Convención General Sermón predicado por la Rda. Dra. Mary Crist

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Mary Crist Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Pittsburgh, PA Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Albany, NY Rector Bath, NC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Knoxville, TN Submit a Job Listing Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 center_img The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Rector Columbus, GA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Shreveport, LA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] El siguiente sermón fue presentado hoy en la 77a Convención General de la Iglesia Episcopal, que se reúne en Indianápolis, Indiana, hasta el 12 de julio.El texto que sigue es el sermón que la Rda. Dra. Mary Crist (Pienegro) predicará en la Convención General, en la Eucaristía del mediodía del 9 de Julio de 2012.Señor, soy tuya. Que mis palabras glorifiquen tu nombre.Gracias por la oportunidad de hablarles hoy. Les traigo saludos de mis ascendientes: del pueblo de mi madre, la nación pienegro de Montana, y del pueblo de mi padre, de Dinamarca. Me llamo Pitaki,  que quiere decir Mujer Águila.El pueblo de Samson Occom era el mohegano. Él fue el primer indígena en ser ordenado al ministerio, como presbiteriano. Esto tuvo lugar en 1859, unos pocos años antes de que Enmegahbowh, de los ojibuas fuera el primer indígena ordenado al sacerdocio episcopal.Occom fue también el primer indio americano que publicó sus escritos. Demostró que tenía valor, conexiones y compromisos, cualidades que siguen caracterizando a muchos indígenas en la Iglesia de hoy. Él le llevó la luz de Cristo a mucha gente.Las cualidades del valor, la conexión y el compromiso son la espina dorsal del ministerio de las iglesias pequeñas que estamos llevando a cabo con buenos resultados.Tal como el evangelio nos dice hoy, debemos dar a conocer esta obra. Vayamos a la luz. Celebrémosla. En obediencia al evangelio de Lucas, y en la tradición nativa, comparto un relato de lo que puede suceder cuando escuchamos.Poco después de mi ordenación al sacerdocio, hace unos seis meses, mi obispo me dijo que me nombraba para servir en una iglesia. ¡Me sentí tan entusiasmada! Esto era muy buena noticia.La mala noticia era que mi iglesia no tenía ni congregación, ni presupuesto ni salario.Vean ustedes, la congregación en esta iglesia había llegado al punto en que ya no podía hacerle frente a sus gastos. Esto sucedió a pesar de que el clérigo anterior y unos cuantos fieles habían trabajado arduamente. La iglesia en su antigua forma había muerto.Los pocos fieles plantaron un huerto comunitario, y le dieron vida a un ministerio para los desamparados y los hambrientos. Auspiciaron un congreso (pow wow) y empezaron a ayudar a los estudiantes en una escuela interna de nativoamericanos. También acogieron a nuevos grupos en el territorio.Escucharon al Espíritu y experimentaron la resurrección en algo nuevo.En la actualidad, el edificio de la iglesia sigue siendo bello. Situado en un terreno de 1,8 hectáreas, cuenta con un costoso órgano de tubos obsequio del propio fabricante de órganos, vestimentas de seda para el clero, hermosos trajes para el coro, e incluso vestimentas para niños acólitos se encuentran pulcramente colgadas en la sacristía. Los cálices de oro y plata aguardan con sus cubiertas protectoras. Los objetos de bronce están bruñidos. Las luces del santuario resplandecen. El gran altar está cubierto de [paños de] lino y brocado inmaculados. Un crucifijo tamaño natural tallado en madera adorna la pared detrás del altar. Las estaciones del Via Crucis esculpidas orientan a los fieles  por un costado de la nave. A lo largo de la pared opuesta la luz entra a raudales a través de las puertas vidrieras. Abundan los árboles y las plantas de flores. Uno casi puede escuchar el potente sonido de los cánticos acompañados por el órgano resonante el domingo por la mañana.Sin embargo, el Espíritu llamó a la gente al ministerio de un huerto comunitario.Cuando el sacerdote anterior, un nativoamericano, se fue, el obispo me nombró a mí. Me pidió que alimentáramos a los pobres, albergáramos a los desamparados, enseñáramos a los niños y apoyáramos a los que luchan por librarse de la drogadicción y otros problemas.Cuando le pedí más detalles, me dijo que el Espíritu Santo nos ayudaría a entenderlo.En los primeros seis meses de pequeño ministerio, mi propia vida ha sido transformada como fue la de Samson Occom. He aprendido a escuchar esa vocecita del Espíritu dentro de mí, tal como manda Lucas… a escuchar en verdad.Si ustedes fueran a preguntarle a nuestra comunidad quién es el líder, la gente diría, “simplemente seguimos al Espíritu Santo”. Oramos y hacemos planes como grupo. Trabajo dentro del círculo de compañeros del ministerio.La Iglesia tiene tres empleados. La secretaria de la iglesia, una ex monja franciscana, se enfrenta a la gente más bravucona y a la más vulnerable con la misma gentileza. Ella recibe un salario de media jornada y trabaja jornada completa.El segundo empleado, plomero y soldador, andaba mal de salud cuando oyó un llamado “a tomarse unos días para entender de qué se trataba eso de Dios”. Vivió en la calle por un tiempo. Se enamoró de Dios. Aunque él puede arreglar cualquier cosa, dice que su ministerio es para los pobres y los que intentan escapar del consumo de drogas y alcohol. Afirma que habla su mismo idioma porque estuvo en la calle con ellos. Él trabaja sin paga.El jardinero, encargado y guardián también vivió en la calle hace unos pocos meses. Comenzó a trabajar en el jardín. Hoy es un miembro sano y valioso de la comunidad. Su única compensación es un cuartito donde duerme de noche.Un día  vi a una mujer recostada a la pared. Parecía sentirse sola y le pregunté si le gustaría ayudarnos a colgar unos cuadros. Ahora se ocupa de la oficina después que la secretaria se va. Es una persona nueva. Su compensación es un pase mensual de autobús. Recientemente, comenzó un ministerio de cocina utilizando alimentos frescos del huerto para algunos de nuestros amigos sin hogar. “Ellos no pueden cocinar en la calle”, se dijo, y respondió [a esa necesidad].Dos Círculos de Conversación para las Primeras Mujeres de la Tierra están creciendo en la actualidad. Las mujeres provienen de muchas naciones nativoamericanas y aprenden unas de otras. También atienden a los estudiantes de un internado nativoamericano que queda cerca.Dos congregaciones evangélicas de habla hispana ahora celebran su culto en el edificio de nuestra iglesia. Ambas participan activamente en el desarrollo de nuestra comunidad.Ahora distribuimos alimentos durante cinco días a la semana. Queremos mejorar nuestras instalaciones para expandir el ministerio de cocinar [para los pobres]. Colaboramos con Casa Sobria de la Mujer [Women’s Sober Living House]  que tiene un local en la acera de enfrente.Una escuela primaria que se sostendrá con fondos públicos abre sus puertas en septiembre. Perfeccionará las destrezas en matemáticas, ciencias y liderazgo de niños de barrios urbanos deprimidos. El director de una escuela afroamericana es también miembro de nuestro Comité de Planificación.En nuestro último informe al obispo, documentamos servicios a más de 500 personas por semana.Cuando voy al centro del nuevo ministerio, me siento llena de alegría, que me la produce el presenciar las vidas transformadas por personas que aman a sus prójimos como a sí mismas. A partir de los diversos ministerios, está naciendo la misión. Estamos cumpliendo con las Cinco Marcas de la Misión.La gente nos pregunta sobre lo que pasa en el centro, dándonos una oportunidad natural de hablar acerca de nuestra relación con Dios. El cumplir el Gran Mandamiento da pie naturalmente al cumplimiento de la Gran Comisión. Predicamos el evangelio hacia los cuatro puntos cardinales a través de nuestras palabras y nuestras acciones.Alguien que, en la actualidad, pase por el nuevo centro de ministerio probablemente se pregunté quién concibió la cartelera. La respuesta es el Espíritu Santo. Se parece un poco a la cartelera de un bazar. Un letrero invita a la gente a la Iglesia de la Libertad [Freedom Church]. Otro anuncia la Academia REACH, la escuela nueva. Y otro más anuncia en español un festival de familia que habrá de celebrarse pronto. Y ciertamente, ¡el letrero que dice La Iglesia Episcopal te da la bienvenida, también está allí!Todo se ve un poco chapucero. Los letreros no tienen una coordinación de color. No son del mismo tamaño ni del mismo estilo. Todos se vuelan con el viento. Y sin embargo, la gente me dice que les fascina ver qué es lo que sigue. Yo les digo que estamos atentos para oír lo que el Espíritu Santo tiene planeado para nosotros. Sabemos que estará lleno de vida, que estará lleno de amor de Cristo. Nos estamos convirtiendo en una nueva familia espiritual —hermanos y hermanas en la fe— la Iglesia primitiva resurrecta.Lo que he aprendido de esta experiencia es asombroso. Por lo que algunas personas me dicen, la Iglesia Episcopal se está muriendo, pero, por lo que yo veo, está renaciendo.Somos llamados por el Espíritu a algo nuevoEstoy de pie en medio del torbellinoPuedo sentir el viento en mi rostro, que me agita el pelo.Puedo oír el llamado del Águila.Es estimulante.Es impredecible.Es desordenado… y sin embargo es Dios… y es bueno.Amén. 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New Jersey: St. Mary’s Stone Harbor hires new music director

