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Russell Kendrick consecrated bishop of the Central Gulf Coast

Episcopal News Service - qua, 29/07/2015 - 16:42

[Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast press release] The Rt. Rev. J. Russell Kendrick was ordained and consecrated as the fourth bishop of the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 25, at the Mobile Civic Center Expo Hall. More than 1,500 people attended the festive consecration service, and more than 3,500 joined the service by live-streaming video. The presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church, the Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori, led the service as chief consecrator. The Rt. Rev. John McKee Sloan, bishop of Alabama, was the preacher for the service.

Banners representing parishes, schools, and diocesan agencies were a part of the procession for the service. Choristers from parishes around the diocese formed a choir of over 150 voices, and a children’s chorus also sang. Three organists from parishes in the diocese provided music before and during the service. Following the service, the Excelsior Band led worshippers from Expo Hall to Christ Church Cathedral for a celebratory reception.

The consecration service may be viewed at the diocesan website.

On Sunday, July 26, the newly-consecrated bishop was formally welcomed and “seated” at Christ Church Cathedral in Mobile at the 10 a.m. service. During the course of the service, the new bishop received a number of gifts from the cathedral and was seated in the cathedra or bishop’s chair that is symbolic of the bishop’s office. While Kendrick was being seated at the cathedral, Jefferts Schori led worship at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Mobile.

Kendrick was elected bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast on Feb. 21, 2015. Prior to his election, he was the rector of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Birmingham, Alabama, a position he held since 2007. In 1984, he earned a Bachelor’s in architecture and a Bachelor of Science Degree in business from Auburn University; and in 1995, he received a Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary. Russell is married to Robin. They have two children, Aaron and Hannah. He is a native of Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

Kendrick succeeded the Rt. Rev. Philip Menzie Duncan II, who has served as the third bishop of the diocese more than 15 years.

The Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast includes southern Alabama and the panhandle of Florida, 63 worshipping communities, and approximately 20,000 members.

The Holy Eucharist with the Installation of Bishop Michael Bruce Curry as the Presiding Bishop

Episcopal News Service - qua, 29/07/2015 - 16:16

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Holy Eucharist with the Installation of the 27th Presiding Bishop ofThe Episcopal Church, Bishop Michael Bruce Curry, will occur on Sunday, November 1 at noon Eastern at Washington National Cathedral.

The Rt. Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, was elected and confirmed as the 27th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church at the 78th General Convention on June 27. According to the Canons of The Episcopal Church, he becomes Presiding Bishop on November 1. Bishop Curry is the first African-American to be elected Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church.

The Holy Eucharist with the Installation of the 27th Presiding Bishop will be live webcast.

The service will be reflective of the comprehensiveness of the Episcopal tradition and community. Bishop Curry will preach at the service.

Episcopal, Anglican, ecumenical, and interreligious guests are expected to join bishops, General Convention deputies, Executive Council members, and other leaders, members and guests of The Episcopal Church for the celebration.

Please note:
Media: Media credential applications will be available September 8.  Details on media coverage and opportunities will be announced at that time.

Tickets: Information on the process for general seating tickets will be announced after Labor Day.

Site cleaning begins at Haiti’s Holy Trinity Cathedral

Episcopal News Service - qua, 29/07/2015 - 11:48

[Episcopal News Service] More than five and a half  years after a catastrophic earthquake destroyed Holy Trinity Cathedral in Port-au-Prince, on July 20 workers began cleaning the site, sectioning off the work area, removing bricks, terracotta tiles, sections of the cathedral’s walls and other remnants that eventually will be incorporated into the construction of a new cathedral.

“This is a great sign of hope for the Haitian people. I started to say for the Episcopalians of Haiti, but in truth, the significance of Holy Trinity Cathedral goes far beyond our own faith community to the larger society,” said Bishop Stacy Sauls, chief operating officer for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, the legal and canonical name under which The Episcopal Church is incorporated, conducts business, and carries out mission.

“And, perhaps most importantly of all, the beginning of this work is a sign of the spiritual family that we are part of, a visible symbol between the Haitian church and the rest of The Episcopal Church. We truly are ‘one in the Spirit,’ ” he continued.

Workers built a red-metal fence on July 20 to secure the work site. Photo: Diocese of Haiti

The Episcopal Diocese of Haiti is numerically the largest of The Episcopal Church’s 109 dioceses. Almost immediately following the earthquake, the church began a fundraising campaign to rebuild Holy Trinity Cathedral, a major spiritual, educational and cultural center located in the heart of downtown Port-au-Prince. Architectural plans for the estimated $25-million project were released in 2013.

“The cleaning-up process at the cathedral site is a pleasant first step in the building of the most important holy structure in the Diocese of Haiti,” said Haiti Bishop Jean Zaché Duracin, adding that he’s thankful for the generous donors who’ve supported the rebuilding effort over the last five years. “It is a big sigh of relief on my part and all of us involved in the rebuilding process, indeed, we are all involved.”

Rebuilding Holy Trinity Cathedral “is more than just a building, it’s a sign of hope,” said the Rev. David Boyd, major gifts officer for Haiti and the interim director of the development office of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society.

Holy Trinity fits the ancient concept of a cathedral as a center of light, spirituality, arts and learning, said Boyd.

The diocese moved an income-generating parking lot used weekdays by a bank opposite the cathedral complex to make way for the site clearing. On the first day of the 45-day project, workers built a red-metal fence to secure the work site and began marking off sections of the old cathedral, making an inventory of remnants and their locations with the intention of restoring sections of standing walls, bricks and other surviving architectural details to their original places in the new design.

Workers must also exhume bodies from crypts under the cathedral’s footprint for reburial within in the complex.

Sections of Holy Trinity Cathedral’s exterior wall withstood the magnitude-7, catastrophic earthquake and will be incorporated into the new cathedral. Photo: Diocese of Haiti

Long seen as “spiritual and cultural soul of Haiti,” the Holy Trinity Cathedral complex is home to a temporary worship space, a primary and secondary school, and a world-class music school that now is operating out of what was the Convent of the Sisters of Saint Margaret.

The cathedral’s place as Haiti’s soul is reflected in 14 murals depicting biblical stories and religious scenes done in Haitian motifs that lined the building’s interior walls. The paintings, completed in 1950-51, were crafted by some of the best-known Haitian painters of the 20th century. The bishop who commissioned the murals, Alfred Voegli, was criticized at the time for allowing Voodoo to be part of the Haitian motifs used in the murals. Now those paintings are seen as an important moment in the development of Haitian art.

It’s unclear when construction on the new cathedral will begin, said Sauls, adding that continuously rising construction costs are a challenge to working in Haiti. He said he hopes construction will begin soon.

“Another challenge, and this is often forgotten, is that the cathedral itself is only part of a larger complex of ministries… . One challenge is working on all these projects together to coordinate a unified approach,” said Sauls. “And, of course, money is a challenge. We need the church throughout the world, and especially within The Episcopal Church, to help bear the burdens of our brothers and sisters in Haiti. That’s what the Gospel is all about. They need us, but just as crucially, we need them. We’re all in this together. This is our church in Haiti.”

For the primary users of the complex, Episcopalians and students, cleaning the property is a major sign of hope that a new cathedral is on the horizon – and that this part of their city will be special again, said Sikhumbuzo Vundla, the Diocese of Haiti’s chief of operations.

“For the worshipers and the faithful, it is a special feeling, one of joy that will overcome the pain and suffering lived immediately following the earthquake and the strength that it has taken them to endure this mourning for five years,” he said. “The mourning of the lives lost will never stop, but the resurrection of the new cathedral will alleviate the suffering, since Holy Trinity Cathedral was so dear not just to the Haitian community but also to all visitors and people of all walks of life.”

