Bishop Stacy Sauls’ opening remarks to Executive Council

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2012 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Submit an Event Listing Rector Shreveport, LA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Martinsville, VA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Hopkinsville, KY Executive Council, Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Opening Remarks of the Chief Operating OfficerExecutive CouncilJanuary 27, 2012I want to begin and end by updating you on the well-being of the staff of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society.  To do that, I need to tell you just a little bit about a movie, which has recently been nominated for Best Picture of the Year.  It is called “Moneyball.”  I think it would do every leader a world of good to study it carefully.  “Moneyball” is about how Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A’s, changed the way the game of baseball is played despite an awful lot of voices that said you can’t change the way we’ve done it for a hundred years.  It is similar to the seven last words of the church:  “We’ve never done it that way before.”  The challenge Billy Beane faced is that the Oakland A’s are a small media market team, which meant that he had a small budget to work with, and that ought to suggest right off the bat that this story has some relevance to the church.  Beane’s challenge was that he couldn’t compete for the star players with the big money teams like the Yankees and the Red Sox with his small budget.  As he puts it, “There’s the rich teams, there’s the poor teams, then there’s 50 tons of crap, then there’s us.”  So, rather than trying to play the game the way the Yankees and Red Sox did, which doomed him to perpetual failure, he decides instead to play the game differently.  His guiding principle is this:  “Adapt or die.”Adapt or die.  That pretty much sums up the challenge of the Episcopal Church, and all churches, at the beginning of a post-modern, and certainly post-Christian era face.  And that is why “adapt or die” and the movie “Moneyball” became the focus of two days of in house staff meetings in January.  What emerged is this guiding principle for the life of the staff:  Dream, create, adapt, act.  Dream, create, adapt, act.That is what we have set out to do as a staff.  There are a lot of times when that is going to be difficult to do.  This weekend is one of them.  But what I as the Chief Operating Officer am absolutely committed to doing is keeping us focused on that principle no matter what comes.  Dream, create, adapt, act.So let me tell you what I dream about for our staff.  I dream about a Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society staff that is true to its name.  And I dream about a Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society staff that is known throughout the Church as creative, competent, and helpful, a staff all levels of our church want to be their resource, partners, and collaborator in engaging God’s mission to proclaim good news to the poor, release to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, freedom to the oppressed, and the acceptable year of the Lord (Lk. 4:18).  The staff is energized and excited by that, I believe, and is beginning to see itself as a positive force for servant leadership in the church and not, at least not all of the time, as unappreciated,  marginalized and forced to be passive.  They have asked to continue the process we began at our in house event two weeks ago, and we plan to do that.  And we plan to actively continue dreaming, creating, adapting, and acting.Let me tell you how.  For one thing, we as a staff seek increased interaction and engagement with Executive Council.  Three Executive Council members, Frederica Thompsett, Stephanie Cheney, and Bruce Garner, participated in the in house process I described.  Earlier this week two staff members and I participated in a conference call with two Council members on a program idea called “Building the Beloved Community”  to address multicultural and diversity concerns.  Last month we hired an Interim Legal Counsel, Paul Nix, who is here and whom I hope you will meet.  Not only the Presiding Bishop and I were involved in that, but we involved Bonnie, Sally Johnson, David Beers, and Gay Jennings.  To be the competent and respected leadership in the church that it can be, the staff needs the collaboration of the Executive Council.  And, quite frankly, it needs the support of the Executive Council.  It wants to work with you.  And it will be responsive to you, your ideas, and your concerns.  What I ask all of you, though, is that you treat the staff as your collaborators and partners, and work directly with us, at least first, and not take what’s on your mind instead to public forums and express your criticisms there, which unfortunately is not an isolated occurrence.  When that happens it very much goes against the creativity of which we’re capable and which is precisely what the church needs from us.  And I want to suggest that it is not a good way to carry out the fiduciary responsibilities of being a board, including those owed to the staff.As we move toward building the reputation for competence, indeed excellence, that I dream about, I can tell you some initial signs of success.  First, regarding Mission Funding, I ask you for a resolution to change the name “Mission Funding,” which conjures up anything but excellence and success, to something else, perhaps Churchwide Development Office, and let us start fresh.  It is important because it is an area where I believe we can start to show success.  In that area we have prepared a report on a case for a churchwide development effort, which has been presented to Council, as requested.  We are now deeply engaged in moving the archives project forward, and I believe we have the confidence of the Board of Archives.  We are actively working on a gift in the seven figure range to benefit a diocese in Province IX.  We are actively working on a gift that could benefit Indigenous Ministries.  We will convene an advisory committee in March.  The office has prepared a case statement to lead to the sustainability of the unique strengths of our historically black Episcopal colleges.  The office is prepared to work on the work of Haiti after the Church Foundation passes off that work later this year. There is a lot of potential here, and we are beginning, finally, to see some things pay off.Also, I promised to you at our last meeting that we would have a new website before this meeting.  It demonstrates both the excellence and the potential of our Communications Department, and we have them to thank for a highly creative and welcoming new site.  There are improvements to be made, to be sure  and the next phases are already underway, but it really is an extraordinary product.The IT Department is in the process of completing a complete upgrade of all computers and a virtual desktop platform that will make networking and collaborating, and all our work, much, much easier and efficient.  By the time we meet again we will have done something about the telephone answering system.  I am tired of calling in and not being able to reach anyone. We have just sent two staff members to explore partnerships in, of all places, Kenya, where they found people on the ground extremely anxious to work with us and, among other things, the existence of the Katharine Jefferts Schori Women’s Center for Ministry in one rural diocese, something neither she nor any of us had any idea existed.  Ask Sam to describe this trip for you.I have two final things.  As I began with a report about the well-being of the staff, I want to close with one as well.  This meeting, as you might imagine, is the source of no small amount of anxiety for the staff as we consider the budget.  I have informed them of the status of the budget process in a memo yesterday.  I will share the budget drafts with them during the course of this meeting and its outcomes at the end of the meeting.  I will do the same at the conclusion of the PB&F meeting next week, and Bishop Katharine and I will meet with the staff the week after that in person.  Managers and team leaders are engaged in conversations about how to take whatever budget comes from General Convention and dream, create, adapt, and act.  But I do ask you to be sensitive to their legitimate needs in this time.And lastly, I mention my work in advocating for a serious discussion of far-reaching structural reform leaving nothing off the table and no question unasked.  That work included, as you know, a presentation to the House of Bishops in September.  There was some concern expressed at the time that the Council was not made aware of that presentation in advance.  I did not give the presentation to Council in October because it was not on the agenda, and so some members of Council asked the Executive Committee to place it on the agenda for this meeting.  The Executive Committee, however, did not think that was a good idea.  I don’t know if any of you have interest in that presentation in seeing it or not, but I gave it to the staff at our in house meeting two weeks ago and I made copies of it.  I have DVDs of the presentation with an introduction by Bishop Katharine and they are available to any of you who would like to have them.Thank you.The Rt. Rev. Stacy F. SaulsChief Operating Officer Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Washington, DC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Tampa, FL Rector Collierville, TN Submit a Job Listing TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Curate Diocese of Nebraska Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI last_img read more

The prayer trees

first_img Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI By Lori EricksonPosted Apr 12, 2012 Rector Hopkinsville, KY [Episcopal News Service] If you walk by my church on a warm spring day, at first glance you might think we’ve been targeted by pranksters: outside our front door, several of the trees bear a rainbow of ribbons, brightly colored strips of cloth that flutter in each passing breeze.The ribbons aren’t the result of hijinks, for we have actually invited their presence by setting up a small kiosk near the trees that contains a blank notebook and a bag full of fabric ribbons. “Offer your healing prayers here,” says a sign, while inside the kiosk is another note that explains that people around the world have long put ribbons on trees as symbol of their prayers.When we set up the kiosk we weren’t sure how this addition to our church lawn would be received. Located as we are in the middle of a busy university town, we worried that it might be a target for vandalism or that no one would take advantage of its invitation to pray. Nearly a year later, our trees are adorned with hundreds of ribbons, bearing colorful testimony to those who have stopped for a few moments in front of our church to offer prayers.Many people have also left petitions in the blank book, prayers that are given voice each Tuesday morning during our weekly healing service. “I pray that I may be strong enough to do what must be done,” says one. “I pray that the Holy Spirit will allow my grandmother to forgive those who have hurt her,” says another. “We pray that our downstairs neighbor will be OK,” offers another.The brief prayers make me wonder about the lives behind them. What has happened to the grandmother who can’t forgive? Why does that downstairs neighbor need prayers? I’ll never know, but that mystery is part of the beauty of the ribbons.A prayer tree at Trinity Episcopal Church in Iowa City, Iowa. Photo/Lori EricksonI also appreciate how the prayer trees are a form of quiet outreach and support to those who walk by our door. “I tied a ribbon on one of your trees for my sister who has cancer,” a friend told me the other day, someone whom I know does not have a faith community. “It makes me feel better to see it as I walk by each day.”One of my favorite prayers left at the kiosk is this one: “I give a prayer of thanksgiving for this church for providing this awesome opportunity to pray as a community.” Given the fact that the person signed this message with an extravagantly large heart, she was probably young enough to consider “awesome” as a synonym for “great.” I like to think our prayer trees are awesome in the original meaning of the word as well.As Episcopalians we rightly value the historic liturgies of our church, crafting our services with beautiful words and music. I greatly appreciate those efforts, but I often find myself pausing outside our church on Sunday mornings to look at the ribbons dancing in the breeze. I think that perhaps as beautiful as the service has been, it is these prayers that go most swiftly to God’s ear, for in matters of the heart, simplicity is better than complexity.I’m reminded too of a line from Lauren Winner’s powerful new memoir, “Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis.” As Winner struggles with trying to keep her spiritual life alive through a time of doubt and trial, she takes comfort from a poem written by Carrie Fountain. Prayer, the poet writes, “was the last skill I learned. I practiced rigorously. Just as I was getting good, I lost it. As soon as it was gone, I understood it was not a skill at all.”That’s why I think those ribbons have something to teach us about how to pray. Our words don’t have to be elaborate or skillfully crafted. They don’t have to be spoken inside a church or led by a member of the clergy. However they’re formed, the spirit will take the words where they need to go, borne on the wings of each passing spring breeze.— Lori Erickson writes about inner and outer journeys at www.spiritualtravels.info. She serves as a deacon at Trinity Episcopal Church in Iowa City, Iowa. The Rev. Judith Jones, Vicar says: Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Featured Events Associate Rector Columbus, GA Catherine weir says: Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs April 12, 2012 at 8:32 pm So glad you posted a picture too, how wonderful….. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Press Release Service February 20, 2016 at 4:17 am It’s is with regret that I have to inform my friends that my loving husband Alex passed away on 18th February after a long battle with cancer. Please pray for his son and all his friends and relations. Thank you November 23, 2012 at 4:14 pm When I sew quilt tops and trim my fabric, I take the ribbon like pieces and put them in my magnolia tree. Recently my friend, Joe spent 11 weeks in the hospital with his second round of leukemia. Every day I would go out and touch each piece and say a prayer. He’s home now and gaining weight.I love my prayer tree. I would love to forward a picture. April 13, 2012 at 12:19 am Beautiful thought,Beautiful action carried through,Beautiful ribbons floating prayers above.Beautiful words,Beautiful woman who wrote them. 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He has lung cancer Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Comments are closed. Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Youth Minister Lorton, VA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Carolyn Beranek says: Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Collierville, TN Curate Diocese of Nebraska Cathedral Dean Boise, ID April 15, 2012 at 2:25 am What a beautiful visible sign of his Love & Prayers in action…Let His Spirit Rise & Shine! O Yeh! 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New Zealand: Interim cathedral for Christchurch gets go-ahead

