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Ya se aceptan las nominaciones para llenar vacante en el Consejo Ejecutivo de La Iglesia Episcopal

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 12:45pm

[25 de junio de 2019] Las nominaciones para servir como miembro del Consejo Ejecutivo de La Iglesia Episcopal se aceptan desde ya hasta el 31 de julio de 2019. El Rvdo. Canónigo Michael Barlowe, Secretario de la Convención General, anunció que la vacante fue creada por la renuncia de un miembro del Consejo Ejecutivo cuyo mandato concluye en la Convención General 2021.

El Canónigo Barlowe señaló que debido a que la vacante fue creada por un sacerdote, sólo se puede nominar a sacerdotes o diáconos. Añadió que, “De conformidad con las Reglas de Orden, el Comité Ejecutivo del Consejo Ejecutivo revisará todas las nominaciones y remitirá al menos dos y no más de cinco candidatos, entre los cuales una persona será elegida por el Consejo Ejecutivo.”

Las funciones canónicas del Consejo Ejecutivo y sus miembros se pueden encontrar aquí.

Canon Barlowe señaló que los candidatos deben poder asistir a las próximas reuniones del Consejo Ejecutivo: del 13 al 15 de febrero de 2020; del 8 al 11 de junio de 2020; del 9 al 12 de octubre de 2020; del 22 al 25 de enero de 2021; del 14 al 17 de abril de 2021.

Las nominaciones deben enviarse en línea aquí (en inglés) o aquí (en español) antes del 31 de julio de 2019.

De conformidad con el Reglamento Conjunto de la Convención General, Regla VII.17, los candidatos elegidos por el Comité Ejecutivo estarán sujetos a una verificación de antecedentes que “cubrirá los controles de antecedentes penales y los controles del registro de delincuentes sexuales en cualquier estado en el que un candidato propuesto haya residido durante los siete (7) años anteriores, cualquier organismo profesional de licencias apropiado con jurisdicción sobre el estatus profesional de un candidato y cualquier violación de valores estatales o federales o leyes bancarias.” Además, tenga en cuenta que “la información de verificación de antecedentes no se compartirá más allá de la Oficina del Secretario de La Convención General, el Director Jurídico, y aquellos candidatos propuestos que soliciten su propia información. El costo de los controles de antecedentes en virtud de esta regla estará cubierto por el presupuesto del Convenio General.”

Como se señala en el sitio web de La Iglesia Episcopal: El Consejo Ejecutivo de La Iglesia Episcopal es un órgano electo que representa a toda la Iglesia. A lo largo de los tres años entre convenciones, conocidos como el “trienio”, el Consejo Ejecutivo se reunirá habitualmente una vez en cada una de las nueve provincias de La Iglesia Episcopal.

Nominations now being accepted to fill vacancy on The Episcopal Church Executive Council
Ya se aceptan las nominaciones para llenar vacante en el Consejo Ejecutivo de La Iglesia Episcopal

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Boston cathedral’s ‘Ministry of the Steps’ takes church’s welcome to the street

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 4:39pm

[Diocese of Massachusetts] A police officer and a person who is homeless playing chess together isn’t something you would necessarily expect to see while walking down Tremont Street in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. On the portico of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, however, this has become the new normal during the summer months thanks to the cathedral’s “Ministry of the Steps.”

The Ministry of the Steps officially launched as a pilot program last summer, with just a tent canopy and some AstroTurf from Costco, and an invitation to others to join cathedral staff and volunteers in offering various outdoor activities in order to engage the community and those walking by.

Dean Amy McCreath, right, plays Bingo outside of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston, Massachusetts, as part of the “Ministry of the Steps.” Photo: Bridget K. Wood/Diocese of Massachusetts

The activities range from chess, checkers and Bingo games to art projects, drum circles, musical performances and chanting. Last year’s Ministry of the Steps included voter registration drives, as well as a witness against gun violence by the B-PEACE for Jorge Campaign. The Ministry of the Steps has now begun its second summer of programming with activities happening outside the cathedral on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning at 9 a.m.

Eva Ortez serves as a Life Together fellow for the MANNA ministry at the cathedral, a ministry of and with the homeless community in downtown Boston. Ortez experienced a powerful moment during a recent day of chess and checkers under the Ministry of the Steps canopy.

“I took a step back and just wanted to take it all in, and in that moment I noticed the amount of joy everyone there was experiencing. The group of people there was so diverse. There was a cop and an unhoused person playing, a young student and a recently housed person playing, and in the background there was a group of MANNA community members playing music, singing and dancing,” Ortez said. “Watching all of this and being part of something so beautiful almost brought tears to my eyes.”

While the Ministry of the Steps is still new, it’s in keeping with the intent behind the decision to make St. Paul’s Church in downtown Boston the cathedral church of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts in 1912, according to the cathedral’s dean, the Very Rev. Amy E. McCreath.

“Bishop Lawrence chose St. Paul’s Church as the location for the cathedral of the diocese very much intentionally, wanting it to be in a place that was in the downtown area, where people from lots of different backgrounds were coming through,” McCreath explained in an interview. “Being on Boston Common is just perfect for that.”

“Jesus encountered people in the marketplace, on the road and over meals, and a lot of Jesus’ style was to do something familiar but in a different way,” McCreath said. “People know about chess, they know about voter registration drives, they know about labyrinths, but they’re not expecting all of that to be kind of on the sidewalk and presented by somebody in a [clerical] collar, so it shakes things up a bit.”

McCreath said that one of her favorite parts of the Ministry of the Steps is seeing people who are walking by stop and notice what is going on outside of the cathedral, even if just for a brief moment.

“There’s this kind of attention that may not translate into that person ever coming into the church, but they’re aware of it and they have a positive encounter,” McCreath said. “Part of what we are doing through the Ministry of the Steps is reclaiming all of that space in front of the cathedral for good, in a neighborhood where the steps are not always used for good.”

During a presentation about the Ministry of the Steps at the diocesan Ministry Network Showcase last fall, the Rev. Jennifer McCracken, who serves as head pastor to the cathedral’s MANNA community, described it as a new ministry through recreation. “Or better still, re-creation,“ McCracken said. “Re-creating a sacred space outside for people to come and be welcomed to engage in community.”

“Following Jesus into the neighborhood of chaos is always risky because it asks us to confront our fears and our doubts and our risk of failure,” McCracken said. “It also asks us to let go of our fenced-in spaces that confine us to smaller areas, and to move out into the world.”

As part of the Ministry of the Steps, clergy will often stand outside on the sidewalk with a sign asking, “Do you want a blessing?”

McCreath said that this allows people to receive a blessing without having to climb the steps of the cathedral and go inside the church.