On Jan. 12, 2010, Haiti suffered a magnitude-7 earthquake that killed more than 300,000 people, left as many wounded, and displaced more than 1.5 million people in what was one of the world’s worst natural disasters in recent history. In a matter of seconds, the diocese lost 80 percent of its infrastructure in Port-au-Prince and Léogâne, the epicenter of the earthquake less than 20 miles west of the capital.

In the earthquake’s immediate aftermath displaced people sought shelter and humanitarian relief in 1,500 tent cities, and governments and international relief agencies committed billions of dollars in aid to rebuild the Caribbean nation, long considered the poorest in the Western Hemisphere.

More than five years later, it’s important that Episcopalians remain aware of the situation in Haiti.

“Awareness leads to prayer; prayer leads to action. One of my spiritual heroes, James Otis Sargent Huntington, who founded the Order of the Holy Cross, said, ‘Love must act as light must shine and fire must burn,’ ” said Sauls. “Likewise, prayer must act because true prayer finds its meaning in love. For now, we pray. But that must lead to action. For now, those prayers can be made and that action taken through The Episcopal Church Development Office.”

Click here for more details on how you can help rebuild Holy Trinity.

— Lynette Wilson is an editor/reporter for Episcopal News Service.

Mensagem do Primaz sobre a Semana de Combate ao tráfico de pessoas

SNIEAB Feeds - seg, 27/07/2015 - 18:03

Irmãos e Irmãs,

“Nenhum corpo humano pode ser, em qualquer circunstância, objeto de escravidão”

Arcebispo Justin Welby

Nesta semana é celebrado internacionalmente a Campanha contra o Tráfico de Pessoas. Esta é uma tragédia humana que somente nos últimos anos tem sido percebida por governos e entidades não governamentais. Em nosso país, constantes denúncias tem se avolumado à partir de organismos de direitos humanos e entre diversas categorias que caracterizam o tráfico de seres humanos, se encontram o trabalho escravo, o tráfico de órgãos e a exploração sexual de meninas e meninos, bem como a adoção ilegal de crianças. O tráfico não tem fronteiras e é cometido tanto dentro do Brasil como para o exterior. Segundo estatísticas levantadas por diversos organismos internacionais, o Brasil está em décimo lugar no mundo em termos de ocorrências constatadas, isso sem falar nos casos que permanecem não identificados.

A consciência da sociedade brasileira precisa aumentar sobre este silencioso e obscuro problema, que movimenta pelo menos 30 bilhões de dólares no mundo, enriquecendo verdadeiras máfias internacionais e nacionais. São pessoas, no caso de adultos e de crianças, que são atraídas para um mundo de sonhos que se transformam em pesadelos. A exploração econômica e social as submete a condições de vida indigna e muitas vezes fatal.

A Igreja reafirma seu compromisso com a dignidade humana e se coloca enfaticamente contra esse processo criminoso. Todo ser humano é criado à imagem e semelhança de Deus e portador de uma dignidade ontológica que não deve ser violada. Nenhuma pessoa pode ser obrigada a abrir mão de sua capacidade de escolha de trabalho, sua liberdade e sua mobilidade. A ninguém deve ser imposto a privação de sua liberdade e nem ser usado como mercadoria a troco de interesses econômicos escusos. Não importa a idade, condição social nem gênero.

A Organização das Nações Unidas promove esta semana um conjunto de atividades no mundo inteiro, numa Campanha denominada Coração Azul, na qual esclarecimentos sobre o problema acontecerão com o apoio de organismos governamentais, Igrejas e organizações sociais. No Brasil estão previstas diversas ações em praticamente todos os estados.

Nossa Igreja Anglicana, através do Arcebispo de Cantuária, subscreveu juntamente com outras 11 religiões um pacto pela eliminação do tráfico de pessoas para trabalho escravo em dezembro do ano passado. Em várias Províncias da Comunhão, ações de capacitação estão se realizando e nossa Província do Brasil precisa se envolver concretamente com o tema.

Conclamo nossa Província a se engajar com o tema. Que as dioceses e paróquias reservem um tempo para se reunir e discutir o tema e que se ofereçam orações pelas vítimas e por suas famílias. Estas ações podem ser feitas em conjunto com outras Igrejas e com organismos de defesa dos direitos humanos. Se não houver localmente uma rede de entidades que estejam realizando atividades nesta semana, façam internamente  nas paróquias.

Que Deus nos inspire a considerar este tempo como ocasião para nos apropriarmos do tema e para conscientizar nossas comunidades na direção da defesa das vítimas, na prevenção deste crime e na palavra profética onde quer que estejamos.

Que Deus abençoe a tod@s

++ Francisco, Primaz do Brasil

Diocese of the Dominican Republic elects Moisés Quezada Mota bishop coadjutor

Episcopal News Service - seg, 27/07/2015 - 13:56

The Rev. Moisés Quezada Mota, center, was elected bishop coadjutor of the Episcopal Diocese of Dominican Republic on July 25. He will succeed the Rt. Rev. Julio Cesar Holguín, right, upon his retirement. Photo: The Dominican Development Group

[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Moisés Quezada Mota has been elected as bishop coadjutor of the Episcopal Diocese of the Dominican Republic, pending the required consents from a majority of bishops with jurisdiction and standing committees of the Episcopal Church.

Quezada, 58, rector of Jesus Nazareno and Good Samaritan mission churches in San Francisco de Macoris, was elected on the second ballot out of a field of four nominees.

He received 23 votes of 35 cast in the lay order and 29 of 48 cast in the clergy order. An election on that ballot required 19 in the lay order and 25 in the clergy order.

The election was held July 25 during the diocese’s extra-ordinary convention at The Cathedral Church of the Epiphany in Santo Domingo.

Pending a successful consent process, Quezada will succeed the Rt. Rev. Julio Cesar Holguin upon his retirement.

Under the canons (III.11.3) of The Episcopal Church, a majority of bishops exercising jurisdiction and diocesan standing committees must consent to Quezada’s ordination as bishop coadjutor within 120 days of receiving notice of the election.

Biographical information on the bishop coadjutor-elect is here.

Pending the required consents, Quezada will be ordained and consecrated as the bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic in February 2016 in Santo Domingo. The bishop coadjutor will serve with Holguin until his retirement, which according to The Episcopal Church’s Constitution (Article II, Section 1) must take place within 36 months of the consecration of the bishop coadjutor.

The other nominees were the Rev. P. Salvador Patrick Ros Suarez, 59, rector, Church of the Good Shepherd, Rahway, New Jersey, Diocese of New Jersey;  the Rev. Ramon Antonio Garcia De Los Santos, 50, vicar of Misiones San Lucas and La Anunciacion in Santiago, a school principal and archdeacon in the north region of the country; and the Rev. Daniel Samuel, 58, vicar of Misiones Santa Maria Virgen, Divina Gracia and San Cornelio, and a school principal.

Information about all the nominees is available here.

Good Friday Offering celebrates generous support for Middle East ministries

Episcopal News Service - seg, 27/07/2015 - 13:02

[Episcopal News Service] The Episcopal Church’s annual Good Friday Offering appeal, which gathers and distributes funds in support of ministries throughout the Anglican Communion’s Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East, is celebrating its most generous collection in 10 years.

Funds collected from the 2014 Good Friday Offering and available for distribution this year totaled $377,663.51, more than $110,000 on the previous year and the largest offering since 2005, said the Rev. Canon Robert D. Edmunds, Middle East partnership officer for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society.

Edmunds said the offering is “a tangible expression of solidarity with our sister and brother Christians” throughout the province.

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori writes annually to all Episcopal Church congregations asking them to consider assistance for Jerusalem and the Middle East through the collections they receive during Good Friday services.

“The offering we collect on Good Friday carries on the ministry of Jesus of Nazareth, through support for the many ministries of healing, feeding, and teaching among the dioceses of the province,” Jefferts Schori wrote in her January 2015 letter.

The Episcopal Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East includes the four dioceses of Cyprus and the Gulf, Egypt, Iran, and Jerusalem. The Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem includes more than 30 social service institutions throughout Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the Palestinian Territories.

