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Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry and Registrar of General Convention, the Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, have notified the Diocese of San Joaquin that Bishop David Rice has received the required consents, from both bishops with jurisdiction and standing committees of the Episcopal Church, to become Bishop Diocesan. 

Under Canon III.11.3 (b), Standing Committees must “testify that we know of no impediment” which would cause them not to support a bishop-elect from being a bishop. Bishops exercising jurisdiction (essentially, Bishops Diocesan), either consent or do not. In each case, a majority is required for a bishop-elect to become bishop.

Since 2014, Bishop Rice has served as bishop with provisional charge and authority for the Diocese of San Joaquin (Canon III.13.1). Previously, he served as Assistant Bishop of San Joaquin and Bishop in the Diocese of Waiapu in Aotearoa/New Zealand and Polynesia.

Bishop Rice was elected Bishop Diocesan of San Joaquin on March 4 and will be installed as Bishop Diocesan on November 18; Presiding Bishop Curry will officiate at the service.

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry and Registrar of General Convention, the Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, have notified the Diocese of San Joaquin that Bishop David Rice has received the required consents, from both

The Episcopal Church Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation is accepting applications for grants that focus on local faith-based projects for mitigating climate change and safeguarding the integrity of Creation.

This marks the next cycle of grantmaking by the Episcopal Church Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation, enabled by Resolution A030,   Create Task Force On Climate Change, approved at General Convention 2015 and charged with the responsibility to develop a grant process to support local ecologically responsible stewardship of church-related properties and buildings.

Recommendations will be made for grants up to $10,000.

Further information regarding this grant process and how to submit an application is available here.

Deadline for applications is August 20.

Episcopal Church congregations, seminaries, schools, monastic communities, non-profits, dioceses, provinces, etc. are encouraged to develop projects that find and establish connections between eco- and social justice, engaging the local community as partners and participants. The projects should seek to foster cooperation between communities of faith, civic, scientific and educational organizations. Projects should have specific outcomes which create lasting impact, enhance faith formation and social understanding and serve groups and/or regions that are vulnerable and/or underrepresented in the church. Projects including intergenerational engagement, demonstrating innovation and creativity, and promoting churchwide learning, understanding and practical application are welcomed. Projects should not be solely focused on materials, salaries, or capital expenses.

The Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation will make recommendations to the Episcopal Church Executive Council for its October 2017 meeting, and final grant decisions will be announced in November with the funds released in December.

Members

Members of the Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation are: Bishop Marc Andrus, Co-Chair, Diocese of California; the Rev. Stephanie Johnson, Co-Chair, Diocese of Connecticut; Paul Anton, Diocese of Minnesota; the Rev. Jerry Cappel, Diocese of Kentucky; the Rev. Patrick Funston, Diocese of Kansas; the Rev. Luis Alberto Garcia Correa, Diocese of  Dominican Republic; the Rev. Esther Georges, Diocese of the Virgin Islands; Julia Harris, Diocese of Oklahoma and Liaison of Executive Council; Perry Hodgkins Jones, Diocese of Atlanta; the Rev. Martha Kirkpatrick, Diocese of Delaware; the Rev. Nurya Love Parish, Diocese of Western Michigan; Kelly Phelan, Diocese of Los Angeles; Peter Sergienko, Diocese of Oregon; Dr. Andrew Thompson, Diocese of  East Tennessee; Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Ex Officio; President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, Ex Officio; the Rev. Melanie Mullen, staff liaison    

 

For more information contact Ann Hercules.

 

 

Previous information:

Episcopal Church announces Stewardship of Creation grant recipients

 

 

 

The Episcopal Church Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation is accepting applications for grants that focus on local faith-based projects for mitigating climate change and safeguarding the integrity of Creation. This marks the next cycle

Nominations are being accepted for candidates for the position of Bishop Coadjutor for the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti.

The Diocese of Haiti Profile is available in English here

and in French here 

 

The open nomination process for the Bishop Coadjutor of Haiti continues through June 29.

