[Episcopal News Service] Following on his Aug. 25 statement supporting the protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry is inviting Episcopalians to help support the Diocese of North Dakota as it ministers to the protesters.
That support, Curry and other Episcopal Church staffers said, could take the form of immediate help for the costs being incurred on the ground in the three protest camps on and near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, and advocacy actions that can be taken to support the protesters’ concerns.
Organizers have indicated that they are in urgent need of portable toilets and roll-off trash containers. Their expenses include food that is prepared on site, health care and gasoline to reach the remote site, which has been made harder to reach by a law-enforcement roadblock set up on the main highway. Local parishes and congregations are providing material and spiritual resources to support to the protesters, and are in turn supported by the diocese.
“We have seen the resiliency of the protesters in Standing Rock, and as Bishop Curry stated, we are called to stand with them for all our sakes,” said Heidi Kim, the Episcopal Church’s missioner for racial reconciliation. “As Christians, I believe that one way we can demonstrate our solidarity is to help the clergy and congregations of the Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota provide pastoral care and support. They are actively involved with supporting protesters’ immediate physical and spiritual needs, and they could use our help.”
Financial donations are being accepted by the diocese, according to the Rev. John Floberg, canon missioner for the Episcopal Church community on the Standing Rock reservation, who serves three congregations in the North Dakota part of the reservation: St. Luke’s in Fort Yates, St. James’ in Cannon Ball and Church of the Cross in Selfridge. “Money is best,” he said, “because we can purchase everything here or pay bills here that are incurred.”
Such donations can be made to the diocese via the “donate” button on its web page, referencing “Standing Rock” or “NODAPL.” They can also be mailed to the diocese at 3600 25th St. South, Fargo, ND 58104
Floberg said material donations are also acceptable but only those officially requested by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Currently, those requests include jackets and hoodies, blankets, tents and infant formula. Nighttime temperatures are dropping into the 50s and there could be frost in early September, he said
Floberg can transport material donations to the camps and ensure their proper distribution and use. People wishing to make these sorts of donations must email him first at email@example.com to arrange shipment.
The protesters oppose the 1,154-mile pipeline that would run from the Bakken oil fields in northwest North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois, carrying as much as 570,000 barrels of oil a day. The pipeline would cross Lake Oahe, part of the Missouri River, just a half-mile from the reservation. Opponents say the pipeline will threaten the reservation’s drinking water and disturb sacred lands. The action has attracted the attention of celebrities such as Susan Sarandon, Leonardo DiCaprio and Divergent star Shailene Woodley, as well as from organizations such as the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations.
The protests, which succeeded this month in halting work on that part of the pipeline, are being compared to some of the most momentous events in American Indian history, and the Diocese of North Dakota has rallied behind the cause. It issued a statement of support Aug. 19 and diocesan members have been in the three protest camps helping build a unified presence and helping with material needs such as food.
Advocacy in support of the protesters’ goal is another way Episcopalians can help, according to Jayce Hafner, the Episcopal Church’s domestic policy analyst who works in the church’s Washington, D.C.-based Office of Government Relations and the Rev. Charles Allen Wynder Jr., a deacon, who is the church’s missioner for social justice and advocacy engagement
They said Episcopalians can:
* Contact their Congressional representatives and senators to ask them to request the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers do a complete environmental assessment that looks at the full implications of the pipeline that includes impact to the reservation and honors the treaty obligations (the people of Standing Rock are challenging the adequacy of process and content of the Corps’ environmental assessment issued in July.
* Ask the Army Corps of Engineers directly to do a complete environmental assessment that looks at the full implications of the pipeline that includes impact to the reservation and honors the treaty obligations; and
* Contact the U.S. Department of Justice and ask officials to monitor the nature and use of police and possible military equipment during the standoff.
Floberg said the protesters are living in three distinct camps on the north and south side of the mouth of the Cannonball River, a Missouri River tributary. The Camp of the Sacred Stones on the south side of the river on the Standing Rock reservation began in the spring when word of the pipeline’s construction began to emerge. Earlier this month “many more people starting coming” and a new camp sprung up on the north side of the river on some Corps-owned land. Protesters from the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota joined the protest and formed a third camp. All three camps are near the town of Cannon Ball, North Dakota, home to St. James Episcopal Church.
While there are three distinct encampments “there’s no competition between these camps; they’re all together,” Floberg said.
More than 4,000 protesters have been in the camps at times and there has been a continuing presence more than 600, according to Floberg.
The protesters have been speaking out on social media about the lack of attention paid to the protest by national news media. While the New York Times recently reported on the protest, few other outlets have followed suit.
Floberg noted the six-week takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon earlier this year by a group of armed anti-government militants garnered daily reporting by most major media.
“Those guys had weapons but they were far fewer in number – and they were consistently on the news,” he said. “This is a peaceful protection protest going on, and the national news just doesn’t seem to notice. That’s just been terribly disappointing.”
Floberg also countered what he said has been “a significant amount of misinformation” given out by government officials. “It’s been tearing apart the fabric of a common life of Native and non-Native people,” he said.
Native people have been referred to as “thugs” and been portrayed as “being engaged in unlawful activity,” he said. The Morton County sheriff said the roadblock on Highway 1806 was erected because there had been reports of gunfire, reports Floberg said have not been substantiated.
The sheriff, Floberg said, also claimed he had been told that there were reports of “pipe bombs” in the camps. Floberg said when Lakota people gather they have people known as pipe carriers who pray for the people with the sacred pipe that is “loaded” with tobacco. That ritual of “loading their pipes” has been twisted into saying the protesters are making pipe bombs, he said.