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Susan Osborne-Mott, Oct. 30 announced the appointment of David J. Condo as music director of the church.Condo, a resident of North Wildwood, comes to St. Mary’s with over 20 years experience administering liturgical arts programs with particular strengths in organ performance, choral and hand-bell training, and program management experience, most recently with St. Simeon’s Episcopal Church by-the-Sea in North Wildwood. In addition, Condo is also an accomplished organ recitalist, having performed throughout the United States and Europe.“Our Vestry is very excited to have David on board. As a life-long Episcopalian, not only will he bring an added dimension to the worship experience of our parishioners, but we are confident he will expand our musical offerings to the church and the community, including the addition of a youth choir and bell choir. He studied with our interim organist, Dennis Cook, for a period of time and we are pleased to have a continuity of talented musicians as part of our worship community. He is planning a joyous musical celebration for Advent and Christmas to which the public will be invited,” said Larry Schmidt, senior warden.Condo will “take the bench” at St. Mary’s on Sunday, Nov. 3, for the 10 a.m. Eucharist. All are invited to welcome Condoand share in our worship. 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Supreme Court cases prelude to marriage debate at General Convention

first_img The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Apr 28, 2015 Doug Desper says: Supporters of same sex marriage rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court before the court heard arguments about gay marriage in Washington April 28. The nine justices of the Supreme Court are deciding whether the Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, taking up a contentious social issue in what promises to be the year’s most anticipated ruling. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters[Episcopal News Service] Episcopalians who followed the April 28 U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments on whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to be married were no doubt looking ahead to the implications of the court’s eventual ruling for this summer’s General Convention.The Episcopal Church officially has advocated for equal treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in both the civil and ecclesial arenas for years. However, it was not until 2012 that the General Convention voted to consider anew the church’s theology of marriage, and LGBT Episcopalians’ access to the sacramental rite.Thus, while the court’s ruling, expected to come before the current terms ends in late June or early July, may settle the issue of access to civil marriage and fulfill one of The Episcopal Church’s long-held public-policy stances, its decision could come as the convention is debating the church’s understanding of sacramental marriage and the accompanying canonical definition of marriage. The 78th meeting of the General Convention takes place June 25-July 3 in Salt Lake City, Utah.The church’s advocacy for civil equality for LGBT persons began in 1976 with Resolution A071 in which it said “homosexual persons are entitled to equal protection of the laws with all other citizens, and calls upon our society to see that such protection is provided in actuality.” That same convention said (in Resolution A069) that “homosexual persons are children of God who have a full and equal claim with all other persons upon the love, acceptance, and pastoral concern and care of the Church.”From then on, the trend continued, including these resolutions:1994: Resolution D006 called for local, state and the federal government to give gay and lesbian couples the same rights and protections as non-gay married couples.2000: Resolution D039 affirmed that some people in the church live in relationships outside of marriage and outlined the expected characteristics of those relationships.2006: Resolution A095 said the church opposed state or federal constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex civil marriages or civil unions.2009: Resolution D025 recognized that the baptized membership of church includes same-sex couples living in lifelong committed relationship, that LGBT people participate in lay and ordained ministry.2012: Resolution D018 noted the church “is a period of discernment about the meaning of Christian marriage, with faithful people holding divergent views,” and urged Congress to repeal federal laws that discriminate against same-sex civilly married couples; and pass legislation allowing the federal government to provide benefits to them.Also in 2012, bishops and deputies allowed clergy to bless same-sex relationships with the permission of their bishop. They authorized a rite for those blessings (Resolution A049) and called (in Resolution A050) for a task force to “identify and explore biblical, theological, historical, liturgical, and canonical dimensions of marriage.” The convention asked what became known as the Task Force on the Study of Marriage to examine the “changing societal and cultural norms and legal structures” surrounding marriage.(A complete list with links to all related General Convention resolutions from 1976 to 2012 on liturgy, marriage and ordination in addition to resolutions on LGBT civil rights is here).Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori“Personally, I continue to give thanks for the way in which Episcopalians and people of good faith in the U.S. and far beyond are learning to see the image of God in all God’s children, whether gay, straight, transgender, short, blonde or anything else,” Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori told Episcopal News Service on April 28. “God’s ability to create in diverse ways is a sign that we will never fully know the divine mind and that we have gifts to receive from all that God offers us. The task of the church is to help people live lives of holiness, loving God and loving our neighbors as ourselves – all our neighbors.”House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark JenningsIn an interview with ENS on April 28, House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings said she believed that “our church’s long discernment on LGBT equality in civil law and our subsequent discussion about sacramental marriage equality are part of what’s moved the broader culture to the point of today’s Supreme Court arguments.” The Episcopal Church’s work joins “with other religious traditions that are also wresting with their legacy of homophobia,” she added.The Rev. Canon Susan Russell, a longtime advocate for the full inclusion of gays and lesbians in the church and who proposed Resolution 2012-D018, told ENS that “the Holy Spirit is smack dab in the middle of both our General Convention and the Supreme Court schedule.”Convention will face various same-sex marriage proposalsThe marriage task force, the standing commission that proposed its creation and, to date, four dioceses are urging this summer’s meeting of convention to move toward greater clarity in its understanding of the availability of the sacramental rite of marriage to both different- and same-sex couples.The Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music asks in its report (beginning on page 3 here) that convention authorize an expanded version of “Liturgical Resources I: I Will Bless You and You Will Be A Blessing,” the liturgy for blessing same-sex relationships and accompanying resources whose use was authorized in 2012. The new version (on pages 2-151 here includes three additional liturgies: “The Witnessing and Blessing of a Marriage”; “The Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage 2”; and “The Form of Solemnization of Matrimony.” Those rites offer the option of using “wife,” “husband,” “person,” or “spouse,” thus making them applicable for both heterosexual and same-sex couples.The commission’s proposed Resolution A054 says diocesan bishops must approve use of the rites. It also says that bishops within civil jurisdictions where same-sex marriage, civil unions or domestic partnerships are legal may continue to provide “generous pastoral response” to meet the needs of church members (an echo of Resolution 2009-C056).And the proposed resolution repeats the provision in Resolution 2012-A049 that “no bishop, priest, deacon or lay person should be coerced or penalized in any manner, nor suffer any canonical disabilities” as a result of his or her theological objection to or support of the resolution. The resolution also would extend to these new rites the provision in the church’s Canon I.18.4, which says that clergy may decline to solemnize any marriage.The Task Force for the Study of Marriage asks that The Episcopal Church go further, proposing in its Resolution A036 to revise Canon I.18 titled “Of the Solemnization of Holy Matrimony” (page 58 of The Episcopal Church’s canons here).Among many edits, the revision removes references to marriage as being between a man and a woman.The revision would recast the requirement in the canon’s first section that clergy conform to both “the laws of the state” and “the laws of this Church” about marriage. The rewritten portion would require that clergy conform to “the laws of the State governing the creation of the civil status of marriage, and also to these canons concerning the solemnization of marriage.”And the proposal preserves the canon’s provision that clergy may decline to solemnize any given marriage and extends that discretion to include the choice to decline to bless a marriage.Among the four diocese-proposed actions, Resolution C017 from the Diocese of Chicago and Resolution C022 from the Diocese