Continúa el trabajo de la Iglesia Episcopal en Haití

first_img The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Press Release Service Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Collierville, TN Rector Bath, NC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Pittsburgh, PA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Associate Rector Columbus, GA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Submit a Job Listing 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 Knoxville, TN Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Featured Jobs & Calls Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET [Oficial de Asuntos Públicos] A casi apenas unos meses de la conmemoración del tercer aniversario del devastador terremoto el cual destruyó Haití, la Iglesia Episcopal continúa su énfasis ayudando a la diócesis más grande y de crecimiento más rápido.“Es un gran regalo y privilegio para nosotros poder trabajar con la gente de Haití”, comentó el Obispo y representante principal de la Iglesia Episcopal Stacy Sauls. “Yo nunca falle en ser inspirado por ellos y por su sentido indómito de esperanza. Los problemas y asuntos que enfrenta Haití definitivamente devastarían a muchos. Sin embargo, la gente de Haití continua enfrentando los retos con fe y fuerza espiritual la cual hace un llamado a todos nosotros para que respondamos de la misma manera”.El terremoto del 12 enero del 2010 destruyó gran parte de la Isla Caribeña y ocasionó muchas muertes. Ese terremoto arrasó con iglesias y establecimientos del diocesano, incluyendo la Catedral de la Santísima Trinidad con sus murales invalorables en la capital de la ciudad de Puerto Príncipe [Port-au-Prince].La Convención General del 2012 nombró el enfoque de esfuerzo para la Diócesis de Haití como una de las prioridades de la Iglesia.La recientemente organizada Oficina de Desarrollo de la Iglesia Episcopal está coordinando todos los esfuerzos de recaudación de fondos para reconstruir  la diócesis de Haití. Esta sigue la finalización de la primera fase del proyecto de la Fundación de la Iglesia Episcopal.“Agradecemos a la Fundación de la Iglesia Episcopal por su campaña fundamental”, dijo el Obispo Sauls.  “Se ha pasado el bastón a la Oficina de Desarrollo, la cual ha mantenido una reunión habitual con la diócesis sobre cómo y dónde se puede ayudar, viendo la amplia variedad de necesidad de infraestructura”.Con ese fin, un equipo de la Iglesia Episcopal visitará Haití para participar con los líderes y representantes del diocesano.  “Este viaje de misión incluirá una evaluación cuidadosa y una investigación de hechos para determinar qué pasos se deben tomar a corto y largo período en todo lo que abarca este proyecto”, dijo el Obispo Sauls.Actualmente el Obispo Sauls y su personal están trabajando arduamente en un acuerdo final con un arquitecto para un complejo de la catedral. Él está planeando dirigir una peregrinación en Haití a comienzos del 2013.Y, en otra faceta del  trabajo de la Iglesia con Haití, la Iglesia Central es ahora la casa en un acuerdo de alquiler con el Consulado General de la República de Haití y de la Misión Permanente Haitiana a las Naciones Unidas.Para obtener información sobre cómo las personas, congregaciones, diócesis y grupos pueden ayudar a reconstruir Haití, comuníquese con Kim Moore en [email protected] informarse más:  http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/rebuild-our-church-haiticenter_img Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Prayers urged for the Democratic Republic of Congo

first_img Rector Albany, NY Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Orphans at Action Salutaire pour Development Integrale/Goma, a church-led NGO, with Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori during her July 2011 visit to the Anglican Church of the Congo. Photo/Matthew Davies[Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has joined fellow Christians throughout the world in calling for a week of prayer Nov. 26-Dec. 2 for the Democratic Republic of Congo.“Pray for an end to the conflict, an end to violence and the atrocities, that the needs of the suffering may be supplied, and that peace may prevail,” Jefferts Schori said in a Nov. 19 call to action, issued by the Episcopal Church’s public affairs office.The week of prayer has been organized by the Church Mission Society and the Congo Church Association, with the support of Archbishop Henri Isingoma of the Anglican Church of Congo, in response to a recent increase in violence promulgated by a new rebel group, M23, and several existing ones.Prayers and resources may be downloaded here.“Our fellow Anglicans in the Democratic Republic of Congo continue to experience violence and displacement,” Jefferts Schori said, noting that the rise in violence since April has caused the displacement of 320,000 within Congo, and 60,000 into Uganda and Rwanda.The Anglican presence in Congo was established by Ugandan evangelist Apolo Kivebulaya in 1896. Today, the province includes about half a million Anglicans under the leadership of Isingoma, primate since 2009.“The work of the Anglican Church in Congo continues to be of the highest quality and responsiveness, rooted in the love of Christian for neighbor,” said Jefferts Schori, who visited Eastern Congo in July 2011 and witnessed firsthand “evidence of the work done by Mothers’ Union and other groups on behalf of the least of these – women, children, and orphans, all victims of the violence of war.”ENS coverage of the presiding bishop’s July 2011 trip is available here.[ooyala code=”1oZjN1MjrVdkTHOcuX8ni4nZv5XD935f”]The Democratic Republic of the Congo, a former Belgian colony, has buckled in the hands of corrupt and power-hungry leaders since its independence in 1960. The vast country – about the same size as the continent of Europe – faced more than three decades of “Africanization” and gross corruption under the presidency of Joseph Mobutu, who was supported by the United States as a “friendly tyrant” for his resistance to the Soviet Union. Rebels led by Laurent Kabila overthrew Mobutu in 1997.Mealtime for the children at a Diocese of North Kivu orphanage. Photo/Matthew DaviesInitially raising hopes for better times, Kabila was installed as the new president and changed the country’s name from Zaire to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. But his allies became enemies, and Congo entered five years of brutal war in which about 5.4 million people are believed to have perished. When he was assassinated in 2001, Kabila was succeeded by his son, Joseph Kabila, who remains Congo’s president in a power-sharing government that includes former rebels.The war was fueled largely by a scramble for the country’s vast mineral resources. Rebels in the east, supported by Tutsi militias and neighboring countries Uganda and Rwanda, battled the Kinshasa-based government, backed by Hutu militias and Angola, Namibia and Zimbabwe. In October 2004, the human rights group Amnesty International announced that 40,000 cases of rape had been reported over the previous six years.Women who’ve been sexually abused by soldiers find a safe haven at a Diocese of North Kivu facility, where they work through their trauma and carve out a new life with the end goal being their integration back into society. Photo/Matthew DaviesAs Congo – which hosts the United Nations’ largest peacekeeping team – attempts to recover from what has been dubbed the bloodiest conflict since World War II, rebel activity still roils the east of the country and is synonymous with gender-based violence, particularly in rural villages. Some reports reveal stories of rebel soldiers raping women while their husbands are forced to watch, then killing family members and carrying out acts of cannibalism.“Many thousands are living with fear and insecurity, hunger, sickness, and poverty, while they yearn to return home and live in peace,” Jefferts Schori said in her Nov.  19 call to action.The Mothers’ Union, an international Christian charity that seeks to support families worldwide, plays an important role in taking care of women traumatized through sexual violence.The United Women for Peace and Social Promotion (Union des Femmes pour la Paix et la Promotion Social – UFPPS), founded in Katanga in 2003, has built on the work of the Mothers’ Union to promote and facilitate women’s engagement as messengers of peace and leaders of social and economic development in their communities.The Episcopal Church, through its former women’s ministries office and Episcopal Relief & Development, has supported UFPPS’s work in medical and psychological healing and social reintegration in the Katanga and Boga dioceses.Referring to the week of prayer, Jefferts Schori said: “I can think of no better way for the Christian world to prepare for the Advent of the Prince of Peace, and I hope and pray that you will join me in praying during the week leading up to Advent.”The call for prayer on the CMS website said: “We hope individuals, groups and churches will commit to pray afresh for a resolution and definitive end to the conflict, violence and atrocities, and for a new era of peace, as well as for the needs of all those affected.”— Matthew Davies is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Press Release Service Featured Jobs & Calls Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Prayers urged for the Democratic Republic of Congo An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Belleville, IL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Submit a Press Release June 23, 2013 at 12:01 am I hope the situations for DR Congo and Congo gets better.This has nothing to do with the situation in DR Congo and Congo, but I have a suggestion if the two are actual separate countries (it is hard to tell for sure) Congo could be names West Congo, or/and DR Congo could be East Congo. It is just a suggestion. 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Justifying the call

first_img [Episcopal News Service] A number of years ago I helped plan a church event that despite our best efforts attracted only a handful of people. Afterwards one of the other organizers consoled me by saying: “Remember, Jesus said feed my sheep, not count my sheep.”That’s surely a wise statement, for we should focus on individuals, not statistics. But we do keep count, don’t we, both in our local parishes and in the national church? And there’s no denying that over the past 50 years, the Episcopal Church has had a steadily declining number of people in its pews.During the Episcopal General Convention in July, New York Times columnist Ross Douthat wrote a piece asking “Can Liberal Christianity Be Saved?” His thought-provoking essay led me to his book Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics. The book is meant to generate debate on both the left and the right, for no matter what your denominational or political leanings, there’s something to offend everybody in his critique.Of liberal-leaning churches like ours, Douthat writes, “[They have] burned their candle at both ends, losing their more dogmatic parishioners to more fervent congregations and their doubters to the lure of sleeping in on Sundays. Any institution that calls human beings to devotion and self-sacrifice needs to justify that call.”That last sentence gets to the heart of our problem, I think. What is it that justifies the call to our church? What makes us different than a social club, a political party, or a service organization? What feeds our spirits, draws us out of our comfort zones, and challenges us to be better people? Where is the transcendent in our church?I thought of Douthat’s critique when I spoke to an Episcopalian recently who told me how she’d grown up in a conservative denomination, one that she was happy to have left behind forever. “The thing I like about the Episcopal Church,” she said, “is that you can believe and do whatever you want.”Jesus tending (but not counting) his flock. Photo/Lori EricksonIn one sense, of course, her statement is right. The Episcopal Church respects individual conscience. We value the importance of questioning, debate, and skepticism. But her comment also made me wince. If we take our Christian faith seriously, we can’t believe or do anything we want. The church is not a cafeteria buffet line.Located in a left-leaning university town, my home church loses few parishioners to more conservative denominations. But we have toomany who simply drift away because there’s not enough to anchor them in our church. I must admit that on some Sundays I envy them their leisurely mornings spent with a stack of newspapers and cups of coffee. Their spiritual-but-not-religious orientation looks mighty inviting: listening to NPR’s “On Being” with Krista Tippett and reading the occasional book on spiritual topics, they don’t have to deal with the messy and often-frustrating aspects of parish life.Given this, it’s not surprising that one of the fastest growing categories in surveys of American religious belief is the “nones”—people unaffiliated with any organized religion. A religious studies professor who spoke at our church last year put the problem this way: the biggest challenge facing the Episcopal Church, he said, is to keep people from “thinking their way out the door.”We want to keep people thinking, certainly, but we also need to realize that rationality alone is an arid and lonely path. And I think we need to resist the urge to accept our declining numbers, dismissing those who have fallen away by saying that they weren’t the right kind of Episcopalians anyway. We need to pay more attention to thoughtful outside commentators like Douthat as well as those within our church offering critiques from both ends of the political and theological spectra.I speak as one who came relatively late to the Episcopal Church. I came back to Christianity after a long time away because I was drawn to the traditions, liturgies, and intellectual challenges of Anglicanism. I respect its mysteries and paradoxes and its commitment to social justice. I don’t want this church to become a kind of boutique denomination:  small, exclusive, self-congratulatory, and increasingly irrelevant. — Lori Erickson writes about inner and outer journeys at http://www.spiritualtravels.info/.  She serves as a deacon at Trinity Episcopal Church in Iowa City, Iowa.  Justifying the call Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL By Lori EricksonPosted Dec 19, 2012 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Comments are closed. Rector Tampa, FL Rector Smithfield, NC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET December 19, 2012 at 8:55 pm I’m also late to the Episcopal Church. Our parish is doing well with new parisoners. Things are changing in other ways that hurt my heart. Very few advent hymns from the hymnal, Christmas carol singing before Christmas, no Lessons and Carols, the greening of the church before the last Sunday in Advent all change the way I have learned to Advent. I’m in an Episcopal Church because of the liturgy and following the church year has become part of my piety and leads me on my spiritual journey. I don’t want these changes and I feel like a voice crying in the wilderness. 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 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Shreveport, LA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI December 20, 2012 at 2:12 pm I’m with you, Diane. Our Church has a magnificent opportunity to practice Christian formation if we would only do so and stop accomodating the culture. For some reason there are parish leaders who believe that Christian faith and practice occur by breathing the air or by osmosis. The hard work of enculturating people to Christian literacy is given up on too quickly; whether it be greening up and caroling with the Mall or offering communion to anybody who is curious so as to not challenge anyone’s egos. We have canons related to our worship and education life that should be followed with as much regularity and vigor as the canons dealing with stuff in the church. Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Submit a Job Listing Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Doug Desper says: Diane Lantz says: Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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‘Pilgrimage of trust,’ Taizé Community come to Pine Ridge Reservation