“Those front steps are very intimidating — what we call a high threshold to entry — so by coming down the steps, that just eliminates that barrier,” McCreath said.

Kevin Neil serves on the MANNA pastoral team, and helped to facilitate chess and checkers games as part of the Ministry of the Steps. Neil explained in an interview that this ministry allows the cathedral to interact with different groups of people than those who might walk up the steps and through the doors.

“The concept of extending the welcome and the culture of hospitality, which we work really hard in the cathedral to cultivate on Sunday mornings and throughout the week in the building, are harder to extend beyond the building,” Neil said. “I think this is really helpful in making that possible and making it seem possible to folks actually outside on the sidewalk or across the street.”

Libby Gatti serves as the chaplain to the MANNA community and said in an interview that one thing that makes this ministry unique is that people of all backgrounds are coming together on equal ground.

“If you’re an unhoused person and you are coming to play chess or checkers…it’s not a transactional thing, it’s not like someone giving you money or handing you a plate of food,” Gatti said. “You’re two players playing a game together, so this is a little bit of a chance for deeper connection and for coming together on equal ground.”

Andrew Fortes works downtown in the finance industry. An avid chess player, he noticed the chess games happening outside of the cathedral last summer and began to join in on his lunch breaks. Through these weekly chess games, Fortes built relationships with members of the MANNA community, and when the Ministry of the Steps came to an end with the fall weather, Fortes was invited to attend the Monday lunch program that MANNA hosts at the cathedral–a place where anyone can come and get a hot lunch on Mondays. Fortes began attending the lunches, and subsequently began volunteering to help serve.

In an interview, Fortes said that he keeps coming back to the Monday lunches not only because he feels like he is contributing to society and it brings him a sense of goodwill, but also because he gains wisdom from those he meets and has conversations with.

“Just meeting people from different backgrounds really opens your eyes, and creates a level of openness in your mind,” Fortes said. “At the end of the day, everybody’s experience of life is different, and anybody that you can talk to can offer you some wisdom. Going to the Monday lunches, I always find myself gaining some type of wisdom.”

Karen Sargent has been hired by the cathedral for the summer as the Ministry of the Steps intern, in charge of coordinating all of the programming for the Ministry of the Steps this summer. She is a seminarian at Boston University’s School of Theology.

Sargent said that the goal of the Ministry of the Steps is to be a bridge between the cathedral church and the outside world and let people know that they are welcome.

“It’s just extending a welcome, which sometimes looks religious and sometimes it doesn’t,” Sargent said. “We are multidimensional humans and the way faith is expressed is multifaceted, and so, bringing people’s passions into the space is just as much about religion as blessings are.”

Sargent said that one of her goals with this ministry is to get more people involved from across the diocese, emphasizing that it is people’s individual passions and gifts that make a difference.

“Come for an hour, come for two hours, bring your talent, bring your passions, bring your joy, and let’s see what we can do,” Sargent said. “Something can only be gained by stepping into something a little uncomfortable or a little new.”

McCreath, the cathedral dean, encourages congregations of all sizes and locations to try something new in order to engage the world around them.

“Not every church is in a location like this where they can just open their front doors and start doing a drum circle,” McCreath said. “But I think there’s something to be learned from it about just trying something out as a pilot project, that it doesn’t need to cost a lot of money, there’s always something to learn and that people are more ready to be engaged than we often think they are.”

— Bridget K. Wood is communications assistant for the Diocese of Massachusetts.

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Thomas James Brown ordained and consecrated as bishop of Maine

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 2:17pm

Newly ordained and consecrated Bishop of Maine Thomas J. Brown, center, poses with his two most-previous predecessors, the Rt. Rev. Chilton Knudsen, left, and the Rt. Rev. Steve Lane. Photo: Episcopal Diocese of Maine

[Episcopal Diocese of Maine] The Rt. Rev. Thomas James Brown was ordained and consecrated the tenth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine on June 22 in a ceremony witnessed by more than 900 people at St. Luke’s Cathedral in Portland.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry was the chief consecrator, along with six other bishops from across the church, as well as Jim Hazelwood, bishop of the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

In all, 27 Episcopal bishops, and more than 100 clergy from Maine, participated in the two-hour service. Bishops from eight of the denomination’s nine geographical provinces were on hand to celebrate the new ministry. Each of the six diocesan bishops from Province I, which includes Maine, were in attendance.

“The Episcopal Church in New England offers a closeness that is partly about geography and partly about culture that the church outside of New England doesn’t always have,” Brown said. “I am especially grateful to be welcomed by loving and wise bishops in New England.”

The first woman ordained a bishop, and who is also an African American, retired Diocese of Massachusetts Bishop Suffragan Barbara C. Harris, was on hand to witness another first. Brown is the first openly gay, married man to be elected to the office of bishop in Maine. Retired Diocese of New Hampshire Bishop Gene Robinson, The Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop, participated as well. The new bishop says he “stands on the shoulders of many other LGBTQ priests,” and stated, “what the church in Maine is doing today is also every bit about them.”

Brown is the chair of the Church Pension Fund Board of Trustees, which provides retirement, health, life insurance and related benefits for Episcopal Church clergy and lay employees. Bishops in The Episcopal Church often serve the wider church in many different ways. Brown said that he is excited to continue the tradition of service and leadership that both of his immediate predecessors offered the church. In fact, he commented, it is those leadership opportunities that “remind me that it’s all about serving others.”

The family of Brown and his husband, Tom Mousin, arrived in Maine from all over the country to witness the joyful occasion. The couple’s 15 year-old nephew, Andachew Mousin, served as an acolyte in the service. Seminary classmates, mentors, former parishioners from Massachusetts and Vermont joined hundreds of people from Maine congregations at St. Luke’s Cathedral to witness their son, brother, uncle, friend and priest as the laying on of hands by the bishops continued the tradition of apostolic succession.

The guest preacher was the Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad, the Joe R. Engle Professor Emeritus of Preaching at Union Theological Seminary in New York City and a friend of the bishop’s family. She is an ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Lundblad spoke of the many small congregations in Maine and how the Holy Spirit is not geographically limited. She mentioned how some parishes may be one of the primary social service agencies in a town or village.

Lundblad also said some people feel “it’s not safe to advocate for poor people if it means raising taxes. Not safe to challenge the racism that shapes our nation and some of our churches. Not safe to stand with those seeking asylum at our southern borders. Not safe to care for creation more than we care for profits.” Lundblad challenged the witnesses to this new ministry in Maine to “follow the Spirit to the State House as well as into the sanctuary.”