first_img Submit a Press Release Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Anglican Communion Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Tags Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Shreveport, LA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Submit a Job Listing The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group New Zealand: Interim cathedral for Christchurch gets go-ahead Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Bath, NC By Taonga staffPosted Apr 16, 2012 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector Albany, NY Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Director of Music Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Curate Diocese of Nebraska Submit an Event Listing Youth Minister Lorton, VA center_img Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Smithfield, NC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Tampa, FL Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Belleville, IL Rector Washington, DC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Knoxville, TN Press Release Service Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET [Anglican Taonga] A Transitional Cathedral for Christchurch, New Zealand – designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban – will be built in Latimer Square on the site of St John’s Church.An architect’s impression of what Christchurch’s Transitional Christchurch will look like. Photo/Anglican TaongaThe NZ$4.5 million (US$3.68 million) cardboard structure, to be completed by Christmas, will be used for worship and community events until a new permanent cathedral is built. It will then become the worship center for St John’s Parish.This “symbol of hope” was announced by Richard Gray, representing the Transitional Cathedral Group, and Christchurch Bishop Victoria Matthews.With 400 parishioners, St John’s is one of the larger parishes in the diocese and now worships at Mairehau High School and St Saviour’s, Sydenham.The old stone church, vicarage and hall on the corner of Hereford and Madras streets had to be demolished after the Feb. 22, 2011 earthquake. It was announced in early March that the quake-crippled ChristChurch Cathedral will be brought down to a “safe level” – between 2 and 3 meters high.In a media briefing at the Latimer Square site, Gray said: “This is a very exciting next step for the project. The Transitional Cathedral is a symbol of hope for the future of this city as well as being sustainable and affordable.“The cathedral is confident it will attract interest nationally and internationally drawing additional visitors to the city.”Matthews said: “I am delighted we have reached this step and I acknowledge the wonderful collaboration between the congregations of the cathedral and St John’s that has made a Transitional Cathedral possible in the inner city.”With seating for 700, the building also will provide a venue for concerts, exhibitions, civic and community events.Linked containers will sit alongside the Cathedral and include a café and shop, meeting rooms, amenities and offices.“The bulk of the money is in hand but there will be further fundraising to meet the costs of building the temporary structure,” Gray said.He acknowledged a number of sponsors, including Warren and Mahoney, Holmes Consulting, Beca, The George Hotel, Sonoco (cardboard tube manufacturer) and Air New Zealand.A NZ$50,000 (US$40,917) feasibility study was paid for by the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust.The Transitional Cathedral will be made of cardboard tubes, timber beams, structural steel and a concrete pad, and is intended to last well over 20 years.It is the largest “emergency structure” designed by Shigeru Ban.He and associate architect Yoshie Narimatsu are not charging for their services.Warren and Mahoney will soon begin work on detailed drawings, and the building should be completed by this December. There are hopes that the opening could coincide with a visit of outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.Shigeru Ban hopes to be in Christchurch this weekend for the first turning of the soil on the site. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Associate Rector Columbus, GA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Featured Events Rector Martinsville, VA last_img read more

Resoluciones sobre Cuba reciben apoyo en la Convención General

first_img Submit a Press Release Por Araceli MaPosted Jul 9, 2012 Featured Events Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Comments (1) General Convention, Rector Collierville, TN The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Shreveport, LA Tags Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Resoluciones sobre Cuba reciben apoyo en la Convención General Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA Press Release Service Rector Knoxville, TN Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Tampa, FL The Ven. Cn. Juan A Quevedo-Bosch says: Curate Diocese of Nebraska TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Belleville, IL Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Washington, DC Rector Pittsburgh, PA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Albany, NY Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Submit an Event Listing Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS General Convention 2012 Rector Bath, NC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Submit a Job Listing Griselda Delgado, Obispa de Cuba, hablando en el evento “Nuestra Iglesia hoy en Haiti y Cuba.” Photo/Araceli Ma[Episcopal News Service – Indianápolis] ¿Cómo trabajas con una sociedad a la que no le han enseñado religión en los colegios, en que en las familias no ‘tienen’ que bautizar y en la que los niños en la escuela a veces les han dicho en forma despectiva ‘él es cristiano.’? Son las preguntas que la Obispa de Cuba: Griselda Delgado, se hacía mientras estudiaba en el Seminario Teológico de Cuba en la década de los ochenta.Cuba es un país singular por su realidad política, económica y social. También en Cuba hay una diócesis Episcopal extra-provincial establecida desde el siglo XIX llena de esperanza, acción y servicio. Cuenta con 44 congregaciones, 36 misiones, 21 sacerdotes y 4 sacerdotes mujeres, 6 seminaristas.La Obispa Griselda Delgado asiste a la 77ª Convención General en calidad de Obispa visitante. Este jueves habló ante el Comité de Asuntos Nacionales e Internacionales, quienes consideran dos resoluciones concernientes a Cuba. Una resolución propone que la Iglesia Episcopal apoye el fin del embargo a Cuba y otra que aboga por un trato humanitario a prisioneros cubanos. Ambas resoluciones fueron presentadas por la comisión Permanente de Asuntos Anglicanos y de Paz Internacional con Justicia.La obispa Griselda Delgado abogó por el fin del embargo aduciendo que afecta a la población mas pobre de cuba. ‘Nuestros niños no pueden acceder a medicinas contra el cáncer o nuestros hospitales a equipos médicos modernos. El embargo afecta también el acceso a internet el cual es muy escaso o nulo. Así mismo cuatro sacerdotes episcopales jubilados no pueden recibir su pensión como merecían y uno de ellos ya murió.’La primada de Cuba también habló en favor de una resolución pidiendo trato humanitario para los prisioneros cubanos y especialmente que se les permita las visitas de sus familiares, que en algunos casos no han visto desde hace 10 años. También mencionó el caso de Rene González-un agente cubano acusado de espionaje- quien goza de libertad condicional en Miami, pero a quien la justicia estadounidense no le permite regresar aun a Cuba. Se escucharon otras cinco opiniones a favor y solo una en contra de estas resoluciones. La Comisión decidió cerrar brevemente la sesión, rompiendo el protocolo, para saludar efusivamente a la Obispa Griselda.Este viernes la Obispa fue invitada a dar una conferencia en el evento ‘Nuestra iglesia hoy en Haití y Cuba’, organizada por la Oficina de Desarrollo de la Iglesia Episcopal, reunión que contó con la presencia de la Obispa Presidenta KatharineJefferts Schori y unos setenta invitados entre Obispos, sacerdotes y laicos, primero se vieron las fotos de las obras de reconstrucción en Haití y se escuchó al Obispo Sufragante Oge Beauvoir agradeciendo la labor de reconstrucción que la Iglesia Episcopal realiza en Haití.Luego la Obispa Griselda, dio su discurso en español (traducido simultáneamente al inglés) y fue acompañado de las fotos del trabajo de la Iglesia Episcopal en la Isla. Empezó con una reseña histórica y agradeció el apoyo recibido por la Iglesia Episcopal Nacional y a la diócesis de Canadá quienes hacen posible que la diócesis de Cuba mantenga su trabajo pastoral y social.Volviendo a la pregunta inicial ¿Como se trabaja en Cuba? Ella responde desde su experiencia en la Iglesia Episcopal que la gente encuentra una dimensión espiritual que balancea sus vidas y les da fortaleza. ‘La sociedad cubana no va los domingos a misa solo porque es una tradición familiar, ellos nos se bautizan porque ‘deben hacerlo’. Además agrega ‘Durante la década del 90 Cuba dejó de recibir ayuda de la Unión soviética y de los países del campo socialista, eso agregado el embargo de Estados Unidos, resultó en una grave crisis económica, en la que no había comida en la mesa de los cubanos, la Iglesia dio una respuesta local en dos dimensiones: dio desayuno a los pobres sí, pero además dio apoyo espiritual, porque muchas personas aprendieron que tener una conexión con un ser supremo les daba fortaleza para la vida diaria.’A la pregunta de ¿Cómo hizo crecer sus congregaciones? Ella responde: ‘No hay receta, solo persistencia y testimonio en tu vida diaria, la crisis del 90 sirvió para revitalizar todas las iglesias aumentaron los bautizos, confirmaciones y vocaciones. Yo creo que hemos tenido un crecimiento prudente pero sólido.’Acerca de las relaciones ecuménicas en Cuba, ella recuerda con alegría la década del 80 mientras estudiaba en el Seminario ecuménico entonces tenía amigos de diversas denominaciones. Luego las actividades ecuménicas fueron disminuyendo. Pero reconoce que El Consejo Ecuménico de las Iglesias en Cuba tiene un exitoso programa de capacitación en programas de desarrollo sostenible, porque tienen la visión de que los feligreses encuentren sus talentos y los pongan al servicio de los demás.Si pudiera resumir la visión de su diócesis en un lema ¿cuál seria? ‘Un pequeño grupo de personas en pequeños lugares haciendo pequeñas cosas pueden transformar la faz de la tierra.’ Sonríe y sale corriendo hacia la sesión de la Casa de los Obispos: la mujer de cultura Aymara, boliviana de nacimiento, con un corazón inmenso para los cubanos y primera Obispa mujer de Cuba.— Araceli Ma es integrante del equipo del Episcopal News Service en la Convención General. Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis July 11, 2012 at 3:49 pm Gracias por la informacion, creo necesario hacer una correccion, Griselda es la Obispa Diocesana. Desde 1967 Cuba es extra-provincial y bajo el cuidado para cuestiones de Fe y Orden de un Consejo Metropolitano compuestos por los primados de la Iglesia Episcopal, la Indias Occientales y Canada que tradicionalmente ha sido el presidente. Associate Rector Columbus, GA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Martinsville, VA Comments are closed. Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Director of Music Morristown, NJ last_img read more