first_img‘Pilgrimage of trust,’ Taizé Community come to Pine Ridge Reservation Taizé brothers, South Dakota organizers welcome 600 pilgrims to weekend of prayer Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Cordelia Biddle says: Comments are closed. Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted May 28, 2013 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis 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 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Submit a Press Release An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Tags Rector Shreveport, LA Mary Frances Schjonberg says: Daphne Messersmith says: May 29, 2013 at 8:59 am What a powerful witness and rich experience! I am wondering how one would have heard about such an opportunity. Many I know would be interested in participating in events like this but we are not “in the network”! Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH May 28, 2013 at 6:42 pm Some of use in the Diocese of Delaware and St. Thomas’s Church in Newark knew Tyson and Tyrone when they were just little guys running around in our VBS centers at St. John’s in Eagle Butte. So proud of the men they have become.What an experience for all who attended. Thank you for the opportunity. Patricia Neal Jensen says: May 29, 2013 at 8:36 am Thank you for this wonderful exposure to an extraordinary event. I’m currently writing a biography of St. Katharine Drexel, a relative. Her work at Pine Ridge and dedication to the nation’s “forgotten” people crosses time and religious boundaries. As an Episcopalian in urban Philadelphia, I send my gratitude to all who organized, participated and bore witness to God’s love in the hallowed space of Pine Ridge. Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem May 30, 2013 at 9:40 pm Thank you Mary Frances for bringing us back to the Source – now but a memory, one of astonishing hope – a weekend more beautiful that words can express, and yet, your words, Mary Frances, shed light on the beauty of what we lived. Thank you. Margaret Sally Price says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Featured Events Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Tampa, FL May 30, 2013 at 4:12 pm If you are speaking about going to Taize, check out the information herehttp://www.taize.fr/en_rubrique9.html Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Washington, DC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Bath, NC Betsy Payne Rosen says: May 28, 2013 at 6:15 pm My wife and I, being in our mid to late 50s, were fortunate to attend with a group of young people from our home town. The experience was trans-formative. That is the only way I can describe it. Truly trans-formative. Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Knoxville, TN Featured Jobs & Calls In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 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 Margaret O’Donnell says: Rector Pittsburgh, PA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL May 28, 2013 at 5:48 pm Thanks for the great report Mary Frances. This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 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 Rector Martinsville, VA May 29, 2013 at 10:11 pm How wonderful this all sounds! I feel certain that everyone who was part of this experience will bring new life and hope to the communities they return to. My favorite quote? ““Actually trying to build the kingdom in and with the churches is a kind of act of resistance within our mainstream culture and a really, really important thing to do,” she [The Rev. Rita Powell] said.” This story is the best news I’ve heard about the church in years. Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Curt Jopling says: Rector Belleville, IL Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Press Release Service Rector Hopkinsville, KY Submit an Event Listing Submit a Job Listing 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 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY During the May 24-27 Taizé “pilgrimage of trust on earth” held on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwestern South Dakota, pilgrims gather in the morning, at noon and again in the evening to pray in a natural amphitheater worship space below Christ Episcopal Church in Red Shirt Table. They sit facing icons and a cross against the backdrop of the Badlands to the east. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Red Shirt Table, South Dakota] Pilgrims from all over the world came May 24-27 to a hot and dusty stretch of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation prairie land bounded by the Black Hills and the Badlands to learn about and practice trust and reconciliation, overcome stereotypes, form friendships and grow in faith.They did so while singing Taizé music with Western Meadowlark harmonies and the beat of crickets.And they did so without showers or electricity and while trying to avoid plopping down on a cactus, stepping in a cow pie or encountering a rattlesnake.Thus, the simple communal life of the Taizé Community of France came to this part of the Pine Ridge, which exists in one of the least developed parts of the United States and includes Shannon County, one of the poorest counties in the country.Brother Alois, the abbot of the Taizé Community in France, leads worshippers out of the natural amphitheater worship spaces after Morning Prayer on May 25, which began the first full day of the May 24-27 Taizé “pilgrimage of trust on earth” held on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwestern South Dakota. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service“I hope that their hearts will be touched,” Brother Alois, the Taizé Community’s abbot, said about the pilgrims during an interview at the beginning of the pilgrimage, “and that Christ touches our hearts to awaken within us the will for reconciliation.”Or, as volunteer Mikayla Dunfee told a newly arrived group of pilgrims during their orientation May 24: “Just keep your hearts open; this is going to be a wild ride.”The May 24-27 gathering was first Taizé pilgrimage on an Indian reservation and it was by far the most remote of the locations that have been part of the Taizé brothers’ “pilgrimage of trust on earth,” which they describe as a meeting with Christ and with others.Brother Emile, during an interview amidst the bustle of nearly 600 arriving pilgrims, said that the setting was much like the rural, isolated nature of Taizé in the French countryside but, “of course, the Badlands is more spectacular.”The Pine Ridge has a reputation for being a stark place, and not just because of its stark physical setting but for its history of subjugation and suffering. Yet, the brothers and the South Dakota young adults who envisioned the potential power of such a gathering were drawn by the beauty and strength they perceived here.Without ignoring the suffering, Brother Emile said, “we wanted also to be attentive to the beauty that is here,” both in the geography and in people’s hearts.“When we go somewhere we look for signs of hope; not to be blind to the suffering, but to look for signs of hope,” he said.What they found, he said, were “people who have been resilient, who are founded deep in their faith and it makes them stand up on their feet and want to be there for others.”“The church exists through people like that,” he added.Mikayla Dunfee, a volunteer organizer of the May 24-27 Taizé “pilgrimage of trust on earth” on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwestern South Dakota, uses a map May 24 to orient a new group of pilgrims to the lay of the land at Red Shirt Table. Dunfee is just ending a time living in an intentional community on the Rosebud Reservation and heads to Berkeley Divinity School at Yale in the fall. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News ServiceThe brothers say the Pine Ridge gathering is important because, while people from outside North America often have a romantic image of the Native American peoples drawn from films and novels, there is another story, one of unremitting poverty, violence, and despair. The brothers were told more than once that the negative perceptions of the reservation and the people who live there alters the residents’ perception of themselves, Brother Emile said.The statistics are stark and stunning: the unemployment rate is 80 percent and 49 percent of reservation residents live below the federal poverty line (61 percent of those 18 years or younger live below that poverty line); average life expectancy on the reservation is estimated to be 48 years for men and 52 years for women compared with a U.S. combined average of 77.5 years; one in four babies are born with either fetal alcohol syndrome or fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and infant mortality is 300 percent higher than in the rest of America; teen suicide is 150 percent higher than the U.S. average; 50 percent of adults 40 years and older have diabetes and tuberculosis rates are 800 percent higher than in the rest of the country; approximately 58 percent of grandparents on the reservation are raising their grandchildren.Yet, in the midst of stereotypes is another reality of the Pine Ridge, the brothers say.Indeed, during a discussion amongst the pilgrims and the brothers on the gathering’s last morning, Shane LeClair, a senior at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota from White Bear Lake, Minnesota, said, “From the outside, a lot of us come in with hearing stories about the reservation and of this land and that there are people who lacked hope and are in need of a reason to hope and to have faith.”“And what I know I have experienced and several people in my group have experienced is [that] it’s the exact opposite. There is no lack of hope in this land; there is no lack of faith. I think that all of us leave here with a lot of hope that this community and this land has provided us.”LeClair thanked the Lakota hosts for “allowing us to be here and to share in this with you.”Brother Alois said in the brothers’ invitation to the gathering that “we want to listen carefully to the story of the Lakota people, and listen together to what the Spirit is saying to us all in our attempt to create a world of solidarity and peace. Only by coming together beyond our differences in a climate of prayer and sharing can we find new ways forward.”Taizé Brother Stephen sounds the bell to call pilgrims to Morning Prayer May 25 during the May 24-27 Taizé “pilgrimage of trust on earth” at Red Shirt Table, South Dakota. He’s standing on the fence outside the small Christ Episcopal Church parish hall. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News ServiceThe pilgrimage’s rootsThe impetus to come to the Pine Ridge began in 2009, when a group of South Dakota university students, including Tyson and Tyrone White of the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in South Dakota, came to Taizé. According to the order, this was one of the very first times when the community welcomed Native Americans to take part in the international meetings on what is know as “the hill.”Taizé’s focus on reconciliation and justice resonated with the young Lakota men. The encounter was “very beautiful for us,” Brother Alois said, “because it linked us with a reality that was far away from us in Taizé. The reality of Native American people is something that we thought we had to put more attention towards.”Discussions led to an invitation to Brother John to visit South Dakota. He came in 2010 and again in 2011, at the invitation of the group, and stopped at the Pine Ridge Reservation and got to know the Two Bulls family at Red Shirt Table.The Two Bulls family eventually offered the land around the small Episcopal Christ Episcopal Church, two miles south of Red Shirt Village, for the Taizé pilgrims to pitch their tents and pray. The Rev. Robert Two Bulls Sr. has been the priest at the church, which has been his family’s church for generations. He is the father of another Episcopal priest of the same name who is based in Minneapolis.The Rev. Rita Powell, who is the vicar of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Vermillion, South Dakota and coordinator for youth and young adult ministry for the Diocese of South Dakota, led that first group of students to Taizé. She had spent several months previously as a volunteer at Taizé after learning about the Taizé experience from a youth group she helped at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in New Canaan, Connecticut.“They made their parents send them to Taizé every year – every year,” she recalled. The teenagers told her they were surprised when they realized it was the silence at Taizé that attracted them.“I thought Taizé was some kind of hippy, unstructured church,” Powell said but, when she went with the youth group and experienced it for herself, she realized that the brothers were very orthodox. “I mean they’re monks who sing about Jesus in Latin three times a day.”“They found a way to be both very authentic to the tradition and somehow very fresh,” she said, adding she began to believe that Taizé’s attitude complemented that of the Episcopal Church “because our church is a church that cares about liturgy and tradition, and we think it might be possible for the social-activist work to happen in the prayer,” as does Taizé.The monks’ vision of reconciliation is “exquisite,” Powell said, explaining that Taizé answers the question of how people can find common ground by asking, “why don’t you sit on the same ground” and live and pray together.And, Powell said, the brothers do not serve clients. Instead, they ask people – especially young people – to come and help them build the kingdom of God now.