First-ever survey of race, sexuality and gender identity of Episcopal…

first_img Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Submit an Event Listing There is much more diversity among clergy than there once was, and the Church Pension Group is trying to measure that by encouraging clergy to share their demographic information. Photo collage courtesy of the Church Pension Group[Episcopal News Service] At the 2018 General Convention, a series of resolutions directed the church to gather demographic data about clergy as part of the Becoming Beloved Community initiative on racial equality and justice. As that topic takes on increasing importance in church life, the Church Pension Group’s effort to learn more about the diversity of the clergy is underway.The Church Pension Group, the financial services organization that also serves as the recorder of ordinations for The Episcopal Church, is encouraging all active and retired clergy to log on to their profile on CPG’s website and add their race, ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation. Demographic information like this has never been collected by CPG before, though CPG does analyze clergy compensation by gender, and those reports have consistently shown a pay gap between male and female clergy. (Other gender expressions have not yet been included.)The new data could reveal whether similar pay gaps – including disparities in deployment and stipendiary status – exist along other demographic lines, as well as the prevalence of various demographic groups within the clergy.“There’s an image of who and what The Episcopal Church is that may not conform to the actual reality of who and what we are today,” Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said in a statement to CPG. “Having data helps to inform us in terms of both who we are and who we want to be. Data has a way of dispelling myths.”Having demographic data on clergy will help the church assess how well it reflects both its congregants and the wider communities it serves. The most recent demographic study of American Episcopalians, done by the Pew Research Center in 2014, indicates that the church in the U.S. is 90% white, making it far less diverse than the U.S. population. That has prompted broader efforts to understand the role of race in the church, which is a key component of the Becoming Beloved Community initiative.“If we seek reconciliation, healing, and new life, it begins with telling the truth about The Episcopal Church’s racial composition, especially given the church’s relationship to the complex history of race in the 17 nations our church calls home,” the Becoming Beloved Community framework says. Although a full census of church members is not planned, a racial audit of church leadership is underway and is expected to be presented to General Convention in 2021.In the meantime, CPG is relying on clergy to voluntarily input their demographic information, which will be analyzed in aggregate form; individual demographic classifications are confidential and will not be made public in any form. So far, about 1,100 clergy have participated – about 10% of active clergy, according to CPG.“We are delighted to support The Episcopal Church’s Becoming Beloved Community initiative,” said Mary Kate Wold, CEO of CPG. “As a more fulsome demographic picture emerges, the church will be in a better position to examine trends and respond to inequalities.”“This part of Becoming Beloved Community is creating a wider road towards that place where all are counted as people on the way,” the Rev. Clayton Crawley, CPG’s executive vice president and chief church relations officer, said in a statement. “Black, white, gay, straight, male, female, non-binary – any of those labels and the multitude of others can be isolating on their own, but taken together, bound together, we form the Body of Christ in the world and it is marvelous to behold.”The new demographic data is expected to be included in the 2020 clergy compensation report, although the amount of data depends on how many priests, deacons and bishops choose to share their information. Curry and other church leaders like the Rev. Stephanie Spellers, the presiding bishop’s canon for evangelism, reconciliation and creation care, are encouraging clergy to participate so the church can have a clearer idea of where it stands and what work needs to be done.“As a woman of color, I am so grateful that my church is now asking about the racial identity and the gender identity of clergy,” Spellers said. “By sharing this information, we are taking part in a greater process that’s going to help us to become more just, to become more whole, to better reflect the dream of God.”“If our vision is to reflect the vision of Jesus, we need to know how close we are to it. Having a picture will help us understand how we are doing on the journey to looking like God’s Beloved Community,” Curry said.– Egan Millard is an assistant editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. 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The Skiff: September 27, 2018

first_imgReddIt The Skiff: Nov. 14, 2019 + posts The Skiff: Dec. 5, 2019 The Skiffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/the-skiff/ The Skiffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/the-skiff/ Facebook The Skiff by TCU360TCU Box 298050Fort Worth, TX [email protected] The Skiff Previous articleWhat we’re reading: Tension on Capitol HillNext articleHoroscope: September 28, 2018 The Skiff RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter The Skiff: Nov. 21, 2019 ReddItcenter_img Linkedin The Skiffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/the-skiff/ World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Facebook The Skiffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/the-skiff/ Twitter Linkedin printFailed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more infoVolume 117, Issue 6: Former Mexican President and Noble Peace prize recipient speak at TCU.Also: updates on the fraternity hazing incident and the burglary during the Ohio State game, Student organizations discuss their experiences on campus, and get your preview for this week’s football game. The Skiff: Nov. 7, 2019 Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

WSJ: Energy Transition Stalls Fossil-Fuel Projects in U.S.

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Amy Harder and Erin Ailworth for the Wall Street Journal:Many major fossil-fuel projects across the U.S., from pipelines to export terminals, have been shelved or significantly delayed because of a confluence of new regulations, grass-roots opposition and a drop in energy prices.Overall, more than a dozen projects, worth about $33 billion, have been either rejected by regulators or withdrawn by developers since 2012, with billions more tied up in projects still in regulatory limbo.The trend leaves some communities without access to lower-cost fuel and higher-paying jobs while also reflecting a growing wariness in the public’s eye of fossil fuels.Cancellations are affecting the coal industry’s bid to ship its product through the Pacific Northwest, where local communities are increasingly opposed to fossil fuels due to climate-change concerns.In May, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers rejected a proposed $850 million coal-export terminal proposed for Cherry Point, Wash., a forested, coastal area two hours north of Seattle where two oil refineries and an aluminum facility operate. The agency concluded the proposed terminal would violate tribal fishing rights of the Lummi Nation.The Lummi Nation, which says it has called the Cherry Point region its home for thousands of years, asked the federal government to reject the project in early 2015, supported by a broad array of environmental groups.As with other fossil-fuel projects—including the Keystone XL oil pipeline that President Barack Obama rejected last year—an alliance between Native American tribes and environmental groups proved formidable.Overall, five of the six export projects proposed in the Pacific Northwest in recent years have been shelved by developers or rejected by government regulators. The other project, near Longview, Wash., is awaiting approval.Coal projects face the biggest challenges, but oil and natural-gas companies are also facing headwinds. One natural-gas pipeline proposed for the Northeast was scrapped and another rejected in recent months.Full article ($): Fossil Fuels’ Unpopularity Leaves a Mark WSJ: Energy Transition Stalls Fossil-Fuel Projects in U.S.last_img read more