Engaging doubt with youth

first_img Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 By Brenda Lane RichardsonPosted Apr 15, 2013 Press Release Service Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Albany, NY Rector Collierville, TN Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Engaging doubt with youth Seminary looks at opportunities in challenging youth ministry Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Shreveport, LA Many people who work with youth and young adults say that engaging young people in conversations about their doubts is a proven route for teaching the critical thinking skills essential for adult faith. Photo/CDSP[Church Divinity School of the Pacific] With the economy remaining fragile and church budgets strained, it can be difficult to make a case for investing in youth ministry. Sound investing is supposed to be geared toward the future, and many believe that youth are the future of the church.But some church leaders looking at the cost side of the ledger only see diminishing returns. It is not simply that there appear to be fewer adolescents and teens in churches.Evidence-based studies suggest that investing resources into cultivating faith in young people is not paying off. By 2010, Ranier Research was reporting that 70 percent of youth leave church by the time they’re 22. The next year, the Barna Group estimated that 80 percent of young people raised in the church would be “disengaged” by age 29.There are sociological explanations for why young people aren’t lining up in adulthood to participate in organized religion. These days, the church has to compete for attention against the lure of social media and the busy schedules of the college-bound.What’s most worrisome, though, is how the politicization of religion has caused many youth to regard faith with suspicion. Perhaps as a result, according to a 2012 Pew Research Center report, a greater number of young people are expressing doubts about the existence of God than at any time since the organization began taking surveys on the subject more than a decade ago. Thirty-one percent disagreed with the statement “I never doubt the existence of God,” twice the number that disagreed in 2007.Responding to discouraging reports, some church leaders recommend paring down youth investments. Other church leaders think like contrarian investor Warren Buffet. He puts his money into stocks that may be undervalued by a majority of investors.It might be said that speaker Andrew Zirschky has contrarian views about youth investment. The academic director of the Center for Youth Ministry Training in Brentwood, Tennessee, he holds a master of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and has worked as a youth and college minister at churches in Idaho, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.Like others in his field, Zirschky doesn’t focus on youth as the future of the church but as the present and as well deserving of investment. Rather than responding by shutting down challenging questions, or offering verbal pats on the back, he recommends encouraging youth to express their doubts and then share them with the congregation for a robust conversation.Zirschky led an April 13 symposium at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California, that was co-sponsored by the Diocese of California and was open to church and youth leaders, parent, and seminarians. The title of his presentation was “Engaging Doubt with Youth – Growing in Faith through Questioning and Challenge.”The Very Rev. W. Mark Richardson, dean and president of CDSP, initiated the symposium because he wants the school to become a hub where youth leaders may convene regularly. CDSP’s history as a founding member of the Graduate Theological Union, a major center of interreligious studies, makes the institution unique among other Episcopal seminaries, Richardson says. “We are located in one of the greatest urban university environments in the world. Our context offers opportunities for interactions with people from many denominations and religions.“Just as importantly, our school is recognized for being strong in ministry development, which involves the education and formation of leaders who will not only serve as professional ministers in the church and the world (either lay or ordained), but also empower and enable the ministries of all baptized people in their daily life as disciples of Jesus Christ.“We also have the capacity to place seminarians interested in working with young people and wanting to know how to support discussions related to real-world experiences into churches that have dynamic youth ministry mentors.”As to CDSP’s symposium focusing on adolescent doubt, Richardson says, “The Episcopal Church is a place where serious spiritual quest makes room for doubt. Compassionate and trusting relationships are key for those asking big questions. Doubt is an aspect of our lives, no matter our age.”He recalled a story from the Rev. Mary Hudak, associate rector of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in nearby Orinda and recently called to be rector of St. Michael’s in Carmichael, California. When one of Mary’s sons was 4, she said that he woke up saying, “Mom, I’m so worried! I don’t believe enough.” She explained that if he was losing sleep over this, he believed enough.“Young people didn’t invent doubt,” Richardson says, “but we know that as they reach adolescence they’re more highly motivated than others to look for ways to be in trusting communities where people can explore their faith in spite of their doubt.”Youth leader reflect on how adults reacted to their doubts as adolescentsEngaging young people in conversations about their doubts is a proven route for teaching the critical thinking skills essential for adult faith. And yet a number of youth leaders recalled experiences that left them feeling alienated and unable to share their most challenging thoughts.Kellor Smith with her daughter Abby. Photo/CDSPAs a teen in Oakland, Kellor Smith says she didn’t doubt her faith as much as she did the leaders of the church she was attending. “They were always talking to us about sin. I hated listening to that.”Finally, she came up with an idea about starting a youth group. “I was excited about going to the pastor with this idea, until a church official explained that I couldn’t present my idea to him because I was a woman.”Eager to get along with others in the community, Smith tolerated the indignity.“Eventually, I began telling adults of my interest in pursuing a career in communication. They were eager to help, but they only referred me to people within their Christian networks. This kind of narrow-mindedness eventually drove me off.”Smith remained wary of the church. By the 1970s, she learned of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Oakland from her mother, Nancy Baker, who was attending a morning service there. Smith would ride along with her, so she would later be dropped off at Skyline High. Later, when attending Mills College, Smith dropped by St. John’s to say hello and agreed to join the choir. “This became my social community,” she says.The comfort she felt talking with new friends about real-world experiences and decision-making as a person of faith led her to join the parish. She later became its youth director.CDSP honored Smith for her ministry at a reception after the April 13 symposium and has created and is raising money for a scholarship for youth ministry in her name.Religious doubt during adolescence caused hardship for Daniel London. He is now a doctoral student at the Graduate Theological Union and the leader of the Marin Episcopal Youth Group, a collaborative representing five churches: Church of the Nativity (San Rafael), Christ Church (Sausalito), Church of the Redeemer (San Rafael), St. Paul’s (San Rafael) and St. Francis (Novato).London and his family, regular churchgoers, relocated from California to Ithaca, New York, about the same time that he and an older brother began rebelling against religious teachings by experimenting with marijuana and committing petty crimes.The two eventually straightened up and returned to the church, practically becoming zealots. “I got really immersed into a religious subculture, and even stopped listening to music that wasn’t certified by the church,” says London.He also struggled to figure out how to start dating within church-imposed restraints. The lifestyle restrictions he learned to cope with, but restrictive thinking was something else entirely.“There were certain ways of thinking and questions that were rejected,” he says. “There was so much I could not do that life became miserable for me. I felt I was going to suffocate.”Returning to California for college, he happened upon All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena. While talking to congregants, “My understanding of Christianity got so much bigger.”Daniel London prays Compline with youth group members. Photo/CDSPToday, London is looking forward to his upcoming ordination in the Diocese of Los Angeles. While he enjoys encouraging youth group participants to share their views about faith, he avoids preaching at them by adhering to the instruction from Saint Francis to: “Preach the gospel at all times and when necessary use words.”London says he wants to teach young people how to encounter Christ in unlikely places, whether volunteering for the homeless in Marin, assisting in the Hurricane Sandy relief effort or providing stuffed animals for orphans in Vietnam.Jeffrey Dodge also looks back on a turbulent period during his adolescence when he “dared” to express doubt in church teachings. Currently a second-year CDSP seminarian discerning whether he has been called into youth ministry, he says that at the church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, that he and his family attended, he used to pepper Sunday school teachers with questions that drew frowns. “I wondered why a loving God would condemn people to hell even if they had never heard of Christianity.”A convert to the Episcopal Church, Dodge says he is so appalled at Christianity’s tarnished image – because of polemic language from the right and the left — that he feels the need to evangelize.“When I converse with young people, I say that I’m Christian and add, ‘Before you run away, I want you to know that science informs Episcopalians about how the world works, while the Spirit informs us about how the world connects. Church is about community, not ideology. You don’t have to be a Christian to find God. And if I invite you to join the Episcopal Church, it’s an invitation, not a requirement.’”The Rev. Martin Elfert grew up distanced from the religious divide. He was raised in the resolutely secular context of Vancouver, Canada, with a family that did not attend church. It wasn’t until he and his wife, Phoebe, had the first of their three children that Elfert began to wonder if church could help him respond to God.The Rev. Martin Elfert says he is is impressed with the thoughtful questions he gets from young people because, unlike adults, they have not yet learned to self-censor. Photo/CDSP“The Celts wrote about ‘thin places.’ We may also speak of ‘thin experiences’ in which you can almost reach out and touch God’s face,” he says. “When I first became a father I had a deep understanding of the love out of which our son was born.”Elfert turned for direction from his father-in-law, an Anglican priest, and the community of Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver, which ultimately encouraged him to seek ordination. Today he participates in ministry for and with children and youth at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Spokane, Washington.Elfert says he is impressed with the thoughtful questions he gets from young people because, unlike adults, they have not yet learned to self-censor. Every January, he assists as a chaplain for Teens Encountering Christ, a three-day program in which 50 young people prepare worship, give homilies and share stories of faith.Elizabeth Clayton, a former youth group member who works as a wedding planner, tells of an experience that strengthened her faith. After moving to Oakland from Europe and joining the St. John’s youth group in 1999, “We took a mission trip to Idaho that was led by Kellor [Smith] and [the Rev.] Scott [Denman, rector]. We were joined by other youth groups from various denominations.”Clayton was glad that the different groups were getting along, until she learned that some of the others were outraged because St. John’s welcomes everyone, including those from the LGBT community, and invites women to serve as priests. Viewing the St. John’s group members as sinners and fearing that they would be sent to hell, the others had begun praying for their souls.Clayton was upset until Denman and Smith explained that the other groups had the right to believe as they did. “That’s when I realized that not all churches are as accepting and open as ours. I felt lucky to belong to a group that met me where I was, and that I was also being taught to be more accepting of others. The experience strengthened my faith.”For the past three years, Clayton has served on the St. John’s vestry.Why youth programs are good investmentsLike many youth leaders, Smith points out that the most practical aspect of an active youth group is its role in building congregations. St. John’s has about 600 congregants, including a revolving youth group of about 30 young adults that attracts parents, siblings and extended-family members.Acknowledging the congregational building aspect of youth groups, the Rev. Stephen McHale, associate rector of faith formation at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Pleasant Hill, California, paraphrases a line from Mark Devries’ Sustainable Youth Ministry: Why Youth Ministry Doesn’t Last and What Your Church Can Do About It: “The job of the youth minister is to be the architect of a constellation of relationships in the church.”Rather than being an individual contributor working independently with young people, he says, “A youth leader actually works to empower lay leadership.”Betty Kasson of Carmel Valley agrees that youth groups are a key to vital congregations. But this trustee of All Saints Day School and member of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church also learned from raising two sons that youth leaders play another essential role.“More than anything else, adolescents care about relationships,” she says. “When your children need to turn to someone outside the family for advice, ask yourself: Do you want them to turn solely to their peers, or should they also have someone who relates to them and shares the spiritual values of your congregation?”Denman adds that, along with not treating youth programs as an isolated category, church leaders should encourage a culture of youthful energy and playfulness among the entire congregation.“We all have that youthful energy and vision even in our later years. Some of us wear disguises, but underneath those wrinkles are playful children,” he says. “People want to be youthful and, as Jesus said, we have to become like a child to enter the kingdom.“I wonder sometimes if we too often wait for youth to arrive at a church before we start to offer youthful energy and ideas. Why don’t we just start by offering to everyone some playful, accessible, fun programs that inspire the child within, and just see what happens?”What youth leaders say about how they are perceivedElfert says he was drawn to the cathedral job in Spokane by the high value that St. John’s places on children and youth ministries. He realized that not all churches attached the same importance to youth ministry.“One of the church’s greatest sins is making youth ministry an entry-level position,” he says. “Too many consider it a job that you perform until you’re good enough to become a rector.”The Rev. Philip Brochard, rector of All Souls Parish in Berkeley, which has invested in building a community of young people, says that across the denominational spectrum youth ministry is often so devalued that it’s difficult to find people willing to make a career out of the vocation. “I think a lot of churches want to see an immediate effect, and that’s not going to happen with youth groups.”Some youth leaders confide that they are expected to create nearly miraculous results in under-funded, poorly supported positions. There is such frequent turnover in youth director positions, for which college degrees are required, that staffers often stay for one year or less, Brochard says. This phenomenon is referred to as “one and done.”Cait Black, youth minister at Trinity Episcopal Church in Menlo Park, California, was surprised to see similar scenarios occurring in the Deep South and among wealthier congregations. “The first thing to go from stressed church budgets is the full-time youth minister.”Her job at Trinity came complete with housing, but she points out that her situation is an anomaly. Grateful for Trinity’s support and enthusiasm for youth, she adds that in many high-cost-of-living areas, churches often offer part-time work without benefits.Ed Horsley, a youth worker assisting Black at Trinity while searching for a job, says he finds that many Episcopal churches work on the old assumption that, “even if the young people lose interest in church, they’ll come back, when they have families of their own.”This is a myth that too many in the Episcopal Church seem to hold onto, according to the Rev. Dr. Susanna Singer, CDSP associate professor of ministry development. She explains that, by and large, young people are not returning to the church in adulthood, with or without their children.“It’s as if the church hasn’t caught up to this reality yet,” she says. “There is no cultural pressure to go to church and certainly no denominational loyalty. And there isn’t enough investment. Christian formation these days requires something different from 50 years ago, when there was still a broader Christian culture with communities supportive of church and other religious practices.”Her point is underscored by a story the retired Diocese of California Bishop William E. Swing shares about his World War II-era youth in West Virginia. “My friends and I were playing football on a vacant lot that we didn’t know was owned by an Episcopal Church. It was raining and snowing. The priest said, ‘Come on in out of the mud, we’ve got a ping pong table.’ We went in, and a few weeks later, the priest was looking for acolytes. He said, ‘Who in here likes to wear uniforms and light candles?’ I raised my hand, and next thing I knew I was bishop of California.”The difference today, Singer says, is that for young people to become mature Christians, they need more deliberate formation from the church. She refers to theologian John Westerhoff’s theory that this cultural shift requires a move from acquired faith to owned faith.“We’ve got to be intentional about faith formation in the teen years, and that requires money and taking the problem seriously,” she says. “Doubt is what young people need to grapple with, but not in isolation. Then they can make their beliefs their own.”Read more about itWhat can cash-strapped churches do?Some examples of effective youth ministryBrenda Lane Richardson, an author and clinical social worker, uses memoir writing as a therapeutic modality. Her most recent work, “You Should Really Write a Book,” was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2012. She is married to CDSP’s dean and president, the Rev. W. Mark Richardson, PhD. This article first appeared in the Spring 2013 issue of Crossings, an alumni publication of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. Rector Smithfield, NC John Leech says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Hopkinsville, KY Featured Events Submit an Event Listing April 16, 2013 at 9:02 am I think this is the most important line in this article. “Like others in his field, Zirschky doesn’t focus on youth as the future of the church but as the present and as well deserving of investment.” If we are not there to connect with people where they are at a given time in their lives they are going to leave. 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Stuart Schadt says: April 15, 2013 at 4:33 pm A lot of what is said in this article makes sense and is important. However, I think the most important thing a church (parish, diocese, up to communion) can do to attract and retain young people is to live the Gospel. Any attempt to “sell” the church deserves to fail if it isn’t based on what we actually do, and people will see that our advertising doesn’t match our reality. While specific actions can be more effective in reaching young people, if the focus is on building a membership (old or young), the Gospel can be ignored as a side issue. If, however, we have a shared purpose beyond ourselves, we will together treat each other well, will reach out to others to show love, and people of all ages will see that and be attracted to participate in sharing the goodness of the Kingdom. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem April 15, 2013 at 4:46 pm As someone long associated with the Church Divinity School (as student, staff member, faculty spouse, etc.), I’m glad that we’re lifting up ministry to and of youth and the need to serve and encourage our children and young people. The old legend which my generation thought was so sophisticated and tolerant–that eventually young people would return to the church after becoming parents–is indeed no longer true, if it ever was. And it was an excuse to do nothing and use the money “saved” for other purposes in the parish budget. So, I say “Amen!, Amen!” to this effort ot get the Episcopal Church out of its complacent rut. I’d only add that one more thing is necessary: we also need to encourage and support ministry in higher education, not only to and among the students, but also to and in that critical institution. This is an ecumenical task and one where patient, collaborative, long-term vision can enable the Church, the Body of Christ, to have an impact on our society and its values. Like ministry with young people, this ministry requires time in order to be faithful. Comments are closed. Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Washington, DC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Comments (5) April 17, 2013 at 8:20 am This workshop was well worth attending. One takeaway: Seeking Understanding Together. Dan Shockley says: Freda Marie says: Rector Belleville, IL Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Tagslast_img read more

