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  • ‘Unholy Trinity’ serves as call to action on poverty, racism, gun violence

    ‘Unholy Trinity’ serves as call to action on poverty, racism, gun violence

    04/25/17

      Episcopal bishops, clergy members and lay people met for 3 days last week in Chicago regarding societal problems plaguing that city of late. This conference was labeled "Unholy Trinity".  This conference was not limited to the Episcopal dioceses but included Christians, Lutherans, Presbyterians and a Roman Catholic Priest. Ending gun violence...

  • A Very Reverend reverend

    A Very Reverend reverend

    04/14/17

    The Very Reverend Penny Bridges All inclusive religion is what this alum believes. Reverend Penny Bridges of St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral in Bankers Hill, CA, welcomes everyone to her house of worship especially the LGBTQ community.  Love and acceptance seem to be her theme. Life is challenging enough, religion should be about love...

  • ‘Called to the Wall’ to support immigrants

    ‘Called to the Wall’ to support immigrants

    04/11/17

    The Episcopal Dioceses of Los Angeles and San Diego and the Anglican Diocese of Western Mexico gathered at the parking lot of the Border Field State Park on Saturday, April 1st in order to raise awareness of the plight of the immigrants and the need for immigration reform.  The mission: to celebrate a...

  • Former Angry Atheist finds a higher calling.

    Former Angry Atheist finds a higher calling.

    04/07/17

    Meet Clay Lein   Reverend Doctor Clay Lein of St. John the Divine Episcopal Church in River Oaks outside of Houston, TX, spent many years living life on a different path. He wasn’t concerned with God or the bible. He was an Atheist and an electrical engineer. According to him, "I was arrogant, I...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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 authors 'Strangers to Neighbors'

    SIM alumna, the Reverend Audra Abt authors 'Strangers to Neighbors'

    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...

  • 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...


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