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The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC. "Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope."
April 4, 2018

Today, we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, a man who spoke to the conscience of a nation through...

Shared Ministry
October 31, 2017

We have wonderful thriving ministries in our congregations! Every week, I receive church newsletters (both paper and electronic) that testify to...

PHOTO COURTESY EPISCOPAL NEWS SERVICE
August 14, 2017

Perhaps it was inevitable. The bloody confrontation in Charlottesville between white supremacists and those opposing their racist ideology...

Hands clasped in prayer
April 4, 2017

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

At our recent Vestry University gathering, I offered the following prayer which several attendees...

The Rev. Absalom Jones
February 11, 2017

Good Morning Church!! First off, I want to thank the New York Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians, your Diocesan Anti-Racism Committee,...

The White House. NINA NICHOLSON PHOTO
January 17, 2017

On Friday, January 20, Donald J. Trump will take the oath of office as the 45th President of the United States. Some of the President-Elect’s...

Election button: "Vote 2016"
October 3, 2016

On November 8, 2016, we will be accorded the privilege to exercise a very precious right that many in the world do not enjoy. The right to vote...

1 in 4 women / 1 in 7 men OCTOBER Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October 1, 2014

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. While the recent reports of domestic violence involving NFL players has brought some much needed...

Members of the Diocese of Newark demand, "Bring back our girls"
May 10, 2014

The French are fond of saying, "The more things change, the more they stay the same." Nearly 2000 years ago, the outraged Herod summarily ordered...

The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
August 23, 2013

August 28th will mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Many remember it as a civil rights march, chiefly because of...

July 16, 2013

O God of peace and healing,
We come before you feeling powerless to stop the hatred that divides races and nations.

We...

Sermon reflections on the Black experience: Race does indeed matter
June 27, 2013

President Barack Obama delivered a remarkable commencement address recently at Morehouse College It was a speech that focused on the...

November 6, 2012

Dear Sisters and Brothers:

It’s been almost a week since Hurricane Sandy slammed into the New Jersey/New York coastline wreaking havoc and...

October 2, 2012

Joy! God’s presence is celebrated and embraced by the congregation.

Theology is Indigenous. Congregation knows the God-given mission to...

August 11, 2012

At our Special Convention in June, Bishop Mark and the Mission Strategy Committee distributed copies of Introducing the Missional Church...

Dr. Louie Crew received a five-minute standing ovation for his work as founder of Integrity. HANNAH WILDER / DIOCESE OF SAN DIEGO PHOTO
July 10, 2012

I attended a celebration on Monday night hosted by Integrity, the leading public voice in the Episcopal Church for the full inclusion of lesbian,...

The Episcopal Church Center at 815 Second Avenue, New York
July 7, 2012

The final count was 85. That's how many resolutions the Committee on Structures has been sifting through since the beginning of General Convention...

July 5, 2012

I arrived this afternoon in downtown Indianapolis, site of our 77th General Convention with things well underway. Some legislative committees have...

June 26, 2012

Dear Friends:

This will be the 6th General Convention that I have attended, the second in Indianapolis. The first was in 1994. I hope to...