Grupo de Trabajo sobre el Estudio del Matrimonio publica pautas…

first_img Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Submit a Job Listing Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Tampa, FL Rector Smithfield, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Hopkinsville, KY Submit an Event Listing AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Curate Diocese of Nebraska Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Collierville, TN Posted Jun 26, 2014 Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Associate Rector Columbus, GA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Youth Minister Lorton, VA center_img Submit a Press Release Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Grupo de Trabajo sobre el Estudio del Matrimonio publica pautas de estudio, recursos de debate Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Albany, NY Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Featured Events Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books [24 de junio de  2014] El grupo de trabajo de la Iglesia Episcopal sobre el Estudio del Matrimonio ha publicado Querido Amado, recursos para conversación y debate.El siguiente es un informe del Grupo de Trabajo sobre el Estudio del Matrimonio.Querido Amado: Un paquete con pautas para el estudio y debate sobre el MatrimonioNos complace ofrecer a la Iglesia Episcopal  un recurso para el estudio y debate sobre el matrimonio. Ha llegado su hora. Ya que este tema es de importancia histórica y de significado intemporal para la iglesia; las prácticas de matrimonio están experimentando un cambio social en nuestros días; y nuestra iglesia, a través de la resolución A050 en la Convención General del 2012, solicitó que desarrollemos herramientas para el debate sobre este tema.Entramos en esta conversación – como siempre lo hacemos cuando discernimos el camino a seguir – al considerar esas tres fuentes de autoridad anglicana sobre el tema: la escritura, la tradición (incluyendo la teología, liturgia, derecho canónico, e historia), y la razón (incluyendo nuestra experiencia humana).Nuestro equipo de trabajo está formado por 12 personas designadas: obispos, teólogos, educadores y pastores. A medida que el grupo de trabajo se encarga de la provisión de recursos para esta reflexión, nosotros hemos explorado profundamente el matrimonio a través del lente de las Escrituras, la tradición y la razón. Hemos estudiado y hemos consultado ampliamente.Si bien no vamos a completar este trabajo hasta que hagamos nuestro informe a la Convención General del 2015, estamos en condiciones, en este momento, de compartir con la iglesia un poco de nuestros esfuerzos hasta la fecha. Y lo más importante, estamos dispuestos a invitar a la iglesia en el debate a nivel local.Nuestra esperanza es que muchos aprovechen de este momento de nuestra historia para ser parte de discernir el camino a seguir. En nuestros días, ¿qué nos llama Dios a comprender, a decir, y tal vez hacer en lo que respecta al matrimonio?Sólo podemos responder a esta pregunta si más de 12 personas participan. Obtener una amplia participación ayudará a los diputados y obispos – representantes de todos nosotros – en la Convención General del 2015, cuando ellos reciban nuestro informe y consideren las posibles respuestas al llamado de nuestra iglesia para profundizar esta conversación.El recurso puede ser utilizado en una variedad de escenarios,  y consta de tres formatos diferentes, que pueden utilizarse de forma independiente el uno del otro: un evento de 90-minutos (que se puede dividir en tres sesiones de 35-minutos); una variedad de foros de 45 minutos; y un extenso artículo de un grupo de estudio. Todos los tres formatos cubren la teología, la historia, la escritura, las tendencias actuales, y más, con las pautas para la presentación y preguntas para el debate en grupo.El paquete “Querido Amado” se encuentra aquíhttps://extranet.generalconvention.org/staff/files/download/10613El PowerPoint para el recurso de  “Continuar Conversaciones” se encuentra aquíhttps://extranet.generalconvention.org/staff/files/download/10446Obtenga acceso aquí a la página web completa para el Grupo de Trabajo sobre el matrimonio de la Convención General A050 http://www.generalconvention.org/a050 .____________________Grupo de Trabajo de la Iglesia Episcopal en el Estudio del Matrimonio está autorizado por la Resolución A050 de la Convención General del 2012.La Resolución A050 completa está disponible aquí. http://www.generalconvention.org/gc/resolutions?by=number&id=a050Página de Grupo de Trabajo en Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/A050taskforceGrupo de Trabajo en YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHbLobftcghgmWgJW72qnwA/playlists Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Bath, NC Rector Shreveport, LA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Washington, DC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Press Release Servicelast_img read more

Canadian indigenous bishop slams ‘doctrine of discovery’

first_imgCanadian indigenous bishop slams ‘doctrine of discovery’ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem August 19, 2017 at 11:31 am Good points, William R. Well said. I think maybe the “historical circumstances” you mention are what are spoken of in the book “Guns, Germs and Steel.’ Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Washington, DC Rector Bath, NC Featured Events Indigenous Ministries Posted Aug 17, 2017 [Anglican Communion News Service] The “doctrine of discovery” – the idea that indigenous people need to be discovered and westernized – has been criticized by the national indigenous bishop of Canada. Bishop Mark MacDonald made his comments during a visit to Australia, where he attended a number of events, including a retreat for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Anglican leaders retreat in central Australia.Full article. Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Joan Mistretta says: Advocacy Peace & Justice, Rector Hopkinsville, KY TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Comments (4) Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Comments are closed. Rector Martinsville, VA September 4, 2017 at 7:01 pm Well said. Anglican Communion, Submit a Press Release Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT August 17, 2017 at 11:20 pm “Westernized” is confused with modernization. The problem is distinguishing one from the other. Modernization may or may not be a good thing; but people (including indigineous people) seem to want its benefits. The Europeans modernized first, not becaus of any inherent superiority, but because of historical circumstances. They brought it to indigineous peoples. I’m sure that Bishop MacDonald has plenty to say about the negative effects of the Europeans on the indigenous people, but I doubt that he, or they, want to stop using their cell phones. If westernization is a matter of culture, then Bishop MacDonald is engaging in one of the most westernizing endeavors among the indigenous people; proselytizing the Christian religion. Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA Tags Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Press Release Service The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Collierville, TN Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Featured Jobs & Calls Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Smithfield, NC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Submit an Event Listing Rector Belleville, IL In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Shreveport, LA William Russiello says: Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Tampa, FL Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Submit a Job Listing Rector Albany, NY Rector Pittsburgh, PA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Associate Rector Columbus, GA August 19, 2017 at 11:35 am Well, I guess I will add to my comment, if I may. I don’t think that in this day and age proselytizing the Christian religion belongs in the rest of the group of behaviors. Today there is much more choice involved and much less power to threaten. Keith Gardner says: Joan Mistretta says: Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Knoxville, TN An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Director of Music Morristown, NJlast_img read more