“It’s not so much that young people have needs to be met by the church, as the church has needs that young people can meet,” she said.The brothers encourage pilgrims to live out what they have grasped of the Gospel during their experience at Taizé; and to do this, according to the community’s website, “with an increased awareness of the life that dwells within them and of the practical gestures of solidarity they can put into practice in their own immediate environment … while remaining in touch with the reality of the local church.”During a retreat, Powell said she had what she reluctantly calls “a vision” that people in the United States needed Taizé’s “energy and wisdom” in a way that went beyond simply using the community’s music. And she began to believe that “a friendship could happen” between the brothers and the Lakota people.“Christ brings us together from all nations, from all backgrounds, so we found it very beautiful that we could be in community with them,” Brother Alois said. And, besides, “they invited us to come here, so we came.”Powell said she hoped people would leave Red Shirt Table “feeling empowered to, as [Taizé’s founder] Brother Roger once said, to not run away from challenges but to run toward them.”“Actually trying to build the kingdom in and with the churches is a kind of act of resistance within our mainstream culture and a really, really important thing to do,” she said.(Powell is leaving South Dakota this summer to return to the East Coast where she grew up. She has accepted a call to be the assistant rector for congregational development at Trinity Copley Square in Boston, and begins work there July 15.)Close to 600 pilgrims, mostly aged 18 to 35, came to the Taizé “pilgrimage of trust on earth” on the prairie at Red Shirt Table, South Dakota in the Pine Ridge Sioux Reservation. They pitched their modern-day tents around some more traditional ones. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News ServicePaul Daniels, an Episcopal Service Corps volunteer in Boston from St. Ambrose Episcopal Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, said Pine Ridge was his first Taizé event and during it he found common ground between the story of his African-American heritage and the story of the Lakota people.“I believe God wants us to see ourselves in others; that that is our practical form of transcendence,” he said. “To know that we are not alone in this and the world is larger than just our situation or our people … knowing that a group in South Dakota can be in some way like me or like my family. I think finding those similarities is the first step toward bringing communities together to really live in the way of the Gospel and begin radical transformation and reconciliation.”His experience has “created an immense hope” in him, Daniels said.Diocese of Los Angeles Bishop Suffragan Mary Glasspool, another of the pilgrims, said during an interview that she came in search of a simple model of reconciliation for local churches and community groups.“We’re doing it here and all we’re doing is really simple things,” she said. “We’re praying together. We’re singing together. We’re eating together. We’re just being together and we’re accepting each other across differences.”The fruits of the pilgrimage will be hard to measure if the measurer is looking for concrete proof of transformation, Glasspool acknowledged.“The strength of this is in the subtlety of our faith that the Holy Spirit is doing something with us here that will bear fruit, and it will bear fruit, regardless if anybody recognizes it or calls it as such,” she said.Bringing the pilgrimage ‘vision’ to lifeThe land surrounding Christ Episcopal Church is rugged and beautiful – and it has no infrastructure. It is about 45 miles southeast of Mount Rushmore and is reached by a six-tenths of mile drive down a dirt road off the two-lane Bureau of Indian Affairs Highway 41. There are no bathrooms and no electricity.Organizers had to get creative and resist the opinion that such a gathering could not be pulled off. They had to be willing to forgo some things, like showers, and raise money for the gathering in unique ways.Close to 30 portable toilets were lined up for the pilgrims, each with a sign taped to the inside of the door announcing “This bathroom experience has been brought to you by,” followed by the name of a donor from as close as Rapid City, South Dakota, or far away as Sammamish, Washington; Morgantown, West Virginia, and Bronxville, New York.Christian churches in the area and groups, including Lutherans and Jesuits, as well as Episcopalians from all over the church, worked together to prepare for the pilgrims.They carved a trail from the churchyard to a natural amphitheater with a view of Red Shirt Table Mountain the Badlands that served as the pilgrimage’s prayer site. Michael Two Bulls, who spent time at Taizé, said in an interview that such cooperation and dialogue among the churches and between them and the tribal council was a new example of the kind of dialogue that Taizé hopes for.Chris Soukup stirs a pot of buffalo meat for the final lunch at the May 24-27 Taizé “pilgrimage of trust on earth” at Red Shirt Table, South Dakota on the Pine Ridge Sioux Reservation. The Oglala Lakota Nation tribal council donated two buffalos to feed the nearly 600 pilgrims. On the 27 Soukup and his wife, Mary, who attend Calvary Cathedral in Sioux Falls, joined Twila Two Bulls to cook up the leftover. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News ServiceTwyla Two Bulls helped coordinate meals provided by the local Lakota people. The Oglala Sioux Tribal Council supported the event and donated two buffalo for meals. The animals were cooked in the ground.“We are here as pilgrims, not as tourists, so even though we will not be quite as comfortable as we might have been had we been tourists, like staying in a hotel or something, we are here for a much bigger reason than just going to visit a place,” Dunfee told her group. “We are here to bear witness that something great is happening within us.”South Dakota Bishop John Tarrant, who was one of the pilgrims, said “what has really gratified me about this weekend is the energy — the positive energy — the will of those who are organizing it to resist the naysayers.”Tarrant said that the stark nature of the setting “draws people together in relationship and the significance of [meeting on the Pine Ridge] is it’s not only relationship with each other but with the land. That makes this a unique event; it’s not in a hotel or in a city.”The bishop, whose diocese has 47 Native American congregations, said he hoped the pilgrimage would be “an exploration of what it means to be in unity again with each other” and with the land.After the closing prayer service of the May 24-27 Taizé “pilgrimage of trust on earth” at Red Shirt Table, South Dakota, pilgrims and monks carry their makeshift benches of concrete blocks and two-by-fours up the steep from the Taizé worship space fashioned in a natural amphitheater worship space below Christ Episcopal Church. Some of the monks can be seen at the bend in the trail at the upper right. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News ServiceFocus on the next generationThe Red Shirt pilgrimage was especially meant for young people aged 18-35, “a voice rarely heard in the church or in society,” the Taizé brothers said in their invitation to the gathering. Tarrant echoed that sentiment, calling that age group “the generation that the church is missing – young adults.”Leena Fofonoff, a member of the Skolt Samis from Finland, is one young adult who does attend church but she said it was “amazing” to be on pilgrimage at Pine Ridge.“Faith means a lot to me,” she said in an interview. “There’s not so many young people in my church so I go to church with older people. Here I can meet young people who have the same faith.”Asked what she would take home with her from the pilgrimage, Maureen Booher, a young pilgrim from the Lower Brule Indian Reservation, gazed over her shoulder to Red Shirt Table and then answered “the prayer; I really want to keep that going in my own church, and the relationships that it’s going to build.”“I want to get my friends into this but, I’m pretty sure that’s going to be kind of hard,” she added.Taizé Pine Ridge part of a larger processThe Red Shirt event occurred 18 months into a three-and-a-half year process that Brother Alois has called an effort toward forging a new solidarity among the people of the world “that can bring together all who are pilgrims of peace, pilgrims of truth, whether believers or non-believers” and aims to “enable young people from every continent to mobilize their energies, to gather together their longings, intuitions and experiences.”The effort will conclude in August 2015 with a major gathering in Taizé that will also celebrate the 75th anniversary of the order’s founding and what would have been the 100th birthday of the community’s founder, Brother Roger. A 37-year-old Romanian woman who was later found to be mentally ill stabbed Brother Roger to death during Evening Prayer in Taizé on Aug. 16, 2005.A small group of Taizé pilgrims discuss the morning’s Bible study passages, Isaiah 43:18-9 and Isaiah 48:6-8) May 25 against the backdrop of Christ Episcopal Church in Red Shirt Table, South Dakota, complete with sleeping bags airing in the cooler morning air. The 600 pilgrims, mainly aged 18 to 35, came to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation May 24-27 for the Taizé “pilgrimage of trust on earth.” They spent a significant part of every day in large- and small-group Bible study. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News ServiceThe pattern of Taizé’s daysThe cycle of a typical Taizé pilgrimage day begins at 8 a.m. and ends with an 8 p.m. candlelit prayer service, often followed by a talk from one of the brothers. The day includes meditative prayer combined with music together three times a day, Bible study, workshops and small group discussions. Pilgrims are also assigned work to support the life of the community during their time within it.The brothers have developed a style of music that highlights simple phrases, usually lines from the Psalms or other pieces of Scripture, repeated or sung in canon. The repetition is designed to help meditation and prayer.The Red Shirt gathering followed a similar pattern each day but also included a few differences. Candles on the dry prairie were out of the question so lanterns and solar light substituted. On Sunday, May 25, some participants spent the morning worshipping in local churches while others joined in an Episcopal Eucharist celebrated in the gathering’s large tent because of a morning rain. Also on the 25th, a group of pilgrims went to Wounded Knee to sing and offer silent prayer.On the final morning, the pilgrims gathered for Morning Prayer and a general discussion on their experience and the future before breaking into regional meetings for conversations about what the pilgrims hoped to carry home with them from the experience. The pilgrimage ended with a prayer service.During the closing prayer service, the elder Two Bulls thanked the Taizé brothers for coming to the Pine Ridge. “The Taizé Community offered a lot to us. You let your light shine here,” he said, standing before the monks. “You were an inspiration to us. You have left a legacy we could follow. You taught us how to pray in a different way.”“I hope that someday you might come back again … to continue to teach us,” Two Bulls said.Brother John told the pilgrims during the general session on May 27 that the brothers would return to the United States in 2014. He said they plan three meetings that spring in Texas, including March 21-23 in Austin, April 4-6 in Dallas and April 25-27 in Houston.Background on the origins of Taizé is here.Video interviews with seven Taizé Pine Ridge pilgrims are here.— The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Ann Fontaine says: Director of Music Morristown, NJ Pine Ridge Taize Curate Diocese of Nebraska Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Church partners sow seeds of hope, peace for future Sudan

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 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Associate Rector Columbus, GA Africa, New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Pittsburgh, PA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Sudan & South Sudan Jerry Drino says: Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Tags Church partners sow seeds of hope, peace for future Sudan Colorado diocese to send medical, reconciliation team Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Press Release Service Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit an Event Listing This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Washington, DC Rector Collierville, TN Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Submit a Press Release Comments are closed. 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 Featured Events An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Submit a Job Listing September 19, 2014 at 9:54 am Thank you Pat for the great article. We invite others to join us in the support of Sports for Peace – the effort of Bishop John, Michael Puot and John Malek and a committee of ten other university students from seven tribes, as well as a coalition of pastors from the Nuer and Dinka communities in Kakuma and Nairobi. Go to our web site. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Bath, NC By Pat McCaughanPosted Sep 19, 2014 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Albany, NY Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Knoxville, TN Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 South Sudanese refugees at the Kakuma Camp in Kenya collect water for their families.[Episcopal News Service] Michael Puot Rambang hopes soccer and volleyball games will help to promote peace and reconciliation among a generation of future Sudanese leaders.“I was in Juba when the fighting broke out [on Dec. 15, 2013],” Rambang, 26, told the Episcopal News Service (ENS) recently from Nairobi, Kenya. “I was almost killed; they targeted 25 of my neighbors, who were killed.”He escaped to the Kakuma Refugee Camp in northern Kenya, only to discover violence there also. “Everyone was angry. They want to push, and shove. It is not good for people to live like this. I had to come up with something to bring the youth together. That was when I came up with South Sudan Youth for Peace and Reconciliation (SSYPR).”The initiative aims to gather varying communities of Sudanese youth in the camp for a series of sports tournaments paired with peace and reconciliation trainings and other activities. Sowing a spirit of cooperation will also help improve conditions generally in the camp, according to John Malek Kur, also involved in organizing SSYPR’s efforts.