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First female bishop elected in Scottish Episcopal Church

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 11:48am

[Scottish Episcopal Church] The Episcopal Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church on Nov. 9 elected the Rev. Canon Anne Dyer as the next bishop of Aberdeen & Orkney.

Dyer has served as rector of Holy Trinity Church in Haddington, Scotland, since 2011.  Her wider church involvement includes being a member of the Scottish Episcopal Institute Council and a member of General Synod.

Dyer was ordained deacon in 1987 and priest in 1994 in Rochester, being among the first group of women for each of these orders. She served as warden of Cranmer Hall, Durham, England, and before that was ministry development officer in the Diocese of Rochester, England. Prior to ordination, Dyer read Chemistry at St. Anne’s College, Oxford, and was a business systems analyst with Unilever before training for ordained ministry at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and studying theology at King’s College London.

Dyer is chair of the East Lothian Foodbank and is also a regular lecturer across Edinburgh and the Lothians on the subject of fine art and theology.

On hearing of her election, Dyer said, “I am delighted to be elected by the bishops of the Scottish Episcopal Church to serve as bishop in the united Diocese of Aberdeen & Orkney. It will be a privilege to lead the people of this diocese as they continue to make known the love of God to those in their communities and beyond. I am looking forward to both the challenge and excitement of serving and worshiping together in diverse locations across the diocese and to joining the College of Bishops.”

Dyer is the first woman to be elected bishop in the Scottish Episcopal Church. The General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church voted to allow the election of female bishops in 2003. The See of Aberdeen & Orkney became vacant last November when the Rt. Rev. Robert Gillies retired as bishop of the diocese.

The Most Rev. Mark Strange, bishop of Moray, Ross & Caithness and primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, said, “I am delighted to welcome the Rev. Canon Anne Dyer to the College of Bishops. Anne brings with her a wealth of experience in theological education and mission development, and has so many of the gifts sought by the diocese together with a deeply loving and generous personality.

“I am also delighted that those gifts have allowed us to elect a woman to our College of Bishops. Please pray for Anne, her family, for the congregation at Haddington and for the Diocese of Aberdeen & Orkney as they journey on in faith.”

Dyer was born in 1957. She is married and has a daughter.

Información sobre el proceso de concesión de becas está disponible para los Ministerios de Jóvenes Adultos y Campus

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 11:29am

Es hora de comenzar el proceso de discernimiento para decidir si debe solicitar una beca para el Ministerio de jóvenes adultos y campus 2018. Esta beca provee fondos para diócesis, congregaciones y centros de estudios superiores/universitarios comunitarios/tribales para un ministerio episcopal (o un ministerio ecuménico con participación episcopal).

La solicitud en línea estará disponible a partir del 2 de enero de 2018. Sin embargo, la información está disponible desde ahora y un seminario web está programado para ayudar a discernir el proceso de solicitud.

“Esperamos que este proceso sea una invitación para que las comunidades consideren cómo los Ministerios de Jóvenes Adultos y Campus en la Iglesia Episcopal pueden ministrar a jóvenes adultos dentro y fuera de los campus universitarios, los que incluyen los centros de estudios superiores comunitarios, los campus de los institutos superiores tribales, los programas titulados no tradicionales, en las Fuerzas Armadas, y a aquellos que no están en la universidad” explicó la Rda. Shannon Kelly directiva del Ministerio de Jóvenes Adultos y Campus. “Este proceso está designado para ayudarle a discernir dónde y cómo Dios llama a su comunidad a servir a los jóvenes adultos y si este es el momento adecuado para solicitar una beca”.

Estas becas son para el año académico 2018-19. Un total de 138.000 dólares está disponible para este ciclo, parte de un total de 400.000 dólares que está disponible para el trienio.

Categorías
Hay cuatro categorías de becas:
Beca de liderazgo: para establecer un nuevo ministerio de campus, restaurar uno latente o re-energizar uno actual.  La beca oscilará entre los 20.000 a 30.000 dólares que pueden ser utilizados dentro de un periodo de dos años.
Becas para ministerio de campus: proveen capital inicial para ayudar la puesta en marcha de ministerios de campus nuevos e innovadores o para mejorar un ministerio existente. Las becas oscilarán entre los 3.000 a 5.000 dólares.
Becas para ministerio de jóvenes adultos: proveen capital inicial para asistir en el inicio de ministerios de jóvenes adultos nuevos e innovadores o para mejorar un ministerio existente. Las becas oscilarán entre los 3.000 a 5.000 dólares.
Becas para proyectos: proveen fondos para un proyecto único que aumentará el impacto del ministerio de jóvenes adultos y campus. Las becas son de 100 a 1.000 dólares.

Proceso
El proceso consiste en tres etapas y está disponible aquí:

• Planeación y discernimiento de la beca (descargue el PDF)

• Complete la solicitud de beca (descargue el documento de Word)

• Someta su solicitud en línea (el enlace estará disponible a partir del 2 de enero).

La solicitud estará disponible a partir del 2 de enero de 2018. La fecha límite es el 2 de febrero.

Elegibilidad
Las solicitudes serán revisadas por un comité que incluye a los Coordinadores provinciales del ministerio de campus, líderes que ministran a jóvenes adultos, miembros del Consejo Ejecutivo y personal de la Iglesia Episcopal.

Seminario web
Para el 7 de diciembre a las 4 de la tarde, hora del este [de Estados Unidos] está programado un seminario web para tratar sobre el proceso de concesión de becas y responder cualquier pregunta.

Inscríbase en el seminario web aquí.  El seminario web tiene un cupo máximo de 95 participantes.

Para obtener más información, póngase en contacto con Kelly a skelly@episcopalchurch.org o con Valerie Harris, asociada de formación a vharris@episcopalchurch.org.

Church of England launches new ethical investment policy for extractive industries

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 3:06pm

[Anglican Community News Service] The national investing bodies of the Church of England have announced a new ethical investment policy for the extractive industries. The policy was adopted by three bodies – the Church Commissioners, the Church of England Pensions Board and the CBF Church of England Funds – after two years of work. The policy follows advice from the Church of England’s Ethical Investment Advisory Group. The EIAG prepares ethical investment advice, but, under English trust law, it is for the trustees of the separate investing bodies to decide whether to adopt the policies pit.

Read the entire article here.

Anglicans urge leaders to push ahead with action on climate change

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 3:02pm

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is joining Anglicans from around the world in urging world leaders to take action on climate change. Representatives from 197 nations are gathered in the German city of Bonn this week for the latest round of climate change talks at the United Nation’s 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP23). They are discussing ways to implement the agreement signed in Paris at the COP21 talks 2015. It is the first COP meeting since President Donald Trump announced that the United States was pulling out of the agreement.

Read the entire article here.

The Virgin Islands are still recovering from hurricanes Irma and Maria

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 2:31pm

Boats and other watercraft remained overturned almost a month after hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the Virgin Islands. Parishes on the British and U.S. territories are part of the Episcopal Diocese of the Virgin Islands. Photo: the Rt. Rev. Carl Wright

[Episcopal News Service] When the Rt. Rev. Carl Wright’s plane landed on St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, he saw an airport full of frantic travelers. The luggage conveyer belt was jammed with generators, batteries and flashlights.

