Recalling the Magi bringing gifts from distant lands and across diverse cultures, today's Feast of the Epiphany marks the opening of a new series of Episcopal News Service articles reflecting facets of listening and learning around the worldwide Anglican Communion.
Shaping this series is the sense of discovery and new realization inherent in the concept of "epiphany" - also the name of the liturgical season into which the Church Year enters today and continues through February 28, before Lent commences on Ash Wednesday, March 1.
Highlights of the series will include reports leading up to the Anglican Women's Empowerment meetings in New York February 24th to March 8th in conjunction with the 50th anniversary session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. For more information see the AWE website at:
and the UNCSW website at:
Also featured will be coverage of companion relationships linking Anglican provinces and dioceses, and the work of the Episcopal Church's Office of Anglican and Global Relations, including its call to congregations to observe February 26, 2006, as World Mission Sunday.
It is further hoped that the series will prove useful to the Listening Process reaffirmed in 2005 by the Anglican Consultative Council for the purpose of heightening understanding among the Communion's 38 member provinces.
The ENS series will begin Monday, January 9, and will provide one new article each business day for the next eight weeks. As always, ENS welcomes readers' comments and story leads, which may be forwarded by e-mail to email@example.com.