News from our dioceses...
Diocese of Albany
At this holiest of seasons, giving to poor children seems to be a perfect way to celebrate Jesus' birth! Our Lord slept in a manger for lack of a bed, and today, thousands of children are sleeping on floors or the same reason. We have an opportunity to make a difference through the Sleep In Heavenly Peace project.
SLEEP IN HEAVENLY PEACE is a wonderful, national, not-for profit organization whose sole purpose is to build beds for children who have no bed (toddlers to teens). Their motto is “no kid sleeps on the floor in our town.” Read about one church's experience in the Albany Episcopalian >
The Episcopal Church in Cuba
From the Friends of the Episcopal Church in Cuba: As we approach the end of 2019, we feel it is important to share with all of you what a great year we have had supporting Bishop Griselda, all the clergy and all the administrative team of the Episcopal Church of Cuba. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone of you who gave your passion, your time and your financial support - all of which helped make 2019 a truly great year. Here are just a few highlights:
Featured Church of the month seeking a US companion: San Jorge Parish, Bartle, Cuba
The Diocese of Haiti
A Mission funded by Bishop McKelvey: Rays in the Garden
Dr. Wayne & Lisa Hassinger
With Thanksgiving approaching, we have so many things to be thankful for, though these are tumultuous times here in Haiti. Haiti is currently in its ninth week of unrest and it has been even longer since there was fuel in our neck of the woods. We are all truly blessed to have a calling on our lives. It is a blessing to have been called to Haiti. We are blessed by God’s faithfulness and love for us daily. We are blessed to have our family to walk through life with. We are blessed to have electricity and running(clean) water. We are blessed to have more than enough food on a daily basis. We are blessed by all of the animals that God has created and allows us to keep and care for. We are blessed that the kids are able to do home school with fairly reliable internet. We are blessed that the area we live in has stayed peaceful. We are blessed by God’s protection daily.
Diocese of Central New York
"It made me want to stand for something, for people, to lead communities of faith and teach the gospel." —past pilgrim Pilar Padrón speaks to Episcopal News Service about the youth pilgrimage to El Salvador.
The Rev. Deacon Chuck Stewart and the Rev. Jeanne Hansknecht will lead a group of young people ranging from grade 8 through college-age in a pilgrimage to our Companion Diocese of El Salvador from July 15th-22nd. Find out more >
The Diocese of Long Island
The attack on Saturday, December 28 at the home of a Brooklyn Jewish rabbi in the midst of a Hanukkah celebration after a rash of recent anti-Semitic incidents in our region impels us, the Episcopal Church bishops of Long Island, to speak out in solidarity and support of our Jewish sisters and brothers. ...
Therefore, we call on our fellow Episcopalians now to boost our own spiritual solidarity with our Jewish sisters and brothers. Anti-Semitism is a problem of special concern, not to be overlooked, to Episcopalians and all Christians. Read the whole statement >
The Diocese of Newark
Churches partner to revive town's food pantry - In the early 2000’s during a Vestry meeting here at Christ Church in Budd Lake, one of our members asked us to conduct a thought experiment. She asked “What would happen if our church did not exist anymore? Would anyone in our community notice?” Her question prompted plenty of discussion and soul-searching by the other Vestry members. During the conversation she pushed for the creation of a food pantry within our church. As much as the Vestry wanted to agree, they were also wary of taking on a commitment that seemed too big for our small church to sustain. ... Through Partners In Compassion, the clergy association, the municipal government and our small church have “gone local” together in ways none of us could have gone alone. Read the whole article >
The Diocese of New York
We’ve All Got Skin In The Game is a podcast series that explores the dimensions and intentions of our effort toward meaningful apology. The conversations of prominent and everyday people voice their hopes and fears of a reimagined and liberated society. Stories navigate the minefields of race and racism, and are rooted in the diversity of personal experiences, and knowledge of the history and continuance of discriminatory practices in our institutions, structures and systems.
We’ve All Got Skin In The Game is a production of
the Reparations Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of New York.
The Diocese of Rochester
The Rochester Storybook Project—an outreach program of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Henrietta. NEW Location — we operate now in the Monroe County Jail (Downtown Jail), located at 130 Plymouth Avenue, South in downtown Rochester. This program makes it possible for incarcerated parents to read a story to their children. The inmate chooses a short story and with the assistance of volunteers, records the reading of the story. A CD is mailed to their child along with a copy of the storybook. Read the whole story >
The Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe
Vocational Training to Change the Future for Palestinian Students -
Parents the world over seek the best for their children’s education and for their future. But what are you to do if you are a Palestinian family living in the occupied West Bank with a child who is not thriving in the limited academic options available? Knowing, too, that even with education, chances for employment in the West Bank, the only area you are allowed to live in, are slim (according to Haaretz newspaper 40% of those younger than 30 in the West Bank are unemployed; the rate in Gaza is much higher). Since 2011, the Cathedral, through its Mission and Outreach Committee, has supported the Episcopal Technological and Vocational Training Center, an institution working creatively to give these families and their children a better chance at a productive future. Read the article in the Trinité Magazine, the newsletter of the American Cathedral in Paris.
The Diocese of New Jersey
Kevin Thompson of St. Augustine's, Asbury Park, speaks of the love of Jesus helping heal racial divides.
Diocese of the Virgin Islands
Governor Albert Bryan will deliver his second State of the Territory Address since becoming the territory's leader, tonight, January 13, 2020, at 7:00 p.m., at the Earl B. Ottley Legislative Building. Mr. Bryan is bound by law to deliver the annual address on the condition of the U.S. Virgin Islands every year in January. The Consortium will carry the event live right here on the website and on our Facebook platform. Mr. Bryan is expected to highlight his administration's achievements. Among expected mentions is his issuance of tax refunds. In Fiscal Year 2020 to date, which began on October 1, 2019, the Bryan/Roach Administration issued $34.8 million in income tax refunds and a total of $63.8 million since Mr. Bryan took office in January.
Read the whole article >
The Episcopal Dioceses of Western New York & Northwestern Pennsylvania
School Partnership Expands Vision at St. Paul’s, Harris Hill - Six years ago, the people of St. Paul’s, Harris Hill, prepared for Christmas by filling tote bags with books for the children of Buffalo Public School 6. The next year, they added hats and gloves to the bags, and the year after that, socks. This year, the bags were so plentiful that they lined the aisles of the church and wrapped around the Christmas tree, under the credence table, around the Advent wreath, and spilled into the baptismal font. Read the story >