A message from the Episcopal Church Executive Council

first_img Director of Music Morristown, NJ Submit a Job Listing Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI April 21, 2012 at 10:55 pm It seems as if to many of our people are getting bogged down in finances. So much so they can’t put a budget together that reflects the simplicity and generosity which Christ wants from us. I hope we are not spreading ourselves so thin that we lose the Christian charisms of feeding the poor, providing for widows, orphans, the elderly and infirmed while sharing what we have left- over with our neighbors outside of our relgion. No where in our scriptures did Jesus say we should build churches or buildings, actually I believe that by his example and teachings it was just the opposite. I imagine he is more than annoyed at our obsession for externals, when it is quite clear to me it is the internal, the heart of the believer that matters the most. Yet where I live there is not one Episcopal Church that has a daily Eucharist. Not one. Not even our cathedral. I find myself closer to G-d now than ever before in my life, and that is not the result of a budget line, or project and I assure you not in the polity of our church. Quite simply put I found Jesus in the Eucharist. It is from there I am able to love those who are different than I am, it is from there I am able to confront the greed which grows from day to day with a giving heart. It is from there I am able to forgive the hypocrite, lier and cheat. And it is from there that I find forgiveness for myself and my own short commings. I find it sad and even dangerous to allude to accountabilty as “pointing the finger” or place blame at those who did not do what they should have done in the first place. And then to say a bad budget cannot be fixed because of cannon law to me is obsurd. I don’t get it. And I think we should hold our leadership accountable for not doing what should have been done, not as a way to embarrass or punish, but as a way to educate and improve that which is to be improved upon.I say we pray more and love more and the people that you are so afraid of leaving might just stick around to see the new people that will be drawn to us as a people of prayer and love. So for what it is worth, see you at the altar.John-Albert DickertChrist Church Cathedral-Cincinnati,Ohio This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Press Release Service Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS John-Albert Dickert says: An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET A message from the Episcopal Church Executive Council April 23, 2012 at 12:02 pm A Presbyterian triple AMEN to you John-AlbertConversion, Conversion, Conversion – It’s Conversion stupid.We Episcopalians are Eucharistically starved by unconverted professional priests and bishops who operate the church-nine to five-like a secular company – always locked up – instead of offering daily Mass in open churches inviting prayer and adoration. I, like you, have been converted by The Living Christ in His Body and Blood. We are desperately in need of clergy called by the Holy Spirit to Vocational Ministry. There are exceptions that “prove the rule” and I thank the Lord Christ for you. Converted clergy and Eucharistically centered congregations in an evil world might just fill our churches and witness to the world in Jesus’ name. After all, is not that our primary job as Christians-Episcopallians? Associate Rector Columbus, GA Comments (2) [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] The Executive Council of the Episcopal Church issued the following message at the conclusion of its three-day meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah (Diocese of Utah). The full text follows._________________________________________________A Message from Executive CouncilApril 20, 2012Salt Lake City, UtahThe Lord is Risen! Alleluia!The Lord is Risen indeed! Alleluia!In this joyous Easter season, Executive Council came together in Salt Lake City for its final meeting of this Triennium.It has been a time of reflection on what we have done, and what we have left undone. It has been a time to ask whether we have loved our neighbors – Council members and Church Center staff; bishops, clergy and laity of The Episcopal Church; our sisters and brothers of the Anglican Communion; sisters and brothers who chose to leave The Episcopal Church; the poor, the needy and the oppressed – as ourselves.Have we had enough strength and courage for this work, or have we at times shrunk from the need to stand up and say things that are not only hard to say, but hard to hear? Have we cherished collegiality more than accountability? Have we used our structure to empower one part of the church while disempowering another? Have we been able to overcome fear of the unknown as we face the challenges of being church in a post-Christian world?The presiding bishop spoke of this in her opening remarks: “We will be more faithful, and far more effective, in that discernment work if we can let go of suspicion, assumptions about others’ motives, and power politics – all of which are based in fear and scarcity. We do know that perfect love casts out fear, and when we can remember how deeply and completely love dwells within us, the fear does begin to recede.”President of the House of Deputies Bonnie Anderson said, “I want us to change. But I want us to do it responsibly, with a conceptual framework that will keep us from the unintended consequences that come from reactive decision-making. I want us to keep the decision making in the hands of all the baptized and not an elite few. ”Chief Operating Officer Bishop Stacy Sauls said in his opening remarks, “The conversation I long to have with you as the elected leadership of the Episcopal Church is not about the panic of our declining numbers but about how we strengthen what is working best out there and make what is strong stronger so that the strong can serve the less than strong. The conversation I long to have with you is not about how to get more people in the doors to help us pay the bills but about how to make more disciples of Jesus to go about changing the world into God’s dream for it.”The opening plenary session began with a frank discussion of Council’s extreme disappointment with the budget that was sent to PB&F. Council members were very clear that their disappointment was not simply a reluctance to let go of the budget but instead a very clear statement that the budget sent to PB&F is not the budget Council approved. Rather than spend time assigning blame, Council members moved fairly quickly to a discussion of how to rectify the situation within the confines of the canons. On Friday, Council passed a memo outlining their concerns to PB&F.The plenary discussion strengthened our realization that while we attempted to save money by having shorter Council meetings, the amount of work remained the same or expanded. The result has been longer days with tired and stressed Council members and staff, resulting in a greater chance of errors occurring.Having said that, we want to remind the Church that our work in this triennium involved much more than just the budget. Much of it is not as visible as the budget, but is structurally important, just as a lattice is often hard to see but is vital in supporting the vine as it grows toward the Light. This last meeting seemed an appropriate time to highlight the scope of our work.The Committee on Local Mission and Ministry (LMM) was made up completely of new members of Council. This meant their initial task was discovering and developing the scope of their work. They decided that in addition to simply approving the continued funding of Jubilee Centers they would uphold and celebrate the work done by the various centers. At this meeting they celebrated the work of All Saints Cathedral on St. Thomas, whose work with elderly includes home visits, pastoral care, and work with grandchildren in after school care. LMM also spent a lot of time on multi-cultural issues with a particular focus on encouraging the whole church to engage in anti-racism work. This work calls the Church to continue, individually and corporately, to recognize, name and confront racism in all its guises.In this meeting, Council’s anti-racism committee worked with members to focus on systemic racism. In our table discussions members recounted instances where they became aware of how racism permeates the world in which we live, move and have our being – most of us in positions of great privilege that insulate us from much of the destructive results of this sin and thus puts us in danger of being blind to its effect on those less privileged.The report of the Committee on Advocacy and Networking around their work on issues of immigration led the Council into a heated and passionate discussion of how we tease out the differences between anti-racism training and diversity and inclusion training. Immigration includes more than issues of racism. How do we make space for people who come from other countries in our church? How do we broaden our conversation to address these issues without in any way lessening our commitment to the peculiar and dire necessity for anti-racism work in this church and in these United States? It is clear this will be an ongoing conversation in Council.A and N [Committee on Advocacy and Networking], working in collaboration with the Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations, has moved resolutions on Immigration Reform, Racial Profiling, and Corporate Social Responsibility. These resolutions empower local, regional, national and international advocacy on behalf of the disenfranchised and empower OGR to lobby on behalf of our shared values as Episcopalians in a conflicted, partisan environment on Capitol Hill. For example, one simple resolution on the moral dimensions of balanced budgets gave The Episcopal Church the ability to participate in a dominant national debate in a creative, visible, and influential way that would not have been possible absent the resolution.The Joint Standing Committee on World Mission addressed many major areas of concern. It worked with the D020 Task Force that developed a process that allowed for the involvement of the church in responding to the proposed Anglican Covenant through the preparation of a study guide. Collated responses from church leadership at all levels informed the report, which is in the forthcoming Blue Book. The committee engaged in an on-going review of the funding source and distribution of funds for CETALC (Theological Educational Center of Latin America and the Caribbean). It followed the formation of a seminary for Latin America and the Caribbean, heard from missioners, especially the Young Adult Service Corps, and discussed ways of supporting future missionary efforts. After the successful Mutual Regional Ministry Conference in February 2010 that involved all the provinces of the Americas, the committee discussed plans for a future conference. The committee continued to evaluate the covenants the Episcopal Church has with our covenant partners in Mexico, Central America, Brazil, the Philippines and Liberia. Finally, the committee also received regular reports from Episcopal Relief and Development and worked with the “Rebuild Our Church in Haiti” campaign.The Joint Standing Committee on Finance for Mission dealt with many issues beyond the budget. They continued consulting on funding for the Archives and tracked mission funding as well as the larger financial picture of the Church, including modifications of the budget on an annual basis and financial trends five to twenty years out. They also have examined the highest and best use of the Church Center property and reviewed the status of fundraising for Haiti.In the absence of committee chair Del Glover, acting chair Tim Anderson asked COO Sauls to share with the entire Council his report on the proposed effort to create an Episcopal Church Cooperative. This involves providing high-quality professional service to dioceses, congregations and other Episcopal institutions at a lower cost than would be available to these individual institutions by making use of economies of scale and group purchasing power. This would leave additional funds for mission and ministry at the local level, thereby furthering the overall mission of the Church.The Joint Standing Committee on Governance and Administration for Mission (GAM) was formed at the beginning of this triennium and quickly realized there was ample work to accomplish, which included a comprehensive review and revision of the By-laws of the Executive Council of the General Convention and the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society; the creation of Rules of Order for the Executive Council; a revision of the Whistleblower Policy for the staff; a call for the GAM-009 Consultation on Church Structure held in May 2011; and the initiation of board development training for members of Council. At this meeting, the Council adopted a new DFMS Employee Handbook, human resources policies, and Policies for the Protection of Children & Youth from Abuse. The adoption of the Employee Handbook and policies represents an enormous amount of work on the part of the