Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Racial Justice, Healing and Reconciliation Resources
For centuries, monastic communities have shaped their lives around rhythms and disciplines for following Jesus together. The Way of Love: Practices for Jesus-Centered Life outlines a Rule for the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement.” – Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
“Being a Christian is not essentially about joining a church or being a nice person, but about following in the footsteps of Jesus, taking his teachings seriously, letting his Spirit take the lead in our lives, and in so doing helping to change the world from our nightmare into God’s dream.”
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Less than a year after a coalition was first proposed to focus on The Episcopal Church’s racial equity and justice work, members of the constituting group—representing the broad diversity of the church—have been appointed by the presiding bishop and president of the House of Deputies.
The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia has received notification from Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry that a majority of both the various diocesan standing committees and the bishops exercising jurisdiction in The Episcopal Church have consented to the reception of the Most Rev. Melissa Skelton as a bishop of The Episcopal Church—and to her appointment as bishop provisional for the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, per Canon III.10.5.
Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) is excited to announce The Rainbow Initiative, a 2023 project focused on working with Episcopal congregations to bring visibility and aid to LGBTQ+ forced migrants. Participation is also encouraged in an online survey.
The Episcopal Diocese of New York has received notification from Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry that Bishop-elect Matthew Foster Heyd has received the required majority of consents in the canonical consent process detailed in Canon III.11.3. The consents received have been certified by the Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, registrar of the General Convention.