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March 21, 2012

Richard Parkins is executive director of the American Friends of the Episcopal Church of Sudan. Photo/Matthew Davies

[Episcopal News Service] With hardly a chance to bask in the jubilation that accompanied the July 2011 creation of the Republic of South Sudan, the advocacy community...

March 18, 2012

[Episcopal News Service] Statistics are cold. Of course they can be and are manipulated to justify positions. Nevertheless there’s no disputing that the Episcopal Church is in systemic decline.  Seeking ways to reverse this loss of “membership,” resources and influence involves us all in the...

March 15, 2012

[Episcopal News Service] Although global warming has become politicized in Congress, there is one public arena with more agreement than discord on the need to address climate change: that’s among our religious leadership in the Episcopal Church.

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Shori...

March 14, 2012

It was 9 a.m. I had just come home from the very early morning shift loading and unloading bags at the Austin, Texas, airport. I was tired and once again, I had to deal with the big black Ford Bronco parked in the seminary parking space behind the house where I lived. Notes had been left on...

March 11, 2012

[Episcopal News Service] As I make my way through the season of Lent again this year, my thoughts return to a visit I made to Jerusalem in January. If I close my eyes I can summon in an instant the twisting labyrinth of streets in the Old City, its narrow thoroughfares crowded with orthodox...

March 7, 2012

The Rev. Mike Kreutzer works with children at Kemp Elementary School in Dayton as part of a school-church partnership.

[Diocese of Southern Ohio] It is a few minutes after 9 a.m. on a Thursday. The children at Kemp Elementary School in Dayton, Ohio, have just...

March 6, 2012

[Religion News Service] As I boarded a flight in New York, television monitors in the terminal told horrific stories of tornadoes devastating towns and cities across the Ohio River Valley, where I was heading.

I recognized some places being hit, including my birthplace in southwestern...

March 4, 2012

[Episcopal News Service] People say the church is dying.

I have to admit, while I’ve heard this, I’ve never experienced it firsthand in any real or meaningful way. It is possible that I am just a Pollyanna or have my head in the sand, but I don’t think the church is dying. I just cannot...

February 26, 2012

[Episcopal News Service] Our presiding bishop suggested this year that we might use the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals as a lens through which to view our observance of this season. When the Episcopal Church adopted these goals at our 2006 General...

February 21, 2012

[Episcopal News Service] On the eve of the Super Bowl, a luncheon speaker reflected on his 50-year career, which included positions as a head college football coach and leader of the National Football Foundation and Football Hall of Fame. Football, he declared, was all about the money, and a...

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