Video: Maureen Booher reflects on how Taizé has changed her

first_img Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Video Curate Diocese of Nebraska [Episcopal News Service – Red Shirt Table, South Dakota]  Maureen Booher, from the Lower Brule Reservation in South Dakota and one of the organizers of the May 24-27 Taizé “pilgrimage of trust on earth” held on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, reflects on how Taizé’s silence has changed her outlook on her future and her faith. Director of Music Morristown, NJ Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA Featured Events Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Albany, NY Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Smithfield, NC 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 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 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Belleville, IL Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Video: Maureen Booher reflects on how Taizé has changed her Rector Collierville, TN Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted May 28, 2013 Pine Ridge Taize, Associate Rector Columbus, GA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Hopkinsville, KY Course Director Jerusalem, Israel An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Featured Jobs & Calls Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Tags Submit an Event Listing AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Tampa, FL Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Submit a Job Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Youth Minister Lorton, VA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Bath, NC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Press Release Service Rector Pittsburgh, PA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Submit a Press Release An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET last_img read more

Los obispos concluyen su reunión de otoño contemplando nuevas posibilidades

first_imgLos obispos concluyen su reunión de otoño contemplando nuevas posibilidades Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Martinsville, VA Press Release Service Youth Minister Lorton, VA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 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 [Episcopal News Service] La Cámara de Obispos concluyó su reunión de otoño el 24 de septiembre en Nashville, Tennessee, luego de concentrarse durante seis días en el tema de “Transformar la pérdida en nuevas posibilidades”.“Esta ha sido una reunión llena de gracia”, dijo la obispa primada Katharine Jefferts Schori durante una conferencia de prensa telefónica luego de terminada la reunión.Los obispos definieron la misión como salir a la comunidad en lugar de quedarse en sus “hermosas iglesias” a la espera de que la gente venga, dijo ella. “Los obispos plantearon y recibieron retos en lo tocante a participar comprometidamente en las comunidades”.Desde el primer día, dijo el obispo Todd Ousely, de la Diócesis de Michigan Oriental, la ponencia “Sabiduría misional: comenzar teológicamente” de la Dra. Elaine Heath, les presentó un reto a los obispos. Heath es profesora de la cátedra McCreless en la Escuela de Teología Perkins de la Universidad Metodista del Sur, en Dallas, y cofundadora de la Fundación para la Teología Misional.“Habló acerca de ir a los vecindarios y participar con las personas allí donde se encuentran, donde viven”, dijo él durante la conferencia de prensa, añadiendo que el reto para los obispos puede ir más allá de los barrios y aplicarse a una renovada participación con sus asociados ecuménicos y otros obispos.A lo largo de la reunión, los 148 obispos asistentes escucharon ponencias o modos innovadores de llevar a cabo la misión, el nuevo Programa de Asociación Diocesana y sobre la labor del Equipo de Trabajo para Reinventar la Iglesia Episcopal. Los obispos también discutieron temas tales como la violencia de las armas de fuego, las asociaciones ecuménicas y la paz y la reconciliación en Tierra Santa.Además de Heath, entre los visitantes invitados se contaban la presidente de la Cámara de Diputados, Rda. Gay Clark Jennings; el obispo Gregory Palmer y Mary Anne Swenson, de la Iglesia Metodista Unida; el obispo Tilewa Johnson, de la provincia de África Occidental; el obispo Miguel Tamayo, quien fuera diocesano de Cuba y Uruguay; el obispo David Rice, de la diócesis de Waiapu en la Iglesia Anglicana de Aotearoa, Nueva Zelanda y Polinesia; Suheil Dawani, obispo anglicano en Jerusalén; el Dr. Hisham Nassar, coordinador de Dawani para la atención sanitaria en la Diócesis de Jerusalén y el Oriente Medio; el rabino Steve Gutow, presidente del Consejo Judío para las Relaciones Públicas, y el canónigo David Porter, director de reconciliación del arzobispo de Cantórbery Justin Welby.“Me sentí conmovido por todas las ponencias, pero en particular las de aquellos que se encuentran fuera de nuestro propio contexto”, dijo Jefferts Schori. Contar con la presencia de Dawani, Nassar y otros invitados extranjeros, agregó ella, “nos hizo recordar en un nivel más profundo de nuestra propia conexión y compromiso con los conflictos que tienen lugar en el mundo. Seguimos siendo llamados a intervenir en los conflictos de nuestro medio así como en [los que ocurren] en todo el mundo”.El 15 de noviembre, la Iglesia Episcopal auspiciará y producirá un foro en torno a un tema fundamental de nuestro tiempo: “Cincuenta años después: el estado del racismo en Estados Unidos”; y en abril se celebrará en Oklahoma una cumbre nacional sobre la violencia de las armas de fuego —ambos son “maneras importantes de hacernos transcender nuestro contexto inmediato”,  subrayó Jefferts Schori.La Oficina de Relaciones Públicas de la Iglesia Episcopal emitió partes diarios en los que proporcionaba un breve resumen de las discusiones y actividades de los obispos en Nashville.El 24 de  septiembre, el tema del último día fue “Moverse misionalmente: perspectivas episcopales”. La jornada incluyó una mesa redonda en que se usaron perícopas bíblicas como marco de referencia.La tarde del 23 de septiembre se dedicó a un diálogo con los metodistas unidos acerca del significado de la plena comunión y de cómo los asociados ecuménicos pueden valerse de las raíces comunes para trabajar juntos misionalmente de formas nuevas.  El tema del 23 de septiembre  fue “Moverse misionalmente: aplicaciones prácticas” con una mesa redonda en que estuvieron presentes el Rdo. Tom Brackett, misionero de la Iglesia Episcopal para la plantación de iglesias y el ministerio del redesarrollo; la Rda. Mary Frances, de la Iglesia Evangélica Luterana en América y la Rda. Becca Stevens, fundadora de Thistle Farms.El 22 de septiembre, los obispos visitaron varias iglesias de la zona. Jefferts Schori presidió [la eucaristía] y predicó en la iglesia catedral de Cristo en Nashville.El obispo Stacy Sauls, director de operaciones de la Iglesia Episcopal, presentó una ponencia sobre el Programa de Asociación Diocesana el 21 de septiembre, en el cual explicó que el nuevo nombre para el personal denominacional, “La Sociedad Misionera” [The Missionary Society], era la simplificación del nombre corporativo de la Sociedad Misionera Nacional y Extranjera” [Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society].“Ello representa el empeño de reorientar la labor del personal denominacional para trabajar con las diócesis y ser facilitadores de la misión”, dijo Sauls, según uno de los partes diarios. “Esto sucede en la medida en que el personal [denominacional] ofrece (1) apoyo al ministerio diocesano, (2) utiliza recursos para este ministerio [y] (3) establece conexiones a través de la Iglesia”. Sauls afirmó que esto contrastaba con una “oficina central corporativa”, modelo de Iglesia donde el dinero fluye hacia arriba y los programas fluyen hacia abajo.“Mi impresión es que está siendo muy bien recibida; sólo he oído reacciones positivas sobre la iniciativa”, dijo la Obispa Primada cuando le preguntaron  cómo había sido recibido el Programa de Asociación Diocesana. “Es una gran oportunidad para el personal denominacional de ser siervos, de [aplicar] formas que servirán de manera más eficaz a toda la Iglesia”.Muchos de los obispos recibieron notas manuscritas de sus representantes del personal “y estamos encantados con eso¨, dijo el obispo Dean Wolfe, de la Diócesis de Kansas.Lo que más me entusiasma, dijo Ousely, es que “el personal denominacional se integra a la corriente de las diócesis”. Ya no se trata, pues, de un foco pragmático, sino más bien de que el programa de asociación presenta una manera organizada de facilitar las interconexiones y las relaciones, afirmó.Una discusión del 20 de diciembre sobre la misión de tender puentes se concentró en la labor de paz y reconciliación en Tierra Santa e incluyó ponencias de Dawani, Nassar, Gutow y Porter.La reunión incluyó eucaristías diarias y oficios de oración. El grupo de cónyuges y parejas de los obispos se reunieron al mismo tiempo que la Cámara de Obispos. Rector Smithfield, NC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Bath, NC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Pittsburgh, PA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Hopkinsville, KY Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Submit a Job Listing Rector Tampa, FL center_img Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Belleville, IL Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Shreveport, LA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Featured Jobs & Calls De la redacción de ENSPosted Sep 26, 2013 Rector Albany, NY Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ 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 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Submit a Press Release Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Collierville, TN Rector Knoxville, TN Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Events Curate Diocese of Nebraska Director of Music Morristown, NJlast_img read more