Floberg said, “It seems like there’s little regard for the truth because they’re trying to put pressure on this camp and squeeze any public support and sentiment to squelch that.”
“So I as an Episcopal priest am unable to have unfettered access to where I serve as a priest,” Floberg said, referring to St. James in Cannon Ball. “I have to drive an extra 40 miles from that roadblock” to get to church or to the “protection site” where he has been ministering.
He said he has protested to police officers at the roadblock that his First Amendment rights to free speech, assembly, and to practice his religion are being denied.
– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service.
[Anglican Communion News Service] The Council of Churches of East Asia (CCEA) Youth Forum was held in Hotel Transit, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 27 July until 1 August 2016 with the theme “Rise for God and Service to Neighbours through Christ”. A total of 93 young people from nine different countries participated in this event. They were from Malaysia, Myanmar, Japan, Korea, Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and the Philippines.
[Anglican Communion News Service] The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has said that he would love to see young people “being disciples of Jesus, being witnesses to Jesus and being servants of the Kingdom.” He made his comments in an editorial in the latest edition of the UK’s Premier Youthwork magazine, which is celebrating its 25 anniversary.
Stand with Standing Rock: A call for prayer from Anglican Church of Canada’s National Indigenous Anglican Bishop and the Primate
[Anglican Church of Canada] Water is sacred and one of the four primal elements that sustain life on Mother Earth. We have not respected water and consequently many lakes, streams, rivers and creeks are polluted. It is an element on the verge of scarcity. We must protect water.
There is a pipeline approved for construction in the United States and while many will say, it’s a U.S. problem, it is also a Canadian problem. The same has happened here and will continue to happen. Oil has become a more precious commodity than water. This pipeline, “Dakota Access,” being built by Energy Transfer Partners, will threaten water for the Standing Rock Sioux as it will cross (underground) the Missouri River. It will also upset burial grounds. Three agencies of the U.S. government are questioning the approval of the pipeline. While not crossing the reservation, it is close, approximately ten miles from the reservation.
For several weeks people from all over North America have been congregating at the Camp of the Sacred Stone near Cannonball, North Dakota. There are people from the other Sioux nations of the Dakotas and Montana, and Minnesota; Ojibwes from Minnesota; various nations from Oklahoma; Alaska, New York and Canada. They are gathered on Sacred land and are respectful of that sacredness.
“The place where pipeline will cross on the Cannonball is the place where the Mandan came into the world after the great flood, it is also a place where the Mandan had their Okipa, or Sundance. Later this is where Wisespirit and Tatanka Ohitika held sundances. There are numerous old Mandan, Cheyenne, and Arikara villages located in this area and burial sites. This is also where the sacred medicine rock [is located], which tells the future.”—LaDonna Bravebull Allard (Lakota, Dakota)
They have come to peacefully protest even though they have been accused of having weapons and pipe bombs. They did have a pipe that was being passed around but it was a sacred pipe that has been part of the Sioux ceremony and culture for years. News reports say that the water supply and toilet facilities to the camp have been shut off. And, there are threats of calling out the National Guard. Yet, not one shot has been fired. The Chief of the Standing Rock Sioux has been arrested along with others. The U.S. supports the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) but cannot enforce it, it is a moral issue. Even though much of what has been done for Dakota Access is in violation of the UNDRIP, there is only hope that the moral issue can be raised and heard.
The Anglican Church of Canada, through the work of our Primate, the Most. Rev. Fred Hiltz, takes the UNDRIP seriously and is committed to live into the Articles of the Declaration. Also, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Report, the 94 Calls to Action, references the UNDRIP in many of the Actions. Action step 48 calls upon the church to “formally adopt and comply with the principles, norms and standards of the UNDRIP as a framework for reconciliation. The Primate has also commissioned a “Council of Elders and Youth to monitor our church’s honouring in word and action our church’s commitment “to formally adopt and comply with the principles, norms and standards of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”. Another important principle of UNDRIP is “free, prior and informed consent prior to the approval of any project affecting their lands or territories and other resources, particularly in connection with the development, utilization or exploitation of mineral, water or other resources” (Article 32). It is also important to point out that Article 16 speaks to Indigenous Nations that have been separated by political borders: “Indigenous peoples, in particular those divided by international borders, have the right to maintain and develop contacts, relations and cooperation, including activities for spiritual, cultural, political, economic and social purposes, with own members as well as other peoples across the borders.” Many nations have been separated by imposed borders: Blackfoot/Blackfeet, Mohawk, Ojibwe, Sioux, Cree and others. We need to be good relatives and support our brothers and sisters at Standing Rock.
The Office of the National Indigenous Anglican Bishop and the Anglican Church of Canada stand with Standing Rock. We are all related, not only by our blood but also by the blood of Christ. Standing Rock has long been an Episcopal community. Standing Rock Reservation was home of the eminent Deloria Family—Philip, an Episcopal clergyman, served many years on South Dakota side of Standing Rock Reservation—his son, the Venerable Vine V. Deloria, was born there; Philip’s grandson, the famed Vine Deloria Jr, gave his tribal identification as Standing Rock Sioux (though he was born on Pine Ridge Reservation).
We call the Church to pray for Standing Rock, for Good Minds to prevail and for peaceful settlement. We also call the Church to pray for water, that is taken for granted in many of our communities but good water is getting scarce in our communities. We call upon the Church to pray for our governments, both Indigenous and Settler, that they may work together to protect our fragile Mother Earth. Flowing waters are the arteries of our Creator, precious and life giving. Without water, there is no life here on Mother Earth. Pray that our Creator, God, will help us to live in balance and harmony with each other and with Earth, Fire, Air and Water.