The new bishop is both humbled and excited to be asked to serve a Maine-wide denomination that has proudly proclaimed the good news of Christ since 1820. Looking forward, as the church plans to celebrate 200 years of service next year, there will be the opportunity to honor the past, but more importantly, to plan for the future. A future that this church of ours is “open to all.”

Brown, originally from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, relishes the idea of serving in Maine, including the many parts that might feel a lot like home. Before his election, Brown trained at parishes in Menlo Park, California; Traverse City, Michigan; and San Francisco, California. Brown reflected, “These chapters of my life – from college until ordination – stand out for their significance in my growing relationship with Jesus Christ, a joyous journey that continues day-by-day.” The priests from both California churches, and his sponsoring priest from Michigan, were in attendance at the service, along with scores of other cherished friends and mentors.

In 2000, Brown was called to be the rector of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Brattleboro, Vermont, and most recently, the parish of the Epiphany in Winchester, Massachusetts.

The service was live streamed and parishes all across Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont hosted watch parties to celebrate with their priest and friend.

Brown traveled to Waterville on June 23 to celebrate the Eucharist with the people of St. Mark’s. Maine’s eighth bishop, the Rt. Rev. Chilton Knudsen, was the guest preacher at St. Luke’s Cathedral while Curry preached at an ecumenical service at the Temple in Ocean Park.

The Episcopal Diocese of Maine is made up of more than 10,000 people in 59 churches and ministries across Maine.

Click here for Brown’s bio and related information.

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South Sudan clerics denounce stigmatization of survivors of conflict related sexual violence.

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 4:57pm

[Anglican Communion News Service] Marking the international day for the elimination of sexual violence in conflict this week, the south Sudan Council of Churches issued a statement on the importance of care for the survivors of sexual violence during the conflict in south Sudan. In a statement the church leaders expressed concern that some survivors of conflict-related sexual violence are condemned and rejected by their families and as a result they are ostracized and relegated to the margins of society turning them into outcast.

Read the entire article here.

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Archbishop of Canterbury highlights missional role of religious communities

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 4:55pm

[Anglican Communion News Service] The vital role of religious communities in the Anglican Communion was highlighted at an Anglican Communion conference at St Paul’s University in Limuru, Kenya, last month. Addressing delegates the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said: “Religious communities are an integral part of the church today and in places they are a vibrant part of the church.”

Read the entire article here.

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Research shows most Sydney Anglicans found faith as teenagers

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 4:53pm

[Anglican Communion News Service] Youth and children’s work in churches received a boost in Australia after research analysis revealed the majority of Sydney Anglicans became Christians in their teens. Sydney Anglican’s youth section, Youthworks, has issued a renewed call for churches and families to work together to support the faith of young people.

Read the entire article here.

 

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Anglican Church of Kenya helps tackle food and plastic waste

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 4:51pm

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican Church of Kenya has been tackling the issue of food security through its development wing, the Anglican Development Services (ADS). Food waste is a real problem in Kenya. According to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, growers lost over 1.9 million tonnes of food in 2017, worth $1.5 billion USD.

Read the entire article here.

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South India’s youth experience interfaith peace-making

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 4:48pm

[Anglican Communion News Service] A cross cultural visit to Nepal for young people from the Church of South India (CSI) has revealed the impact of peacebuilding across different faith groups in Asia. Young people from the CSI, Pakistan and Nepal were part of a group of 22 young people who took part in a trip in May when they met with community leaders to learn how to take forward peace initiatives, especially in places like Sunsari which shares border with India.

Read the entire article here.

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House of Bishops theology committee examining ‘infection’ of white supremacy

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 1:27pm

[Episcopal News Service] A committee of bishops and academic theologians is discussing how The Episcopal Church and its bishops can confront what its chair has called “the comprehensive role of white supremacy in our lives.”

The House of Bishops Theology Committee wants to give The Episcopal Church some theological resources to help it respond to Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s invitation to become Beloved Community.

The Beloved Community initiative is rooted in the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s call for racial equality, economic justice and world peace.

However, “it sort of hit us like a ton of bricks that there was no way we could really move forward with integrity on a theological exploration of the very concepts of Beloved Community unless we acknowledged the reality and challenge of the ideology of white supremacy,” Diocese of Southern Ohio Bishop Thomas Breidenthal, who chairs the committee, told Episcopal News Service.

In a letter to the House of Bishops earlier this year Breidenthal said that the committee realizes that the church’s effort must begin by recognizing the role of white supremacy in “infecting all our perceptions, passions and patterns of thought.”

The committee is working on “a fuller theological and historical account of white supremacy and its impact on The Episcopal Church,” according to his letter.

However, Breidenthal acknowledged to ENS, that “this might be a very difficult conversation to have in the house and certainly in the church as a whole.” The committee wants to provide ways to “model honest and truthful conversations,” he said.

Diocese of New York Bishop Suffragan Allen Shin told the House of Bishops in March that the committee “would like your guidance on the best way to invite this house and the wider church into reflection and dialogue on this issue.” He said the group hopes to have time at its next meeting to begin those conversations, centering first on three groups of questions that Breidenthal posed in his letter. They are:

  • How do you understand white supremacy? How have you experienced it?
  • How has white supremacy influenced your view of God? The church?
  • What does your vision of Beloved Community that repents of white supremacy look like? What will you do to work towards that vision?

Breidenthal said in his letter that the committee is identifying historical documents relating to marginalized populations, including African American, Latino, Asian, indigenous and LGBTQ communities.

To that end, Mark Duffy, the church’s canonical archivist and director of The Episcopal Church Archives told ENS that the committee has asked the Archives for help. The committee, he said, admired the Archives’ digital exhibit on African Americans in The Episcopal Church and wondered about developing a similar effort to tell the stories of the church’s Asian Americans.

“For me, it says there’s been a lot of talk about reconciliation, there’s been a lot of talk about ‘beloved community,’ but are we doing the hard work here?” Duffy said. “Are we really looking at what we’ve done?”

Duffy said his “historian side wants to see us do something that can be passed on, that can be brought to the next generation.”

The committee is working in two other directions, as well. “More broadly, we are interested in noting the stories that The Episcopal Church has forgotten or never told about its minority members,” Breidenthal wrote in his letter. The committee also is looking at how human beings “generate narratives and repeat and alter them endlessly.” The members also are investigating “resources in Scripture and practices embedded in the history of the church that might help us embody faithful habits of listening to God and each other.”

Racism and it impact on society and the church has drawn the bishops’ attention for more than 25 years. The house has issued two letters to the church, one adopted by the house in April 1994 and another one issued March 22, 2006.

