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USA Today ad welcomes all people to the Episcopal Church


An advertisement focusing on the welcoming nature of the Episcopal Church that ran in the Nov. 20 edition of USA Today is being made available to dioceses and congregations for local media use.

The church’s core beliefs and practices, including those related to Christ, the Bible, women’s ordination and relationships, are featured in the ad on page 9A of the newspaper and on the Episcopal Church’s website, Anne Rudig, director of communication, said in a Nov. 20 news release.

“We want to herald and share our welcoming message,” she said.

“In the past few weeks, news about various religions has focused more about who’s excluded from certain practices than who is included,” Rudig noted. “We follow Christ and believe that he’s very clear that all are welcome. We strive to ’love our neighbors as ourselves.’”

The Rev. Canon Charles Robertson, canon to Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, said in the same release that “we are celebrating the fact the Episcopal Church recognizes that God doesn’t differentiate between the gifts of men or women, lay or ordained. We want people to know who we are and to make their own, informed decisions.”

The ad is the first in a series of materials that will be made available to dioceses, congregations and provinces as an overall communication strategy for the church is developed, Rudig said.

Centering on the theme “The Episcopal Church Welcomes You,” various sizes of the ad are available in English and Spanish here to dioceses, congregations and provinces at no cost. Space is provided in the ad for customization of church and web site address.

Additional print, radio and other materials will soon be made available to dioceses and congregations, the release said.

Rudig called the ad an important tool “in our efforts to tell our own story,” while Robertson said “we want to be bolder and more proactive about letting people know that the Episcopal Church has so much to offer.”

“Our message continues to be that we welcome you into this adventurous life and reasonable faith in Christ...whoever ’you’ may be,” Robertson said.


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