 

Please note:

  • Candidates must be fluent in French and Creole, and able to understand English.
  • Nominations must be signed by six lay members and six clergy from the diocese.
  • Deadline for submitting nominations is June 29.
  • The election for the Bishop Coadjutor for the Diocese of Haiti is slated for January 27, 2018.

 

For information, contact the Very Rev. Ronald H. Clingenpeel, Transitions Consultant rhclingenpeel@yahoo.com

 

Note: the French version of this release will be available shortly

Nominations are being accepted for candidates for the position of Bishop Coadjutor for the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti. The Diocese of Haiti Profile is available in English here and in French here    The open nomination process for the Bishop

On Thursday, June 15, Thursdays at 2 features Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry in his 2017 World Refugee Day Message.

The video is available here.

“In the name of Mary, Joseph and the Lord Jesus, aid all refugees today, for most of the refugees like the Holy Family themselves, are families, and most are children,” the Presiding Bishop says. “I invite you to observe June 20 as World Refugee Day to learn more about the crisis and to find ways that you can both pray and help in other ways.”

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.

Episcopal Migration Ministries is a ministry of the Episcopal Church, and is one of nine national agencies that work in partnership with the government to resettle refugees in the United States. Episcopal Migration Ministries currently has 31 affiliate offices in 23 states.

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:

  • Jericho Road Episcopal Housing Initiative of New Orleans
  • Thy Kingdom Come
  • For Such a Time as This: A Call to Prayer, Fasting, and Advocacy
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe, Seattle WA
  • Mobile Loaves and Fishes
  • Bistro St. Michael’s
  • Episcopal Migration Ministries
  • Edible Churchyard
  • Episcopal Revival
  • St. Gabriel's, Leesburg VA
  • Ecclesia Ministries Common Cathedral
  • Christ Church in Philadelphia, PA
  • YASCer in Tanzania
  • Two Tables
  • The Food Pantry at St. Gregory Nyssa in San Francisco, CA
  • @OurTable
  • Young Adult Service Corps
  • United Thank Offering at St. Paul's Senior Center
  • Amazing Grace
  • St. Thomas Choir School
  • Bridal designer Anne Barge
  • Ferguson Pilgrimage
  • Bluestone Farms and the Community of the Holy Spirit
  • The Abundant Table

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

 

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On Thursday, June 15, Thursdays at 2 features Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry in his 2017 World Refugee Day Message. The video is available here. “In the name of Mary, Joseph and the Lord Jesus, aid all refugees today

“In the name of Mary, Joseph and the Lord Jesus, aid all refugees today, for most of the refugees like the Holy Family themselves, are families, and most are children,” commented Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry in his 2017 World Refugee Day Message. “I invite you to observe June 20 as World Refugee Day to learn more about the crisis and to find ways that you can both pray and help in other ways.”

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.

Episcopal Migration Ministries is a ministry of the Episcopal Church, and is one of nine national agencies that work in partnership with the government to resettle refugees in the United States. Episcopal Migration Ministries currently has 31 affiliate offices in 23 states.

The Presiding Bishop’s video message is here.  The transcription is located at the end of this information.

Episcopal Migration Ministries toolkit

Episcopal Migration Ministries has prepared a comprehensive toolkit, located here, with ideas and guides for individuals and congregations to observe World Refugee Day on June 20. 

In 2017, World Refugee Day falls within the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and one of the toolkit items provides ways to host an Interfaith Panel Discussion & Prayer for refugees followed by an Iftar meal (literally translated to breakfast).

“Faith is one of the primary drivers for many involved in the important work of refugee resettlement,” commented the Rev. Canon E. Mark Stevenson, director of Episcopal Migration Ministries. “We hope, by gathering members of and in communities across this land to eat together and share aspects of their own particular faith traditions regarding welcoming, that we can deepen our relationships and inspire even greater ministry on the local level.”