of California both ask the convention to authorize the use of the marriage rites in The Book of Common Prayer 1979  and in Liturgical Resources I “for all marriages legal in the civil jurisdiction in which the liturgy takes place.” In civil jurisdictions with same-sex marriage, the rites’ language would be interpreted as gender-neutral. C022 also proposes a rewrite of the solemnization canon.The Diocese of Rochester, in Resolution C007, and the Diocese of Los Angeles in C009 simply ask that convention “take any and all steps necessary to make the Rite of Holy Matrimony available to same-sex couples throughout The Episcopal Church immediately.”All of these resolutions and other related ones that might arise have been assigned to the General Convention’s Special Legislative Committee on Marriage, formally a bishop committee meeting alongside a deputy committee but voting separately, announced in July 2014 by Jefferts Schori and Jennings.Facing the issue of making space for dissentersA possible crux of the issue at convention could be the question of whether and how to provide space for those Episcopalians who oppose changing the definition of marriage in either the civil or ecclesial contexts, or both.Diocese of Northern Indiana Bishop Ed LittleDiocese of Northern Indiana Bishop Ed Little told ENS recently that The Episcopal Church has a “mixed economy” with “a progressive majority that would be in favor of redefining marriage in terms of its civil expression and would also be in favor of redefining marriage in it sacramental expression.” And, there is a not-insubstantial conservative or traditional minority that is “concerned that both sets of developments move us away from marriage as it’s been experienced by both the human community and ecclesial community for thousands of years.”Both groups have “space to flourish,” which “gives the Holy Spirit space to work,” Little said, because of the provisions in resolutions 2009-C056 and 2012-A049.“At the moment, I have the space to live my conscience within the church, but it’s worrisome if marriage is redefined canonically,” he said. “That seems to narrow the options and seems to say that those who hold to ancient and traditional perspectives don’t have an honored place in our community.”Russell said both the SCLM and the task force proposals exhibit the “Anglican genius” of recognizing that “as a church, we are a big tent; that we do hold in tension the difference that exists amongst us.” The Episcopal Church has always moved forward on divisive issues striving for “comprehensiveness, not unanimity,” she said.“No matter what we do at General Convention, it will be too much for some and too little for others,” she predicted.The trajectory of women’s ordination is, Little said, a “cautionary tale” in which those opposed to female priests and bishops were “sort of honored and then eventually merely tolerated and then ultimately canonically excluded.”After General Convention agreed in 1976 that women could be priests and bishops (they already were being ordained deacons), then-Presiding Bishop John Allin told an October 1977 House of Bishops meeting he did not think “that women can be priests any more than they can become fathers or husbands,” and he offered to resign as presiding bishop. Instead, the bishops affirmed his leadership and adopted “A Statement of Conscience” saying that “no Bishop, Priest, or Lay Person should be coerced or penalized in any manner, nor suffer any canonical disabilities as a result of his or her conscientious objection to or support” of women’s ordination.Since the “conscience clause” was never adopted by the House of Deputies, it had no canonical authority. But, a handful of bishops and their dioceses used it to bar women from the priesthood for 33 more years.Twenty years later, General Convention said that refusing to ordain women was no longer an option. In 2000, it called for monitoring of the three dioceses (Fort Worth, San Joaquin and Quincy) that still did not ordain women.“The result has been that people of a very traditional perspective who were not able to embrace, for theological reason, the ordination of women no longer felt welcomed,” Little said. “Most are gone. There are a few still in the church, but they are on the margins of the church”Little said he has ordained more women than men, “but I also grieve that that traditional perspective is really canonically no longer viable in the church.”In Salt Lake City, during what he intends to be his last General Convention as a diocesan bishop, Little will oppose any revision of the solemnization canon that would redefine marriage, he said. He would like the convention to preserve the “conscience” provision in the blessing resolution.Russell said she thought the discretion that has always been granted to clergy in the marriage canon and the protections afforded to clergy in all of the states currently allowing same-sex marriage were sufficient protection.And Jennings, while not commenting directly on the issue of a conscience clause, said, “I don’t think where a couple can get married should be an accident of geography, either civilly or within the church.”No matter what happens in Salt Lake City, Little said, he will “continue to advocate for the recognition that across the church people are dealing with these difficult issues in different ways – people of deep commitment and deep integrity – and so we’ve got to find a way that their consciences could be honored.”“The issues are significant. They impact the deepest places of our heart, but I hope that all of us will recognize, wherever we come down on these issues, that our commitment to Jesus Christ, our love for him and above all his for us, is what binds us together,” he said. “We have to recognize that in fractious times Jesus is our only hope. You can’t legislate that, but in the end the only thing that will keep us together is Jesus himself.”The Rev. Canon Susan RussellRussell cited Jesus as well, saying, “I firmly believe in my deepest heart of hearts that nothing short of full inclusion of the gay and lesbian, bisexual and transgender baptized is good enough for Jesus and us, and it’s a journey to get to that goal.”Insisting she is not an “incrementalist,” but instead an “Anglican pragmatist,” Russell said she’d like to see that full inclusion enunciated in the Book of Common Prayer. “And what I want to come out of Salt Lake City with is approval from The Episcopal Church that will stand unequivocally for ending discrimination against same-sex marriage, recognizing that we have people within this body for whom that is not congruent with their theology.”Little said he was “in it for the long haul whatever happens and to retain whatever voice I can” and continue to try to build bridges in the church. Russell said she was not going anywhere either. “The only threat we have ever made is to continue to keep coming back,” she said, adding that the patron saint of her and her like-minded colleagues is the persistent widow. “We haven’t threatened to leave, we haven’t threatened to pull our pledges, we haven’t threatened to do anything other than to keep showing up.”Episcopalians advocate for marriage equalityThe Supreme Court justices earlier this year announced they would consider same-sex marriage bans in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Michigan that had been upheld in November by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. All other federal appeals courts that have ruled on the issue have struck down such bans.The justices also took the unusual step of framing the issues for which it would use the cases to make their decision.. The first is whether the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex. The second is whether the Fourteenth Amendment requires a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state.The Supreme Court’s decision to consider the cases, known as Obergefell v. Hodges and Consolidated Cases, has attracted much attention and 145 amicus curiae, or “friend of the court,” briefs had been filed as of April 27. The filers range from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to labor unions, and include the Columbia Law School Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic, and the Historians of Marriage together with the American Historical Association.One brief was filed by the mayors of 226 U.S. cities and another came from 167 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and 44 U.S. senators. Nearly 380 employers, including Microsoft, the National Football Champion New England Patriots and small businesses such as Crazy Misfits Pets Service in Kent, Washington, filed another.Nearly 2,000 individual lay and ordained religious leaders, led by lead signers Jennings and Episcopal Church bishops in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee (the states included in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals), filed one of those briefs.Those bishops include Kentucky Bishop Terry Allen White; Lexington Bishop Douglas Hahn; Michigan Bishop Wendell N. Gibbs Jr.; Western Michigan Bishop Whayne M. Hougland Jr.; Northern Michigan Bishop Rayford J. Ray; Eastern Michigan Bishop Todd Ousley; Ohio Bishop Mark Hollingsworth Jr.; Ohio Assisting Bishops David C. Bowman, William D. Persell and Arthur B. Williams Jr.; Southern Ohio Bishop Thomas E. Breidenthal; retired Southern Ohio Bishop Suffragan Kenneth L. Price Jr.; Southern Ohio Assisting Bishop Bavi Edna Rivera; West Tennessee Bishop Don E. Johnson; and East Tennessee Bishop George D. Young III. All of the bishops have authorized the blessing of same-sex couples in their dioceses, including for couples who have already entered into civil marriages in other jurisdictions.Diocese of Vermont Bishop Tom Ely, Diocese of Hawaii Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick, Diocese of Southeast Florida Bishop Leo Frade, Diocese of Maine Bishop Steve Lane, Diocese of Atlanta Assistant Bishop Keith Whitmore and nearly 200 ordained and lay Episcopalians also signed onto the brief.The brief outlines how a number of Protestant denominations, branches of Judaism and certain Muslim groups have come to call for marriage equality. It notes that the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A), the largest U.S. Presbyterian denomination, last summer asked its members to redefine marriage as being between “two people, traditionally a man and a woman.” The necessary constitutional change has since earned the approval of the majority of that church’s presbyteries.The brief’s signers argue that “eliminating discrimination in civil marriage will not impinge upon religious doctrine, conscience, or practice. All religions would remain free … to define religious marriage in any way they choose.” The brief notes that such freedom currently exists in the 36 states which, along with the District of Columbia, permit same-sex couples to marry.