An Update from GC79: The House of Bishops

An Update from Bishop Benfield: At the General Convention Tuesday, two important things happened in the House of Bishops. First, the House brought back into the fold of the Episcopal Church the Diocese of Cuba. For many years Cuba had been a part of our church, but in 1966, after the political revolution in Cuba, the bishops cut ties with … Read More

An Update from GC79: What Are They Doing Down There?

A reflection from the Rev. Stan McKinnon, a deputy to General Convention: Before I left for General Convention, one of my parishioners from Grace, who is new to the Episcopal Church, asked me, “What in the world do you do for twelve days at this convention?” I tried my best to explain that General Convention is kind of like the … Read More

An Update from GC79: Bishop Benfield

An Update from Bishop Benfield: The 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church has settled into its work. There are nine legislative days of convention, and we have finished three of them. The six that remain will be filled with legislative action. Much of convention so far has been spent in committee work. These meetings begin at 7:30 a.m., and … Read More

An Update from GC79: Marriage Rite Consideration

Another update from the Rev. Jim McDonald: There were two resolutions being consider regarding marriage rites. These resolutions were assigned to the special committee appointed to consider whether to make revisions to our prayer book or work to replace it. The committee held hearing to consider a resolution originating form the House of Deputies (HOD), and one originating from the … Read More

An Update from GC79: Prayer Book Revisions

The Rev. Michael McCain, an alternate deputy to General Convention, sent the following update: Prayer Book revision is one of the more notable conversations that is taking place so far in this General Convention. The General Convention formed a specific committee, to focus on resolutions related to this topic. The Committee to Receive the Report of Resolution A169, at the … Read More

Religious Leaders Speak Out Against Recent Immigration Policy

A LETTER FROM BISHOP BENFIELD In recent days many voices across this nation have risen in opposition to the current federal administration’s policy of separating children from their parents as a way to control immigration into the United States. To put it bluntly, such a policy of separating families is immoral. I must add my voice to others who strongly … Read More

Watershed Discipleship Program Gets Underway

The Diocese of Arkansas is offering a daylong planned-giving training led by facilitators from Episcopal Church Foundation on Friday, May 18, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. at St. Mark’s in Little Rock. This workshop is being offered at no cost to your congregation as part of the diocese’s renewed emphasis on planned giving and stewardship. We do require that each congregation send … Read More

Planned Giving Workshop 2018

The Diocese of Arkansas is offering a daylong planned-giving training led by facilitators from Episcopal Church Foundation on Friday, May 18, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. at St. Mark’s in Little Rock. This workshop is being offered at no cost to your congregation as part of the diocese’s renewed emphasis on planned giving and stewardship. We do require that each congregation send … Read More

Greed and Gun Violence

A LETTER FROM BISHOP BENFIELD The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. – 1 Timothy 6:10 It might seem odd to start an article about the national crisis over gun violence with a quote from the Bible about greed, but it may indeed be the best place to focus. Last week the Episcopal Church’s House … Read More

Business Admin Workshop

An update from the Rev. Greg Hoover at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Harrison, Ark.: “I just wanted to give you a quick update, and let you know that we had the groundbreaking today for Hope Cottages, the transitional housing project for homeless women and children, at St. John’s in Harrison. “There was a good turn out, and local CBS, … Read More