Resources

  • Host a #StandTogether Interfaith Conversation, Prayer and Dinner in honor of World Refugee Day, resources available here
  • Start a conversation in your congregation and community about how you can be involved in this life-saving work. World Refugee Day bulletin insert here.
  • Join the Episcopal Public Policy Network to learn more about how you can work with local and elected leaders to support refugees.

 

Transcription

 

Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry

2017 World Refugee Day Message

 

In the late 1930s, as the world was on the verge of being plunged into an apocalyptic Second World War, Episcopalians and the Episcopal Church gathered together and began work to resettle those who were refugees fleeing terror in Europe, helping to resettle families, helping to resettle young people, helping to resettle people in this country in safety and security. 

Since the 1930s, Episcopalians have been involved in the work of resettling families and people who are refugees, some 80,000. 

At that time, in the 1930s there was a poster that depicted Mary, the baby Jesus, and Joseph. Mary was on the donkey. They were clearly on a journey. They were fleeing Palestine. They were seeking to find safety in Egypt. They were refugees. The poster from the 1930s read, “In the name of these refugees, aid all refugees.”

In the name of Mary, Joseph and the Lord Jesus, aid all refugees today, for most of the refugees like the Holy Family themselves, are families, and most are children.

I invite you to observe June 20 as World Refugee Day to learn more about the crisis and to find ways that you can both pray and help in other ways.

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

 

“In the name of Mary, Joseph and the Lord Jesus, aid all refugees today, for most of the refugees like the Holy Family themselves, are families, and most are children,” commented Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry in his

The United Thank Offering of the Episcopal Church awarded 34 grants for a total of $1,214,447.51 for the mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. The grant recipients were approved by the Executive Council, meeting June 9 – June 11 in San Juan, Puerto Rico (Diocese of Puerto Rico).

The United Thank Offering is a ministry of the Episcopal Church to promote thankfulness and mission in the whole Church. 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 2017 grants were awarded to projects in 35 dioceses, which included 27 dioceses located within the United States, eight non-domestic dioceses, five companion dioceses, one United Thank Offering internship, and Global Partnerships funding for missionaries.

United Thank Offering – Julia Chester Emery Internship: Missional Voices

  • Diocese of Texas:  To continue and expand the Julia Chester Emery United Thank Offering Internship. This project seeks to aid in the personal and professional development of a young woman interested in lay ministry, by providing intentional mentoring and leadership experience through Missional Voices and United Thank Offering particularly in the areas of church marketing and development:  $39,840.00

Global Partnerships - Gifts for Missionaries  

  • Each year the United Thank Offering provides funding as a gift for missionaries serving overseas as a reminder of the Church’s historic commitment to women missionaries:  $9,918.59

