The Episcopal Forum of South Carolina will hold three education conferences in 2015 called On the Side of History that will explore the intersections of scripture, society and The Episcopal Church.
The three conferences are:
Conference 1, Jan. 24: Women in the Church will be held 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at The Episcopal Church in Okatie, South Carolina. Speakers include the Ven. Calhoun Walpole, archdeacon of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, discussing roles and responsibilities; Amy McCandless, dean of The Graduate School and professor of history at the University of Charleston, South Carolina at the College of Charleston discussing “The Grimke Sisters’ Divine Mission;” and Walter Edgar, professor of history emeritus at the University of South Carolina and host of “Walter Edgar’s Journal” discussing the place of women in the life of the church.
Conference 2, Feb. 28: African Americans in the Church will be held at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in North Myrtle Beach.
Conference 3, March 21: LGBT Persons in the Church will held at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Charleston.
Register at www.episcopalforumofsc.org. Registration costs $20 and includes lunch and Q&A with the speakers.
DENVER — Family and friends of a recently deceased gay woman are upset after a Denver-area church that was about to host her memorial service refused to show a video that included images of the woman kissing her fiancee.
Gary Rolando, a chaplain contacted by the woman’s family to officiate the service, said a recent funeral at New Hope Ministries in Lakewood was abruptly canceled and moved to a nearby funeral home after church officials insisted images of the couple kissing could not be shown in the ceremony.
Jose Silva, a friend of Collier’s, said some 200 friends and family were asked to leave the church. The woman’s casket was taken to a nearby funeral home, and the memorial was held there with the complete video, Silva said.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A hard-line cleric in northwest Pakistan has led a memorial service for the two brothers who attacked the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, praising their assault.
Pir Mohammad Chishti, who runs a religious seminary in the city of Peshawar, led the prayers Tuesday. About 40 people attended, with some carrying banners condemning the magazine.
WORCESTER, Mass. — The Massachusetts doctor who beat Ebola says he’ll return to Liberia, where he contracted the deadly virus.
Dr. Rick Sacra says he’ll spend several weeks helping overworked colleagues in the missionary hospital where he worked for years, and then return to the U.S. next month.
The 52-year-old Sacra expects to mostly treat patients with malaria and health issues like high blood pressure and diabetes at ELWA, a hospital in the Liberian capital of Monrovia that is run by Serving In Mission, a North Carolina-based Christian organization.
Staff and wire reports