Executive Council and staff members John E. Colón, Paul Nix, and Bishop Stacy Sauls. John Colón, Director of Human Resource Management, was especially commended for his significant contribution and tireless devotion to the completion of this important project.Wednesday night the Class of 2015 said farewell to the Class of 2012 with a lighthearted roast that revealed hitherto unknown talents of some of our members. The Class of 2012 was treated to an “EC Cruise” led by “Captain Gregory Straub,” who was played by a Council member who will remain unnamed to protect him from being besieged by talent scouts.On Thursday Council heard reports from the Rt. Rev. James Cowan, bishop of British Columbia and liaison to Council from the Anglican Church of Canada, and from Lelanda Lee, elected representative from Council to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.Bishop Cowan reminded us of the need to listen respectfully and deeply to one another and to “the many.”He asked, “Where are the voices of prophecy in your midst? Personally, I as a bishop, need to remember that prophets are annoying as I seek to maintain an institution, but are necessary to reforming the institution.”He also said he wants to take home with him the Council’s process of anti-racism training.Lelanda Lee reported on attending a meeting last week, where for the first time, three other ELCA Full Communion Partners also were present from the Reformed Church in America, the Presbyterian Church USA, and the Southern Province of the Moravian Church. Lee noted that unlike the other ecumenical partners, she is the only layperson among them, a reflection of the Episcopal Church’s commitment to the ministry of the laity. Her point in sharing specific information from the ELCA meeting and these other churches was to highlight the fact that our churches share many concerns and trends in common.Council also heard a comprehensive report from Elizabeth Lowell about work being done around creating a Development Office for The Episcopal Church. Major challenges include the time to do appropriate cultivation of possible donors; finding people who can ask for those major gifts, and obtaining most effective development software.As that plenary session ended, in a moment of personal privilege one Council member mused — given current data on the number of people with no church affiliation — on what would happen if we all committed to spending as much time and money developing evangelism and stewardship skills as we do fundraising skills.As always, we ended around the Lord’s Table, gathering not just for solace but also for strength, not just for pardon but also for renewal.Council passed resolutions on the following topics:Declares Council’s support for Senate Bill 1670, End Racial Profiling Act of 2011, which is designed to enforce the constitutional right to equal protection of the laws by eliminating racial profiling through changing the policies and procedures underlying the practice, and stands in solidarity with the suffering of the victims of the harm caused by racial profiling, their families and their communities.Urges the Congress to adopt Senate Bill 1925 to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act that includes new protective measures for Native American women.States Council’s support of the work being done by Children’s Defense Fund’s “Cradle to Prison Pipeline” campaign and similar campaigns directed at breaking the cycle of disproportionate incarceration of children and youth of color targeted by Zero Tolerance rules.Reaffirms the importance of ongoing Anti-Racism Training for the church, and commits Council to participate in Anti-Racism Training at its regularly scheduled meetings on a periodic basis.Reaffirms the commitment of the church to the Rebuild Our Church in Haiti campaign, thanking the Episcopal Church Foundation for its early leadership in administering the campaign, which will now be part of the development effort of the DFMS staff.Recognizes a new companion diocese relationship between the Dioceses of Southeast Florida and Haiti.Reaffirms the Executive Council Committee on Indigenous Ministries, restating its mandate and committee composition.Reauthorizes the continuing Executive Council’s Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility and the Economic Justice Loan Committee. Adopted some cleanup amendments to Council’s bylaws.Adopted a new Employee Handbook resulting from more than two years of intensive work on the part of the present Joint Standing Committee on Governance and Administration and the former Administration and Finance Committee. Addresses the need to plan for partnership conversations with Province IX, IARCA, and Mexico, so that such conversations might serve as model for other partnerships. 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Getting back on the path to decency

first_img Harry Coverston says: By Tom EhrichPosted Sep 26, 2012 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK 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 Featured Jobs & Calls Comments (8) Getting back on the path to decency An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA September 27, 2012 at 10:04 am Not sure the characterizations of Governor Romney’s (habitally ~20%) and President Obama’s (typically in the low single digits) charitable giving are as accurate as needed in order to make fair judgments. On their respective 2011 tax returns, the Romneys reported giving 29.4% to charity and the Obamas 21.8%. For a report on each one’s charitable giving over a longer term, see, for example, Glenn Kessler’s article in the February 15, 2012 Washington Post, “Obama’s Gifts to Charity: Just 1 percent?”. Before approving or chastising either one, it’s important to get as close to the facts as we can. Ron Duckworth says: September 27, 2012 at 5:55 pm Wow, personal income has grown 900% over the last 20 years? That’s a 45% annual growth rate. Nowhere else have I seen it stated as more than 3.7% annually. But I really agree with your third point; that it is important to tell the truth. Rector Shreveport, LA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Tom Rightmyer says: September 28, 2012 at 8:32 pm In the 17th and 18th century in Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina the colonial legislatures authorized church vestries to levy a per person tax on all white adult males and all slaves of working age (13+). The tax was about 30 pounds of tobacco when a field hand could make between 1000 and 1500 pounds of tobacco. The church tax amounted to between two and three per cent of income. Clergy in Virginia were paid 16.000 pounds of tobacco; the amount varied in pther colonies. Vestries also used this tax money to build churches and parsonages and to provide for the poor of the parish. My conclusion is that the present level of giving is not very different from the 18th century level. Tom Rightmyer, Asheville, NC [email protected] [Religion News Service] Nothing will get better in our troubled and divided nation until we take to heart three lessons about what it means to be a decent person.First, give back to God.In researching trends in giving, I was shocked to discover that more than 50 percent of those who attend Episcopal congregations give nothing at all — not a dime — to their churches. Giving has plummeted 50 percent over the past 20 years, even as personal income has soared 900 percent.Across mainline Protestant traditions, giving has sagged to 2 percent of household income — one-fifth of the biblical tithe. Even conservative traditions that teach the tithe give at only the 3 percent level, and Roman Catholics give 1.5 percent of income.As wealth has soared, especially for the few, gratitude has been replaced by arrogance. We earned it, say the lucky, and we deserve to keep it. Trouble is, that wealth would vanish were it not for bailouts, government protections, tax breaks, and a complex infrastructure of education, technology, transportation and laws that they feel entitled to exploit but not obligated to support.It’s time we learned that what we have came from God. The fortunate have a fundamental obligation to give back to God. As long as we cling to wealth as if Mammon were God, we will remain shallow and self-serving — and thus self-defeating.Second, help the unfortunate.The myth of rugged individualism is nonsense. Any society worth perpetuating learns charity, not hoarding. It is our God-given nature to help the child in danger, the elderly person who falls, the victim of assault. The spectacle of a rich politician telling his rich friends that the unfortunate are lazy moochers violates every teaching of faith and history. It is an assault on humanity itself.A decent society’s moral foundation rests on sharing, not on building bigger barns. This is what Christianity teaches — what Jesus called caring for the “least of these.” It is what Judaism teaches — giving from the harvest to benefit widows and orphans. If I understand correctly, caring for the weak is a core teaching of Islam.It couldn’t be more basic. Haves must care for have-nots. The fortunate must care for the unfortunate. The healthy care for the sick, the strong care for the weak. This isn’t some radical concept designed to separate rugged individualists from their hard-earned wealth. It is a basic tenet of civilization.Third, tell the truth.No matter how fashionable and politically expedient it may be, dishonesty undermines society. We cannot possibly enact and enforce enough laws to protect people from cheats, thieves, liars and predators.For society to endure, citizens must embrace a basic level of honesty. Otherwise, children cannot play safely outside their doors, neighbors cannot borrow tools, shoppers cannot trust products, patients cannot trust physicians and pharmaceuticals, contracts mean nothing, promises mean nothing, marital vows mean nothing, friendships mean nothing.Big lies lead to demagoguery and oppression. Medium-sized lies lead to shattered trust and confidence. Small lies eviscerate families.When politicians lie with reckless abandon, when business leaders treat dishonesty as slick strategy, they guarantee not only their own downfall but the collapse of the society that they claim to lead.As a lawyer named Joseph Welch told a demagogue named Joe McCarthy at a low point in American history, if we have no “decency,” all we have left is “cruelty” and “recklessness.”— Tom Ehrich is a writer, church consultant and Episcopal priest based in New York. He is the author of “Just Wondering, Jesus” and founder of the Church Wellness Project. His website is www.morningwalkmedia.com. Follow Tom on Twitter @tomehrich. Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Doug Desper says: September 26, 2012 at 5:32 pm I really appreciated most of this article until the villainization of the wealthy was interjected. Would everybody who feels guilty for taking advantage of a legal tax break please just donate it to the government? Submit an Event Listing Rector Smithfield, NC 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 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET September 29, 2012 at 12:10 pm Most of us rarely like to hear the truth, particularly when it implicates our own privilege and the politics and religion with which we legitimate it. Mr. Erlich has hit the nail on the head above. Not surprisingly, for many of us, it smarts. A number of the early church fathers, like Islam today, did not see charity as an act of magnanimous condescension as it so often practiced today, but rather as an obligation. One of the fathers, whose name I can no longer remember, went so far as to say charity was not so much an act of magnanimity as simply returning to the poor what was already theirs.Jesus himself points us in this direction. When the disciples remind Jesus that the assembled people are hungry and suggests he send them home so they can find food, he responds, “You feed them.” So, the hungry are fed, a mark of the Kingdom of G-d. If G-d sees the hungry as blessed and Jesus sees his followers as obligated to feed them, what does it say about a world of hungry people in which Jesus’ well fed followers simply look on ? Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Associate Rector Columbus, GA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Albany, NY In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 September 26, 2012 at 2:27 pm I am in agreement with the article through the first four paragraphs. However, the notion that the wealthy are so because of bailouts, etc. is nonsense. All the infrastructure was built with tax money collected disproportionately (under our progressive tax code) from the wealthy.Research has discovered that 80% of millionaires did not inherit any money. They made it themselves! Most of those millionaires started small businesses and made them grow by their hard work.Everyone, not just the “fortunate” should follow the teachings of Jesus and love their neighbor. It does not take much searching to find who gives the most to local charities. As would be expected, most of the donations come from the fortunate.The rich politician you chastise for his comments about the 47% who do not pay income tax is known to habitually give ~20% of his annual income to charity. His opponent typically gives in the low single digits. Per the theme of the article, which one is doing what you desire and which one should you chastise?Government programs involve the involuntary taking of money from one person and giving it to another. There is no morality in that. It is only in voluntary giving on an individual basis that giving to God and helping the unfortunate occurs morally. Submit a Press Release Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Press Release Service Douglas Elliott says: Comments are closed. September 28, 2012 at 4:45 pm Your premise is correct and I agree with your article. The dreaded however is that it’s not about money; it’s about the people in the church, the religious and the lay. I’m the dinosaur in the room. At the age of 68, I’ve belonged to 4 parishes and worked part-time for a diocese and I’m tired of the enabling.I help feed starving children, supply mosquito netting, help build water systems. Locally, I work with community organizations and give my money to them to help support where we live. I moved my membership back to a church that requires me to drive 80 miles one way on Sunday mornings. There is life in that church and old friends I’ve known for years but I’ve slipped through the cracks there too. They don’t know why I get up there early or drive that far just to go to church. I don’t pledge there anymore because I feed the hungry and support the less fortunate around me and help develope educational events for the children in this area. These are not great things and they aren’t hard to do and they bring comfort and fun to me and them.Pledging to my church just makes me feel guilty because it never seems enough and, except for a food pantry, I’m not sure what they do with any money they receive to help people. No one in my church remembers I’m alive unless I show up on Sundays or they need help with selling chili supper tickets. My point isn’t that hard to get. The first bishop I remember as a child used to say, “We are called to be fishers of men, not keepers of the acquarium.” The other slogan that keeps going through my head is, “To whom much is given, much is required,” and I don’t think that means which tax bracket you fall into. September 28, 2012 at 5:01 pm In the middle 80’s, I published for the Executive Council’s and Presiding Bishop’s Office of Stewardship and Development the fact that the Episcopal Church had grown to and attained the highest giving of the major denominations because of great authentic financial/giving by lay and clergy leadership . (We were the top givers with per unit giving and Venture in Mission thirty years ago.) So the latest data is not a decline but a fall off the cliff. Our leadership at every level has abdicated its witness to and implementation of financial/giving/ spiritual leadership. What we hear now is “gimme” and spiritualized/dualistic nonsense about giving; I see no desire for authentic and powerful witness to the true blessings of giving as Tom is in part indicating. It seems that we have returned to the bottom levels of giving we had climbed up from in the 60’s to late 80’s. Featured Events Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Submit a Job Listing Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET (The Rev.) Ronald L. Reed says: Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Tampa, FL Paula Moore says: Director of Music Morristown, NJ The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Curate Diocese of Nebraska Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Belleville, IL Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Martinsville, VA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Washington, DC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Statements and opinions expressed in the articles and communications herein, are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of Episcopal News Service or the Episcopal Church. Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Knoxville, TN Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Kurt Kirchoff says: Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DClast_img read more

El Consejo debate estatus del Pacto Anglicano en pequeños grupos

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Foto para ENS de Mary Frances Schjonberg[Episcopal News Service — Auckland, Nueva Zelanda] El Consejo Consultivo Anglicano consumió una hora el 31 de octubre (hora local) en una conversación privada para debatir el estatus del Pacto Anglicano, pero no tomó ninguna decisión.Esas conversaciones en grupos de reflexión, precedidas por una breve sesión plenaria abierta al público, ha sido el patrón de esta 15ª. reunión del CCA.Antes de que empezaran las conversaciones de reflexión el 31 de octubre, Victoria Matthews, obispa de la Diócesis de Christchurch en Nueva Zelanda, le pidió a los miembros que consideraran “¿por qué [el Pacto] es causa de temor [para algunos] y por qué una señal de esperanza para  otros?”.Los resultados de los diálogos de reflexión se les entregaron a la Comisión Permanente Interanglicana sobre Unidad, Fe y Orden (IASCUFO) y al Comité Permanente de la Comunión Anglicana “mientras se disciernen los medios de llevar el asunto adelante”, según un folleto sobre el proceso.Está programado que los miembros se reúnan otra vez para debatir sobre el pacto el 6 de noviembre, el penúltimo día de la reunión [que se extiende] desde el 27 de octubre hasta el 7 de noviembre. No resulta clara si cualesquiera resoluciones acerca del pacto se propondrán durante esa sesión.Josephine Hicks, miembro del CCA en representación de la Iglesia Episcopal, le dijo a Episcopal News Service que su grupo de reflexión sostuvo “una conversación muy buena” en la cual participaron miembros de [las iglesias de] Tanzania, Kenia, Burundi, Australia, Escocia, las Antillas, México, Cuba y Pakistán, además de ella misma.Los integrantes de los grupos intercambiaron opiniones acerca del estado de la discusión del pacto en su provincia, cómo ha sido el proceso y qué le ha enseñado la experiencia a la provincia respecto a ser anglicanos y ser parte de la Comunión Anglicana.Hicks dijo que la conversación acerca de los procesos utilizados en cada provincia “nos hizo recordar que nos gobernamos a través de diferentes procesos en la Comunión y nos esforzamos por entender los procesos de los demás”.“Alguien comentó que enterarse de que una provincia ha rechazado o aceptado el pacto afecta el proceso de dilucidar de otra provincia”, dijo ella, añadiendo que otra persona resaltó que “escuchar en las primeras etapas lo que pensaba [del pacto] cierto número de iglesias africanas en particular no había afectado lo suficiente el criterio de las provincias”.Cuando el grupo consideró lo que los miembros habían llegado a saber a través del proceso del pacto, dijo Hicks, “el verdadero tema de esos comentarios fue que hemos madurado como Comunión y que obviamente tenemos diferencias pero que lo que nos mantiene unidos es mucho más fuerte que lo que nos divide”.“Observamos que aún estamos en la Comunión, aunque algunas provincias hayan rechazado el pacto y algunas lo hayan aceptado y algunas estén aún considerándolo”, abundó Hicks. “Eso nos demuestra que aún podemos estar en Comunión sin un pacto”.Algunos miembros del grupo dijeron que “el proceso del pacto nos ha ayudado a concentrarnos en algo más que en los asuntos que nos dividen”, según comentó Hicks.Hicks comenzó su período de tres reuniones en la reunión de 2005 en Nottingham, Inglaterra, cuando miembros del CCA tanto de la Iglesia Episcopal en Estados Unidos como de la Iglesia Anglicana del Canadá asistieron como observadores luego que ambas provincias retiraron voluntariamente su participación aviniéndose a una petición de los primados anglicanos —o arzobispos principales— para darle espacio a la consideración de los problemas de la sexualidad.Ella dijo que algunos de los miembros de su grupo de reflexión aquí comentaron que “hay un espíritu mucho menos contencioso en esta reunión [si se le compara con la reunión intermedia de Jamaica en 2009] y la gente cree que parte de eso es el proceso del pacto que nos ha ayudado a concentrarnos en las relaciones como algo que es más importante que un pedazo de papel”.“Ese espíritu parece palpable en esta reunión”, concluyó ella.Matthews dijo durante su presentación que  “no es la labor de la  IASCUFO promover el pacto, sino más bien supervisar la recepción del pacto”.La obispa dijo que en el curso de esa supervisión, ella, como miembro de la IASCUFO, había aprendido que “hay en verdad dos documentos circulando. Uno es el documento que la gente tiene en mente y el otro es el Pacto Anglicano en el papel”.“A veces el documento en discusión es irreconocible como el Pacto Anglicano”, apuntó.Durante una conversación de mesa el día anterior, miembros del CCA discutieron la manera en que sus provincias tomaban las decisiones difíciles.“De la misma manera que su provincia le hace frente a una decisión difícil, así lo hace la Comunión Anglicana de iglesias”, dijo Matthews en el Consejo. “La interrogante detrás del pacto es cuál es el mejor camino. ¿Hay un camino seguro de mantenernos unidos? ¿Cuál es nuestro temor más profundo cuando consideramos los procesos de la toma de decisiones?”Haciendo notar que el Consejo había dedicado la noche anterior a considerar cómo las familias pueden cambiar sus interacciones de respuestas violentas a pacíficas, Matthews sugirió “que en la idea original del pacto había un deseo de permitir que la Comunión Anglicana de iglesias fuese un lugar seguro para el diálogo y el intercambio de ideas.“El documento actual del Pacto Anglicano no logra eso para todas las iglesias de la Comunión Anglicana y es por eso que algunas iglesias han rechazado el documento”, dijo ella. “No obstante, según escuchamos anoche, en el tuétano del pacto de Dios está ‘yo seré tu Dios y tú serás mi pueblo’. Y debemos tener eso presente”.Debido a que están “los que dicen que [el pacto] es punitivo y los que dicen que no tiene dientes”, Matthews afirmó que ella cree que el pacto “ni siquiera se percibe, no digamos se recibe, como un camino verdaderamente seguro en el cual encontrarnos los unos con los otros”.Ella invitó a los miembros [del Consejo] a considerar el porqué para algunos el pacto es “algo de temer y para otros un señal de esperanza”.Y Matthews le pidió al Consejo “reflexionar sobre lo que hay en el pacto que nos brinde un camino posible para que caminemos juntos” y si el pacto pudiera ser “potencialmente útil en su provincia cuando usted tenga que enfrentarse con una situación difícil”.El Pacto Anglicano se propuso por primera vez en el Informe Windsor de 2004 como un modo de que la Comunión y sus provincias pudiera mantener la unidad a pesar de las diferencias, especialmente relacionadas con los problemas de la interpretación bíblica y la sexualidad humana. La última reunión del CCA, en mayo de 2009 en Jamaica, decidió aplazar el someter a la consideración de las provincias el tercer y último anteproyecto del pacto porque los miembros del CCA pensaban que el proceso del pacto para resolver disputas necesitaba trabajarse más.Luego de que un pequeño grupo de trabajo solicitara reacciones de las provincias acerca de ese proceso, la versión final del pacto se sometió a la consideración formal de las provincias en diciembre de  2009. Un relato actualizado del estatus de esa consideración puede encontrarse aquí.Antecedentes del CCAEl CCA es uno de los cuatro instrumentos de la Comunión, siendo los otros  el arzobispo de Cantórbery (que sirve como presidente del CCA), la Conferencia de Lambeth de Obispos Anglicanos y la Reunión de los Primados.Instituido en 1969, el CCA incluye a clérigos y laicos, al igual que a obispos, entre sus delegados. La membresía [del CCA] consta de una a tres personas de cada una de las 38 provincias de la Comunión Anglicana, dependiendo del tamaño de la feligresía de cada provincia. En los casos donde hay tres miembros, hay un obispo, un presbítero y un laico. En los casos donde se nombran menos miembros, la preferencia se le da a los laicos. La Constitución del CCA puede encontrarse aquí.El Consejo se reúne cada tres o cuatro años y la reunión de Auckland es la 15ª desde su creación.La Iglesia Episcopal está representada por Josephine Hicks, de Carolina del Norte; la Rda. Gay Jennings, de Ohio y el obispo Ian Douglas de Connecticut.Jefferts Schori asiste a la reunión en su carácter de miembro del Comité Permanente de la Comunión Anglicana, que se reunió aquí antes del comienzo de la reunión del CCA.  Douglas también es miembro del Comité Permanente.Una lista completa de los participantes en la 15ª reunión del CCA se encuentra aquí.Toda la cobertura que ha hecho ENS del CCA15 se encuentra aquí.– La Rda. Mary Frances Schjonberg es redactora y reportera de Episcopal News Service. Traducido por Vicente Echerri. 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Douglas John Fisher ordained as bishop of Western Massachusetts