“The dangers imposed by the greed of big oil on the people who live along the Missouri river is astounding. When this proposed pipeline breaks, as the vast majority of pipelines do, over half of the drinking water in South Dakota will be affected… It must be stopped. The people of the four bands of Cheyenne River stand with our sister nation in this fight as we are calling on all the Oceti Sakowin or Seven Council Fires to do so with our allies, both native and non native in opposing this pipeline.”—Joye Braun (Cheyenne River)
The Right Rev. Mark MacDonald
National Indigenous Anglican Bishop
The Anglican Church of Canada
The Most Rev. Fred Hiltz
Archbishop and Primate
The Anglican Church of Canada
Note: Dr. Owanah Anderson, Choctaw Elder and long time mentor of Mark MacDonald and Ginny Doctor contributed to the preparation of this statement.
[Anglican Communion News Service] Cathedral choirs from around east Africa descended on Kigali, Rwanda, last week for a celebration of Christian music and to enhance “regional peace, integration and cooperation.” Kigali’s St. Etienne Cathedral was host to 10 cathedral choirs for the One Song festival, which took place in the cathedral and the nearby Petit Stadium. The first East Africa Cathedrals Choral Festival (EACCF) – to give it its formal name – was held in Nairobi in August 2009.
[Anglican Communion News Service] The chair of the Anglican Consultative Council, Archbishop Paul Kwong of Hong Kong, has called on Anglicans around the world to pray for the people of Italy and Myanmar after separate earthquakes struck the two communities Aug. 24. Official figures put the death toll in Italy at 247 – a figure that is expected to rise as the search operation in central Italy around the town of Amatrice continues. The death toll in Myanmar is much smaller – with four people confirmed to have died.
[Episcopal News Service] Episcopalians are standing side by side with other protesters in a growing effort by Native American tribes to stop an oil company from building a major pipeline across the Missouri River in North Dakota.
The protests, which succeeded this month in halting work on part of the pipeline, are being compared to some of the most momentous events in American Indian history, and the Diocese of North Dakota has rallied behind the cause. It issued a statement Aug. 19 in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said Aug. 25 that he supports the protest’s goals as well, calling the action “one that joins the fight for racial justice and reconciliation with climate justice and caring for God’s creation as a matter of stewardship.”
“The people of Standing Rock Sioux Reservation are calling us now to stand with Native peoples, not only for their sakes, but for the sake of God’s creation, for the sake of the entire human family, and for the children and generations of children yet unborn,” Curry said in his statement. “The legendary Sioux Chief Sitting Bull reminds us: ‘Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.’”
“It’s not just a native thing. It’s not just an Indian issue. It’s a human issue,” said the Rev. Brandon Mauai, an Episcopal deacon on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
Anglican Church of Canada Archbishop Fred Hiltz and National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald said Aug. 25 that the issue is also a moral one and “there is only hope that the moral issue can be raised and heard.”
Opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline say it poses too great a threat to the environment and to the way of life of the people living nearby, who draw on the Missouri River for their drinking water, including 8,000 Standing Rock tribal members. The company building the pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners, and its supporters argue the pipeline is safe, economical and necessary to transport North Dakota oil to markets and refineries across the country.
The tribe also is worried that the pipeline, which will pass just outside the 2.3-million acre reservation, will disturb sacred lands.
It was thought that the issue could come to a head this week with court hearings over the project and the protests. However, rulings were postponed until early next month.
Local Episcopal congregations aren’t just passive observers. Some church members are on the front lines, joining in the protests or supporting the hundreds – and at times thousands – of people camped there, and the issue has influenced Sunday sermons, prayers and even the choice of liturgy.
“We see our obligation through the lens of our baptismal covenant, respecting the dignity of every human being,” the Rev. John Floberg said.
Floberg, canon missioner for the Episcopal Church community on the Standing Rock reservation, serves three congregations in the North Dakota part of the reservation: St. Luke’s in Fort Yates, St. James’ in Cannon Ball and Church of the Cross in Selfridge. And although he is white and not a member of the tribe, he has spent 25 years ministering here and is well aware of the historical context being applied to both the recent protests and the Episcopal involvement.
Floberg is a member of the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council and Mauai’s term on council ended last year.
The Episcopal Church’s early ministry to the Sioux dates back to the mid-1800s, Floberg said, and he noted how President Grant’s “peace policy” of the late 1860s assigned oversight of reservations to religious denominations, including the Episcopal Church.
The history of white interaction with native peoples, however, has been marked by violence, oppression and broken promises.
Standing Rock Sioux leaders, in their lawsuit opposing the pipeline, cite treaties from 1851 and 1868 in arguing that the U.S. government has yet to fulfill its side of those agreements. The Standing Rock reservation straddles the border between North Dakota and South Dakota, and the tribal treaty lands extend north beyond the reservation, they say, to the pipeline construction site.
Some white supporters have joined with the American Indian protesters, but Floberg said the standoff also has elicited racist criticism in some corners, particularly in Facebook comments on the issue.
Another historical reference point is the 1944 Pick-Sloan flood control plan, which involved building dams on the Missouri River. This created Lake Oahe, which stretches from south of Bismarck, North Dakota, to well into South Dakota. The lake’s western shoreline runs through the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River reservations, and the pipeline would cross the lake just a half-mile from the Standing Rock border.
When it was created, Lake Oahe flooded tribal farmland, orchards and forests along the Missouri River, displacing many Native American families.
Mauai’s ancestors were among those affected. His mother’s family had lived along the Cannonball River, a Missouri River tributary that was flooded, and they were forced to move.
“I grew up knowing the story,” said Mauai, now 31.
