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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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Unlearning the History We Were Taught: Executive Council Opening Remarks

Good morning, and welcome to Montgomery. I’m glad to be here with all of you after my long summer of recovering from shoulder replacement surgery, and I’m even more glad to have escaped, if only briefly, the clutches of my physical therapist. I suspect he actually enjoys putting me through those torturous exercises that are…
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State of the Church Committee Meets with Bishops

Group charged with adaptive thinking travels to Minneapolis The members of the House of Deputies State of the Church Committee met earlier today with the House of Bishops. The group, which President Jennings asked “to identify, study and report on the Episcopal Church’s most significant opportunities to innovate and experiment so that we are equipped for 21st…
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A Relentless Cascade of Violence and Injustice: A Letter from President Jennings

Dear Deputies and Alternate Deputies: For the past several weeks, reading the news has registered like a series of body blows. First, a cluster of mass shootings by white men in California, Texas, and my home state of Ohio killed more than 30 people, most of whom were people of color. Then, while the vigils…
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Honoring the Ministry of Journalism: Executive Council Opening Remarks

Mary Frances Schjonberg of Episcopal News Service with President Jennings

President Jennings gave these remarks to the opening session of Executive Council on June 10, 2019, at the Maritime Center. Good morning. Welcome, once again, to the Maritime Center. I’m looking forward to our meeting, and I particularly want to welcome our guests Dr. Ursuline Bankhead, who will lead our implicit bias training this afternoon,…
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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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A Tale of Two Pilgrimages: 2019 Easter Message

The Body of Christ, throughout the world, working together creating God’s dream in our lands. Recently I was appointed interim vicar of a very small congregation in San Francisco. It’s an historically African American church in a gentrifying neighborhood, a congregation deeply faithful, deeply connected in the old neighborhood. We have ministries addressing food insecurity…
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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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Walking Together from Jericho to Jerusalem: Executive Council Opening Remarks

President Jennings gave these remarks to the opening session of Executive Council on February 21: Good morning. I’m glad to be here with all of you in Oklahoma City, and grateful to you, Bishop Ed, for your hospitality. I look forward to our time together. I don’t know about you, but for me, 2019 has…
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Statute of Limitations Suspension Begins January 1: A Letter from the Presiding Bishop and President Jennings, in English y español

Statute of Limitations Suspension for Clergy Sexual Misconduct Begins January 1, 2019 Advent 2018 Dear People of God in the Episcopal Church: Nearly a year ago, we issued a call for the church to examine its history and come to a fuller understanding of how we have handled or mishandled cases of sexual harassment, exploitation…
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