Relentless Decline Of The US Episcopal Church Continues

Sep 23, 2016 by

by Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today: The US Episcopal Church has lost nearly ten per cent of its members in just five years, latest figures show. Large falls in church membership began at the start of this millennium. Statistics from 2015 show a drop-off of more than 37,000 baptised members, a fall of 2.1 per cent. This takes the total Episcopal Church membership to a new low of fewer than 1.8 million. Just four years earlier, in 2011, there were more than 1.9 million. While nearly a quarter of...

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Anglican Alliance: Backdoor for Episcopal Church Funds into Africa?

Aug 25, 2016 by

by Jeffrey Walton, Juicy Ecumenism: A top official in the worldwide Anglican Communion made news last week warning a gathering of African church leaders about western progressives – promising to “introduce you to such agencies and churches” willing to partner with African churches and ”ensuring delivery with integrity” adding that “there is no lack of money”. The address to a gathering preceding the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA) by Anglican Communion Secretary General Josiah...

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Episcopal Pulpits will Lose 2000 Priests in next Six Years

Aug 21, 2016 by

by David Virtue, VOL: The Episcopal Church will see a drop of more than 2,000 full time parish priests in the next six years, as the retirement numbers increase geometrically, with no increase (but a likely decrease) of ordinands going into the ministry, Church statistics reveal. This translates into the number of full time priests being reduced by 65% – 75% of total congregations in the denomination. These numbers are from 2014 the last year reported in some cases. Indications are that...

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Episcopal Seminaries Struggle to Survive

Aug 18, 2016 by

by Mary Ann Mueller, VOL: Ten accredited theological seminaries and schools for ministry and one, unaccredited Episcopal divinity school, unevenly dot the American Episcopal landscape. An independent study of the state of these seminaries reveals that seventy percent of these institutions have fewer than 100 students. Their decline follows the bell curve of The Episcopal Church as it experiences loss in members, parish closings and an inability to attract a younger generation of Americans....

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Episcopal Bishops miss truth about Dallas killings

Jul 11, 2016 by

by David Virtue, VOL: A number of episcopal bishops, including the Episcopal Church’s Presiding Bishop, have come out with responses to the recent killings in Louisiana, Minnesota and Dallas. Their statements border on the pathetic and inadequate, hiding behind pious platitudes and calls for unity, glossed over with vague prayers for reconciliation. The Bishop of Dallas, George Sumner, said there were no easy answers, just the need to stand together and pray for the welfare of the city...

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Episcopal Church leaders urge support for transgender rights

Jul 4, 2016 by

by Michael Curry and Gay Jennings, Anglican Ink: Dear People of God in the Episcopal Church: We all know that some things in holy Scripture can be confusing, hard to understand, or open to various ways of understanding. But some essential teachings are clear and incontrovertible. Jesus tells us to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves, and he tells us over and over again not to be afraid (Matthew 10:31, Mark 5:36, Luke 8:50, John 14:27). There’s no confusion about what Jesus is telling...

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