“We planned to visit two parishes to celebrate Holy Eucharist, but we were barred from both by torrents of water. The water was too deep to get through. Although it was more than a month later, it looked as if the hurricane happened yesterday,” Wright told the Episcopal News Service after returning to the U.S. from his mid-October trip.

Both hurricanes Maria and Irma were Category 5 storms when they devastated the Caribbean two weeks apart. Slamming the islands on Sept. 6, Irma was one of the worst storms to come from the Atlantic in the last century, causing catastrophic wind damage and rising water.

After the outcry that Puerto Rico was being overlooked in favor of the places on the continental U.S. by the White House, the American territory earned more attention and help.

But what about the U.S. territories of the Virgin Islands, as well as the British Virgin Islands? The Episcopal Diocese of the Virgin Islands covers 14 congregations across both the U.S. and British islands.

NASA satellite images of the Virgin Islands taken on August 25 and Sept. 10, illustrate the damage done by Hurricane Irma to the vegetation of the islands, turning it brown. Photo: Joshua Stevens/NASA

“I felt like the diocese, although this is a feeling and not an observation, is a forgotten diocese,” Wright said.

The Rt. Rev. E. Ambrose Gumbs, bishop of the Diocese of the Virgin Islands, picked up Wright at the airport and immediately gave him a tour of the damage on St. Thomas. That island, plus St. John, took the brunt of Irma. Then on Sept 20, St. Croix, the largest major American island that was supporting relief efforts for the first two, took the brunt of Maria.

Hurricane Maria pummeled what Irma spared. It was a cruel one-two punch.

 

By Oct. 11, which was 21 days after Maria and 35 days after Irma, 78 percent of the homes and businesses on the Virgin Islands were still without power, according to Episcopal Relief & Development.

Wright met with diocesan leaders on Oct. 16 and learned that all 14 churches sustained damage from the storms. He commended Episcopal Relief & Development and adjusters from Church Insurance for their helpful assessments, money and other resources.

“But so much more is needed,” Wright said. “These various leaders, more than 20 leaders of the diocese, are all rolling up their sleeves and doing things in their churches and communities with little or no outside assistance. These folks are working hard.”

Melville Boddie prays with the Rev. Gregory Gibson during Sunday mass at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Christiansted, 13 days after Hurricane Maria raked St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, on Oct. 1. “I want to tell the people of St. Croix and the Virgin Islands to be strong and to be patient,” said Boddie. “Everything is going to work out.” Photo: Jonathan Drake/Reuters

To Wright, it looked like every roof was damaged, although official reports say some were spared. The Federal Emergency Management Agency deemed the damage severe enough to approve more than $35 million in public assistance grants and more than $8 million for individual Virgin Islanders affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria. Those totals are likely to increase as more requests for help are processed.

Six weeks after Hurricane Maria hit the Virgin Islands, thousands of people still had no power and were stuck with cold and canned food, if they could find it, according to a Nov. 1 report by The Weather Channel.  The few grocery stores that have re-opened are accepting cash only.

Much work is to be done.

Because of the damage, school activities were being held in the nave of the St. George’s parish on the British island of Tortola, which has the largest kindergarten-6th-grade school in the diocese.

The rector and a relief coordinator were distributing water, flashlights, beans and fruit to everybody in their community. “They’re doing notable work in that regard,” Wright said.

At St. George’s, school had fully resumed despite extensive damage and power outages. The same was true at All Saints Cathedral School on St. Thomas. “The school has resumed against all odds: roof and building damage and power outages,” Wright said.

Almost a month after Hurricane Irma, the driveways to St. George’s school and church on Tortola, British Virgin Islands, were flooded. Photo: the Rt. Rev. Carl Wright

St. Mary’s in Virgin Gorda, a British territory, is a small, remote parish that Wright described as “damaged and very stark.”

The islanders are working together because they feel there’s not enough outside or government help yet, he said. Left to their own devices, they’re trying to find their own resources. And they are cooperating with an admirable sense of community spirit.

“In that diocese, none of the parishes are separate from the community. All are an integral part of the community, almost indistinguishable from one another,” Wright said.

The Rt. Rev. Carl Wright saw water-damaged hymnals during his October visit to the Virgin Islands, which were devastated by hurricanes Irma and Maria. Photo: the Rt. Rev. Carl Wright

When Annette Buchanan, canon and national president of The Union of Black Episcopalians, heard from Wright that the islanders were in dire need of solar flashlights, she wanted to use her organization to help in this specific way. Battery-powered flash lights run out fast, and there’s hardly anywhere on the islands to buy new ones, she learned.

“It’s a small thing, but we wanted to give them something they wanted,” Buchanan told ENS.

Many UBE members have relatives on the Virgin Islands, and some members are from the territories themselves, so the UBE has had a close relationship with that diocese over the years, she said.

The UBE already had a more general fundraising drive for hurricane relief, which goes directly to Episcopal Relief & Development. But Buchanan is leading this second fundraiser to gather enough money for an initial shipment of $1,000 worth of solar flashlights to the Virgin Islands specifically. She hopes it can be shipped by the end of November. The UBE is coordinating the effort with Wright and Gumbs to ensure the donation is shipped the right way and to the best location.

“We just want to draw to the larger church’s attention that this diocese is in such dire straits, that they’re still in hurricane recovery mode,” Buchanan said. “We are concerned about them, and there hasn’t been much publicity about the Virgin Islands after the hurricanes.”

Donations of supplies can go directly to parishes or the diocese with proper communication about specific needs and locations, Wright said. Monetary donations can go to Episcopal Relief & Development, which will place the help in the proper hands. You can do so online here.

— Amy Sowder is a special correspondent for the Episcopal News Service and a freelance writer and editor based in Brooklyn. She can be reached at amysowderepiscopalnews@gmail.com.

“Consejería Pastoral Noutética”, el más reciente libro de Telesforo Isaac, obispo emérito de la Iglesia Episcopal Dominicana

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 11:40am

[Iglesia Episcopal Dominicana] Con gran entusiasmo y compromiso por el ministerio pastoral, el obispo Isaac pone en circulación el libro Consejería Pastoral Noutética. El libro es una antología de artículos y notas sobre la consejería diseñado y pensado para toda persona que desee asistir y proveer consuelo a quienes enfrentan una necesidad espiritual.

Este manual nos presenta un cúmulo de escritos formativos que tienen la intención de aportar imágenes, observaciones y experiencias a estudiantes, seminaristas, ministros cristianos y orientadores. Se espera así incrementar el conocimiento y directrices que estos pueden proporcionar a personas en su entorno que buscan consuelo y un cambio de vida usando la noutética. La noutética —la palabra proviene del griego y su uso es común en el Nuevo Testamento— consiste en tres elementos: la preocupación, la confrontación y el cambio.

“El amor de Dios se deja entrever en las líneas y artículos compartidos por el obispo y pastor Isaac, cuya finalidad es sin duda, la de generar conciencia sobre la importancia del bienestar en las relaciones humanas, el desarrollo personal y la interacción en los espacios socialmente necesarios, sin descuidar la vida de fe que potencia lo trascendente en nosotros y nosotras” afirma, Diego Sabogal, presbítero de la iglesia episcopal dominicana.