The House of Bishops Theology Committee, whose members are appointed by the presiding bishop, undertakes projects of theological inquiry as requested by him or her and the house. General Convention makes occasional requests of the committee. In the past, the committee has developed resources for the wider church and the bishops’ teaching ministry on such subjects as human sexuality, the environment and just war theory. In the 2013-15 triennium the committee worked on a theology of discipleship and mission in the global economy that resulted in a digital interactive resource during Lent 2016.

– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is the Episcopal News Service’s senior editor and reporter.

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Diocese of Southern Virginia announces slate of candidates for 11th bishop diocesan

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 10:23am

[Diocese of Southern Virginia]  The Standing Committee of the Diocese of Southern Virginia announced June 21 a slate of four candidates for the 11th bishop of the diocese. The new bishop will succeed the Rt. Rev. Herman Hollerith IV, who retired from the position of bishop diocesan in December 2018.

In a statement, the Standing Committee thanked the Nominating and Search Committee for the diligent performance of their charge. “They have brought to us a slate of priests who have the gifts identified in our Diocesan profile as those we sought for the future of our life together in Christ.”

The candidates are (in alphabetical order):

  • The Rev. John T.W. Harmon; rector, Trinity Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C.;
  • The Rev. Susan B. Haynes; rector, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Mishawaka, Indiana;
  • The Rev. Victoria Heard; rector, Redeemer Episcopal Church in Irving, Texas; and,
  • The Rev. Sven L. vanBaars; rector, Abingdon Episcopal Church in White Marsh, Virginia.

Their biographies and Q&A interviews are here.

Walkabouts will be held Sept. 3-14, 2019.

A special council for the election of the 11th bishop of Southern Virginia will be held Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. A service of ordination and consecration is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020.

A 14-day petition period is currently open, during which additional candidates may come forward. The petition requirements are available here. Nominations by petition may be filed until 5 p.m. EDT on July 5, 2019.

The Diocese of Southern Virginia encompasses 102 congregations from Virginia’s Dan River to the Eastern Shore.

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Episcopalians testify in support of Bill H.R. 40 in House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on Juneteenth

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 3:32pm

[Episcopal News Service] The House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties held a hearing June 19 on Bill H.R. 40, introduced by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), which calls for the creation of Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans.

Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland and Katrina Browne, producer of the documentary “Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North” and consultant for The Episcopal Church as part of its Becoming Beloved Community racial justice and healing initiatives. Also on their panel were actor Danny Glover, author Ta-Nehisi Coates (“Between the World and Me”), Columbia University undergraduate Coleman Hughes and former NFL player and author Burgess Owens. The hearing took place on Juneteenth, which commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865.

Sutton was the only religious leader invited to testify. Last month the Diocese of Maryland unanimously passed a resolution on racial reconciliation affirming a pastoral letter from the bishop to the diocese on what reparations really means (repairing the breach) and how the diocese might move forward together in building a better world out of the wreckage of the past through programs and initiatives.

Sutton and Browne talked about the soul, and the importance of reconciliation, truth telling and healing for the souls of all Americans. Sutton noted that he often asked, “What do black people want?” His question is, “What do you want? If you are happy with the state of race relations in America, do nothing. If you are not happy, support the establishment of this commission for discussion and study.” Browne’s closing words were featured as the New York Times quote of the day today: “It is good for the soul of a person, a people and of a nation to set things right.”

Other testimony focused on what were named as prejudicial government actions that have had deleterious effects on the well-being of the African American community. Such practices as redlining, predatory lending, and mass incarceration were mentioned by the witnesses as demonstrating the modern oppression of African Americans. All of these issues, according to Coates, have to do with “the codification of black people as inferior” from the foundation of our nation.

Episcopal Diocese of Maryland Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton greets Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Pennsylvania) in the subcommittee’s hearing room. Photo: Carrie Graves

Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-Pennsylvania) and Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Pennsylvania), who are not co-sponsors of the bill, cited their work on predatory lending and environmental injustice as further recognition of societal injustice towards African Americans. Dean quoted admissions from Wells Fargo bank on pushing sub-prime lending in black church communities. Hughes and Coleman argued that reparations victimize African Americans, condescends to them and implies that they do not have the power to be self-made people.

Other discussion centered on knowing the nation’s history and its importance in guiding future action. Hughes argued that U.S. history resides in plain sight. Coates wondered, then, “Why do we have statues [confederate statues] in the Capitol? Why is there a flag flying in Mississippi?” Danny Glover quoted James Baldwin in saying, If we can’t tell ourselves the truth about the past we become trapped in it.

The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations provided support to Sutton and Browne before, during and after their testimonies. “Our work is to represent official Episcopal Church policies voted on and passed by General Convention or Executive Council, but our work is also to meet people where they are and to invite people into civil discourse by helping the Church participate in our common life,” said Director Rebecca Linder Blachly.

The Episcopal Church has a recent history of working to acknowledge the past and to discern how it can move forward as a people to repair the breach and heal a broken and divided society. Subcommittee Chair Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tennessee), in introducing Browne, thanked The Episcopal Church for being ahead of Congress in passing an apology in 2006 (He introduced an apology bill, H.R. 194, in 2009 and it passed).

General Convention has passed resolutions 2006-C011 Support Legislation for Reparations for Slavery, 2006-A127 Endorse Restorative Justice and Anti-Racism, and 2006-A123 Study Economic Benefits Derived from Slavery, 2009-A144 Reaffirm a Resolution on Truth, Reconciliation and Restorative Justice (2006-A127) and 2009-A142 Recommit the Church to Anti-Racism and Request Annual Diocesan Reports.

Bill H.R. 40 asks that the United States government do the same. “H.R. 40 calls for the establishment of a commission,” said by Rep. Karen Bass (D-California). “It does not call for checks. To call for money trivializes reparations. Conversation is necessary and it begins with a commission.”

Economics, however, were not left out of the discussion. Economist Julianne Malveaux closed her testimony by asking that any future legislation with economic implications be audited for racial justice.

Full coverage of yesterday’s testimony can be found here.

— Carrie Graves is the director of communications for the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland.

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Susan Brown Snook ordained and consecrated as new bishop of San Diego

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 3:21pm

The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook was ordained and consecrated as the fifth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego on June 15. Photo: Diocese of San Diego

[The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego] The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook was ordained and consecrated as the fifth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego on June 15 at St. Paul’s Cathedral in San Diego. Brown Snook is the first woman to serve as bishop in the diocese’s 45-year history.

Assisting Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori led the service as chief consecrator. The Rev. Scott Gunn, executive director of Forward Movement, was the preacher. Following the service, a celebratory reception was held at The Abbey next door to St. Paul’s Cathedral.

On June 30, the newly consecrated bishop will be formally welcomed and seated at St. Paul’s Cathedral at the 5 p.m. Evensong service. Her seating in the cathedra, or bishop’s chair, is symbolic of the bishop’s office.