first_img Rector Shreveport, LA By Deborah Johansen HarrisPosted Dec 3, 2012 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI The Rt. Rev. Douglas John Fisher[Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts] The Rev. Douglas John Fisher was ordained the ninth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts on Dec. 1 during a ceremony held at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.At the time of his election on June 2, Fisher, 57, was serving as rector of Grace Church in Millbrook, New York.Fisher succeeds the Rt. Rev. Gordon P. Scruton, who has served for the past 16 years as the diocese’s eighth bishop.“This day is not about one person, but about the whole church,” said Fisher. “The ordination and consecration of a bishop is a deeply meaningful time when we all get to renew the faith that is within us and recommit ourselves to following Jesus in his mission of mercy, compassion and hope. It is a time of celebration and inspiration for all God’s people.”Preacher was George Forsythe, president of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, and a former academic dean at West Point when Fisher was Episcopal chaplain there.“Today is a time of hope in the bright future for God’s work under Doug’s guiding hand,” said Forsythe in his sermon. “And how fitting it is that on the eve of the Advent season, we look to future things to come; to God’s presence in the world in the incarnation of Jesus the Christ and to the celebration of the truth of God’s infinite love and reconciling grace.”Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori serves as the chief consecrator. More than a dozen Episcopal bishops attended the ceremony, as well as Bishop James E. Hazelwood of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s New England Synod and local civic leaders. Diocesan clergy also processed along with parishioners carrying emblematic banners from their churches.Family members in attendance included Fisher’s wife, the Rev. Elizabeth Fisher, rector of St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Amenia, New York, his daughters Caragh and Grace, and son Geoff.Special guests included the Rev. Daniel Sarfo, bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Kumasi in Ghana, the sister diocese to the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts. Sarfo was accompanied by his wife, Mary, and members of his diocese.The bishop’s vestments were designed by Jeff Wunrow of Jeff Wunrow Designs in St. Louis, Missouri. Brenna Hatcher, a friend of the Fisher family, helped with the design. The fabric consists of an abstract configuration of fish, symbolizing the biblical story of the loaves and the fishes that fed 5,000 people — a symbol of God’s abundant gifts to humankind. The design also plays on the bishop’s surname, Fisher. The ordination took place on the first day of Advent in the church calendar and follows the Feast of St. Andrew, the patron saint of fishermen, on Nov. 30.Hand-turned, glazed chalices and patens for use in the Eucharist — one for each parish in the diocese — were created by Jaye Pope of Good Dirt Pottery in Montague, Massachusetts. They are also decorated with the vestment fish pattern and were blessed during the ceremony.Fisher was officially “seated” as bishop at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2 in Christ Church Cathedral in Springfield.Fisher has been rector of Grace Church in Millbrook since September 2000. Prior to that call, he served Holy Innocents Episcopal Church in Highland Falls, New York, and was a chaplain to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point from 1997 to 2000.He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Immaculate Conception Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Episcopal Divinity School.Fisher was ordained a Roman Catholic priest for the Diocese of Rockville Centre in 1980. He left the Roman priesthood and was married in 1984. He was received into the Episcopal Church in June 1997.The Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts has about 16,650 members in 63 congregations.— Deborah Johansen Harris is communications director and missioner for the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts. Rector Pittsburgh, PA Bishop Consecrations, Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Featured Events Submit a Job Listing Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Comments are closed. Rector Knoxville, TN TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Stephen Voysey says: Rector Martinsville, VA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC December 4, 2012 at 7:48 am Congratulations and all best, Doug – sorry I couldn’t be there in person. Submit an Event Listing Rector Bath, NC Douglas John Fisher ordained as bishop of Western Massachusetts Director of Music Morristown, NJ Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET December 3, 2012 at 6:12 pm It most certanly was a joyous occasion. And we even had alittle Bruce Springsteen music. Part of the service was done in English, part of it in Spanish, and all of it in American Sign Language. It was a beautiful and inclusive service. Welcome Bishop Fisher to Western Massachusetts!! 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I pray that God will abundantly bless the Diocese of Western Massachusetts and their new bishop! 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National poll finds discrimination prevalent in the United States

first_imgNational poll finds discrimination prevalent in the United States Perspectives vary widely by race, hope for the future remains November 12, 2013 at 6:13 pm @Rich Basta,Wishing that discrimination has lessened–or imagining that we have made more actual progress in overcoming it than we have–will never make it disappear. And the survey does not even mention discrimination against women, gays, lesbians, or transgender persons, who still face open hate and assault simply because of their gender or orientation. Even military veterans face discrimination in hiring. And fear of those who differ from us, especially among Caucasians, is a leading cause of de facto discrimination.The United States has a very, very long way to go before we become–even remotely–the open, egalitarian, and equitable society that we like to imagine we are. To pretend that we have not fallen far short of God’s grace and Her call to justice is a deliberate delusion of the worst kind. Youth Minister Lorton, VA Angela Shepherd says: November 12, 2013 at 6:29 pm Mr. Huff and Mr. Spangler:I think you misrepresented my words.. I will give you both the benefit of the doubt as to your motives, as I don’t know you personally. I never said that there isn’t discrimination in America. We all fall short of God’s grace. I was just merely offering up an opinion that the survey does more harm than good. We have made great progress in this country on many fronts in regards to all kinds of discrimination. That’s an admission based on facts, not a delusion.Peace. November 22, 2013 at 5:54 am Well stated. The distinction between discrimination and racism is important. Anyone who follows the Southern Poverty Center’s tracking of hate groups is aware of the increase in these groups and the work that needs to be done in confronting this ‘sin’ and evil’. I hope this conference and poll will result in new energy in anti racism trainings in TEC. John R Huff Jr says: Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Martinsville, VA November 13, 2013 at 10:16 am The Harris Poll, released November 12, was the first ever commissioned by The Episcopal Church and focused on the topic of discrimination. The results of the poll are not the view of The Episcopal Church. This particular poll addresses specifically the topic of race, and is representative of Americans’ views, according to Harris, a respected polling and research firm.Clearly, the Harris Poll points out that while feelings of discrimination are not limited to any one race, it is particularly pronounced among African-Americans and white Americans. Conversation about race and discrimination is never easy. That is a foundational reason for The Episcopal Church to sponsoring Fifty Years Later: The State of Racism in America on November 15 and 16. Fifty Years Later: The State of Racism in America is designed to explore this topic further as a Church and as a society, to help find new ways to continue the progress, and to provoke discussion that will, hopefully, lead to broader awareness and personal action. T J White 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 November 12, 2013 at 5:56 pm What are the statistics for each region of the US? November 12, 2013 at 7:21 pm Our own church continues to perpetuate discrimination based on both class and race. As long as we continue to have separate services for congregants who are poor, such as the mid-week rector’s pantry; for the non-English speaking; and for the white bill payers, we continue our long Episcopalian tradition of discrimination. Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Posted Nov 12, 2013 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 November 13, 2013 at 3:30 pm And Asians were left off because ? Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Bob Walden says: Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Jay Stout says: Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit a Press Release Rector Collierville, TN November 12, 2013 at 5:42 pm I don’t understand why the Presiding Bishop, and by extension, the national church, is obssessed with perpetuating this race-based victimology and class warfare. The “Have white Americans have gotten more than they deserve” question just perpetuates the “class- warfare” model, pitting one group of Americans against the other. We have made great strides in this country- why can’t we just leave it at that, or emphasize? Martin Luther King taught us to relate to each other through the “content of our character”, and not to focus on the color of one’s skin. The way the article is written, you would think we haven’t made as much progress as we actually have.People can conduct any survey they want. I just feel this type of survey doesn’t move the ball forward. It perpeuates the balkanization of America instead of promoting unity. Others may disagree, but that’s how I feel about it. The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Sandra Koenig says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Comments are closed. Associate Rector Columbus, GA Submit an Event Listing Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Comments (14) Curate Diocese of Nebraska Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Br Ronald A Fox says: Rector Bath, NC 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 November 12, 2013 at 8:42 pm I am appalled by the discrimination in the article. I live in Hawaii where we have quite a mix of races and ethnic backgrounds. Where are the Asians and Pacific Island peoples? Were they not included because this was an East Coast survey? Of course racial discrimination still exists, and probably always will. Most of it is in the eyes of the one discriminated against and what they have been taught by their family and peers. Discrimination is always felt when one feels that they have not been treated fairly. But, life is not fair. Get over it! Love and forgive one another and get on with life. Jesus said that we are to love one another and that implies forgiveness along with it. He came to tell us that God forgives us for not loving one another, but that we are to continue to try anyway. Love will not stop discrimination but forgiveness will help us to get past it and on to happier lives. Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA November 13, 2013 at 12:22 pm In the November 12 e-mail newsletter, the lead article was entitled “National poll finds discrimination prevalent in the United States.” I was disappointed to find that this headline was totally inaccurate when compared with the article. The article went on to say:A new national poll commissioned by the Episcopal Church has found that nearly all Americans (98 percent) feel that there is at least some discrimination in the United States today.My criticism is based on two points:1. The article title suggests that discrimination is a fact. That 98 percent of the people polled feel that way is only evidence of prevailing opinion and not of fact.2. In a similar manner, the poll did not find that discrimination was “prevalent.” According to Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, the term prevalent means dominant or widespread. According to the article, “nearly all Americans feel that there is at least some discrimination.” Clearly, “at least some discrimination” does not mean the same thing as “discrimination is prevalent.”Discrimination may or may not be prevalent. Although I suspect discrimination is indeed widespread, we do not have factual evidence either way based on the poll described in the article. To say the least, the headline for this article is misleading.center_img Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Washington, DC Rich Basta says: Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ November 12, 2013 at 7:38 pm I would only add that many still point to the fact that such discrimination is most evident at 11AM each Suday in most churches. Are we in the church concerned to doing anything about that? Is this not the pot calling the kettle black? Should we not cast out the beam in our own eyes before we attemp to remove the splinter in others? Submit a Job Listing Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Neva Rae Fox says: Featured Jobs & Calls [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] A new national poll commissioned by the Episcopal Church has found that nearly all Americans (98 percent) feel that there is at least some discrimination in the United States today.In addition, African-American respondents (49 percent) are three times as likely as white respondents (16 percent) and Hispanic respondents (11 percent) to feel there is a “great deal” of discrimination.Harris Interactive conducted the poll online in October among more than 2,000 U.S. adults.