Resumen del Consejo Consultivo Anglicano: 6 de noviembre

first_img Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Smithfield, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Submit a Job Listing 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 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Press Release Service 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 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Resumen del Consejo Consultivo Anglicano: 6 de noviembre Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest 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 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Washington, DC center_img This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 [Episcopal News Service – Auckland, Nueva Zelanda] Muchas cosas suceden cada día durante la 15ª. reunión del Consejo Consultivo Anglicano (ACC). Además de los otros informes de Episcopal News Service, he aquí algunas otras cosas que tuvieron lugar el 6 de noviembre (hora local), el onceno día de la reunión que se extiende desde el 27 de octubre hasta el 7 de noviembre.Elegidos los miembros del Comité PermanenteEl CCA eligió a seis de sus miembros para ocupar seis de los siete asientos  del Consejo en el Comité Permanente de la Comunión Anglicana, que consta de 14 miembros. Ellos son:Juanildo Barrity, Iglesia Episcopal Anglicana del BrasilHelen Biggin, Iglesia de GalesBishop Eraste Bigirimana, Iglesia Anglicana de BurundiThe Rev. Sarah Macneil, Iglesia Anglicana de AustraliaSamuel Mukunya, Iglesia Anglicana de KeniaLouisa Mojela, Iglesia Anglicana de África del SurIan Douglas, obispo de la Diócesis de Connecticut, fue electo al Comité Permanente durante la reunión anterior del CCA, [que tuvo lugar] en Jamaica en 2009, y su período continúa.Los primados de la Comunión Anglicana tienen cinco asientos en el Comité. La obispa primada Katharine Jefferts Schori es una de esos cinco.El obispo James Tengatenga, de la Diócesis de Malawi del Sur, y Elizabeth Paver, de la Iglesia de Inglaterra, tienen asientos en el comité por virtud de su estatus como presidente y vicepresidenta [respectivamente] del CCA.El arzobispo de Cantórbery es miembro ex officio del comité.El informe sobre el ‘sionismo cristiano’ se aceptó con revisiones y se ofrece como material de estudioEl Consejo aceptó una versión ligeramente revisada de “¿Tierra de Promisión? Una exploración anglicana de las actitudes cristianas hacia Tierra Santa, con especial referencia al ‘sionismo cristiano’”, el informe de 33.000 palabras que antes había provocado un debate en la reunión.Los miembros aprobaron otra versión de la Resolución 15.32 en que expresaron su aprecio por el estudio y pedían que se pusiera a disposición de las provincias como material de estudio.El sionismo cristiano se define en el informe como “una creencia entre algunos cristianos de que el regreso de los judíos a Tierra Santa, y el establecimiento del Estado de Israel en 1948, están de acuerdo con la profecía bíblica… y por consiguiente merecen apoyo político, económico y religioso”.El informe proviene de la Red de Intereses Interreligiosos, un equipo de trabajo de la Comunión.Los segmentos que causaron mayor preocupación con algunos miembros del Consejo aparecen en el capítulo final que se llama “Localizando nuestros puntos de vista”, en el cual la versión original tenía una lista de 25 ítems titulada:  “Convenimos en que todos los anglicanos podemos y debemos afirmar lo siguiente”.  Ese encabezamiento se ha cambiado y ahora dice: “Queremos afirmar lo siguiente”.También se ha cambiado el texto explicativo al comienzo de ese capítulo a fin de hacer más claro que la opiniones que se expresan son las de los miembros del comité y no las de todos los anglicanos.Resoluciones aprobadas por el Consejo en el día de hoyResolución 15.20, que acoge co beneplácito [el estudio] “Participar en la Comunicación de Dios” [Participating in God’s Communication] y se lo recomienda a las provincias, de manera que ellas “laboren para garantizar que estén plenamente equipadas en todos los niveles a fin de compartir las buenas nuevas del reino de Dios en el siglo XXI”, que establezcan el objetivo de que cada provincia disponga de “un comunicador provincial superior capacitado” para el CCA-16 y que animen a las iglesias de la Comunión a celebrar el Domingo de la Comunión Anglicana.Resolución 15.22, por la que se adoptan los informes del resumen financiero para la Comunión Anglicana,  se aprueban los presupuestos de 2012-2013 y las proyecciones para 2013 y 2014, y se le pide a cada provincia que cumpla con la contribución presupuestaria solicitada (incluye un proyectado aumento del tres por ciento anual).Resolución 15.30, que encomia [la labor de] la Red Francófona, le pide a la Oficina de la Comunión Anglicana que acopie importantes documentos traducidos en la página web para facilitar su difusión, que ve con beneplácito y alienta a las provincias a traducir documentos a los idiomas locales y pide que esas traducciones se envíen a la oficina de la Comunión y solicita del Secretario General que informe al CCA-16 sobre el progreso [de esta tarea].Resolución 15.31, que solicita del Secretario General que explore y, con la aprobación del Comité Permanente, ponga en práctica cuando lo estime adecuado, una campaña de capital a fin de obtener ingresos, por concepto de donaciones, para los programas de la Comunión.Resolución 15.35, que expresa preocupación, compasión y oraciones por el Sudán, la Región de los Grandes Lagos (incluida la parte oriental de la República Democrática del Congo, Nigeria, Somalia y Mali); da gracias por “la creciente paz” entre el Sudán y Sudán del Sur; manifiesta su empatía por los países africanos que emergen de conflictos armados; insta a orar por las víctimas de atrocidades; condena a los responsables de violaciones de los derechos humanos; pide a los gobiernos, a la ONU y a las organizaciones no gubernamentales que apoyen a las víctimas; ofrece el apoyo de iniciativas para la restauración de la paz y el mejoramiento de las condiciones de vida, le pide a los gobiernos que garanticen elecciones “libres, justas y pacíficas” y apoya el proceso de reconciliación en países africanos.Resolución 15.38, que acoge con beneplácito la participación de mujeres anglicanas en la próxima reunión de la Comisión sobre el Estado de la Mujer, de Naciones Unidas, en marzo de 2013, y adopta el texto de una declaración escrita para la reunión.Algunas de estas resoluciones, aunque no todas, aparecen aquí.– La Rda. Mary Frances Schjonberg es redactora y reportera de Episcopal News Service. Traducido por Vicente Echerri. Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Por Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Nov 7, 2012 Rector Tampa, FL Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Albany, NY Rector Shreveport, LA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Featured Events Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Bath, NC Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Belleville, IL Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Submit an Event Listing Featured Jobs & Calls An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK 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 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Director of Music Morristown, NJlast_img read more