Brown Snook was elected bishop on the first ballot at a special convention of the diocese on Feb. 2. She has served as the canon for congregational growth in the Diocese of Oklahoma since 2017. From 2006 to 2017, she served in the Diocese of Arizona as the church planter, vicar and then rector of a new Episcopal Church in Scottsdale, Arizona, The Episcopal Church of the Nativity.

Brown Snook attended college at Rice University in Austin, Texas, where she earned her bachelor’s in English and managerial studies, and her master’s in business administration, and accountancy. She and her husband, Thomas Snook, have two adult daughters, one of whom lives in San Diego.

Brown Snook succeeded the Rt. Rev. James Mathes, who had served for 12 years. The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego was established in 1973 and has approximately 15,000 members across 43 congregations in the Southern California region.

 

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Archbishop Justin Welby “scanned” with 100 parishioners for seaside town 3D artwork

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 1:29pm

[Anglican Communion News Service] More than 100 members of an English seaside Anglican church have been captured by 3D scanning technology, alongside the archbishop of Canterbury, to create a sculptural artwork in celebration of the town’s fishing heritage. Members of St Peter’s Church, Folkestone, and representatives from the local community who took part in The Blessing of the Fisheries procession last year, joined in a one-off art creation which involved each of them being scanned and printed as part of the church’s 150th anniversary celebration. The miniature procession installed in St Peter’s foyer will be unveiled June 20.

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Presiding Bishop receives new primatial cross from Southeast Florida Bishop

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 1:26pm

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry holds the new primatial cross presented to him June 19 by Diocese of Southeast Florida Bishop Peter Eaton, right, and the Rev. Anthony Holder, president of the diocesan Standing Committee, left. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service

[Episcopal News Service] On June 19 on behalf of the Diocese of Southeast Florida, Bishop Peter Eaton and the president of the diocesan Standing Committee, the Rev. Anthony Holder, presented a new wooden primatial cross to Presiding Bishop Michael Curry at his office at the Church Center in New York.

There is a unique history to this gift. The silver primatial cross that has been used by every presiding bishop since Bishop Arthur Lichtenberger (1958-1964) was presented to the presiding bishop by the Diocese of South Florida on Dec. 19, 1961, when Lichtenberger ordained and consecrated two suffragan bishops for the diocese: James Duncan and William Hargrave. Eight years later, in 1969, when the Diocese of South Florida was divided into the dioceses of Central Florida, Southwest Florida and Southeast Florida, Duncan became the first bishop of Southeast Florida.

Ghassan Salsaa’, a Palestinian artisan in Bethlehem, made the new primatial cross out of olive wood and mother-of-pearl, representing a traditional art form in Palestine. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service

The cross, Curry said during the presentation, “is a reminder of the relationship between us and Palestinian Christians and Anglican Palestinian Christians, and the church in Jerusalem, regardless of the politics involved. Our ties are deeper than that.”

Some months ago, Curry asked Eaton where it might be possible to find a wooden primatial cross that would be suitable for some occasions. Eaton, who has connections to Christians in the Holy Land, suggested that it might be appropriate to have the cross made in Bethlehem, for both its symbolic associations and its support of Christian artists in Palestine.

“When I became a bishop four years ago, I wanted a crosier made of olive wood from Bethlehem,” Eaton said. “I have a long relationship with the Holy Land and with the Christian community there, and this was an important way for me to be connected to my many friends there.”

Eaton had worked previously with the Tabash family, who run and operate a business in Bethlehem that includes a great deal of olive wood work. They identified a local olive wood artist in Bethlehem, Ghassan Salsaa’, who designed a bishop’s crosier for Eaton, which included mother-of-pearl inlay work. Olive wood and mother-of-pearl are traditional materials used by artists in Palestine.

“It is a beautiful crosier,” Eaton said, “and every time I use it, I remember the Christian community in the Holy Land and all the friends that Kate (his wife) and I have there, and how important it is for us to support a vital and vibrant Christian presence in the Middle East.”

So when the presiding bishop asked about a new wooden primatial cross, it seemed fitting for Eaton to return to the Tabash family and Salsaa’ to do the work.

“The Episcopal Church has a long-standing relationship with the Christian communities of the Holy Land and with the Diocese of Jerusalem and the Middle East,” Eaton said, “and to have a new primatial cross from Bethlehem sends the right message. By asking the Tabashes and Salsaa’ to make the cross, we have a sign of our historic and important relationship, and we can support local Palestinian Christian businesses and artists.”

Eaton and the Tabashes designed the cross, which Salsaa’ made.

“Mr. Salsaa’ has made a beautiful cross, and it is an honor for the Diocese of Southeast Florida to present this to the presiding bishop, just as our forebears in the former Diocese of South Florida presented the previous cross,” said Holder, the president of the diocese’s Standing Committee. “We all give thanks to God for our presiding bishop’s ministry, and this is a small way in which we can show our gratitude.”

Like the silver primatial cross, the new primatial cross bears the shield of the presiding bishop and an inscription:

Presented to
The Presiding Bishop
of The Episcopal Church
by the Diocese of Southeast Florida
The Feast of Pentecost
9 June 2019

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Episcopal Church’s advocacy for LGBTQ people pre-dates Stonewall uprising

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 12:39pm

Members of Washington National Cathedral marched in the June 9 Capital Pride Parade in Washington, D.C. Photo: Danielle E. Thomas/Washington National Cathedral

[Episcopal News Service] The full inclusion of LGBTQ people in the life of The Episcopal Church had barely been considered by its policymaking bodies when the Stonewall uprising began on June 28, 1969.

But many Episcopalians, anchored in the context and rhetoric of their times, had been pushing for equality in the church as well as in society for at least seven years before the momentous event that is acknowledged as the beginning of the gay rights movement in the United States. Their progress was slow and halting.

The goal of their efforts is still not universally accepted today, a year after The Episcopal Church took its strongest step to date agreeing to a plan to give all Episcopalians, regardless of their sexual orientation, the ability to be married by their priests in their home churches.

The secular press occasionally took note of the church’s early recognition of LGBTQ people in its midst, albeit through the lens of disfunction. In late October 1962, The New York Times reported that a meeting of the House of Bishops went into executive session “to consider how to handle homosexuality and alcoholism when they occur among the clergy.” Then-Bishop of Western New York Lauristan Scaife, who chaired the Committee on Counsel for the Clergy, refused to comment to the paper.

However, Diocese of California Bishop James Pike told a news conference that “there are any number of standard weaknesses, such as homosexuality and alcoholism, that happen to people.” He said bishops need to be ready to counsel priests and offer psychiatric help when needed.