“Despite major reforms, our culture continues to perpetuate discrimination in various forms,” said Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori. “Our churches and communities are critical motivators in encouraging change in these issues toward greater parity and acceptance.”In spite of those findings, more than eight in 10 Americans agree that in the future, Americans will be more accepting of all races. Hispanic respondents (87 percent) are more likely to agree than African-American respondents (68 percent) and are somewhat more optimistic than white (84 percent ) that Americans will be more accepting.Forum to explore findingsThese findings and others will be explored by a distinguished panel of national experts including Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, and former Mississippi Governor William Winter during a public forum on Nov. 15 in Jackson, Mississippi, Fifty Years Later: The State of Racism in America.The forum will be webcast live from St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral and keynoted by the presiding bishop. Details are available here.Highest level of discriminationNearly seven in 10 Americans (69 percent) feel African-Americans are discriminated against, the highest of any race. In addition, six in 10 (63 percent) feel Hispanic Americans are discriminated against, while five in 10 (51 percent) feel Native Americans and nearly four in 10 (39 percent) feel whites are discriminated against.Generally, individual races feel they are discriminated against more than other races. This is particularly pronounced among African-Americans and white respondents:African-American respondents (96 percent) are more likely to believe they are discriminated against than white (65 percent) and Hispanic (76 percent) respondents.White respondents (45 percent) believe they are more likely to believe they are discriminated against than African-American (11 percent) and Hispanic (21 percent) respondents.Hispanic respondents (75 percent) believe they are more likely to believe they are discriminated against than white (63 percent) respondents.Minority respondents in general feel that white Americans have gotten more, economically, than they deserve. African-American (58 percent) and Hispanic (49 percent) respondents are more likely than white respondents (28 percent) to agree that white Americans have garnered more economically than they deserve. This disparity was not nearly as prevalent when respondents were asked about other races receiving more economically than they deserve.According to the results, one indication of differences in perceptions among races may be that many do not have close friends of other races. Hispanic (62 percent) and African-American (52 percent) respondents are more likely to strongly agree than white (41 percent) respondents that they can think of three close (non-family) friends of a race other than their own. People who live in the South (74 percent) and West (79 percent) are more likely to agree than those living in the Midwest (64 percent) or Northeast (65 percent) to agree.“In general, we also found that respondents who are younger and more highly educated are more likely to be accepting of different races, and to be comfortable with diversity,” Jefferts Schori said. “We recognize that youth and young adults, along with the faith community, are key to helping motivate substantive change in our society.” Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT November 12, 2013 at 11:21 pm I agree with Mr. Basta that the article is written in such a way that it doesn’t appear to acknowledge how far this country has progressed. I think many people would agree “that there is at least some discrimination in United States today.” However, this is a far cry from just fifty years ago, when segregation still existed, and fire hoses and police dogs were used on protestors. Spending money on a survey that tells us what the preponderance of Americans already know seems to be a misuse of precious funds in my opinion. If the study were to provide us with specific areas of society where racism is the most prevalent, that would at least seem to be useful if that information were followed up by strategies to promote change, and plans to implement those strategies. Otherwise, we are left with something that is void of any real substance or practical information (much like Mr. Huff Jr’s response to Mr. Basta).I agree that we should not overestimate how much progress we have made, but to not acknowledge how far this society has come in a relatively short time is to not understand where we actually are today. If we don’t know where we are today, then we don’t know how far we’ve come, and we can’t gage how far we need to go. We are not living in the 1950s and 60s. This is a dramatically different society. Yes, there is always more work to do, but can we at least take a breath and appreciate the progress that has been made? Or will we be doomed to constant hand wringing, never appreciating the progress that God has accomplished thus far? Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Albany, NY Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Jon Spangler says: Gordon May says: Rector Belleville, IL Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Smithfield, NC November 13, 2013 at 1:58 pm Really? This poll does not reveal anything new. Discrimination is unfortunately inherent in our being and something to fight against. We all discriminate in some form or fashion for good or ill. Replacing “racism” with “discrimination” is extremely disappointing. I wonder if there has been more push back than anticipated about the forum – 50 Years Later: The State of RACISM in America and therefore discrimination has been lifted up as a softball approach. Racism is different. Calling for a church wide forum on this difficult topic took an act of courage. Talking about discrimination is backpedaling away from racism. In 1994 the House of Bishops’ pastoral letter on racism identified it as “sin” and “evil”. Racism continues to exists because we are afraid to address it. Let us not move forward with a spirit of timidity but rather with courage and faith that God moves with us through the pain. Rector Knoxville, TN Rich Basta says: Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Jane Cutting says: Gerard A. Pisani, Jr + says: Tags Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Shreveport, LA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Tampa, FL An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Episcopal Office of Public Affairs Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Press Release Service Featured Events Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI November 12, 2013 at 6:05 pm No. Mr. Basta, you are one of the reasons we need surveys like this. You have egg on your face, sir. 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Campus ministries changing to serve new students

first_imgCampus ministries changing to serve new students ‘Be entrepreneurial,’ church says with grants Submit a Press Release Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR By Mary Frances Schjonberg and Pat McCaughanPosted Feb 19, 2015 Report to the Church 2015, Tags Featured Events New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Press Release Service AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Martinsville, VA 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 Comments are closed. Rector Knoxville, TN Comments (3) Rector Albany, NY Submit a Job Listing Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Pittsburgh, PA 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 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Belleville, IL Youth Minister Lorton, VA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Washington, DC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID February 21, 2015 at 7:21 am Campus ministry is crucial to the Body of Christ. Was proud to see my parish’s college group take up a lot of space at the Ash Wednesday service. Gives me hope for the future. 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 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Richard McClellan says: 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 Featured Jobs & Calls Director of Music Morristown, NJ February 19, 2015 at 5:40 pm I believe TEC needs to do more work to grab all the “junior” college students it can. There is no TEC presence I am aware of on any of the county college campuses in New Jersey. What a waste! If TEC is refining its strategy then it needs to look at all the possible students not just the low hanging fruit available at 4 year schools. All students deserve the benefit of what TEC offers and vice versa. Pam Ladley says: Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Smithfield, NC Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Tampa, FL Rector Shreveport, LA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Ecumenical & Interreligious, Associate Rector Columbus, GA Martin Spielman says: Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Bath, NC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH 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 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET The side of A Moveable Feast’s mobile kitchen can be written on, allowing students on each campus that the ministry visits in North Carolina to make the trailer their own. Photo: A Moveable Feast via Facebook[Episcopal News Service] The way students earn university degrees in the United States is changing and Episcopal Church campus ministries are responding creatively.Examples of that innovation, supported by grants from the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, include an interfaith ministry at a state commuter college, a combination food truck and chapel that will visit campuses in North Carolina and a North Dakota effort to provide holistic help to Native American students. (The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society is the legal and canonical name under which The Episcopal Church is incorporated, conducts business, and carries out mission.)“The Episcopal Church’s priorities in campus ministry are following where more students are enrolling these days,” said the Rev. Mike Angell, Episcopal Church missioner for young adult and campus ministries.“Higher education for a lot of students does not look like a four-year college, so we’re trying to get the church to be creative in how they engage campus ministry, to be entrepreneurial. These grants provide seed money to start new projects, new ways of ministering to young adults in higher education: some of whom aren’t full-time students, some of whom are exploring what their educational career will look like.”Campus ministry in North DakotaFor instance, the Diocese of North Dakota is using a $25,000 Leadership Grant awarded by the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society to establish what the Rev. Canon John Floberg calls a holistic ministry to the native students attending Sitting Bull College in Fort Yates on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation and United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck.Floberg is a member of The Episcopal Church’s Executive Council.While spirituality is fundamental to campus ministry “it’s not going to be the only thing that helps a student get through college but it can be one of the things that helps them get through college,” Floberg said, especially among native students who sometimes need more than the usual encouragement and practical help to remain in school. That help can be as basic as finding travel money for a student to return to school after traveling home for a family emergency, he said.Sitting Bull College in Fort Yates, North Dakota, on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, is one of the places where the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society is supporting people who are thinking creatively about campus ministry. Photo: Sitting Bull CollegeThe planned ministry would not be a one-way street. The Witayas (“gathered groups” in Sioux) that Floberg hopes to form will use a model of peer support based on the “Sources of Strength” suicide-prevention techniques that were developed in North Dakota. The model would be used for students’ “mutual support in making it through college, getting their degree and doing it with the hope and perseverance that are part of the Christian faith,” Floberg wrote in the November issue of the diocesan newspaper.Floberg, who as a canon missioner is