News: Episcopal News Service June 28, 2016


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June 28, 2016


Letter to Episcopal Church from Presiding Bishop, President of House of Deputies
Jesus tells us to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves, and he tells us over and over again not to be afraid (Matthew 10:31, Mark 5:36, Luke 8:50, John 14:27). There’s no confusion about what Jesus is telling us, but it often requires courage to embody it in the real world. Again and again, we become afraid, and mired in that fear, we turn against Jesus and one another. This age-old cycle of fear and hatred plays out again and again in our broken world, in sickening and shocking events like the massacre targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Orlando, but also in the rules we make and the laws we pass.

Myra B. Garnes, Diocese of Long Island canon for youth and young adult ministries, left, and the Rev. Diane Higgins-Shaffer, a deacon in the Diocese of Oregon, work on a team-building exercise during a Called to Transformation Asset-Based Community Development facilitator formation workshop June 13-16. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service

ABCD method offers transformation to communities, lives
A new tool being used by a growing number of Episcopal Church congregations invites Episcopalians to shift their approach to mission work: Don’t rush in to assess needs in order to devise programs to meet those needs; instead listen, build relationships, find each other’s gifts and discern how to use those gifts to build up the community together.

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Interfaith call for unity as Brexit vote sparks racist attacks
Church leaders have criticized the rise in racist abuse and attacks in the United Kingdom following last week’s historic referendum decision to withdraw from the European Union. Members of ethnic minority communities and immigrants from across the EU have reported being told to “go home – we voted to leave” and other forms of abuse.

Church apologizes for inhumane treatment of leprosy patients
The Synod of the Nippon Sei Ko kai (NSKK), the Anglican Church in Japan,  has issued a public apology for their part in the isolation and inhumane treatment of people with Hansen’s Disease (leprosy).

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Alan Yarborough named the 2016-2017 intern for innovative Episcopal Church collaboration

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