El libro Consejería Pastoral Noutética ya está disponible en la oficina diocesana de la Catedral Episcopal La Epifanía en Santo Domingo. O escribiendo a ta_isaac@yahoo.com o por teléfono a 1-809-224-3320

La Iglesia Episcopal anuncia los recipientes de beca de Mayordomía de la Creación

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 11:29am

Veinte nuevas becas, más fondos adicionales para cuatro becas, por un total de 141,109 dólares, se otorgaron en la última ronda de donaciones administrada por el Consejo Asesor para la Mayordomía de la Creación y aprobadas por el Consejo Ejecutivo de la Iglesia Episcopal en la reunión de octubre.

Las nuevas becas se otorgaron a:

• Iglesia Episcopal la Trinidad, Mineral Point, WI. Dos proyectos de jardín con señalización, una serie de oradores, una serie de películas y una serie de formación de fe para niños: 10.000 dólares.

• Procter Camp y Conference Center, OH. Programa de dos años para crear un hábitat de pradera nativa de diez acres, con conexiones a escuelas públicas, jóvenes episcopales y jóvenes adultos: 5.000 dólares.

• La Diócesis Episcopal de Arkansas. Trabajando con la cuenca hidrográfica Lower Arkansas-Maumelle River en un proyecto de permacultura y educación que involucra al Colegio Bautista de Arkansas (un Colegio y Universidad Históricamente Negro – HBCU), miembros de congregaciones episcopales y un grupo de jóvenes adultos: 10.000 dólares.

• Proyecto Haití de la Diócesis Episcopal de Milwaukee. Una extensión del trabajo para el proyecto Escuela Ecológica Escuela Limpia [Green School Clean School] a fin de dirigir los esfuerzos en la reforestación, el compostaje, la producción de alimentos y la educación en técnicas agrícolas:10.000 dólares.

• Colaboración con Haití de Virginia [Virginia Haiti Collaborative] de la Diócesis Episcopal del sudoeste de Virginia. Un proyecto para establecer recursos educativos y la comunicación en torno a un proyecto más amplio para proporcionar energía solar para la Escuela Episcopal de San Marcos en Cerca la Source, Haití: 9.850 dólares.

• Plainsong Farm and Ministry, Rockford, MI. Crear y publicar en línea e imprimir recursos para la Iglesia Episcopal para educar a la iglesia en la fe y las oportunidades de asociarse con agricultores jóvenes con mentalidad comunitaria comprometidos con la agricultura sostenible y la administración ecológica: 8.450 dólares.

• Iglesia Episcopal la Gracia, Morganton, Carolina del Norte. Un plan quinquenal para un “Foro Verde” que involucra a oradores invitados. Aprobado para el financiamiento parcial del primer año: 2.000 dólares.

• La Iglesia Episcopal de New Hampshire. Crear materiales de recursos y un manual para otras iglesias y diócesis sobre cómo llevar a cabo una experiencia similar al evento Río y Vida [River of Life] realizado en el verano de 2017: 7.005 dólares.

• Misión Episcopal India de todos los Santos de la Diócesis Episcopal de Minneapolis. Avanza el trabajo de justicia alimentaria en First Nations Kitchen mediante el lanzamiento de una segunda comida comunitaria que aumentará el acceso a alimentos indígenas saludables y aumentará la programación comunitaria colaborativa: 5,000 dólares.

• Iglesia Episcopal de Santa María con Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light (St. Paul, MN). Un proyecto para organizar un viaje para miembros de congregaciones no tribales al norte de MN para visitar congregaciones nativas y protectores de agua nativos en el sitio del oleoducto propuesto en Minnesota, presentando una serie de charlas y eventos: 5000 dólares.

• Iglesia Episcopal la Trinidad, Bloomington, IN. Un proyecto de instalación solar con formación de fe, celebración parroquial y capacitación e involucramiento de jóvenes: 6.320 dólares.

• Iglesia Episcopal St. James, Bozeman, MT. Fondo inicial para organizar la Coalición Fe y Medioambiente de Montana: 3.000 dólares.

• La Iglesia Episcopal del Abogado, Chapel Hill, NC. Para apoyar la educación, la comunicación y los esfuerzos de producción  de recursos digitales de la expansión del proyecto Piedmont Patch de producción de alimentos: 7.350 dólares.

• Iglesia Episcopal de Todos los Santos, San Leandro, CA. Para apoyar el desarrollo de nuevos capítulos del ministerio Holy Hikes mediante la publicidad, el apoyo administrativo y las comunicaciones: 6.420 dólares.

• Diocesan Council, Inc. y los fideicomisarios de la Iglesia Protestante Episcopal de la Diócesis de Delaware. Para apoyar a la diócesis a continuar con su proyecto de lograr que todas las propiedades diocesanas cumplan con el Pacto Génesis: 5.000 dólares.

• Sociedad de la Tercera Orden de St. Francis, Hicksville, NY. Para apoyar a un cuadro capacitado de líderes para que enseñen y capaciten a otros en temas de justicia climática: 5.000. dólares.

• Diócesis de Spokane, WA. Apoyar el financiamiento para los talleres y la expansión de la red de Ministerios de Cuidad de la Creación [Creation Care Ministries]: 5.700 dólares.

• Iglesia Episcopal de San David, Friday Harbor, WA. Para establecer un programa de compostaje comunitario para el campus de la iglesia: 2.364 dólares.

• La Iglesia Episcopal de San Marcos y San Juan, NY. Comunicación, recursos teológicos y un banco de meditación para el proyecto hoop house: 2.800 dólares.

• Escuela Episcopal San Andrés de Fort Pierce, FL. Financiamiento del tiempo del personal para el proyecto Living Shoreline de Indian River Lagoon. 8.600 dólares.

Se otorgó financiamiento adicional a:

• Iglesia Episcopal la Gracia, Morganton, Carolina del Norte. Un plan quinquenal para un “Foro Verde” que involucra a oradores invitados. Fondos adicionales para el segundo año: 2.000 dólares.

• Iglesia Episcopal San James, Bozeman, MT. Fondo inicial para organizar la Coalición Fe y Medioambiente de Montana. Financiamiento adicional para cumplir con su solicitud completa: 7.000 dólares.

• Iglesia Episcopal del Abogado, Chapel Hill, NC. Para apoyar la educación, la comunicación y los esfuerzos de producción de recursos digitales de la expansión del proyecto Piedmont Patch de producción de alimentos. Financiamiento adicional para cumplir con su solicitud completa: 2.250 dólares.

• Sociedad de la Tercera Orden de San Francisco, Hicksville, NY. Para apoyar a un cuadro capacitado de líderes para que enseñen y entrenen a otros en temas de justicia climática. Financiamiento adicional para cumplir con su solicitud completa: 5.000 dólares.