Raised on the Standing Rock reservation, Mauai went to a Roman Catholic school as a boy, but he was confirmed as an Episcopalian around fifth grade. He eventually got involved in the church’s native ministries and was ordained as a deacon in 2007. His wife also serves as a deacon.
His appreciation for the Episcopal Church’s activism grew as he attended General Conventions over the past decade. He said he sensed in the church a sincere interest in working on issues important to native communities and the socially oppressed.
“The church has long been an advocate for natives nationwide, and I think that is just one of the things we’re called to do,” Mauai said.
That advocacy is reflected in the statement issued Aug. 19 by the Diocese of North Dakota’s Council of Indian Ministries. It cites General Convention resolutions supporting indigenous people and opposing environmental racism and legal doctrines that critics say have been used to deny Native Americans their rights. And it asks the Episcopal Church “to advocate for us.”
The statement also specifically calls on the Army Corps of Engineers to reverse its decision on the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The company outlined its pipeline project, as well as efforts to start construction, in its recent court filing seeking a temporary restraining order against protesters.
The pipeline is to stretch 1,154 miles from the Bakken oil fields in northwest North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois, sending as much as 570,000 barrels of oil a day to toward the East Coast and Gulf Coast. Oil production in North Dakota has surged in the past six years, the company said, and transporting much of that oil by pipeline will be safer and cheaper than to ship it by train or truck.
The company also asserts it has obtained all the permits it needs, including permission to cross the Missouri River with a pipeline under Lake Oahe. The Army Corps of Engineers gave the OK to that plan on July 25.
Construction at the Lake Oahe crossing was scheduled to begin on Aug. 10, but the company said it was met by up to 30 protesters. That group grew to 350 by Aug. 12, according to court documents, which accuse some protesters of threatening workers and tearing down a fence intended to keep protesters from hindering the project.
“It does not appear that the Defendants have any valid legal basis for interfering with Dakota Access’ construction of the Pipeline,” U.S. District Court Judge Daniel L. Hovland wrote Aug. 16 in granting a temporary restraining order against the protesters. A hearing on a preliminary injunction against the protests that was scheduled for Aug. 25 has been postponed until Sept. 8. The temporary restraining order remains in effect.
Tribal Chairman David Archambault II, one of more than two dozen arrested in the protests, responded to the judge’s initial order with a statement pledging to continue to oppose the project and to do so peacefully.
“Our basic position is that the Corps of Engineers has failed to follow the law and has failed to consider the impacts of the pipeline on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe,” Archambault said.
“Our hand continues to be open to cooperation, and our cause is just,” Archambault said in an Aug. 25 opinion piece in the New York Times. “This fight is not just for the interests of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, but also for those of our neighbors on the Missouri River: The ranchers and farmers and small towns who depend on the river have shown overwhelming support for our protest.”
The cause has resonated with Episcopalians in North Dakota because of the intersection of racial justice and environmental justice, and the environmental cause has drawn support from outside activist groups, notably the San Francisco-based Earthjustice, which filed the federal lawsuit on the tribe’s behalf. The action has also attracted the attention of celebrities such as Susan Sarandon, Leonardo di Caprio and Divergent star Shailene Woodley, as well as from organizations such as the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations.
Pipeline company spokeswoman Vicki Granado said work continues on other parts of the project. She called the protests “unlawful … in light of the fact that we have the necessary permits and approvals to work at this site.” A federal judge said Aug. 24 in Washington, D.C., that he would rule by Sept. 9 on the tribe’s legal objection to the Army Corps of Engineers’ approval.
After that ruling, Archambault said from Washington that “whatever the final outcome in court I believe we have already established an important principle — that is tribes will be heard on important matters that affect our vital interests.”
In the meantime, out-of-town protesters continue to camp out near the pipeline work site, and local Episcopal leaders visit regularly. Mauai brought a big pot of hamburger macaroni soup to the camp on Aug. 19. With an estimated 2,000 people to feed, it was quickly consumed.
Standing Rock officials said this week that more than 80 tribes across the country have expressed support for the cause, a unifying moment that Mauai said is unlike any the tribes have seen in 140 years.At stake is the water they drink, Mauai said, and he noted the importance of water to Christians, from biblical references to the use of water in baptism.
At stake is the water they drink, Mauai said, and he noted the importance of water to Christians, from biblical references to the use of water in baptism.
He also referenced a term in the Lakota language, “mni wiconi,” meaning “water is life.” That is what they are protecting, he said, and it’s not just Native Americans coming to support them.
“It’s everybody who has a stake in clean water,” he said.
– David Paulsen is a freelance writer based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Wauwatosa.
Editor’s note: This story was updated Aug. 25 at 4:00 EDT to add reference to a statement of support from the Anglican Church of Canada, to reflect the postponement of a hearing that had been scheduled for Aug. 25 and to add comments from the tribal chairman following the Aug. 24 hearing. A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Brandon Mauai is a member of the Episcopal Church Executive Council. His term ended in 2015.
[Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican Diocese of Accra, in the Province of West Africa, has won the backing of the US government for its ambitious programme to tackle modern-day slavery and child trafficking. The US Ambassador to Ghana, Robert Jackson, was in Accra last week for the launch of a five-year project that will culminate in the creation of “Hope Community” – a place where rescued children can “become what they were ordained by God to be.”
[Anglican Alliance] SUDRA, the relief and development arm of the province of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan (ECSSS), is responding to the needs of displaced people in Juba and other areas thanks to the support of Anglican agencies and partners.
The Anglican Alliance convened two conference calls on July 14 and Aug. 4, joined by partners from across the Anglican Communion. They heard directly from the ECSSS provincial team about the current situation, while SUDRA outlined its initial response, the plans for ongoing relief, and the need for advocacy by Anglicans for peace.