Cifras y Datos de la Iglesia Episcopal

first_img Rector Albany, NY Curate Diocese of Nebraska Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET [31 de Octubre de 2013] Basado en la información recibida de los informes parroquiales, nuevas cifras y datos sobre el número de miembros de la Iglesia Episcopal han sido publicados aquí.Entre los datos:– En el 2012, la membresía de la Iglesia Episcopal fue 2.066.710 con 1.894.181 en las diócesis nacionales (50 estados en los Estados Unidos) y 172.529 en las diócesis internacionales (fuera de los EE.UU.).– Treinta y tres diócesis nacionales mostraron un crecimiento en la membresía  en el último año: Alaska, Arkansas, Atlanta, California, Florida Central, Chicago, Colorado, el este de Tennessee, El Camino Real, La Florida, Fond du Lac, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas; Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Navajoland, Carolina del Norte, Dakota del Norte, Norte de California, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, San Joaquin, Tennessee, Texas; Alta Carolina del Sur, Washington, West Tennessee, el oeste de Massachusetts, Western New York.– En las diócesis internacionales, el crecimiento del número de miembros se ha caracterizado en tres diócesis: Ecuador-Litoral, Puerto Rico y VenezuelaInformación adicional se encuentra en la página de Investigación de la Iglesia Episcopal aquí. Press Release Service Submit an Event Listing Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT 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 Collierville, TN Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Washington, DC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Knoxville, TN Submit a Job Listing Submit a Press Release Featured Jobs & Calls Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Bath, NC Rector Belleville, IL TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Hopkinsville, KY The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Martinsville, VA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Cifras y Datos de la Iglesia Episcopal 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 center_img Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Tampa, FL Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Shreveport, LA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Youth Minister Lorton, VA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ 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 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Featured Events Posted Oct 31, 2013 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC last_img read more