“We will help to create a condition whereby we can see where we can reconcile, and counsel them because of the dramatic things they have seen, since war broke out in Juba and elsewhere,” Kur told ENS.“We need to teach them so we can send a team to go and teach and talk peace among the people, and we will extend it slowly to the areas affected by the war,” Kur added.South Sudan emerged as the world’s newest nation in 2011, with Juba as its capital city. Fighting erupted in December 2013 after a political struggle between the president, Salva Kiir, and his former deputy, Riek Machar, displacing as many as one million people. Kiir is from the Dinka tribe and rebel leader Machar is Nuer, representing the two main Sudanese ethnic groups. Many fled to the Kakuma Refugee Camp, which was established in 1992 during decades of Sudanese civil war. An estimated 180,000 people from Sudan, South Sudan, and other African countries reside at the camp.Kur, a former “Lost Boy” now studying peace and conflict transformation at Nairobi’s Daystar University, said camp conditions are challenging. Illness, illiteracy and hunger are pervasive, he said. (The Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan moved to the U.S. as part of a resettlement program in the early ‘00s.)“We have a diverse community in South Sudan and in Camp Kakuma, young people on both sides and the only thing you can do is speak a word of peace to them through soccer. They will play for fun and for a goal,” Kur said. “When they will be working for that goal, they will start talking, realizing their worth, and making friendships among themselves.”SSYPR advisor Bishop John Gattek Wallam of the Bentiu area of the Diocese of Malakal said the plan includes university students serving as trainers for the camp’s youth. The initiative is working in tandem with other like-minded organizations under the umbrella of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees seeking peace and reconciliation, he said.“The youth are the children of the warring parties [and from different tribes]. Both sides will be able to come together and learn peace and reconciliation,” Wallam told ENS from Kenya recently.The games “will be an outlet for the youth, to participate in peace-building activities. We will organize a program for them, and a concert that will also bring the youth together and also give them reconciliation messages from the Bible,” said Wallam. He was part of a negotiating team that has secured the endorsement of the United Nations and the Kenyan Police Camp manager to establish the Kakuma Peace Initiative and Sports for Peace games.A tentative date to host the games awaits securing project funding and sponsorships, according to the Rev. Jerry Drino of Hope with South Sudan, a San Jose-based education and outreach agency.“This whole effort is lifting up from the ground,” said Drino. Faith communities are at the forefront of the efforts, as are organizations like the American Friends of the Episcopal Church in Sudan (AFRECS), and Episcopal Relief & Development who are working to alleviate hardships in Sudan, he added.Pockets of hope exist amid the continuing crisis in Sudan, Drino said. He urged Episcopalians across the church to support the organization of fledgling peace efforts.“The good news is that already there are sporadic games with mixed tribal teams being played in Kakuma and that the Mothers Union and Presbyterian women are coming together to pray across tribal lines. The SSYPR will give them greater incentive to continue and expand this work.”Bishop Andudu Elnail of Kadugli and South Sudanese members of the Mothers’ Union participate in a worship service at the Kakuma Camp in Kenya.Colorado: October visit to offer medical, pastoral care training,A medical and pastoral care team from the Diocese of Colorado, seeking to alleviate refugee camp conditions and to support the efforts of Sudanese Bishop Andudu Adam Elnail of the Diocese of Kadugli, is planning an Oct. 28-Nov. 9 trip to the Kakuma Refugee Camp, according to Anita Sanborn, president of the Colorado Episcopal Foundation.Team members will focus on health issues and offer pastoral care, human rights, leadership and peace-building trainings, she said.The team initially intended to visit the Yida Refugee Camp in South Sudan in January of this year, Sanborn said. But the trip, funded by the United Thank Offering (UTO) and Episcopal Relief & Development and private donations, was rescheduled for the Kakuma Camp after the December fighting broke out.The team focus will include newborn and maternal health, basic hygiene and health care, identifying symptoms of trauma and self-care for clergy and lay leaders.“There will be a segment on human rights, teaching what the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights is all about, so people understand in this time of exile what their rights really are and to give them a sense of hope that they don’t need to be landless forever, but to prepare for a time when they can return home,” Sanborn added.Sanborn described Elnail as a bishop without a diocese. ENS’s efforts to reach him were unsuccessful.Elnail was in the United States for medical treatment in 2012 when Sudanese government forces entered Kadugli, raided his office, destroyed some equipment and confiscated others, Sanborn said. He began advocacy efforts and in 2013 was granted U.S. asylum. He organized an office in Juba to provide a base of operations for the thousands of Nuba people fleeing into the South.Sanborn also urged Episcopalians across the church to continue support for the Sudanese people, even though media focus may have shifted elsewhere.“When compassion fatigue seems so pervasive, it would be my hope that we in the Episcopal Church here continue to stand by the Sudanese refugees who’ve been sent here,” Sanborn said of Sudanese communities throughout the United States.“There are so many ways people can get involved,” she added. “It doesn’t have to always mean going to Sudan. It’s important to be aware and to be educated about what is going on, if people will just take that step. And to remember that prayer is always needed.”— The Rev. Pat McCaughan is a correspondent for the Episcopal News Service.The U.S.-based Episcopal Church has long-standing partnerships with the Episcopal Church of Sudan and South Sudan, through companion diocese relationships, Episcopal Relief & Development programs and the advocacy work of the Office of Government Relations.Current companion relationships include Albany (New York) with the Province of Sudan, Bethlehem (Pennsylvania) with Kajo Keji, Chicago with Renk, Indianapolis with Bor, Missouri with Lui, Rhode Island with Ezo, Southwestern Virginia with the Province of Sudan, and Virginia with the Province of Sudan.Partnerships also exist through various networks such as the American Friends of the Episcopal Church of Sudan and Hope With South Sudan. 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Rains cause roof collapse at Cape Town’s St George Cathedral

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Lutheran-Episcopal student ministry at MIT encourages unity

first_img Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET By Richelle ThompsonPosted Dec 14, 2016 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Albany, NY Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Called to Common Mission 15th Anniversary, Ecumenical & Interreligious The Rev. Kari Jo Verhulst (left) and the Rev. Thea Keith-Lucas in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology chapel.Editor’s Note: On Jan. 6, 2001, after 30 years of dialogue, the Episcopal Church and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, while maintaining their autonomy, agreed to come together to work for joint mission in the world and to allow clergy to move freely between the two churches. This week, ENS is running a “Called to Common Mission” series celebrating 15 years of Episcopal-Lutheran full communion.[Episcopal News Service] The group sometimes jokes that they should be known as the “Scurvy Prevention Society” instead of the Lutheran-Episcopal Ministry. To reach Massachusetts Institute of Technology college and graduate students who often live on free pizza and Ramen noodles, the ministry offers a homemade meal each Wednesday night cooked by the chaplains – who both happen to be vegetarians.The students “tell us they’re trying new foods for the first time,” said the Rev. Kari Jo Verhulst, the Lutheran chaplain. “They’re actually getting some vegetables!”The home-cooked meal is just part of the appeal for the 10 to 15 students of the blended Lutheran-Episcopal Ministry in Cambridge, Massachusetts.“This group made me realize that there were other Christians who thought similar things that I did,” said Lindsay Michelle Sanneman, a second-year graduate student. “It made me feel like I was not alone.”Sanneman attended the weekly worship service and meal at the beginning of her first year of graduate school. After trying out several other churches and groups, Sanneman knew she had found a place to belong, and she rearranged her schedule to leave Wednesday nights free.Eighteen months later, she is the president of the ministry.Of course, the people drew her into the ministry. But she also believes that the very nature of the ministry’s blended history as a two-denomination group has created an atmosphere of openness, hospitality and a willingness to look for what binds them together instead of what drives them apart.“Within Christianity and between the denominations, there are historically so many divisions,” said Sanneman. The Lutheran Episcopal Ministry is a model “of unity in the Christian church… . We learn that the core of our beliefs in the same, and that we’re really not that different.”This sentiment of finding common cause and shared beliefs is a strong thread among the leaders of the campus ministry.“I think it’s really powerful to offer a place that values open inquiry and affirms all people – and at the same time is really rooted in the gospel and in the hope of redemption and resurrection,” said the Rev. Thea Keith-Lucas, the Episcopal chaplain for the ministry. “If we can focus on the things we share and offer that to the community, I think we’ll be a lot stronger than if we are insistent on making young Episcopalians or young Lutherans.”Having fun together: Chaplains Kari Jo Verhulst (far left) and Thea Keith-Lucas (far right) join students Jane Heyes and Ashley Morishige in a rendition of “Happy Birthday” for another student.Indeed, especially among young people, denominational ties are far less important than for previous generations. While 23 percent of all Americans identify as “nones” or religiously unaffiliated, the number increases to one in three millennials (ages 18 to 29), with fewer and fewer people claiming a specific denominational membership.Participants in the Lutheran Episcopal Ministry bear out this lack of denominational identity. While several students are either Lutheran or Episcopal, about half come from other religious backgrounds, said Keith-Lucas.“They come here for an affirming stance and a progressive view,” she said. “The fact that we’re not being planted in one denomination or another frees us up to think about what we offer to this campus.”Earlier this fall, the ministry sponsored a panel called “Coming Out Faithful,” with LGBT clergy discussing their personal experiences and ways to reconcile their faith with gender identity or sexual orientation. And, said Keith-Lucas, “I got to teach the term ‘hermeneutics’ to students of MIT – which doesn’t happen a lot.”The partnership between the Lutherans and Episcopalians at MIT has a long history, predating the institutional churches’ Called to Common Mission by nearly three decades. A Lutheran and an Episcopal chaplain came together in 1972 to form the common ministry, with a focus on issues of social justice and reconciliation. The Episcopal and Lutheran components continue to have separate budgets and governance today, as well as chaplains from each tradition. But in most other ways, the two are merged.For many years, the liturgy for the worship rotated between Episcopal and Lutheran. But in the past few years, “we discerned that it was really confusing,” said Verhulst. “We wanted to lower the threshold so people felt like they could enter into the worship experience.”Verhulst and Keith-Lucas worked with students to craft a blended service that draws upon both traditions.“Students, this generation especially, are looking for experience, for connection and for caring leaders,” Verhulst said. “They are looking for a place that is open and welcome to all.”That doesn’t mean that the followers of the two denominations can’t learn from one another. The Episcopal Church’s understanding of prayer and how it shapes belief has been a rich area for the blended ministry to explore. And the Lutheran emphasis on confession has been an opportunity for growth for the Episcopalians in the group, said Keith-Lucas.“Our discussions about liturgy keep me from going on autopilot,” she said. “I have to explain and articulate what’s important and what I love … . We look at what is grounded in our shared Christian roots and say, ‘This belongs in the service because it’s been tried and tested across denominations and across the centuries.’ ”For Jane Heyes, a third-year doctoral student, the focus on community is the heartbeat of the ministry. Together, the students and chaplains explore “the theology of the imperfect,” Heyes said. On a campus like MIT, “everyone looks extremely successful, and you feel like you’re not. It’s really easy to fall into a trap of feeling down on yourself,” Heyes said.The campus ministry offers “a space to be OK. We laugh a lot. We talk a lot … . We set aside a time every week for family dinner where we can let our hair down and not worry about everything.”Plus, said Heyes, it’s a place to explore life’s meaning and your faith. As a scientist, a comparison that she heard long ago resonates with her.“Practicing your faith in this world is like doing science,” said Heyes. “If you did science on your own, all by yourself, people would be very incredulous of your claims. … There is value in doing faith together as a group. You grow spiritually, and you have people with you on the journey, when you’re struggling and when you’re happy.”– Richelle Thompson is deputy director and managing editor of Forward Movement. Featured Events Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Comments are closed. Submit a Press Release Rector Hopkinsville, KY Director of Music Morristown, NJ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS December 15, 2016 at 8:28 pm There is a lot more to say about the history of this partnership, starting at MIT in 1972. In 1974, I arrived as a freshman at MIT. Retired Bishops of the Episcopal Church had just ordained 11 women as priests, starting a difficult argument within the church. The House of Bishops denounced the ordination as invalid, and forbid their acceptance as priests. I walked into the MIT chapel on a Wednesday evening, and there I saw two priests, Episcopal and Lutheran, a man and a woman. The woman was Constance Parvey (1931-2011) . In 1972, she had become the fourth woman to be ordained by the Lutheran church. If she had just been ordained as an Episcopal priest, the two would have been trouble. But she was a Lutheran. And the two churches had signed an agreement not long ago to recognize each other’s priests. When I had arrived, I didn’t know how to make a decision about ordaining women. After meeting Constance, I saw no reason not to. And yes, we had a service every Wednesday followed by dinner. It was a wonderful community, and I will never forget the time I spent there. I am happy to see that the community of Episcopal and Lutheran ministry is still thriving. 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Pressure mounts to remove Confederate symbols from Episcopal institutions