“Refugees are cared for, the sick and injured are healed, the dead are buried, children educated, women empowered by these ministries – and all are welcomed with open arms, like Abraham and Sarah’s guests,” Jefferts Schori wrote in her letter. “Jesus cared for all in need, without regard for nationality or creed, and these ministries do the same. It is the work of shalom and salaam, building peace in the hearts of suffering individuals and communities…. May our offering … strengthen the bonds among all God’s people, and bless each one with concrete and eternal signs of more abundant life.”

The Rev. Bill Schwartz, treasurer and provincial secretary for the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East, told ENS that the province is “richly blessed each year” by the generosity expressed through the Good Friday Offering.

“Part of the Good Friday Offering helps keep our provincial administration strong,” said Schwartz, an Episcopal Church missionary, “but the majority of the funds are used to extend the outreach of the church among those beyond our membership, giving the church an opportunity to give practical witness of Christ’s love among all people groups in the Middle East.”

The Good Friday Offering dates back to 1922, when the U.S.-based Episcopal Church sought to create new relationships with and among Christians throughout the Middle East. From these initial efforts, which focused on a combination of relief work and the improvement of ecumenical and Anglican relations, the Good Friday Offering was created.

“Through the years many Episcopalians have found the Good Friday Offering to be an effective way to express their support for the ministries of the four dioceses of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East,” according to information on The Episcopal Church website. “Pastoral care, education and health care continue to be primary ministries through which the reconciling spirit of the Christian faith serves all in need. Participation in this ministry is welcome. The generous donations of Episcopalians help the Christian presence in the Land of the Holy One to be a vital and effective force for peace and understanding among all of God’s children.”

— Matthew Davies is an editor/reporter of the Episcopal News Service.

Nota de Pesar

SNIEAB Feeds - sex, 24/07/2015 - 11:13
“Preciosa é a vista do Senhor à morte dos seus santos”. Salmos 116:15



A IEAB expressa seu sentimento de pesar pela páscoa de dois clérigos, ocorrida ontem, e nos aproximamos em oração a suas famílias, amigos e dioceses onde serviram fielmente ao Senhor.

Reverendo Josias Conserva, clérigo da Diocese Anglicana de Brasilia, foi uma pessoa que dedicou sua vida ao serviço da Missão. Muitas das iniciativas missionárias da IEAB contou com seu estimulo e presença, em várias partes do Brasil. Foi um dos pioneiros do Distrito Missionario Anglicano, acompanhando o bispo Almir Santos em suas viagens missionárias a Campo Verde. Atuou sempre em diversas instâncias da Igreja, desde conselhos diocesanos e também como membro do Conselho Executivo do Sínodo. Colaborou com sua formação jurídica em Comissões de Cânones diocesanas e também foi membro da Comissão Provincial. Dedicado servo de Deus, tinha como característica inesquecível do humor e cultivou sempre um espírito conciliador aonde era demandado a servir. Nossa Igreja se sente triste por sua passagem, mas também expressa a sua esperança na Ressurreição que vence a morte e substitui toda lágrima em alegria! Que o Senhor da Vida o acolha em seus braços! Reverendo José Artigas, clérigo residente na Diocese Meridional, atuando como clérigo colaborador na Catedral Nacional. Nascido em Bagé, atuou originalmente na Diocese Sul Ocidental e cuidou pastoralmente das Paróquia da Transfiguração, em Rosário do Sul e atuou nas missões em Tupanciretã e em Itaara. Foi professor da Escola Técnica da Universidade Federal de Santa Maria e foi Secretário do Bispo Plinio Simões. Um dedicado servo de Cristo que deixa um legado de amizade e respeito nas duas dioceses onde atuou. Que Deus console a família e amigos e que os braços misericordiosos do Senhor estejam acolhendo este nosso irmão. Que seus bons exemplos sejam imitados. Que sua dedicação à Missão alimentem cada um de nós a seguir no serviço de amor a todas as pessoas! Nossa oração se dirige também às dioceses de Brasília, Sul Ocidental e Meridional neste momento de despedida a tão preciosos servidores. ++Dom Francisco de Assis da Silva Bispo Primaz do Brasil

10 years building in Nicaragua

Episcopal News Service - sex, 24/07/2015 - 11:01

Third-time trip participant Freya Cantwell and second-time trip participant Axel Steinmetz, building the walls of the house. Photo: Linnet Tse

[St. John’s Episcopal Church] For the 10th consecutive year, St. John’s Episcopal Church in Larchmont, New York partnered with Bridges to Community (a non-profit community development organization based in Ossining, New York), to travel to Nicaragua on a building and cultural exchange trip. In the last decade, nearly 100 parishioners and friends have worked side by side with Nicaraguan families to build homes, vented stoves, and classrooms; and to raise funds for the construction of an elementary school in 2011 in honor of Marilyn Pardo, the retired head of the St. John’s Nursery School.

Multiple trips to Nicaragua have raised the parish’s awareness of the commonality of issues faced in the developing world, regardless of the hemisphere in which the country is located. Living in the Nicaraguan communities in which they work, volunteers have witnessed unsafe water supplies, poor sanitation, limited access to education beyond elementary school, entrenched poverty, corruption, and lack of economic development and access to health care.

Addressing both housing and sanitation issues, a 14-person team from St. John’s returned in early July from a week-long trip after constructing their 24th cinder-block house, and completing a newly inaugurated project, bio-digesters. The volunteers worked in the impoverished Nicaraguan community of Mojon, in the northern coffee-growing region of Jinotega. Nearly 60 percent of Jinotega’s residents live in extreme poverty and for most people, a safe and solid home is only a dream. Reality is a leaky house with a dirt floor cobbled together with scrap lumber, rusted metal and plastic.

Trip participants and the beneficiary family celebrating the completion of the house. Photo: Linnet Tse

The St. John’s group helped to make a dream come true for Doña Valentina Cruz and her husband, Renee, and their five children and two grandchildren who now have a sturdy earthquake resistant cinder-block home. In addition, the group built two latrine-linked bio-digesters designed to convert human waste into energy (methane gas) that can be used to provide cooking fuel and to make a liquid fertilizer. Perhaps more importantly, it is a sanitary method to dispose of waste in a terrain where it is nearly impossible to dig latrines below the water table.

During the week-long trip, volunteers lived in the community in the cinder-block home of a local community leader. Accommodations were dormitory style with food prepared by local cooks, with rice and beans, the local staples, offered as a part of every meal. Volunteers also gathered for a daily “reflection,” a time to consider and share their experience and observations. The reflections are an important part of the Bridges program, as are interactions with the local community, both on and off the worksite.

The St. John’s group included a mixture of students and adults, veterans and first-timers, and friends and family members. But the trip was not just about construction. As volunteers worked alongside local masons, beneficiary families, and community members, new friendships were formed. There was time for afternoon soccer games, piggyback rides, art projects with the children, and conversation. Smiles and gestures went a long way towards helping volunteers and locals learn about each other. First time participant, Colin Clay, reflects, “Something that stands out from my week in Nicaragua are the ‘conversations’ I had with Don Renée at the end of the work day.  Neither of us really understood what the other was saying but somehow meaningful communication took place.  With much nodding, smiles, pointing and gestures I think we may have communicated more effectively than a number of conversations that I have had with people that speak English!  The specific content of our conversations may have been lost but not the meaning – that was pretty special.”

A highlight of the trip was the fiesta that St. John’s hosted to celebrate their 10 years of commitment to Nicaragua. Over 150 adults and children from the two neighboring communities attended. Pick-up trucks driven by Bridges’ staff stopped for families along the main route to bring them to the party. Ice cream and cupcakes were offered to all, local musicians entertained, an enormous piñata insured great fun, party games were played, and everyone had a wonderful time. The children’s delight was palpable and infectious.