“The reason I signed the brief is that it’s long, long past time to end any kind of legal discrimination against God’s children in this country,” Jennings told ENS. “A reversal of the Sixth Circuit’s decision would bring us closer to the day of justice and reconciliation that I think people of all faiths long to see”Little, of Northern Indiana, said he was concerned about the Supreme Court advocacy by some Episcopalians because it seemed to show the majority of the church moving away from the recognition of the “mixed economy” he appreciates. Those advocates, he said, “may be attempting to portray the church as monochromatic when it comes to these very difficult, very sensitive theological, pastoral issues.”The advocacy, he said, “often does not recognize the fact that those who are signing briefs and so on are not speaking for the church; they’re speaking for themselves, but it sounds as though they’re speaking for the church.”Jefferts Schori declined to join the brief because while The Episcopal Church has an official policy of seeking civil marriage equality, she said, “we do not have such policy for sacramental marriage.”“I do not believe this church can or should sign amicus briefs where our own community has not formally accepted the premises that underlie such briefs,” she said. “I believe that most Episcopalians would assert that our theological position about the sacrament of marriage has greater moral weight than civil law.”“Until our canon law changes, I see no other option,” she said. “We have come a long way, but we have not yet reached a conclusion.  I ask your prayers as the Church seeks greater clarity.”– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service.Editor’s note: The U.S. Supreme Court has posted audio recordings and written transcripts of the April 28 oral arguments on its website here. The New York Times, among other news sites, live blogged the arguments. Marriage Equality, General Convention, Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Donald Henderson says: Submit a Job Listing Same-Sex Marriage Rector Belleville, IL Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET April 30, 2015 at 5:40 pm Michael, those of us on the “extremist” Right haven’t failed to read or reflect upon either the Bible or the First Amendment. We simply came to conclusions that differed from those of you on the extremist Left. This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Julian Malakar says: Marie Alford-Harkey says: Submit a Press Release April 29, 2015 at 10:51 am A very good, comprehensive article on the subject. I’d like to comment on what Bishop Ed Little is quoted as saying: “At the moment, I have the space to live my conscience within the church, but it’s worrisome if marriage is redefined canonically. That seems to narrow the options and seems to say that those who hold to ancient and traditional perspectives don’t have an honored place in our community.”Bishop Little seems to say that those who hold to traditional perspectives have an honored place in our community only if they are not asked to share that place with others. The proposed canon does not take away the space for traditional conscience and practices. In fact, it expands our church’s options so that our community can honor both those with traditional and more contemporary views on marriage.Brian Taylor, Chair, Task Force on the Study of Marriage Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Michael R. Scullary says: April 29, 2015 at 1:14 pm “Ah, the generous liberalism of those who want their way! Pleading for themselves a Big Tent of Via Media, pleading for understanding, pushing for room for difference, diversity, and Ubuntu…until others just don’t agree with them.”Right, Doug…..because those aspects are absolutely evil and horrible notions. It seems like certain conservatives might do better to embrace a “Big Tent” philosophy, since this is, after all, the 21st Century. At the end of the day, the Supreme Court will most likely rule against you. Why? Because equality is a civil and Constitutional principle: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility…promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…” It seems the GLBT community deserves the same civil protections as everyone else, don’t you think? Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest April 29, 2015 at 12:44 pm Doug, I’d also like to see Biblical quotations from God and Jesus in which THEY — NOT the assorted/diverse/human Apostles/Disciples/Prophets — specifically addressed marriage aspects and who could get married in general. God, via the Ten Commandments, makes no mention of it, and Jesus is, in my opinion, somewhat obvious on where He might stand on the issue, given His nature of moving against social/cultural norms of the time.Aside from that, many of the Founders were quite clear on how they felt about organized religion in general — hence the First Amendment, which like the Bible, many on the extremist ‘Right’ have failed to read/reflect upon. I do agree that, regardless of what the secular Supreme Court decision is, The ECUSA needs to debate the issue as a religious issue. Julian Malakar says: April 28, 2015 at 8:50 pm Nice roundup of the stories both SCOTUS and TEC — but the headline seems a bit full of ourselves – the Supreme Court is not just a prelude to General Convention, it is a game changer for the USA and most will not care what happens at GC. Featured Jobs & Calls AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Comments (19) Supreme Court cases prelude to marriage debate at General Convention April 29, 2015 at 1:01 pm Doug, answering specific questions about adultery/divorce between husbands and wives, and throwing in a “BUT GAYS AND LESBIANS CAN’T MARRY!” are two separate issues and an attempt to put words in Jesus’ mouth. Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Laurent DePrins says: Brian Taylor says: Rector Collierville, TN Featured Events Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Tampa, FL April 29, 2015 at 7:32 am I am baffled by the Presiding Bishop’s statement. She says that TEC has a policy of seeking civil marriage equality, but that she declined to sign the brief because TEC has no policy yet on sacramental marriage equality. However, the arguments and cases before the Supreme Court have only to do with civil marriage equality, obviously. Her statement just doesn’t make sense to me. I’m very grateful that the President of the House of Deputies added her name. May 5, 2015 at 12:29 am Laurent, there are no conflict of loving our neighbors, even though any Christian’s neighbor is gay, because our Lord God commanded us to love our neighbor with definition of neighbor. Moreover who are we to judge other? But the question arises whether or not God bless homosexuality. Biblical history about God’s love towards His people always speaks about condemnation of homosexuality; there is not a single incident we find when God bless committed love between two homosexual couple like marriage between single man and women or polygamy like Israel (Jacob), King David, Solomon, etc. Genesis 2:18 The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” We know helper was woman, not another man. Who would take responsibility at time of Final Judgement if any Church teaches wrong doctrine of God? We Christians believe Final Judgement is real like courts of Caesar which is run according to constitution, but the Church runs according to teaching of the Bible and Disciples of Christ. Donald Henderson says: Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK April 29, 2015 at 11:10 pm Church’s goal and objective is to guide its entire sheep pass thru narrow gates of Heaven, as Jesus depicted about Kingdom of Heaven. Though God gave us abundant life, but at the same time we have thorn in our body as Apostle Paul acknowledge in 2 Corinthians 12:7. We have to carry our pain of thorn like Jesus being God Himself carried His own cross to free us from devil. There is old saying “”No gain without pain”. Life is not bed of roses. Is this backward thinking for our salvation? Those who believe rewriting marriage definition is progressive minded to understand Holy mind of God, I would say they believe in the attitude “I am OK, you are not” and may fall under the principle of life that Jesus taught us to follow “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.” Matthew 20:16. There were human development since 1st family Adam and Eve such as abolition of slavery system, equal rights for man and women etc. All changes came in consistence with biblical teaching; there was no need of rewriting of definition. Why now?We all