Recipients and projects

  • Diocese of Alaska - Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition, Fairbanks, AK:  $5,000.00
  • Diocese of Alaska with the Companion Diocese of Navajoland - Building Out the Jesus Movement in Navajoland, Farmington, NM:  $29,000.00
  • Diocese of Alaska, with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry - Translating the Book of Common Prayer into Modern Gwich'in (Athabascan), Fairbanks, AK:  $40,000.00
  • Diocese of Albany - St. Paul's Community and Ministry Center, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Bloomville, NY:  $49,121.00
  • Diocese of Arizona with the Companion Diocese of Jerusalem - Renovating a School Facility at Savior School in Jordan, Zarka, Kingdom of Jordan:  $69,916.00
  • Diocese of Arkansas - Wash Day Ministry, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Hot Springs, AR:  $21,250.00
  • Diocese of Colorado - St. Andrew's Tiny House Village, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Denver, CO:  $30,000.00
  • Diocese of Connecticut - St. Paul's Common Good Garden, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Southington, CT:  $10,500.00
  • Diocese of Georgia - Epiphany Community Organizing and New Evangelism in the Diocese of Georgia, Savannah, GA:  $37,500.00
  • Diocese of Gitega - Community Center for Sustainable Reconciliation, Anglican Communion Province of Burundi, Africa:  $45,924.00
  • Diocese of Kansas - Sending out the 70: Equipping Lay Evangelists, Trinity Episcopal Church, Lawrence, KS:  $20,450.00
  • Diocese of Kurunagala - Igniting the Flame of Hope, Church of Ceylon, Sri Lanka:  $35,548.00
  • Diocese of Michigan - Iglesia Santa Teresa y San Juan, Detroit, MI:  $50,000.00
  • Diocese of Navajoland - Rides for Navajoland, Farmigton, NM:  $60,410.00
  • Diocese of Nevada - A Van for St. Mary's, St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Nixon, NV:  $16.251.88
  • Diocese of Newark - Parent Education Workshops, All Saints Episcopal Church/All Saints Community Service and Development Corporation, Hoboken, NJ:  $27,029.00
  • Diocese of New York with the Companion Diocese of Haiti - New York Haiti Project, Mantel, Haiti:  $59,038.00
  • Diocese of New Hampshire - Establish an Eco-Curacy at Church in the Woods, Church of the Woods Episcopal Church, Canterbury, NH:  $24,221.00
  • Diocese of Northern Indiana - EDNIN Community Engagement Project, South Bend, IN:  $50,000.00
  • Diocese of Ohio - Bellwether Farm, Equipping Leaders for a sustainable Future, Bellwether Farm Camp, Retreat and Education Center, Wakeman, OH:  $53,667.00
  • Diocese of Olympia - Edible Hope Kitchen, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Seattle, WA:  $21,864.19
  • Diocese of Pittsburgh with the Companion Diocese of Uganda - St. Andrew's Secondary School Physical Plant Development, Buwologoma, Uganda:  $72,920.00
  • Diocese of San Diego - MAKE Garden Cafe Project, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, San Diego, CA:  $35,000.00
  • Diocese of San Diego with the Companion Diocese of Western Mexico - Indigenous Ministry Project, San Luis Potosi, Mexico:  $17,783.00
  • Diocese of San Joaquin - Food Ministries of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin, Stockton, Fresno, Bakersfield, Taft and Ridgecrest, CA:  $6,048.00
  • Diocese of Southern Ohio - CRIS Refugee Speakers Bureau, Columbus, OH:  $1,525.00
  • Diocese of the Southern Philippines - Construction of Diocesan Peace Center, Cotabato City,The Philippines:  $59,078.85
  • Diocese of Southern Virginia - Inner City Improvement, Newport News, VA:  $23,400.00
  • Diocese of Spain - Emmaus House: Pamplona Youth Center for Reconciliation & Evangelism, Pamplona, Spain:  $75,000.00
  • Diocese of Upper South Carolina - Jasmine Road, Greenville, SC:  $40,500.00
  • Diocese of Utah - New Gas Stoves to improve the Family Promise Experience, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, West Valley City, UT:  $1,500.00
  • Diocese of West Missouri - St. Luke's Nursing Center Quality of Life Initiative, Carthage, MO:  $22,500.00
  • Diocese of Western Michigan - Albion Community Gardens, Inc., St. James' Episcopal Church, Albion, MI:  $20,744.00

The United Thank Offering award funds are derived from the Ingatherings/funds/contributions received through offerings from the well-known and easily recognizable UTO Blue Box.

Members of the United Thank Offering board are: Sandra Squires, President; Marcie Cherau, Vice President; Birdie Blake Reid, Secretary; Kathy Mank, Financial Secretary; Sherri Dietrich, Province I; Vernese Smith, Province II; Joyce Douglas, Province III; Joyce Landers, Province IV; Peg Cooper, Grants Convener, Province V; Elizabeth Campbell, Province VI; Valinda Jackson, Province VII; Barbara Schafer, Province VIII; Reina de Lopez, Province IX; Caitlyn Darnell, Young Adult Board Member; Sarah Carver, Appointed Member; Marian Luckey, Executive Council Liaison.

For more information contact the Rev. Heather Melton, Staff Officer for the United Thank Offering. 

  

The United Thank Offering of the Episcopal Church awarded 34 grants for a total of $1,214,447.51 for the mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. The grant recipients were approved by the Executive Council, meeting

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