El Consejo Asesor fue creado por la Convención General 2015, habilitado por la Resolución A030,  y se le encomendó la responsabilidad de desarrollar un proceso de becas para apoyar la administración local ecológicamente responsable de las propiedades y edificios relacionados con la iglesia

Se recibieron cuarenta y una solicitudes en esta ronda final. Los solicitantes cuyas solicitudes no fueron financiadas son elegibles para revisar y volver a presentar sus solicitudes en la próxima ronda de financiación, que está abierta ahora.

Puede encontrar más información sobre este proceso de becas y sobre cómo presentar una solicitud aquí.

Los miembros del Consejo Asesor para la Mayordomía de la Creación son: el Obispo Marc Andrus, Copresidente, Diócesis de California; la reverenda Stephanie Johnson, Copresidenta de la Diócesis de Connecticut; Paul Anton, Diócesis de Minnesota; el reverendo Jerry Cappel, Diócesis de Kentucky; el reverendo Patrick Funston, Diócesis de Kansas; el reverendo Luis Alberto García Correa, Diócesis de la República Dominicana; la reverenda Esther Georges, Diócesis de las Islas Vírgenes; Perry Hodgkins Jones, Diócesis de Atlanta; la reverenda Martha Kirkpatrick, Diócesis de Delaware; la reverenda Nurya Love Parish, Diócesis de Western Michigan; Kelly Phelan, Diócesis de Los Ángeles; Peter Sergienko, Diócesis de Oregón; Dr. Andrew Thompson, Diócesis de East Tennessee; el Obispo Presidente Michael Curry, Ex Officio; la Presidente de la Cámara de los Diputados, la reverenda Gay Clark Jennings, Ex Officio;Julia Harris, enlace del Consejo Ejecutivo; la reverenda Melanie Mullen, enlace del personal.

Se otorgan becas para zonas de iniciativas de misión y fundación de iglesias

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 10:31am

En la reunión de octubre, el Consejo Ejecutivo de la Iglesia Episcopal aprobó donaciones por un total de 421.000 dólares para la fundación de iglesias y las zonas de iniciativa de misión.

La Resolución D005 y la Resolución A012  aprobadas por la Convención General en julio de 2015, autorizó nuevos fondos para la fundación de iglesias y para zonas de iniciativa de misión en toda la Iglesia Episcopal. Las recientemente creadas becas han sido y serán otorgadas a las diócesis que exploren las posibilidades de nuevas iniciativas o expansión. Los fondos también requieren la creación de una comunidad de práctica para equipar a la Iglesia con recursos para la evaluación, el coaching, la creación de redes y el intercambio de mejores prácticas.

Becas
Las 11 iniciativas aprobadas incluyen la fundación de dos nuevas iglesias, cuatro iglesias híbridas / zonas de iniciativas de misión, tres zonas de iniciativa de misión y una beca de discernimiento.

Enumerados por categoría, las becas se otorgaron a:

Nuevas fundaciones de iglesias
• La Misión Episcopal de Grovetown, la Diócesis de Georgia y la Iglesia Evangélica Luterana en América (ELCA): 100.000 dólares
• Iglesia Episcopal Bethesda, Diócesis de Florida Central: 100.000 dólares
Total por la categoría 200.000 dólares

Fundaciones híbridas de iglesias / zonas de iniciativas de misión
• Centro de Justicia, Curación y Reconciliación, Diócesis de Iowa: 75.000 dólares
• “Tabla” 229, Diócesis de Minnesota: 20.000 dólares
• Iglesia en Crossroads, Diócesis de Michigan: 25.000 dólares
• St. John’s Ohio Ciudad, Diócesis de Ohio: 31.000 dólares
Total por la categoría 151.000 dólares

Zonas de iniciativa de misión
• Ministerios Episcopales Appleton, Diócesis de Atlanta: 20.000 dólares
• Congregación de Sudán del Sur, Diócesis de Virginia: 20.000 dólares
• Adolescentes del Condado de Santa Cruz, Diócesis de El Camino Real: 20.000 dólares
Total por categoría 60.000 dólares

Becas de discernimiento
• Evangelizando con Los Lencas, Diócesis de Honduras: 5.000 dólares
• Centro comunitario de Kairos West, Diócesis de Western NC: 5.000 dólares
Total para la categoría 10.000 dólares

Siguiente fecha límite
Las solicitudes se revisarán a medida que se reciban hasta que se hayan otorgado todos los fondos. La solicitud, las pautas y la información están disponibles aquí.

Más información sobre cada uno de estos nuevos ministerios está aquí.

Para ulterior información contacte al Rvdo. Mike Michie at mmichie@episcopalchurch.org.

Se otorgan becas para zonas de iniciativas de misión y fundación de iglesias

Anglicans to celebrate 40 years of women in priesthood in New Zealand

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 4:16pm

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia is preparing to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the province’s first ordination of women to the priesthood. The New Zealand church was one of the first in the Anglican Communion to ordain women when, in 1977, it ordained five women.

Read the full article here.

Peter Wild named executive director at Episcopal Preaching Foundation

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 11:12am

[Episcopal Preaching Foundation] The Episcopal Preaching Foundation announces the appointment of Peter D. Wild as its incoming Executive Director. Wild brings experience as an Executive Director in the not-for-profit sector and as an entrepreneur and business builder in the for-profit arena. An alumnus of Trinity Wall Street, Wild helped to build Trinity’s ecumenical outreach magazine Spirituality & Health into a national presence, later overseeing its transition to the private sector. In his earlier career at the BBDO advertising agency he led teams building brands for Campbell’s Soup and GE, and as an entrepreneur he co-created award-winning TV and video educational programming.

Founded by economic forecaster and analyst A. Gary Shilling in 1987 the mission of the EPF is to improve, support and enhance the level of preaching in the Episcopal Church. EPF partners with Episcopal Seminaries and church leaders to deliver the annual Preaching Excellence Program (“PEP”) conferences, and regional preaching intensive programs in partnership with Episcopal dioceses. According to a 2016 Pew Research Study preaching is the driving factor in selecting a house of worship — a crucial leverage point in the future health of Episcopal parishes.

With the EPF sometimes referred to affectionately as The Best Kept Secret in the Episcopal Church, Wild sees his most important tasks to be raising the profile and impact of the EPF in service to Founder Gary Shilling’s vision of placing a powerful preacher in every Episcopal pulpit.

Episcopal News Service lance un nouveau site Web

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 4:50pm

[Bureau des Relations publiques de l’Église épiscopale] Episcopal News Service (ENS), le service de presse de l’Église épiscopale précédemment primé, vient de lancer un nouveau site Web de pointe à l’adresse suivante : www.episcopalnewsservice.org.

Visuellement attrayant, facile à naviguer et avec version mobile conviviale, le nouveau site Web d’ENS a été conçu pour améliorer globalement l’expérience de l’utilisateur, faire mieux connaître le service de presse et susciter un intérêt et une participation accrus  vis-à-vis des ministères de l’Église épiscopale qui sont sources de transformation.

ENS présente des reportages et analyses approfondis sur l’actualité locale, régionale, nationale et internationale pour les épiscopaliens et autres personnes intéressées par la mission et le ministère de l’église. Assurant une couverture écrite et multimédia, c’est la source officielle d’informations en ligne de l’Église épiscopale.