[Anglican Communion News Service] Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death after drinking water meant for her Muslim colleagues, will have her appeal heard by Pakistan’s Supreme Court in October. Bibi was accused of blasphemy after the incident and has been held in custody since June 2009. In November the following year she was sentenced to death. There has been international pressure calling for her release, including from the Anglican Consultative Council. At its meeting in Lusaka in April, the ACC called for a a fresh investigation into her case, leading to her “honorable acquittal.”
[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Three nominees have been announced for Episcopal Church bishop suffragan for armed services and federal ministries.
With an office based in Washington D.C., the bishop suffragan for armed services and federal ministries is a member of the staff of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.
The three nominees are:
The Rev. Christopher Garcia, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Greenwood, Virginia, Diocese of Virginia. A career Army officer, he retired after 25 years of service in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps with the rank of colonel. He was deployed to Saudi Arabia and Iraq for Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
The Rev. David McElwain, Veterans Administration staff chaplain in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Diocese of Wyoming. A retired Navy commander, among his military posts he served as pastoral care chaplain at the Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Florida, and as command chaplain, supervisory chaplain and battle group chaplain, USS Nassau Amphibious Ready Group.
The Rev. Carl Wright, St. Andrew’s Church, Pasadena, Maryland, Diocese of Maryland. In his military career, he has served as deputy command chaplain for the Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. Commissioned an Air Force chaplain in August 1993, Lieutenant Colonel Wright is an Associate Member of the Anglican religious Order of the Holy Cross (OHC).
The election is slated for the fall meeting of the House of Bishops Sept. 15-20. According to Episcopal Church Constitution Article II sec. 7, the House of Bishops who have gathered for the session will elect the bishop suffragan for armed services and federal ministries. The successful nominee must garner at least 50 percent of the total votes plus 1.
Christopher Weaver, rear admiral, U.S. Navy-retired, is the chair of the search committee. Members of the committee are: Major General Razz Waff, USA (Ret.); Chaplain (Col.) Paul Minor, USANG; Col. Stephen Dalzell, USA (Ret); Chaplain (Col.) Carl Andrews, USAF (Ret.); Chaplain Marion Thullbery, Department of Veterans Affairs; Chaplain Christine Waweru, Federal Bureau of Prisons.
[Saint Augustine’s University press release] Saint Augustine’s University has named Moses Alexander Greene to a newly-formed senior management/faculty position. Greene will assume the role of chief communications officer/assistant professor of media and communications.
Greene will lead the university’s communications and media efforts, amplify its social media presence as well as oversee the content management of its television and radio stations. He will also teach one class per semester.
Greene comes to the position with 14 years of experience in public information management in academia, government, and the arts as well as in media relations and special event coordination.
“Professor Greene’s strategic communications acumen, grasp of social and digital media, and passion for multi-media content creation will be a tremendous asset to our university,” said Dr. Everett B. Ward, president of the university.
“We wanted someone with a solid history in strategic communications and who can help us gain greater visibility. Greene’s career and personal connection to education is the perfect mix and we look forward to working with him in his new role. That he is already a SAU professor is, as they say, icing on the cake.”
As chief communications officer, Greene will serve as the principal communications advisor for Saint Augustine’s University and be responsible for implementing a sweeping communications plan which includes revamping the university’s website, better utilizing its stations, and eliminating antiquated communications processes.
“I am excited to start a new challenge here at SAU and deeply humbled for this opportunity to further serve the scholars, parents, faculty, staff and alumni of our community,” said Greene. “I look forward to building on the strengths of our communications unit, examining how information is disseminated internally and externally, and invigorating our processes with social and digital media applications to elevate our communication to cutting-edge 21st century standards.”
Originally from Long Island, New York, from 2005 through 2009 Greene successfully served as a public information officer within the Executive Office of the Mayor of the District of Columbia and as the special events/public affairs officer for several DC Government agencies. He also served concurrently as the freedom of information law officer/ethics advisor for four District of Columbia agencies. In 2010, the Prince George’s County Public Schools system brought him on as its strategic communications consultant to help navigate it through a crisis when a new computer system left over 8,000 high school students without class schedules for weeks. Later that year, he worked with the communications office of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, which resulted in the integration of several social media applications into its strategic communications plan.
Greene first came to SAU in 2011 as an adjunct professor in the university’s Communications and English departments. A year later, he was brought on full-time as an assistant professor and transitioned to its Film & Interactive Media Department. In 2013, he was 1 of 20 educators nationwide to be named as a Fellow of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation.
He received his M.S. in New Media Management and a dual B.A. in African American Studies and Writing for Television, Radio and Film from Syracuse University. Greene also serves as a board member of the African American Cultural Festival of Raleigh & Wake County.
Á fidelidade e a verdade encontraram-se,a justiça e a paz se beijaram. A verdade brotará da terra, e a justiça se inclinará lá dos céus ”. Sl. 85. 11, 12.
Nós Bispos da Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil, manifestamos nossa indignação diante da arbitrariedade cometida na prisão do Professor Jaider Batista da Silva, acusado, sem provas, por corrupção e mantido incomunicável; a ele, membro em plena comunhão da nossa igreja, e a sua família, nosso total apoio.
Durante a operação de investigação levada adiante pela Polícia Federal, em Governador Valadares, nosso irmão Jaider tem contribuído fornecendo documentos e comparecendo às audiências, prestando todas as informações que comprovam sua inocência e sempre cooperando para a elucidação dos fatos.
No entanto, Jaider está sendo vítima de uma delação premiada realizada por um réu confesso que, no intuito de beneficiar-se, envolveu o seu nome, mesmo sem haver qualquer indício de sua participação nos fatos.