Federal government studies Occupy Sandy movement

first_img Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Volunteers unload donated material at the Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew in Brooklyn, New York shortly after Hurricane Sandy. Photo: Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew[Episcopal News Service] The Occupy Sandy network that sprung up in the days after Hurricane Sandy devastated vast stretches of New York and New Jersey has caught the attention of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which says it is looking to broaden future disaster relief efforts.However, not everyone is taking that explanation at face value even though they say the report does a good job at outlining how well Occupy Sandy has worked.Occupy Sandy tapped into the organization and volunteer power of Occupy Wall Street which had led a multicity protest movement centered on economic inequality just more than a year before Sandy hit. The report, titled The Resilient Social Network, calls Occupy Wall Street a “planned social movement” while it characterizes Occupy Sandy as “neither planned nor expected.”The Episcopal Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, New York, in the Diocese of Long Island, quickly became the second major Occupy Sandy supply-distribution and volunteer-training hub. The activity at St. Luke and St. Matthew complemented the work begun a few days earlier at St. Jacobi Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn.“In the days, weeks, and months that followed, ‘Occupy Sandy’ became one of the leading humanitarian groups providing relief to survivors across New York City and New Jersey,” the report notes. “At its peak, it had grown to an estimated 60,000 volunteers – more than four times the number deployed by the American Red Cross.”“Unlike traditional disaster response organizations, there were no appointed leaders, no bureaucracy, no regulations to follow, no pre-defined mission, charter, or strategic plan.  There was just relief.”That relief effort out of St. Luke and St. Matthew continued even after an arson fire two days before Christmas 2012 caused major damage.“In the Diocese of Long Island, where this movement took physical root in several of our churches, we were fortunate to have a bishop who encouraged Occupy Sandy in every way possible,” the Rev. Michael Sniffen, rector of St. Luke and St. Matthew, told Episcopal News Service. “In places where our bishops and clergy gave in to fear and risk aversion in the aftermath of the storm, the work of well-intentioned, skilled neighbors was often thwarted by lack of staging and organizing space. Many of our churchyards, hallways and unused parish halls sat empty during a time when they were desperately needed.”Long Island Bishop Lawrence Provenzano said the diocese is “very proud of its involvement with Occupy Sandy and the results.”“This is what incarnate love looks like!,” says Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew in Brooklyn, New York on its Facebook page. The nave began being used as a distribution hub for supplies shortly after Hurricane Sandy stuck. Photo: Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew“From a religious standpoint, this was the church at its best, an example of the Gospel in action,” he said in an e-mail to ENS. “This report is really an acknowledgment of how a cooperative effort – between the church, government entities, the private sector, and the wider community – can improve disaster response in the future. It is also an acknowledgement that cooperative decision-making, planning, and execution can be a model for success; this model, in my mind, is as ancient as the church itself.”In addition, Sniffen said, the church communities “that truly opened themselves to aid neighbors by any means necessary also opened themselves to spiritual awakening.”Research for the report was conducted between June and August 2013. The report is dated Sept. 30, 2013 and was recently released by the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute.In its introduction, the report notes that Occupy Sandy was a “difficult research subject for many of the same reasons it succeeded in helping so many communities in New York and New Jersey: its membership and infrastructure are fluid, it has no elected leaders, and it conducted autonomous relief activities across a large geographic area.” Occupy Sandy is called a “humanitarian offshoot of Occupy Wall Street” in the report, whose authors also describe it as “a social movement, not so much a tangible group.”The report at one point categorizes Occupy Sandy as an “emergent response group 2.0” of the kind that often spring up spontaneously after disaster strikes. These groups are different from “traditional response organizations,” the report notes, such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency or the Red Cross. The “2.0” refers to the fact that groups such as Occupy Sandy used social media to publicize, organize and coordinate its work.A small group of Occupy Wall Street began discussing the anticipated storm a week before it hit the East Coast over social media, the report says. When the storm hit on the night of Oct. 29, 2012, member of that group began share damage reports and discuss how to help and whether there was interest in beginning a relief effort.“Seemingly out of nowhere emerged a volunteer army of young, educated, tech-savvy individuals with time and a desire to help others,” the report says.However, the report also notes that Occupy Sandy’s “horizontal organizing structure” was not without its problems. While “there was no need to seek permission to do something” and thus people in need were served quickly, the report says “without leaders, there was less oversight” and less accountability. The accountability issue raised difficulties for some traditional response organizations in terms of their own accountability, according to the report.Purpose of the report questionedThe authors said their “primary purpose in conducting a case study on Occupy Sandy is to provide the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with a basic understanding of an emerging type of grassroots relief collective so that it might enable government to work in a unity of effort with such groups when the next disaster strikes.”However, the report also describes reluctance on the part of some Occupy Sandy participants to talk to a group connected with the Department of Homeland Security about their work. Most of the people and organizations the researchers contacted “were willing to speak quite candidly, but many respectfully declined our request,” according to the report. The report does not suggest the reason for that reluctance however, the Department of Homeland Security has acknowledged, by way of more than 200 pages of heavily redacted documents, that it joined other law enforcement agencies to monitor Occupy Wall Street.Sniffen echoed some of that concern, saying that “the DHS’s interest in the Occupy movement and Occupy Sandy in particular raises red flags regarding the freedom of communities to organize for good without being treated as suspicious.”“That being said, the findings of this report are encouraging,” he added. “The report is clear in its analysis that Occupy Sandy was effective where larger, more bureaucratic organizations were not. The movement’s significant role in helping communities recover is now undeniable. The analysis of the ability of horizontal ad hoc groups to be effective change agents in the world should be read, marked, learned and inwardly digested by The Episcopal Church as we continue our own conversation about internal restructuring.”The Rev. John Merz, the vicar of Church of the Ascension in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, who helped organize churches to open their facilities to respond to Sandy, also expressed concern about the DHS institute’s attention to Occupy Sandy. He noted that the organization’s website says it was created as a “dedicated, not-for-profit institute to provide the federal government with analytic capabilities to support effective counterterrorism-related decision-making and program execution.”The department has always regarded Occupy Wall Street “as a form of active domestic terrorism albeit in the early stages of gestation” and thus it took notice when some participants “reformed around relief work with such astounding capacity,” Merz said.Even though the study is what Merz called “appreciative,” it “is by nature defensive, given the mission of the institute and the larger mission of DHS” and is centered on the issue of “power and how it is exercised.”“I did not see anywhere in the report analysis of how many soup cans churches or civic groups managed to donate or how many people made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches … its concern with power in this case is that it was employed so effectively by a group that it has had under surveillance and was working for structural change and justice,” he wrote in an e-mail to ENS.While the report might be used to help non-governmental organizations and governmental aid agencies adopt new practices, Merz said, it is more likely that it will be used to “keep a thumb on social grassroots movements and networks.” He predicted that the department and the U.S. military “may use the report to incorporate some of the OWS and OS network practices into their own ‘counter terror’ practices if they would serve in curtailing the power of people to organize on a grassroots level.”That opinion, Merz acknowledged, “may put me in the minority in the Episcopal Church who seem to think Empire is only something to be ruminated on and preached about in relation to Jesus and the Romans.”Merz and Sniffen were both involved in Occupy Wall Street and were arrested Dec. 17, 2011 after they and retired Episcopal Bishop George Packard entered a fenced property – owned by Trinity Episcopal Church, Wall Street – in Duarte Square in Lower Manhattan as part of Occupy Wall Street’s “D17 Take Back the Commons” event to mark three months since the movement’s launch.The report says other traditional response organizations were initially guarded about coordinating their work with Occupy Sandy. For example, the report describes an invitation-only telephone conference call in early November 2012 “amid the fog of the response to Superstorm Sandy” during which participants heard someone identify themselves as “this is Occupy.”“Conversation stopped,” the report says and representatives of other relief agencies later told researchers that they wondered why Occupy Wall Street was present.The Occupy Sandy person, whose name is not disclosed, was asked to explain his or her presence and the person replied that Occupy Sandy was “part of Occupy Wall Street but not directly associated with it,” according to the report.“‘At that point, we all became very guarded in what we said,’ the official told us,” the report continues. “Personally, and here she said she could not speak for the group, she perceived that the uninvited caller was a protestor and remembers thinking ‘we know what we are doing here, they just do not get it.’”The report’s authors conclude that Occupy Sandy not only eventually convinced the unnamed official that its participants “get it”; it also convinced local communities, the mainstream media and those 60,000 people who signed on as volunteers.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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Congo Anglicans re-elect Henri Isingoma as Primate