first_img Bindy Snyder says: Cathedral Dean Boise, ID AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Associate Rector Columbus, GA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group August 25, 2017 at 6:50 pm One question: If we remove all the confederate monuments, all the stain glass depictions of the civil war, and all plaques commemorating anything or everything about slavery will that heal racial relations. I doubt it. There will always be another issue at hand to take its place. The Episcopal Church has become a political progressive /leftist organization that justifies its political stand by convoluting Scripture and shaming those who think otherwise. Jawaharlal Prasad says: Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Tony Oberdorfer says: New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Nancye Van Brunt says: August 26, 2017 at 9:23 am Yes. There is a difference between using a divisive symbol like the battle flag and honoring someone who actually had a connection to the church. If this one is removed, will they remove all plaques to bishops from the cathedral? Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Peggy Dobbind says: 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 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Doug Desper says: August 25, 2017 at 3:54 pm Every person reading this benefits from slavery.Every person reading this has a life intertwined in the servile misery of other people.We live in a pervasive servile system that we haven’t cured despite our wise commenters and social justice warriors believing that we are somehow more enlightened and more moral than Confederates.It is estimated that there are about 30 million people who are enslaved around the world. They are in mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo, fishing vessels off the coast of New Zealand, garment factories in Jordan, the forests of Brazil, carpet factories in Nepal, agricultural fields of Florida, and everywhere in between. That means that slavery is happening across the globe and it ends up in your home. It could be the jewelry you’re wearing, the shrimp you had for dinner, the shoes on your feet, the phone in your pocket, the lithium battery you use, the jeans that you wear, the T-Shirts that you buy cheap, or the Christmas decorations adorning your tree.Any number of studies bear this truth out.You benefit from the slavery of others. So do I, and we should all be ashamed and hate it.We don’t see the slaves because they don’t live in “the quarters” out back. They are all around the globe creating the goods and services that we will refuse to pay much for. They are forced labor to ensure that we have what we want.So, guess what? We are just like Robert E. Lee, and all of the people of America in the 19th century. We, like they, benefit from a system that creates misery for others. If we wanted to end it it would have ended.So, while we critique the dead we are really condemning ourselves.We are criticizing the long dead for not having the instant cure to lives intertwined and dependent upon the misery of others. At least R.E. Lee and others called slavery a moral evil that needed to end. The “how” was what the Civil War was fought over.Haven’t we wised up to the fact that we are hypocrites and have barely moved an inch to destroy the American servile misery system in 150 years? Freeing a single race of people in 1863 did not end slavery after all. It was barely a start.Speaking of monuments, don’t forget that the Lincoln Memorial needs to come down. Read Lincoln’s quotes before the Civil War up to 1863. He used racially charged and insulting language about blacks and said that if he could preserve the Union by keeping blacks as slaves then he would certainly do it. Freeing slaves was NEVER a war aim. It only became a war aim in 1863 when the Union was losing the war and Lincoln’s government wanted to rally new volunteers behind some new cause. Only then – very late – was freeing slaves a concern. Even in the Emancipation Proclamation he left slavery intact in areas that he could have ended it.Hypocrisy. Tear down that memorial!Of all the work that needs to be done, criticizing the dead who were paralyzed in a servile system is cheap, mere symbolism over substance, and avoids the real work to be done. As people who still benefit from slavery, who do modern day judges and iconoclasts see at when they look at themselves in the mirror? Not a true image. Staring back at them — if they look closely — is the image of a modern day slave holder. Ione Hodge says: Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI mike geibel says: Director of Music Morristown, NJ Racial Justice & Reconciliation Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA August 26, 2017 at 12:57 pm If we get rid of everything having to do with the Civil War will that get rid of the history ? No. Is the next thing to go is our crosses on our churches? One catholic church removed the statue of Mary for fear of offending people of other faiths. Does anyone remember what happen in Germany? Please think people. It is a part of our history, good or bad. There isn’t a country on this earth that doesn’t skeletons in their closets. Ronald Davin says: Bill Louis says: August 25, 2017 at 11:54 pm “God make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love, for it is in giving that receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born into eternal life.”The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, a former Knoxville, Tennessee citizen, is correct in her theology and in her understanding of scripture. Let us follow the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, and may our contemplation lead to action. pax et bonum Dn. Dorothy Royal says: This plaque honoring Leonidas Polk, an Episcopal bishop and Confederate general, is displayed in Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dean Gail Greenwell says it should be removed or relocated. Photo: Sarah Hartwig/Christ Church Cathedral[Episcopal News Service] Parishioners who attended Sunday worship at Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Aug. 20 should not have been surprised that Dean Gail Greenwell’s sermon addressed the issue of racism, given the national outcry over a large white supremacist rally in Virginia the weekend before.Those hate groups had gathered in defense of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville. What may have surprised some Cincinnati parishioners is the Confederate symbols in their own cathedral.Greenwell used her sermon to draw their attention to part of a stained-glass window honoring Lee and a plaque dedicated to Leonidas Polk, an Episcopal bishop and Confederate general. She called for both to be removed.“The church itself has been complicit in enshrining systems and people who contributed to white supremacy, and they are here in the very corners of this cathedral,” Greenwell said in her sermon.The growing secular debate over Confederate statues and monuments, amplified by the violence in Charlottesville, also is fueling renewed scrutiny of the numerous Confederate symbols that long have been on display at the Cincinnati cathedral and other Episcopal churches and institutions around the country.Crew working with the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island saw into one of the plaques commemorating Robert E. Lee at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Brooklyn, New York. Photo: Episcopal Diocese of Long IslandTwo plaques honoring Lee had long stood outside a New York City church where he once worshiped and served on the vestry, until a bishop hastily ordered them removed last week. At Sewanee: The University of the South, a school with Episcopal roots and Confederate connections, administrators say the school has been engaged in an ongoing discussion of Confederate symbols on campus, where a monument to a Confederate general still stands.Washington National Cathedral in the nation’s capital is deliberating over whether to remove its stained-glass windows honoring Confederate generals Lee and Stonewall Jackson. Depictions of the Confederate battle flag already have been removed from the windows.Such scrutiny even extends to an Episcopal church’s name. The congregation in Lexington, Virginia, decided in April it would remain as R.E. Lee Memorial Church, but the vestry faces new pressure to reverse that decision.Vestry members, at their Aug. 21 meeting, approved a joint statement condemning racism and the deadly violence in Charlottesville. They also defended Lee’s reputation as a Christian and his five years as a parishioner after the Civil War. The vestry took no action toward removing Lee’s name from the church, a stance senior warden Woody Sadler supports.“We would love to be all things to all people, and unfortunately we can’t. And I don’t think any church can,” Sadler told Episcopal News Service in a phone interview.Just as Episcopal clergy members rallied Aug. 12 in nonviolent solidarity against hatred and bigotry in Charlottesville, Episcopal leaders are turning the focus inward and seeking opportunities for racial reconciliation churchwide in the debate over the legacy of the Confederacy.“There’s nothing simple about this discernment,” the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, canon to the presiding bishop for evangelism, reconciliation and creation, said in an emailed statement to ENS. “Removing church windows, statues and plaques that honor and valorize the Confederacy may be necessary. I would say they so deny the spirit of Jesus Christ that they have no place in his house.”But true reconciliation requires more than simply removing Confederate symbols from view, Spellers said.“Removing them doesn’t change the reason they were originally installed,” she said. “It doesn’t change the way certain groups practically worship those figures. It doesn’t change the fact that our schools are now rife with revisionist history books that whitewash the evil perpetrated against indigenous, black, Asian, Latino and some whites who weren’t white when they got here.”Charleston massacre was earlier catalystEven so, an unprecedented dialogue has occurred in America in the two years since Dylann Roof opened fire June 17, 2015, at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine people. After Roof’s arrest, details of his fondness for the Confederate flag prompted some Southern leaders to order an end to displaying the flag at statehouses and other public places, a sudden and dramatic reversal after years of resistance to calls for the flag’s removal.The Episcopal Church’s General Convention also weighed in, passing a resolution in 2015 condemning the Confederate battle flag as “at odds with a faithful witness to the reconciling love of Jesus Christ.” The resolution also advocated the removal of the flag from public display, including at religious institutions.That resolution’s scope was limited to the flag, but racism has been a regular focus of General Convention for at least four decades. Through its resolutions, the church has committed to “addressing institutional racism inside our Church and in society,” ending “the historic silence and complicity of our church in the sin of racism,” and researching the historic ways the church benefited from slavery.Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has identified racial reconciliation as one of three priorities during his primacy, and this year, his staff issued guidelines under the title “Becoming Beloved Community” intended to help congregations succeed in their local efforts.This emphasis on racial reconciliation has aligned the church with people who oppose display of Confederate statues, monuments and other symbols. They argue the Confederacy cannot be absolved for leading the country into a brutal civil war with the goal of preserving slavery, and they say Confederate symbols now are inextricably linked to the racism espoused by the hate groups that rally behind them.Others, while disavowing white supremacist groups, have cited history and heritage in arguing against removing Confederate monuments. They note slavery is a stain on the lives of many heroes of American history, not just Confederate generals, adding that removing statues succeeds in obscuring the past, not eliminating racial hatred.Attempts by congregations to bridge such a divide can be painful, but the process also can be healing. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia, is a case study.St. Paul’s, located in the former Confederate capital, was once known as the “Cathedral of the Confederacy.” Lee worshiped there, and Confederate President Jefferson Davis was a member. Until recently, a plaque hung on a wall in the church honoring Davis and featuring the Confederate battle flag.St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia. Photo: Courtesy of St. Paul’sAfter the 2015 Charleston shooting, the Rev. Wallace Adams-Riley, St. Paul’s rector, challenged the congregation to think deeply about whether Confederate symbols belonged in their worship space. That challenge grew into the History and Reconciliation Initiative, and through an invitation to discernment, the congregation decided to remove all battle flags but keep family memorials to fallen Confederate soldiers.“We Southerners have often made it an either-or thing,” Adams-Riley recently told the Daily News Leader in Staunton, Virginia. “That we either recognize our ancestors for their bravery or we get honest about all that was so dark, so terribly dark, about our culture that rested on the back of enslaved men, women and children. But the truth should set us free. We can afford to tell the whole story. What we want is more history, not to erase history.”Plaques still mark the pews at St. Paul’s where Lee and Davis once sat, and the pair are featured in stained-glass windows.Stained glass fabricator Dieter Goldkuhle, who worked with his late father to install many of the stained glass windows at Washington National Cathedral, replaces an image of the Confederate battle flag after cathedral leaders decided in 2016 that the symbol of racial supremacy had no place inside the cathedral. Photo: Danielle E. Thomas/Washington National CathedralWashington National Cathedral, like St. Paul’s, chose to remove all depictions of the Confederate flag from its stained-glass windows after the Charleston massacre. But the cathedral is only halfway through a two-year process of discerning whether to remove the Lee and Jackson windows also, Dean Randy Hollerith said in a June 30 letter to the congregation.