It doesn’t take long for first-time volunteers to figure out why Bridges runs these trips. As Cathleen Ketcham expressed, “As a first timer, I am overwhelmed with what we did and just how necessary this kind of work is. I really hope I made a difference!”

A veteran of the trip, Harry Sober, shared how profound an impact the trip had on his niece who accompanied him: “The take-aways were very positive: my niece gained a powerful and unique perspective of appreciation for her own current life opportunities and adventures that are provided to her as well as the strong family bond that exists back home. Additionally, she knows that she contributed through dedicated hard work to make a small piece of the world a better place to live.

In the end, Bridges’ goal is for its projects and experiences to be sustainable, not just for the beneficiaries, but for the volunteers as well. To this end, each family beneficiary agrees to pay 20 percent of the cost of the materials for the house through small monthly payments at 0 percent interest over seven years.  Not only does this contribute to a sense of pride in ownership, in addition, the money is paid into a community fund (not to Bridges) for usage to be determined by the community and its leadership. For its volunteers, Bridges hopes that the trip experiences will make a lasting impression and cause participants to think more deeply about cultural connections and humanitarian issues.

Linnet Tse, one of the trip organizers for St. John’s, who has been on multiple trips remarked, “We often discuss that we feel we have benefitted more from the experience than we have given. It opens us up to the issues faced in the developing world and engenders admiration for the perseverance and ingenuity of the Nicaraguan people. It’s hard to say good bye at the end of the week, but there is a shared sense of having been part of something special – which is why we keep returning.”

— Carla Berry is a member of St. John’s Church, Larchmont, New York. For the last 10 years she has been one of the organizers of the mission trip to Nicaragua. She was a member of the vestry when the decision was made in 2006 to undertake an international mission trip.

First female diocesan bishop in Church of England consecrated

Episcopal News Service - sex, 24/07/2015 - 10:47

Bishops Rachel Treweek (left) and Sarah Mullally (right) with Archbishop Justin Welby outside Canterbury Cathedral
Photo: Rob Berry/Canterbury Cathedral

[Anglican Communion News Service] A wave of clapping and cheering greeted two newly consecrated bishops as they processed down a packed Canterbury Cathedral on a historic day. The Rt Revd Sarah Mullally, Bishop of Crediton, and the Rt Revd Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester, made history as the first women to be consecrated and ordained bishop in the historic heart of Anglicanism – Canterbury Cathedral.

The service was celebratory from beginning to end. Opening with the rousing Wesley Hymn O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing, the service continued with readings from Song of Songs and 2 Corinthians preceding the account of the encounter between Mary Magdalene and the risen Jesus from the Gospel of John.

The preacher, the Rt Revd Adrian Newman, Bishop of Stepney, reminded the congregation that the gospel depiction of Mary Magdalene was far removed from the imagination of masculine fantasy in works such as the De Vinci Code.

Mary Magdalene was a significant leader in the community of Jesus, he said, and it was no accident that she was the first to speak with the risen Jesus and the first to tell the good news of his resurrection.

In a sermon punctuated with pithy observation Bishop Newman called on Bishops Rachel and Sarah to make a difference in the life of the church.

“I hope that women bishops will disturb us,” he said. “I hope they will challenge the conventions of the Church of England, which continues to be led and directed by too many people like me: white, male, middle-aged professionals.”

Bishop Treweek is the first woman to be a Diocesan Bishop in the Church of England but she is not the first in the Anglican Communion. In Canterbury she was joined by the Rt Revd Helen-Ann Hartley, the Bishop of the Diocese of Waikato in New Zealand, and the Rt Revd Cate Waynick, the Bishop of the Diocese of Indianapolis in the USA.

To add to the sense of history they processed alongside Bishop Barbara Harris, the first woman bishop in the Anglican Communion, who was consecrated in 1989.

The Diocese of Gloucester has partnership links with dioceses in South India, Sweden, Tanzania and the USA. Its link Diocese of El Camino Real in California also has a woman diocesan bishop who became the first woman bishop to preside in an English Cathedral when she visited Gloucester as part of a Continuing Indaba journey in 2010.

Ecumenical Institute for the Middle East will train young Christians

Episcopal News Service - sex, 24/07/2015 - 10:42

The WCC general secretary Olav Fykse Tveit with students, organizers and faculty of the Ecumenical Institute for the Middle East in Beirut, Lebanon.
Photo: World Student Christian Federation – Middle East

[World Council of Churches]  A new initiative titled Ecumenical Institute for the Middle East is “promising and inspiring” in its attempt to train young Christians in ecumenical thought and history, according to Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC).

The WCC general secretary met with organizers, students and faculty of the Ecumenical Institute for the Middle East on 20 July during a visit to Beirut, Lebanon.

Some forty students participating in the institute this year come from Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Jordan, Syria, Palestine and Iraq, representing diverse Christian traditions and denominations.

Initiated by the World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) – Middle East, the Ecumenical Institute for the Middle East aims to promote and nurture ecumenism and interchurch collaboration in the Arab world, as well as build bridges with people of other faiths for the sake of truthful dialogue.

As a Christian youth body founded in 1895, the WSCF has been offering valuable experience in ecumenical training of young people in the Middle East region for more than 43 years.

After meeting with the students, Tveit said that amid the challenging situation of the region, the Ecumenical Institute for the Middle East holds a significant value for the churches.

“With theologically well qualified teachers, the institute is introducing students to biblical studies and the diversity of Christian traditions, training them to continue with the legacy of the ecumenical movement,” he said.

Tveit called the institute “one way of supporting churches in the troubled region of the Middle East, an expression of solidarity and a viable way of building relations”.

“I trust churches in the region will support this initiative and it can continue working,” said Tveit.

The Ecumenical Institute for the Middle East promotes unity in diversity, peace building and security for all, by training participants who are interested in engaging in ecumenical training and thought.

Some of the themes that will provide a focus of the training sessions include inter-church dialogue, ecumenism, its definition, history and vision, ecumenism in the Middle East, the history of the churches in the region and worldwide, ecumenical institutions, history and achievements. Among other topics will be interfaith dialogue, biblical studies, ecumenism in church and society, contemporary issues and their impact on Middle Eastern populations, human rights and women’s rights, education, development and diakonia.

The Ecumenical Institute for the Middle East will be launched officially on 31 July.

CAMINHADA DA DIACONIA NA IEAB

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Comissão Nacional de Diaconia (CND): Reverendo Arthur Cavalcante (Secretário Geral da IEAB), Sra.Mara Luz, Deã Marinez Bassotto, Profa. Ilcélia Soares e Sra. Sandra Andrade (SADD)

A IEAB tem, na diaconia, uma das suas maiores forças. Ela é pensada e posta em prática de norte a sul do Brasil, tem acompanhado as mudanças de conjuntura do nosso país e tem como alimento as Marcas da Missão. Alguns marcos importantes da nossa trajetória foram:

  • 1988: Primeira Comissão Nacional de Apoio às Instituições, no momento importante da Década da Evangelização, da Confelíder e de discussões sobre encontro das instituições educacionais. Primera vez que há referência à criação de um departamento de diaconia.
  • 1990: Encontro nacional recomenda a dinamização da presença efetiva dentro das instituições e o trabalho conjunto com outras igrejas e organismos ecumênicos sobre o Estatuto da Criança e o Adolescente.
  • 1995: Encontro das Instituições Sociais que é separado das Instituições Educacionais recomenda rever e fortalecer a ação social.
  • 1998: Encontro Provincial propõe encontros diocesanos para: buscar pastorais alternativas, maior participação das lideranças leigas, consciência pedagógica e maior rigor na elaboração dos projetos sociais, romper dependência e paternalismo com recursos do exterior, criação de secretarias diocesanas de ação social.
  • 2002: Confelíder Missão e Espiritualidade aprofundou a partilha das experiências diaconais entre a IEAB e com os convidados ecumênicos e subsidiou o Sínodo de 2003.
  • 2003: Encontro de Pastorais Sociais em Capão do Leão/DAP: intercâmbio dos processos em curso e capacitação com a Diocese Anglicana do Uruguai, compromisso de partilhar os resultados com as dioceses, aprofundar subsídios teológicos, metodológicos e filosóficos para aprimoramento da diaconia, dar continuidade ao processo de rede. RECOMENDAÇÃO: Que a Secretaria Geral agilize o cumprimento da decisão da última Confelíder de criar um Departamento de Diaconia Social.
  • 2006: Mudança do Serviço Nacional de Apoio às Instituições Educacionais e Sociais para Comissão Nacional de Diaconia.
  • 2007: Consulta Nacional de Diaconia Social IEAB/ERD em Brasília: sistematização das experiências de cada diocese e então distritos e discussão preliminar sobre a criação de um Serviço de Diaconialigado à Secretaria Geral e com uma proposta de plano de trabalho nas áreas de capacitação, monitoramento, publicações e assessorias.
  • 2008: Criado o SADD, subordinado à Secretaria Geral e formado pelos Contatos Diocesanos indicados pelos Bispos, uma coordenadora e acompanhado pela Comissão Nacional de Diaconia.

Neste processo, a criação da Comissão Nacional de Diaconia (CND), como uma comissão sinodal formada por clérigas e leigas de distintas dioceses, tem a missão de refletir, produzir e estabelecer as linhas de ação em relação à diaconia da IEAB, em conjunto com os seus órgãos de decisão e demais comissões nacionais. A CND acompanha e contribui na articulação do trabalho do SADD que é quem operacionaliza a diaconia. Ajuda no seu diálogo com os parceiros internacionais em momentos importantes. Tem proposto temas (metas do milênio, políticas públicas, cartilha sobre violência de gênero) e assessorado metodologicamente eventos, a pedido da direção da IEAB, como foi a Confelider 2010. Participa em atividades dos parceiros para compartilhar experiência da CND, por exemplo o Webinar da Aliança Anglicana e o Encontro dos Lusófonos, ambos em 2015.

Neste momento, a CND tem priorizado o apoio ao processo de pensar o futuro do SADD, via contatos com a assessora específica, o desenho de um processo amplo de consultas com várias atividades com diferentes instâncias da IEAB.

Em abril de 2015, na reunião da Câmara dos Bispos em Sâo Paulo, vimos que os principais desafios para o aprofundamento da nossa diaconia como anglicanos e anglicanas no Brasil são:

  • Conjuntura brasileira (social, política, economica, ecumênica) e seus impactos para uma diaconia plena. Denúncias de corrupção e criminaçização das organizações não governamentais dificultam acessos à fundos públicos para projetos sociais.
  • Crescente exigências de resultados, impactos, evidências e relação dos projetos, de acordo com as diferentes prioridades dos parceiros internacionais.
  • Reflexão Bíblico-Teológica atualizada sobre Diaconia/Marcas da Missão.
  • Um maior compromisso coletivo das várias instâncias sobre a decisão do último Sínodo para os trabalhos com a Juventude e a diversidade sexual.

Nesse sentido juntamos forças com a IEAB na construção de um projeto de Diaconia a serviço de todas as pessoas!

Mara Manzoni Luz,

DASP, Coordenadora da CND, Julho 2015

RIP: Former Western New York Bishop David C. Bowman

Episcopal News Service - qui, 23/07/2015 - 13:04

[Episcopal Diocese of Ohio] The Rt. Rev. David C. Bowman, ninth bishop of Western New York and assisting bishop of Ohio, died on July 10 in Cleveland, Ohio, at age 82, shortly following a stroke.

Born on November 15, 1932 in Oil City, Pennsylvania, Bishop Bowman was raised in Canton, Ohio, where he attended Canton Lincoln High school, and graduated from Ohio University in 1955. After serving three years in the U.S. Army, he attended the Virginia Theological Seminary, where he earned a Masters of Divinity in 1960. He was ordained to the diaconate in June and to the priesthood in December of that year.

From 1960 to 1963 he served as Assistant Rector at the Church of the Epiphany in Euclid, Ohio, where he met his wife, Nancy. He was then vicar of St. Andrew’s in North Grafton, Massachusetts, from 1963 to 1966; rector of St. Andrew’s Church in Canfield, Ohio, from 1967 to 1973; rector of St. James’ Church, Painesville, Ohio, from 1973 to 1980; and rector of Trinity Church in Toledo, Ohio, from 1980 to 1986, from where he was elected fishop of Western New York.

Upon his retirement in 1999, the Bowmans moved to Shaker Heights, Ohio, where he served for a year as interim dean of Trinity Cathedral, followed by a year as interim bishop of Central New York, while that diocese moved through the process to elect a new bishop. In 2003 he served a year as assisting bishop of Ohio, after which was the interim Dean and President of Seabury Western Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. For the last ten years he has served actively as one of the assisting bishops of the Diocese of Ohio.

Bishop Bowman spent summers in Rangeley, Maine, at the family’s lakeside camp, where he loved to sail, play tennis, and play the banjo and string bass.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Lou Betts Bowman, whom he married in 1962, and their three children, Ann of Cleveland, Ohio, William (Georgine) of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Sarah Bowman Workman (Jason) of Cleveland, Ohio, as well as two granddaughters, Abigail Bowman and Lucy Workman, and his brother, Richard of Boulder, Colorado.

Burial service and reception were held July 18 Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland.

 

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada approves lay communion presiders

Episcopal News Service - qua, 22/07/2015 - 17:24

[Anglican Journal] The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) has voted to authorize temporary lay ministers, under very restricted circumstances, to “proclaim the Word and preside at Holy Communion” in underserved areas.

The ELCIC National Convention, held in Edmonton July 9-12, gave 95% approval to a motion that allows lay persons with “an aptitude for preaching and presiding” to be appointed, after synod-based consultation and due theological formation, in very specific ministry contexts for one-year renewable terms.

ELCIC national bishop Susan Johnson allayed concerns about whether this new departure would have implications for the full-communion relationship between the ELCIC and the Anglican Church of Canada, in effect since 2001.

“A lot of checks and balances have been written into the policy, and I want to assure our sister church that we will live into this responsibly and continue in communication,” said Johnson, who was elected for a third term at the July convention.

The new lay ministers will work under the close supervision of a mentoring pastor and will be non-stipendiary. They cannot preside at weddings, funerals or baptisms and may not wear clerical garb or vestments, although they are permitted to don albs when preaching or presiding at communion. The lay ministers will not be addressed as pastor or any other clerical title reserved for ordained clergy. Nor can they offer pastoral care but must refer individuals in need of counseling to the ordained pastors who mentor the lay ministers themselves.

Specific congregations will be eligible to engage lay ministers only after exhausting standard options such as multi-point parishes, itinerant ministers and clergy-sharing with an ecumenical partner, Anglican, Presbyterian or United church.

Johnson described the new policy as a via media, a compromise to fill the need for sacramental ministry in small congregations that lack regular access to it. “Some in the ELCIC might have been opposed to as not being the norm but understanding the real need, they supported it,” she said. Some convention delegates were even favor of expanding the lay ministry policy but were voted down, she added.

Highlighting the dearth of clergy in remote areas, Johnson noted that although Saskatchewan has 120 ELCIC congregations, only 35 of them employ clergy at the 25% FTE (full time equivalent)  required for registration in the church’s pension fund. “That gives you an idea of what we’re dealing with,” she said.

The ELCIC’s Faith, Order and Doctrine Committee (FOD) began examining the lay ministry issue in 2012, with an Anglican representative taking part in all discussions. In 2014 FOD published its Study Guide on Word and Sacrament Ministry, a resource for exploring the current demographic realities and ways the Lutheran understanding of word, sacrament and ministry might shape future options for providing ministry.