know that homosexuality in human flesh is nothing new to Jesus Christ, because He created all seen and unseen things, including living organisms and its reproductive system. Since biblical time it is mentioned as negative character in human development to grow like child of God. If it is not true why did Christ or any prophets under old covenant, apostles in new covenant with blood of Christ referred it as positive to live together to glory of God? Task Force has difficulties finding any biblical reference, ensuring blessing of God for same sex, satisfying all Disciples of Christ. Goal of State is to ensure justice, happiness and prosperity of its entire citizen; if people want it can rewrite definition of marriage to ensure justice for same sex couple. But in Church, Christ is the authority, He is the body of the Church, church leaders only maintain God’s law to guide his entire sheep to kingdom of heaven no matter how narrow the gate is. May 2, 2015 at 11:57 am History of Marriage:http://www.livescience.com/37777-history-of-marriage.htmlNRSV Online:https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=leveticus+20%3A10&version=NRSVTo anyone with the same opinion as Doug:(I am a heterosexual 20 year old, an active Episcopalian, and a student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.) I invite you to copy and paste the links above and see what they have to say. The fist link is on the history of marriage. From my understanding, marriage has not been a major part of the church for very long. Actually, marriage has also been redefined several times. For example, how did we decide to move away from arranged marriages? Should we go back to that? Or wait a minute; there are several parts of the bible that have polygamy as a way of life. Should we go back to having a polygamous life? Of course not. We have gone away from that because we have looked at the bible as a whole rather than taking one line and living by it. These instances where a person takes one line from the bible and decides that this is how people should live is wrong. The second link I provided above is to a verse from Leviticus stating that anyone who commits adultery should be put to death. Do we continue to kill those who commit adultery? I don’t know about others but I am uncomfortable with the thought of putting ANYONE to death for their HUMANLY mistakes. Going back to marriage, if we are unable to move forward and allow our brothers and sisters in Christ to marry their lifelong partner whether it be a heterosexual couple or a homosexual couple, we will not be able to live out the two most important commandments of God as written in the Book of Common Prayer:“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and withall thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and greatcommandment. And the second is like unto it: Thou shaltlove thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandmentshang all the Law and the Prophets.”We must love our neighbors for who they are. Our homosexual brothers and sisters are just as wonderful as our heterosexual brothers and sisters. Marriage should be a commitment between two people who truly love each other and who want to commit to a lifelong relationship. We are not conforming to Caesar but recognizing that we must create equality within the church in order to be inclusive and loving of all peoples. Hence LOVING our neighbors as ourselves. I am sorry if I have offended any person’s thoughts of what marriage should be. The question for each person on the earth is, “How long will we discriminate against our neighbor, rather than love them for who they are?” We are taught that God loves us no matter what but we are always straying from that belief. We are all sinners in some form or another. But being homosexual is most definitely not a sin when you look at the bible collectively. Michael R. Scullary says: Julian Malakar says: Cathedral Dean Boise, ID An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Doug Desper says: May 6, 2015 at 4:22 pm Left? Right? Where two or three are gathered together in His name there will He be also. We do not rest on the bible alone but on prophecy as well. Submit an Event Listing Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 May 3, 2015 at 8:00 pm Laurent: I have no “Doug” opinion. I have read our catechism, National canons, BCP Marriage rites since The Reformation — and those before. All of which base their credibility on Scripture and catholic Christianity. We can’t just turn all of that off because it’s 2015. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Laurent De Prins says: Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Martinsville, VA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME April 30, 2015 at 10:23 pm Michael:“Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother, and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?’” Jesus – Matthew 19:4-6 (reference to Genesis 2 at verse 5).Is that a Biblical quotation or what?Caesar may make marriage for the State, thus anyone will be able to marry anyone else. Those civil unions are not the subject here. Have one. I don’t object. The society of the Church, however, is not called to mirror and parrot the State. The Church is a society whose currency is the Lordship of Christ. Therefore, for Christians, Christ has confirmed in Matthew 19/Genesis 2 what marriage looks like for believers. The sacrament of Christian Marriage as confirmed by Christ in this Scripture cannot be altered by General Convention because it does not have the competency nor the authority to do so. Power, yes – given to itself by itself, but that is all.By the time of Jesus humanity had experimented with many things and called them relationships and marriages. Gay folk weren’t invented in the 1900s. Jesus, I’m sure, knew of gay folks. The golden opportunity to change marriage into something “new” didn’t happen. Jesus returned the listener then – and now – back to the beginning by saying, “HAVE YOU NOT READ…?”My objection is that the purported marriage study started on the premise that marriage has evolved rather than the certainty of what Jesus called marriage. Marriage had likewise evolved — more like DEvolved — by the time that Jesus spoke Matthew 19. We aren’t so innovative. It’s all been wished for or tried. After a time of human meddling and mucking around Jesus stepped in and returned the subject to where it should have always been.The question for General Convention is, “HAVE YOU NOT READ…?” Human Sexuality, Rector Knoxville, TN Curate Diocese of Nebraska Associate Rector Columbus, GA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Tags Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Doug Desper says: Rector Bath, NC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Shreveport, LA Doug Desper says: Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Press Release Service Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA April 29, 2015 at 8:51 am If all goes as expected the General Convention will defy Matthew 19/Genesis 2 and two millenia of Christian teaching and redefine sacramental Christian Marriage because loud voices in the culture say it’s fair to do. I’m not opposed to a same gender union blessing and civil unions – but to redefine Christian Marriage just because the winds and Caesar announce some new thing is allowed is beyond absurd. Generally the theological revisionists are found “fighting the power” by some protest and interruption in order to make themselves noticed. Now, the hypocrisy is that the same revisionists can only plead that Caesar’s change of laws make a new day for us all to get on board with. There is no Scriptural basis to redefine Christian Marriage and there is no Tradition accepted in catholic Christianity to redefine Christian Marriage. That leaves Reason. Reason alone is the source being used to redefine marriage. Given a few minutes, any group in Coffee Hour will have a collective “Aha! Moment” and call attention to how we can make anything – bad or good – seem reasonable to ourselves. Given this weak argument of many of our leaders and General Convention we are next expected to follow them and stand on what is unsustainable?!? What happens when culture and Caesar decide that marriage can next move to other forms? Three people being united in marriage, for example? The door is open when we jettison Matthew 19/Genesis 2 and follow only reason.When the Supreme Court leaves same gender marriage up to the states it will only take a hot minute for loud activists in TEC to abominate those states who won’t go willingly on board, call for boycotts, and otherwise act uncivil to those who have opposite convictions. Ah, the generous liberalism of those who want their way! Pleading for themselves a Big Tent of Via Media, pleading for understanding, pushing for room for difference, diversity, and Ubuntu…until others just don’t agree with them. The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab April 29, 2015 at 12:10 pm Brian — If we were supposed to study Christian Marriage why did your Task Force exclude Jesus’ word on marriage in Matthew19 where He confirmed the design for human relations in Genesis 2? It seems an important place to start for a Church. Rector Albany, NY Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH May 6, 2015 at 4:19 pm I am made in God’s image and I am Loved for the child of God that I am and therefore blessed. Comments are closed. Terry Francis says: May 8, 2015 at 4:09 pm While there is no specific mention of God blessing gay relationships, there is also no specific condemnation of such either, if you actually do your homework and read scripture. Jesus never addresses sexuality in scripture except to prevent a single person from being condemned to death by stoning. His actions speak loudly to not condemning, and watching out for being the one who picks up the stone of judgement to hurl it toward another. As to turning off Scripture and catholic Christianity the Church world wide has historically done just that. It is one of the reasons we no longer advocate slavery, we no longer abandon orphans or widows, and we negate polygamist marriage. One should really study the history of scripture and Christian practice if they are going to speak with authority. In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Michael R. Scullary says: May 6, 2015 at 4:13 pm It is a thing of prophecy spoken of. Be careful when you pretend to know what the future will bring as a direct result of the thing you claim not to be against. Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Ann Fontaine says: Rector Pittsburgh, PA April 29, 2015 at 12:31 am Our Lord Jesus Christ taught us in Mark 12:17 to give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s. Supreme Court’s decision on rights of same sex couple according to constitution has nothing to do with Church’s decision on sacramental marriage right of same sex couple. Church will decide whether same sex marriage falls according to God’s will based on sound biblical, theological, historical, liturgical and canonical dimensions of marriage. “Liturgical Resources I: I Will Bless You and You Will Be A Blessing,” to my opinion is not sufficient for sacramental marriage, we need more godly resources to justify same sex marriage like marriage of one man and one woman. As our Presiding Bishop stated above that task of the Church is to help people live lives of holiness, same way task of words of God in the Bible is to guide the Church to lead Christ’s sheep according to will of God and to be His Children. We have to remember God invites all His children but at the end only few will be chosen, gats are very narrow to filter out disqualified children. May God bless our Church to take right decision! Church and State has been separated by our founding fathers so that Church can run according to will of God, not by liking of the people, but State run according will of the people, by the people and for the people. General Convention 2015, Youth Minister Lorton, VA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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first_imgUn panel se concentra en el ‘instrumento de poder del desarrollo sostenible’ para mujeres y niñas El evento tiene lugar al mismo tiempo en que sesiona la Comisión de Naciones Unidas sobre la Condición de la Mujer Por Lynette Wilson Posted Mar 17, 2016 Rector Bath, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Curate Diocese of Nebraska This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Smithfield, NC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Press Release Service Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Featured Events Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Anglican Communion, Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Submit a Press Release Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Tagscenter_img Rector Belleville, IL Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Tampa, FL Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Submit a Job Listing AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Washington, DC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Albany, NY Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Collierville, TN Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York UNCSW Rector Shreveport, LA De izquierda a derecha, Rosemary Williams, la moderadora, y las panelistas Caroline Herewini, Dana Dankin, Rda. Paula Nesbitt y Ann Smith, durante un panel sobre “Desarrollo sostenible: instrumento de poder para mujeres y niñas”. Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENS[Episcopal News Service] Empoderar a las mujeres y niñas desde abajo es posible para cambiar a comunidades completas: reducir la pobreza y los índices de violencia doméstica y garantizar que las niñas reciban educación. Incluso es posible cambiar a los hombres.“Creo que el desarrollo económico nunca será una realidad a menos que alcance a las mujeres y a las niñas”, dijo Dana Dankin —fundadora de Consorcio de Mujeres [Women’s Trust] una organización que funciona en Ghana y que capacita a mujeres y niñas a través de microempresas, educación y acceso a la atención sanitaria—, durante un panel sobre desarrollo sostenible que tuvo lugar el 16 de marzo.Trabajando con mujeres, desarrollando relaciones “bajo el radar”, fuera de la vista de la corrupción, continuó Dankin, es posible proporcionarles a las mujeres y las niñas los recursos y un marco para que construyan su propio camino para escapar de la pobreza.Dankin compartió su experiencia de más de 20 años en un evento paralelo a la Conferencia de Naciones Unidas sobre la Condición de la Mujer centrado en “El desarrollo sostenible: instrumento de poder para mujeres y niñas”. Las panelistas presentaron sus colaboraciones con el desarrollo sostenible, describiendo específicamente cómo contribuye al empoderamiento económico de mujeres y niñas.Además de servir de plataforma para compartir historias acerca de lo que funciona en este terreno, el panel se propuso aglutinar en una red a personas que con frecuencia trabajan aisladamente para lograr fines semejantes, dijo la moderadora Rosemary Williams, fundadora y directora de Perspectiva de Mujeres [Women’s Perspective] una organización sin fines de lucro con sede en Connecticut  que ofrece programas educativos centrados en el empoderamiento económico de mujeres y niñas en todo el mundo.Auspiciado por Perspectiva de Mujeres y Empoderamiento de Mujeres Anglicanas, el evento se celebró en el Auditorio del Ejército de Salvación, a unas 10 cuadras al norte de la sede de Naciones Unidas donde están teniendo lugar las discusiones oficiales de la UNCSW. Williams, miembro fundadora de Empoderamiento de Mujeres Anglicanas y miembro de la iglesia episcopal de San Pablo [St. Paul’s Episcopal Church] en Fairfield, Connecticut, ha sido banquera y como promotora, durante mucho tiempo, del empoderamiento económico de las mujeres, escribió un manual de capacitación sobre el tema, del cual cada una de las personas asistentes recibió un ejemplar.Durante la sesión de preguntas y respuestas que siguió a las presentaciones iniciales y a un ejercicio de meditación, una mujer le preguntó a Dankin lo que había querido decir antes cuando habló de cambiar a los hombres. Ella aclaró su anterior comentario diciendo que las mujeres, en la medida en que comiencen a ganar dinero y a proveer sostén a sus familias, liberan de presión a los hombres y cambian la dinámica familiar y comunitaria. En algunos casos, dijo, los hombres se han convertido en socios de las actividades empresariales de sus esposas.La Rda. Paula Nesbitt, ex presidenta del Comité sobre la Condición de la Mujer del Consejo Ejecutivo de la Iglesia Episcopal, es una investigadora académica que estudia las mujeres y el trabajo, en particular mujeres sacerdotes en las tradiciones episcopal y universalista unitaria. También ha trabajado sobre temas tales como la salud materna, la violencia contra las mujeres y la trata de personas, así como el empoderamiento, y encuentra que se necesitan tres instrumentos para la transformación: la educación, el fin de la explotación y el empoderamiento mediante grupos interconectados de mujeres.Ella recomendó que los asistentes leyeran un artículo publicado el 12 de marzo en The Economist, el cual trata acerca de la “economía feminista” y pinta un cuadro preciso de las experiencias de las mujeres a lo largo de los últimos 30 años.Otra panelista, Caroline Herewini, directora ejecutiva del Te Whare Tiaki Wahine Refuge, habló de lo que ha sido semejante para los pueblos indígenas de Nueva Zelanda, los maoríes. Antes de que Nueva Zelanda fuera descubierta por el explorador holandés Abel Tasman y cayera bajo influencias occidentales, los indígenas habían creado una sociedad sostenible,  tenían barcos de vela y habían establecido comercio con Australia; además, habían desarrollado una cultura donde “las mujeres se consideraban sagradas y los hijos erran dones de Dios”, pero al cabo de 100 años de colonización, los pueblos indígenas comenzaron a perder su cultura y su modo de vida.Antes de 1997, dijo ella, no había albergues para mujeres, específicamente para mujeres indígenas; ahora los maoríes tienen su propia red de albergues con programas para mujeres indígenas concebidos e implementados por mujeres indígenas, agregó.Ann Smith, la última de las panelistas en intervenir, habló acerca de sus 30 años de experiencia trabajando a favor del empoderamiento de las mujeres y la paridad de los sexos a nivel global, y más recientemente en el desarrollo de programas de acceso para mujeres indígenas con vistas a abordar el racismo y el sexismo institucionales interiorizados.En el desarrollo del programa, explicó ella, en lugar de crear un cronograma, crearon un círculo.“En un círculo, todo el mundo es igualmente valioso, dijo Smith.Mujeres de toda la Iglesia Episcopal y de todo el ámbito de la Comunión Anglicana, que representan a más de 20 países, se han reunido en Nueva York para asistir a la 60ª. sesión de la UNCSW del 14 al 24 de marzo.Otros artículos de ENS sobre la participación de mujeres anglicanas y episcopales en la UNCSW se encuentran aquí.— Lynette Wilson es redactora y reportera de Episcopal News Service. Traducido por Vicente Echerri. Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Director of Music Morristown, NJ Featured Jobs & Calls Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Hopkinsville, KY The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA last_img read more