first_img Youth Minister Lorton, VA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Tampa, FL Press Release Service Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest August 26, 2014 at 12:40 am I’m glad he deems it important to rekindle the relationship with the wider Anglican Communion. 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 Comments (2) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Shreveport, LA Congo Anglicans re-elect Henri Isingoma as Primate Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET People Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Comments are closed. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Submit a Job Listing [Anglican Communion News Service] Congo Anglicans have re-elected the Most Revd Henri Isingoma as Primate of the Province de L’Eglise Anglicane Du Congo, giving him the mandate to lead the church there for another five years.In an exclusive interview with ACNS today, Archbishop Isingoma said the re-election gives him an opportunity to continue with the various activities, projects and policies meant to develop the church.“For instance, we need to revisit our Church’s constitution and adapt it to the realities on the ground,” he said. “We also need to work on restoring and promoting good relationships with other churches in the Anglican Communion and other denominations.”In a closely contested election held yesterday in Kinshasa, by the House of Bishops, Archbishop Isingoma got five votes while the other candidate, Bishop of Kindu Diocese, the Right Revd Zacharia Masimango got four votes.“Church planting will continue to be a top priority during this term,” said the Primate. “So far we have managed to add an extra four dioceses in order to reach as many people as possible in this vast Province.”He also talked about the possibility of splitting the Province into two Provinces owing to the size of the country. He also raised the need to address some of the Province socio-economic problems.“Poverty continues to be a major problem for our country and hence the need for investment projects in our various dioceses,” he said. “We also need to become self-reliant as a Church but in order to achieve this we need the support of our various partners to help build capacity.”The Primate also spoke of the need to address the socio-political situation in the country. “There is a lot of violence in parts of the country and so we need to work with our neighbouring countries to help promote peace,” he said.Abp Isingoma said theological education continues to play an important role in the Church and that they will continue working towards improvement of various infrastructures including support towards the Anglican University in Congo.Abp Henri Isingoma is the third Primate and Archbishop of the Anglican Church of the Congo. He studied at the Boga Institute and at the Nyankunde Institute, where he graduated in 1977. He has a degree in Theology and Human Sciences from the Superior Institute of Anglican Theology and a Master Degree in Theology from the Evangelical Theology Faculty of Bangui, Central African Republic.He first served as Bishop of Katanga from 1997 to 2007 before being elected as Bishop of Boga in 2007, a position he held until 2009 when he was elected as third Primate and Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Congo. He also serves as Bishop of Kinshasa.The Primate has since called for support and prayers in order for unity to prevail in the Church. He said: “All Anglicans need to work hand in hand to help build our church. We need to identify and address our common challenges as a church and help promote dialogue.” Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Washington, DC By Bellah ZuluPosted Aug 25, 2014 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Anglican Communion, Rector Martinsville, VA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Bath, 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 Tags Curate Diocese of Nebraska Featured Jobs & Calls Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs center_img Rector Collierville, TN Featured Events Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Leon Spencer says: Rector Belleville, IL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Associate Rector Columbus, GA Submit an Event Listing Submit a Press Release Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL 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 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Albany, NY Director of Music Morristown, NJ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Lisa Fox 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 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Smithfield, NC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS August 26, 2014 at 4:50 am Abp Isingoma served on the Governing Council of Anitepam, the African Anglican theological education network, and he was a delight to work with, a thoughtful and gentle spirit. I am confident he will continue to serve the Province well, and of course I was pleased to see his encouraging comments about theological education. Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Knoxville, TN Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Pittsburgh, PA last_img read more