Having passed at National Convention, the new policy will be reviewed and amended as necessary by the ELCIC’s National Church Council, its counterpart to Council of General Synod, the Anglican church’s governing body between General Synods.

In the meantime, two members of the Anglican Church of Canada are preparing a statement on what the new policy will mean for Anglicans. At its meeting this past May, the Joint Anglican-Lutheran Commission asked Archdeacon Bruce Myers, the Anglican church’s coordinator for ecumenical and interfaith relations, to prepare a brief providing background and reflections on the proposal and, if adopted, what it would mean for the ELCIC’s sister church.

Also collaborating on the brief is the Rev. Canon Paul Jennings, priest-in-charge of the parish of Wilmot in the Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, and former director of pastoral studies at Montreal Diocesan Theological College. He served as the FOD’s Anglican representative from 2012 to 2015. “The brief will likely be ready for distribution in September,” said Myers.

Currently, the Anglican Church makes allowance for the distribution of communion by deacons and lay persons. “As with many things, practices vary from diocese to diocese,” Myers said. “Some make extensive use of lay people and deacons for distributing the reserved sacrament in congregations because a priest is not regularly available to preside at a celebration of the Eucharist. Others use this option sparingly.”

He referred to the Anglican Church’s document Public Distribution of Holy Communion by Deacons and Lay People, which back in 1987 already acknowledged the growing gap between Anglicans’ need for regular receipt of holy communion and the availability of ordained priests to conduct full eucharistic celebrations. “Though it was issued in1987, the on-the-ground realities to which it responds have changed little,” Myers said.

Public Distribution concedes that “Our practice of ministry and our theology of church and sacrament will not fit together.” And it points out that the reception of holy communion outside the Eucharist has a long tradition going back to the early days of the church when Christians would take home reserved eucharistic bread in order to receive communion during the week or to bring Holy Communion to the sick and imprisoned.

The document also addresses to the need for long- and short-term solutions, including, in the latter, the public distribution of Holy Communion by deacons and laypersons when no priest is available to preside at the Eucharist. It emphasizes, however, that such distribution of reserved communion is not a substitute for the complex communal meal and many-faceted celebration that is the Eucharist.

Uma Palavra do Primaz do Brasil sobre as Mudanças a Respeito do Matrimônio na Igreja Episcopal dos Estados Unidos

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* English Verson:

A message from Primate of Brazil related to decisions taken by TEC on Marriage understanding

À luz das decisões de caráter canônico e litúrgica tomadas pela Convenção Geral sobre o casamento de pessoas do mesmo sexo, desejo expressar as seguintes reflexões:

1. Respeitamos profundamente a decisão autônoma de TEC porque esta é uma característica constitutiva da nossa Comunhão Anglicana.

2. A decisão foi tomada depois de anos de conversações teológicas, o que reflete o grau de maturidade da Igreja Episcopal.

3. Esta decisão foi tomada em espírito de oração e refletiu a esmagadora maioria da Igreja tanto de seus representantes leigos (as) e clérigos (as).

4. A decisão guardou um importante princípio pastoral quando ofereceu para aqueles que não se sentem confortáveis ​​com as decisões, oferecendo a liberdade de consciência.

A Igreja do Brasil sente-se fortalecida pelo fato de que aqui também estamos vivendo um amplo processo de reflexão sobre a busca de consenso sobre esta questão. Em nosso país, desde 2011,  o Supremo Tribunal Federal já reconhece a legalidade do casamento civil entre pessoas do mesmo sexo.

Nossa província está discutindo este assunto – no contexto da metodologia de Indaba – em todas as instâncias da Igreja. Nossa nova edição do Livro de Oração Comum já contempla uma mudança de linguagem, estabelecendo a neutralidade de gênero que é um passo significativo de inclusão de todas as pessoas. Esta mudança não nos obriga a celebrar o matrimônio entre pessoas do mesmo sexo, mas estamos abertos para o futuro e às novas exigências pastorais do nosso tempo.

Vemos com alegria a mudança dos processos nas Igrejas de Canadá e Escócia. Vemos com alegria os avanços na discussão do tema nas Igrejas da Inglaterra, País de Gales, Aotearoa, Nova Zelândia e Polinésia. Devemos respeitar esse processo que também ocorre em dioceses e partes de outras províncias anglicanas.

Peço a Deus para que esses processos sejam feitos em escuta honesta de todas as pessoas envolvidas. Como Província da nossa Comunhão, estamos comprometidos com a unidade e não concordamos com qualquer iniciativa que isolem as Províncias que estão adotando novas perspectivas pastorais e teológicas.

Minha esperança é que em nossa próxima reunião de Primazes possamos ter uma conversa sincera e honesta também sobre esse assunto. Nós não devemos ter uma agenda única em questão, mas precisamos estar abertos para dialogar sobre nossas diferenças teológicas.

Minha compreensão sobre as palavras do Arcebispo de Cantuária sobre a alteração dos cânones expressa uma preocupação, mas não uma objeção à aprovação das resoluções de uma igreja autônoma.

Recebo com gratidão a preocupação do Arcebispo e confio que podemos continuar a caminhar juntos.

Reafirmo a minha solidariedade sobre os caminhos da Igreja Episcopal em procurar ser um local seguro para todas as pessoas!

Deus abençoe a nossa Comunhão Anglicana e continuemos em diálogo!

++ Francisco

Primaz do Brasil

The Rev. Diane Pike to lead Episcopal Preaching Foundation

Episcopal News Service - ter, 21/07/2015 - 12:13

[Episcopal Preaching Foundation] The Episcopal Preaching Foundation, an independent foundation formed in 1981 by layman A. Gary Shilling to improve and enhance preaching in the Episcopal Church announces the appointment of the Rev. Diane M. Pike as executive director.

The Episcopal Preaching Foundation hosts six to eight diocesan preaching conferences per year, the annual Preaching Excellence Conference (PEP) for seminarians and the Preaching Excellence Program II (PEP II) for recently ordained priests. EPF programs have reach over 6,000 priests. The PEP program is a week-long event held in May each year, and nearly 15% of ordained priests in the Episcopal Church have attended.

“We are delighted that the Rev. Pike has joined us as our executive director,” Shilling said.” She brings a wealth of fundraising experience as well as a passion for the Foundation’s mission of spreading the Good News of the Gospel through faithful, effective and meaningful preaching.”

Pike was ordained to the diaconate in the Diocese of West Missouri by Bishop Martin Field in July 2011, and to the priesthood in the Diocese of Rhode Island (for West Missouri) by Bishop David Joslyn in January 2012. She earned her Master of Divinity degree from the Seminary of the Southwest (Austin, Texas). She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Nazareth College (Kalamazoo, Michigan), a secondary teaching certificate from Madonna (College) University (Detroit, Michigan), and Master of Arts degree from Oakland University (Rochester, Michigan).

Prior to attending seminary Pike had a long career in not-for-profit management and fundraising, including serving as director of fund development for the Girl Scouts of the USA (New York). She has experience as annual and major gifts officer for several hospitals and institutions of higher education in Philadelphia and the Greater Detroit Metro area. Pike has classroom experience teaching science and social science in grades 5-10.

“Serving as Executive Director of the Episcopal Preaching Foundation provides an opportunity to blend both of my life passions—priestly ministry and resource development for this wonderful not-for-profit organization. I feel blessed to have been called to this position by Dr. Shilling and the Board of Directors of the Episcopal Preaching Foundation, and I am excited about its future.”

A Michigan native, Pike is an avid Detroit sports fan. She enjoys reading and enjoys quilting, working with hot glass, traveling and cooking. She and her Chihuahua mix rescue dog, Lexi, live in a Civil War period home in Morristown, New Jersey.