Newark: Church marks Emancipation Proclamation anniversary

first_img 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 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Hopkinsville, KY Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Hugh Magee says: 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 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Newark: Church marks Emancipation Proclamation anniversary Six-month series kicks off in Morristown, New Jersey Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Albany, NY Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Tampa, FL Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem February 22, 2013 at 2:28 am This is terrific stuff. It portrays the Episcopal Church at its best! By Sharon SheridanPosted Feb 21, 2013 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Submit a Press Release Rector Belleville, IL Rector Bath, NC Press Release Service This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Submit a Job Listing Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET center_img Featured Events Submit an Event Listing Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME 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 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Washington, DC Comments (1) Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Ethnic Ministries Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Curate Diocese of Nebraska Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Tags Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Members of the F.A.I.T.H. Liturgical Dancers from Bethel AME Church in Morristown, New Jersey, perform during a combined service at nearby Church of the Redeemer. The service launched a six-month celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation at the Morristown Episcopal church. Photo/Randy Johnson[Episcopal News Service] Emancipation “is in our DNA” at Church of the Redeemer  in Morristown, New Jersey, says the Rev. Cynthia Black, rector. “We talk about liberation. We live liberation.”So when it came time to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the church that calls itself “a Christian liberation community in the Episcopal tradition” planned far more than a one-day or Black History Month event.Starting on Jan. 20, Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday, and ending June 16 with a “Juneteenth” celebration of the end of slavery, Redeemer is hosting a series of guest speakers and preachers, exhibits and liturgies in a program called “Forever Free: Reclaiming the Emancipation Proclamation.”The idea for the six-month commemoration emerged after last year’s Easter Vigil, where as part of the liturgy a church member told the story of Redeemer’s origin, when members of a neighboring Morristown church left over theological differences to start their own congregation. Soon after, parishioner Chuck Dickerson, who teaches history at the county college, approached Black and said, “You know, that’s one version of the story. Here’s another.”“He talked about the divisions at the time over slavery and how his understanding was that, as the two churches chose to go separate ways … it was those who were involved in emancipation and abolitionist kinds of activities who formed Redeemer,” she recalled. They had a long conversation, and he mentioned the proclamation’s approaching 150th anniversary. “I said, ‘It seems like this is too good an opportunity to pass up. What do you want to do?’”They first envisioned inviting a prominent speaker but then realized they didn’t want to limit themselves to one event. “It would be too hard to capture with just one event,” Black said.Organizers expanded the program to three and finally to six months and still found they had more possible events than room in the schedule. They hope retired Diocese of Massachusetts Bishop Suffragan Barbara Harris, an African-American who was the first woman to become a bishop in the Anglican Communion, will be able to preach during the commemoration, Black said. Following the program, in September, a special screening is planned of “Traces of the Trade,” with Director Katrina Brown sharing insights from her family’s history as slaveholders in Rhode Island.The commemoration began during Redeemer’s annual “reconciliation season,” stretching from Martin Luther King Sunday to Absalom Jones Sunday honoring the Episcopal Church’s first African-American priest. At the beginning and end of the season, Redeemer traditionally worships with Morristown’s Bethel AME Church.This year, Bethel’s pastor preached during the combined Jan. 20 service at Redeemer, where his church’s liturgical dancers performed, the two church choirs sang together and the readings included portions of the 1936 Federal Writers’ Project’s “Slave Narratives.” On Feb. 10, Black preached at a combined jazz worship service at Bethel a few blocks away.Music is playing a prominent role in the commemoration. Dickerson led three adult forums on a social history of jazz, and the church’s Lenten series features meditations on five Negro spirituals.Other artists are participating as well.During a reception on April 7, abstract painter Nell Irvin Painter, emerita professor of American history at Princeton University, will present perspectives on global human trafficking as depicted in her artwork. The following week, Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, associate professor of American Art at the University of Pennsylvania, will give an illustrated talk on portraits of African Americans in the 19th century and how they shed light on the understanding of interracial communities of the time.Painter’s presentation falls on the church’s annual Holocaust/genocide remembrance. Likewise, other speakers were chosen to bring together emancipation themes with annual commemorations: the Rev. Nan Peete, sharing insights about being one of the church’s first female African-American clergy members, at the May 12 Women’s Journeys service; interracial couple Ernest and Louie Clay-Crew preaching on race and sexuality on LGBT Pride Sunday June 2; and the Rev. Canon Edward Rodman addressing the intersection of race and maleness during the June 16 Men’s Journeys service.The confluence of emancipation and other issues is in keeping with Redeemer’s mission.“We talk about ourselves as a Christian liberation community in the Episcopal tradition. We take that very seriously,” Black said. “The diversity that we’re proud of is not any one identifiable kind of diversity.“We’re very clear that the interlocking systems of oppression have not done the church any good and that the way to change that is to model something else. And so [in] everything we do, from our worship to our education … we try to live our diversity out.“I think people here get that,” she said. “We have a very large LGBT population. We have a very large population of people in recovery. But anybody who’s kind of a single-issue person doesn’t last here very long. We’re really clear that all of those things are related.”Through participating in “Forever Free,” she said, “I hope people have a better sense of history, a better sense of where we as a culture and a nation need to go and maybe even one thing they can do to help us get there.”— Sharon Sheridan is an ENS correspondent. Featured Jobs & Calls In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Collierville, TN 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 Shreveport, LA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Youth Minister Lorton, VA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Comments are closed. Cathedral Dean Boise, IDlast_img read more