“These windows, and these questions, have exposed emotions that are raw and sometimes wounds that have not yet healed,” Hollerith wrote. “They have helped to reveal how much we still have to learn as we work toward repairing the breach of racial injustice and building the beloved community.”A cathedral spokesman said this week the events in Charlottesville have added a sense of urgency to the process.‘What we choose to revere’Greenwell, the Cincinnati dean, was more direct in calling for the vestry to re-examine two memorials in the cathedral with the hope they will be removed.One of them depicts Leonidas Polk, who was consecrated in 1838 in Cincinnati and served as the missionary bishop of the southwest. Polk, one of the founders of Sewanee, was bishop of Louisiana when he served as a Confederate general. He was known to wear his Episcopal vestments over his military uniform, “a thoroughly offensive merge of his professed faith and his fervor to see the institution of slavery endure,” Greenwell said.Robert E. Lee, the Confederate general, is depicted as receiving a blessing from Virginia Bishop William Meade in this stained-glass window at Christ Church Cathedral, Cincinnati, Ohio. Photo: Sarah Hartwig/Christ Church CathedralThe other memorial, a stained-glass window showing Lee receiving a blessing from Virginia Bishop William Meade, was a gift from a Lee descendant, Greenwell said.“We need to be very careful, very thoughtful about what we choose to revere on a plaque or put on a pedestal,” she said in her sermon.The vestry is scheduled to discuss the memorials at its Sept. 13 meeting.Sewanee, too, embodies the complex task of bridging this divide, given how its heritage, like that of the South, is interwoven with Confederate history.The university in Sewanee, Tennessee, known in the Episcopal Church for its seminary, was founded in 1857 by several Episcopal dioceses under Polk’s leadership, though the Civil War delayed its opening until 1868. (Polk was killed 1864 as he and other generals scouted Union positions near Marietta, Georgia.)Should Polk be honored at Sewanee? Even the relocation of a historic portrait of the school founder sparked debate in 2016, though university’s efforts to re-examine Confederate symbols extend beyond Polk and date back more than a decade.A 2005 New York Times article reported on ways Sewanee and other Southern universities were trying to appeal more to students outside the South. In Sewanee’s case this meant removing controversial symbols, including Confederate battle flags in the chapel and a ceremonial mace given to the university and dedicated to a Ku Klux Klan founder.Such moves alienated some of the school’s alumni, though traces of the Confederacy remain on campus, such as its monument honoring Edmund Kirby-Smith, a Confederate general who later taught math at Sewanee.Edmund Kirby-Smith was a Confederate general who later taught mathematics at the University of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee, where this monument to the general is located. Photo: Caroline CarsonSewanee has removed “many of the most visible and controversial representations of the Confederacy,” Vice Chancellor John M. McCardell Jr. said in a written response to an ENS inquiry.“It is too easy, however, to get consumed with the metaphor that the Confederate symbols represent and thereby miss the real need to combat hate, bigotry, and racism,” he said. “The University of the South has made intentional and effective strides in the past several years to address these very issues and will continue to do so.”But what should a church do when its very name is associated with the Confederacy?The sign in front of R.E. Lee Memorial Church in Lexington, Virginia. Photo: Doug CummingLee had been dead for 33 years when the church in Lexington was renamed R.E. Lee Memorial Church, and some members of the congregation see its identity closely tied to its most famous parishioner.“Some say he even saved the parish,” Sadler, the senior warden, said.Changing the name would alienate many members of the congregation, Sadler said, and he dismissed arguments that the name has become a distraction and makes the church less welcoming to those in the community who find Lee offensive.“I feel that if the congregation wants to keep the name, then that’s what we want to call ourselves,” he said. “And we should not have other people who will never worship in our church … demand that we change what we call ourselves.”Southwestern Virginia Bishop Mark Bourlakas is among those who warn the name is distracting the congregation from its gospel mission. He plans to discuss the issue during a visit to the Lexington church on Aug. 30.But Bourlakas, who attended Sewanee in the 1980s when Confederate flags still were displayed in All Saints’ Chapel, also thinks it is important for Americans everywhere to open their minds to the pain such symbols can bring.“People, especially white people, go along thinking, what’s the harm? It’s just a monument. What’s the harm of this flag? Big deal. It’s been up there forever,” he said, and unfortunately, it takes an outbreak of violence, as in Charleston and Charlottesville, for some people to consider a different perspective.Spellers hopes the conversations underway in places like Cincinnati, Sewanee and Lexington will be steps on a longer journey toward racial reconciliation.“Removing the symbols from their current places of honor and using them elsewhere for education and repentance has to be one part of a comprehensive effort to tell the truth, proclaim the dream of God, practice the way of love, and repair the breach in society,” Spellers said, “all of which are necessary to move toward Beloved Community.”— David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] 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 August 25, 2017 at 7:46 pm I am a native southerner, having been born in Georgia and having lived here all of my life. Consequently, the Confederacy, the Civil War, etc. etc. etc. have always been part of my life journey. Being born and raised and living in Atlanta adds to all of those influences. I grew up in a part of the city where most of the Battle of Atlanta was fought. I attended John B. Gordon grammar school, named for a Confederate General. My townhouse sits in what were battle trenches during the Battle of Atlanta. We lived on Confederate Court for 9 years of my life. There is little else that could add to my “pedigree” as a southerner.What I learned in history classes decades ago was very simple: The reason for the Civil War was centered on the right to own slaves. While that cause was often cloaked in the mantle of “states rights,” the states’ right in particular was that of owning other human beings. The economy of the south at the time was agricultural and highly dependent on slave labor for its success.Over the years I have witnessed all sorts of attempts to glorify the Civil War as some gloriously lost cause. I have never bought that argument. Put bluntly, the Civil War was the result of arrogance and hard headedness on both sides. It should be always identified as what it was: an awful stain on our history as a nation supposedly founded to secure freedom for all. It will be such a stain for all of history.It is time that we relegated statues, banners, flags, plaques, and the like to museums and other institutions where there story can be told accurately. Such facilities already serve as the repositories of historical documents and artifacts. There is NOTHING that makes Civil War and Confederacy symbols any different. That does not alter or wipe out history. Instead it puts the proper perspective over a dark and dismal time in our history. Our churches should be no different. Create places for historical items and documents, tell the real story and lets move on with the worship of God. We are prohibited from worshiping idols….yet that is what we are doing with all of this foolishness about statues, monuments, flags, banners, etc. God is well aware that we worship these idols….it’s time we owned that as well and ended the practice. August 25, 2017 at 7:45 pm Let’s not forget also Polk has memorials in almost every church in the south. They memorialize his service to the church as a great bishop, while most who know his history thought he was not so great a general, and would prefer to forget that part of his life. Augusta, GA and New Orleans are blessed with his body parts. Are we to remove them as well? Monuments that glorify Jim Crow racism perpetuate it without context and explanatory sidebars. I don’t think anyone advocates “tearing them down.” We don’t really want to forget or hide a history as disgusting as the Holocaust. Tags August 26, 2017 at 8:30 am Well said. Thank-you. P.J. Cabbiness says: Rector Collierville, TN August 26, 2017 at 9:00 am With all the suffering and devastation going orn in Texas today from the hurricane, I hope your not wasting too much time and energy on this, instead of helping victims of Hurricane Havey. August 26, 2017 at 10:50 pm Pure Orwellian rationalization and a complete absence of intellectual maturity. Down the slippery slope we go, pushed over the edge by the emotive good intentions of the fascist left. August 25, 2017 at 11:55 am Every year, I look forward to “Lent Madness”. It is fun, it is inspirational, and it is educational. In many cases, we’ve heard the story of a saint or holy person, but reading the stories of these people, “warts and all”, is often as inspiring as enlightening. I am reminded that what we can be is not defined by what we have been or even what we are. I am reminded of the Cross. I am reminded why I shall not throw the “first stone”. August 26, 2017 at 4:30 pm I have to agree that we can’t abolish the memory orf slavery or the civil war. We don’t need to remove plaques and statues. They are our history. The names of churches, notations on pews denoting where people sat, statues of founders are not racist. It is time to remember that to forget or unlearn our history dooms us to repeat it. The modern day equivalent of slavery is the people who work one or more minimum wage jobs to pay for housing, food and clothing. We need to remember hat everything come from God. The church is not a museum for saints but a hospital for sinners. Comments (44) By David PaulsenPosted Aug 25, 2017 Jawaharlal Prasad says: Tony Oberdorfer says: Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Submit an Event Listing August 25, 2017 at 5:21 pm God cares less about our monuments , and more about or tretment of people. We zas Christians are called to see all people through the eye’s of God. We are called to be his hands. We are called to use his voice of love avd acceptance. Physical objects do not matter… but how I love and treat my fellow person is! Rector Tampa, FL Comments navigation Newer comments Featured Events Rector Bath, NC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 August 26, 2017 at 5:00 pm Josh Thomas unfortunately is as guilty of worshiping “false gods” as those he casually and recklessly accuses. It’s sad that he and many Episcopalian lefties like him are totally unaware of this. August 26, 2017 at 4:01 pm It is not racist to have a church named for a Confederate General. It is not racist to have Confederate leaders depicted in stained glass. It is not racist to show our history warts and all. The other culture in my lifetime that attempted to re-write history was the Soviet Union and now I expect the Chinese Communists. Keep the E-church from this political correct nonsense. Rector Washington, DC ronald freeman says: August 26, 2017 at 6:17 pm These comments are all white perspective. There needs to be a dialogue about what those statues, stain glassed windows, and memorials mean to the African Americans and their descendants who were enslaved. Then we will know who is really hurt.It isn’t erasing history to take them out of churches and putting them into museums. Or even side chapels that give context. If telling the historical record is so important, then where are the statues of Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, et al? They should be side by side telling their stories of anguish if the goal is to tell the real story. If you don’t tell the story of the agony inflicted on the slaves, and their subsequent inequality (redlined out of eligibility for FHA loans, voter suppression, etc.), then you aren’t “preserving history” you are whitewashing it with one side, the side that still wants supremacy.There’s a terrific modern opera that tells a great and true story of a female emancipated slave, making a good life for herself in Colorado, while searching for her family over decades. The very first scene is a slave auction where her family members are sold to different plantation owners. It’s crushing, absolutely heartbreaking, and sadly, it isn’t fiction.In the opera, her daughter arrives to meet her mother (I believe with her children in tow), on Easter Sunday.We need that Easter Sunday in America. We need reconciliation. And those symbols of hate in public squares and houses of worship are a barrier. I’m speaking the truth, and you would hear it, and more, if we asked our African American sisters and brothers in a “safe space.” Be aware that they might be more concerned with unarmed men being shot and killed by police, the racist school-to-prison pipeline, and the FBI reports that white supremacists have infiltrated local law enforcement. But if so, it begs the question: Who and what is affirmed by those symbols?I’m waiting for the story of the US, slavery, and racial relations to be a story of love and redemption. Peggy Dobbind says: Bruce Garner says: Peggy Dobbind says: Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Shreveport, LA August 28, 2017 at 2:49 pm Doug, nothing I said was false. You paint with such a broad brush that several of your statements don’t ring true: “The men who initiated, led, and successfully concluded our colonial rebellion … the founders and earliest leaders of our government, were almost universally men of property and therefore slave owners.This is a statement that makes light of the real struggles in forming our republic, the arguments, issues, and compromises that were hammered out are the stuff we continue to wrestly with today. The Northerners were not slave owners. John Adams owned a 40 acre farm and hired workers to help farm it. When Benjamin Franklin saw that half sun etched in a chair, he wondered if it was the sun rising or the sun setting, and I’m sure slavery was on his mind. The republic couldn’t be formed without Virginia so they agreed to awful compromises, like