Nominations acceptées pour le poste d’évêque coadjuteur du Diocèse d’Haïti

first_img Tags Rector Albany, NY Rector Bath, NC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Belleville, IL Bishop Elections, Submit a Job Listing The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Curate Diocese of Nebraska Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Les nominations sont acceptées pour les candidatures au poste d’évêque coadjuteur du Diocèse épiscopal d’Haïti.Le profil du Diocèse d’Haïti est disponible en anglais ici et en français ici.Le processus de nomination de l’évêque coadjuteur d’Haïti continue jusqu’au 29 juin.Veuillez prendre bonne note :Les candidats doivent parler couramment français et créole, et être capables de comprendre l’anglais.Les nominations doivent être signées par six laïcs et six membres du clergé du diocèse.La date limite de soumission des nominations est le 29 juin.L’élection de l’évêque coadjuteur pour le Diocèse d’Haïti est prévue le 27 janvier 2018.Pour plus amples informations, prière de contacter  le révérend Ronald H. Clingenpeel, consultant en matière de transition, à l’adresse : [email protected] An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Featured Events Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Collierville, TN Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Posted Jun 16, 2017 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Associate Rector Columbus, GA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Haiti, Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET House of Bishops Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Featured Jobs & Calls TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC center_img New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Press Release Service Rector Pittsburgh, PA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Episcopal Office of Public Affairs, Rector Hopkinsville, KY Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Knoxville, TN Submit an Event Listing Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Smithfield, NC Nominations acceptées pour le poste d’évêque coadjuteur du Diocèse d’Haïti Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Tampa, FL Youth Minister Lorton, VA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Washington, DC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MIlast_img read more

Zimbabwean churches are urged to join fight against Cholera pandemic

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Submit an Event Listing The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Youth Minister Lorton, VA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 [Anglican Communion News Service] Churches in Zimbabwe have been urged to take steps to help curb the country’s cholera outbreak, which has claimed 25 lives and is spreading rapidly in the capital Harare.“Churches are faced with a special challenge, because they gather thousands of people every week and it is in such gatherings that the spread of the pandemic can be accelerated,” said Kenneth Mtata, general secretary of the national ecumenical group the Zimbabwe Council of Churches. “So the Church is being called to cooperate with the instructions coming from the Ministry of Health and all those who are working to curb the spread of the pandemic.”Read the full article here. Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Featured Events Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Curate Diocese of Nebraska An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Posted Sep 14, 2018 Rector Washington, DC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Collierville, TN The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Press Release Service Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Director of Music Morristown, NJ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Tampa, FL Rector Belleville, IL Rector Pittsburgh, PA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Submit a Job Listing Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Africa, Rector Martinsville, VA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Knoxville, TN Health & Healthcare Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Anglican Communion, Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Albany, NY Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Tags This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Featured Jobs & Calls Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit a Press Release Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Bath, NC Zimbabwean churches are urged to join fight against Cholera pandemic Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Rector Columbus, GAlast_img read more

