(RNS) Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said the Diocese of South Carolina can't unilaterally secede, as she urged conservatives to stay in the denomination despite sharp disagreements over theology and homosexuality. By Daniel Burke.
(RNS) The Diocese of South Carolina announced on Wednesday (Oct. 17) that it has disaffiliated from the Episcopal Church, escalating a long-running skirmish and setting the stage to become the fifth diocese to secede from the national church. By Daniel Burke.
(RNS) Conservative commentators like Rupert Murdoch's stable and Ross Douthat of The New York Times are feasting on what they perceive as the "death" of "liberal Christianity." Their next round of emotional and financial blackmail won't find much of an audience. By Tom Ehrich.
(RNS) Since I've been keeping a steady eye on the Episcopal Church for more than six years, I'm always interested in what journalists have to say about it. Every once in a while, I read something so counterfactual I feel compelled to speak out.
(RNS) Gay and lesbian Episcopalians are celebrating their church’s approval on Tuesday (July 10) of a liturgical rite for blessing same-sex couples. But conservatives are threatening to take “drastic” steps to distance themselves from the Episcopal Church. By Daniel Burke.
(RNS) Although church conventions tend to get attention for decisions on sexuality and gender, I am more intrigued by a movement among Episcopalians to sell their national headquarters building in New York City. More open doors, I say, and more out-there ministry in a dangerous world. By Tom Ehrich.
LONDON (RNS) Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams criticized some Christians for feeling so "embarrassed and ashamed and disgusted" over homosexuality that they send out a message signaling a lack of understanding and patience. By Al Webb.
NEW YORK (RNS/ENInews) A retired Episcopal bishop and a Harlem priest were among seven people convicted Monday on trespassing on property owned by one of the Episcopal Church's wealthiest parishes at the height of the Occupy protests. By Sharon Sheridan.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Episcopal bishops are asking the president to intervene after a UN agency allegedly cut support for a church-run hospital in the Gaza Strip. By Chris Lisee.
The Anglican fight over gay clergy is usually framed as a left and right conflict, part of the larger saga of political division. But this narrative obscures a more significant tension in Western societies: the increasing gap between spirituality and religion, and the failure of traditional religious institutions to learn from the divide. By Diana Butler Bass.
(RNS) A Virginia judge has ordered seven congregations that broke from the Episcopal Church to return all property to the local diocese -- from valuable land to sacred chalices -- by April 30. By Daniel Burke.
CHICAGO (RNS) At least 49 Episcopal churches in 12 states will offer ashes to passersby on Ash Wednesday at train stations, bus stops, college campuses and busy intersections. "We live in a time where we can’t just sit back and wait for people to come to us," said Bishop Stacy Sauls. By Piet Levy.
CLEVELAND (RNS) Shuttered churches might be the biggest challenge facing the preservation community. Shrinking congregations and migration to the suburbs have left churches empty, or with fewer members. Preservationists lobby to save them, but no one can afford to open them. By Michelle Jarboe McFee.
"If my story can help a young boy or girl in their teens believe they can have a wonderful and productive life and family," says the Episcopal Church's first openly gay bishop, V. Gene Robinson, "then it's worth my putting up with a film crew following me around for two years in order to comfort and inspire them."