counting slaves as 3/5’s a human being – and it could be argued that African Americans still have not been recognized as 5/5ths. Redlining. Lynching. Inequality in housing, education, and work…As you’re not an Episcopalian, then it wasn’t clear to you that I am saying that any church that wants to keep Confederate flags, names, and whatnot in their churches are morally obligated by our Baptismal Covenant to then tell the whole wretched story within their church, so that there is no hypocrisy in “telling the story” in the revisionist way that excludes the misery that was inflicted by these people, in the name of these people, and using these symbols.Sadly, racism in general and white supremacy in particular, misogyny, homophobia, Islamophobia, and xenophobia are indeed amongst the worst of the problems we face today. White supremacist terrorism has been identified by the FBI and others as the number 1 terrorist threat here at home. Unequal pay and opportunity costs families – more equality would lift 40-50 percent of people out of poverty. All people, but people of color, women, and children are disproportionately impacted. We Episcopalians have an obligation to consider all of that.We need to tell the real history, and not the revisionist, white supremacist version that has become the crucible of “alternative facts.” Doug, you are not bound by the Baptismal Covenant, we are. And so you are arguing in a context in which you are not versed at all. We have a theological lens and our guide is the Jesus who said love your neighbor without compromise. P.J. Cabbiness says: center_img The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Peggy Dobbind says: August 28, 2017 at 3:54 pm Attn P. J. Cabbiness,Sir or Madam, I am presuming it is I to whom your ad hominen attack is directed. that you genuinely believe you never have racist thoughts, and that your area of intellectual expertise is not the history of fascism, theory or practice of anti-fascism, nor history or theory of what has evolved, or “matured” if you will, over the last couple of centuries, such that using the word “fascist” as an adjective of the noun left” illustrates the reasoning of which Orwell wrote.A bit of self examination is never wasted. Press Release Service August 27, 2017 at 12:56 am “The Episcopal church has no appreciation of history”Whuuut?! Featured Jobs & Calls August 27, 2017 at 4:16 pm The historical revisionism, such as the Confederacy situation, being championed by TEC is incredibly irresponsible, or to be more blunt, stupid. This issue and many more, such as the “Thank President Obama” email in 2013, are examples of why I find it increasingly hard, if not impossible to be intelligent, thoughtful and Episcopalian at the same time. TEC has become an arm of the Democratic Party, using their playbook and falsehoods with abandon. Such a shame! A once great church continues its dive to the bottom. James Grillot says: August 26, 2017 at 4:59 pm Well, I couldn’t read A L L the comments, so I wonder if you should spend time adding to them.The United Daughters of the Confederacy’s chapel beside the Episcopal church I visited to find an ancestor’s grave in Petersburg, Va, isn’t mentioned. They raised money from the legislature of every former slave state to pay for Tiffany Windows to that state’s hero to “the cause.” Knowing that one is the heir not just of people who made however much money they had from slave labor, but of post emancipation, post 13th, 14th, 15th amendment white women as guilty as any KKK, Jim Crow politico, maybe more so, in creating and consolidating white supremacy and yes if you use one of the scientific abstract definitions, fascism, to approximate the appearance of being Southern aristocrats, imposes the moral obligation to repent and repair.When I came back to the South in 1996, I realized that while good Catholics go to confession weekly, that Atonement is the highest holy obligations of Jews, and Muslims spend a whole month at it, I had not been raised with a religious path or ritual for expressing repentance. I couldn’t speak for all Protestant Christians, but I knew that within my white Southern Episcopalian liturgy, all I had was a General Confession, so general that it covered everything from forgetting to write a thank you note to chaining humans to lie in their excrement beside others who died on the crossing. Thus, please see PeggyDobbins.net/labyrinthofrue.html Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Martinsville, VA August 25, 2017 at 10:55 am In making sure that she does all the right things not to get left behind in the current competitive mob hysteria about “racism” in the Episcopal Church, Dean Greenwell is acting like the cheapest kind of politician. Pressure mounts to remove Confederate symbols from Episcopal institutions August 27, 2017 at 4:24 pm I disagree that naming a church for a defender of The Cause (restoring the Aristocracy), and raising funds for Stained glass windows of them is not racist. In my opinion they were serious and quite effective methods of eluding emancipation, the 13tg, 14th, and 15th amendments. These were actions that propagandized the notion that races exist and the white one is supreme over the black AND that is The will of the God of the church memorializing CSA. This notion has been scientifically rejected. I’m not into smashing Tiffany Windows, but failure to leave them without powerful refutations of the beliefs in white supremacy they promote is not excusable. I would even say, is sinful. Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit a Job Listing Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 August 25, 2017 at 12:32 pm Historical “cleansing” is inappropriate, Orwellian and intellectually dishonest. This is a form of modern day book burning. We must address racial, social and political issues openly and thoughtfully in the present. This type of reaction is by its very nature fascist. August 26, 2017 at 1:16 am are you people crazy?…our history is to be saved so we do not forget..it is who we are and why we did go to war then and now. i am a 71 yr old vet,try and take away , if you wish to be an ass,the names that are on the books in all our churches in the south who fought in the civil war for the south.so stop…and leave my history alone my church is not left or right..if you wish to have two left hand keep them out of my church.in CHRIST,TRINITY EPISCOPAL. Brother Tupper Morehead, TSSF says: Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Comments are closed. This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Josh Thomas says: Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ August 25, 2017 at 2:38 pm It is not surprising that historical “cleansing” is happening here in US. A society that sees only in terms of black and white, and no gray, this “cleansing” behavior is not unexpected. At one time or another, each race or community has faced considerable humiliation and degradation. Of these, Holocaust and Slavery stand out.Nazi symbols and insignia have been banned in many countries; it is now the turn of Black people to live in peace and with dignity. This should not be a surprise as many nations are working to correct erroneous ways.Regarding removal of symbols and statues, the Christian priests, centuries ago led the way by destroying many statues, temples, institutions and community that they deemed as idols and idol worshippers.In this computer age, we will be told what to say, what to think, what to do and someone will determine when to terminate our life. Sometimes I hear friends say – that US is Orwellian 1984 and Australia is becoming Aldous Huxley Brave New World. P.J. Cabbiness says: Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Cynthia Katsarelis says: Rector Hopkinsville, KY August 28, 2017 at 4:37 pm Media and education system should do a better job of providing accurate history. Growing up in a developing country, we rarely heard anything good about the character of Black people. The local English media pretty much parroted what the Western media said about the Blacks. I won’t be wrong in saying that in every country where Blacks find themselves in a minority, they are treated with contempt. This attitude ingrained in the psyche of non-Blacks need to change. This may take a while, and all institutions should strive to correct their erroneous ways.There was a time when Jews were hated and despised for killing Jesus; we know better now. In many countries, symbols, monuments, insignia offensive to Jews are no longer permitted. August 27, 2017 at 4:05 pm If you’re white, I urge you to notice when you react against something that suggests a black person or blacks in general are not subordinate to you or whites in general. Carrying on about love and reconciliation without scratching enough to reveal my white supremacist within, made repentance, much less openness to reparation impossible. Redemption is impossible without atonement. “Cheap grace” it’s called August 25, 2017 at 6:21 pm We lead a life of vibrant economic competition, access to capital, and the freedom to pursue opportunity and economic security for our families. This freedom is available to all who choose to jump in and participate. These freedoms and opportunities exist because of the Lord’s providence and the hard work and struggle of those who came before us who asked for nothing but religious freedom and economic freedom. We should understand our history, correct mistakes and move forward with the gifts we have been given. The current controversy is contrived and irrelevant. Our energies should be spent on building up our families, communities and our nation as a united people rather than tearing down statues, plaques and monuments. Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem August 26, 2017 at 2:47 pm The Old Testament history of salvation comes down to one word: Exodus. Our God is a Liberator who freed the Israelites from slavery.The New Testament history of salvation can be summarized in one word: Resurrection. Our Savior is a Liberator who freed us from sin and death.Yet here are Episcopalians demanding we exalt the Egyptians.I have no clue who these Episcopalians’ god might be, but I know their demigods: Lee, Polk & Grandpappy. These churchgoers jump at the chance to demonize Dean Greenwell, Canon Spellers, the Presiding Bishop, the General Convention and everyone else who denies their false gods.Sewanee is my role model in how to deal with these American idols. If anything, Vice Chancellor John M. McCardell Jr. understated the university’s fine record of showing the rest of us how to clean house, because Sewanee’s been at this for years and has made wise choices. Keep something honoring Polk – he was an incompetent general but he founded the place – and Wm. Porcher DuBose, its great theologian and ex-Confederate adjutant; he founded the School of Theology the whole Church is proud of. But the mace, the battle flag and the lesser idols’ time has expired.We must let the Holy Spirit guide us, not our own opinions, upbringing, family history and ideologies. She knows where she’s going with this, and it isn’t back to Egypt. It’s on to the Promised Land. Youth Minister Lorton, VA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Belleville, IL August 28, 2017 at 2:52 pm Amen, Peggy. Curate Diocese of Nebraska F William Thewalt says: Rev. Stan Upchurch says: Advocacy Peace & Justice, Rector Albany, NY Lynne Jacobson says: Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ August 27, 2017 at 4:13 pm I welcome your definition for f the modern equivalent of slavery.I would add that while a just money price is hard to determine, finding ways to shift allocations of control over money and benefitting from it away from heirs of famous slavers to at the very least alleviate the super exploitation of the disproportionate number of American blacks in for profit prisons, would be a good thing Rector Knoxville, TN Peggy Dobbins says: August 26, 2017 at 9:48 am In 2001, the Taliban destroyed the 4th- and 5th-century monuments and statues of a standing Buddha carved into the side of a cliff in central Afghanistan. Since 2014, ISIS has pursued the deliberate destruction of cultural heritage in Syria, Libya and Iraq, destroying at least 28 religious buildings including historical Mosques and Christian churches. The Virgin Mary Church was destroyed on Easter Sunday in Syria. Dair Mar Elia, the oldest monastery in Iraq, was demolished sometime between late August and September 2014. In August 2015, the historic Monastery of St. Elian was destroyed. These reminders of history and a former culture, have been lost forever, all on the altar of religious “correctness.”The TEC seems to have appointed itself the new American Taliban and is waging a cultural jihad and “cleansing” of American history under the banner of racial and social justice. The White House was constructed by Slaves, as were some churches. Under the logic of cultural “cleansing,” should these structures not be razed as well, together with the statues of d Thomas Jefferson—he owned slaves.Precipitous actions are not justified by the criminal acts of a few wacko white supremacists. The backlash against the events in Charlottesville is probably welcomed by the extremists. The pretext was to defend the city’s Confederate memorials, but the real reason was for the marchers to flex their muscles as a so-called movement and to polarize the nation and attract supporters.Most of the soldiers fighting for the Confederate Army were poor farm boys whose families never owned slaves. Their loyalty was to states’ rights, not to the concept of slavery, and they fought because they didn’t want those damned foreigners up north and in Washington telling them what to do.More Americans died in the Civil War than any other war in our history. The scars of Sherman’s destructive March to the Sea are permanent and will never be forgotten or forgiven. There were heroes and evil on both sides of that conflict. Let us not throw gasoline on the new civil war that is brewing in our country.Rather than try to erase history, would it not be better, as Bruce Garner suggested, to move these artifacts to museums, or to erect statues and memorials of Martin Luther King or other civil rights leaders, and place them next to the statues of Confederate heroes. Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT B.D. says: Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY August 25, 2017 at 4:24 pm Well said Doug – we all benefit from “slave” labor which is why I say the economic system needs some restructuring. Initially, slavery was based on color, caste, religious affiliations or ? Now it is based on economics – sweat shops in various parts of the world; thousands and thousands of workers from developing countries working for low wages in affluent nations; human trafficking, etc. Even in affluent nations many live from paycheck to paycheck or struggle to meet their daily needs.We lead a life of pretense, and of dubious moral and ethical values. Cynthia Katsarelis says: Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Comments navigation Newer comments Cynthia Katsarelis says: John Ira Clemens says: Submit a Press Release Jawaharlal Prasad says: Rector Smithfield, NClast_img read more

