News: Episcopal News Service January 22, 2016


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January 22, 2016


Erendira Jimenez-Pike of the Diocese of Kentucky addresses the congregation of Wellspring Church in Ferguson on Oct. 11. The Rev. F. Willis Johnson, Wellspring’s pastor, is to her right. A photograph of the memorial at the site where Michael Brown was fatally shot is in the foreground. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News Service

Ferguson pilgrims study systemic racism, injustice and reconciliation
In the months following General Convention, the Episcopal Church has been working to fulfill its mandate to confront racism and the institutional structures that support it.

Video: Presiding Bishop preaches at Trinity Institute’s 2016 conference
This Lent, the theology committee of the House of Bishops invites the Church to explore ways to recover and renew economic imagination with a new resource, Repairing the Breach: Discipleship and Mission in a Global Economy.

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RIP: Former Quincy Bishop Donald Parsons
Bishop Donald James Parsons, 13th dean and president and professor of New Testament at Nashotah House Theological Seminary, died on January 4, 2016. He was 93.

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Middle East archbishop reflects on Primates Meeting
I must confess that as the time neared for the Primates’ Meeting, I became worried and anxious. The reason for this is that I am convinced that the Anglican Communion is God’s gift and value very much the unity among provinces.

Archbishop Justin Welby reflects on Primates Meeting
The Archbishop of Canterbury has written a reflection on the meeting of Anglican Primates in Canterbury last week.

WCC, UN conference: joint statement on refugee crisis
Following the WCC/UN high level conference on the refugee crisis in Europe, which took place at the Ecumenical Centre Geneva on 18-19 January, a statement has been issued entitled “Europe’s Response to the Refuge Crisis, From Origin to Transit, Reception and Refuge, A Call for Shared Responsibility and Coordinated Action”.

Refugee crisis: churches and governments share responsibility
There is a need for “urgent action to strengthen coordination and cooperation in Europe’s response to the refugee and migrant crisis,” a high level conference of governments, UN agencies, churches and civil society organisations heard this week. The conference, in Geneva, was organised by the World Council of Churches and focused on ways to strengthen coordinated responses to the crisis.

Pakistan ‘under the terrible grip of terrorism’
The Bishop of Peshawar has said that Pakistanis are living “under the terrible grip of terrorism” and urged worldwide prayer for his country after the latest terror attack this morning left 19 people dead and 17 injured. Responsibility for the gun attack on the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda remains unclear. One Pakistani Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility; but this was later denied by another Taliban leader, according to BBC News.

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Task Force on the Study of Marriage maps out triennial work

House of Bishops Theology Committee offers daily Lenten meditations

Presiding Bishop invites church-wide observance of Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday

Episcopal Relief & Development supports ongoing Syria crisis response in Europe

2016 Saintly Scorecard, a guide for Lent Madness

Spokane accepting nominations for bishop

Primate of Brazil reflects on Primates’ actions in Canterbury

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