This screenshot from the Nov. 26, 1964 edition of The New York Times shows the opening paragraphs of the story, and illustrates how homosexuality was perceived.

Two years later the Diocese of New York took a different approach, supporting the New York State Temporary Commission on Revision of the Penal Law and Criminal Code’s proposal to excluded adultery and homosexual practice between consenting adults in privacy from its proposed new penal law. The Nov. 29, 1964, hearing the Nov. 29, 1964, report on the front page of The New York Times of The New York Times

John V. P. Lassoe Jr., diocesan director of Christian social relations, told the commission it should be commended for “a significant and enlightening advance” of removing penalties for consenting adult homosexual behavior from the criminal code, according to the Times.

“There is no need to restate here the ‘modern sociological and psychiatric principles’ that led the commission to suggest this change,” Lassoe said. “Obviously we accept as part of God’s continuing and progressive revelation about man’s nature, and it is clear that they have done much to reshape a view once held by religious groups.”

However, Charles Tobin, speaking on behalf of the New York State Catholic Welfare Society, said that “sexual deviation,” as the behaviors were called at the time, was a threat to family life and the young.

In 1966, Pike, recently resigned from his diocesan see amid theological controversies, told an overflow gathering at the Duke University Law School that laws controlling homosexuality, sexual practices between man and wife and abortions were unenforceable and must be changed.

Episcopalians in California soon were also supporting decriminalization moves. The California diocese then called in the spring of 1967 for the abolition of all state laws governing sexual relations in private between consenting adults. United Press International reported that the Diocesan Council “was especially concerned about the homosexuals’ ability to live free and creative lives because of legal sanctions and fear of discovery.”

This screenshot from the Nov. 28, 1967 edition of The New York Times shows the opening paragraphs of the story about the Project H gathering the day before.

The Episcopal Church’s ongoing discernment made the front page of the Times again in the fall of 1967, this time via a report about “Project H.” The Nov. 28 “day-long symposium on the church’s approach to homosexuality,” as the newspaper called it, was held at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, sponsored by Dioceses of New York, Long Island, Connecticut and Newark. The story was headlined “Episcopal Clergymen Here Call Homosexuality Morally Neutral.”

The Rev. Walter D. Dennis, a cathedral canon at the time, told the symposium that Christians “must rethink the usual position that has turn homosexuals into modern-day lepers.” Dennis,  who went on in 1979 to become a bishop suffragan in New York, was the first African American to serve full time at the cathedral and was also active in the civil rights movement of the era. Dennis was also a founding member of the Union of Black Episcopalians.

More and more Christians at the time of the symposium, the Rev. Neale Secor said, were “coming to judge relationships on what they do to people involved and to society as whole.” Secor, then the rector of St. Mary’s Church in Manhattan, said that many people are open to the possibility that “homosexual relationships can be as fulfilling as heterosexual ones.”

Not everyone at the conference agreed with Dennis and Secor. The Rev. L. Robert Foutz, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Astoria, Queens, declared that homosexual acts “must always be regarded as perversion because they are not part of the natural processing of rearing children,” the Times reported. However, Foutz said that if homosexual tendencies were “sublimated and channeled into acts of brotherhood, social concerns and so forth,” then homosexuality could be said to have a positive side.

The Times reported that “churchmen needed more factual information on the cause of homosexuality and on such questions as whether it is possible for homosexual relationships to provide enduring ‘fulfillment’ and ‘happiness.’”

Three years after that conference and about seven miles south of the cathedral, the Stonewall Inn became the locus of protests that are being marked this month. However, when The Episcopal Church held a rare special meeting of General Convention about two months later, the event, which had been in the works for two years, did not address the events of June 28, 1969.

Then-Presiding Bishop John Hines and the Rev. John B. Coburn, then-president of the House of Deputies, had called the gathering so that bishops and deputies could discuss “concerns in our contemporary Church life which often are painfully divisive and always are areas of uncertainty and perplexity.”

Homosexual persons are children of God who have an equal claim upon the love, acceptance, and pastoral care of the Church’  – General Convention 1976

An agenda committee later said the major areas of discussion would be “mission, ministry and authority” and it urged that “representatives” of women, ethnic minorities and young people “be included with a seat and voice” but not vote in the gathering’s joint sessions of the two houses.

The journal documenting the next regular meeting of General Convention in 1970 contained one mention of homosexuality. It came in an essay on “law and order and justice” that was part of the report of the Joint Commission on the Church in Human Affairs. The essay noted that some police officers might be “culturally disposed to find a homosexual act much more offensive than fornication” even though both acts where then equally illegal.

It was not until 1976 that the General Convention officially put the church on record as saying (in Resolution 1976-A069) that “homosexual persons are children of God who have an equal claim upon the love, acceptance, and pastoral care of the Church” and (in Resolution 1976-A071) stating “its conviction that homosexual persons are entitled to equal protection of the laws with all other citizens.” That convention, which allowed women to be ordained as priests and deacons, also called for a study of “the Matter of the Ordination of Homosexuals.”

Since that meeting of convention until the most recent gathering in July 2018, The Episcopal Church has worked towards greater inclusion of LGBTQ people. That work has prompted some Episcopalians to leave the church in protest, in some cases setting up decades-long legal disputes.

Other Episcopalians in four dioceses have elected openly gay priests to be their bishops. The Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson served the Diocese of New Hampshire from 2004 to 2013. The Rt. Rev. Mary Glasspool served as bishop suffragan in the Diocese of Los Angles from 2010 to 2016 when she became an assistant bishop in New York. The Rev. Thomas Brown is due to be ordained and consecrated June 22 as the bishop of Maine and the Diocese of Michigan elected the Rev. Bonnie Perry earlier this month to be its 11th bishop.

This month, congregations across The Episcopal Church are marking Pride Month with celebrations and film festivals, and by marching in their communities’ pride parades.

Yet, as Presiding Bishop Michael Curry recently noted, “Pride is both a celebration and a testament to sorrow and struggle that has not yet ended.

“Especially this month, I offer special thanks to God for the strength of the LGBTQ community and for all that you share with your spouses, partners and children, with your faith communities, and indeed with our entire nation.”

– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is the Episcopal News Service’s senior editor and reporter.

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Consejo Ejecutivo de La Iglesia Episcopal: discurso de apertura del Obispo Presidente

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 5:10pm

Los siguientes son los comentarios de apertura del Obispo Presidente Michael Curry en el Consejo Ejecutivo de La Iglesia Episcopal, que se reunió del 10 de junio al 13 de junio en el centro de conferencias en el Instituto Marítimo de Linthicum Heights, en Maryland.