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Bishop of Atlanta on the Nevada tragedy: Action must follow…

first_imgBishop of Atlanta on the Nevada tragedy: Action must follow prayers Rector Tampa, FL Featured Events Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Submit an Event Listing Tags Director of Music Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Shreveport, LA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Advocacy Peace & Justice, 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 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 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Gun Violence, Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Belleville, IL Rector Bath, NC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Posted Oct 5, 2017 Featured Jobs & Calls Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Submit a Press Release [Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta] The Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright, bishop of Atlanta issued the following statement:Brothers and Sisters.In the aftermath of the horror of Las Vegas, I ask you to remember and pray for the souls of those who have died, including Mr. Paddock. I encourage you to seek the comfort we find in Christ Jesus. Holy Scripture reminds us that we are to “… rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.” It is an important part of what makes us human. Even though Las Vegas is more than fifteen hundred miles from Georgia, we are nevertheless connected with the men and women struck down and the loved ones they left behind by our ability to empathize and have compassion.So, we pray. We reach to God in familiar words to remember the dead and send our positive psychic and spiritual energy to those still in shock and who will grieve for years to come. But let us remember also, Jesus was a man of prayer and of action. Prayer must be prelude to action. Prayer with no corresponding action is a useless and vain exercise. Most importantly, prayer without action is not the faith Jesus practiced!My sincere prayer is that the lives of those killed in Las Vegas will not be in vain. I still believe that America is a great country! I still believe we can accomplish great things together. I believe we can affirm the Second Amendment, protect the rights of hunters and sportsman and enact common sense gun laws that put into practice intelligent safety measures.This is not a partisan sentiment. Morgues and cemeteries are not divided by political affiliation. And families do not cry red or blue tears. This is about coming to the realization that moments of silence and prayer will not, of themselves, make us safer. What will make us safer is ordinary people like you and I, from every political stripe, finding the courage to act.Jesus often asked men and women he encountered, “What do you want?” I put his question to all of us, “What do you want”? I want an America where we are less afraid and more neighborly. An America where it is more difficult to get a semi-automatic weapon or high capacity magazines than it is to get a bottle of Sudafed. I want an America where special interests like the National Rifle Association don’t control our elected officials with campaign donations that render them spineless.I want an America where law enforcement officers are better equipped to keep us safe than criminals are equipped to do us harm. These are not Democratic dreams or Republican dreams. This is an American dream that can save us from our present American nightmare.What makes these kind of dreams a reality is when you and I, strengthened by prayer and our fellowship together, take seriously the words that we Episcopalians use to end our Eucharist:… Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart. You are always in my thoughts and prayers, please let me be in yours.Your brother,Bishop Robert C. WrightThe Episcopal Diocese of Atlantawww.episcopalatlanta.org Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Knoxville, TN Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Collierville, TN Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit a Job Listing Rector Martinsville, VA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Youth Minister Lorton, VA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Las Vegas shooting Press Release Service Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Curate Diocese of Nebraska Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Smithfield, NC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Pittsburgh, PA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Albany, NY 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 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, MElast_img read more

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Les épiscopaliens expriment crainte et incertitude face à l’administration Trump…

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Photo : Reuters[Episcopal News Service] Les épiscopaliens haïtiens qui vivent aux États-Unis ont été bouleversés cette semaine d’apprendre que l’administration Trump met fin au programme qui protégeait de l’expulsion les Haïtiens qui n’avaient pu retourner chez eux à la suite du tremblement de terre dévastateur de 2010.Les communautés haïtiennes de certaines villes américaines se sont développées au point de former des congrégations épiscopales conséquentes, telles que St. Paul et Les Martyrs d’Haïti à Miami (État de Floride) et la Congrégation haïtienne du Bon Samaritain à New York. Il est possible que le statut d’immigration de certaines de ces familles soit plongé dans un vide juridique du fait de la décision de l’administration.« C’est une situation très difficile », déclare le révérend Panel Guerrier, prêtre adjoint pour la congregation haïtienne de St. Paul’s Episcopal Church de Naples (État de Floride). Il est lui-même résident permanent mais sa fille âgée de 23 ans fait partie de ceux qui pourraient être expulsés en 2019 s’ils ne sont pas en mesure de modifier leur statut de résidence.Panel Guerrier ajoute que l’espoir de sa communauté d’une solution législative est entaché de beaucoup d’incertitude.« Nous ne savons pas s’ils vont parvenir à modifier d’une certaine façon la loi de l’immigration de manière à aider le peuple haïtien », ajoute-t-il. « Ce serait très difficile pour eux de repartir ».L’Église épiscopale s’est jointe depuis longtemps à d’autres groupes confessionnels pour défendre l’octroi de ce qui est connu comme un statut protégé temporaire aux immigrants qui ne peuvent retourner dans leur pays en raison de catastrophes naturelles ou de conflits armés. Ce statut a été octroyé en 2010 par le Président de l’époque, Barack Obama, aux Haïtiens qui se trouvaient aux États-Unis au moment du tremblement de terre.La Convention générale de l’Église épiscopale a approuvé en 2015 une résolution l’engageant à soutenir le Statut protégé temporaire « pour tous les immigrants fuyant la violence, les catastrophes écologiques, la dévastation économique, la maltraitance culturelle ou toute forme de maltraitance ».L’administration Trump avait annoncé précédemment qu’elle mettait fin au statut protégé temporaire pour les ressortissants du Soudan, du Nicaragua et du Honduras. Ce statut demeure en vigueur pour ceux du Salvador, du Népal, de Somalie, du Sud-Soudan, de Syrie et du Yémen.La perte du statut protégé temporaire pour les Haïtiens « affecte directement plusieurs membres de notre congrégation » dont une mère et ses deux enfants, déclare le révérend Sam Owen, prêtre responsable de la Congrégation du Bon Samaritain.« Ce sont des leaders de l’église », Sam Owen explique à ENS. « S’ils sont contraints de repartir, non seulement cela va porter un coup au leadership de l’église mais cela va en quelque sorte nous déchirer le cœur. Ce sont des personnes que nous aimons et qui nous aiment ».Le statut protégé temporaire ou TPS « est vital pour des centaines de milliers de personnes se trouvant déjà aux États-Unis lorsque des problèmes dans leur pays rend leur retour soudainement impossible », a déclaré l’Episcopal Public Policy Network ou EPPN en octobre dans un communiqué de politique appelant les épiscopaliens à défendre le TPS.Au début de cette année, l’Église épiscopale s’est jointe à plus de 400 leaders et organisations confessionnels en signant une lettre exhortant l’administration Trump à prolonger le Statut protégé temporaire pour les Haïtiens. Le 21 novembre, le Bureau des relations gouvernementales a publié une déclaration exprimant sa déception face à la décision de l’administration.« Les conditions en Haïti sont actuellement dangereuses et instables, avec une absence cruciale d’amélioration depuis le tremblement de terre de 2010 aggravée par la dévastation provoquée par l’ouragan Matthew et une épidémie de choléra », est-il mentionné dans la déclaration. « À l’heure actuelle, Haïti ne peut assurer la sécurité de 50 000 personnes à rapatrier et la décision de mettre fin au programme va porter préjudice à nos communautés, aux Haïtiens contraints de repartir et aux communautés en Haïti ».Plus de 50 000 Haïtiens vivent aux États-Unis dans le cadre de ce  programme. Le Département de la Sécurité intérieure a annoncé le 20 novembre qu’il avait décidé de laisser expirer la protection pour les Haïtiens, en leur donnant jusqu’en juillet 2019 pour obtenir un statut de résident permanent, retourner dans leur pays d’origine de leur propre gré ou être confrontés à l’expulsion.« La décision de mettre fin au TPS pour Haïti a été prise après un examen des conditions sur lesquelles était fondée la qualification du pays à l’origine et si ces conditions extraordinaires mais temporaires empêchaient Haïti de gérer de façon adéquate le retour de ses ressortissants », indique la déclaration de la Sécurité intérieure. Le département « a décidé que ces conditions extraordinaires mais temporaires causées par le tremblement de terre de 2010 n’existent plus ».Fritz Bazin, archidiacre du Diocèse du Sud-Ouest de la Floride, est fortement en désaccord avec ces évaluations optimistes des conditions en Haïti.« Haïti n’est pas et ne sera pas en mesure d’accueillir quelque 50 000 personnes de retour des États-Unis en 2019 », écrit Fritz Bazin, originaire d’Haïti, dans un courrier électronique à ENS. « Il est clair qu’il est nécessaire d’examiner une solution plus globale », poursuit-il, faisant référence à une proposition législative au Congrès qui permettrait d’ouvrir une voie menant à la résidence permanente pour ces Haïtiens.Le Diocèse d’Haïti fait partie de l’Église épiscopale et l’église est profondément impliquée dans les efforts de reconstruction dans le pays depuis le tremblement de terre de magnitude 7 qui a frappé le pays le 12 janvier 2010. Le tremblement de terre a tué plus de 300 000 personnes, en a blessé autant et déplacé plus de 1,5 million.Le pays se redresse lentement mais il reste des signes de l’impact du tremblement de terre. Il a détruit à 80 % les bâtiment du Diocèse d’Haïti à Port-au-Prince par exemple, notamment la Cathédrale de la Sainte-Trinité qui n’est pas encore reconstruite.« Presque tous les bâtiments au niveau local ont été détruits par le tremblement de terre et n’ont pas été reconstruits », déclare le révérend Nathanael Saint-Pierre, prêtre haïtien de New York.Nathanael Saint-Pierre, qui était en 2010 le prêtre responsable de la Congrégation haïtienne du Bon Samaritain à New York, a noté l’augmentation d’immigrants haïtiens rejoignant la congrégation à la suite du tremblement de terre alors que l’église offrait de l’aide à ceux qui cherchaient à obtenir le statut protégé temporaire.À présent recteur de St. Augustine of Hippo Episcopal Church à Manhattan, Nathanael Saint-Pierre fait part de son inquiétude sur ce qu’il va advenir des immigrants haïtiens qui ont soudainement besoin d’obtenir un statut de résidence permanente car il leur reste peu d’options.« L’impact sur la communauté [haïtienne] est véritablement négatif », ajoute-t-il. « Je ne pense pas qu’il y ait beaucoup d’espoir pour ces gens-là ».Le manque d’infrastructure reconstruite est l’un des problèmes auxquels vont être confrontés ceux contraints de retourner en Haïti qui est depuis longtemps considéré comme le pays le plus pauvre de l’Hémisphère occidental. Les difficultés pour trouver un emploi et les soins médicaux sont également préoccupants, poursuit Nathanael Saint-Pierre, tout particulièrement s’il y a un afflux massif de gens en même temps.Ces préoccupations sont partagées par le révérend Smith Milien, prêtre responsable de St. Paul’s et Les Martyrs d’Haïti à Miami, juste au nord du quartier Little Haïti de la ville.« Nous sommes déçus parce que nous connaissons la situation en Haïti. Elle est très difficile », ajoute Smith Milien.Le service du dimanche en français et en créole à l’église attire habituellement plus de 100 personnes. Smith Milien ne pense pas que la décision de mettre fin au statut protégé temporaire aura beaucoup de répercussion sur sa congrégation car la plupart des membres sont citoyens américains mais cela sera ressenti par la communauté haïtienne locale.Les autres inquiétudes auxquelles vont être confrontés ceux susceptibles d’être contraints de retourner en Haïti sont les manifestations politiques récentes qui ont dégénéré en violence ainsi que la menace posée par la criminalité, explique Panel Guerrier, le prêtre de Naples.Ce danger a amené le mois dernier les leaders de l’Église épiscopale à remettre à plus tard la grande célébration d’ouverture de l’école reconstruite en Haïti dans un souci général de sécurité au milieu d’une flambée de violences politiques dont certaines ont affecté les visiteurs étrangers.La fille de Panel Guerrier a fait une demande de résidence permanente aux États-Unis et sa famille a l’espoir qu’elle puisse rester. Il estime qu’une quinzaine de ses paroissiens, sur une congrégation d’environ 50, sont eux aussi dans l’incertitude juridique du fait de l’expiration du statut protégé temporaire.Sa femme et son fils sont déjà quant à eux en voie d’obtenir leur résidence permanente et attendent d’avoir la date de leur entrevue à l’immigration. Le statut de Panel Guerrier est assuré et il a fait une demande de naturalisation américaine.« Nous allons continuer à prier et à agir », explique-t-il.Sam Owen dit ressentir « pas mal de désespoir » concernant la manière dont la décision de l’administration Trump affectera sa congrégation de New York composée d’environ 70 Haïtiens et la communauté haïtienne locale mais ils trouvent également l’espoir en Dieu.« Ceci n’a servi qu’à renforcer notre foi et à la placer là où elle doit être, aux côtés des marginalisés et en étant là où nous pouvons être à leur service », conclut-il.– David Paulsen est rédacteur et journaliste de l’Episcopal News Service. 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