Canada: Niagara bishop sues blogger for defamation

first_img An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC May 9, 2013 at 4:13 pm Whatever the rights or wrongs, bishops should not be suing bloggers. Only wicked men use libel laws. And who precisely is paying Bp Bird’s legal costs? Roger Pearse says: Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Comments (4) Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Collierville, TN Joseph F Foster says: Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Malachy Egan says: Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Elizabeth R. Hallett says: Rector Belleville, IL Comments are closed. Director of Music Morristown, NJ Featured Events Rector Bath, NC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Submit a Job Listing Rector Martinsville, VA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis May 8, 2013 at 3:27 pm In the United States, the Bishop’s libel suit wouldn’t have a prayer. But Canadian libel laws are much more like the United Kingdom’s and it seems sometimes that embarrassing government or public personages is considered libel. So it may fly in Canada. But I’m in the United States and I am contemptous of this Bishop. Submit a Press Release Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ [Anglican Journal] Bishop Michael Bird of the Diocese of Niagara has filed a defamation lawsuit with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice against blogger David Jenkins.The suit alleges that, in his blog Anglican Samizdat, Jenkins has published comments about Bird that were injurious to his “credit, character and reputation…in his office as spiritual leader and bishop of the diocese and in his occupation as priest…”Hamilton lawyer Graydon Sheppard, who is representing the bishop, told the Anglican Journal that the lawsuit was a last resort measure from the bishop. “He, and to some extent, his wife, have been under constant attack for more than two years by this blogger…” Jenkins, he added, “has gone beyond fair comment and debate about doctrinal matters.”According to Sheppard, bloggers are subject to the same libel laws as journalists or other writers when it comes to publishing material. “The basic law of the country is that you can’t hold somebody up to hatred, ridicule and contempt, and that’s what we say this blogger has been doing,” he said. “So the bishop put up with this for as long as any human being…could do and finally resorted to the only weapon he has to stop it…the primary goal is to stop the personal attacks.”Douglas Simpson, the Hamilton lawyer representing Jenkins, declined comment; however, the statement of defense filed with the court denies “in all cases…that the words, pictures or sounds of said broadcasts or postings were libelous or defamatory.” It goes on to state that Jenkins “was exercising his right to freedom of religion and expression, and that the statements of the Defendant were either true or they constituted expression of opinion and were fair comment.”Jenkins’ defense also asserts that his comments were “…intended to be humorous and make use of satire, sarcasm, irony, hyperbole, wit, ‘send up’ and other types of humor to make a point other than what one would take literally from the comments. In those cases, no reasonable viewer or reader of the blog postings would be expected to believe that the statements are true…”The statement also says that Jenkins was not notified of the bishop’s complaints in writing within six weeks of the libel coming to the bishop’s attention as required by the Libel and Slander Act, and that this “failure deprived the Defendant of the opportunity to investigate the words complained of or to publish, if appropriate, a correction or an apology.”The bishop is seeking $400,000 in damages as well as legal costs. The suit also seeks “an interim and a permanent injunction requiring the defendant and any Internet service provider or host sites to remove or cause to be removed the web site found at www.anglicansamizdat.net and any and all defamatory material that the defendant has posted or caused to be posted anywhere else on the internet; an interim and permanent injunction prohibiting the defendant from publishing or causing to be published any further comment about the plaintiff.” Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Submit an Event Listing 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 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME center_img Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC 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 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Tampa, FL Canada: Niagara bishop sues blogger for defamation Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Smithfield, NC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Shreveport, LA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Anglican Communion May 7, 2013 at 11:14 pm It is so easy to destroy and so hard to be constructive and helpful!! Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET By Leigh Anne WilliamsPosted May 7, 2013 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT 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 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Tags Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Albany, NY May 14, 2013 at 4:11 pm I have commented upon this in my spring open letter: http://www.abbacanada.org/letter.htmlFrom a Christian perspective it is a pretty sad affair!Malachy+Bishop EmeritusAbba Ministries of Canada Featured Jobs & Calls This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Press Release Servicelast_img read more

Breakaway Falls Church leaders plan to appeal court’s property ruling

first_img Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest August 16, 2013 at 3:39 pm Will it be 3 strikes and your out? Godly people are on both sides. We should be praying for a solution that is inclusive. There are CANA churches that are thriving, The history of the Falls Church needs to be considered. I believe all of this started with the 1979 Prayer Book and then Women’s Ordination. Is Anglican to be confused with KJV only Baptists? Property August 14, 2013 at 8:32 am There is a tremendous irony in Shannon Johnston’s complaints about litigation, given the highly litigious nature of Dr. Schori and her legal team at 815.It’s time for 815 to realize that there are increasing numbers of members who can no longer deal with the heterodoxy of TEC. An orderly process is needed in order to minister effectively to those members and parishes who are led by God to leave. The alternative will be, in many cases, congregations whose property is divested and sold by the denomination and parishes who must forsake generations of history and giving in order to remain faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Director of Music Morristown, NJ In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 August 14, 2013 at 1:14 pm Your pathetic hypocrisy and hatred must be exhausting, David. It is to me and Our Lord, that’s for sure. Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC August 13, 2013 at 5:18 pm I wonder on what Constitutional basis the CANA group is basing their appeal to SCOTUS. CANA certainly has the money, but why spend it in this manner? Is it time to “follow the money?” Rector Pittsburgh, PA Press Release Service Rector Belleville, IL Terry Francis says: Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Zachary Brooks says: Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Comments (9) Breakaway Falls Church leaders plan to appeal court’s property ruling Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Smithfield, NC David Yarbrough says: Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Featured Events Tags Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Featured Jobs & Calls Bill Cruse says: Rector Knoxville, TN Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 August 14, 2013 at 8:22 pm What a total waste of money, time and energy. It is impossible for me to understand why these folks want to leave The Episcopal Church and have ther temerity to take property and assets that do not belong to them. Go ye and found a new church with the money and do what you believe is the mission of God. Hopefully she will agree with you Rector Collierville, TN Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Michael Newman says: Associate Rector Columbus, GA 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 August 31, 2013 at 1:42 pm I totally agree with Vince. There ARE godly people on both sides of this issue. I hope and pray that the Supreme Court will accept this case and finally resolve the issue. As for you Zachary Brooks, the only thing I find pathetic is you calling Mr. Yarbrough a hypocrite and a hatemonger. I have a feeling our Lord would kinda frown on all the name-calling.center_img By diocesan staffPosted Aug 13, 2013 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books 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 Bath, NC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release Daniel Weatherholt says: Nellwyn Beamon says: Comments are closed. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Albany, NY 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 Martinsville, VA August 13, 2013 at 9:13 am What a royal waste of money. CANA Falls Church has been denied at every level. It is time to stop and focus on their future. Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit a Job Listing [Episcopal Diocese of Virginia press release] The leaders of a Falls Church, Virginia congregation that broke away from the Episcopal Church said this week that they plan to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Falls Church CANA congregation will ask the high court to overturn the Supreme Court of Virginia’s April 18 ruling in favor of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. That state ruling upheld a 2012 decision that allowed The Falls Church Episcopal to return to its historic church home.An earlier appeal by the CANA group to the Supreme Court of Virginia for reconsideration of its unanimous decision was denied in June.“It is unfortunate that this litigation continues,” said Diocese of Virginia Bishop Shannon S. Johnston. “Nonetheless, we remain committed to focusing our energies on the work of the church. The Falls Church Episcopal continues to grow and thrive, and we all look forward to a time when we can put these issues behind us for good.”Those sentiments were echoed by the Rev. John Ohmer, rector of The Falls Church Episcopal. “We will continue to focus not on the past, but on growing our present and future ministries,” said Ohmer.The CANA congregation has until Sept. 12 to file its petition for appeal. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to make a decision on whether to hear the appeal toward the end of this year or the beginning of 2014. 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The members of the CANA group have every right to worship with as a separate Christian body from the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, but they have no right to take what does not belong to them! Rector Tampa, FL Rector Washington, DC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH John B. Chilton says: Vince Blasco says: Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Shreveport, LA last_img read more

