You’re Invited to Cultivate a Weekly Habit of Grace with Presiding Bishop Curry

Habits of Grace: An invitation for you, from Presiding Bishop Curry

As we learn how to adjust our lives given the reality of the coronavirus and the request to do our part to slow its spread by practicing social distancing, I invite you to join me each week to take a moment to cultivate a ‘habit of grace.’

A new meditation will be posted on Mondays starting in May and now extended through the month of June.

In case you missed the bishop’s earlier videos, these have been made available on the Episcopal Church website – follow the link to Habits of Grace: An invitation for you, from Presiding Bishop Curry

You may also subscribe to receive an email update with his latest offering each week through the month of May which includes written transcriptions in English and Spanish.

Check it out @ Link to Habits of Grace Video Library & Newsletter Subscription

This Week’s ‘Habit of Grace’ Meditation

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World Refugee Day: Monday – Jun 20th

In 2000, the United Nations General Assembly established June 20 as World Refugee Day to recognize and applaud the contribution of refugees throughout the world and to raise awareness about the growing refugee crisis. There are currently more than 60 million refugees, internally displaced people and asylum seekers worldwide – the largest number since World War II.

In just the past five years, nearly 5 million Syrians have fled the violence in their country, finding shelter in neighboring countries including Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, and Egypt. The Episcopal Church, through Episcopal Migration Ministries and its network of 30 local affiliate offices, works every day to help refugees find safety, security, and hope in the United States.

A total of 69, 933 refugees and 7,226 Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) recipients were resettled in the US in 2015. 4,874 refugees from 32 countries were resettled through Episcopal Migration Ministries.

WHAT CAN WE DO

This World Refugee Day, you are invited to join Episcopalians across the country in prayer and celebration of the strength, resilience, and contributions of refugees in our communities.

Join Episcopal Migration Ministries and the Episcopal Public Policy Network in a World Refugee Day webinar on Monday, June 20 at 7 pm Eastern. Register using this link: World Refugee Day Webinar.

Witness refugee stories of survival and hope through the Episcopal Migration Ministries video series available here: Video Series.

Advocate for refugee and immigration issues with your local elected leaders. Information available through the Episcopal Public Policy Network.

Live out your Christian call to care for your neighbors by engaging in the public square. Download the Episcopal Election Engagement Toolkit and take the pledge to vote this November.

Get to know your new American neighbors by hosting a #RefugeesWelcome event. Learn more at Refugees Are Welcome.

Volunteer with this life-saving ministry through an Episcopal Migration Ministries local partner. Click Network Map to find a local partner.

For more information, visit The Episcopal Church or contact Allison Duvall, Manager for Church Relations and Engagement, or phone: 212-716-6027.

WATCH THIS

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A PRAYER FOR WORLD REFUGEE DAY

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Gracious God, we pray for our newest neighbors, that those families who have sought refuge from the ravages of war and violence may find not only shelter and sustenance, but also a loving and supportive community in which to create a new beginning with dignity. Amen.

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*Outreach Ministry Director and Contemporary Music Director at Trinity Episcopal Church, The Woodlands, Texas

Slider design features original photo images courtesy of USA for UNHCR The UN Refugee Agency.

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Adult Ed – History of the Episcopal Church

WHEN & WHERE

Wednesdays, January 14, 21, and 28, 7:30 PM in the Library, see Directions & Campus Map

PREVIEW

At the end of the Revolutionary War, Anglicans in the new United States had a problem.
No longer members of the Church of England, what would become of Anglican Christians?
The birth of a truly American church, the Protestant Episcopal Church in The United States
of America, the consecration of the first bishop, a new prayer book and church
Constitution, set American Anglicans on a path that diverged significantly from their elder
cousins in England.

The story of our church is fascinating. We will discuss Anglicanism in the colonies before
the Revolutionary War; the establishment of a uniquely American and democratic church
structure; missionary work during the western expansion; the effect of the Civil War on the
Episcopal Church; the role of African Americans and influence of immigrants on the church;
foreign mission work, and the emergence of a strong social gospel mentality.

The twentieth century brought new challenges and changes, culminating in the first “modern” prayer book in the Anglican Communion, and full inclusion of women in the ordained ministries in the church. The turn of the 21st century brought more changes; symbolized by the consecration of Gene Robinson as bishop of New Hampshire, and theological tensions between “First and Second World” Anglicans and the “Global South.”

Our history is an unfinished story. How we got to where we are today tells us a lot about who we are and where we will go from here.

JOIN US!

…for a time of learning, fellowship and exploration.

Slider image by Kristin Munday of the interior sanctuary – Trinity Wall Street (Episcopal Church) in NYC, originally founded in 1697. Click on the above link to learn more about its place in the history of the Episcopal Church.

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