North Dakota diocese to welcome pilgrimages at Standing Rock interpretive…

first_img Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Racial Justice & Reconciliation, Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Director of Music Morristown, NJ An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET 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 Belleville, IL Rector Albany, NY Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI By David PaulsenPosted Oct 14, 2019 Press Release Service Rector Washington, DC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Standing Rock Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Bath, NC Featured Jobs & Calls Indigenous Ministries, Submit a Job Listing Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Pittsburgh, PA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Collierville, TN Rector Martinsville, VA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Tampa, FL Youth camp participants pose for a group photo in July in front of the new Star Lodge at St. Gabriel’s Camp in Solen, North Dakota. Photo: John Floberg[Episcopal News Service] A new lodge at an Episcopal youth camp on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation will double as a Native American interpretive center, highlighting local history and culture for visitors drawn to the region by an interest in the indigenous rights advocacy there.The Episcopal Church was a prominent supporter of tribal demonstrators who in 2016 tried to block construction of part of an oil pipeline that they feared could threaten Standing Rock’s drinking water. Despite their objections, the Dakota Access Pipeline was allowed to cross the Missouri River just north of the reservation, and oil began pumping in June 2017.Since then, the Diocese of North Dakota has welcomed various outside groups, interested in learning about the fight for indigenous and ecological justice, at its St. Gabriel’s Camp in Solen, North Dakota, a few miles west of the Missouri River on the northern edge of the reservation. Disciples of Christ youth groups have visited in each of the past two years. A group from Dayton University in Ohio visited in May, and another is coming in November from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.The Rev. John Floberg, rector at the diocese’s three congregations serving Standing Rock, has worked with other church leaders to accommodate such pilgrimages as best they can, including by setting up visits with tribal officials and residents. That spirit of welcome is about to swell with the development of the 2,700-square-foot Star Lodge at the camp to serve as an interpretive center.“We’re looking at trying to help people translate what is here to their own communities,” Floberg told Episcopal News Service.The lodge at St. Gabriel’s Camp is named after the Rev. Terry Star, a 40-year-old deacon and member of Executive Council who died suddenly in 2014 while studying to become a priest. The Rev. Angela Goodhouse-Mauai, who was ordained as a deacon with Star in 2007, said in an interview with ENS that she thought of him as a brother.“That was a big loss for us,” Goodhouse-Mauai said.Star’s great-grandfather was Chief Red Hail, whose name had graced the camp’s previous lodge, until it was struck by lightning and burned down in August 2018. Now, with the help of a United Thank Offering grant and additional funds scheduled to be approved this week by Executive Council, the new Star Lodge will not only restore what was lost in last year’s fire. It also will incorporate geothermal heating and solar power, while expanding the diocese’s capacity to host youth groups in the summer and other church groups year-round.The overall project costs about $280,000, Floberg said, and the structural shell of the new lodge already has been built with money received through the diocese’s insurance after last year’s fire. The $58,000 grant from United Thank Offering, or UTO, and about $20,000 from Executive Council will be used to complete the inside of the lodge and install the renewable energy sources.Without the sustainable energy upgrade, the diocese wouldn’t be able to afford to keep the lodge open in the cold winter months, said Floberg, who also serves as president of the Diocese of North Dakota Standing Committee. The diocese already upgraded one of its Standing Rock churches, St. James’ Episcopal Church in Cannon Ball, to geothermal and was able to reduce its winter heating bills to about $130 a month, a small fraction of what propane heat had cost.The size of Star Lodge is another big upgrade. Its meeting hall alone will be as large as the former lodge, and the diocese is in the process of converting the building’s additional space into a self-contained apartment with three bedrooms, bathrooms and a kitchen. The bedrooms will be able to house up to 16 guests, and the meeting hall can be converted to sleeping quarters to accommodate larger groups.In addition to its primary use hosting youth groups, the former Red Hail Lodge was the site of trainings for local residents interested in becoming deacons and priests. Developing Native American leaders for service in the church will continue to be part of the mission at Star Lodge, Floberg said.Star Lodge’s mission mirrors the dedication that its namesake deacon showed to the work of guiding young people in their spiritual development to become church leaders, Goodhouse-Mauai said. At the same time, she is heartened to have the expanded lodge as a resource for visitors “to learn the history of Standing Rock and learn from the people of Standing Rock.”To that end, the diocese aims to develop racial reconciliation pilgrimages, with programs for 10 to 30 people at a time, through Star Lodge’s interpretive center. One of its core themes, according to the UTO grant application, will be the treaties signed more than a century ago between American Indian tribes and the U.S. government, emphasizing the promises made to the country’s native peoples.The broader movement to draw attention to those promises gained steam on Oct. 14 as the federal holiday known as Columbus Day was celebrated by a growing number of Americans as Indigenous Peoples Day.Floberg, speaking to ENS last week, sought to put Christopher Columbus’ 1492 landing in perspective.“Every acre of this land on this continent was already spoken for,” Floberg said. “There was no vast wilderness where there weren’t people already inhabiting territory. … We’re all on Indian land.” That makes it all the more important, he added, for the church to take the lead in learning about and listening to America’s indigenous residents.– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Submit a Press Release Tags North Dakota diocese to welcome pilgrimages at Standing Rock interpretive center and lodge Featured Events Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Knoxville, TN Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Submit an Event Listing Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY 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 Shreveport, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Archbishop of York condemns oil companies for sparking ‘environmental genocide’

first_img Director of Music Morristown, NJ Tags Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Featured Jobs & Calls Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Featured Events Rector Tampa, FL Africa, Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Archbishop of York condemns oil companies for sparking ‘environmental genocide’ Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Submit an Event Listing Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Press Release Service Rector Smithfield, NC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Knoxville, TN Environment & Climate Change Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group 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 a Press Release Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC [Anglican Communion News Service] The Archbishop of York John Sentamu has called for urgent action to stop the oil spills that are devastating communities in Nigeria’s Bayelsa state.Following the release of an interim report of the Bayelsa State Oil and Environmental Commission, which he chairs, Sentamu called the actions of oil companies operating in the Niger Delta as “nothing less than environmental genocide.”Sentamu said that oil companies needed to end a culture of double standards in Nigeria. Launching the report, he accused Shell, AGIP and other oil companies of reaping environmental devastation upon the people of Bayelsa and of ignoring their pleas for assistance.Read the full article here. 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 Posted Nov 8, 2019 Rector Washington, DC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Bath, NC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 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 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Belleville, IL Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Anglican Communion, Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Martinsville, VA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Submit a Job Listing Rector Albany, NY Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Shreveport, LA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Collierville, TN Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DClast_img read more