« ENS va continuer de mettre l’accent sur les reportages concernant la justice sociale et à servir d’inspiration pour agir, participer et se connecter afin de faire bouger les choses dans le monde », déclare la révérende Mary Frances Schjonberg, rédactrice en chef par intérim d’ENS. « ENS va également poursuivre sa couverture circonstanciée des travaux en cours dans l’église en fonction des priorités en matière de gouvernance et de mission ».

Parmi les nombreuses nouvelles fonctionnalités et améliorations destinées à enrichir l’expérience de l’utilisateur figurent : l’organisation des contenus en un moindre nombre de rubriques et en mettant l’accent sur les enjeux et les thèmes, ainsi qu’une fonction de recherche avancée.

« L’Episcopal News Service est de longue date un ministère de témoignages, fondamental en matière d’évangélisation numérique et d’information des épiscopaliens et autres personnes sur la manière dont l’Église épiscopale participe au Mouvement de Jésus et vit l’évangile dans le monde », explique Matt Davies, responsable marketing et Web d’ENS. « Grâce à notre nouveau site Web réactif et à notre contenu rédactionnel toujours axé sur les questions de justice sociale, l’équipe d’ENS pense avoir réuni les éléments essentiels permettant de satisfaire les appétits en matière de défense des droits et d’engagement et, espérons-le, d’embraser les palais d’une nouvelle génération de militants qui depuis longtemps aspirent à fournir la recette d’un changement planétaire.

Éléments clés de www.episcopalnewsservice.org

  • Le nouveau site Web d’ENS comporte des rubriques très appréciées générées par les lecteurs pour diffuser emplois et appels, événements, livres, communiqués de presse et actualités sur les gens.
  • ENS continue d’encourager les diocèses et les congrégations à soumettre des articles sur les ministères locaux et événements importants dans la vie de l’église. Les directives pour soumettre des articles à ENS sont disponibles ici.
  • Des possibilités de parrainage et de publicité continueront d’être offertes aux organes et organisations liés à l’église qui souhaitent susciter un intérêt accru en faveur de leurs ministères, services, événements, marques et produits.

De plus amples informations sur les possibilités qu’offre ENS sont disponibles auprès de Matt Davies à l’adresse suivante : mdavies@episcopalchurch.org.

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Bishop Mark Strange on the importance of global partnerships

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 4:23pm

[Episcopal News Service] The Most Rev. Mark Strange, bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness and primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, speaks about what it means to be part of a global communion of churches and celebrates the historic ties his province shares with the U.S.-based Episcopal Church.

Bishops United Against Gun Violence calls church to pray, elected leaders to act

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 4:20pm

Bishops United Against Gun Violence, a group of more than 70 Episcopal bishops working to curtail the epidemic of gun violence in the United States, released the following statement on the shootings on Sunday in Sutherland Springs, Texas:

In the wake of the heartbreaking shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, we find ourselves both calling people to prayer, and wishing that the word did not come so readily to the lips of elected leaders who are quick to speak, but take no action on behalf of public safety.

In prayer, Christians commend the souls of the faithful departed to the mercy and love of God. We beseech our Creator to comfort the grieving and shield the vulnerable. Prayer is not an offering of vague good wishes. It is not a spiritual exercise that successfully completed exempts one from focusing on urgent issues of common concern. Prayer is not a dodge. In prayer we examine our own hearts and our own deeds to determine whether we are complicit in the evils we deplore. And if we are, we resolve to take action; we resolve to amend our lives.

As a nation, we must acknowledge that we idolize violence, and we must make amends. Violence of all kinds denigrates humankind; it stands against the will of God and the way of Jesus the Christ. The shooting in Sutherland Springs brings the issue of domestic violence, a common thread in many mass killings, into sharp relief. It is not only essential that we keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, but that we, as a society, reject ideologies of male dominance that permeate our culture and the history of our churches.

Each of us has a role to play in our repentance. Elected representatives bear the responsibility of passing legislation that protects our citizenry. If our representatives are not up to this responsibility, we must replace them.

In the meantime, however, we ask that in honor of our many murdered dead, elected leaders who behave as though successive episode of mass slaughter are simply the price our nation pays for freedom stop the reflexive and corrosive repetition of the phrase “thoughts and prayers.”

One does not offer prayers in lieu of demonstrating political courage, but rather in preparation.

 

Presiding Bishop celebrates close ties with Scotland, history of Samuel Seabury

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 4:18pm

[Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry talks during a four-day visit to Scotland about the role the U.S.-based Episcopal Church played in laying the groundwork for global Anglicanism when it sent Samuel Seabury to the British Isles in 1784 to be consecrated as its first bishop. Curry also celebrates the partnership that has flourished between the two provinces ever since.

Canon Chuck Robertson installed as honorary canon in Aberdeen

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 4:14pm

[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Chuck Robertson, canon for ministry beyond the Episcopal Church, was installed on Nov. 5 as an honorary canon of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral in Aberdeen during a Festal Evensong.

Presiding Bishop preaches in Aberdeen

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 4:12pm

[Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry preaches Nov. 5 during a Festal Evensong at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral in Aberdeen, Scotland, as part of a four-day visit to Scotland to celebrate the historic ties between the Episcopal Church and the Scottish Episcopal Church.

Archbishop Justin Welby preaches reconciliation to Kenya’s political leaders

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 1:27pm

[Anglican Communion News Service] The key players in Kenya’s disputed presidential elections – President Uhuru Kenyatta, opposition leader Raila Odinga and Supreme Court Chief Justice David Maraga – were present at All Saints’ Cathedral in Nairobi yesterday as Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby spoke of the importance of reconciliation. They were marking the centenary of Kenya’s mother-church, in a service shown live on national television. After the sermon, Kenyatta said he had heard the archbishop’s call, and shook hands with Odinga – their first meeting since the disputed October election.

Read the entire article here.

Diocesan leadership changes in the Dominican Republic

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 1:12pm

The Rt. Rev. Julio César Holguín Khoury retired from the Diocese of the Dominican Republic Nov. 1, and the Rt. Rev. Moisés Quezada Mota was installed as the next diocesan bishop. Photo: Diocese of the Dominican Republic

[Episcopal Diocese of the Dominican Republic] The Rt. Rev. Julio César Holguín Khoury retired Nov. 1, after 26 years as diocesan bishop of the Episcopal Church of the Dominican Republic. Retired bishops, active and retired priests, deacons, parishioners from around the country, members of Holguín’s family, members of the board of directors of the Dominican Development Group, and other international visitors celebrated Holguín’s extraordinary ministry at a Holy Eucharist at La Catedral de la Epifanía in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, at 3 p.m. Nov 1. A reception followed the service in the adjacent parish hall.

The Rt. Rev. William J. Skilton, assistant bishop of the Dominican Republic (retired), preached the sermon giving tribute to Holguín’s remarkable accomplishments and spiritual leadership and remembering several amusing incidents during their many years of work together. Holguín, Skilton and the Rt. Rev. Telésforo Isaac celebrated the Eucharist at the altar decorated with arrangements of white roses, gladioli and daisies.

