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Margaret Bullitt-Jonas receives 2016 ‘Steward of God’s Creation Award’

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 3:07pm

[Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts] Faith leaders gathered in Washington, D.C., Sept. 12 for the Annual Prayer Breakfast hosted by the National Religious Coalition on Creation Care (NRCCC) at which the Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas was presented with the “Steward of God’s Creation Award.”

The award is given annually to a faith leader whose ministry is moving the needle toward climate justice and inspiring reverence for the earth. “I am touched and humbled to have been given this award,” Bullitt-Jonas said.  “And I am grateful beyond words for all the people alongside me who are taking part in the great struggle to protect God’s creation and to leave a habitable world to our children and grandchildren.”

The event took place at Capitol Hill Lutheran Church with more then 20 speakers reflecting on this year’s theme: “Focus on Public Lands and Religious Responsibility.”

Bullitt-Jonas serves as missioner for creation care for the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Conference United Church of Christ. Her work is to make sure the voice of the faithful can be heard in public discourse related to climate change and to inspire individual congregations to see climate justice as a significant issue – one that requires human intervention and spiritual resolve. She has written prolifically about issues related to climate justice and participated in advocacy at the national level and civil disobedience. Bullitt-Jonas is a preacher, teacher and activist who annually rallies 55+ Episcopal congregations to observe “Creation Season” from the Feast of Saint Francis (Oct. 4) until Christ the King Sunday (Nov. 20). She is the diocese’s first dedicated missioner for creation care, appointed by Bishop Doug Fisher in 2013. For more information about her ministry visit: www.revivingcreation.org.

WCC and NCC general secretaries issue statement on conflict in Israel and Palestine

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 2:58pm

[WCC/NCC press release] The following statement was issued Sept. 14 by general secretaries the Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit (World Council of Churches) and Jim Winkler (National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA)

NCC/WCC Consultation on the Holy Land
14 September, 2016

No people should be denied their rights and, certainly, no people should be denied their rights for generations. The unresolved conflict in Israel and Palestine is primarily about justice, and until the requirement of justice is met, peace cannot be established. As Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza nears the 50-year mark, generations have been suffering under this reality. The possibilities of a viable two-state solution, for which we have long advocated, are more elusive and, seemingly, more unrealistic than ever.

The crisis in Israel and Palestine has brought together representatives of the World Council of Churches and the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA for an important consultation in Arlington, Virginia from September 12-14, 2016. More than 60 representatives of churches and church-related organizations from around the world gathered because we hear the cries of all who are yearning for peace and justice in the land we call Holy. We have particularly valued the participation of Palestinian, Native American, South African, and Israeli participants who have shared their insights and lived experience.

Although this consultation has focused on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, we know it takes place in the context of a region beset by war and violence and are mindful of the various situations throughout the Middle East.

50 years is also a milestone in terms of the Biblical year of Jubilee, reminding us all of the need to seek proper times to reestablish justice so that people can live.  “And you shall hallow the fiftieth year and you shall proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you: you shall return, every one of you, to your property and every one of you to your family.” (Leviticus 25:10, NRSV)

We are well aware that no one person or group of people or government is blameless, that crimes and depredations have been committed by many over many years, but the cycle of violence must be broken. Too often the structural and permanent violence against a whole people is ignored. But keeping an entire population under occupation and even in a closed area, such as Gaza, in prison-like conditions is a grave and unsustainable situation. We are also well aware that Israel is the occupying force and has commanding power over the people of Palestine and, thus, bears special responsibility for taking the initiative.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9, NRSV) This is not hollow rhetoric employed by Jesus of Nazareth. Truly, those who follow the path of peace will be blessed in the kingdom of heaven and we pledge our support for all those who seek to bring an end to this conflict.

We call for an end to the occupation and to settlements on occupied land, with all its grave and deteriorating dimensions for the Palestinian people, but also for Israel and the whole region beyond. We ask for full respect and protection of human rights defenders, for the rights to tell the truth, to express concern, and to take democratic, non-violent actions for justice and peace. We are deeply concerned by Israeli legislative and other measures to curtail the work of Palestinian and Israeli development and human rights organizations, as well as the lack of transparency concerning investigations into international humanitarian (including faith-based) organizations in the Gaza Strip and the possible negative consequences to delivering critically needed aid to this besieged area.

