of Rhode Island.

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:

 

  • 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. 

 

In production for future Thursdays at 2:

  • Church on the Square, an Episcopal and Lutheran church plant successfully celebrating its first year in Baltimore, MD.
  • The Abundant Table whose mission is to connect the land with spirituality and community in the Diocese of Los Angeles.

 

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

 

 

 
On Thursday, May 19, Thursdays at 2 will feature Mobile Loaves and Fishes, a food truck ministry in the Diocese of Rhode Island. Thursdays at 2 is a weekly preview of Episcopal Church innovative ministries. Every Thursday at 2 pm Eastern, a new...

The Lutheran Episcopal Coordinating Committee has issued a report following the group’s three-day meeting in May.

 

  “Hazy Hopes Taking Clear Incarnations”

Lutheran Episcopal Coordinating Committee

May 9-11, Marriottsville, Maryland

 

The Lutheran Episcopal Coordinating Committee met in Marriottsville, Maryland, May 9-11.  This Committee is charged with encouraging and assisting efforts in The Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) as they live into their relationship of full communion provided for in “Called to Common Mission” (CCM). This meeting included visits to three joint Lutheran Episcopal ministries in addition to discussions of ongoing implementation of CCM.

“The hazy hopes for CCM that we had at the beginning have taken clear incarnations,” noted committee member the Rev. Lowell Almen. “We saw this today.”  This evaluation was expressed after the Committee visited three very different local ministries established during the last three years with the support of the Delaware-Maryland Synod of the ELCA and the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland:

  • The Churches of the Nativity and the Holy Comforter, “An Episcopal Lutheran Community in Baltimore”; the Rev. Stewart Lucas, Episcopal rector, and the Rev. David Eisenhuth, Lutheran pastor
  • The Church on the Square, Canton, Maryland, “a post-denominational community church”; the Rev. James Hamilton, Pastoral Missioner, and John Deason, Development Missioner
  • First English Lutheran Church (sponsor), the “Slate Project,” Baltimore, MD; co-founders the Rev. Jason Chesnut, the Rev. Jennifer DiFrancesco, and the Rev. Sara Shisler Goff

The Committee discussed recent encouragements from a number of sources for the churches of the three (full) communion agreements to find ways to move into closer relation.  This discussion was prompted in part by a letter from Joint Anglican Lutheran Commission (JALC), the Committee’s partner in Canada.  The Committee encouraged the Chair to respond warmly to the invitation of JALC to work together on this project and to communicate to them this resolution:

 

              The Lutheran Episcopal Coordinating Committee:

Receives with gladness the October 5, 2015, letter from the Joint Anglican Lutheran Commission;

And requests that ecumenical staff of our churches continue work toward mutual acknowledgement of (full) communion relationships among the churches of the Porvoo Agreement, Called to Common Mission, and the Waterloo Declaration.

 

A report will be given at the next Lutheran Episcopal Coordinating Committee meeting.

In addition, the Committee discussed a range of topics around its mandate.  As Bishop Kreiss reminded the members, “We are given the care and nurture of an agreement that is of critical importance for the work of the gospel going forward in our churches. This is the path to which the Holy Spirit has called us. Our job is to help both of our traditions think creatively about what is possible and what is faithful, as we work to insure that the level of trust and intimacy between our church bodies continues to deepen. Fifteen years into CCM, we can see that this is no longer an experiment but the future of both of our churches.”

The Committee discussed ways to celebrate the 15th anniversary of CCM, challenges and opportunities for joint ministries and how to support them, creating standard guidelines and FAQs for the use of churches considering joint ministries, and making the resources more accessible.

The Committee will meet next in Chicago, February 8-10, 2017. Dates will be explored with JALC for a joint meeting, with times proposed during the week of November 27 - December 1, 2017.

 

Members of the Committee

ELCA: Bishop Donald Kreiss (Lutheran co-chair), the Rev. Lowell Almen, Dr. Mitze Budde, Bishop Claire Burkat, the Rev. Natalie Hall

The Episcopal Church: The Rev. Kay Beach, the Rev. Jon Perez 

Staff: Dr. Kathryn Johnson (ELCA); the Rev. Canon Dr. Charles Robertson and the Rev. Margaret Rose (The Episcopal Church)

 

 

 

The Lutheran Episcopal Coordinating Committee has issued a report following the group’s three-day meeting in May.     “Hazy Hopes Taking Clear Incarnations” Lutheran Episcopal Coordinating Committee May 9-11, Marriottsville, Maryland   The Lutheran...

The 2016 election in the United States remains the top of the news in media outlets, and it is inevitably a topic in personal conversations. To provide education about the election as well as assisting in being prepared, The Episcopal Church has developed an online toolkit with a webpage that outlines how individual Episcopalians and congregations can participate in the electoral process through a number of nonpartisan activities.

Through the Episcopal Public Policy Network (EPPN), information is also available on an important initiative, the Episcopal Pledge to Vote.  The EPPN is calling on all Episcopalians to pledge that they will cast a vote in the general election. You can make your pledge to vote and find the toolkit which is designed to assist Episcopalians in being informed and engaged voters on the EPPN election webpage.

“On November 8 our nation will head to the polls to decide a number of important elections, and there are many opportunities for Episcopalians to engage in this electoral process,” noted Lacy Broemel, Manager for Communications and Operations, in the Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations

Broemel explained that the Episcopal Church policy recognizes voting and political participation as an act of Christian stewardship, calling upon congregations to engage in conversation on public policy issues, to develop voter registration and issue education campaigns, and to advocate to counteract threats to voting rights.