Dominican diocesan leadership changes hands, and both leaders are celebrated for their service. Photo: Diocese of the Dominican Republic

The Rt. Rev. Moisés Quezada Mota was installed as the diocesan bishop at a ceremony in La Catedral de la Epifanía at 10 a.m. Nov. 4. Quezada was elected during a special convention of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic July 25, 2015, and consecrated on Feb. 13, 2016. He has served as bishop coadjutor since that date. At the installation ceremony, the Rt. Rev. Diane Jardine Bruce, bishop suffragan of the Diocese of Los Angeles, was the celebrant of the installation. The Rt. Rev. Lloyd Allen, bishop of the Diocese of Honduras, was the preacher. A reception and luncheon on the grounds of the cathedral followed the installation.

Quezada is the third Dominican to serve as Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of the Dominican Republic following the Rt. Rev. Telésforo Isaac (1972-1991) and Holguín (1991-2017). Quezada was ordained to the diaconate on August 15, 1982, and to the priesthood on May 22, 1983. He has served in many churches throughout the Dominican Republic since his ordination to the priesthood and has represented the diocese in meetings of Province IX of The Episcopal Church. Quezada is married to Mary Jeannette Pringle Quezada, and they have two adult children and a grandchild.

Episcopal food pantries are part of nationwide network with goal of ending hunger in U.S.

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 12:48pm

Volunteer Jim Murphy, right, gathers a variety of food for Willetta Randle at Grace Food Pantry in Madison, Wisconsin. The pantry has been a ministry of Grace Episcopal Church since 1979. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News Service

[Episcopal News Service – Madison, Wisconsin] Poverty and hunger are all too easy to overlook in Wisconsin’s capital city, where public discourse is dominated by the parallel and relatively affluent spheres of state government and the state’s flagship public university.

But wander east from the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus or head southwest down the steps of the Capitol, and you’ll find at Grace Episcopal Church a ministry of nourishment that Willetta Randle, for one, relies on to put dinner on the table for her two young children.

The volunteers at Grace Food Pantry are friendly and helpful, Randle said while picking up bags of food on a summer afternoon. She visits “once in a while,” when she needs help filling her cabinets and refrigerator with food. “It comes in handy, especially when you’re on a tight budget,” she said.

‘Food and Faith’

Episcopal News Service’s five-part series focuses on anti-hunger efforts in the Episcopal Church, from food pantries to the church’s advocacy on government programs that fight hunger. Part 3 will post next week.

Despite the city’s median household income of $55,000, tight budgets are common in Madison. Census data show 19 percent of residents live below the poverty level, and dozens of food pantries across Dane County help provide for some of their most basic needs. Many of the pantries are part of a national network of faith-based and community partners with a shared goal: to make sure no one goes hungry – in the country, in Wisconsin, in Madison or in the neighborhood around Capitol Square that Grace Episcopal calls home.

The parish food pantry is an institution as ubiquitous as it is essential. Congregations across the country feed the hungry through pantries of all sizes, making this one of the most common and visible outreach ministries of the Episcopal Church and other churches and faith communities in the United States.

“The way the Episcopal Church wants to approach people in our country who are poor is not … with a sense of helping those who are other than us,” said the Rev. Melanie Mullen, the Episcopal Church’s director of reconciliation, justice and creation care. Building “a full community of change” means seeing our neighbors as like us – and, sometimes, in need of help, she said.

“We can have confidence to enter this arena boldly and talk about what’s right and what’s wrong and the fact that no one should be hungry among us.”

Congregations’ food ministries, no matter the denomination, are on the front lines of a multilayered response to food insecurity in America. The federal government defines food insecurity as lack of access to enough food to maintain an active and healthy life. Nationally, 41.2 million people, including 12.9 million children, were said to be food insecure in 2016, according to the nonprofit Feeding America.

Episcopal News Service, as part of its “Food and Faith” series on the Episcopal Church’s efforts to fight hunger, visited Madison’s Grace Episcopal Church in August to see how one successful food pantry works and how it collaborates with other institutions working on the issue at all levels.

Feeding America works at the national level to support its 200 affiliated regional food banks, which form the backbone of local efforts. Those affiliates, like Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, collect large amounts of food and distribute it to where it is most needed.

Often where it is most needed is a food pantry like the one at Grace Episcopal Church in Madison.

Nearly 58,000 of the 510,000 residents of the city and surrounding Dane County, or 11.3 percent, are food insecure, according to the most recent data kept by Feeding America. Grace Food Pantry was created in 1979 to serve those residents, and now 38 years later, it operates as an independent nonprofit with a paid coordinator.

Volunteers and staff members at Grace Food Pantry assist guests at the pantry’s food counter on a Tuesday afternoon in August. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News Service

The Episcopal Church’s Asset Map, which is still under development, shows more than 300 congregations offering food pantries, meal programs or both. Since the map’s participation rate so far is at about 20 percent, the actual number of feeding ministries likely is exponentially greater.

Their sizes range widely. Grace Food Pantry is among the more active ministries, open four days a week and serving 450 to 950 people a month. In a typical month, about 10,000 pounds of food is distributed. The pantry gets by on a $22,000 annual budget that still is largely funded by the congregation.

“It’s been a core part of our work and our ministry, and it receives a lot of financial support from the members of the church,” the Rev. Jonathan Grieser, Grace’s rector, said during an interview in his office. “It’s part of the gospel mission to feed the hungry.”

The fruits (and vegetables) of that gospel mission awaited Randle, 35, and the handful of other guests who were first in line when the food pantry opened at 1 p.m. on this Tuesday in August. A handwritten list was stuck to a wall next to the counter: zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, star fruit, green beans, broccoli, onions, rutabaga, plumbs, kiwi, peaches, cauliflower.

That was only a partial list. Each guest who meets income qualifications can get a weekly allotment of food in amounts that vary with the size of the household. Randle received some eggs along with her produce. Meat also is included, and the variety of food can change week to week.

“You don’t get the same thing all the time,” Raymond Scott, a 67-year-old Air Force veteran, said as he waited his turn, his suitcase ready to be filled with food from the pantry.

Food banks aim to let no one go hungry

The source for much of the pantry’s food is a large warehouse seven miles away in the southeast corner of Madison.

Second Harvest’s facility on Dairy Drive boasts some impressive numbers. At 47,000 square feet, the warehouse houses offices, sorting and packing rooms, three coolers, several loading docks and row after row of stock shelves that typically hold about 1 million pounds of food, with a capacity for up to 1.7 million pounds.

Hundreds of volunteers contribute their time to Second Harvest each month, and a staff of eight drivers steer the agency’s six semi-tractor trailer trucks and three straight trucks across 16 counties in southwest Wisconsin, delivering enough food in 2016 for 14.3 million meals.

Dan Stein, executive director of Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin in Madison, discusses the operation of the food bank’s warehouse, which can hold up to 1.7 million pounds of food. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News Service

Second Harvest’s general model for feeding the hungry is hardly unique. Feeding America assigns Second Harvest and other member food banks to serve distinct regions that include every county in the United States without overlapping. The food banks collect food and distribute it across their regions, over and over. Often the Feeding America affiliate is the only food bank serving its communities, though some regions are served by additional food banks that aren’t affiliated with Feeding America.

