Episcopal Church in Connecticut News
Bishops' statement on Nov. 13 Paris attacks
Annual Convention 2015 Report
Overview, election results, resolution status from the ECCT Annual Convention Nov. 13-14, 2015
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.
Late fee policy on loans to be implemented
An existing late fee policy will be implemented in 2016
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.
Runners support kids at risk
Nearly 200 ran in the cool, overcast weather, for the 2015 5K. Spirit of support, also of competition!
Connecticut bishop a candidate for Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church
The Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church has placed the name of the Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas, Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, into nomination for election as the 27th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church.
ECCT Missionary Society establishes "Missional Curacies" for transitional deacons
The Board of the Missionary Society of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut has initiated a program of support for transitional deacons pursuing missional opportunities for up to three years utilizing financial resources provided by the Missionary Society and under the oversight of the bishops or their designate.
Sermon by Bishop Laura Ahrens, Holy Tuesday 2015
Sermon preached by Bishop Laura J. Ahrens at the Renewal of baptismal vows and Holy Communion, held at Bushnell Park, Hartford, on Holy Tuesday, prior to visits to four sites in Hartford for prayer, learning, and conversation. Afterwards, clergy regrouped at Christ Church Cathedral for the Renewal of Ordination Vows.
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.
The Rev. Dr. Audrey Scanlan elected 11th Bishop of the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania
Statement of the bishops on the election of the Rev. Dr. Audrey Scanlan, Canon for Mission Collaboration and Congregational Life in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, on her election as the 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania.
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.
Bishops' Statement on Bishop Cook
The bishops of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut acknowledge with deep sadness the death of Thomas Palermo on December 27, 2014, as a result of being struck by the car of the Rt. Rev. Heather Cook, Bishop Suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland....
Executive Council meets Dec. 6, 2014 to vote on grants along with other business and financial matter
At their regular meeting on Dec. 6, 2014 at The Commons, members of the Executive Council met jointly with other leadership groups in the morning to hear from the Cathedral Discernment Task Force; in the afternoon they heard reports and voted on grant and loan requests and other business and financial matters
Statement from the Bishops of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut
In the wake of the grand jury decision in Ferguson MO, a statement from the Bishops on the ongoing realities of racism, classism, and other forms of oppression; a call to pray and work for peace and justice; an invitation to participate in the national Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath
Convention Resolutions & Conversations - Day 2
Overview of Day 2 of the Annual Convention
Convention Resolution votes: Day 1
Eight resolutions considered, eight adopted - two with amendments
ECCT Sells Avon Property to Farmington Valley American Muslim Center
The Episcopal Church in Connecticut (ECCT) sold its property at 35 Harris Road, Avon, former home to Christ Episcopal Church, to the Farmington Valley American Muslim Center, Inc. (FVAMC). ... Both ECCT and the FVAMC share the understanding that the sale isn't the end of their relationship but the beginning of a new phase this interfaith collaboration.
Statement from the Bishops on the death of Bishop Tom Shaw
A statement from Bishops Ian T. Douglas, and Laura J. Ahrens, on the death of Bishop Tom Shaw, of the Diocese of Massachusetts, on Oct. 17, 2014
Climate Change and Jobs - Remarks by Bishop Ian T. Douglas
Remarks by Bishop Ian T. Douglas at the 9/2/14 CT Roundtable on Climate and Jobs
Climate Change and Jobs
Remarks from Bishop Ian T. Douglas at the 9/2/2014 press conference in New Haven to promote the People's Climate March (Sept. 21 in NYC). Senators, faith leaders, and labor leaders participated.
Bishop Seabury Church in Groton to be sold
The building formerly known as Bishop Seabury Episcopal Church on North Road in Groton is set on a new path to serve God's mission in Groton and beyond. The Episcopal Church in Connecticut had maintained a parish presence on the site since 1966 when the congregation relocated there from its former home at Fort Street in Groton. Beginning on August 15 the property will become the new home of Stedfast Baptist Church.
For a fellow sister on the planet
The Rev. Greg Welin is home and resting comfortably these days. Admittedly this wouldn't be newsworthy except for the fact that Greg donated a kidney last month.
Remembering Newtown - One Year Later
One year after the mass shooting in Newtown, we take a moment to remember, share some recent news articles and reflections, and list a few planned events.