The Episcopal Church continues to decline both in baptized members and average weekly worship attendance, according to recently released statistics for 2012.
Parochial Reports gathered by The General Convention of TEC show that according to the 2012 report, among its nine provinces, TEC has 2,066,710 baptized members, with 1,894,181 in the United States dioceses and 172,529 in dioceses abroad.
Nearly five centuries ago in Central Europe, an unknown Augustinian monk decided to nail 95 theses to a church door, sparking a religious revolution felt to the present day.
Reformation Day, the anniversary of when Martin Luther began the Protestant Reformation, is an observance remembered by hundreds of American churches in the modern day. While the exact date of Luther's call to theological debate was Oct. 31, or the Eve of All Saints' Day, many Protestant congregations choose to observe the occasion on the last Sunday in the month. This year, Reformation Sunday will fall on Oct. 27, with Protestant denominations such as Lutherans, Presbyterians, and Baptists drawing attention to the past.
For Pastor Skip Athey of Grace & Truth Family Baptist Church, a Floridian congregation with an average attendance of over 100, Reformation Day is "a way to connect with Protestant Church history." more >>
The Most Rev. Justin Welby, who recently baptized Prince George, said he is free to become a Buddhist if he chooses so later in life, but stressed the relationship he needs to develop with Christ to his parents during the christening.
"He's perfectly entitled to be that and we'll cross that bridge if we ever get to it, who knows?" the Archbishop of Canterbury responded to a question from Channel 4 News about what will happen if one day Prince George decides to become a Buddhist.
"That's going to be a very long time in the future," he added. "We have a hugely multicultural society which is one of the fun bits of society. I find this the most intriguing and fascinating society to live in." more >>
The Most Rev. Justin Welby is preparing for what he called the "hugely important" baptism of the royal baby Prince George on Wednesday, and urged other parents to follow suit and have their children baptized.
"We celebrate, first of all, the joy of the parents. It's a wonderful thing, having a baby. All babies are unbelievably special, not only royal babies," Welby, the leader of the 85-million Anglican Communion, explained in a short film about baptism.
"As a nation we're celebrating the birth of someone who in due course will be the head of state," he continued. "That's extraordinary. It gives you this sense of forward looking, of the forwardness of history as well as the backwardness of history, and what a gift to have this new life and to look forward." more >>
A group loyal to the national Episcopal Church has filed a motion in a South Carolina court to have an injunction that stops them from using a departing diocese's name and seal lifted.
The Episcopal Church in South Carolina (TECSC) made the motion with regards to the name and marks of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina, whose leadership left the national church last year.
A hearing is scheduled for the motion before Circuit Court Judge Diane S. Goodstein on Friday, which will focus on the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) put against TECSC. more >>
The dean of one of the largest churches in the world recently declared during a sermon that homophobia is a sin, while at the same time, making no mention as to whether homosexuality may also be one.
In a sermon delivered Sunday at the Washington National Cathedral, The Very Reverend Gary Hall declared that "much of the blame belongs to our churches" in spreading hatred of gay people.
"Homophobia is a sin. Heterosexism is a sin. Shaming people for whom they love is a sin. Shaming people because their gender identity doesn't fit neatly into your sense of what it should be is a sin," said Hall, who is the Tenth Dean of The Episcopal Church's Cathedral. "Only when all our churches say that clearly and boldly and courageously will our LGBT youth be free to grow up in a culture that totally embraces them fully as they are." more >>