Alaska Native villages struggling to preserve way of life offer…

first_imgAlaska Native villages struggling to preserve way of life offer warm welcome to Episcopal bishops The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Comments (4) Tags Rector Knoxville, TN Keith Gardner says: Rector Bath, NC Rector Washington, DC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Environment & Climate Change, Rev Judy Hoover says: September 26, 2017 at 2:47 pm A good time was had by all. Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Richard Basta says: Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Cathedral Dean Boise, ID TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab House of Bishops, The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Submit a Job Listing In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Featured Jobs & Calls Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA Advocacy Peace & Justice, Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Collierville, TN September 26, 2017 at 4:02 pm This was incredible time in Alaska. The trips to the villages ( Tom (VT) and I flew to Nenana) with about 8 others) we were warmly and sincerely welcomed. It was indeed a privilege to visit with the people. Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Albany, NY House of Bishops Fall 2017, Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Shreveport, LA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET September 26, 2017 at 2:16 pm I’m moved with the love that was so present in the bishops visits. Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Episcopal bishops and residents of Venetie, Alaska, gather Sept. 23 at the bank of the Chandalar River to bless the water, land and people. Venetie was one of eight villages in Interior Alaska visited by different groups of bishops, who are attending the fall House of Bishops meeting in Fairbanks. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Fairbanks, Alaska] Sunrise in Fairbanks was 7:40 a.m. on Sept. 23, but Diocese of Alaska Bishop Mark Lattime had a nonnegotiable command for his fellow bishops: Don’t be late.They weren’t. Beating the sun by 10 minutes, they boarded the bus for the airport at 7:30 a.m. sharp, bringing with them their rochets and chimeres, their boxes of food to give to the villagers they were to meet, and their personal expectations for what awaited them in Alaska’s northern Interior.Bishop Prince Singh of the Diocese of Rochester in New York was in good spirits on the bus. Some of his thoughts turned to his previous missionary work in a poor region of southern India. His group of bishops was headed this day for Arctic Village, where families of Native Alaskans on the edge of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge still survive largely on hunting and fishing.At the airport office of Northern Alaska Tour Company and Arctic Air, Bishop Greg Brewer of the Diocese of Central Florida took his turn as the bishops placed their travel bags on a scale to be weighed: a five-pound backpack here, a 10-pound duffel there.Precise weight measurements are crucial in small planes like these, an experience that reminded Brewer of traveling about a decade ago on similar flights in Uganda when visiting a partner diocese. Now Brewer was one of six bishops flying to the village of Allakaket on Day 3 of the Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops meeting.An emphasis on creation care and racial justice at this fall’s House of Bishops meeting made Alaska the perfect laboratory, Lattime told Episcopal News Service earlier in the week. And in the Alaskan lab, the central catalyst for the bishops’ reactions was this day of travel, including eight trips to Interior villages. A ninth group drove to a former gold mining site, and other bishops remained in Fairbanks for a procession along the Chena River.In the 2 p.m. hour, the bishops at all 10 locations were to bless the land, water and people. Episcopalians across the Alaska diocese had been asked to participate at the same time in their local congregations.“The idea of having, all across the state of Alaska, this blessing at 2 o’clock is powerful,” Lattime had told the bishops a day earlier as they discussed ways environmental justice is interwoven with the plight of indigenous people, especially those suffering the effects of climate change.But what can a delegation of bishops do for the residents of a struggling Alaska Native village? Lattime assured the bishops they bring gifts of faith.“You are bishops of the church. You are the symbols of the unity of the church. You connect these people with your people,” Lattime said. “You have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit, and you bring the ability to connect people in prayer and offer your blessing.”The bishops carried those words of encouragement with them to the airport the next morning. Bishop Mariann Budde of the Diocese of Washington studied a map of Alaska as she prepared to leave for Huslia. She said she hoped the bishops’ visit would be worthwhile for the village residents, and that she would be able to open herself fully to hearing their stories.Bishop Dorsey McConnell of the Diocese of Pittsburgh had packed a tangible offering: a bottle of water taken from the Conemaugh River, which flooded Johnstown, Pennsylvania in 1889. He planned to dump the water into the Yukon River as a symbol of recovery as his group offered blessings in Eagle, a village that suffered its own devastating flood in 2009.The sun was now illuminating the edges of the gray clouds. Pilots flying into the Interior pay close attention to a condition they call “having weather.”“We don’t really have weather in Venetie,” means the clouds have lifted enough to allow takeoff and landing there.Guest services representative Katie Tasky stood on a bench and gave the bishops a final rundown of what to expect on the twin-engine Piper Navajo Chieftain planes, which had enough room for a pilot and nine passengers.“Window and aisle seat, everyone gets one,” she said.Another employee called for the first group of Episcopal travelers: “Arctic Village!” The bishops and spouses boarded their plane and were in the air by 9:05 a.m.Pilot Bill Thompson takes Connecticut Bishop Ian Douglas’ bag before leaving on a flight to Venetie, Alaska, on Sept. 23. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceBill Thompson, the pilot for the group heading to Venetie, offered his co-pilot seat to any interested passenger. Retired Bishop Neff Powell of the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia volunteered.“Hop in and do that important preflight checklist for me,” Thompson joked.With six bishops, two spouses and a reporter buckled in and wearing their headsets, Thompson maneuvered the plane behind the others in line at the start of the runway, an unusually busy day for Arctic Air. “You guys have certainly cleared out our ramp today,” Thompson said.Two planes were ahead. Then one. At 9:40 a.m., with the Venetie flight cleared for takeoff, the plane buzzed down the runway and began soaring over Fairbanks, charting a path north.‘A wonderful, wonderful way of life’The bishops were welcomed warmly in Alaska even before boarding flights to the Interior. Elders and leaders of local Native organizations addressed the House of Bishops on Sept. 22 at sessions that focused on Native culture and environmental threats to a way of life that has been followed here for thousands of years.Poldine Carlo, a founder of the Fairbanks Native Association, shares stories of growing up in the Interior with bishops gathered in Fairbanks on Sept. 22. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News Service“We didn’t get rich, but we had a good life,” Poldine Carlo, 96, said as she detailed some of that life for the bishops at the Westmark Fairbanks Hotel and Convention Center.Carlo is best known as one of the founders of the Fairbanks Native Association, a support group created in the 1960s at a time when Alaska Natives faced open discrimination. But what resonated most with the bishops were her stories of living off the land in and around Nulato, where she grew up.As she spoke of her tribe’s fish camp and of animal tracking with her family, there was an audible ache of nostalgia in her voice – knowing part of that way is forever gone, and what’s left of it also may disappear.“It was such a wonderful, wonderful way of life,” Carlo said. “To think, at the time I was home, I never, ever thought there would be an end to that.”Hunting, fishing and trapping continue in the Interior, but Native communities that pride themselves on their subsistence lifestyle find it increasingly difficult to provide for themselves in the old ways.“Alaska is probably one of the last places on Earth where native people are still rooted to the land. We live off the fruits of the good Earth,” said the Rev. Shirley Lee, executive director of the Tanana Chiefs Conference’s Housing First program and a priest at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Fairbanks.For every food there is a season, she said: from moose to caribou, fish to berries. “And when we move away from those seasonal practices and rely on the local grocery store,” Lee said, “it deadens our spirit.”The changing environment is one factor in that cultural decline.“Right now the changes we’re seeing in our climate, we have to address it. … It’s very noticeable up here,” Bernadette Demientieff of the conservationist Gwich’in Steering Committee told the bishops. “Our elders and our leaders are at a point where they’re taking it up on their own because no one else is listening.”The Episcopal Church has long joined in that activism, and its Episcopal Public Policy Network has specifically supported the efforts of Demientieff and other Gwich’in activists in their fighting to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from proposals to allow oil drilling there. The north coast of Alaska, part of which the refuge encompasses, is a major caribou birthing ground and considered sacred land by Alaska Natives who hunt the caribou when the herd migrates deeper into the Interior.“This issue really is symbolic of how we are going to treat our remaining intact ecosystems on the planet,” Princess Johnson told the bishops. Johnson was part of an Episcopal Church delegation that traveled to Paris for the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, and she is a leader in the grassroots group Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition.“You cannot really separate environment from social justice issues. We really need to be mindful of that,” Johnson said. “I really honestly believe we’re all here on this planet for a reason right now and are being spiritually called upon to act.”The Rev. Shirley Lee addresses the House of Bishops on Sept. 22 in Fairbanks. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceThe Alaska Natives thanked the bishops for traveling to Alaska and listening to their concerns. Lee asked the bishops, as they prepared to travel across the Interior, not to see that vast landscape as barren, undeveloped property.“Look at that and remember there is a history behind every inch of land that you are traversing,” she said, “that history of the Native people here, and how your blessing will help further the preservation of our culture.”Village welcomes visiting bishopsThompson, the Arctic Air pilot on the flight to Venetie, was not at first fully aware of the nature of his cargo. Bishops on an Interior expedition were something novel.Realizing his passengers were flying over unfamiliar terrain, Thompson, 47, gladly played the tour guide. A 26-year veteran of the Alaskan skies, he pointed out the Fort Knox gold mine, which still operates just north of Fairbanks. He described how the Tanana and Yukon rivers, carrying glacial silt, had created wide flood plains over thousands of years. He identified the snow-dusted peaks below as the White Mountains, a jagged range dwarfed to the south by the Alaska Range, its towering Denali hidden in the clouds this morning.“We have the Fort Yukon weather,” Thompson radioed back to the control tower.He began dropping the plane to 4,000 feet to fly below the thick layer of clouds hovering above that village. The Yukon River appeared below. The arbitrary dotted line of the Arctic Circle receded behind them. A moose was spotted wading in a marsh on the edge of a lake.The village of Venetie, Alaska, is seen from above. The dirt strip in the center of the village is the former runway. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceAs they approached Venetie, Thompson circled the plane over the village and the Chandalar River so he could point out the old dirt runway in the center of the village and the large school building. About 200 people are estimated to live in Venetie, most of them in small log homes built on dirt and gravel roads stretching out from the village’s center.Mildred Killbear, center left, and Eunice Williams greet the bishops after their landing in Venetie on Sept. 23. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceAfter landing on the gravel surface of the newer runway just before 11 a.m., Thompson taxied to the spot where a group of villagers in pickup trucks and on all-terrain vehicles were waiting to greet the bishops with a round of handshakes and hugs.Mildred Killbear and Eunice Williams escorted the visitors to the center of the village, a few minutes away by pickup truck.Killbear, 68, was born in Fort Yukon and lived in Arctic Village as a child before moving with her parents to Venetie. “I’ve lived here all my life,” she said.Williams, at 80, is one of 20 village elders whose pictures hang in a display case inside the school building. “We’re still living in the old cultural way. We still depend on the subsistence lifestyle,” she said.Of the 20 elders honored in the display, she is among the few still alive.Eunice Williams and the Rev. Margo Simple show the bishops Venetie’s school. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceAt the school, they met the Rev. Margo Simple, the Episcopal priest in Venetie who also works as a community health aide. Simple gave the bishops and spouses a tour of the building, as she and other village residents thanked them for coming.“Pray for us and the land and the animals,” Williams said.Myra Thumma was preparing a caribou meat feast for the bishops at Venetie’s community hall, a short walk from the school. The group made its way over to the small, one-room building, where residents greeted them with conversations about the hall’s wood-burning stove, about the villagers’ families and about the many ways of eating salmon, from burgers to salads. The bishops presented gifts of food – a large box filled with eggs, fruit, Nutri-Grain bars and other items that otherwise would command high prices at the village store.“This is the first time we’ve had so many bishops in one building,” Eddie Frank said. He, too, thanked them for coming.Frank, 67, is a formal tribal administrator who now works on the village’s roads. “We don’t call them roads, we call them trails,” he corrected. He also is known for his skills at trapping wolf, mink, lynx, marten, fox and any other animal popular for its skin and fur.Milder, shorter winters have made trapping more difficult, Frank said. Dog sledding and other winter travel depend on adequate snow cover, and he thinks the animals are more easily scared away by humans’ scent in the warmer air.“The weather has really changed,” Frank said.Myra Thumma points out the caribou meal that was prepared for the visiting bishops at the Venetie community hall. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceThumma also worries about the effects of climate change. It has affected caribou migration patterns, she said.She attended college in the southeast Alaska city of Sitka, and she met her husband in Fairbanks, but eventually she had to get back to her home village.“I can’t live in the city,” Thumma said. Venetie is “the only life I know. This is part of me.”By 1:45 p.m., Simple had led the bishops to Good Shepherd Episcopal Church for the afternoon’s liturgy. A wood stove warmed the inside of the log church as a handful of villagers gathered in the pews for the short service.Afterward, the bishops in their rochets and chimeres processed out the front door following a 9-year-old girl who held high a wooden cross. They made their way down to the river, a young boy sprinting ahead of them.Under gray skies and the hazy afternoon sun, the bishops offered their blessings and thanks, for the river and land, for the moose and caribou, for the boats moored on the riverbank, for the village elders and leaders. They offered prayers for young people suffering from addiction, another threat to the village’s way of life.When it was over, the visitors and their hosts gathered for group photos, a family of worshipers bound by faith.To Nenana for a potlatchA day later, members of that faith family filled the community hall in Nenana, Alaska, nearly to capacity.Nenana is a village a 55-mile drive southwest of Fairbanks. The Episcopal Church was once the only Christian denomination with a presence in the Interior, and its history in Nenana dates to 1905 and the mission church of St. Mark’s.On Sept. 24, after splitting up in the morning to attend Sunday worship services in Fairbanks, North Pole and Nenana, the bishops joined together again in Nenana to attend the afternoon potlatch prepared by the St. Mark’s congregation and the village’s Native community.A potlatch is a Native Alaskan ceremonial meal featuring traditional food, drumming and dancing. This was a meal to leave no one hungry: moose meat, moose soup, garden salad, pasta salad, potato salad, fry bread, rolls, tea and dessert. Helping after helping was served up and down the long rows of bishops and residents who were seated in front of the makeshift paper tablecloth placed on the floor at their feet.The bishops, their spouses and residents of the Nenana area prepare for a potlatch feast Sept. 24. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceAs the dinner wound down, several bishops and Native leaders spoke to the crowd, expressing mutual gratitude for the experience of this “good-time” potlatch.“I’m extremely blessed tonight to see the bishops in Alaska,” said Bessie Titus, a longtime Alaska deputy of the Episcopal Church’s General Convention. It’s a great honor, she said, “to us as a diocese, to us as a Native community.”Presiding Bishop Michael Curry offered Nenana the blessing of the Episcopal Church and received a roar of approval with his heartfelt “thank you,” which he repeated over and over.Lattime called himself “probably the most blessed in this place” because his family of bishops was getting a chance to meet the family of Alaskans that has adopted him.The Rev. Trimble Gilbert speaks at the Nenana potlatch. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News Service“This is what the love of Christ is all about,” he said. “This is what becoming the body of Christ is all about.”The Rev. Trimble Gilbert, an Arctic Village priest and prominent Gwich’in community leader, echoed others in marveling at the hundreds of people who had gathered for the day’s potlatch.“In Nenana, we honor you,” he said, before explaining that the potlatch represents his tribe’s values, its commitment to taking care of each other. Like the hunting traditions that provided moose for the meal, the potlatch follows the ways of their ancestors.“We honor them for us to be here,” he said.– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Director of Music Morristown, NJ Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Smithfield, NC Submit a Press Release Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Belleville, IL Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Comments are closed. Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Press Release Service September 26, 2017 at 7:54 am I know many bishops attended but would love to see a list of those who were there. Thank you for this fine article. 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Historic American-Scottish roots celebrated through Presiding Bishop’s visit to Aberdeen

