News: Episcopal News Service September 25, 2015


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September, 2015


A banner hangs behind the baptismal font in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Corktown, a neighborhood just west of downtown Detroit. Photo: Lynette Wilson/ENS

As more water shutoffs loom, church prepares to canvas neighborhoods
On any given day, some 10,000 Detroit residents, the majority elderly women and single mothers, turn on a dry tap.

It’s a persistent water crisis that has attracted international attention and condemnation amidst coverage of Detroit’s post-bankruptcy odyssey from ruin to rebirth as a city for investors, entrepreneurs, artists and creative types.

For more than a year, at the same time trendy restaurants opened, competition increased for downtown lofts and apartments, and construction began on a public-private $137 million light rail train stretching three miles along Woodward Avenue, the city’s poorest residents have faced water shutoffs.

Presiding Bishop, other faith leaders endorse Pope’s climate change imperative
In the wake of Pope Francis’ historic visit to Washington, D.C., Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and other faith leaders on Sept. 24 committed to five initiatives to address global climate change.

“Coming Together in Faith,” a two-day live-streamed interreligious summit, brought together faith leaders to issue a call to environmental action.

“Faith can and does move mountains,” Jefferts Schori said in an address to cathedral and online audiences, after inviting them just “to breathe” a breath of life, and to hope and to feel the creative potential inward while breathing out “your willingness to change the world in word and action.”

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