responsible for five congregations spread over 300 miles in North Dakota, both on and off reservations, said the church often has relationships with native students formed when they were in youth groups. Following those students as they transition into college is a “logical next step,” but that step has not always been taken. Both Sitting Bull and United Tribes are “filled with people that you already know and they’re in a transition in life that the church hasn’t paid much attention to,” he said.An added goal of the budding program is to support educational and tribal efforts to help students discern how they might contribute to their communities by using their degree to benefit the tribe, said Floberg, who noted that he was speaking to Episcopal News Service on the 124th anniversary of the death (Dec. 15, 1890) of Sitting Bull, the Sioux chief and holy man who said “Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.” Floberg added that mentors could also discuss students’ future ministry, lay or ordained.Those are the long-range goals. In the meantime, Floberg offers what might be called the practical basis of much of campus ministry: free food. At Sitting Bull, he provides lunches in the atrium of the sciences building and the program has purchased a mobile grill and smoker for preparing barbecue. The meals are a way to make the church’s presence known and share information about plans for the ministry.On the move in North CarolinaFood was the genesis of A Moveable Feast, a Diocese of North Carolina campus ministry based out of a custom trailer fitted with a kitchen and a prayer space.The idea came to North Carolina Bishop Suffragan Anne Hodges-Copple during her pre-election tour of the diocese. “I just kept talking about the need for us as a diocese not to find gimmicks but to try to be more creative and entrepreneurial in our efforts to give ancient traditions fresh expression in unexpected and yet engaging places,” she told ENS.Hodges-Copple, formerly the Episcopal chaplain at Duke University, said she began to put her desire to minister on “historically ignored and underserved campuses – especially community colleges” together with the ubiquity of food trucks in Durham, North Carolina. When she bounced the idea off the Rev. Nils Chittenden, who at that time was the diocesan minister for youth and the Episcopal chaplain at Duke, he immediately said, “Yes!”A Moveable Feast Coordinator Caitlyn Darnell put it this way: “I was absolutely fascinated by the thing.”The Rev. Nils Chittenden, who at that time was the diocesan minister for youth and the Episcopal chaplain at Duke University, and A Moveable Feast Coordinator Caitlyn Darnell serve hot cider to North Carolina Bishop Suffragan Anne Hodges-Copple during diocesan convention in late November where the mobile campus ministry made its debut. Photo: Diocese of North Carolina via FacebookIt took a long time for Chittenden, Darnell and Hodges-Copple to figure out how to put the idea into practice, and they were cautious about the ministry’s eventual face and image.“There have been a lot of church ventures and start-ups that have tried to do really cool things for the sake of doing a really cool thing, and somebody in their late teens or early twenties looks at it and goes ‘that was pretty dumb,’ ” said Darnell.Darnell works half time for the diocese in her Moveable Feast role and is in the second year of a placement through the Episcopal Service Corps, a partner of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, with The Abraham Project. She works at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem as the formation assistant. The Rev. Stephanie Yancy was appointed diocesan interim missioner for young adult ministry in mid-January, succeeding Chittenden who will become rector of St Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Armonk, New York, in late January. Yancy will direct A Moveable Feast.Although the idea for what became A Moveable Feast began as food truck, Darnell said the group also considered using a bus or a recreational vehicle. Darnell doesn’t remember quite when and how the idea of a custom trailer occurred to her, but now A Moveable Feast moves in a 28-foot specially rigged trailer. There’s room for a small space in the front for individual prayer or conversation with a chaplain, and there’s a kitchen in the back. Remembering her college years at the College of William and Mary, Darnell said, “having the chapel was a really, really important part of what we are doing” because college life can be chaotic and even extroverted students sometimes feel “overstimulated and inundated with things” and in need of a quiet space.Food can be served from a window in the side of the trailer or out the back, which folds down into a stage that can be covered by a tent, Darnell said. An altar for that stage will eventually be commissioned, Darnell said, and food will be served from the altar “so you also get that really cool theology of the Eucharistic supper.”Because the ministry is meant to move among campuses, even the color of the trailer was tricky. The trailer could not feature one school’s team colors over another. During a June meeting at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Durham of local church and campus people who were asked for their ideas about the ministry, the idea arose of having the trailer be a “community chalkboard.” The trailer is black and people at each campus will be invited to write on its sides, making it their own each time it visits.A Moveable Feast hopes to partner with local churches or other local groups who would help in food preparation and serving, and who would be willing to learn how to minister to young adults, Darnell said. They will need to be open to knowing what to expect from this sort of ministry and how it will change your parish experience, she added.The wheels are turning, Darnell said, to establish a presence at Johnson Community College in Smithfield, North Carolina Central University in Durham and Johnson C. Smith College in Charlotte. While Barton College in Wilson is also on their list, those conversations have not yet started, she said. A Moveable Feast hopes to be at Durham Technical Community College this year as well, she added.A Moveable Feast has also helped form community of three young adults, known as companions, who will travel with the truck to be peer mentors/ministers.All of those aspects of A Moveable Feast are connected, Hodges-Copple said, to the story of the risen Jesus on the road to Emmaus on the evening of the first Easter. The ministry hopes to “bring the companionship of Jesus Christ alongside many people, providing a transformative encounter with God in a surprising, somewhat non-traditional context,” according to its website.The ministry received a two-year, $30,000 Leadership Grant from the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society in November 2013.Meanwhile, in Southern CaliforniaOn the other side of the country, food is not the basis for the Rev. Sean Lanigan’s ministry at California State University Long Beach although “I tried first to build a conventional Bible study and pizza campus ministry,” he said of his arrival two years ago.It didn’t seem to work at the 40,000-student commuter campus, so he set about learning what would. He quickly discovered “what did seem to work was getting excited about interfaith.”And activism. The ministry quickly became known as the “Interfaith Project” and has since developed a core group of about a dozen predominantly Muslim and Jewish students who have tackled such issues as women’s empowerment and faith and climate.“It has become a growing, emerging gathering of students interested in building relationships across boundaries … [and] learning how to live in a world of difference,” said Lanigan.Some members of the Interfaith Project campus ministry at the California State University Long Beach join the Rev. Sean Lanigan to celebrate the recent holiday season.That interest makes it different to most other campus groups, he said. “Cal State Long Beach is incredibly diverse and incredibly stratified, but there are not a lot of groups on campus that transcend boundaries.”The ministry is a joint effort of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, said Lanigan, an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Los Angeles. Lanigan and the ministry are based at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Long Beach. The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, the ELCA and its Southern California Synod provide ongoing financial support, he said. A board of Episcopalians and Lutherans, both clergy and laity, developed the partnership and continues to guide the development of the campus ministry and a new worshiping community called Holy Grounds.A recent $5,000 Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society grant will help fund continuation of the ministry, including supporting the presence of Dominique Bocanegra, a part-time Episcopal Urban Intern who assists as an organizer and mission developer, Lanigan said.Until she began serving with the Interfaith Project in August, Bocanegra, 23, didn’t “realize how interconnected faith really is and how it relates to what’s happening in the United States and across the globe.”The Interfaith Project addresses the core of many issues, she added: “There’s so much tension –  to me, it’s because of a lack of dialogue, a lack of relationships.”She hopes to help focus students’ efforts on issues of justice because “not every homeless person is Christian; not everyone suffering from drought is Muslim. We don’t have to sit here and say, ‘you need to become my religion,’ but, through my experience and my eyes you can hear how we view the drought: This is how we see our brothers and sisters on the street.”Aliyah Shaikh, 19, an international studies student focusing on the Middle East and North Africa, said the Interfaith Project gives her a space to make friendships with people of different backgrounds.“The Interfaith Project seems to be the only group of students that meets in that sort of capacity,” said Shaikh, a member of the Muslim Student Association board.She estimated that about 70 to 80 percent of the core group is young Muslim women. The remaining 20 to 30 percent are usually students from Beach Hillel, the Jewish student organization, and one regular attendee was Buddhist.“We’ve had challenges getting more Christian attendees, and we’re trying to think of ways to reach out to each other,” she said.Lanigan agreed. “We’re trying to build as many collaborations on campus as possible,” he said. “We’re trying to be interested in what’s going on, on campus and much more broadly, and how religion can be part of that. We’re not sitting around philosophizing about God, although that can be a part of it, sometimes. Mainly, we’re talking about how we as humans share this work together.”A budget based on missionThe 2013-2015 budget passed by General Convention allotted $300,000 in campus ministry grants (Line 67 here). Those grants are part of the ways in which the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society is responding to the second Mark of Mission which calls on members of the Anglican Communion to teach, baptize and nurture new believers. Specifically, the grants are meant to establish or revitalize campus ministries and imagine new ways to reach young adults who traditionally are the least likely to seek out a campus ministry.In its recent Report to the Church the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society noted that it has awarded $204,348 thus far.General Convention also specifically called for two new campus ministries to be established at community colleges, tribal colleges or other two-year institutions of higher education in each of the church’s nine provinces of the Episcopal Church. Resolution C069 also called for training for local campus ministry leaders.The resolution, sponsored by Province VI, noted “the increasing importance of community colleges as critical places for evangelism and Christian formation, particularly among racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse populations.”Angell told ENS that “the opportunity is really high because ‘community college’ is almost a contradiction in terms or a misnomer because in so many community colleges there’s no community at all.”“So what does it look like to build community in a situation where you’re not competing with a hundred thousand other clubs and fraternities and sororities?” he asked. “You’ve got students to whom the presence means a lot and the chance to have community in the midst of a non-traditional education situation is really high.”Angell also noted that community colleges are becoming the higher-education entry point for students of immigrant communities. Those students are often the first in their families to go to college and they need strong support, he added.“We’re not just supporting non-traditional Episcopal students; we’re trying to support non-traditional college students,” Angell said.Convention structured the current triennial budget around the Communion’s Five Marks of Mission and provided significant unallocated sums for new work targeted around each Mark of Mission. The intention was that the resulting work would be done in new, collaborative partnerships with dioceses and congregations. The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society has provided seed money and/or matching grants as well as staff support and expertise for the new work.— The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter of the Episcopal News Service. The Rev. Pat McCaughan is a correspondent for the Episcopal News Service. Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Hopkinsville, KY Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ March 12, 2015 at 1:55 am The whole article above was so amazing – the reaching out to the native students in ND, the Movable Feast venture in NC, and the interfaith uniting activities in CA have restored my hopes that people can work together and actually love each other while experiencing diversity – Hooray! Youth & Young Adults Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY last_img read more