Sua prisão, no último dia 10 de agosto, fere todos os princípios éticos e morais, tendo em vista sua cooperação com as investigações e a presunção de inocência de um cidadão que sempre esteve comprometido com a vida, com a justiça, com na luta pelos direitos humanos, atendendo e solidarizando-se com as pessoas excluídas e empobrecidas, e também com a causa das crianças e adolescentes, além da luta solidária junto aos povos indígenas. Assim, em sua caminhada, sempre demonstrou ética e transparência em suas ações.
Como cristãos, somos veementemente contra todas as formas de corrupção e entendemos que o que está acontecendo com Jaider Batista não passa de uma ação insana e totalmente descabida. Preocupa-nos sobremaneira, que as ações de combate a corrupção sejam usadas para o abuso do poder policial e judicial, em especial contra pessoas que defendem os direitos humanos, a justiça, a paz e igualdade, dando a estas medidas um caráter repressivo e ideológico que não corresponde ao convívio social e político dentro de um ordenamento democrático. É inadmissível que os recursos e políticas públicas sejam utilizados para atender e beneficiar uma classe e alguns setores políticos e seus representantes, que lucram, e sempre lucraram, com a miséria de um povo sofrido.
Portanto, exigimos a soltura imediata de Jaider Batista, que a justiça seja feita e que os verdadeiros responsáveis sejam identificados e punidos.
Revmo. Francisco de Assis da Silva – Bispo Primaz e Bispo da Diocese Sul Ocidental;
Revmo. Naudal Alves Gomes – Bispo da Diocese Anglicana do Paraná;
Revmo. Filadelfo Oliveira Neto – Bispo da Diocese Anglicana do Rio de Janeiro;
Revmo. Maurício José Araújo de Andrade – Bispo da Diocese Anglicana de Brasília;
Revmo. Renato da Cruz Raatz – Bispo da Diocese Anglicana de Pelotas;
Revmo. Saulo Maurício de Barros – Bispo da Diocese da Amazônia;
Revmo. Humberto Maiztegui Gonçalves – Bispo da Diocese Meridional
Revmo. Revmo. Flavio Augusto Borges Irala – Bispo da Diocese Anglicana de São Paulo;
Revmo. João Câncio Peixoto Filho – Bispo da Dicoese Anglicana do Recife;
Revmo. Clóvis Erly Rodrigues – Emérito;
Revmo. Almir dos Santos– Emérito
Revmo. Juba Pereira Neves– Emérito
Revmo. Orlando Santos de Oliveira – Emérito
Revmo. Sebastião Armando Gameleira Soares – Emérito
Revmo. Celso Franco de Oliveira – Emérito
[Anglican Communion News Service] The longest serving primate in the Anglican Communion, Archbishop of Wales Barry Morgan, will retire at the end of January on his 70th birthday, it was announced Aug. 23. Morgan has served the Church in Wales as a bishop for 24 years, the last 14 of them as archbishop.
[Anglican Taonga] Archbishop Brown Turei has announced his intention to retire after more than 65 years in ordained ministry. He will resign as bishop of Tairawhiti at the end of this year, and as bishop of Aotearoa – leader of the Maori arm of the Anglican Church – from the end of March next year.
Turei says that it has been “the great privilege of my life to have served as a deacon, priest and bishop in this wonderful church. I am indebted to Christ, and to my wife, family and all those who helped me along the way. It is my hope now that I may be able to retire with the dignity and the honor that the roles I have carried so rightly deserve.”
[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] “Voting and participation in our government is a way of participating in our common life,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry said in a video election message. “And that is a Christian obligation. Indeed, we who follow in the Way of Jesus of Nazareth are summoned to participate actively as reflections of our faith in the civil process.”
The Presiding Bishop’s video election message is here. The video is closed-captioned and is subtitled in Spanish. The text of the Presiding Bishop’s message in English and Spanish is located at the end of this note.
The video is ideal for conversation, adult forums and group gatherings, Sunday School, youth groups, conventions, and meetings, etc.
Election Toolkit and resources
The Episcopal Church online toolkit with webpage outlines how individual Episcopalians and congregations can participate in the electoral process through nonpartisan activities. Among the possible non-partisan activities offered are: engaging young adults who are eligible to vote for the first time; hosting a candidate forum; advocating for voting rights legislation; and hosting Get Out The Vote campaigns. Through the Episcopal Public Policy Network (EPPN), information is also available on an important initiative, the Episcopal Pledge to Vote
• Election engagement resources, including the downloadable Episcopal Election Engagement Toolkit, are available here.
• Bulletin inserts are available here.
• A Facebook/Twitter social media campaign highlighting: state-by-state registration deadlines; information on voting rights; ways to support civil discourse; and historical fun facts of Episcopal political engagement through the centuries of our country. Facebook here and Twitter here.
• Hashtag #EpiscopaliansVote
The Presiding Bishop’s message in English follows:
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Election Message
This November we will gather together as a nation to vote not only to elect a new president but to elect governmental leaders on a variety of levels.
We are blessed. We are blessed as a nation to be able to do so as citizens of this country. This is a right, an obligation, and a duty. And indeed the right and the privilege to be able to vote is something that was won through an American revolution. Something that was won even more through civil rights and women’s suffrage. A right and a privilege that was won for all. So I encourage you to please go and vote. Vote your conscience. Vote your perspective. But vote.
But it’s not just simply a civil obligation and duty. Voting and participation in our government is a way of participating in our common life. And that is a Christian obligation. Indeed, we who follow in the Way of Jesus of Nazareth are summoned to participate actively as reflections of our faith in the civil process.