Episcopalians in Minnesota, churchwide call for justice in killing of…

first_img Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Curate Diocese of Nebraska A mural memorializing George Floyd and other black victims of police violence is located near the site in Minneapolis where Floyd died May 25 while being taken into police custody. Photo: Paul Lebens-Englund[Episcopal News Service] Episcopal clergy and congregations in Minnesota’s Twin Cities and churchwide are voicing outrage and lament at the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died May 25 while in Minneapolis police custody, as protests against police brutality intensify – both locally and nationally.Some Twin Cities Episcopalians have joined in-person demonstrations denouncing Floyd’s killing amid increasing calls for charges against the officers involved. On May 29, Derek Chauvin, the officer who pressed his knee to the back of Floyd’s neck, was arrested and charged with murder and manslaughter. Floyd could be heard in a bystander video saying “I can’t breathe” while pinned to the ground.“We are heartbroken and angry about the killing of George Floyd. This horrific act of violence reveals deep racial injustices that continue to be present in our common life,” Minnesota Bishop Brian Prior and Bishop-elect Craig Loya said in a joint statement May 28. (Loya’s consecration is scheduled for June 6.)Presiding Bishop Michael Curry joined Prior and Loya in their statement and shared his own lament for Floyd’s death and the deaths of others before him, at a time when the county also is dealing with a coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 102,000 Americans.“This crisis reflects deep sores and deep wounds that have been here all along,” Curry said in response to the unrest in the Twin Cities. “In the midst of COVID-19 and the pressure cooker of a society in turmoil, a man was brutally killed. The basic human right to life was taken away. His basic human dignity was stripped by someone charged to protect our common humanity.“And perhaps the deeper pain of this is the fact that it’s not an isolated incident. The pain of this is that it’s a deep part of our life. It’s not just our history. It is American society today. We are not, however, slaves to our fate, unless we choose to do nothing.”Prior and Loya’s statement included a list of actions Episcopalians can take, such as contacting elected officials, giving to a fund created for George Floyd’s family, and addressing racial bias within one’s own congregation and community. They also encouraged donations to local organizations working on racial justice issues and a community nonprofit in the neighborhood most affected by the protests that have followed Floyd’s death, which in some cases turned violent.Some Episcopal priests have joined peaceful protests across the Twin Cities in the wake of Floyd’s killing. The Rev. Joy Caires, rector of St. Clement’s Episcopal Church in St. Paul attended an evening protest May 28 outside the Hennepin County Government Center and found reason for hope despite “so much damage to our Twin Cities,” she said in a May 29 post on the church’s Facebook page.Caires was joined by the Rev. Georgianna Smith, a church deacon. “Tensions were high, but no weapons were drawn – by either protesters or police,” Caires said. “We stood, in our clergy garb, as witnesses. Hands in prayer – calling out, alongside the protesters, the name of George Floyd.”At one point, she said, a young black man asked if she was with the police, and when she told him no, he persuaded her to accompany him as he tried to question police. The man approached an officer and asked why no one had been arrested yet. The officer responded that investigators needed time to ensure a strong case against those responsible for Floyd’s death.“For a moment, while the crowd roared across the plaza, two men stood together seeking connection,” Caires said on Facebook.Scenes from today’s #GeorgeFloyd protests in #Minneapolis. Things have been quiet and authorities have enacted an 8 pm curfew. pic.twitter.com/Q37yLkSW1P— Trevor Hughes (@TrevorHughes) May 29, 2020The Very Rev. Paul Lebens-Englund, dean of St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Minneapolis, issued a message to his congregation on May 29 warning of the “bitter root” of systemic racism. Earlier in the week, he added his signature to a letter from the Downtown Interfaith Senior Clergy that condemned Floyd’s killing.“Our hearts break, going out to the family and to those in our community who continue to bear the historical brunt of racially-motivated oppression that too often leads to violence and even death,” the interfaith clergy letter said.Lebens-Englund, in an interview with ENS, said he attended an evening rally May 28 organized by a group called MAD DADS, which seeks to ensure healthy communities while developing young leaders. The rally was peaceful, and Lebens-Englund said he was impressed by the teenagers who spoke about their desire to change the system for the better.The rally was held outside Minneapolis’ 3rd Precinct police headquarters. Afterward, Lebens-Englund left to join other mourners who were gathered just to the west at the site where Floyd was killed. He soon learned from a parishioner that some protesters had set fire to the police station and adjacent buildings.“It is a small subset of folks whose tactics involve property damage and chaos creation,” Lebens-Englund said. He and other Episcopal leaders are trying to find ways to walk alongside church leaders in the local black community in peaceful demonstrations of solidarity. He also appreciates the guidance the Minnesota bishop and bishop-elect provided on ways Episcopalians can take action, he said.Voices across Episcopal Church speak out against injusticeChurchwide, Episcopalians have participated in online prayer vigils and diocesan leaders issued statements calling on Episcopalians to channel their anger into advocacy against systemic racism.Bishops like the Rt. Rev. Gayle Harris, bishop suffragan of Massachusetts, have highlighted the importance of considering the historical context for the protests and riots in Minneapolis and other cities.“The reaction on the streets of our cities is another eruption of frustration from over 400 years of oppression and injustice for people of color on this continent,” Harris said in a statement urging Episcopalians to “be a new and changed community.”Some church leaders have said that Floyd’s killing – along with the recent deaths of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia and Breonna Taylor in Kentucky – magnifies the reality that racism is killing people of color in America, a reality made even more apparent in their disproportionate rates of serious illness and death due to COVID-19.“We have to recognize the connections between the deaths from COVID-19 and these deaths on the streets of our cities at the hands of police,” the Rev. Stephanie Spellers, canon to the presiding bishop for evangelism, reconciliation and stewardship of creation, told ENS. “The lack of public health access in vulnerable communities – that has been an act of racism.