News: Episcopal News Service December 18, 2015


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December 18, 2015


“Take what you need,” says the sign on the Homeless Jesus statue outside St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Buffalo, New York, where the congregation has left warm weather clothing. Photo: William Mebane/St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral

Episcopalians across the world help others to celebrate Christmas
Advent may be the time to await Christ’s coming, but in many Episcopal Church congregations, it is also time to turn outward to their neighbors near and far to help them experience the joy of Christmas.

Some congregations have organized toy drives for children, often those served by local social service agencies or who have a parent in prison. In parish halls and narthexes there are mitten trees trimmed with hats, gloves, scarves and, yes, mittens – and sometimes even socks for folks in need.

Christmas season sparks increased support for refugees
With the Christmas season at hand, some refugee resettlement ministries across The Episcopal Church report they have received more food, clothing and other donations for refugee families than in previous years, but their leaders say year-round connection is also needed.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry announces independent investigation
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry has issued the following statement to the staff of the Episcopal Church.


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Atlanta resettlement ministry: A party at Christmas, year-round friendship
It may be the first Christmas party ever for about 40 children of refugee families – and the excitement is mounting for Atlanta’s All Saints Church volunteer Steve Heckler, eager to present a 6-year-old Congolese boy with a toy car kit.

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‘I would talk with Boko Haram’: Anglican Communion secretary general
The secretary general of the Anglican Communion, Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon, has said he would be prepared to talk with Boko Haram, if their leadership could be identified.

Vigils held for Burundi as African Union warns of genocide
Coventry Cathedral was set to take part in a vigil for Burundi Dec. 18 as the African Union warned of an impending genocide in the east African country. And staff at the Anglican Communion Office in London also paused to pray for peace for the troubled country.

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London meetings build on ecumenical momentum from Paris

Deadline nears for Episcopal Church Young Adult Service Corps

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Oklahoma bishop receives award for outstanding human rights achievement

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