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Harry Potter and the church pledge drive

08/18/2017 6:46:41 PM

Good idea: Harry Potter is coming to church in Cumberland. The popular books and movies, celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, will be used as the theme for this year’s pledge drive at Emmanuel Church. The special campaign will feature celebration, competition and creativity. Here are five things to know about what Emmanuel is doing. […]

Bishop Knisely issues statement on Charlottesville in cooperation with RI’s American Baptist leader

08/17/2017 8:31:11 PM

Rhode Island Religious Leaders Call Christians to Prayer This Weekend PROVIDENCE, RI–August 17, 2017–The following statement was issued today from the Rt. Rev. W. Nicholas Knisely, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island, and the Rev. Dr. Tom Wiles, executive minister, American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island: As leaders of majority-white churches in Rhode […]

Emmanuel Newport wins national grant to grow gardens and spirituality

08/03/2017 4:48:37 PM

Thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Episcopal Church, some formerly unusable space at Emmanuel Church in Newport will become home to hydroponic crops. Emmanuel is one of 16 churches and related organizations receiving Stewardship of Creation grants  in the latest awards from the Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation. The initiative will combine hands-on […]

Jamestown parishioner gives new life to windows from movable chapel

07/06/2017 3:15:29 AM

In the spring of 1899 the Rev. Charles E. Preston literally took the Chapel of the Transfiguration to people on Jamestown Island. Now, more than 100 years later, several stained-glass windows in that movable chapel are getting new life, thanks to a parishioner from St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. The artist, Jennifer Weeden-Black, was commissioned to […]

Two churches share bulletins and website

06/21/2017 5:09:51 PM

Good idea: Collaborative communications creates efficiency and builds confidence for two small churches Worship bulletins, websites, newsletters and formation classes are all important ways that churches communicate with members and prospective members. And they all consume limited resources. Two Rhode Island congregations — Church of the Ascension in Wakefield and the Chapel of St. John […]

June 7 e-news

06/08/2017 9:20:55 PM

The June 7 e-news includes information about Alumni Day at camp, several events being sponsored by our Center for Reconciliation, and a story about young adults from ECC sharing faith with young people in Connecticut.  Plus resources and dates of upcoming diocesan events.

Rhode Island youth make “Happening” a reality in Connecticut

06/08/2017 3:35:31 PM

Thanks in part to a group of youths and young adults from Rhode Island, the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut now has its own Happening ministry.  Happening is a retreat weekend planned by teens to give other teenagers the chance to encounter Christ, explore their faith, and strengthen their relationship with God. The Rhode Island Happeners provided […]

Global wave of prayer launches across Anglican Communion on May 25: “Thy Kingdom Come”

05/25/2017 6:24:22 PM

Today, May 25, the Feast of the Ascension, is the first day of “Thy Kingdom Come,” a global wave of prayer across the Anglican Communion. The Episcopal Church’s Presiding Bishop Michael Curry reminds us in this video that prayer really does change things.  Go to the Thy Kingdom Come website to sign up to #Pledge2Pray […]

First-ever community chaplains ready for work in Providence

05/16/2017 8:34:22 PM

Nearly three years of community work culminated May 2, when the first-ever Rhode Island Community Chaplain Corps (CCC) graduated from initial training, ready to begin work. In 2015 and 2016, a team of top law enforcement officials and a multiracial group of pastors and ministers planned and hosted a series of training classes in faith […]

“I was blind — now I see”

05/02/2017 8:04:34 PM

Taking time to listen leads to multigenerational reconciliation opportunity Stories of reconciliation are all around us in the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island. Today’s post, written by the Rev. Linda Griggs, priest associate at St. Martin’s, Providence, is about a reconciliation story that occurred in a moment of grace at the diocesan Learn & Lead […]

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