Year: 2016

Burgeoning sex abuse scandal at St. George’s School (Episcopal)

An investigation by St. George’s School has found that a total of 23 students were sexually abused by three school employees in the 1970s and ’80s, according to a draft of a report provided to the Globe Wednesday evening. The perpetrators were fired, but the prep school did not report them at the time to child protection services, as mandated by law. – Boston Globe, December 23, 2015

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Episcopalians respond to presidential gun measures

“There are other rights that we care about, as well, and we have to be able to balance them. Because our right to worship freely and safely — that right was denied to Christians in Charleston, S.C.; and that was denied Jews in Kansas City; and that was denied Muslims in Chapel Hill, and Sikhs in Oak Creek. They had rights, too.”

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Twenty lesbian women reflect on their lives as Mormons and ex-Mormons

Twenty different ex-Mormon women shared their stories of leaving the church and acknowledging their sexuality following the disclosure that Mormon elders expected the children of married LGBTQ people to disavow their parents in order to participate in the Mormon church. How do these stories broaden our understanding of sexuality and the dignity of human lives?

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Armed militant groups occupy federal land, attend a local church service

In Burns, Oregon, a self-styled militia has used weapons and threats of violence to occupy federal land which was originally set aside for the Northern Paiute tribe but later turned into the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. At least one member of the group has visited a local Episcopal/Lutheran church, sparking fear and worries.

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How do we define “thriving”?

The Faith Communities Today 2015 survey finds that small churches are in danger of failing, working with low numbers of attendees and limited resources, but some remain stable and vibrant despite having scarce resources. This includes many Episcopal churches, which often have weekend attendance below 100 members.

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