In this consultation, we have been particularly focusing on the severe effects on children and youth, and particularly the use of administrative detention and the unacceptable use of solitary confinement of Palestinian children.

We have been gathered here in the capital of the USA, and thus we call for the United States to:

  • cease its practice of arming various state and non-state actors in the Middle East and, in particular, to reconsider its proposed $38 billion military aid package to Israel, for the last thing needed at this time is more weapons.
  • end the current wave of legislative efforts to penalize the use of non-violent economic measures to influence policy in Israel.

Churches have used such strategies to advance the rights of people and further the cause of justice both domestically and internationally for many years including the Montgomery bus boycott, apartheid South Africa and, currently, on behalf of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.

We have met in the United States and have met with U.S. government representatives here because the United States holds enormous power to support the status quo or to take bold steps to peace. Similarly, the churches in the United States have tremendous potential, which must be mobilized, to call on the American government to do much more to secure a just and lasting peace for Israel and Palestine.

Indeed, too often religion has been used to justify the occupation. Too often, religion has been used by Christians, Jews, and Muslims to further hatred and violence. We have seen religion similarly misused in countless other circumstances and we see parallels between the crisis in Israel and Palestine and the struggles for racial justice in the United States and the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa.

The World Council of Churches is a worldwide fellowship of churches who follow the call of the Prince of Peace to work for just peace in many contexts of the world. Most often, this means standing in solidarity with people around the world who are suffering oppression and violence. The National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA, www.nationalcouncilofchurches.us,  continues to be part of this ecumenical movement for unity, justice, and peace.

The current situation in Israel and Palestine demands urgent action. One cannot keep an entire people subject to pressure and violence for many years and not expect a violent reaction. We do not endorse violence, but we know people are losing hope and faith in the efficacy of nonviolent means.

We encourage our churches to observe the upcoming World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel, September 18-24 (www.oikoumene.org), and join in actions for a just peace in the coming Jubilee year.

As followers of Christ and as people of the Abrahamic tradition, we are spiritually wounded by the continuing hatred and animosity between Jews, Christians, and Muslims and yearn for a new era of peace, harmony, and cooperation so that the land we all call Holy will be shared by and cared for by all who live there. “Hoping against hope, he (Abraham) believed that he would become ‘the father of many nations,’ according to what was said, ‘So numerous shall your descendants be.’ (Romans 4:18, NRSV).

-Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary, World Council of Churches

-Jim Winkler, president and general secretary, National Council of Churches, USA

Applications accepted for EYE17 Pastoral Care Team

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 11:25am

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Applications are now accepted for the Pastoral Care Team members for the 2017 Episcopal Youth Event (EYE17).

Drawing hundreds of youth from throughout the Episcopal Church, EYE17 will be held on July 10-14, 2017 on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK, in partnership with the Diocese of Oklahoma.

The Pastoral Care team is open to young adults or adults (at least 19 years of age) who are willing to volunteer to support the ministry and work of EYE17.  Among the Pastoral Care Team positions are: Residential Staff; Peer Ministers; Chaplains; and Medical Care Team. Full position descriptions are here.

To serve as a member of the Pastoral Care Team, applicants must be willing to submit to a Criminal Sexual Background Check; provide evidence of completing Safeguarding God’s Children Training; demonstrate experience in successful and appropriate supervision of teens in overnight situations; and be available to travel to Oklahoma City on July 10 and depart no sooner than noon on July 14.

Applications and further information are available here.

Volunteers are expected to provide their own transportation to the event. While volunteers do not have to pay for full event registration for the event, they are requested to contribute $120 to cover the cost of meals; lodging will be provided.

For more information contact the Rev. Shannon Kelly, Pastoral Care Team Coordinator and Officer for Young Adult and Campus Ministries for the Episcopal Church atskelly@episcopalchurch.org.

Deadline for applying is November 4.

EYE is every three years in accordance with General Convention Resolution #1982-D079.  The 2017 event marks the thirteenth EYE and remains a popular and well-attended event. EYE17 is geared for youth in grades 9-12 during the 2017-2018 academic year and their adult leaders.  Registration information will be available later this year.

