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Listening: World Mission Sunday set for February 26 with focus on Anglican/Episcopal women
Chicago to mark Companion Diocese Sunday January 15

[Episcopal News Service]  World Mission Interpretation and Networks, an office within the Anglican and Global Relations cluster, invites all Episcopalians on February 26 to celebrate the mission and ministry of "Anglican/Episcopal Women: Relevant, Radical and Responsive."

World Mission Sunday, celebrated every year on the last Sunday after Epiphany, is a commemoration established by mandate of General Convention Resolution 1997 A205 to help Episcopalians increase awareness of and participation in global mission.

The 2006 theme was inspired by the work of Episcopal and Anglican women from around the world who gathered at last year's meeting of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

The endeavors of the Commission are just one of many examples of how Episcopalians can include and celebrate world mission in the fulfillment of the mission of the church "to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ."

Materials for congregational use will include a specially designed poster, a downloadable bulletin shell, bulletin insert, a sermon, a homiletical note and other web site links.

Propers for World Mission Sunday are the same as the ones for Last Sunday after Epiphany, Lectionary Year B: 1 Kings 19:9-18 2 Peter 1: 16-19 (20-21) Mark 9:2-9 Psalm 27 or 27:5-11

For additional information on World Mission Sunday contact Tracy Andres at 212.716.6226 or email

Chicago to mark Companion Diocese Sunday January 15

Congregations are encouraged to publish information on Chicago's companion dioceses -- Southeast Mexico and Renk, Sudan -- in their newsletters and bulletins for this Sunday, January 15, and to offer special prayers and take up a collection for the companion dioceses.

Parishes are also encouraged to offer presentations to their members on the companion dioceses and their respective countries.

The 2004 Chicago Diocesan Convention adopted a resolution from the Commission on Global Mission designating the second Sunday after the Epiphany as Companion Diocese Sunday.

Additional information and materials to support diocesan companionship relationships with Chicago's linked dioceses of Southeast Mexico and Renk, Sudan, can be obtained from the commission's president, the Rev. Suzi Holding, at 630.530.1434 or by email at