first_img Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest By Matthew DaviesPosted Nov 6, 2017 Rector Smithfield, NC Anglican Communion, Rector Shreveport, LA Featured Jobs & Calls Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Youth Minister Lorton, VA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Albany, NY Tags Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Historic American-Scottish roots celebrated through Presiding Bishop’s visit to Aberdeen Rector Martinsville, VA Press Release Service Featured Events Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Bath, NC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Knoxville, TN Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Submit an Event Listing Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH center_img Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Director of Music Morristown, NJ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Course Director Jerusalem, Israel The ornate crests of the American states on the ceiling in the nave of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral in Aberdeen, Scotland, symbolize the deep connection between the Scottish and U.S.-based Episcopal churches. Photo: Matthew Davies/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Aberdeen, Scotland] Ornate crests of the American states decorate the ceiling of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral in Aberdeen, Scotland. It’s a reminder of the critical role the U.S.-based Episcopal Church played in laying the groundwork for global Anglicanism when it sent Samuel Seabury to the British Isles in 1784 to be consecrated as its first bishop.Faced with an unworkable condition from the Church of England calling for Seabury to swear allegiance to the crown, he traveled to Aberdeen where three Scottish bishops agreed to consecrate him in return for promoting the Scottish Prayer Book liturgy back on American soil.More than 230 years later, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry arrived in Aberdeen for a four-day visit to Scotland to recognize the importance of that significant moment in history and to celebrate the partnership that has flourished between the two provinces ever since. Curry is accompanied by Executive Assistant Sharon Jones and the Rev. Chuck Robertson, canon for ministry beyond the Episcopal Church, who was installed on Nov. 5 as an honorary canon of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral in Aberdeen during a Festal Evensong. Curry preached during the service.“Our bishops today trace their succession to Samuel Seabury … so our roots really are here in Aberdeen, Scotland,” Curry told Episcopal News Service on Nov. 6 before joining a symposium exploring the social history and common interests of the Scottish and U.S.-based Episcopal churches. “Indeed, Scotland is our mother church, so it was good to come home and give thanks to our mother church and to affirm our continued partnership in Jesus Christ.”Curry’s reference to coming home was mutually acknowledged by his Scottish hosts as he was invited during a post-service reception to cut a cake iced with the words “Welcome Home.” The delegation was then furnished with gifts of Scotch whisky and porridge stirrers, representing perhaps two longstanding staples in the Scottish diet.The Most Rev. Mark Strange, bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness and primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, said that the Scottish Episcopal Church “is proud of its role in the coming into being of what is now the worldwide Anglican Communion, and I am delighted to welcome the presiding bishop in his first visit to Scotland when we can share our past, present and future bonds of communion and concern for the people we serve in our respective provinces.”Strange, who as a young boy sang in the choir at St. Andrew’s Cathedral, told ENS that for as long as he can remember “there has been a close link with America. Last night, I had the real pleasure of installing Chuck Robertson as a canon. I’ve watched canons from America being installed my whole life. And there’s a sense in which when I am in North America, this is home.“For the Scottish Episcopal Church, just having the knowledge that somehow we are connected … means that we are more outward-looking than inward-looking.”The historic bond that St. Andrew’s Cathedral shares with the Episcopal Church includes an invitation for the presiding bishop to nominate someone to be installed as an honorary canon.“Their affection for our church and our affection for the Scottish Episcopal Church is longstanding and deep,” said Curry. “And now we must take that affection into concrete work that helps to change the world into something akin to God’s dream for it, and so Canon Robertson being made an honorary canon was a symbolic way of incarnating that in a human person.”Meanwhile, the Very Rev. Isaac Poobalan, cathedral provost, hopes the visit will raise further awareness of the role that the cathedral plays in the community of Aberdeen’s city center and beyond.When Seabury reached London back in 1784, bishops in the Church of England thwarted his mission to the episcopate. The English church, standing firm in its post-Reformation ideals, insisted he swear an oath of allegiance to the king. Such an oath would have contravened America’s Declaration of Independence, and with the colonies having won the war of independence one year earlier, Seabury was wise to decline.Instead, he took to the road, traveling 400 miles north to Scotland. There, the Episcopal Church in Aberdeen and Orkney willingly assisted with his consecration, and with a more workable condition – that he promote the Scottish Prayer Book upon returning home.St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Aberdeen, Scotland, holds a special place in the legacies of both the U.S.-based Episcopal Church and the Scottish Episcopal Church. Photo: Matthew Davies/Episcopal News ServiceThis milestone is often heralded as the main catalyst, if not the onset, of what eventually would become known as the Anglican Communion. The relationship between the U.S.-based Episcopal Church and the Scottish Episcopal Church has deepened and flourished over the more than two centuries since that momentous occasion, including through a close companion relationship between the Diocese of Connecticut and the Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney.To this day, despite several prayer book revisions, the Rite I Eucharistic Prayer in the Episcopal Church’s Book of Common Prayer is strikingly similar to the same liturgy found in the Scottish Prayer Book.But Curry also noted that “the red, white and blue – and that particular shade of blue in the Episcopal Church flag – hail from Scotland. And indeed, our very name, the Episcopal Church, comes from the Scottish Episcopal Church. So, in those symbolic yet significant ways, there are ties that bind us. But I have a feeling there’s a deeper DNA. There’s kind of an American spirit that has a lot to do, I think, with the spirit of Scotland, and that sense of freedom and independence. That’s pretty American, and I have a feeling we get that from Scotland.”Samuel SeaburySeabury was born in Groton, Connecticut, and graduated from Yale College in 1748. He read theology under his father and then studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, 1752-1753. Seabury was ordained deacon on Dec. 21, 1753, and priest on Dec. 23, 1753, in England. He was a missionary of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel at New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1754-1757, and rector at Jamaica, New York, 1757-1766.From 1766 to 1776 he served as rector of St. Peter’s Church, Westchester, New York, and from 1776 to 1783 he was in private medical practice and chaplain to British troops at Staten Island and New York. He wrote forceful pamphlets in defense of loyalty to the British Crown. On Mar. 25, 1783, he was elected bishop of Connecticut and was consecrated at Aberdeen, Scotland, Nov. 14, 1784, by three nonjuring bishops of the Scottish Episcopal Church.He also served as bishop of Rhode Island from 1790 to1796 and as presiding bishop from 1789 to 1792. He was a high churchman in the tradition of the nonjurors and the Caroline Divines. A valid episcopacy and the threefold orders of clergy were central concerns for him. He died in 1796 in New London, Connecticut. Seabury and the passing of the episcopate to the Episcopal Church are commemorated on Nov. 14 in the Episcopal calendar of the church year.In the decades following Seabury’s death, the communion grew geographically and numerically, largely through the missionary movement, and many more-complex cultural and contextual issues came into play. Other than in its prayer book, the Anglican Communion staved off making any foundational declaration until the 1888 Lambeth Conference endorsed the Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral, originally adopted by the Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops in 1886.The Quadrilateral named four principles of Anglicanism: the Holy Scriptures, as containing all things necessary to salvation; the creeds – specifically the Apostles’ and Nicene creeds – as the sufficient statement of Christian faith; the sacraments of baptism and Holy Communion; and the historic episcopate, locally adapted. (A U.S. Episcopal priest, William Reed Huntington, is credited with proposing the four elements in an 1870 essay.)Today, the communion encompasses 39 autonomous provinces with some 80 million Anglicans in 165 countries worldwide. But it’s anyone’s guess what the landscape of the Anglican Communion would look like in 2017 had Seabury not ventured to Scotland in search of his episcopal consecration.But the path of the Anglican Communion has been far from smooth at times, with the spotlight over recent decades highlighting the differences over biblical interpretation concerning women’s ordination and human sexuality issues. To date, the Scottish and U.S.-based churches are the only provinces to have voted to remove from their canons the definition that marriage is between a man and a woman, thus enabling gay and lesbian Christians to be married in church.“The Anglican Communion has its difficulties, has its concerns, and we need to find ways of working together so that when we really get down to issues, we know that the issues we are talking about are the ones that concern us for the world,” said Strange. “For a small church like ours to be able to be a part of a larger institution is always important. … I am looking forward to maintaining what is clearly already a loving relationship and to finding ways to build on that.”Curry agreed, saying, “We are not isolated, disparate individuals. We are part of a greater whole. Dr. Martin Luther King said we are tied in networks of mutuality in a single garment of destiny. The truth is we are interconnected, we are interrelated, and the more we use our interconnectedness and our relationships for the good, the better off the whole world is.”– Matthew Davies is advertising and web manager for the Episcopal News Service. The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Belleville, IL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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NYC Episcopal churches call for increased mental health crisis training…