Canada: General Synod opening worship confronts difficult questions

first_img The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group By André ForgetPosted Jul 8, 2016 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Shreveport, LA Tags Rector Tampa, FL An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Submit a Job Listing Comments are closed. Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, leads the opening Eucharist of the 41st General Synod. Photo: Art Babych[Anglican Journal] Standing before the broad wooden altar dominating the center of the meeting hall, clothed in crimson vestments, the primate of the Anglican Church of Canada delivered his sermon at the opening Eucharist of the 41st meeting of General Synod in a voice thick with emotion.“This is the body that through its history has…wrestled with numerous issues within the church and in the world at large over which we have often found ourselves in deep disagreement,” Archbishop Fred Hiltz said speaking of General Synod itself. “Many of the issues have centered around inclusion.”In a silence that was palpable save for the low hum of the air conditioners, Hiltz listed the major debates that have arisen and been resolved since the General Synod of the Canadian church first met in 1893 — the ordination of women, the right of children to take the Eucharist, the remarriage of divorced persons and the place of Indigenous peoples — before culminating with the most contentious issue of the present day: the marriage of same-sex couples.“In previous synods we have often done our work of discernment and decision making well, and sometimes not,” Hiltz said. “We acknowledge that in our efforts to lift every voice we have fallen short in our capacity to hear the voice of the Spirit whispering into our proceedings a word of wisdom and grace.”The celebration of the Eucharist, rich in pageantry, art and song, officially launched the 2016 triennial meeting of synod being held July 7-12 at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel  & Suites.As the primate’s words rolled out over the assembly of about 350 members, ecumenical guests, observers and support staff, they carried with them a certain sense of gravity. In only a few days, General Synod members will decide whether or not to allow the marriage of same-sex couples — a decision that could have long-term effects on the internal unity of the Canadian church, and its place in the 77-million member global Anglican Communion.But Hiltz reminded the gathering that while they face a difficult task they should draw comfort and strength in knowing that they are “being upheld in waves of prayer” by Christians across Canada and around the world.“All who pray with and for us have an understanding of a Synod for what it truly is — an assembly of the People of God from every jurisdiction within the Church gathered to do its work under the presiding of the Holy Spirit,” said Hiltz. “Accordingly they join us in prayers that the Holy Spirit will come and hover, settle and abide with us, to grace and guide, enlighten and lead.”A visible sign of this prayerful support was manifest in the presence of a number of international, ecumenical and interfaith leaders.Some of them, like Bishop Griselda Delgado del Carpio of the Episcopal Church of Cuba, Bishop Francisco de Assis da Silva, primate of Brazil, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry of The Episcopal Church, and National Bishop Susan Johnson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, will be guests for the entire General Synod.Others, representing local Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Presbyterian, United Church, Salvation Army, Jewish and Bahá’í communities, would be present only for the opening service.Hiltz also urged synod members to pray for one another and offered former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams’ counsel at the 2008 Lambeth Conference to “muster the courage to speak to someone with whom a conversation would be difficult.”The service began with an unusual twist on an old Anglican tradition: a procession of clergy and lay people carrying colorful wooden staves with elaborate heads reminiscent of shepherd’s crooks and walking sticks, who entered before the main procession of lead clergy and ecumenical guests.According to Elizabeth Adams, the artist who created them, the staves were meant to invoke the people of God on the move, ready to heed the Holy Spirit’s call.This sense of creativity was carried through other elements of the service. The opening prayers, for example, involved a ceremony in which youth delegates brought jars of water from the four corners of the room to fill the baptismal font, and the service was later punctuated by an interpretive dance performed by members of the L’Arche Daybreak community in Richmond Hill. Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Canada: General Synod opening worship confronts difficult questions TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Featured Events Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Submit a Press Release Frank Riggio-Preston says: Rector Bath, NC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Collierville, TN Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Featured Jobs & Calls Anglican Communion Rector Belleville, IL Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Knoxville, TN Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Albany, NY Press Release Service Rector Washington, DC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Comments (1) Rector Hopkinsville, KY Submit an Event Listing Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK July 9, 2016 at 12:41 am Time to be brave and courageous and hear the Holy Spirit to move the church to full inclusion for ALL of God’s children in all parts of spiritual life Curate Diocese of Nebraska The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Smithfield, NC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA last_img read more

Millions face starvation as famine hits southern Africa

first_img Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Tampa, FL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Washington, DC Rector Bath, NC The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Martinsville, VA Tags Submit a Job Listing November 19, 2016 at 2:01 pm This news fills me with such sadness. I have never gone hungry and I can’t imagine what it is like to stare that consuming horror day after day.Instead of feeling hopeless, we can give money for aid, and pray to God for answers. Nothing is impossible for God to accomplish. May the Holy Spirit inspire all the nations of world to answer this great need in whatever way they can. By Gavin DrakePosted Nov 16, 2016 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Collierville, TN Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Smithfield, NC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Anglican Communion, Rector Pittsburgh, PA Featured Jobs & Calls Press Release Service Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Millions face starvation as famine hits southern Africa Mary Koenig says: Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Comments (1) [Anglican Communion News Service] The people of Madagascar, Malawi and Zimbabwe are facing the risk of death as erratic weather, drought and crop failures have resulted in chronic food shortages. Hundreds of people have already died from malnutrition and that figure is set to rise substantially. One young person being confirmed in the Diocese of Toliara in Madagascar collapsed in the arms of Bishop Tod McGregor as a result of dehydration.The Anglican mission agency USPG has launched an emergency appeal to support Anglican churches in the region.Full article. Featured Events Submit an Event Listing Comments are closed. Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Curate Diocese of Nebraska Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Shreveport, LA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Albany, NY Director of Music Morristown, NJ The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Poverty & Hunger Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Submit a Press Release Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Belleville, IL In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Associate Rector Columbus, GA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Africa, Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY last_img read more

Churches united in land divided by New Zealand earthquake

first_img Rector Bath, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH [Anglican Taonga] Today the first of 300 Christmas hampers will go out to earthquake-shaken families across southern Marlborough, with labels that read: “With love from the New Zealand churches.” The hampers are an idea of Seddon-based vicar, the Rev. Dawn Daunauda and lay leaders from her quake-harried parish, the Awatere Christian Joint Venture. Over the next 10 days the Awatere CJV team will deliver the hampers to households between Ward and Clarence townships, and fly others up the Awatere Valley, where roads are blocked off by slips.Full article. Featured Events Submit a Press Release Curate Diocese of Nebraska Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Associate Rector Columbus, GA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Submit an Event Listing Rector Smithfield, NC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Press Release Service Rector Belleville, IL TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Knoxville, TN Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem By Julanne Clarke-MorrisPosted Dec 13, 2016 Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Washington, DC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Pittsburgh, PA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Director of Music Morristown, NJ An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Shreveport, LA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Tampa, FL Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Featured Jobs & Calls Anglican Communion Tags Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Churches united in land divided by New Zealand earthquake Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Submit a Job Listing Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Collierville, TN last_img read more

Bruce W. Woodcock named partnership officer for Asia and the…

first_imgBruce W. Woodcock named partnership officer for Asia and the Pacific Submit an Event Listing Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Tampa, FL Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing Associate Rector Columbus, GA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Featured Events Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Youth Minister Lorton, VA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Press Release Service Tags Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ People Posted Jan 30, 2017 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Submit a Press Release Rector Martinsville, VA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Collierville, TN Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Belleville, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Asia, Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Washington, DC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Bath, NC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Director of Music Morristown, NJ Episcopal Office of Public Affairs, Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Albany, NY Curate Diocese of Nebraska The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group The Rev. Bruce W. Woodcock has been named Episcopal Church partnership officer for Asia and the Pacific, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff.In his position as the partnership officer for Asia and the Pacific, Woodcock will be responsible for nurturing Episcopal Church relationships with Anglican Communion partners in the region and working with the Episcopal Church’s office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations. He will serve as a resource for parishes, dioceses and institutions, and as a bridge in nurturing and promoting relationships with this region.He is currently the interim pastor at St. Mary’s-in-Tuxedo, Tuxedo Park, New York (Diocese of New York) and has served congregations in the Diocese of Newark.A former employee of Church Pension Group, his positions included manager, international relations & pastoral care; manager, international relations; manager, companion pension plan strategies; and manager, overseas pension plans.Through his work at Church Pension Group, Woodcock notes extensive regional experience, with strong ongoing contact and personal ties with Anglican primates, provincial secretaries and staff officers in Hong Kong, Korea, Japan and the Philippines, clergy in Guam/Saipan, along with the bishop, clergy and staff of the Diocese Taiwan.His previous work at the Episcopal Church Center included as deputy to the senior executive for mission operations; deputy director of the world mission overseas development office; and assistant secretary for legislation for the General Convention.He was elected an alternate deputy to the 73rd General Convention from the Diocese of New York and served on various council and committees in the diocese as well as the community.He served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, West Africa, and has worked on refugee and community development programs in Asia, Africa and Latin America.Woodcock holds a Master of Sacred Theology and a Master of Divinity from General Theological Seminary; a Master of Arts in International Administration from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont; and a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Hobart College. He is the recipient of numerous certificates and awards and was named a canon of Trinity Cathedral, Monrovia, Liberia, in 2008.The position is a member of the Episcopal Church Global Partnerships Office. Woodcock will be based in Nyack, NY. He will begin his new position on March 1.  At that time he will be available at [email protected] Featured Jobs & Calls Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 last_img read more