All election engagement resources, including the downloadable Episcopal Election Engagement Toolkit, are available on the Episcopal Public Policy Network site here

Among the possible non-partisan activities offered are: engaging young adults who are eligible to vote for the first time; hosting a candidate forum; advocating for voting rights legislation; and hosting Get Out The Vote campaigns.

“Engaging in elections is one way we can live out our call to care for our neighbors as ourselves,” Broemel explained. “Election engagement goes beyond simply casting a ballot, but includes engaging in civil discourse and protecting voting rights.”

 

#EpiscopaliansVote

 

 

The 2016 election in the United States remains the top of the news in media outlets, and it is inevitably a topic in personal conversations. To provide education about the election as well as assisting in being prepared, The Episcopal Church has...

Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry has named the members of the search committee to review and edit a position description and interview candidates for the Episcopal Church Indigenous Missioner, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff.

Named to the committee are:

 

  • Judge Richard Ackley, Diocese of Fond du Lac
  • Isaiah Brokenleg, Diocese of Fond du Lac
  • Bishop Mark Lattime, Diocese of Alaska
  • The Rev. Deacon Lewis Powell, Diocese of Northern California
  • Byron Sloan, Diocese of Arizona
  • Colleen Swan, Diocese of Alaska
  • The Rev. Rachel Tabor-Hamilton, Diocese of Olympia

 

The Rev. Canon Anthony Guillén, Missioner for Hispanic/Latino Ministries, will serve as the staff liaison to the search committee being supported by John E. Colón, Director of Human Resources, and the Rev. Canon Michael Hunn, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Ministry Within The Episcopal Church.

The search committee will review the current position job description and provide advice concerning updating, changes, or modifications to reflect the current and future needs of indigenous peoples in the Episcopal Church.  Once finalized the new job description will be posted and applicants will be invited to apply. The search committee will then review all applications and conduct interviews, either in person or by video.

“I am grateful to all the faithful people who have applied to be members of this search committee - I wish I could have appointed every one!” the Presiding Bishop said. “I have appointed a group small enough to work efficiently and diverse enough to be broadly representative of this important ministry. This is important work and an important position, as the Indigenous Missioner will serve as my primary link to the native peoples throughout the Episcopal Church.”

In April, Presiding Bishop Curry invited volunteers to serve on the search committee to assist him in the appointment of the next Indigenous Missioner.

For more information contact Guillén.

Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry has named the members of the search committee to review and edit a position description and interview candidates for the Episcopal Church Indigenous Missioner, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff....
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Save the dates for Evangelism Matters, an Episcopal Church Evangelism Conference on November 18-19 in Dallas, TX, for anyone who would like to learn more about evangelism and available resources to share our faith.

This innovative churchwide event is co-sponsored by Forward Movement  and the Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop’s Office, and is hosted by the Diocese of Dallas and Church of the Transfiguration, Dallas, where the activities will be held.

Evangelism Matters is an exciting venture which will allow Episcopalians to share, learn and grow our capacity for evangelism,” commented the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, the Presiding Bishop’s Canon for Evangelism and Reconciliation.  “People often speak as if Episcopalians don’t ‘do’ evangelism, and that’s just not true.  We’re serious about sharing good news and growing new relationships everywhere.”

“I am thrilled that Forward Movement will be working closely with the Presiding Bishop’s office to host a churchwide gathering focused on evangelism,” noted the Rev. Canon Scott Gunn, Executive Director of Forward Movement. “As we all seek to live out the Jesus Movement, this gathering focused on evangelism will inspire attendees to share the Good News and provide specific resources to help them in their work.”

A planning group led by Carrie Boren Headington, Missioner for Evangelism in the Diocese of Dallas, and Anne Rudacille Schmidt of the Diocese of Dallas have been hard at work shaping the gathering and the speakers.

Among the planned activities are an address by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, plus plenary sessions and workshops by evangelism leaders.  A portion of the Saturday events will be live webcast to allow for individual and group viewing during conventions, discussion groups, and local evangelism gatherings.

Schedule, registration and other details will be announced in June.

For more information contact Spellers at sspellers@episcopalchurch.org or Gunn at sgunn@forwardmovement.org.

 

 

Save the dates for Evangelism Matters, an Episcopal Church Evangelism Conference on November 18-19 in Dallas, TX, for anyone who would like to learn more about evangelism and available resources to share our faith. This innovative churchwide event...
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Mark your calendars for a weekly preview of new, innovative ministries in The Episcopal Church, brought to you through Thursdays at 2.

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 

“The Episcopal Church is a living and breathing thing, bursting with great examples of individuals and congregations serving their communities or creating innovative ministries,” noted Mike Collins, Manager of Multimedia. “We have great stories of personal transformation and reconciliation to tell and we want to share them regularly – hence Thursdays at 2.”

On Thursday, May 12, Thursdays at 2 will feature Re-membering and Re- Imagining, a report from the House of Bishops.

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

  • 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.

In production for a future Thursdays at 2:

  • Mobile Loaves & Fishes, a food truck ministry helping to feed the hungry in Rhode Island
  • Church on the Square, an Episcopal and Lutheran church plant successfully celebrating its first year in Baltimore, MD.
  • The Abundant Table whose mission is to connect the land with spirituality and community in the Diocese of Los Angeles.

For more information contact Collins.

 

 

 
Mark your calendars for a weekly preview of new, innovative ministries in The Episcopal Church, brought to you through Thursdays at 2. Every Thursday at 2 pm Eastern, a new video illustrating the work of congregations and individuals will be posted...