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Bishop Steve has been in touch with staff at the Diocese of Western Massachusetts in Springfield in the aftermath of the tornado activity there.  While one member of the staff was unable to get home last night and slept at the diocesan office and another is unable to leave home due to debris on her…

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Bishop Marty Field on the tragedy in Joplin, Missouri

Update from Episcopal News Service: WEST MISSOURI: Church members ‘shocked and dazed’ but safe after deadly tornado Local Episcopal church unharmed; members mobilizing to assist relief efforts http://www.episcopalchurch.org/80263_128445_ENG_HTM.htm The Rt. Rev. Martin Field, bishop of the Diocese of Western Missouri, has posted a message to members of the diocese about devastation caused by yesterday’s tornado. …

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Bishops advocate for Jerusalem bishop denied a residency permit

From Episcopal News Service – Following the March 25 – 30 meeting of the House of Bishops, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and the house have written letters requesting support for Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem Suheil Dawani, who has been denied the customary residency permit allowing him to live in Jerusalem. Jefferts Schori’s letter is…

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Bishop Steve reflects on the House of Bishops meeting

Since returning home, I’ve reflected a bit on the bishops’ time together. It seems to me that part of what it made it feel so jam-packed was that what we were discussing – ministry with young adults and conversations with Islam – is so very challenging. Our assumptions about the value of the church are…

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Kanuga and the House of Bishops

Bishop Steve offered this reflection on his blog  from the Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville, North Carolina, where the House of Bishops is meeting. One of the topics discussed by the bishop was proclaiming the Gospel in the 21st Century.  Bishop Steve has this to say: “On the matter of ministry of young adults, it’s…

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Prayers and support for the people of Japan

Update:  3/14/11 More about how to help from Episcopal Relief & Development From the Archbishop of Japan “There is particular concern for two churches: Isoyama St Peter’s Church in Fukushima Prefecture and Kamaishi Shinai Church and the kindergarten in Iwate that were close to the sea. Priests have been frantically trying to confirm that their parishioners…

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Check out Bishop Steve’s new blog posts

Bishop Steve is a master at blocking out the buzz of an airport and using the time he waits for flights to blog about his visits around the Diocese and across the Church.  Yesterday he was on his way to Fort Worth, Texas, to attend the Executive Council meeting.  He’s there in his newly appointed…

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Jefferts Schori appointed to Obama advisory group

The Episcopal Church’s Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori was appointed to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Read on…

Primates to meet in Dublin this week

Matthew Davies has a story at Episcopal News Service about the upcoming meeting of the Anglican Communion Primates (most of them, anyway). Read it here. The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori will attend.  Today she released the following statement about the Primates meeting: January 24, 2011 I look…

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The Presiding Bishop writes the President

Here’s a link to Episcopal Cafe’s reporting on the letter the Most. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori has sent to President Obama on the Middle East peace process.  [read more…] At the Diocese of Maine’s annual convention in October 2010, clergy of the diocese and lay delegates from our 65 congregations passed the following resolution presented…

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