News: Episcopal News Service April 26, 2016


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April 26, 2016


Episcopalians from the Diocese of California gathered under a tree at Lone Tree Point along the East Bay in Rodeo, California, northeast of San Francisco for the April 23 EcoConfirmation, where participants reaffirmed their commitment to the environment. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News Service

Episcopalians reaffirm their commitment to the environment
Three words, three additional words, is all it takes to expand the way Episcopalians are called to live out their faith to include care of the Earth.

In the Episcopal Diocese of California, the Baptismal Covenant’s fifth and final question that follows the Apostles’ Creed, the question reads: “Will you strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of the Earth and of every human being?” The keyword, of course, being “Earth.”

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North Carolina bishops issue statement regarding HB2
In our baptismal covenant, we commit “to strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.” For many, this is the most difficult promise in the covenant, as it calls us to move beyond our differences, expectations, fears, prejudices and misunderstandings about other people and meet them where they are. At times, it means standing up in the world and speaking truth to power, knowing that there will be resistance. This promise takes us out of our comfort zone and into the uncharted territory of God’s grace.

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Australia’s Christian leaders oppose aid budget cut
The Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia, Archbishop Philip Freier, has joined the leaders of Australia’s 12 Christian denominations in a letter published in The Australian newspaper to government Treasurer Scott Morrison, in which they call on the federal government not to proceed with the scheduled $224 million Australian Dollars (approximately £119 million GBP) cut to the country’s aid budget.

Reformation and unity in ACC’s ecumenical resolutions
A call for Anglicans to commemorate next year’s 500th anniversary of the Reformation and the commendation of a number of new inter-denominational agreements and reports were amongst a raft of ecumenical resolutions adopted by the Anglican Consultative Council when they met in Lusaka, Zambia, earlier this month.

Liverpool Bishop : Hillsborough is a story of ‘loss, grief and pain’
The Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Revd Paul Bayes, has spoken of the “loss, grief and pain” felt by the victims of the Hillsborough disaster as a jury ruled that the 96 Liverpool FC fans who were killed in a crush at the FA Cup semi-final match against Nottingham Forest in April 1989 were unlawfully killed.

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EYE2017 Mission Planning Team application deadline extended

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