“The defunding and underfunding of public health and housing and education, especially in communities of color, directly leads to a higher proportion of deaths from COVID-19. That’s racism. And the deaths of black and brown and Native people at the hands of police officers who, when they look at us, they don’t always see people that they are sworn to protect,” Spellers said. “They see people that they are supposed to protect someone else from. That’s racism. It’s all connected.”Spellers and other church leaders are preparing a guide of resources and suggestions for ways that Episcopalians can take action against systemic racism in the U.S., focusing on three categories: act, learn and pray.“Action will need to happen for months and years to come – action toward justice reforms, the defense of black and brown and Native peoples in a nation that has proved time and time again that our lives don’t matter the same as other lives,” Spellers said, urging Episcopalians to contact local police departments, district attorney’s offices and the U.S. Department of Justice to “demand accountability measures in every police department across America.”The Episcopal Church’s efforts to promote racial justice in American policing go back more than a half-century, but ramped up in response to several high-profile killings of unarmed African Americans in recent years, including Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner and Michael Brown, the Rev. Charles Wynder Jr., the church’s staff officer for social justice and engagement on reconciliation, justice and creation care, told ENS. The church’s efforts have included political advocacy, grants for churches in areas affected by racial violence, the Becoming Beloved Community initiative and diocesan reparations funds.The biggest difference between the situation in Minneapolis and other incidents like it is “the degree of terror layered upon complex and compound grieving caused by the COVID-19 pandemic that’s exacerbated by existing racism,” Wynder said. “So there’s a state of terror, right now, in black communities … that requires the church to not only speak but to act and to double down on its ministries of justice, engagement, advocacy and reconciliation.”The Union of Black Episcopalians will host an online prayer vigil for racial justice and the healing of the nation at 4 p.m. on May 31.“I realized that we at UBE must do something,” the Very Rev. Kim Coleman, the group’s president, told ENS. “We must respond in a way that will empower our members and help our white allies understand and know their responsibility in helping to bring about change.”UBE is reaching out to bishops and laity across the church and hopes that all Episcopalians – not just African Americans – will participate, Coleman said.“We want to intercede, to name, to acknowledge and to empower people to take some next steps in terms of repentance,” she said. “We always come to this place where we have an incident, but we are constantly ignoring the cumulative effect of death after death, murder after murder.”Like Harris, Coleman cautioned white Episcopalians not to demonize people of color who react to incidents of racial violence in ways they don’t understand. When frustration erupts in violence, as it has in Minneapolis in response to Floyd’s death, often the reaction is “shock, surprise and dismay from our beloved brothers and sisters to whom we’ve been speaking for 400 years, asking them to hear and see that we are in pain and to begin to own their part in it,” she said.In addition to direct action and prayer, “the church can help people to learn,” Spellers said. “The church can amplify voices that may not have been heard before. We can make sure that people hear the stories behind the stories, and can learn how to tell the truth about injustice wherever we see it.”Spellers shared with ENS how Floyd’s killing has affected her personally, describing the impact of witnessing countless similar incidents as “weathering” – a word that means both resilient endurance and a gradual wearing down over time.“As a black woman nearing the age of 50 who grew up down South, I didn’t think that I could still be surprised by racial terror and violence,” Spellers said. “I honestly didn’t think that my heart could keep on breaking the way that it is right now.”Prayers, prayer vigils and the work of racial healingIn Minneapolis, the Rev. Rena Turnham, deacon at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, told ENS that the local Episcopal response so far has emphasized prayer and lament at Floyd’s death, and “we’re still in the middle of the immediate crisis.” She has been contacting parishioners by phone mostly to ensure they are safe and to provide pastoral support. But the work of the church won’t end there.“I’m personally thinking about what long-term work we need to be doing,” said Turnham, who oversees community engagement for the cathedral. While Episcopalians have long been called to the work of racial healing, in her mostly white congregation, some haven’t yet been ready, she said, until now.“Folks that were not there yet just got there very quickly and are wrestling with the deep internal questions of what can one white person do,” Turnham said.Those are questions that the Rev. Jered Weber-Johnson expects his congregation at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in St. Paul to wrestle with in the coming weeks. He led a prayer vigil on the congregation’s Facebook page on May 28 and has begun looking into resources on understanding and fighting racism, which he plans to introduce to parishioners at St. John the Evangelist. The congregation, like the cathedral, is mostly white.On May 29, Weber-Johnson spoke with ENS in the morning from his home in a residential neighborhood on St. Paul’s west side before he left to check on the church, which is located a mile or two south of some sites of the previous night’s violent unrest.“I’m sitting on my porch, and I can still smell the smoke,” he said.Such violence is “hard to ignore, and I know the news media will amplify it,” Weber-Johnson said, but in his mind, that’s not the real story of the past week. “The full story is hundreds of years of slavery, segregation, redlining and capricious taking of life of our black and brown neighbors.” For the church, he added, it’s also about “our inability, particularly in the white community, to respond faithfully to change what needs changing and to repent of the complicity we share.”The Rev. Robert Two Bulls Jr., as vicar of All Saints Indian Mission on Minneapolis’ south side, is close to the epicenter of the unrest. The church is just west of the police station that was set on fire, and he lives nearby in the same neighborhood.“You can hear it and smell it and feel it from here,” said Two Bulls, who also serves as missioner for the Episcopal Church in Minnesota’s Department of Indian Work and Multicultural Ministries. He said in an interview with ENS that he worries that it will take a long time for the neighborhood to clean up and rebuild, but he clings to some hope.“We’re a good community, and we’ll bounce back,” he said. “And hopefully justice will be served and law enforcement can make the changes they need to make.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Egan Millard is an assistant editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Pat McCaughan also contributed to this report. 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