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RISEN – Epiphany 2024

02/08/2024 11:11:39 AM

Risen Epiphany 2024

EfM EDUCATION FOR MINISTRY…are you being called?

02/07/2024 3:05:24 PM

My name is Jacki Zahn and I’m a parishioner at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Greenville. I wanted to give you a little information on Education for Ministry. I love learning new things, especially History. Because I never got the chance to go to college after high school, I went “later in life” and graduated […]

The Rev. Della Wager Wells Reflects on the “Come and See” Ministry of the Compass Rose Society

02/07/2024 3:00:25 PM

Recently the Rev. Della Wager Wells, rector of Emmanuel, Newport, talked with Nancy Bryan of Canticle Communications about her fifteen years of ministry with the Compass Rose Society, an organization founded in 1997 that supports the programs and ministries of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC), the organization that sets the goals and […]

Tea Time Theology Podcast Returns with Stories of Historically Black Parishes

02/07/2024 2:59:23 PM

Tea Time Theology, a podcast sponsored by the diocese, returns for its sixth season on February 20.  While its previous seasons have examined how we encounter theology in everyday life, pop culture, and even bumper stickers, upcoming episodes will present oral histories of three historically black churches in the diocese that have now closed: Church […]

City Meal Site at All Saints’ Providence Seeks Volunteers. No Bologna.

01/17/2024 3:00:17 PM

How do your Tuesdays look? Got a little time in the afternoon? The City Meal Site (CMS) operating at All Saints’ Memorial Church in Providence has an invitation for you.  The volunteers who run the program are looking for help in continuing a tradition of feeding neighbors in need that began in the kitchen of […]

Follow where you believe God is calling your heart

11/15/2023 3:00:54 PM

The Rev. Jo-Ann Drake, the first woman ordained to the priesthood from the Diocese of Rhode Island, wasn’t able to make the luncheon the diocesan chapter of the Episcopal Church Women hosted recently to celebrate the 49th anniversary of the ordination of women to the priesthood. But she sent a note. It read, in part: […]

On the conflict in Gaza and Israel

10/18/2023 3:52:31 PM

On Tuesday, an airstrike at Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City reportedly killed hundreds of patients, healthcare workers and civilians seeking shelter. The hospital is operated by the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, released a statement today on the “atrocious attack” for which each side in the conflict is blaming the other. This […]

What else can I do to give back?

10/18/2023 2:56:17 PM

At 68 years of age, Rhode Islander Peter Bak found himself wondering what would come next. Retired after a successful career in business, he had spent three years making visits to nursing homes, hospitals, hospices, scout troops and more with Lucy, the first therapy-certified pit bull in the state. Still, Bak found himself looking for […]

Winter Shelter

10/18/2023 2:00:44 PM

The Diocese of Rhode Island is joining an interfaith effort, coordinated by the state’s Department of Housing, to significantly increase the number of beds available to people living without shelter this winter.   Bishop Nicholas Knisely attended a press conference last Friday at which Governor Dan McKee and Secretary of Housing Stefan Pryor outlined efforts to […]

Episcopal Church Creation Care Supports Climate Resistance on Aquidneck Island

09/06/2023 3:00:09 PM

by Nancy Bryan Six congregations in Portsmouth, Middletown and Newport will partner with the diocese’s creation care ministry in a climate resistance pilot project that has won $18,000 in grant funding from The Episcopal Church’s Task Force on the Care of Creation and Environmental Racism. “One of the central focuses of our work will be […]