Consejo Ejecutivo
10 de junio de 2019
Comentarios de apertura

Permítanme compartir sólo unos pocos comentarios de apertura y otra vez darles la bienvenida a todos. Sólo un punto de seguimiento y luego otro en particular, como a especie de saludo de reconocimiento al personal de La Iglesia Episcopal. El punto de seguimiento es—recordarán que, en nuestra reunión de febrero, tuvimos conversaciones y redactamos una resolución de inquietud con respecto a la Conferencia Lambeth y la asistencia de los cónyuges de obispos a ella. Sólo quería que tuvieran en cuenta que la Cámara de los Obispos se reunió poco después, a principios de marzo. Ellos tuvieron una conversación sobre ello y se enteraron de la resolución del Consejo Ejecutivo, por lo cual se sintieron muy agradecidos, podría decirse.

Los obispos tuvieron una gran discusión acerca de eso, y—¿cómo les explico? —bueno, fue vigorosa y sana. No aprobamos una resolución, sino [que en su lugar] un comunicado, pero seguimos trabajando con ello, incluso mientras hablamos. La comunidad de obispos y cónyuges se convocará para nuestra reunión regular de otoño en Minneapolis, en septiembre. En ese momento, habrá aún más discusiones, y reflexión acerca de cómo responder apropiadamente, en el camino del amor, pero con la claridad a la que el amor nos llama. Habrá más discusiones porque tanto los obispos como sus cónyuges estarán presentes. Hay un pequeño grupo, ya que la Vicepresidenta Mary Gray-Reeves está convocando a un pequeño grupo que está trabajando para encontrar la mejor manera de lograrlo. Este trabajo está en curso, y escucharemos más detalles, creo, en octubre cuando nos volamos a reunir.

Ese fue sólo un rápido seguimiento de nuestra última reunión. Ahora, yo quería, en mi discurso de apertura, sólo ofrecer un saludo de reconocimiento al personal de La Iglesia Episcopal. La verdad es que tenemos un personal extraordinario. Estas personas, son simplemente extraordinarias, y es un privilegio servir con ellos. Tengo en cuenta que la Presidenta Jennings y el Secretario Barlowe comparten este sentir conmigo. Es que ellos son sólo un grupo extraordinario de personas. Trabajan arduamente. Realmente que sí, y yo se los recomiendo. Me parece que nuestra continua relación laboral entre el personal y el Consejo está creciendo y desarrollándose de manera sana y positiva. Les agradezco a ustedes por eso, y les agradezco a ellos por eso.

Una señal de eso se vio realmente durante nuestra última reunión interna con el personal, a la cual ellos acudieron de alrededor de las muchas partes donde están ubicados. Como ustedes ya sabrán, casi la mitad del personal está desplegado­, aunque esa palabra como que suena un poco militar, pero supongo que es la más adecuada porque en ellos tuvieron que ser desplegados por toda la iglesia. Hace sólo unas semanas todo nos allegamos a las oficinas centrales 815 en Nueva York, y tuvimos tres días de reuniones internas con el personal. Esta reunión, así como otras en el pasado, pero ésta en particular, fue realmente diseñada por los miembros del personal. Rebecca Blachly está aquí en alguna parte, Rebecca Blachly y Melanie Mullen. Creo que Melanie vendrá más tarde. Ellas fueron las dos copresidentas que realmente lograron unir en equipo al personal.

Lo que fue fascinante fue ver a todos los miembros del personal que participaran en una variedad de roles. El hacer que realmente eso se diera fue genial. Fue simplemente extraordinario.

Digo todo eso para explicar que algo muy importante pasó y quería que lo supieran. Recibimos retroalimentación después de nuestra reunión a través de Survey Monkeys. ¿Conocen lo que son ese tipo de encuestas con por internet como las de Survey Monkeys? Bueno, pues se dio retroalimentación en cuanto otras de las reuniones internas del personal anteriores, para identificar lo que realmente había sido útil, lo que no lo fue, lo que se podía mejorar, y ese tipo de cosas. Ahí se les pregunto a ellos: “¿Qué podría ayudarle en su trabajo?” Y fue muy interesante. En la reunión interna con el personal de creo que hace un año, el personal trabajó con lo de trazarse metas y objetivos. Al estilo clásico de gestiones de gobernanza y sus operaciones.

Uno de los comentarios que surgieron tanto de ahí, así como las revisiones de rendimiento que pudimos hacer, creo que fue para fin de año, fue que el personal realmente quería ver más conexión entre nuestra labor de convertirnos en el movimiento de Jesús osado a caminar el camino del amor, con las tareas que realmente hacemos como empleados. Realmente querían atar esas metas y objetivos – sus metas y objetivos, digamos, a la obra del movimiento de Jesús, de caminar el camino del amor. Cuando esto se vuelve crítico y realmente importante, es cuando se miran a los tres objetivos generales del movimiento, digamos. Evangelismo, reconciliación racial…Y añado, cada vez que digo reconciliación racial, hemos planteado-en Estados Unidos al menos, y puede que no sea verdad en todas partes, pero al menos en Estados Unidos, que la reconciliación racial y la justicia son la puerta de entrada a todas las formas en que estamos quebrados, fragmentados y separados unos de otros. Es la entrada, no sólo el fin. El evangelismo, la reconciliación y el cuidado de la creación de Dios.

Como sea, esos tres tienen sentido. Todo el mundo dice, “sí, amén. Muy bien. ”

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Pero supongamos que usted trabaja brindando servicios al edificio. ¿Cómo afecta el evangelismo, la reconciliación y el cuidado de la creación a su trabajo cuando mantiene las calderas en marcha? O como cuando en el apartamento del Obispo Presidente en la planta superior, cuando se enciende y se apaga el aire acondicionado, porque no tiene gradaciones de grados de calefacción, solo se enciende o se apaga, pues es un edificio antiguo.

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¿Qué tiene que ver eso con el evangelismo? La pregunta, la muy pregunta práctica y básica para muchas personas es, “Mis tareas diarias. Me encanta mi trabajo. Los cheques llegan a tiempo. Los cheques no rebotan – todo está bien.

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Pero ¿cómo eso de regular el termostato en el edificio? ¿Cómo es que eso de supervisar el trabajo de construcción que está sucediendo [tiene que ver con el evangelismo]?  Porque el estado de Nueva York tiene muchas leyes sobre los edificios y cosas así. Tenemos andamios por todo la parte exterior. ¿Cómo es que para alguien que hace eso tiene que ver con el evangelismo? ¿Qué tiene que ver eso con la reconciliación racial? ¿Cómo es posible que tenga algo que ver con el cuidado de la creación esto de los servicios al edificio? Bueno, creando un ambiente que sea amigable con el medio ambiente. Ahí sí se puede hacer esa conexión. Esos fueron los datos que recibimos de las reuniones internas previas. El equipo diseñó nuestros tres días para abarcar estas cosas más profundamente.