Pastors, young people attend ecumenical meeting in Egypt

first_img Featured Jobs & Calls This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Belleville, IL Submit an Event Listing Youth & Young Adults Anglican Communion, Curate Diocese of Nebraska Middle East, Submit a Job Listing The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Featured Events TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Albany, NY AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Tags In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA [Anglican Communion News Service] Pastors and young people in Egypt have held an unprecedented meeting to exchange ideas. A spokesperson for the Diocese in Egypt said: “The day aimed for youth to speak about their honest opinion of the church and the liturgy in order to reduce the gap between the youth and the church.”Full article. New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Ecumenical & Interreligious, center_img Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Tampa, FL Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Posted Jul 20, 2017 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Knoxville, TN Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Collierville, TN Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Hopkinsville, KY Associate Rector Columbus, GA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Press Release Service Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Smithfield, NC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Shreveport, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Pastors, young people attend ecumenical meeting in Egypt An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Bath, NClast_img read more

For South Carolina congregation, pumpkin patch leads to much more…

first_img Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Belleville, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Submit a Press Release Rector Shreveport, LA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Albany, NY The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Featured Events Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Collierville, TN Tags by Laurie WozniakPosted Sep 28, 2018 For South Carolina congregation, pumpkin patch leads to much more than pies Rector Martinsville, VA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Bath, NC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Tampa, FL Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME The Holy Cross Pumpkin Patch is open seven days a week throughout October or until the pumpkins sell out. Saturdays and Sundays are the busiest days, and sales always pick up the closer it gets to Halloween. Photo: Randy Cockrill[Episcopal News Service] If you drive down SE Main Street in Simpsonville, South Carolina, during October you can’t miss the Holy Cross Pumpkin Patch. Piles and piles of pumpkins – thousands of them – in all shapes and sizes are for sale. But these pumpkins do far more than just decorate homes or get turned into jack-o’-lanterns.It all began 13 years ago, when Holy Cross Episcopal Church faced a budget crisis. The congregation was part of the Golden Strip Church Coalition, an alliance of local churches that had agreed to combine their time, talent and treasure annually to build one house for Habitat for Humanity. But with the church’s budget stretched thin, it appeared Holy Cross would fall short of its financial commitment to the coalition.A small committee met to discuss the problem. Folks were feeling pretty low. Where could they possibly get the dollars needed?That’s when Ennis Whiddon piped up. “I’ve got this idea. How about we sell pumpkins?” he said.Whiddon went on to explain how selling $6,000 worth of pumpkins would result in $1,000 profit to go toward the Habitat build.It’s all hands on deck when a tractor trailer shipment of 3,000 pumpkins and gourds arrives. Photo: Randy CockrillThe room grew quiet. People shuffled in their seats. The idea of selling thousands of dollars worth of pumpkins sounded a little crazy.Whiddon pressed on. He explained that Holy Cross could order pumpkins from Pumpkin Patch Fundraisers, which ran a farm in Farmington, New Mexico. The pumpkins would be trucked to Simpsonville in a semi.“If we don’t sell them, we owe nothing,” Whiddon explained.“Ennis had a get-it-done attitude,” recalls the Rev. Michael Flanagan, rector of Holy Cross. “He was kind of like a dog with a bone. When he got an idea, he didn’t let go of it easily.”With no money down and no contract to sign, the idea seemed too good to be true. Ennis urged Holy Cross to take a leap of faith. The Vaughn family, members of the church and owners of Vaughn’s Country Store, provided a prime location in the heart of Simpsonville, thus assuring the sale good visibility. The church ordered one quarter of a tractor trailer load of pumpkins and gourds to be delivered at the start of October.When the pumpkins arrived and folks saw just how high those pumpkins piled, many a parishioner began praying that they would manage to sell them all sell by month’s end. Their apprehensions were soon allayed. The first shipment sold out so quickly that another semi was dispatched to deliver more.In one month, Holy Cross sold $17,000 worth of pumpkins, gourds and ornamental corn. In doing so, they raised $5,500 for Habitat for Humanity. The Holy Cross Pumpkin Patch became an annual event.The Holy Cross Pumpkin Patch offers the best assortment of pumpkins and gourds in the Simpsonville area. Their prices aren’t the lowest, but 100 percent of profits are donated to area charities. Donations last year totaled $26,325.What it takesThe first 2018 organizing meeting took place in May. A second was held late in August, but by then, some behind-the-scenes work had already begun. Promotion within the church and volunteer sign-up started right after Labor Day. Actual setup begins the weekend before opening day.Early in the morning on October 6, the first semi full of pumpkins will be unloaded by volunteers from Holy Cross. The patch will open for business later that morning and the fun will begin.To staff the patch seven days a week for 26 days, volunteers must cover 248 two-hour shifts. These shifts are covered primarily by folks from Holy Cross, a congregation of 500 adult members. Volunteers from other churches and community organizations also pitch in. In addition, daily opening and closing work is required.To receive this year’s total order of 9,000 pumpkins, two additional tractor trailers will arrive at later dates. These will be unloaded by volunteers from some of the charities the Holy Cross Pumpkin Patch helps to support.Pumpkin Patch Fundraisers grows the pumpkins in cooperation with the Navajo Nation. The 1,200 acre farm employs more than 700 Native Americans during September and October, as well as a full-time off-season staff comprised entirely of Native Americans. In a region where unemployment exceeds 40 percent, jobs at this farm are highly prized.Carts make shopping easy for all ages, and all ages love the pumpkin patch. Many people return year after year. Photo: Randy CockrillWhat the patch gives“Our charter dictates that 100 percent of our proceeds must be donated to 501(c)(3) nonprofits that support people in our own area of upstate South Carolina,” says Randy Cockrill, who has served as Holy Cross’ lead pumpkin patch organizer for the past six years.“The pumpkin patch enables our congregation to make a big positive impact,” he said. “This year, we’ll be giving funds to Habitat for Humanity, as well as seven other ministry partners.”In 12 years’ time, Holy Cross has donated $239,666 to charities that provide food, shelter, clothing, adult ESL classes, employment services and more to neighbors in need – all thanks to the pumpkin patch.The church invites each ministry partner to make a presentation at Holy Cross. Plus, each partner is visited by a member of the church during the course of the year.“In 2017, we helped to support 10 ministry partners,” says Cockrill. “This year we selected just eight so that we can provide more significant amounts to each one.”Local animal shelters also benefit. Soft or damaged pumpkins are culled from the patch and donated to them to help feed the animals in their care.Members of Holy Cross and others who volunteer at the patch develop connections that continue long after the last pumpkin is sold each year.Ennis Whiddon, who died in 2015, had foreseen the pumpkin patch as a fundraiser and a community builder. What the patch has grown to be, however, exceeds his vision.Through their work together, the members of Holy Cross achieve something they would be unable to achieve individually.You might say they turn piles of pumpkins into gold for their community.For more information, visit @PumpkinPatchSimpsonvilleSC on Facebook or follow HolyCrossPumpkinPatch on Instagram.– Laurie Wozniak, a member of Holy Cross Church, recently relocated to South Carolina from the Buffalo, New York, area. 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