Little United Thank Offering’s blue boxes fund big dreams

first_img Rector Albany, NY Featured Events Submit a Press Release Submit a Job Listing Tags By ENS StaffPosted Jun 28, 2015 United Thank Offering This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Press Release Service 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 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Little United Thank Offering’s blue boxes fund big dreams Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis 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 Director of Music Morristown, NJ General Convention 2015, Rector Knoxville, TN Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Tampa, FL Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 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 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest center_img Rector Martinsville, VA Submit an Event Listing Rector Smithfield, NC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Washington, DC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Collierville, TN An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA A gigantic blue offering box appeared at the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society’s booth in the General Convention exhibit hall on June 28, in celebration of the United Thank Offering’s 125th anniversary. Inside the box, visitors can enjoy displays about the UTO’s history and post messages on the wall about things for which they are grateful. Photo: Tracy J. Sukraw/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City] The United Thank Offering’s little blue offering boxes are everywhere throughout the Salt Palace Convention Center – some 20,000 of them distributed so far, according to UTO Missioner Heather Melton – and every penny collected during the General Convention will go to support innovative young adult ministries.It’s the first time the UTO has devoted a collection of this kind, Melton said.“Often young adult ministries are innovative but not well funded. It’s our hope not only to help with seed money but also get other Episcopalians excited about supporting these ministries and replicating them across the church,” Melton said.Katie Reeves, who received one of the UTO’s 125th anniversary grants this year, is using it to help congregations in central California use their outdoor space for food gardens. Photo: Tracy J. Sukraw/Episcopal News ServiceKatie Reeves’ “Reimagine” project is one example. She received one of the UTO’s 125th anniversary grants this year and is using it to help six congregations in the Diocese of El Camino Real in central California to think creatively about using their outdoor space for food gardens.In the Diocese of North Carolina, an anniversary grant to Caitlyn Darnnell helped equip “A Moveable Feast,” a food truck that is part snack stop, part chapel on wheels for college students on campuses without a chaplaincy presence.These young women are continuing the legacy of the UTO’s 19th century founders, such as Julia Chester Emery of Massachusetts, Melton said. “We’re thrilled to support them in their work.”UTO was established in 1889 as the United Offering by the Women’s Auxiliary to the Board of Missions and primarily supported the work of women missionaries. UTO later broadened its emphasis to include all areas of the church’s work.The United Thank Offering is a ministry to promote thankfulness and mission in the whole Church. Known worldwide as UTO, the United Thank Offering grants are awarded for projects that address human needs and help alleviate poverty, both domestically and internationally in The Episcopal Church.At the traditional General Convention United Thank Offering Ingathering and Eucharist June 28, diocesan representatives and others presented symbols of their 2013-2015 contributions. Grouped by provinces, they crossed the altar platform to place their records in an offering plate held by UTO president Barbara Schafer and to be thanked by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings and other members of the altar party.The provincial total ingatherings were announced during the procession. They wereProvince I: $193,544.16Province II: $ 469,169.00Province III: $784,435.39Province IV: $882,544.35Province V: $414,779.16Province VI: $161,956.52Province VII: $396,576.59Province VIII: $371,687.35Province IX: $ 46,489.28Representatives of ingatherings, which were not a part of an Episcopal Church province, also participated from the Episcopacy for Armed Forces and Federal Ministries, the staff of the Domestic and Missionary Society, The Episcopal Church in Liberia, Province of West Africa, Iglesia Anglicana de Mexico, Iglesia Episcopal de Panamá, Iglesia Anglicana de la Región Central América and Iglesia Anglicana de Uruguay, Iglesia Anglicana del Cono Sur de AmericaThe total ingathering for 2012-2014 was $4,378,328.16.UTO suggests that people should daily pray and give – by putting some coins in their Blue Box – in recognition of their daily thanks for what God has given them. Oftentimes, the people whom the UTO calls “thankful givers” supplement their daily contributions before sending the money to UTO either individually or through a process known as diocesan in-gatherings. The UTO believes that thankful giving unites the givers spiritually with the people who benefit from their gifts.— Episcopal News Service correspondent Tracy Sukraw and ENS editor reporter the Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg contributed to this report. 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Cincinnati’s Christ Church Cathedral takes aim at gun violence