RIP: Former Diocese of Atlanta Bishop Suffragan Milton LeGrand Wood

Episcopal News Service - ter, 21/07/2015 - 12:05

[Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta] The Rt. Rev. Milton LeGrand Wood III died peacefully in his home on July 16

Born in Selma, Alabama, on Aug. 21, 1922, he grew up in Montgomery as the only son of Milton Legrand Wood Jr. and Roberta Hawkins Wood. After graduating from Sidney Lanier High School in 1940, he attended the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennesse, earning both Bachelor of Arts and Master of Divinity degrees. During this time he was also in the U.S. Navy College V-7 program. After his ordination into the Episcopal Church in 1946, he was named rector of St Paul’s Church, Mobile, Alabama, and director of Wilmer Hall Children’s Home, also in Mobile.

During his six years in Mobile, he founded St. Paul’s Episcopal School. Started as one kindergarten classroom, the school has grown into one of Alabama’s finest Christian schools. In 1952 he became rector of All Saint’s Church in Atlanta, Georgia, a position he held until 1960. In 1957 when the governor of Georgia and the State Legislature threatened to close down all public schools instead of integrating them, Wood was part of the steering committee that authored a document which became known as the Minister’s Manisfesto. Ultimately the document was signed by over 300 clergy in the Atlanta area and was instrumental in keeping the schools open.

For two years in the early 1960’s he worked in Macon, Georgia, as archdeacon of the diocese and director of Appleton Church Home. After returning to Atlanta in 1963 he was canon to the ordinary for the diocese until he was elected the first bishop suffragan of the Diocese of Atlanta in 1967.

In 1974 when Wood was named assistant to then-Presiding Bishop John Allin, he and Ann moved to Greenwich, Connecticut. For the next 10 years he worked as the executive for administration on the staff of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church in New York before retiring and moving back to Alabama and building a home in Josephine on Perdido Bay. For the past 30 years their home has been known as Camp Greenwitch by his many children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, the former Ann Linwood Scott, of Montgomery, Wood is survived by his four children: Leigh Pate (Charles) of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Ann Benedict (Barry) of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, Mit Wood (Linda) of East Cobb, Georgia, and Roberta Conroy (Jim) of Westport, Connecticut; his thirteen grandchildren: Sarah Benedict, Scottie Pate, Elizabeth Foley (Paul), Becky Clifford (Rick), Tyler Wood (Becca), Virginia Pate, Carter Wood (Jannell), Tom Benedict (Eden), Ashley Tiegs (Jake), Jack Conroy, Chris Conroy, Peter Conroy, and Will Conroy; and his eleven great grandchildren: Montie, Brandon, Sadie, Emi Grace, Ty, Grace, Sylas, Clare, Mary, Priscilla, and Elie.

Funeral services were held at St John’s Episcopal Church in Montgomery on July 19 with committal at Greenwood Cemetery on July 20.

Jeffrey K. Butcher to lead the Brotherhood of St. Andrew

Episcopal News Service - ter, 21/07/2015 - 11:25

[The Brotherhood of St. Andrew] Jeffrey K. Butcher was elected the Brotherhood of St. Andrew’s 28th national president by a unanimous vote June 13 during the 132-year-old men’s ministry’s 44th Triennial Convention and National Council meeting. The conference was held at the Philadelphia Airport Marriott.

“I am thankful for the confidence my fellow Brothers bestowed on me,” he said. “It is most humbling. We will be traveling this road together.”

Butcher is a longtime Brother, former Kentucky diocesan coordinator and a national officer. He retired from the U.S. Air Force with 32 years of service as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2002. He also spent 28 years in the securities business as a Registered Representative, retiring from UBS Financial Services in 2012.

He attends St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Anchorage, Kentucky near Louisville.

Due to his efforts while serving as vice president of field operations, the Brotherhood now has its largest leadership team in more than a decade.

Prior to strengthening the Brotherhood’s leadership team in the field, he served as the public relations and communications vice president. This committee was responsible for developing a 2012 Benchmarking Survey that requested feedback from the entire Brothers Andrew membership rolls on the direction the Brotherhood should take going forward. These comments were taken seriously with most items being implemented or changed during a three-year period.

Also elected to leadership positions June 13 were Senior Vice President Jack Hanstein, Treasurer Robert Dennis, Secretary Charles Craven, National Council Chairman Dick Hooper, Province IV President Billy Harrison and Province VII President Roy Benavides.

Brother Butcher appointed Vice President of Restorative Justice Dr. Edwin Davis, Vice President of Veterans Affairs John Patton, Vice President of Ministry to Young Men Ed Milbrada and Vice President of Discipleship Tom Martin.

Robert Richards and Gordon Shumard were elected to the board of the James T. Houghteling Memorial Trust and Murtland Yaw and Ken Evans were elected to the nominating committee.

Recife diz NÃO a intolerância!

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Ao Povo e Clero da Diocese Anglicana do Recife – Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil (IEAB)

Recife, 16 de julho de 2015.

CHAMADO AO TESTEMUNHO AMOROSO DA PRESENÇA DE DEUS NO MUNDO

E conhecereis a verdade e a verdade vos libertará.” (João 8:32).

A Diocese Anglicana do Recife, da Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil, Província da Comunhão Anglicana, se reconhece como uma pequena parte da Igreja de Cristo que tem consciência de que não é proprietária de Deus.

Somos uma Igreja ecumênica, membro de todas as instâncias nacionais e internacionais ecumênicas, que reconhecem o mundo como um lugar comum a todas as pessoas e que o respeito à unidade cristã na diversidade é uma ação de promoção de cultura de paz.

Também nos reconhecemos como uma Igreja aberta ao diálogo inter-religioso, por reconhecer a diversidade religiosa e acreditar que somente em diálogo poderemos construir um mundo melhor.

Acreditamos que Deus é amor (I João 4:8b). De modo que onde há amor, Deus se faz presente.

Somos uma Igreja inclusiva, que assume que as diversidades fazem parte da riqueza da humanidade e que os seres humanos, em suas diversidades, igualmente foram criados à imagem e semelhança de Deus. Portanto, respeitar o ser humano é respeitar a Deus.

Como parte da Comunhão Anglicana, temos algumas marcas para nossa ação missionária que orientam nosso testemunho de fé:

  1. Proclamar as boas novas do reinado de Deus;
  2. Ensinar, batizar e nutrir os novos crentes;
  3. Responder às necessidades humanas com amor;
  4. Procurar a transformação das estruturas injustas da sociedade, desafiar toda espécie de violência, e buscar a paz e a reconciliação;
  5. Lutar para salvaguardar a integridade da Criação, sustentar e renovar a vida da terra.

Em Recife, somos parte do Diálogo – Fórum da Diversidade Religiosa em Pernambuco, e também do CONIC Pernambuco – regional do Conselho Nacional de Igrejas Cristãs, e orientamos os membros da nossa Diocese que sejam testemunho amoroso da presença de Deus no mundo.

Diante do que aqui testemunhamos, registramos veementemente que não comungamos com ações de intolerância e desrespeito de qualquer tipo e espécie, e, particularmente, com a violação do direito de liberdade de culto dos Povos de Terreiros. Direito esse que nos é comum.

Reafirmamos que como parte da Igreja de Cristo, só podemos nos dizer seus discípulos e discípulas se promovermos ações de vida.

Mantenhamo-nos firmes na fé em Jesus Cristo. Do vosso irmão e Bispo Diocesano,

+ Dom João Cancio Peixoto Filho.

Bispo da Diocese Anglicana do Recife

Episcopal clergy reach out to help burned churches

Episcopal News Service - qui, 16/07/2015 - 11:59

[Diocese of Atlanta] A church arson fire in the central Georgia city of Macon has prompted Episcopal clergy in the area to sponsor a special offering to help rebuild the church and other similarly victimized congregations.

“We are asking all 11 parishes in the Macon Convocation to take up an offering on Sunday, July 26, to show our love and solidarity with these fellow members of the Body of Christ,” said Acting Macon Convocation Dean The Rev. Joseph Shippen.

