Christian booted from National Cathedral speaks out

Nov 22, 2014 by

By Leo Hohmann, WND: It was supposed to be a shining moment for proponents of the interfaith movement. The Islamic “jummah,” or Friday call to prayer, would be held on America’s grandest Christian stage – the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. It was a bold move that had never been tried. Leaders of the Episcopal cathedral said sending prayers up to Allah from a Christian church would show the world that two religions at odds with each other for centuries could “approach the same God” as...

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National Cathedral Hosts Muslim Friday Prayers

Nov 21, 2014 by

By Jeffrey Walton, Juicy Ecumenism: For the first time, the Episcopal Church’s Washington National Cathedral has hosted a Muslim service of Friday prayers (Jumu’ah) at the landmark national church. Representatives from five Muslim groups addressed the gathering both preceding and following the prayers, which were said in the north transept, an area of the Cathedral with arches and limited iconography. Cathedral staff identified the transept as “an ideal space—almost mosque-like—with the...

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Washington National Cathedral will host first ever Muslim Prayer Service

Nov 13, 2014 by

By David Virtue, VOL: In a move designed to send shivers down the spines of orthodox Episcopalians still in the Episcopal Church, the flagship Washington National Cathedral, known more for presidential funerals and other high profile services, will host a Muslim prayer service for the first time on Friday. Writing in the “Washington Post”, Michelle Boorstein said organizers told her that they are seeking to make a statement by having Muslim leaders come and hold their midday...

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Episcopal Church dropped 6% in ASA in 2013 over 2012

Oct 9, 2014 by

By David Virtue and Mary Ann Mueller, VOL: The Episcopal Church dropped six percent in domestic Average Sunday Attendance from 2012 to 2013, with every diocese except one experiencing decline. Only Western North Carolina saw a slight uptick in membership (72); ASA (44); and pledging ($282,000). Based on bar graph calculations, overall domestic ASA figures in 2012 (including South Carolina) were 640,142. Approximate figures for 2013 are 611,575 — a drop of 28,567 (without South Carolina...

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A liberal strategy to save the Episcopal Church

Oct 3, 2014 by

by Terry Mattingly, Ob Religion: Once upon a time, the Anglican bishops at the global Lambeth Conference boldly declared the 1990s the “Decade of Evangelism.” This effort was supposed to spur church growth — and it did, in the already-booming Anglican churches of Africa, Asia and across the “Global South.” But in the lovely, historic sanctuaries of England and North America? Not so much. “There was some lip service given to evangelism at that time,”...

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No second term for Jefferts Schori

Sep 23, 2014 by

By George Conger, Anglican Ink: The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori will not stand for re-election as Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. In a statement released at the close of the House of Bishops meeting on 23 September 2014 in Taipai, Bishop Jefferts Schori stated that after several months of discernment, she had come to the conclusion that it was time for a new leader to take the church forward. In her letter to the church, the Presiding Bishop cited the accomplishments of her...

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