first_img Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Washington, DC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis September 1, 2016 at 9:55 am Where can we get the lawn signs? Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET September 2, 2016 at 2:12 pm IF poverty causes gun crime, then why are not the blacks in the poverty stricken Mississippi Delta or the whites in poverty stricken Appalachia shooting each other? The reason is that though poor in earthly possessions, these rural folks have God, community attachments and LOCAL charitable organizations in their lives. Attachments to God, community and local charities have been abolished in the inner cities by Federal government policies. Blame the federal government for the feeling of helplessness and frustration that these inner city folks feel as they have to depend on a cold and heartless federal government for food, housing and support. Featured Jobs & Calls Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Belleville, IL Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Cincinnati’s Christ Church Cathedral takes aim at gun violence Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Director of Music Morristown, NJ By Sarah B. 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Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC center_img Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Albany, NY Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI An anti-gun-violence mural was painted on the exterior of Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Cincinnati as part of the cathedral’s efforts to address gun violence. Photo: Sarah B. Hartwig[Episcopal News Service] Seven people have been killed in Cincinnati by gun violence in the month of August alone. In 2016, there have been 63 homicides in this city of 300,000 people.Christ Church Cathedral has responded by placing a 20-by-24-foot mural on its building’s south side façade at a busy intersection in the city’s downtown business district.The mural, created in partnership with ArtWorks Cincinnati, a nonprofit that trains youth to create art for public impact, depicts a group of young men holding pencils that resemble guns with grips, triggers and magazine.“The juxtaposition of an image that looks like a gun but is actually a pencil is the artist inviting us to imagine what might be possible if weapons were transformed into something quite different,” said the Very Rev. Gail Greenwell, dean of Christ Church Cathedral.Anti-gun-violence yard signs produced for Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati, Ohio, have been placed at homes and businesses around the city where gun violence has occurred. Photo: Sarah B. HartwigThe piece, designed by urban artists Icy and Sot, joins a series of banners and signs showing a young child erasing the image of a gun drawn on a chalkboard. These yard signs and vinyl banners, which reinforce the importance of education, are placed at homes and businesses hit by gun violenceAs part of a yearlong initiative, the cathedral is partnering with city leaders and community advocates, including Mitch Morris of the Cincinnati Works’ Phoenix Program, to combat gun violence in Cincinnati. Since 2007, the program has worked to curb urban violence and address the cycles of poverty.As a designated community responder, Morris receives phone calls from the Cincinnati Police Department whenever there’s an incident of gun-related violence. Day or night, Morris heads to the scene, helping families, answering questions and often deescalating tense situations.In addition to his work on the scene, Morris assists the grieving families of victims who cannot afford to bury their loved one. It is in this capacity that Morris has partnered with Christ Church Cathedral to offer funeral services for victims of gun violence.Instances of gun violence, while numerous, are still grossly underreported in the local media, said Morris.“Each week, I receive at least six calls from police about a shooting. Of these, at least one is a homicide,” he said. “The general public rarely hears about those other incidents that leave victims severely injured or permanently disabled.”Each Sunday, cathedral members and friends in pray for those killed. A list is maintained on the cathedral’s website to further honor the victims and showcase the gravity of the situation in greater Cincinnati.“With each instance of gun violence in our city, the ramifications send shock waves throughout the community, affecting a radius of hundreds of friends, family and loved ones,” said Greenwell. “Christ Church Cathedral is committed to bringing our message of love, peace and compassion out of the pulpit and to the streets.”Together, the Phoenix Program, which also helps those in need attend school and gain work experience, and Christ Church Cathedral are working to provide alternatives to crime and violence via prayer, gun buy-back programs and educational opportunities.Morris has witnessed the correlation between gun violence and a lack of education through his work with police, victims of violence and their families.“A lot of times, these gun crimes are poverty-driven. It comes down to one thing: People need a job,” said Morris, adding that he’s had many conversations with individuals who “truly believed” they didn’t have any options beyond crime because of a lack of marketable skills.Morris is pleased with the impact of this art initiative. “People living in spots prone to violence are asking for the yard signs – they want to get involved,” he said. “It’s a great feeling knowing that we’re all working toward the same goal.”Morris’ hope for Cincinnati is simple: to go a weekend without receiving a phone call about a shooting.Greenwell also looks forward to having a more peaceful community.“Through public art displays and our supporting services, we are putting our message into practice and encouraging others to join the conversation and make Cincinnati a safer place for everyone,” she said.“As a society, we’ve become numb to the reports of shootings and death, but we want to do more than say ‘our thoughts and prayers are with them.’ We don’t have the luxury of helplessness or hopelessness. We are called to action to stop the violence.”The gun violence prevention initiative is one of many community outreach services offered by the cathedral, such as providing food and housing assistance, and sponsoring community issues forums.For more information on the cathedral’s efforts to reduce gun violence, click here.— Sarah B. Hartwig is director of communications for Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Tampa, FL Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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‘Don’t forget us’: Orphaned girl’s plea leads to film and…

first_img Tags Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 [Anglican Communion News Service] A book of poems written by the girls of an Episcopal orphanage in Honduras has been published. The release of the anthology, “Counting Time Like People Count Stars,” coincides with the screening of a film about the girls and the poetry project at major film festivals. The film, produced by Hollywood actor James Franco, was originally called “Las Chavas” – home girls – but had been retitled “Voices Beyond The Wall” by the time it premiered at the Miami International Film Festival earlier this year.Full article. Rector Bath, NC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Posted Sep 19, 2017 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Anglican Communion Featured Events Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Featured Jobs & Calls Submit an Event Listing 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 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem 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 Smithfield, NC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Collierville, TN Associate Rector Columbus, GA ‘Don’t forget us’: Orphaned girl’s plea leads to film and book of poems Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Albany, NY Rector Martinsville, VA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Tampa, FL Rector Knoxville, TN Curate Diocese of Nebraska Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Belleville, IL Submit a Job Listing Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Hopkinsville, KY Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA 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 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Press Release Service Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Washington, DC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Press Releaselast_img read more