In the thirteenth chapter of Romans, sometimes a chapter that is debated among scholars and among Christians, St. Paul reminds us that we have a duty and an obligation to participate in the process of government, “For that is how our common life is ordered and structured.” And at one point he actually says, “For the same reason,” going on, he’s expanding, he says, “For the same reason you also pay taxes for the authorities are God’s servants, busy with everything.” That’s probably very true. “Pay to all them that is due them. Taxes to whom taxes are due. Revenue to whom revenue is due. Respect to whom respect is due. Honor to whom honor is due.” Now he’s talking about the role of government as helping to order our common life. But here’s what I want you to really hear. He continues and says:
“So owe no-one anything except to love one another. For the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments ‘You shall not commit adultery’, ‘You shall not murder’, ‘You shall not steal’, ‘You shall not covet’, any other commandment, they are all summed up in this word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’. Love does no wrong to a neighbor, therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.”
For St. Paul, the way of love, the love of neighbor, is the fulfilling not only of the moral law of God, but the way to fulfill the civil law.
Go and vote. Vote your conscience. Your conscience informed by what it means to love your neighbor. To participate in the process of seeking the common good. To participate in the process of making this a better world. However you vote, go and vote. And do that as a follower of Jesus.
The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church
The Presiding Bishop’s message in Spanish follows:
Obispo Presidente Michael Curry Mensaje sobre las elecciones
Este mes de noviembre nos reuniremos como nación para votar, no solo para elegir un nuevo presidente, sino para elegir a líderes gubernamentales en una variedad de niveles.
Somos bendecidos. Somos bendecidos como nación por ser capaces de hacerlo como ciudadanos de este país. Esto es un derecho, una obligación y un deber. Y en verdad el derecho y el privilegio de poder votar es algo que se obtuvo mediante una revolución americana. Algo que fue logrado, aún más, a través de los derechos civiles y el sufragio femenino. Un derecho y un privilegio que fue conseguido por todos. Así que les animo a que, por favor, vayan y voten. Voten su conciencia. Voten su perspectiva. Pero voten.
Pero no es simplemente una obligación civil y un deber. El votar y participar en nuestro gobierno es una forma de colaborar en la vida común. Y eso es una obligación cristiana. Verdaderamente, a los que seguimos en el Camino de Jesús de Nazaret se nos pide que participemos activamente como reflejo de nuestra fe en el proceso civil.
En el capítulo trece de la Carta a los Romanos, -un capítulo que a veces se debate entre los académicos y entre los cristianos-, san Pablo nos recuerda que tenemos el deber y la obligación de participar en el proceso del gobierno, “pues así es cómo nuestra vida en común está ordenada y estructurada”. Y en realidad llega a decir: “Por la misma razón”, continúa, lo amplía, y dice: “por la misma razón ustedes también pagan los tributos pues las autoridades son funcionarios al servicio de Dios, encargados de cumplir este oficio”. Eso es probablemente muy cierto. “Pagar a cada uno lo que le es debido. Al que se le deben impuestos, impuestos. Al que se le debe contribución, contribución. Al que se le debe respecto, respeto. Al que honor, honor”. Ahora está hablando de la función del gobierno en cuanto ayuda a ordenar nuestra vida en común. Pero aquí está lo que de verdad quiero que oigan. Continúa y dice:
“Así que la única deuda que tengan con los demás sea la del amor mutuo. Porque el que ama al prójimo ya cumplió toda la ley. Los mandamientos: ‘No cometerás adulterio’, ‘No matarás’, ‘No robarás’, ‘No codiciarás’, y cualquier otro mandamiento, todos están resumidos en esta palabra: ‘Amarás al prójimo como a ti mismo’. El amor no hace mal al prójimo, por eso, el amor es el cumplimiento de la ley”.
Para san Pablo, el camino del amor, del amor al prójimo, es el cumplimiento no sólo de la ley moral de Dios, sino la manera de cumplir la ley civil.
Vayan y voten. Voten su conciencia. Su conciencia informada por lo que significa amar al vecino. Participen en el proceso de la búsqueda del bien común. Participen en el proceso de hacer de este un mundo mejor. Comoquiera que voten, vayan y voten. Y hagan eso como seguidores de Jesús.
El Reverendísimo Michael B. Curry
Obispo Presidente y Primado
[Anglican Communion News Service] The new archbishop of the Anglican Church of Burundi, the Most Rev. Martin Blaise Nyaboho, was installed on Aug. 22 at a service in which legal formalities were mixed with celebration. Nyaboho was elected as the fourth primate of the province in June. He succeeds Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi, who has retired after 11 years in the post.
During the service in Bujumbura’s Holy Trinity Cathedral, Ntahoturi summarized the history and the development of the Anglican Church of Burundi; and said that the growth of the church was due to Christians working together with God. “We did it together, and God was with us,” he said.
[Anglican Communion News Service] A Church-of-England sponsored play about the plight of a refugee stuck in France while trying to reach the U.K. has been nominated for two prestigious awards. Several million people have made their way to Europe in recent years fleeing persecution and conflict in their homelands. More than half of them come from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, according to figures from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Some are trying to reach Britain, leading to the creation of an ad-hoc refugee camp known as the Jungle in the northern French port of Calais.
The “verbatim” play, “Still Here” is based on the experiences of an Eritrean refugee. It was written by the artistic director of Theatre for Justice, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School student Rachel Partington, drawing on interviews conducted in the Jungle in December 2015. The play documents the man’s journey as he fled persecution for his faith, and the journey of the British woman who interviewed him.
[Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island press release] More than 200 people turned out on one of the hottest days of the summer to celebrate a remarkable three-year turnaround at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in Newport. The Aug. 14 event marked the installation of the Rev. Nathan J.A. Humphrey as rector. Humphrey came to St. John’s in August 2013 as vicar at a time when the church was a mission of the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island.