Young Anglican academics offered research fellowship in Japan

first_img Rector Shreveport, LA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Young Anglican academics offered research fellowship in Japan 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 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET 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 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Featured Events Submit an Event Listing Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Asia, Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Anglican Communion, Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Submit a Job Listing Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Director of Music Morristown, NJ 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 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Bath, NC Rector Collierville, TN Curate Diocese of Nebraska Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Hopkinsville, KY [Anglican Communion News Service] The Nippon Sei Ko Kai (NSKK), the Anglican Church in Japan, is offering young Anglican academics the opportunity to undertake a fully funded 18-month research fellowship in Tokyo. Applications are particularly sought from Anglicans in the developing countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America.The Bishop Williams Memorial Fund – named after the Rt. Rev. Channing Moore Williams, a missionary of the U.S.-based Episcopal Church who made a substantial contribution to the establishment of the Church in Japan – was established by the NSKK’s General Synod in 1977. It funds both a visiting lecture program and a visiting research scheme.It is currently inviting applications for the research program from graduates under the age of 35. Applicants need to be a member of a Christian church and have the endorsement of an Anglican bishop.The successful applicant will be given airfare to and from Japan at the beginning and end of the program; and for a return journey home midway through the 18-month term. They will also be provided with single-person living quarters and a monthly stipend of ¥100,000 (JPY, approximately £640 GBP). Tuition fees will be waived and the researcher will be also be given an allowance of ¥700,000 (JPY, approximately £4,500 GBP) for field study and research.In creating the Bishop Williams Memorial Fund, the NSKK was mindful of the educational establishments he created, based firmly on Christian values and principles.“More than 135 years have passed since these schools were founded by Williams, and today they occupy prominent positions among the thousands of educational institutions in Japan. Indeed, they have produced some of Japan’s most respected leaders in various fields of endeavor,” the NSKK says. “Yet when we view the overall situation of our Japanese society and education, we are made aware of the continuing need to exert every effort to carry out the mission entrusted to us by Bishop Williams: to undergird the education and research conducted at our educational institutions with the precepts of Christianity and the spirit of Christian faith.”The program envisages that the visiting researcher will undertake their research at the Rikkyo University or another of the NSKK’s educational institutions. But if the required facilities are unavailable at NSKK centers, arrangements will be made to use facilities at other institutions.The researcher may be asked to give informal lectures on their research field to faculty and students in those institutions, so that “in the environment of an educational institution, there will be a meaningful interchange of thought and values in some depth,” the NSKK say.Applicants need to be proficient in English. The program will begin in October with a six-month intensive course in the Japanese language ahead of the beginning of the research program at the start of Japan’s academic year in April.Further details and an application form can be downloaded from the NSKK website (pdf). Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Tags Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Washington, DC Youth & Young Adults By Gavin DrakePosted Jun 23, 2016 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Albany, NY New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Submit a Press Release Rector Martinsville, VA Press Release Service Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Tampa, FL Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Belleville, IL Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Smithfield, NC Cathedral Dean Boise, IDlast_img read more

South Sudan: Cathedral provides sanctuary as thousands flee Juba violence

first_imgSouth Sudan: Cathedral provides sanctuary as thousands flee Juba violence Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Cathedral Dean Boise, ID New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Shreveport, LA Featured Events Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Youth Minister Lorton, VA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR 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 [Anglican Communion News Service] Thousands of people in Juba have fled their homes and are seeking sanctuary in the city’s Anglican and Roman Catholic cathedrals and other places of worship as fierce gun battles rage around them.The general secretary of the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC), the Rev. James Oyet Latansio, reports that many areas – including the SSCC compound – are effectively no-go areas. The area around the SSCC compound is “under control of the SPLA Government Forces,” he said.The SPLA is the Sudan People’s Liberation Army, and the current clashes are between the official South Sudanese army – the SPLA government forces – and opposition SPLA forces. The United Nations’ Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has condemned the violence between the two groups and called for calm.“We are trying to take cover from flying bullets in Juba,” Latansio said. “The SSCC Office Compound is a no-go area under control of the SPLA Government Forces. They are very harsh. There are very many unknown armed men moving in the residential areas creating fear among the civil population.”He said that many thousands of displaced people have sought sanctuary in church compounds – including Bishop Arkanjelo Wani Lemi, Presiding Bishop of the Africa Inland Church. The figure includes more than 15,000 people who have fled the regions of Nyakuron, Rock City, Mauna, Munuki and Jebel in search of shelter, food and security.They have assembled at sites including St. Joseph’s Parish Church, the Anglican All Saints Cathedral, the Roman Catholic St. Theresa’s Cathedral, and the Gumba Sherikat area.The Anglican Bishop of Rejaf, Enoch Tombe, said July 11 that about 1,000 people are taking shelter in All Saints’ Cathedral.“Please do pray for South Sudan,” Latansio urged, saying that the people of the country “surely do not deserve this difficult punishment.”The Anglican Alliance is in close touch with the Episcopal Church of South Sudan & Sudan, and is liaising with Sudra, its relief and development arm, on the response to those in need.“This is vicious and senseless violence, disrupting the fragile peace process,” the Rev. Rachel Carnegie, co-executive director of the Anglican Alliance, said. “Yet again it is the most vulnerable who are traumatized and harmed and in their hour of need they turn to the Church.“As a Communion we must stand alongside the Church in South Sudan. We pray for the vulnerable and pray that the ceasefire declared by both political leaders will hold.”Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby issued a statement last night appealing for South Sudan’s leaders to “cease hostilities immediately and accept mediation.”The UN Security Council met in an emergency secret session this week and the 15 members strongly condemned the escalating violence. After the meeting, Japan’s U.N. Ambassador Koro Bessho, told reporters that the Council had expressed particular shock and outrage at attacks on U.N. compounds and protection of civilians sites in Juba.“The members of the Council condemned in the strongest terms all attacks and provocations against civilians and the United Nations,” Bessho said. “They emphasized the need for United Nations [civilian protection] sites and United Nations personnel to remain secure.”Two Chinese U.N. peace keepers and a U.N. staff member are among those killed in recent days. The U.N. Security Council is due to meet again later today to discuss the ongoing situation. The body’s secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, is calling for an immediate arms embargo. “The renewed violence is outrageous,” he said. “It is yet another grievous setback. It deepens the country’s suffering. 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Declaración del obispo primado Michael Curry en apoyo de la campaña…

first_img Rector Hopkinsville, KY Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC 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 [25 de agosto de 2016] Michael Curry, obispo presidente y primado de la Iglesia Episcopal, ha emitido la siguiente declaración en apoyo de la campaña del pueblo de la reserva sioux de Roca Enhiesta [Standing Rock].“El agua es un don del creador, respétenla y protéjanla”. Me conmovieron profundamente estas palabras impresas en el cártel que sostenía una persona, en medio de centenares de otras personas para proteger el río Misurí. En la Iglesia Episcopal, cuando bautizamos a un nuevo seguidor de Jesucristo, rezamos estas palabras sobre el agua del bautismo: “Te damos gracias, Padre Todopoderoso, por el don del agua”. Luego recordamos cómo Dios usó el agua para bendecir a su pueblo en la Biblia, desde el relato de la creación en el Génesis, pasando por la emancipación de los esclavos hebreos en el Éxodo, hasta el bautismo del Señor Jesús en el río Jordán. En verdad, “el agua es un don del Creador”. Para conservarla y protegerla hay que “salvaguardar la creación de Dios” y por tanto proteger la vida humana y otras formas de vida creadas por el Dios Todopoderoso. Esa labor justifica nuestro pleno y piadoso apoyo.El pueblo de la reserva siux de Roca Enhiesta, en solidaridad con cientos de otras naciones indígenas y sus aliados, nos llama una vez más a respetar y proteger este sagrado don de Dios, y al hacerlo respetamos y protegemos el don de la vida humana dado por Dios. Al protestar por la construcción del llamado Oleoducto para el Acceso a las Dakotas [Dakota Access Pipeline], reconocen el don del agua para todos nosotros, un don dado a nosotros por nuestro Creador. Los sioux nos recuerdan que “mni wiconi”,  es decir, que “el agua es la vida”. Este recurso dado por Dios corre a través de nuestros majestuosos ríos y nuestras venas humanas, esforzándose por renovar y revitalizar a toda la creación.Somos llamados a hacer nuestra parte al instar a los legisladores a que reconozcan y respeten los esfuerzos para proteger el agua sagrada y los cementerios [indígenas] amenazados por el Oleoducto para el Acceso a las Dakotas. El oleoducto, si llega a terminarse, se extendería a lo largo de más de 2.000 kilómetros y transportaría diariamente 540.000 barriles de petróleo crudo a través de los cementerios de Dakota del Norte. Una ruptura de su infraestructura podría causar indecibles estragos a los sioux y contaminar catastróficamente el río Misurí, un tributario sagrado del que el pueblo sioux depende para su consumo diario de agua.Estoy con el pueblo de Roca Enhiesta en su empeño de respetar y proteger el río Misurí. Sabemos que el derecho al agua potable es un derecho humano reconocido internacionalmente y que con demasiada frecuencia las comunidades indígenas, otros pueblos de color y nuestras comunidades más vulnerables a través del mundo son las que corren mayor peligro de perder el acceso al agua potable. Al tiempo que nos solidarizamos con el pueblo de Roca Enhiesta, también reconocemos que su posición es la misma que nos une en la lucha en pro de la justicia y la reconciliación raciales en un clima de justicia y cuidado para la creación de Dios como una cuestión de mayordomía.Esta posición de hombres, mujeres y niños es también un momento importante de la vida del pueblo indígena. Los empeños del pueblo sioux para proteger el río Misurí y sus sagrados cementerios amenazados por el oleoducto son ciertamente históricos. Los líderes de Roca Enhiesta apuntan que han pasado más de 140 años desde que se hiciera un llamado unificado en pro de la justicia y del respeto. La Iglesia Episcopal tiene una larga trayectoria  de abogar porque el gobierno, las corporaciones y otros actores sociales respeten los derechos de los pueblos nativos reconocidos por los tratados. Al solidarizarnos con nuestros hermanos y hermanas sioux, continuamos hoy este legado.El pueblo de la reserva sioux de Roca Enhiesta nos llama ahora a solidarizarnos con los pueblos nativos, no sólo en beneficio suyo, sino por el bien de la creación de Dios, por el bien de toda la familia humana, y por los niños y las generaciones de niños que aún no han nacido. El legendario jefe sioux Toro Sentado nos recuerda: “Juntemos nuestras mentes y veamos la vida que podemos hacer para [beneficio de] nuestros hijos”. Hay una urgente necesidad de este llamado.De manera que, si bien no podemos estar todos hoy, físicamente, en el Campo de las Piedras Sagradas, sostengamos, tanto con palabras como en la oración silenciosa, las aspiraciones del pueblo sioux e instemos a los legisladores a proteger y administrar responsablemente nuestra agua, el don sagrado de Dios que nos sostiene a todos.The Most Rev. Michael B. 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Fires ‘still just raging’ in Northern California as Episcopalians try…

