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  • Sanctuary in the age of President Trump? It's tricky and risky

    Sanctuary in the age of President Trump? It's tricky and risky

    03/18/17

    Rev. Francisco Garcia, Jr. knows how difficult it can be for an immigrant to endure church-offered sanctuary. A decade ago, as a lay person, Garcia supported an undocumented man living in sanctuary at a Lutheran church in North Hollywood. The Guatemalan gardener, who was subject to a deportation order, spent a year...

  • Faith leaders in Columbus call for repeal of travel ban

    Faith leaders in Columbus call for repeal of travel ban

    03/07/17

    by Lu Ann Stoia COLUMBUS, OHIO — President Donald Trump said the new 90-day travel ban on six Muslim majority countries will help keep the country safe from terrorist attacks. But the executive order released Monday has central Ohio clergy speaking out and calling for a repeal. "To make a Muslim ban no matter...

  • How some are using glitter on Ash Wednesday as a shout-out to the LGBTQ community

    How some are using glitter on Ash Wednesday as a shout-out to the LGBTQ community

    03/01/17

    by Alene Tchekmedyian - Contact Reporter   For 30 years as an Episcopal priest in Iowa, Peter Sickels smeared crosses of ash on the foreheads of his parishioners every Ash Wednesday. “Remember, oh man,” he would say during the ceremony marking the start of Lent,  “you are dust and to dust you shall return.” But this year, his...

  • St. Paul's considers landlord business to help pay for cathedral's mission

    St. Paul's considers landlord business to help pay for cathedral's mission

    02/25/17

    The Very Rev. Will H. Mebane, Jr., interim dean at St. Paul’s Cathedral, looks over a space in the former church office and educational building at 128 Pearl St. which the church is planning to develop into luxury apartments. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News) By Jonathan D. Epstein Published Sat, Feb 25, 2017   St. Paul's Episcopal...

  • Press Release about the appointment of Courtney V. Cowart, Th. D. as its incoming Executive Director

    Press Release about the appointment of Courtney V. Cowart, Th. D. as its incoming Executive Director

    02/16/17

    The Society for the Increase of the Ministry (SIM) announces the appointment of Courtney V. Cowart, Th. D. as its incoming Executive Director effective March 1, 2017.  SIM’s current Executive Director, Thomas Moore, will serve with Dr. Cowart until his retirement from that position on SIM’s 160th birthday, October 2, 2017.  Dr....

  • Celtic Heritage Pilgrimage to Ireland with Father Scott Arnold, May 21-30, 2018

    Celtic Heritage Pilgrimage to Ireland with Father Scott Arnold, May 21-30, 2018

    01/24/17

    For more information contact: The Rev. Scott Arnold, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 178 E. 4th St. Prattville AL 36066

  • Journeys of Paul Cruise 2017 Rev. Dr. Donald Fishburne

    Journeys of Paul Cruise 2017 Rev. Dr. Donald Fishburne

    01/23/17

    Journeys of Paul Cruise 2017 Rev. Dr. Donald Fishburne 13 days France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Spain & Turkey STARTING FROM $4298     Join Rev Dr Donald Fishburne and Guest Speaker Dr. David deSilva for this 13 day cruise tracing the Journeys of Paul. Departs June 29, 2017.   GUEST SPEAKER Dr. David deSilva Dr. deSilva is the Trustees’ Distinguished Professor of New...

  • Footsteps of Paul Cruise 2017 with Rev. Dr. Chuck Robertson

    Footsteps of Paul Cruise 2017 with Rev. Dr. Chuck Robertson

    01/23/17

    Footsteps of Paul Cruise 2017 with Rev. Chuck Robertson 8 days Greece & Turkey STARTING FROM $3998* TAXES & FEES APPLY     Departs October 9, 2017 | Join Educational Opportunities on a Footsteps of Paul Cruise aboard the Azamara Journey. Sail roundtrip from Athens, Greece on this 8-day journey of a lifetime!   TOUR: GC17   CODE: A GUEST SPEAKER Rev. Dr. C.K. Robertson The Rev....

  • Episcopalians in Dallas diocese become caretakers of slave burial site

    Episcopalians in Dallas diocese become caretakers of slave burial site

    01/11/17

    [Diocese of Dallas] On a recent cold, blustery Saturday morning a group of volunteers from St. Mark’s in Irving gathered with tools and shovels at one of the Texas’ oldest slave burial sites, Shelton’s Bear Creek Cemetery, to make repairs and tend the grounds. “It’s great to honor the slaves and their...

  • Exeter Reverend Frequents Cuba, Reflects on Castro Death

    Exeter Reverend Frequents Cuba, Reflects on Castro Death

    11/29/16

    For the Rev. Mark Pendleton, Cuba is part of who he is. "I fell in love with Cuba back when I was in my 20s," Pendleton said. He spent a year there as a seminarian in 1986. Since then, he's led a dozen missionary trips to the communist Caribbean island nation with people from...

