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Caroline Ducote

Dear Friends, Approximately 5 years ago, I received a phone call from Andre Ducote, a communicant at my former parish, St. Columb’s in Ridgeland, Mississippi.  While I was no longer rector of St. Columb’s, Andre reached out to me to tell me that he and his wife’s, Elizabeth’s, then 9 year old daughter, Caroline, had […]

I was a stranger …

June 18, 2018 … I was a stranger and you welcomed me. (Mt. 25: 35b) Dear Friends, The recent news from south Texas regarding the separation of immigrant families is deeply troubling. It troubles me as a parent who only yesterday celebrated the joy of fatherhood with my daughters. It troubles me as an American, […]

Immigrants and the Bible

(Written by the Rev. Luther Ott from a sermon preached at St. Columb’s Episcopal Church in Ridgeland, MS) For some time now immigrants have been in the news as we, as a nation, have struggled with how to create a just immigration system. After several hundred years of welcoming pretty much everyone, in the 19th […]

A Statement on Church Security

November 19, 2017 Dear Friends, I’ve received some questions about policy and requests for guidance relating to security in our churches. Let me begin by saying that my heart breaks for the victims, families and communities affected by the various tragedies throughout our county. The violence perpetrated while faithful people gathered to worship or celebrate […]

Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief

Episcopal Relief and Development is providing a way to make donations to help victims of Hurricane Harvey . Simply click this link “ERD Harvey relief” to be taken to their donation page. Please continue to lift up in prayer the victims, first responders and all affected by this horrible storm. Recovery will be a long […]

Hopewell Baptist Church

STATEMENT FROM THE RIGHT REVEREND BRIAN R. SEAGE, BISHOP OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF MISSISSIPPI: I am profoundly disturbed by the act of violence against Hopewell Baptist Church in Greenville, Mississippi, and the alienation and bigotry it represents. We have a painful past in Mississippi, and it is a history which, sadly, involves violence under […]

The Rt. Rev. Duncan M. Gray, Jr.

Mississippi has lost one if its great leaders with the death of Duncan M. Gray, Jr. today. Bishop Gray was a bold but gentle, visionary but grounded, and beloved but humble figure. He served this Diocese well as Bishop for nearly 20 years. However, his 64 years of ordained life – before, during and after his […]

Statement on HB 1523 – April 5, 2016

Statement by the Rt. Rev. Brian R. Seage, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi, While Traveling on a Mission in Africa HB 1523 Press Release 040516 April 05, 2016 By The Rt. Rev. Brian R. Seage Governor Phil Bryant’s approval of House Bill 1523 is deeply disappointing. An anxious majority of both the State […]

Statement on HB 1523 – March 31, 2016

Statement by the Rt. Rev. Brian R. Seage, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi HB 1523 Press Release – In Light of Senate Passage March 31, 2016 By The Rt. Rev. Brian R. Seage I am profoundly disheartened by the Mississippi State Senate’s approval of HB 1523, which codifies discrimination against many Mississippi citizens. […]