first_img Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL February 3, 2018 at 9:23 pm I agree whole-heartedly that the Episcopal Church (TEC) needs to do more about mental illness. At the last General Convention (GC), I authored a resolution that TEC be more proactive in addressing the needs of people with mental illness and their families. I hope to help pass a follow-up resolution at this year’s GC that will form a mental health task force to further TEC’s commitment to those with mental illness. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Albany, NY February 1, 2018 at 9:52 am This story is heartbreaking. As a rector in an urban church next to a large state university we host folks besieged with debilitating mental illness on a daily basis, several of whom are members. We would be devastated to lose any one of us to police violence because of course we are all “family”. I think ALL of us in church need more training in descalating mental health crisis because the church is still a place where people in need seek out help. We are “first responders”, too. This story is a wake up call for me. I imagine staff in public libraries are better trained than your average Episcopal clergy like me. Time to change that. I’m on it! Submit a Job Listing Rector Knoxville, TN Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Collierville, TN February 4, 2018 at 3:17 pm This just reminds me of how blessed I am as a professional diagnosed with a mental illness. Two years ago, I had a spychotic break and I was informed that the cops were called and I was transported in an ambulance to the hospital. I spent a week there. Imagine. This could have been me. I am truly impressed and grateful to see the Church community’s support. God bless you and protect you. Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group NYC Episcopal churches call for increased mental health crisis training after parishioner’s shooting death by police Church members watch as NYPD Sgt. Hugh Barry sits on trial for the killing of Deborah Danner Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Stellae Maris says: January 31, 2018 at 11:46 pm As a member of NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) in CT and Manchester I have learned through NAMI and our local police about the importance of having Police,Fire,EMTs and other first responders being trained in CRISIS INTERVENTION. It should be mandatory not optional. Lives are at stake . Let us erase the stigma around mental illness and become educated and advocates for the mentally ill.I applaud the NY churches who are standing up for Deborah Danner. What a beautiful woman and one who shared her talents. She didn’t choose to be ill . She is a human being.. our neighbor and we are taught to love our neighbor. Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rev. Dn. Karen Fedorchak says: Advocacy Peace & Justice, Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release Featured Events Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls [Episcopal News Service] Deborah Danner didn’t have to die.In October 2016, the Episcopalian had a psychotic episode at her Bronx, New York, apartment. It wasn’t the first time that police responded to a disturbance complaint about Danner, who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia decades ago. In the past, 911 calls resulted in Danner taking a trip to the hospital, returning home stabilized.This time, however, gunshots rang out. And Danner, 66, was gone.New York Police Department Sgt. Hugh Barry was charged with murder and manslaughter because prosecutors say he didn’t have a reasonable threat to his life and wasn’t following police protocol. His trial began Jan. 30, more than a year later. After a one-day break, the trial is expected to resume Feb. 1.Deborah DannerEpiscopal church members plan to be in the courtroom every day in a show of support, said the Rev. Matthew Heyd, rector of the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest in Manhattan. He knew Danner for the last 10 years.On that first day in the courtroom, about 35 parishioners from Manhattan churches, including Church of the Heavenly Rest, Trinity Church Wall Street, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Harlem, and the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, marched to the Bronx courthouse. Danner attended all those churches at one time or another.“It’s hard because the trial is about tragedy, both the tragedy of her killing and the tragedy of mental illness being unaddressed,” Heyd told Episcopal News Service. “And it’s hopeful, because the church is organizing, both to recognize the dignity of her life and to respond and give meaning to her struggle and to support others who are struggling with mental illness also.”Parishioners and clergy were also there to bring home the point that law enforcement officers, in New York and nationwide, need much more training in handling mental health crises. New York officers can take Crisis Intervention Team training, but fewer than a quarter of the force has. It’s not required.In 2016, NYPD received approximately 157,000 calls involving people in mental crisis, according to the city inspector general’s January report reviewing how the NYPD handles interactions with people in mental crisis.That’s about 430 mental crisis calls a day.“How many times a day is an officer at a door and doesn’t know what’s going on inside and how to handle it?” Heyd asked. “However the trial turns out, the need for more skill and support in this is abundantly clear.”Nationwide, police officers in 2015 shot and killed 251 people who had exhibited signs of mental illness — a quarter of all the people shot and killed by police that year, the report stated. Alternatively, the Federal Bureau of Investigation discovered that 1,710 law enforcement officers nationwide were assaulted while handling people with mental illness, and two officers were killed while doing so.“We share your conviction that Deborah’s death was a tragedy that should have been prevented,” the Rt. Rev. Andrew M. L. Dietsche, bishop of the Diocese of New York, wrote in a Jan. 18 letter to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. “And we believe that Crisis Intervention [Team] training for this officer and for his fellow officers could have saved Deborah’s life.”Diocesan representatives are calling to meet with the mayor, as well as police, to discuss this mental health crisis issue.The Rev. Winnie Varghese, priest and director of justice and reconciliation at Trinity Church Wall Street, also attended Barry’s criminal trial Jan. 30. Churches across the United States regularly minister to people who have mental illness, and often come upon people in a state of crisis who need professionals to help de-escalate the situation, she said.“Until we have a better health system in New York, our police are our front line for mental health emergencies; if people are trained correctly, we can solve this,” Varghese told ENS. “These folks aren’t committing a crime; they’re sick. It puts police officers in a horrible position, and it puts people who are ill in a horrible position. It makes everyone vulnerable.”“This isn’t about vengeance. It’s about how do we change this situation,” she said.Varghese and Heyd said the church can’t handle the problem alone. Increased police training makes the most sense. It’s a cause they’re fighting for so that they don’t lose more parishioners this way.Heyd knew Danner pretty well while she attended both Heavenly Rest and Trinity.“She knit baby blankets for both my children,” Heyd said. “She was really smart and kind, and she struggled. All of that was evident to people who knew her.”– Amy Sowder is a special correspondent for the Episcopal News Service and a freelance writer and editor based in Brooklyn. She can be reached at [email protected] February 1, 2018 at 9:06 am Well said. My wife and I are also members and contributors to NAMI, which deserves more support for its work towards public awareness that mental or emotional instability can be a disability just as incapacitating as a physical impairment. In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Becky Michelfelder says: Rector Shreveport, LA By Amy SowderPosted Jan 31, 2018 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA center_img Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Bath, NC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Susan Phillips, Deacon says: Rector Washington, DC Comments are closed. Rector Smithfield, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Submit an Event Listing This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Pittsburgh, PA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Tampa, FL mike geibel says: Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Martinsville, VA Racial Justice & Reconciliation Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Tags Press Release Service Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Belleville, IL Rector Hopkinsville, KY Comments (5) Youth Minister Lorton, VAlast_img read more