  • How One Episcopal Priest and His Congregation Have Been Quietly Breathing New Life into a Traditional Church – and the City That Surrounds It

    How One Episcopal Priest and His Congregation Have Been Quietly Breathing New Life into a Traditional Church – and the City That Surrounds It

    11/28/16

    For decades, America’s mainline religious denominations have battled dramatic declines in membership, financial support, and just about every other standard measure of what makes a church successful. (After peaking in the 1950’s, mainline church denomination membership in the U.S. has declined by nearly 33% percent, to 21 million from 31 million.)  But...

  • The First African-American woman elected diocesan bishop is a SIM Alumni

    The First African-American woman elected diocesan bishop is a SIM Alumni

    10/28/16

     The Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows was elected 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis on the second ballot Oct. 28 at Christ Church Cathedral Indianapolis. Baskerville-Burrows, 50, is the first African-American woman elected to be a diocesan bishop in the Episcopal Church. She was elected with 67 votes in the clergy order and...

  • Miguelina Howell Becomes First Latina Episcopal Cathedral Dean

    Miguelina Howell Becomes First Latina Episcopal Cathedral Dean

    02/18/16

    The Very Rev. Miguelina Howell became the first Hispanic woman to be a cathedral dean in the Episcopal Church when she was installed Feb. 18 as the 10th dean of Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Hartford, Connecticut. Howell, an Episcopal priest born and raised in the Dominican Republic, was elected last November...

  • Yuma Rector & SIM Alum Awarded Fellowship for Fiction

    Yuma Rector & SIM Alum Awarded Fellowship for Fiction

    11/23/15

    The 2015 Sewanee Writers’ Conference awarded the Rev. Timothy True, rector of St. Paul’s, Yuma, with a fellowship. For two weeks, October 26 – November 6, Father True will research and write a work of fiction about the ghost lore of Sewanee.  His finished product “will have significant theological undertones surrounding last...

Blog Posts

  • New Episcopal Bishop Ordained in Spokane

    New Episcopal Bishop Ordained in Spokane

    03/19/17

    From Spokane Public Radio Spokane’s Episcopal Diocese installed its first female bishop during a ceremony on Saturday. In the majestic Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, some of the highest-ranking leaders of the American Episcopal Church joined Gretchen Rehberg for one of the most important days of her life. It’s been a long journey...

  • Fr. Brian Winter, Priest In Charge

    Fr. Brian Winter, Priest In Charge

    03/09/17

    Fr. Brian Winter began his ministry at  the Sanctuary, Christ's Episcopal Church in Castle Rock, on Oct. 1, 2015, after serving as Rector at St. Chad's Episcopal Church in Albuquerque, NM, for ten years. Prior to his tenure at St. Chad's, he was Associate Rector at Trinity on the Hill in...

  • The Bible Challenge

    The Bible Challenge

    02/17/17

    Our new Alumni Profile web page will focus on the ROI (Return on Investment) of our history of adhering to SIM’s 1857 founding purpose to “find and aid suitable persons for the Episcopal ministry”.    While SIM proudly claims: over 5000 seminarians have received SIM scholarships since 1857; over $6 million in...

  • Bishop Tom Ely of Vermont diocese purchases Rock Point solar array

    Bishop Tom Ely of Vermont diocese purchases Rock Point solar array

    01/10/17

    [Diocese of Vermont] The Episcopal Church in Vermont recently completed its purchase of the Solar Installation (aka the Solar Farm) at Rock Point, the diocese’s 146-acre center in Burlington best known for its school, conference center, community gardens, and hiking trails. The 35-tracker, 147-kilowatt solar array, which was previously under the...

  • SIM alumna, the Reverend Audra Abt, authored

    SIM alumna, the Reverend Audra Abt, authored

    12/08/16

    Strangers to Neighbors By Audra Abt, part of the Vestry Papers issue on Tools for Evangelism (November 2016) From Strangers to Neighbors A few years ago, if someone had told me that I’d be part of a bilingual house church movement, and that I’d spend the Advent season canvassing neighborhoods in a Southern state...

  • Presiding Bishop confers special thanksgiving to SIM Alumnus

    Presiding Bishop confers special thanksgiving to SIM Alumnus

    12/06/16

    We are thrilled to share this news with you : Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on news from Standing Rock: This morning, the sun ascended over the Great Plains of our nation and hope truly dawned anew. [December 5, 2016] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry has issued the following statement on the news...

  • Refugee Families Enjoy First Thanksgiving at West Hartford Church

    Refugee Families Enjoy First Thanksgiving at West Hartford Church

    11/27/16

    A traditional Thanksgiving dinner – complete with all of the fixings – was enjoyed Thursday afternoon at St. John’s Episcopal Church by more than 50 brand new residents of West Hartford and the Greater Hartford area. Eight refugee families, parents and their children, feasted on turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, corn, green bean...