Candidates with Episcopal roots cite faith as inspiring, guiding campaigns…

first_img Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Belleville, IL Associate Rector Columbus, GA By David PaulsenPosted Nov 2, 2018 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Candidates with Episcopal roots cite faith as inspiring, guiding campaigns for Congress Tags Featured Jobs & Calls Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem 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 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Hopkinsville, KY Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Tampa, FL 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 Featured Events Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ 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 Albany, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Submit a Job Listing Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Martinsville, VA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Audrey Denney speaks at a campaign event. She was raised Episcopalian and is currently running for Congress in California’s 1st District. Photo: Worldlove Photo and Video[Episcopal News Service] When Audrey Denney decided to run for Congress in California’s 1st District, she had the support of some rather important Episcopal priests: her family members. All of them.Venturing into politics made Denney something of a family exception after her mother, stepfather and two older sisters all chose to enter ordained ministry, but their faith example and Denney’s own Episcopal upbringing have influenced how she approaches the campaign trail.“They’ve been an incredibly supportive family and presence in my life and inspired me to see what I’m doing now as living out our call to be God’s hands and feet in the world,” said Denney, a 34-year-old Chico resident who is running as a Democrat.In Alabama’s 4th District, voters are getting to know Lee Auman, 25, a Democrat who served as an Episcopal youth minister while attending Auburn University and later worked for two years as director of the conference center at the Diocese of Alabama’s Camp McDowell in Nauvoo.Lee Auman is an Episcopalian running for Congress as a Democrat in Alabama’s 4th District. Photo: Lee Auman for CongressFaith “informs my life,” Auman told Episcopal News Service. “It is an undercurrent that is always inspiring me and moving me and reorienting me as a person, and I want to take that into office with me.”Candidates wishing to bring their Episcopal roots to Washington, D.C., would find plenty of company in the past and present. The United States has a long history of political leaders from the Anglican tradition, and although the Episcopal Church’s representation in Congress has been eclipsed by other Christian denominations over the years, dozens of today’s senators and representatives still identify as Episcopalians or Anglicans.Episcopalians’ desire to serve their country, states and districts transcends party lines and regional differences. Rep. Suzan DelBene is a Democrat from Washington. Sen. Angus King is an independent from Maine. Rep. Andy Barr is a Republican from Kentucky. All credit their Episcopal faith with shaping their political work.“Being raised in the Episcopal Church, which is such an outwardly looking, active-faith community … we tend to be called to try and make a difference,” Barr told ENS in 2017 for a story about how faith inspires congressional Episcopalians’ public service.Candidate follows her faith into public serviceDenney’s desire to make a difference was forged at an early age, from her years attending St. Paul’s School in Visalia, California, to her confirmation at St. James Episcopal Church in Paso Robles.She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural education from Chico State University and taught there for six years before taking a job with an agricultural nonprofit working in Ghana. More recently, she has worked as an agricultural education consultant.Denney also spent a year after college in El Salvador working with Cristosal, a human rights organization with roots in the Episcopal and Anglican churches. She later joined Cristosal’s board and served as president, and she continues to volunteer.Although Denney still occasionally attends Episcopal worship services, she developed a connection with Bidwell Presbyterian Church in Chico while at college and now serves on Bidwell’s mission committee.Denney, in a phone interview with ENS, described the moment a year ago when she began thinking of running for Congress. In her early 30s, she had reached a comfortable point in her life – “I was in this really kind of happy zone” – but soon felt called to something more.She was in the car talking with her sister, the Rev. Robin Denney, who mentioned being inspired by a recent news story profiling women in their 30s who had launched campaigns for House seats.“And there was this pause, and I said, ‘Well, why not you?’” the Rev. Denney told ENS.Her sister was visibly moved by the question, and both became quiet and pensive.“My stomach dropped in my belly and all of the hair stood up on my arms and I felt like the air was thicker in the car,” Audrey Denney said.She looked at her sister and asked, “Am I running for Congress now?” And her sister’s response was, “Yeah, I think you’re running for Congress.”Robin Denney, 37, is helping with her sister’s campaign while serving as an associate rector at St. Cross Episcopal Church in Hermosa Beach, California. Their older sister, the Rev. Amy Denney Zuniga, 40, is rector at Grace Episcopal Church in St. Helena, and their mother, the Rev. Shelley Booth Denney, is rector at the San Jose’s Episcopal Church in Almaden. The sisters’ stepfather, the Rev. David Starr, is semi-retired but helps at Holy Family Episcopal Church in San Jose.Audrey Denney poses for a photo between her sisters, the Rev. Robin Denney, left, and the Rev. Amy Denney Zuniga, who is holding her daughter. Photo: Worldlove Photo and VideoAudrey Denney is taking a different path but still has “a passion to see her faith lived out in the world,” Robin Denney said.“I think all people are called to serve God in whatever capacity that we have vocationally. Sometimes that’s taking care of a family at home,” she said. For the Denneys, that calling often has meant the priesthood. “And sometimes that’s running for office.”But candidate Denney doesn’t just have the backing of the clergy in her family. The Rev. Brian Solecki left his job as a minister at Bidwell Presbyterian Church to become her campaign manager. Early in the campaign, Solecki and Robin Denney joined Audrey Denney on a kickoff call with a consultant from the House Democrats’ campaign committee.“This is the highest ecclesiastical representation I’ve ever had on a kickoff call,” Audrey Denney recalls the consultant saying.Congress to be reshaped by Nov. 6 midterm elections The stakes are high in races like this across the country. Republicans hold a 23-seat majority in the House. Democrats hope to regain control after the Nov. 6 midterm election, to serve as a check on President Donald Trump, whose approval rating of around 40 percent has remained historically low. Republicans’ slim majority in the Senate is less at risk in this election, though several key Senate races are surprisingly competitive.The Episcopal Church does not get involved in partisan politics. It has a presence in Washington through its Office of Government Relations, which monitors legislation, coordinates with partner agencies and denominations, and develops relationships with lawmakers. The agency communicates frequently with the offices of an estimated 40 Episcopal members of Congress as of last year.Several developments this year may diminish that number in the new Congress. Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-New York, died in March. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, stepped down in April amid a sexual harassment scandal. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Florida, announced she is retiring after this term. Rep. Mark Sanford, R-South Carolina, lost his primary to a Trump-backed challenger.The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations counts 40 Episcopal members of the current Congress as of last year. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceCalifornia’s 1st Congressional District is geographically large, covering the northeast corner of the state. Chico and Redding are its two largest cities, and much of it includes rural and poor communities far removed from the state’s metro areas. It also has swung between the Democratic and Republican parties in recent decades, and in 2016 it voted solidly for Trump.Denney is an underdog, according to projections on the FiveThirtyEight statistical analysis website, though she has an edge in fundraising over the three-term Republican incumbent, Rep. Doug LaMalfa. She also has touted her reliance almost solely on individual donations, rather than money from political action committees, or PACs.“We’re giving the incumbent a run for his money. That’s for sure,” Denney said.Auman is a long-shot candidate to unseat incumbent Rep. Robert Aderholt, a Republican who has represented Alabama’s 4th District since 1997. The district north of Birmingham spans the state, from Mississippi to Georgia, and is mostly rural. In 2016, it backed Trump by 80 percent, one of the president’s highest winning percentages in the country.But Alabama, despite its solidly conservative reputation, surprised the country by electing a Democrat, Doug Jones, to the U.S. Senate in a December special election. Jones’ win gives Auman and other Alabama Democrats at least a shred of hope.Auman said in a phone interview that he already was considering a run for Congress when Jones won, and the election of a fellow Alabama Democrat was further encouragement.“Growing up as a liberal-leaning person in this state, I always heard Democrats might as well not vote,” Auman said. “Obviously, Sen. Jones’ election showed us that wasn’t true.”Running for office, guided by faithAuman’s family attended St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Huntsville, Alabama, when he was young and later joined Church of the Epiphany in Guntersville, which he still considers his home parish. He lives in Union Grove.He also has a longtime connection with Camp McDowell, where he began attending summer camp as an “ankle biter.” During college, he worked in the summers as a camp counselor and eventually head counselor.Lee Auman worked for two years as director of the conference center at the Diocese of Alabama’s Camp McDowell in Nauvoo before stepping down in March to run for Congress. Photo: Lee Auman for Congress, via FacebookIn Auburn, where he served as director of youth ministries at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Auman studied philosophy, partly because it seemed a logical step toward eventually attending seminary. Auman said he still is open to a future call to the priesthood, but his present call is toward public service in the political arena.“Shortly after our president was elected, I realized I didn’t need to wait until I was older,” he said. “I just needed to toss my hat into the ring because I’m just convinced we can do better than we’re doing now.”He sees Republicans campaigning on divisive issues and degrading the American political system, much like the money-changers whom Jesus cast out of the temple in the Gospels, Auman said.“My Episcopal church growing up had people of all political backgrounds,” he said. Agreement on specific issues wasn’t as important as coming together and praying with each other as Christians with shared values. He hopes to bring that spirit to Washington.Auman is one of at least two Episcopalians on Alabamans’ congressional ballots this year. The other, Rep. Bradley Byrne, is a Republican who has represented the 1st District since 2013.Denney said her Christian faith is guiding how she campaigns, emphasizing integrity over political expediency. She also sees many opportunities to apply her faith to the issues facing residents in California’s 1st District.“My entire lens on this campaign has been about justice,” Denney said – economic justice, racial justice, environmental justice, to name a few.The district is mostly white but also has sizable Asian, American Indian and black populations, census figures show. More than 10 percent of families in the district live below the poverty level, and many in rural areas struggle from lack of access to health care. And Denney said her interest in environmental justice was heightened by the Carr wildfire that destroyed more than 1,000 homes in Redding over the summer.When she talks to secular audiences on the campaign trail, the hope she describes for the future is a vision of seeking the kingdom of God, she said, even if she doesn’t use such terms with them.“That’s what fighting for justice is,” Denney said. “So, my faith absolutely has compelled me to step out in this way.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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Episcopal Navy chaplain manages logistics in New York City field…