During a time when megachurches with big screens and stages are attracting plenty of attention, this mainline church in a historic neighborhood has tripled in size. It is attracting people back to church with very traditional worship and theology as well as innovative programming.
The special service, which also celebrated the Eve of the Feast of St. Mary the Virgin, featured the Rt. Rev. Frank T. Griswold III, former presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, as preacher. The Rt. Rev. W. Nicholas Knisely, bishop of the Diocese of Rhode Island, presided. A barbecue on the lawn followed the service.
In his sermon, Griswold recounted how he and Humphrey met while on retreat at a Roman Catholic Benedictine monastery; Humphrey was 19 and Griswold was Bishop of Chicago. Nathan had been raised a fundamentalist and never exposed to the Benedictine tradition, which resonated deeply with him. Griswold’s sermon focused on the first word of the Rule of St. Benedict — “Listen” — and drew a parallel between the abbot’s duty to listen to the monks, particularly the youngest, with a rector’s duty to listen to all. Given the timing of the eve of St. Mary the Virgin, Griswold characterized Mary as one who primarily listens for and to God’s Word, and as Luke says, “ponders all these things in her heart.” All Christians are called to listen to each other and to listen for and to God’s Word, and ponder what God is calling us to do in the world.
The Mass setting was Mozart’s “Coronation” Mass with organ and strings, featuring the adult choir of St. John’s and the Professional Choristers of the Choir School of Newport County. Humphrey founded the school in 2014, and he cited it as one of two key factors in the turnaround at St. John’s. He launched the music focus by calling Peter Stoltzfus Berton as executive director of the school and organist and choirmaster of the church. The school is a year-round after-school and summer program for boys and girls ages 7 and up; choristers are paid a small stipend for each rehearsal they attend and service they sing. Choristers sing on average twice a month for services at St. John’s, so that if they are involved in another church, their families are able to maintain their connection to their home congregation.
“It was a wonderful celebration in honor of Our Lady and marking the beginning of my tenure as rector,” Humphrey said. “My only regret was that it was so hot this weekend, many people who said they planned on attending were prevented in the end from being with us. We would have had an even bigger party if the weather had cooperated. But we’ll find another excuse for getting together again soon. Mozart and BBQ are two great tastes that taste great together.”
When Humphrey arrived, average Sunday attendance hovered at about 25; now it’s more than tripled and continues to grow. The church’s annual budget was $137,000, far below what was needed to call a full-time priest. This year, the parish approved a budget of $397,000. The church has daily services of Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer Monday through Friday and two worship services (8 and 10 a.m.) on Sundays.
A second new initiative, a renewed focus on mission, has combined with the music program to make the difference.
“We have focused more on outreach and mission through the leadership of the Rev. Buck Close, a deacon who is serving our parish,” Humphrey explained. “Our music and mission work have attracted new members who are excited and energized by the sort of ministry and fellowship we have here, and they have shown that in their generosity. The efforts also have re-energized existing members, who have seen something new and worth supporting.”
Mission programs led by Close include a lunch distribution program at Newport’s Battery Park. The lunches are intended for children who qualify for school lunches during the academic year but who might otherwise go without during the summer. He also heads the church’s Samaritans ministry, which reaches out to people in need in the community, offering rides to church and doctor’s appointments, meals during times of illness or bereavement, and other needs. The church also collects food for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center.
St. John’s also reached out to the Diocese of Rhode Island and received a three-year phased grant to help cover initial funding of Humphrey’s position. That grant, offered through a program that supports inventive, creative plans that seek to transform the life of a congregation, phases out this year. Thanks to the growth that’s occurred in the past three years, St. John’s now fully funds that and other key staff positions.
St. John’s is one of two Anglo-Catholic parishes (“A distinct identity with worship that centers on the beauty of holiness,” Humphrey said.) in the Diocese of Rhode Island, along with St. Stephen’s in Providence. Throughout the revitalization, St. Stephen’s has supported St. John’s, serving as a sister parish. The two churches celebrate joint liturgies periodically throughout the year.
Bulletin inserts for Aug. 28, the fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, explain the application process for Episcopal delegates to the March 2017 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
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Bulletin inserts for Aug. 28: United Nations Commission on the Status of Women
Applications are now being accepted for a provincial delegate and up to 20 churchwide delegates to represent the Episcopal Church at the 61st Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) in New York City, NY, March 13-24, 2017.
The provincial delegate and the churchwide delegates will be able to attend the official UNCSW proceedings at the United Nations and will represent the Episcopal Church/Anglican Communion in their advocacy at the UN, including joint advocacy with the group Ecumenical Women.
The 2017 UNCSW Priority Theme is “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work” and the Review Theme is “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls, agreed conclusions of the 58th session: http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw61-2017.
Applications are open to an adult or youth (ages 14-19), woman or man, who can speak to the Priority or Review Theme and are willing to participate in advocacy at UNSCW. Youth must be accompanied by an adult chaperone. Applicants should have a relevant role at the parish, diocesan and/or provincial level, be accountable to a diocesan or provincial authority, and have a process for reporting back to the local community after participating in UNCSW.
Delegates will be expected to be present in New York City for the UNSCW meeting between March 10 and 24 or as close to the entire stay as possible. Delegates will be responsible for their own travel, housing and program expenses.
Following a review of the applications, the delegates will be chosen by Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. All applicants will be notified by mid-October.
Application is available here: http://bit.ly/EpiscopalUNCSW. Deadline is September 16.
For more information contact Lynnaia Main, Episcopal Church Global Relations Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org.