‘Traveling pastor’ to U2 dies
The Rev. Jack Heaslip, an Anglican priest and “traveling pastor” to Bono and U2 on the band’s tours, died in his home in Dublin on the weekend of February 21, 2015, a victim of motor neuron disease according to ChurchLeaders.com
reported that his funeral in Howth, a suburb of Dublin, was attended by U2.
Gay Jennings among submitters of gay marriage briefs
reported March 6, 2015, on the flood of amicus briefs submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in opposition to state bans on same-sex marriage. (Such briefs were due by March 6. Amicus briefs in support of state bans are due by April 3.) The Rev. Gay Jennings, president of the House of Deputies of The Episcopal Church, asserted in a brief that no religion should restrict people’s rights and that the issue at hand is about civil, not religious marriage. USA Today
also reported that one brief supporting same-sex marriage was “signed by 303 Republican, conservative, libertarian and center-right political officials, past and present”:
Those signing included Republican industrialist and activist David Koch, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, former deputy Defense secretary Paul Wolfowitz, U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, U.S. Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Mark Kirk of Illinois, former Utah governor and presidential candidate Jon Huntsman and others.
Rachel Held Evans defends move to Episcopal Church
Rachel Held Evans, who is perhaps best known for her book A Year of Biblical Womanhood
, is the subject of a March 9, 2015, interview
published by Religion News Service. In the interview, Evans defends her leaving Evangelicalism for The Episcopal Church. She asserts that millennials are not leaving the church because they are not being sufficiently entertained. Instead, the church needs to do “the stuff the church has been doing for the last 2,000 years.” Evans also defends the orthodoxy of The Episcopal Church in the interview.
New survey results concerning Episcopal congregations available
reported on the availability of a new report from the church titled “New Facts on Episcopal Church Growth and Decline
.” The report is based on 2013 parochial reports and a 2014 survey. It is an update of the 2005 “Facts on Episcopal Church Growth
.” The Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release
about the new report is here.
New Blue Book reports available
As noted in a previous story
, background material for the 2015 General Convention, which is collectively known as the Blue Book, is being accumulated piecemeal. Two new reports are now available, one from Executive Council and one from the Committee on the State of the Church. The reports are described in a story from Episcopal Café
, which contains links to the new material.
Rio Grande a changed diocese
Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori visited the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande
this past weekend and preached
at St. John’s Cathedral, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. According to the Albuquerque Journal
, the diocese and The Episcopal Church as a whole are much less contentious as a result of Jefferts Schori’s tenure. Read details in the Albuquerque Journal
Episcopalians lose a round in Fort Worth
reported that the Episcopal parties to the Fort Worth property dispute were handed a setback March 2, 2015, when John P. Chupp of the 141st District Court, Tarrant County, Texas, granted partial summary judgment to the breakaway group led by Jack Leo Iker. (See Pittsburgh Update story here
.) It is expected that the Episcopal plaintiffs will appeal. Statements were forthcoming from the leaders of the Episcopal
Calvary Church to host data security and recycling event
Calvary Episcopal Church, 315 Shady Avenue in Pittsburgh, will host a data security and electronics recycling event Saturday, March 14, 2015, from 9 AM to 1 PM. Electronic devices can be dropped off for recycling, and, for a fee, hard drives can be destroyed. Details are given in a Calvary press release