first_img Rector Hopkinsville, KY By Egan MillardPosted Apr 24, 2020 Featured Jobs & Calls Submit an Event Listing Rector Bath, NC Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Tampa, FL Tags Captain David Thames at the field hospital inside the Javits Center in New York City. Photo: Kleynia R. McKnight/U.S. Navy[Episcopal News Service] At 58, Captain David Thames, a senior chaplain in the U.S. Navy, has seen and done more than most people do in their entire lives. He spent six years as an armored cavalry officer in the Army before being ordained to the priesthood and serving a parish in Texas for nine years. After Sept. 11, 2001, he became a Navy chaplain, which has taken him around the world. During the destructive 2017 hurricane season, he organized relief efforts in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean.But nothing quite prepared him for his current assignment: coordinating the movement of COVID-19 patients in and out of the military’s temporary field hospital at a New York City convention center and its hospital ship, the USNS Comfort.“I could not have scripted this scenario,” Thames told Episcopal News Service in a phone interview from the Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan. “This is by far the most complex and most directly involved I’ve ever been” in a relief operation.Thames, a captain in the Navy’s Second Fleet, has been working 20-hour days at the Javits Center for the past month, leading a team of Navy and Coast Guard officers in the logistical choreography of patient transfers. The Comfort and the Javits Center field hospital were brought in to take some of the pressure off the city’s hospitals as they faced a deluge of COVID-19 patients.Army Spc. Daniel Fields takes a patient’s blood pressure in the Javits New York Medical Station. Photo: Barry Riley/U.S. Navy“We screen and identify patients, we facilitate the physician-to-physician conversation that has to happen before a patient is transferred, and then work through the logistics of actually having the ambulance pick up the patient in the sending hospital, get the transfer processed to bring the patient to Comfort, get the patient embarked and so forth,” Thames explained.“We also work the other direction – we facilitate the discharge process, which is actually even more challenging in many cases because a number of the patients that we have come from other-than-ordinary circumstances, so we work very closely with New York City social service agencies in order to get the patients, when they’re ready for discharge, placed in the right environment for their ongoing recovery.”Thames’ past experience in coordinating relief efforts wasn’t the only thing that made him the right person for the job. Dealing with lots of people in difficult situations is something chaplains are accustomed to.The fleet commander “realized that we were going to have to have some sort of a coordinating team here at the Javits Center,” Thames told ENS. “And he said, basically, ‘Thames, this is a relationship deal. This is not about figuring out how to drop bombs and launching missiles. I need you to go up there and take lead on that.’ And it was not lost on him that it was actually the church that invented the [concept of the] hospital to begin with. So it’s really not as far out of our lane as it might look.”The plans were developed quickly and underwent frequent changes; the Comfort and the Javits Center, originally intended to treat non-COVID-19 patients, started accepting them when that became necessary.“The hardest part about this mission is that none of us showed up with a cut-and-paste template of how to do this,” Thames said. “This hasn’t happened since 1918, so there was no pocket reference on how to mount a relief mission in the middle of a pandemic. We’ve literally had to – the term we use in the Navy is ‘building the airplane while we’re flying it.’ … It’s taken an enormous amount of creative energy.”Medical providers at the Javits New York Medical Station rush a critically ill patient to an intensive care room on April 11. Photo: Barry Riley/U.S. NavyAnd all of that logistical work is happening as the team tries to avoid contracting and spreading a highly contagious virus. While Thames is planning complex movements of patients around the city, he’s simultaneously calculating “how close I can get to another person to look at the same flow chart at the same time.”Another unique challenge of this mission is the anxiety much of the team feels for faraway family members who are scared or at risk.“Our natural tendency is to keep our loved ones close at hand and try and take care of ourselves,” Thames said. “There has been an enormous underlying sense of strain that, A: ‘I’m up here taking care of these people and I feel like I should be home taking care of my people,’ and B: ‘My [family is] flat terrified and there’s not much I can do about it.’”Thames has taken some comfort in connecting with his family in his few spare moments, watching videos his grandchildren in Texas have made for him and FaceTiming with his wife in Virginia most nights.“Most of us that are military are used to going to some other part of the world under stressful and often destructive circumstances, doing our thing, but being aware that, by and large, our families are safe back at home,” he said. “And this one is a whole different dynamic.”Navy sailors practice transferring a patient from the pier onto the hospital ship USNS Comfort. Photo: Sara Eshleman/U.S. NavyWhen he’s not engaged in complex planning efforts, Thames returns to his roots as a priest and chaplain, counseling members of his team who need someone to talk to.“They want to sit down and say, ‘Hey, am I seeing this clearly? I’m experiencing these things; can I get a reality check? And there are a lot of God-sized questions that have arisen in the course of all this.”Thames, who is not working directly with patients, has led services for the staff at the Javits Center and celebrated the Eucharist with a group of Marines who are providing security for the Comfort. In such exhausting circumstances, he’s found that the staff’s spiritual needs are similar to his own: “simple and basic.”“This has not been a setting for a lot of theological sophistry,” Thames told ENS. Instead, it’s “things like, ‘I’m too tired to remember how to say the Lord’s Prayer. Can you remind me?’”During his time in New York, Thames realized he “didn’t have the bandwidth” to keep up the prayer routines he’d had for so long, like reading Scripture and praying the Anglican rosary. Those daily prayers have become concentrated into one psalm that’s become his mantra for the past month: Psalm 51, which contains the famous verse, “Create in me a clean heart, O God.”“That psalm has been my mental narrative in this thing, as I walk between the hotel that I’m staying in and the Javits Center and back, or as I have an opportunity to get away from noise and crowds for a little bit. That literally has been my spiritual discipline in this thing. … It’s made a huge difference. I felt like I could stay connected to the sacred under circumstances that didn’t really commend themselves to a lot of sacredness.”Although the virus’ toll on New York City has been devastating, the worst projections – of hospitals so overwhelmed that care would have to be rationed – have not come to pass, and the Comfort and the Javits Center never approached their full capacity. Thames’ mission now is to make discharge arrangements for the patients that are still there so the Comfort can return to Norfolk, Virginia. Thames expects that he and his team will leave next week, and they’re not sure what comes next – although he does have some thoughts about what lies ahead for him.The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the COVID-19 pandemic are, “in a way, bookending my career as a Navy chaplain with major centenary-type incidences,” Thames told ENS. “So I think this is my signal to retire – I’m not sure.”– Egan Millard is an assistant editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. 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New members named to The Lake Apopka Natural Gas District Board