first_img Course Director Jerusalem, Israel The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Edna Johnston says: Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Featured Events Tags Northern California wildfires 2017 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Curate Diocese of Nebraska Comments (1) Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Bath, NC Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Albany, NY Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Youth Minister Lorton, VA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Press Release Service New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Pittsburgh, PA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET center_img Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Smithfield, NC Submit a Press Release Submit a Job Listing Rector Shreveport, LA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC October 12, 2017 at 10:15 pm Thanks for your thorough reporting. It very much helps to understand what’s going on in general and with our faith communities. I’ve come to rely on it to understand what’s going on day-to-day and to understand how to help the people in California, Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, the American Virgin Islands, and the rest of the Caribbean now and in the future. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Huge swaths of Santa Rosa and other Northern California towns have been devastated by fast-moving wildfires. Photo: California Highway Patrol Golden Gate Division[Episcopal News Service] Episcopalians in Northern California continue to monitor the growing wildfires in their neighborhoods while finding ways to help their communities deal with the ongoing and expanding disaster.The Rev. Jim Richardson, priest-in-charge at Church of the Incarnation in hard-hit Santa Rosa, told Episcopal News Service on the afternoon of Oct. 12 that he knows of parishioners, including those with health care experience, who are volunteering at Red Cross shelters. Other Episcopalians, he said, are donating their services elsewhere and offering material help.The Rev. Daniel Green, rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Petaluma and dean of the Petaluma deanery, was working a phone bank, Richardson said, set up to connect evacuees with services.Some evacuees had been sleeping at Incarnation since the fires broke out, but the city issued a voluntary evacuation order the night of Oct. 11. Richardson said the fires had gotten “way too close so we got everybody out, made sure they had places to go and left.”Earlier in the day, seminarians from Church Divinity School of the Pacific, the Episcopal Church-affiliated seminary in Berkeley, about 55 miles south, delivered bedding to the church. They had planned to spend the night, but Richardson sent them back to the East Bay school.Richardson headed to his sister’s house in Petaluma for the night. He came back to Incarnation the next morning but was planning to leave again that evening.The parish sent out an e-blast the morning of Oct. 12 saying the church was open but urging recipients to stay where they were, assuming they were safe there. Richardson has a growing list of where his parishioners have evacuated to, most going to stay with family and friends elsewhere in the San Francisco Bay Area or in the state. Those who head further south in the Bay Area are escaping flames but the smoke is following them. Air quality in San Francisco Oct. 12 was reportedly as bad as that found in Beijing.The fires that began sweeping through Northern California the night of Oct. 8 have grown, and Richardson said there is some concern that they will merge. “They’re getting more serious over in Napa and Sonoma” to the south and east of Santa Rosa, he said.The death toll stood at 29 the afternoon of Oct. 12.The fires are fast-moving, forcing some people to make hasty retreats. Communications have been spotty at times due to cell tower damage and major power outages. Thus, reports of the number of missing, while large, cannot be translated into the number of dead, officials have said.“We are in regular communication with the dioceses throughout California as they monitor the fires, assess damage and coordinate the sheltering and feeding of those affected,” Katie Mears, director of Episcopal Relief & Development’s U.S. Disaster Program, said in an Oct. 12 update.“I am very impressed by the wisdom among leaders in the Diocese of Northern California,” she said. “Margaret Dunning, the diocesan disaster coordinator, and others have been working tirelessly for over six years to increase congregational preparedness and to network with neighboring dioceses and NGO partners. The diocese has responded successfully to several smaller events over the last few years. This large-scale emergency builds on that wisdom and experience.”The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, reported at noon MDT Oct. 12 that California had 10 large fires or complexes of fires. Approximately 6,500 firefighters continue to battle the blazes burning over 162,448 acres. None of those fires are contained. A “contained” fire means that firefighters have established a perimeter and enclosed the fire within it. The center’s definitions of “contained,” “controlled” and “out” are here.The center said Oct. 11 on Facebook that it had mobilized more than 75 crews, 50 engines and a handful of air tankers for the California fire suppression efforts. That effort comes in addition to local and state resources. Air tankers drop either water or what is known as “slurry,” a fire retardant made up of chemicals, wetting agents and thickeners, and are colored with dye, usually red, that mark where “slurry bombers” have laid them down. Slurry can also act as fertilizers to help the regrowth of plants after the fire. Rector Collierville, TN Meanwhile, the fires are reportedly moving closer to St. Patrick Episcopal Church in Kenwood. Richardson said that a person had a “visual” sighting of the church on Oct. 11, but its status is unknown. The Rev. Karen King, the church’s interim priest, fled the area in the evacuation.Trinity Episcopal Church in Sonoma said on its Facebook page early afternoon Oct. 12 that it believes all its parishioners are safe and sound, many having evacuated and are with family and friends throughout the Bay Area. The parish had to cancel a memorial service planned for Oct. 14.“We are planning on Sunday services as long as those of us evacuated are allowed to return to Sonoma,” the post said. “At this point, an almost hourly decision.”Staff at the Bishop’s Ranch in Healdsburg, a Diocese of California conference and retreat center north and slightly west of Santa Rosa, said that so far, the ranch has been safe and out of the way of the fires. “However, many of the ranch staff, family and neighbors have been evacuated and in some cases, have lost homes,” Executive Director Sean Swift said. Some staff families and neighbors have taken shelter at the ranch.Swift said the ranch has had to cancel planned gatherings for the week and coming weekend. “This will have a financial impact on the ranch staff, at a time when money is really needed,” Swift said. “It of course will have a financial impact on the ranch as well.”Over on the other side of Sonoma County, just off the Bohemian Highway outside of Camp Meeker, California, St. Dorothy’s Rest Camp & Retreat Center had said earlier in the week its rustic, mostly wood buildings were safe but that staff members expected to lose power at any minute. The Diocese of California facility was sheltering some people. ENS calls to the camp Oct. 12 went unanswered.Richardson said Northern California Bishop Barry Beisner has been calling area clergy daily. The diocese is posting updates here.The Rev. Josephine “Phina” Borgeson, who lives outside of the evacuation zones in Santa Rosa, said Oct. 11 that she had not yet had to leave. She lost power for a day and a half, but it was restored on the evening of Oct. 10. “Businesses nearby are open, and local businesses have been generous and neighborly,” she reported on Facebook. “And I’m very thankful for wonderful public officials, for those who are working to fight fires, to keep the peace, and to see that those who have been displaced get the help they need.”During the afternoon of Oct. 12, Borgeson told ENS via Facebook Messenger that there was blue sky, a hopeful sign, in her neighborhood southwest and west Santa Rosa. However, she said, “the death toll will rise, I am afraid.”Borgeson, who is a deacon, said she had been talking with fellow members of the Sonoma County Food System Alliance about how the fires are and will continue to stress the emergency food supply network. She said there was a local benefit set for that evening to help farmers who have losses.The Northern California fires have destroyed expensive homes and more modest ones alike. Photo: California Highway Patrol Golden Gate DivisionRichardson said the area that so much of the national media is calling “Wine Country,” seemingly implying it is filled only with wealthy growers and drinkers, is far more economically diverse.“This is far more than the wine country,” he said.Santa Rosa is 40 percent Latino, according to Richardson.“This is a working town. This is an agricultural center, but it is also an industrial center in the North Bay,” he said. “And agriculture here is far more diverse that just wine. The dairy industry is huge and incredible. There’s a lot of farm workers who live here.”It is true that some major wineries have been destroyed but, Richardson said, “this fire is not respecting class. It’s just burning people out, regardless of their economic condition.” Some Incarnation parishioners live in expensive developments and some in trailer parks, and some in homes than rank in between. And some of the parishioners have lost homes.Richardson said he has spent part of his time since the fires began fending off donations of material because he is not sure what he can do with them right now. “We don’t need right now but we might need them later,” is what he has been telling people.“People have been very generous from all over the country and all over the world,” and the parish has started a fund for financial donations to put to good use when the fires are out.“When the fires are out and the smoke clears and there’s disaster somewhere else and people forget about the last place, that’s when the needs really start to grow,” he said. “This community is just devastated – devastated – it’s never going to be the same again. There’s entire neighborhoods that are just gone.”But the feeling of community has remained, he said. Richardson was at a hospital with a parishioner and told the emergency room nurse that the person was an evacuee. The nurse told him “we are all evacuees,” noting that six nurses and two doctors had all lost their homes but were there caring for people.“There’s a knitting together of the community in a way that is pretty incredible to see,” Richardson said.Previous ENS coverage of the fires is here.— The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is interim managing editor of the Episcopal News Service.Editor’s note: This story was updated Oct. 12 at 8:30 a.m. EDT to add new information from Episcopal Relief & Development. 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 Submit an Event Listing Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Oct 12, 2017 Rector Martinsville, VA Comments are closed. Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Fires ‘still just raging’ in Northern California as Episcopalians try to help others while facing their own perils Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Washington, DC Rector Tampa, FL Rector Belleville, IL last_img read more