As they feed the hungry, these agencies also function like laboratories for new anti-hunger initiatives.

Stein shows a can of “cream style corn” that has been relabeled for distribution to food pantries across Second Harvest’s 16-county region. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News Service

“There’s no magic formula how to run your food bank. Everyone offers different programs and different ways to attack this problem,” Second Harvest Executive Director Dan Stein said during an interview at the Madison warehouse. “We all are each other’s best cheerleaders. We freely share each other’s best practices. We share things that were unsuccessful, so we don’t waste resources.”

Stein’s agency, for example, has found success working directly with farmers to grow crops that can be distributed by Second Harvest’s partner food pantries. In addition, Second Harvest sends its trucks more than 20 times a month to distribute food to people in places not already served by food pantries. It also has developed partnerships with health care providers and schools to promote nutrition.

Pantries like the one at Grace Episcopal, though, are still the indispensable “feet on the streets” in the communities Second Harvest serves, Stein said. They know their clients’ needs.

The pantries can place orders online, paying Second Harvest a fee for the food. Certain items are offered to the pantries at a reduced rate or for free. Then the food bank’s transportation supervisor dispatches drivers to make the requested deliveries.

Being part of a large network also offers economies of scale. Nationally, Feeding America solicits large corporate donations and develops relationships with national retailers, like Walmart, Kroger and Target, to donate their excess food to the regional food banks. Feeding America also is active on public policy, supporting federal programs that help feed low-income Americans, such the program commonly known as food stamps. The Episcopal Church shares those concerns and advocates for those programs through its Office of Government Relations.

Feeding America traces the organization’s history to what it credits as the first food pantry, started in 1967 by a Roman Catholic church in Phoenix, Arizona. In a domino effect, churches around the country began forming their own pantries, and in 1979, the national organization was created to leverage the coordinated work of member pantries. Many, but not all, of the food pantries run by Episcopal churches are affiliated with Feeding America.

“Solve hunger” is the mantra of today’s Feeding America, but that bold goal is also a practical one. For Feeding America, solving the problem means making sure no one goes hungry. The root causes of poverty are more complex. Solving poverty is not the organization’s specific mission, though it and other organizations, including the Episcopal Church, are tackling various aspects of the problem.

“I can think of nothing better than a society where we have a hunger-free America,” Catherine Davis, Feeding America’s chief marketing and communication officer, said in a phone interview with ENS. “And that’s actually our mission, to help create a hunger-free America. But the majority of our work goes to feeding people.”

That work continues seemingly without end. Hunger is better understood as a chronic social problem rather than a sudden individual emergency, Davis said. There always will be people seeking food assistance who are driven by unforeseen circumstances – a lost job, a car repair, a medical bill. At the same time, most of the people who visit food pantries have steady jobs. Those jobs just don’t pay enough to make ends meet.

Second Harvest is one of 200 food banks across the country that are affiliated with Feeding America, which has made “Solve Hunger” one of its defining goals. The food banks partner with food pantries like the one run by Grace Episcopal Church. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News Service

“If the cure for hunger is food – I know it’s not that simple – then the cure exists,” Stein said, “because as much as 40 percent of the food grown in this county never makes it to our tables. It’s thrown away.” Getting food to those who need it, then, becomes a logistical and financial challenge.

Curing poverty is a more complex challenge, he said, and other organizations are working on different facets of the problem. Helping people find good-paying jobs is “the best battle against hunger and poverty,” Stein said, while food banks’ primary focus is eliminating the gap between the meals Americans have and the meals they need.

At Grace Episcopal, food and blessings to share

Eliminating that gap in Madison depends on the dedication of people like Vikki Enright, the Grace Food Pantry coordinator.

Enright had previously volunteered with the food pantry and with Porchlight, a homeless shelter that occupies the floor below the pantry. After leaving her job as a senior legislative editor for the state’s Legislative Reference Bureau, she embraced the new paid role as pantry coordinator.

Enright’s $13,000 salary is paid directly by the congregation, leaving the pantry to spend its $22,000 budget on food from Second Harvest, additional food from other sources and personal essentials. Enright also draws on the pantry budget to pay her assistant, who works six hours a week.

As coordinator, Enright works 16 hours a week placing orders with Second Harvest, soliciting additional food donations from parishioners, downtown retailers and restaurants, scheduling about 30 volunteers to bag and distribute the food and ensure the shelves are continuously stocked with both food and personal items, like toilet paper – “it’s almost as important as food,” she said.

Grace Food Pantry coordinator Vikki Enright, right, helps volunteers Audrey Shomos and Jim Murphy as they fill grocery bags with food for the pantry’s guests in August. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News Service

Last year, the pantry served more than 9,500 guests. The homeless population around Capitol Square makes up a portion of those guests, though others flock to Grace Food Pantry because it is a convenient stop on the city bus lines.

Randle, a nurse who lives with her children on Madison’s north side, brought her food home by bus this Tuesday afternoon. Caroline Harris said she, too, rides the bus to Grace Food Pantry when she needs to fill up her cart with produce.

“They give you mostly what you need,” Harris said. At age 55, she is out of work due to her severe arthritis, but she likes to prepare nutritious meals when her grandchildren come to visit. She said she typically only visits Grace Food Pantry a couple times a month because she’d prefer to share the blessings Enright’s team has to offer.

“I don’t like to overdo it, because I don’t like to take blessings from other people,” she said.

More people used Grace Food Pantry during the last recession, several years ago, Enright said. Visits declined as the local economy improved, but recently, she has noticed an increase in visitors as wages have stalled and rents have gone up.

Whatever her guests’ reasons for seeking help, Enright greets them with a smile and a friendly word as she tends to the work of the pantry with a seemingly boundless energy. The work keeps her perpetually upbeat.

“Every time something is frustrating or you’ve had a hard day with something, then something wonderful happens,” she said.

– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at dpaulsen@episcopalchurch.org.

Historic American-Scottish roots celebrated through Presiding Bishop’s visit to Aberdeen

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 12:08pm

The ornate crests of the American states on the ceiling in the nave of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral in Aberdeen, Scotland, symbolize the deep connection between the Scottish and U.S.-based Episcopal churches. Photo: Matthew Davies/Episcopal News Service

[Episcopal News Service – Aberdeen, Scotland] Ornate crests of the American states decorate the ceiling of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral in Aberdeen, Scotland. It’s a reminder of the critical role the U.S.-based Episcopal Church played in laying the groundwork for global Anglicanism when it sent Samuel Seabury to the British Isles in 1784 to be consecrated as its first bishop.

Faced with an unworkable condition from the Church of England calling for Seabury to swear allegiance to the crown, he traveled to Aberdeen where three Scottish bishops agreed to consecrate him in return for promoting the Scottish Prayer Book liturgy back on American soil.

More than 230 years later, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry arrived in Aberdeen for a four-day visit to Scotland to recognize the importance of that significant moment in history and to celebrate the partnership that has flourished between the two provinces ever since. Curry is accompanied by Executive Assistant Sharon Jones and the Rev. Chuck Robertson, canon for ministry beyond the Episcopal Church, who was installed on Nov. 5 as an honorary canon of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral in Aberdeen during a Festal Evensong. Curry preached during the service.

