Episcopal News Service

Bishop travels 8,000 miles for confirmations in world’s southernmost Anglican cathedral

[Anglican Communion News Service] Three people were confirmed this week in the southernmost cathedral in the Anglican Communion – but the cathedral’s bishop, the Rt. Rev. Tim Thornton, had to travel some 8,000 miles from his office in London, England, for the service. The Falkland Islands are not within an Anglican Communion province but rather an Extra Provincial area under the metropolitical authority of the archbishop of Canterbury.

Episcopal seminaries embrace role as testing grounds for the Way of Love in action

[Episcopal News Service] At Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, it is being used to frame small group discussions about cultural issues and Friday morning worship. Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary in New York has used it to deepen the seminary’s commitment to justice issues. And at Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California, it is shaping seminarians’ field work in local parishes.

Chicago Bishop Jeffrey Lee to retire in 2020

[Episcopal News Service] Diocese of Chicago Bishop Jeffrey D. Lee sent a letter to his diocese on Feb. 14 announcing his intention to step down in August 2020. He has called for the election of his successor. The text of press release about his announcement follows.

Virginia bishop calls on Episcopalians to ‘look at our own lives’ as blackface scandals grip state

[Episcopal News Service] Diocese of Virginia Bishop Suffragan Susan Goff issued a statement this week about the series of political scandals that have engulfed the state, which Goff said, provide Episcopalians an opportunity to “take a close look at our own lives” and to repent.

Alabama Bishop Kee Sloan announces plan to step down at end of 2020

[Episcopal News Service] Diocese of Alabama Bishop Kee Sloan issued a message to his diocese on Feb. 9 announcing his intention to step down at the end of 2020. He has called for the election of a bishop coadjutor, who will succeed him as diocesan bishop.

Sloan first announced his plans in an address to the diocesan convention. The text of his written message to the diocese follows.


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Retiring Western New York bishop to serve as assisting bishop in Long Island

[Diocese of Western New York] Bishop Bill Franklin, who will retire as bishop of Western New York on April 3, will become assisting bishop in the Diocese of Long Island in May.

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