News: Episcopal News Service November 20, 2015


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November 20, 2015


A Syrian refugee boy is seen shortly after arriving at a beach in a raft overcrowded with migrants and refugees in the Greek island of Lesbos, Nov. 20. Balkan countries have begun filtering the flow of migrants to Europe, granting passage to those fleeing conflict in the Middle East and Afghanistan but turning back others from Africa and Asia, the United Nations and Reuters witnesses said on Thursday. Photo: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

In Los Angeles, Episcopalians partnering with others to help refugees
After three years in a Jordanian refugee camp, the Syrian family of four – soon to be five – arrived Nov. 12 at the Los Angeles International Airport with the few possessions they’d stuffed into suitcases and bags.

Awaiting them was a welcome team from All Saints Church in Pasadena, and Raffi Manser, a caseworker for the Interfaith Refugee and Immigration Service.

The church is partnering with IRIS, a program of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and one of about 30 affiliate agencies of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society’s resettlement service, Episcopal Migration Ministries, which has resettled refugees nationally for more than 75 years.

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Church of Sweden, Episcopal Church celebrate partnership and common mission
The longstanding partnership between The Episcopal Church and the (Lutheran) Church of Sweden was formally celebrated during a Eucharist service at Uppsala Cathedral on Nov. 18 at the close of the church’s General Synod.

Former Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori joined the celebration, during which Church of Sweden Archbishop Antje Jackelén offered a prayer for The Episcopal Church and Jefferts Schori offered one for the Church of Sweden.

Europe: Convocation hosts interfaith evening for peace and dialogue
A few days after a series of terrorist attacks devastated France and Lebanon, Muslim and Christian leaders gathered in Paris on Nov. 17 for an evening of discussions about peacemaking efforts and the role of religion in education, promoting dialogue and bringing an end to violence around the world.

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United Thank Offering offers special awards: added amount for young adults; new grants for seminarians

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