Since the June 17 shooting deaths of the pastor and eight members at Mother Emanuel Church in SC there have been five church fires across the United States in historically African American churches. Arson is suspect in some of the blazes, including the June 23 fire at God’s Power Church of Christ in Macon. For more on the arsons see this report by CBS News.

Diocese of Atlanta Episcopal Churches throughout middle and north Georgia are asked to participate in the special offering, said Shippen, who serves as associate rector at Christ Church in Macon.

The special collection on July 26 at the 11 Episcopal churches in the Macon Convocation of the Diocese of Atlanta will be distributed to the effected churches by Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal) in St. Louis from its national “Rebuild the Churches Fund”.

As of July 14 at least 191 faith communities (Christian, Jewish, Muslim) have committed $176,000 toward fund goal of $250,000.

As of July 14 at least 191 faith communities (Christian, Jewish, Muslim) have committed $176,000 toward fund goal of $250,000. Churches and individuals may contribute to the national fund by sending their checks made out to Christ Church Cathedral. Put “church arson” in memo line. All money collected by this national campaign will be divided among the burned churches. For more information, click here.

The Rev. Scott Petersen, rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Warner Robins, issued a written appeal for financial assistance for the burned churches to his parishioners. “Please be generous! Our witness and unity ‘as one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church’ is evidenced not so much in words, but in our acts of love and sacrifice,” Petersen wrote. “May our combined efforts at All Saints, linked in the convocation and to faith communities across the country, be a great light beating back acts of present darkness.”

Convention further strengthens church’s position on immigration, refugees

Episcopal News Service - qua, 15/07/2015 - 15:34

[Episcopal News Service] General Convention passed a number of resolutions aimed at protecting the rights of immigrants and refugees throughout The Episcopal Church.

Resolution D069 calls for the church to support birthright citizenship, particularly in countries where it has dioceses.

In 2010, for instance, the Dominican Republic changed its constitution removing jus soli, the right of anyone born in the territory of a state to nationality or citizenship – an almost universal right in the Americas. The constitutional change preceded a 2013 sentence that effectively annulled the citizenship of an estimated 200,000 mainly Dominicans of Haitian descent.

In December 2014, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori traveled to the Dominican Republic to study firsthand the effects of the 2013 sentence.

More recently, the threat of deportation looms over Haitians living in the Dominican Republic and Dominicans of Haitian descent, many of whom have never visited Haiti.

Two resolutions, D053 and D058, seek to address the situation unfolding in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, the former urging the Dominican Republic “to respect the dignity and humanity of those persons who are expelled.” It also calls on the church’s governing bodies to monitor the situation and determine ways the church can support the Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent who suffer in the process.

Resolution D058 calls on the church “to affirm its support of The Episcopal Church in the Dominican Republic and its Bishop Julio Cesar Holguín Khoury and the Diocese of Haiti and its Bishop Jean Zache Duracin in their efforts to provide advocacy and other succor to those affected by 2013 sentence.”

General Convention resolutions provide the framework for how The Episcopal Church and members of the Episcopal Public Policy Network engage in advocacy and social justice work.

“Educating our church body is crucial. Episcopalians should be aware of the human rights injustice that is occurring in the Dominican Republic, and be prepared to share and discuss this issue with their congregations. General Convention Resolution D058 does an excellent job providing background information on the citizenship issue, and the Office of Government Relations will publicize this resolution as well as supplemental resources for Episcopalians to read and share,” said Jayce Hafner, the domestic policy analyst for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society’s Washington, D.C.-based Office of Government Relations.

Additionally, the church will continue to support the efforts of the bishops in the Dominican Republic and Haiti to advocate and respond to the needs of those affected by the sentence, and encourage regional partners in Latin America and the Caribbean to call on the Dominican government to refrain from arbitrarily deporting any person born in the Dominican Republic with existing laws aimed at documenting identity, she added.

“Finally, we will link this extreme case of Dominican statelessness to the wider issue of statelessness around the globe, standing in solidarity with and lifting up affected communities in accordance with General Convention Resolution D069,” said Hafner.

An estimated 10 million people are stateless worldwide, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; the International Anglican Family Network is working to end statelessness through a campaign for universal birth registration; it supports global efforts to ensure compliance in countries that recognize the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child.

In May, mothers in Texas filed a lawsuit against the state’s health department for refusing to issue birth certificates to children born in the state. In late April, House Republicans held a hearing on whether children born in the United States should automatically be granted U.S. citizenship.

In March, when Anglicans and Episcopalians gathered in New York for the United Nations Conference on the Status of Women, they met at The Episcopal Church Center for a discussion on statelessness and universal birth registration.

General Convention also adopted resolutions aimed at protecting and strengthening immigrant families:

  • D048 aims to keep families together, protecting youth and parents from deportation.
  • D077 urges dioceses and congregations to develop programs and partnerships with local agencies aimed at strengthening and supporting immigrant families.
  • D079 urges diocese and congregations to educate undocumented immigrants about their legal rights.
  • D033, “Supporting Refugee Rights in Central America,” calls on The Episcopal Church to “acknowledge the continued violence against and displacement of citizens in Central America’s Northern Triangle (Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador), perpetrated by armed state and non-state actors.”

The world began paying attention to the crisis of epidemic violence in Central America when in the summer of 2014 Honduran, Guatemalan and El Salvadoran children began arriving at the U.S. border in unprecedented numbers.

Over the last year, the level of violence in the Northern Triangle has continued to rise, its residents continue to flee to the United States, and some women and children are housed in prison-like settings in detention centers.

The resolution further calls upon “the church and regional governments to affirm and support the work of civil society and international organizations as they address the needs of the displaced in their countries of origin; support the efforts of civil society groups and regional bodies, especially the work of our sister Anglican province La Iglesia de la Region Central de America (IARCA), the Diocese of Honduras, and human rights organizations, which seek to address the root causes of violence and engage in advocacy and dialogue with their governments to serve the needs of and create safe spaces for internally displaced persons and refugees.”

It also calls on The Episcopal Church, in solidarity with IARCA, to push for government accountability in Central America; for the church to urge the U.S. government to play a positive role in strengthening legal institutions financially; and to encourage the Central American and Mexican governments to uphold the legal rights of victims.

One of the ways the church can help is to advocate for how development funds are spent, diverting some of the money from projects aimed at tourism and economic development to fund programs aimed at strengthening government institutions, explained Sarah Lawton, a longtime immigration advocate in the Diocese of California and the resolution’s proposer, in a telephone interview with Episcopal News Service.

Another way Episcopalians can get involved is through supporting the dioceses of IARCA that are working to meet the needs of internally displaced people and by supporting a pilot resettlement program to resettle people locally and regionally, she added.

Lastly, Resolution D074 calls for Temporary Protective Status to be extended to Guatemalans living in the United States and that “The Episcopal Church advocate through education, communication, and representation before legislative authorities for TPS for all immigrants fleeing for refuge from violence, environmental disaster, economic devastation, or cultural abuse or other forms of abuse.”

The Rev. Paula Jackson, rector of the Church of Our Savior in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the resolution’s proposer, was on her way to Salt Lake City for General Convention when she read about a bipartisan effort to extend temporary protective status to Guatemalans.

“Two things immediately caught my interest: One is that any bipartisan effort in Congress is so remarkable these days, especially an effort to help immigrants and their families. The other is that there are quite a few Guatemalans in my parish whose lives (and the lives of their children) would be immediately improved beyond description by such an action,” said Jackson, in an email to ENS.

“U.S. citizen members of our parish have accompanied numerous Guatemalans along their varying journeys through immigration court over the past decade. We have learned that Guatemala is rated as perhaps the second-worst country in the world for violence against women, and has a similar dire rating for violence against indigenous peoples. We have learned about the helplessness of courts and law enforcement against extortion and retribution as a way of life in the rural mountains and in the cities.”

— Lynette Wilson is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service.