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ECCT Leadership Gathering & Executive Council Meet Dec. 5, 2015 to discuss TREC-CT next steps, conduct ECCT business

The quarterly ECCT Leadership Gathering was held Saturday, December 5, 2015 at The Commons in Meriden. Members of the Executive Council (and Missionary Society); Donations & Bequests; Commission on Ministry; and Standing Committee shared a common agenda focused on the content and implications of the recently adopted proposals for change in ECCT organization and governance structure, from TREC-CT, for the morning. After Eucharist and lunch, each group holds a regular business session. A review of actions taken in Executive Council follows.

Episcopal Church in Connecticut affirms critical importance of interfaith cooperation with sale of former church in Norwalk to Islamic Center

The Episcopal Church in Connecticut (ECCT) and the Al Madany Islamic Center of Norwalk affirmed the importance of interfaith cooperation today with the sale of a former church and house at 1 Union Park Street in Norwalk by the Episcopal Church in Connecticut to the Al Madany Islamic Center. Al Madany plans to use the buildings to house both a mosque and community center.

Bishops Call for Prayers in the Wake of Charleston Church Shooting

Once again we have witnessed the horrific results of gun violence in our nation. Last night a, yet unidentified, gunman entered the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina and shot and killed nine innocent people. The fact that the man who did the shooting is white and all the victims were African-American leads us to assume that this is a hate crime motivated by racism. Such death and destruction is utterly sinful and must be decried in the strongest of terms.

Media Release: Episcopal, Lutheran clergy to visit and pray in four Hartford neighborhoods on Holy Tuesday March 31

Next Tuesday, March 31, more than 100 clergy from the Episcopal and ELCA Lutheran churches in Connecticut will visit four neighborhoods in Hartford, engaging in prayer and listening to people they meet talk about the needs of the city and their own hopes and dreams, as part of their annual renewal of ordination vows.

The sites include Capital Community College, Hartford Hospital, Hartford Public Library, and the Manna Feeding Program housed at Christ Church Cathedral. Organizers chose these to recognize them as places that care for, support, and empower people, making a positive impact on the city, and as a way of giving thanks for their good work.

“By visiting these places with our prayer and our presence we both affirm their work, and see possible partnerships and collaboration with those who are about the work of God’s mission, sharing God’s love,” said Bishop Laura J. Ahrens of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, in a letter to clergy.

Bishops' Letter on Health and Wholeness

As your bishops, we are sending this letter to you as a partial response to the feelings many have expressed over the arrest in December of the Rt. Rev. Heather Cook, Bishop Suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland. This letter will not address her situation specifically but instead is intended to express our affirmation that if you have any questions about recovery from substance abuse and addiction, either your own or that of someone close to you, you are not alone. Help is available without judgment or condemnation and offered with love and support.

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