Una de las ideas para mí -y no por qué me tardé… Soy un aprendiz lento, pero tardé cuatro años o tres años y medio–no sé cuánto tiempo he estado de Obispo Presidente–en darme cuenta de que los objetivos del evangelismo, la reconciliación racial, el cuidado de la creación, esos tipos de objetivos de toda la iglesia tienen sentido. Pero tiene que haber un cuarto objetivo. No para toda la iglesia, uno que es particularmente para el personal. Uno que proviene de…

Miren, normalmente, mi Biblia está en el iPad, así que tuve que volver a la antigua.

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Ese objetivo era particular y único, digamos, al personal, pero tengo el presentimiento, [de que también al] Consejo Ejecutivo. Eso es lo que estoy compartiendo ustedes. Proviene de Efesios, capítulo 4–Efesios es Pablo o literatura Paulina. Sé que la gente se le dificulta entender a Pablo a veces, sé que todos nos pasa. Mi abuela solía decir, “Pablo es como cualquier otro predicador; él tiene algunos buenos sermones y tiene algunos sermones no tan buenos. El gran problema es que están todos en la Biblia. ”

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Pero en uno de sus buenos días, Pablo o los escritores Paulinos dicen esto en Efesios 4. Están hablando de la comunidad de la fe en la iglesia. Los dones eran que algunos serían apóstoles, algunos profetas, algunos evangelistas, algunos pastores y maestros. La razón por la que existen, cualquiera que sea el papel o la función, la razón por la que existen sería equipar a los santos para la obra del ministerio. Me di cuenta-no sé por me qué tomó tres años y medio – de que ese es nuestro trabajo, y les dije, “mi trabajo.” Nuestro trabajo como personal, y tengo la sensación de que nuestro trabajo como Consejo Ejecutivo, es equipar a la iglesia para que sea el movimiento Jesús en el mundo, dando testimonio y andando en el camino del amor. Ese es nuestro trabajo. Equipar a los Santos para la obra del ministerio. Eso, para mí, aclaró un mundo entero.

Entonces todos cavaron más profundamente en esto. Algunas cosas notables surgieron, incluso hasta el punto de observar la efectividad del personal. Pequeñas cosas tales como: no más reuniones sin programa entre el personal, y no más reuniones sin–¿cómo se llama? —informe posterior a la reunión.

Una voz femenina exclama: “evaluaciones”.

Si una evaluación, para que todos sepan lo que dijimos que íbamos a hacer. Es útil saber lo que dijimos que íbamos a hacer por adelantado, pero entonces también es útil saber…Y esto es cuestión clásica, pero hasta que te detenas y tengas que pensarlo… Y al personal se le ocurrió eso. No contratamos a ningún consultor para hacer esto…

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Pero eso provino de una profunda discusión en verdad en la que todos nosotros participamos, ¿cómo podemos equipar a los santos de manera más eficaz y fiel para la obra del ministerio? Y eso fue una notable realización para mí, y espero que para los miembros de nuestro personal, y espero que para ustedes. Cuando pienso en eso recuerdo a una de las grandes personas de la historia americana pero no es muy reconocida. Su nombre era Bayard Rustin. Ahora, si usted no lo conoce, búsquele en Google o Wikipedia, o donde sea, pero vaya y búsquelo. Creo que va a salir en un documental. Su nombre, está resurgiendo. Rustin había sido entrenado en la comunión de reconciliación después de que Estados Unidos se entrenó en la hermandad de reconciliación, y se dedicó a los derechos civiles no violentos, y estudió la obra de Gandhi.

Era un hombre gay mucho antes de serlo públicamente, y fue muy vilificado por nuestro gobierno, honestamente. Probablemente una de las cosas que el Dr. King lamentaría, supongo, es que no pudo hacer más para apoyar a Bayard Rustin, especialmente cuando el FBI vino tras él. Esa fue la realidad. El nombre de Rustin debe ser recordado porque no dio el discurso: “he estado en la cima de la montaña y he visto la tierra prometida”, no dio el discurso en frente del monumento a Lincoln. No es conocido por la oración en alza y su nombre apenas se conoce. Sin embargo, lo que hizo fue profundamente reconocido y forma parte de los anales de la historia americana.

Fue Bayard Rustin quien orquestó la marcha en Washington. Él fue el genio que realmente hizo que sucediera. Él fue el que supervisó toda la logística, todo el trabajo, todas las interconexiones que se hicieron. Fue Bayard Rustin quien ayudó al discurso, Tengo Un Sueño, que tomara su lugar junto al discurso de Gettysburg, y la declaración de la independencia, y tal vez le dio nueva determinación este a país. Bien puede ser que nuestro papel como personal, nuestro papel como Consejo Ejecutivo, será como el de Bayard Rustin para con el movimiento de Jesús, también conocido como La Iglesia Episcopal.

Amén.

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Anglican leaders explore global church and state relationships during USPG gathering

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 3:23pm

[Anglican Communion News Service] Navigating the changing relationship between the state and the church has been the focus of discussions between Anglican leaders from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and Oceania taking part in United Society Partners in the Gospel’s triennial International Consultation in Barbados, this week.

“The consultation is focusing on relationships between church and state across the Anglican Communion,” the organization’s chief executive officer, Duncan Dormor, said. “Experiences vary greatly: for some discriminatory practices are commonplace, for others attempts are made to co-opt the influence of the church. For bishops and archbishops the issue of when and how to speak out, and when to remain silent, is a fundamental one.”

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Archbishop of York joins celebration of YMCA’s 175th anniversary

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 3:19pm

[Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop of York John Sentamu joined in celebrations with one of the oldest ecumenical global movements as it marks its 175th anniversary this year. The worldwide YMCA youth movement, which began as an evangelical young men’s Christian service organization, celebrated its start this month with a thanksgiving service at St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London.

“It has been a great pleasure to join in the celebrations of 175 years of the YMCA,” said Sentamu, who is the organization’s president. “The work they have done and continue to do today to help and support young people is truly fantastic. My prayer is that the work continues for the next century.”

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Christian, Muslim scholars discuss freedom of religion

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 3:16pm

[Anglican Communion News Service] Freedom and the role of faith communities has been the subject of a bridge-building event for Christian and Muslim academics gathered in the Ecumenical Institute of Bossey in Geneva, Switzerland, this week. The annual seminar, now in its 18th year, was set up by the archbishop of Canterbury in 2002 and is hosted by the World Council of Churches. Its sponsorship has been taken on by Georgetown University, Washington D.C., which invites some 30 scholars from around the world to take part.

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