News: Episcopal News Service September 14, 2015


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September 14, 2015


Syrian refugees and migrants disembark the Eleftherios Venizelos passenger ship at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece, September 14, 2015. REUTERS/Michalis Karagiannis 

Presiding Bishop’s statement on refugees; congregational and individual response suggestions
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has issued this statement on the current worldwide refugee crisis:

The children of Abraham have ever been reminded to care for the widow and orphan and the sojourner in their midst, who were the refugees and homeless of the time. Jesus charged his followers to care for the least of these and proclaim the near presence of the Reign of God – in other words, feed the hungry, water the thirsty, house the homeless, heal the sick, and liberate the captives. We cannot ignore the massive human suffering in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, nor in Asia and the Americas. We are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, and our lives are bound up with theirs. The churchwide ministry of Episcopalians has included refugee resettlement since the refugee crisis of World War II.  It continues today through the leadership of Episcopal Migration Ministries, and I urge your involvement, action, and support. Read about their work below, and share these
opportunities with friends and co-workers. You will discover anew the power of good news in the face of the world’s tragedies. 

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Audrey Cady Scanlan ordained as bishop of Central Pennsylvania
The Rev. Audrey Cady Scanlan was ordained and consecrated as the 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania on Sept. 12 during a service at The Forum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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Arab Israeli schools strike in protest at Christian school funding cuts
Arab Israeli schools last week joined a “strike” in solidarity with Christian schools in Israel that have remained closed from the start of the new academic year in protest at what the Christian school leaders are describing as discriminatory funding cuts.

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Presiding Bishop preaches at St. Thomas, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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Rachel C. Kessler appointed priest-in-charge of Harcourt Parish, Gambier, Ohio, Kenyon College chaplain

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