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A Pentecost Lamentation

May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be always acceptable in your sight, my Lord and my Redeemer. On this Pentecost, I saw this challenge posed to Episcopalians at the end of a reflection: “If you would like to DO something to help dismantle systemic & institutional racism …” It…
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Seeking Justice in Minnesota

On Monday night, George Floyd, a black resident of Minneapolis, died after being restrained by police officers, one of whom pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes. Earlier this week, the Rev. Craig Loya, bishop-elect of Minnesota and former deputy from Nebraska, wrote about the situation in light of the long…
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Absalom as a Model for Our Work in Times Like These

Byron Rushing

In this difficult time, I have been reading the histories of epidemics and pandemics in the United States. And remembered the history of the 1793 Yellow Fever epidemic in Philadelphia and the work of the Free African Society and our own Absalom. The Free African Society and its leaders, Absalom Jones, Richard Allen, William Gray…
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“We Are One Together”: An Easter Greeting from Chaplain Lester MacKenzie

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In his Easter message to the House of Deputies, our chaplain Lester MacKenzie says, “When we gather as a house…yes, we do resolutions and church business, but the heart of all of that business is … the One that we follow, Jesus of Nazareth.” Watch the video to hear his message and our House of…
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Delighting in the Gift of Relationship: 2019 Christmas Message

We’re getting ready. Earlier this month, our diocesan deputation, deputies and alternates, lay and clergy, met for the first time – a Zoom meeting, the end of a work day for many of us, in the midst of our Advent preparation for Christmas. It’s early; the 80th General Convention is still over eighteen months away….
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“What Would Whipple Do” Campaign Launches

Three deputies in the Episcopal Church of Minnesota are at the center of a campaign offering the federal government a choice: either evict the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and its immigration courts from the Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building in Fort Snelling, or remove the bishop’s name from the building. Clergy deputies Devon Anderson,…
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Learn: A Sermon Preached at Executive Council

When I received the email asking me to deliver today’s sermon, I was at a café with a bright teenage girl from my church’s youth group, helping her write her first sermon. I had just said to her, “You’ve been listening to sermons your whole life and you already know what they’re like. So, don’t…
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Alternate Deputy Meyers Reflects on the International Anglican Liturgical Consultation

Alternate deputy Ruth Meyers of California, a members of the Task Force on Liturgical and Prayer Book Revision, attended the International Anglican Liturgical Consultation in Hong Kong in January 2019. In this essay, she reflects on worshipping and learning with people from across the Anglican Communion: Gathering in Hong Kong for the International Anglican Liturgical Consultation, with…
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Sermon Preached on the Commemoration of the Rev. Florence Li Tim-Oi

President Jennings preached this sermon at Church Divinity School of the Pacific on January 24, which marks the commemoration of the ordination of Florence Li Tim-Oi, the first woman in the Anglican Communion to be ordained a priest. Today we remember the Rev. Florence Li Tim-Oi, born in Hong Kong in 1907, ordained a deacon…
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Embarking On An Unknown Future: An Address to the Joint Conventions of the Dioceses of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania

President Jennings gave this keynote address to the joint diocesan conventions of the Diocese of Western New York and the Diocese of Northwestern Pennyslvania on October 26, 2018. She was introduced by Bishop Sean Rowe: Thank you, Sean, and thank you Bishop Franklin for your kind invitation to be with you during this pivotal time…
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