first_img Please enter your comment! In what is expected to be the first of many 3-2 votes, The Apopka City Council approved Mayor Joe Kilsheimer’s two new appointments to The Lake Apopka Natural Gas District Board (LANGD) – Commissioner Diane Velazquez and himself. Kilsheimer and Velazquez replace former Commissioner Bill Arrowsmith who served since 2012, and Commissioner Billie Dean who served since 2014.But neither of them left the Board quietly.Commissioner Billie Dean“I wish to continue my service on LANGD where I serve as secretary,” said Dean. “There was absolutely no professional consideration granted to my service or my experience or education. I am insulted that this important item was not placed on the May 4th agenda. Rather it was placed on the Mayor’s Report…thus surprising me, the Council and City Staff.”Kilsheimer pushed back with over 50 years of precedent, and insults he endured in 2014.“Dating back to 1959, we were able to find records of more than 21 appointments to the LANGD. And on every single occasion, it was the prerogative of Mayor Land and Mayor Hurst. It is under the charter of The City of Apopka that I am entitled to make appointments to LANGD. Commissioner Dean, I’m sorry you were insulted, but I too was insulted two years ago when I was left off the Board of LANGD. It was stated to me prior to that last meeting that Mayor Land wished to appoint Commissioner Arrowsmith and yourself and I went along, because supposedly I would be appointed to the Wekiva Basin Board by the Governor. And Mayor Land said he would recommend me. Well, I’ve never been appointed for whatever reason.”This did not impress Dean, who called on Kilsheimer and Velazquez to prove their qualifications to sit on the LANGD Board.“I have experience,” said Dean. “The person you are trying to get on the board has none whatsoever. And you don’t either.”“I am deeply familiar with municipal utilities across the state of Florida.” answered Kilsheimer. “I was part of the effort in Winter Park to create an electric utility. I was part of the effort of a former client to negotiate the sale of electricity from their facility in Lake County to The City of Winter Park. I’ve done public relations work for The Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC). I worked in Tallahassee on issues relating to public utilities. I’ve got a lot of deep experience when it comes to municipal utilities.”He went on to describe his concerns with the LANGD.“I know for example that the OUC puts in 45-million-dollars to Orlando’s budget. Clearwater Natural Gas puts 19-million-dollars into the City of Clearwater’s budget. LANGD hasn’t put in anything. Now I know they say they’re paying off bonds, but they’ve been in existence since 1959, and the idea that since 1959 they’ve been issuing bonds and re-issuing bonds and never making a payment to their shareholders…I question that. LANGD clearly states it will be operated for the benefit of its member cities. And I have questions about that. I have questions about why LANGD operates the way it does. It does not appear to be responsive to the business owners of NW Orange County, and so I think it is entirely under my prerogative as mayor to make an appointment of myself and Commissioner Velazquez. To the Board and ask that Council approve it.”Commissioner Velazquez reading from a letter outlining her qualifications as well as responding to Arrowsmith’s comment in The Apopka Voice’s article from last week in which he said ‘she would have nothing to add’.“I bring to this council decades of experience working and serving the public with over 21 years law enforcement experience which covers many levels of internal and external community issues. I sit on the Board of The Apopka Chamber of Commerce, The Orange County Public School Hispanic Advisory Board, the Board of Orange Technical College, and the board of the Tri-County League of Cities. I sit here proud to be a commissioner for the City of Apopka. The reference made “I have nothing to add” is insulting, demeaning and disrespectful without merit.Personal opinions do not need to be a part of appointments. It is unacceptable to me as well as being inappropriate. I ask for it to cease. I bring to the table decades of both professional and personal experiences as well as knowledge and leadership.”Commissioners Kyle Becker and Doug Bankson also differed in their approach to this issue. Becker cited a fresh perspective to the change, while Bankson wanted to blend a new member (Kilsheimer) with an experienced one (Dean).Commissioner Diane Velazquez“It’s always good to have a fresh set of eyes and new perspective and I can’t really harp on the experience issue because I didn’t have any experience when I sat in this chair two meetings ago,” said Becker. “So it’s very simple, it’s a constant fresh perspective, and new eyes on the board.”“I do believe Commissioner Velazquez has qualifications to serve on a board as anyone who sits here should have. But looking at this I’m asking myself are there more qualifications that she would have that Commissioner Dean would not have? And that’s where I lean with experience as I would with anyone, “My expression would be to find a balance in that I think that would ease some of the personal issues.”Kilsheimer ended the discussion by supporting his nominee Velazquez.“I’m not denigrating Commissioner Dean by any stretch. But I do have deep respect for Commissioner Velazquez…not only for her knowledge and tenacity, but her ability to separate fact from fiction.”In the end, Becker, Kilsheimer and Velazquez voted in favor, while Bankson and Dean opposed. The next LANGD Board meeting is this morning at 10AM. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Gov. 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