“Our bishops today trace their succession to Samuel Seabury … so our roots really are here in Aberdeen, Scotland,” Curry told Episcopal News Service on Nov. 6 before joining a symposium exploring the social history and common interests of the Scottish and U.S.-based Episcopal churches. “Indeed, Scotland is our mother church, so it was good to come home and give thanks to our mother church and to affirm our continued partnership in Jesus Christ.”

Curry’s reference to coming home was mutually acknowledged by his Scottish hosts as he was invited during a post-service reception to cut a cake iced with the words “Welcome Home.” The delegation was then furnished with gifts of Scotch whisky and porridge stirrers, representing perhaps two longstanding staples in the Scottish diet.

The Most Rev. Mark Strange, bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness and primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, said that the Scottish Episcopal Church “is proud of its role in the coming into being of what is now the worldwide Anglican Communion and I am delighted to welcome the presiding bishop in his first visit to Scotland when we can share our past, present and future bonds of communion and concern for the people we serve in our respective provinces.”

Strange, who as a young boy sang in the choir at St. Andrew’s Cathedral, told ENS that for as long as he can remember “there has been a close link with America. Last night, I had the real pleasure of installing Chuck Robertson as a canon. I’ve watched canons from America being installed my whole life. And there’s a sense in which when I am in North America, this is home.

“For the Scottish Episcopal Church, just having the knowledge that somehow we are connected … means that we are more outward-looking than inward-looking.”

The historic bond that St. Andrew’s Cathedral shares with the Episcopal Church includes an invitation for the presiding bishop to nominate someone to be installed as an honorary canon.

“Their affection for our church and our affection for the Scottish Episcopal Church is longstanding and deep,” said Curry. “And now we must take that affection into concrete work that helps to change the world into something akin to God’s dream for it, and so Canon Robertson being made an honorary canon was a symbolic way of incarnating that in a human person.”

Meanwhile, the Very Rev. Isaac Poobalan, cathedral provost, hopes the visit will raise further awareness of the role that the cathedral plays in the community of Aberdeen’s city center and beyond.

When Seabury reached London back in 1784, bishops in the Church of England thwarted his mission to the episcopate. The English church, standing firm in its post-Reformation ideals, insisted he swear an oath of allegiance to the king. Such an oath would have contravened America’s Declaration of Independence, and with the colonies having won the war of independence one year earlier, Seabury was wise to decline.

Instead, he took to the road, traveling 400 miles north to Scotland. There the Episcopal Church in Aberdeen and Orkney willingly assisted with his consecration, and with a more workable condition – that he promote the Scottish Prayer Book when he returns home.

St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Aberdeen, Scotland, holds a special place in the legacies of both the U.S.-based Episcopal Church and the Scottish Episcopal Church. Photo: Matthew Davies/Episcopal News Service

This milestone is often heralded as the main catalyst, if not the onset, of what eventually would become known as the Anglican Communion. The relationship between the U.S.-based Episcopal Church and the Scottish Episcopal Church has deepened and flourished over the more than two centuries since that momentous occasion, including with a close companion diocese relationship between the dioceses of Connecticut, and Aberdeen and Orkney.

To this day, despite several prayer book revisions, the Rite I Eucharistic Prayer in the Episcopal Church’s Book of Common Prayer is strikingly similar to the same liturgy found in the Scottish Prayer Book.

But Curry also noted that “the red, white and blue — and that particular shade of blue in the Episcopal Church flag — hails from Scotland. And indeed, our very name, the Episcopal Church comes from the Scottish Episcopal Church. So, in those symbolic yet significant ways, there are ties that bind us. But I have a feeling there’s a deeper DNA. There’s kind of an American spirit that has a lot to do, I think, with the spirit of Scotland, and that sense of freedom and independence. That’s pretty American, and I have a feeling we get that from Scotland.”

Samuel Seabury

Seabury was born in Groton, Connecticut, and graduated from Yale College in 1748. He read theology under his father and then studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, 1752-1753. Seabury was ordained deaconon Dec. 21, 1753, and priest on Dec. 23, 1753, in England. He was a missionary of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel at New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1754-1757, and rector at Jamaica, New York, 1757-1766.

From 1766 to 1776 he served as rector of St. Peter’s Church, Westchester, New York, and from 1776 to 1783 he was in private medical practice and chaplain to British troops at Staten Island and New York. He wrote forceful pamphlets in defense of loyalty to the British Crown. On Mar. 25, 1783, he was elected bishop of Connecticut and was consecrated at Aberdeen, Scotland, Nov. 14, 1784, by three nonjuring bishops of the Scottish Episcopal Church.

He also served as bishop of Rhode Island, 1790-1796 and as presiding bishop from 1789 to 1792. He was a high churchman in the tradition of the nonjurors and the Caroline Divines. A valid episcopacy and the threefold orders of clergy were central concerns for him. He died in New London, Connecticut. Seabury and the passing of the episcopate to the Episcopal Church are commemorated on Nov. 14 in the Episcopal calendar of the church year.

In the decades following Seabury’s death, the communion grew geographically and numerically, largely through the missionary movement, and many more-complex cultural and contextual issues came into play. Other than in its prayer book, the Anglican Communion staved off making any foundational declaration until the 1888 Lambeth Conference endorsed the Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral, originally adopted by the Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops in 1886.

The Quadrilateral named four principles of Anglicanism: the Holy Scriptures, as containing all things necessary to salvation; the creeds – specifically the Apostles’ and Nicene creeds – as the sufficient statement of Christian faith; the sacraments of baptism and Holy Communion; and the historic episcopate, locally adapted. (A U.S. Episcopal priest, William Reed Huntington, is credited with proposing the four elements in an 1870 essay.)

Today, the communion encompasses 39 autonomous provinces with some 80 million Anglicans in 165 countries worldwide. But it’s anyone’s guess what the landscape of the Anglican Communion would look like in 2017 had Seabury not ventured to Scotland in search of his episcopal consecration.

But the path of the Anglican Communion has been far from smooth at times, with the spotlight over recent decades highlighting the differences over biblical interpretation concerning women’s ordination and human sexuality issues. To date, the two churches are the only ones to have removed the definition that marriage is between a man and a woman, thus enabling gay and lesbian Christians to be married in church.

“The Anglican Communion has its difficulties, has its concerns, and we need to find ways of working together so that when we really get down to issues, we know that the issues we are talking about as the ones that concern us for the world,” said Strange. “For a small church like ours to be able to be a part of a larger institution is always important … I am looking forward to maintaining what is clearly already a loving relationship and to finding ways to build on that.”

Curry agreed. “We are not isolated, disparate individuals. We are part of a greater whole. Dr. Martin Luther King said we are tied in networks of mutuality in a single garment of destiny. The truth is we are interconnected, we are interrelated, and the more we use our interconnectedness and our relationships for the good, the better off the whole world is.”

The visit will continue in Edinburgh with a possible visit to the Scottish Parliament and a meeting with Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, according to the Scottish Episcopal Church’s director of communications.

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