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The Rev. Canon Robert Nelson, canon to Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori in Nevada, spent the week immediately after her investiture examining operations at the Episcopal Church Center in New York – a process he describes as conducting a “learning, rather than a review.”
Rejoicing in historic moment
They came from near and far to Washington National Cathedral on Nov. 4 to witness the investiture of Katharine Jefferts Schori as the first female presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church.
World witnesses
International guests that included five primates and several Anglican and ecumenical leaders journeyed to Washington, D.C., to bring an intercontinental flavor to the historic investiture of Katharine Jefferts Schori as the 26th presiding bishop and primate of the Episcopal Church.
Pre-investiture reunion
In a corner of the public bar lounge in Washington’s Omni Shoreham, a hotel noted for receiving U.S. presidents, foreign dignitaries and film crews, 20 Oregonians clustered at 5 p.m. on Nov. 3, waiting for two special guests.
Rich liturgy
From the east, the drummers and the Omega Liturgical Dance Company of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York led a procession to the west doors outside of which Katharine Jefferts Schori waited.
Aiding Gaza hospital
Located in the Gaza Strip area of Palestine, Ahli Arab Hospital originally was built by the Church Missionary Society in 1882 in the center of Gaza City. It became a service ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem in 1982. During the first Intifada, it was the only non-Israeli hospital run by Palestinians in Gaza.
Steps down
Mordecai, chief operating officer at the Episcopal Church for eight years, plans to retire to Maine after more than 30 years of service in church administration.
Since you asked...
The Rev. Jean Denton, RN, is director of National Episcopal Health Ministries and editor of Good is the flesh: Body, Soul and Christian Faith,” published by Morehouse  responds:
Unmasking an epidemic
It all began on a family visit to her son-in-law's native Mexico City. The four family members -- Tafel-Hurley, her husband Kevin Hurley, daughter Ellen Tafel and son-in-law Raul Diaz -- did some exploring together.
Death of a prophet
Abuna Zacharia Biar Atem, priest and prophet of the Diocese of Bor in Sudan, was the one who called me his father.  He was killed by the Lord’s Resistance Army in early October as he traveled with 40 others in a convoy from Juba in Sudan to Kenya.
How to help
Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. After drug dealing, human trafficking is tied with the illegal arms trade as the second largest criminal industry in the world, and it is the fastest growing.
Reading, listening
Books and CDs can make good gifts for family, friends and colleagues.
An uncertain Hola
For decades now, Latinos/as in both the United States and Latin America have been finding their way into Pentecostal and Evangelical churches. Although the Episcopal Church, with its liturgical and sacramental emphasis, would seem to be an obvious alternative for disaffected Roman Catholic Hispanics, it does not appear that many of them are making a beeline for the Episcopal Church. Why is that?
Why Canterbury matters
Four years ago, when it was becoming clear that Rowan Williams would be the 104th archbishop of Canterbury, I quoted his hope, from an address at Uganda Christian University, “not to impose a view from America or Britain or anywhere else on any other province, but to see if we can go on talking with each other, reading the Bible together with each other, to see what we can learn.”
“Shalom, my friends”
There's a wonderful Hebrew word for that vision and work – shalom. It doesn't just mean the sort of peace that comes when we're no longer at war. It's that rich and multihued vision of a world where no one goes hungry because everyone is invited to a seat at the groaning board.
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