La CDSP prepara a los seminaristas para la vida pública

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 10:33am

[Episcopal News Service] En la Escuela de Teología Eclesiástica del Pacífico (CDSP por su sigla en inglés), de Berkeley, California, preparar a futuros sacerdotes para dirigir congregaciones en el mundo de hoy también significa adiestrarlos para la vida pública.

Hace dos años, el seminario comenzó una revisión de su currículo, concentrando su Programa de Maestría en Teología en tres conceptos cristianos fundamentales: misión, discipulado y evangelización. Junto con eso, [la institución] se comprometió a educar a los seminaristas en las destrezas de la reflexión crítica, el análisis contextual y la conversación pública, para las cuales desempeña un papel el adiestrarles en organización comunitaria.

El Muy Rdo. W. Mark Richardson, presidente y decano de la Escuela de Teología Eclesiástica del Pacífico, durante el adiestramiento dela Fundación de Áreas Industriales el año pasado. Foto/CDSP.

“Estamos tratando de hacer un cambio en nuestro currículo y buscando un mayor ajuste entre la vida de la fe y la vida pública”, dijo el Muy Rdo. W. Mark Richardson, presidente y decano de la CDSP, en una entrevista en su oficina con Episcopal News Service.

“Preparar líderes seguros de sí en la interrelación de la fe y la vida pública… esa es una manera, creemos, de abordar en el siglo XXI la cuestión de la misión”, añadió.

Para muchos episcopales, resulta claro que ser la Iglesia en el mundo significa estar presente en las comunidades y asumir un interés activo en mejorar las vidas de las personas. En los últimos años, algunos obispos episcopales han llamado a su clero, cada vez más, no sólo a ser pastores, sino [también] a ser empresarios, teólogos públicos y organizadores de comunidades basadas en la fe.

“Los obispos están diciendo cada vez más que la organización comunitaria es algo bueno”, dijo la Rda. Susanna Singer, profesora asociada de Desarrollo Ministerial y directora del Programa Doctoral de Ministerio de la DCSP. “Siempre hemos tenido a nuestros seminaristas haciendo educación pastoral clínica en hospitales para aprender las destrezas pastorales a profundidad, pero algunos obispos empezaron a decir que queremos que aprendan destrezas organizativas a profundidad”.

La fe cristiana, añadió ella, tiene que ver con la visión de Dios de un florecimiento para la humanidad y el cosmos. “Significa que el cuerpo de Cristo, que somos nosotros ahora, tiene que salir afuera y participar en las comunidades en que vivimos porque es allí donde va hacerse realidad el sueño de Dios”.

Para adiestrar a sus seminaristas, la CDSP recurrió a la ayuda de la Fundación de Áreas Industriales (IAF, por su sigla en inglés), una red de organizaciones de carácter religioso y comunitario que ha adiestrado a líderes y capacitado a comunidades desde 1940.

En 2013, el seminario y la IAF empezaron a ofrecer un curso de Organización para el Ministerio Público, de una semana de duración, que se basa en la preparación nacional de líderes de la IAF en el contexto religioso, educacional, laboral y comunitario. Lo que antes era un curso optativo de seis días, a partir de este otoño es un requisito para los nuevos seminaristas.

“La intención es adiestrar a personas normales para proporcionarles tanto un marco conceptual para pensar sobre los temas del poder y el egoísmo y el liderazgo, como algunas habilidades prácticas para relacionarse con personas que son diferentes a uno en el ancho mundo”, dijo Anna Eng, principal organizadora de la IAF en el área de la Bahía [de San Francisco], en una entrevista telefónica con ENS.

Los participantes aprenden, añadió ella, a dirigir una reunión y a tener conversaciones productivas. Muchos líderes de la IAF provienen de un contexto religioso, de manera que tiene sentido asociarse con el seminario, lo cual, además del adiestramiento práctico, facilita la discusión teológica.

La CDSP no sólo ofrece el curso, es también miembro de la IAF.

El curso se centra en el desarrollo de destrezas, de herramientas y de capacidades teóricas y reflexivas para la organización comunitaria en torno a múltiples asuntos en el contexto del ministerio. Los líderes de la IAF proporcionan el adiestramiento práctico básico y los profesores de la CDSP dirigen las reflexiones teológicas.

Jennifer Snow, directora del [programa] de aprendizaje extendido de la CDSP y profesora auxiliar de teología práctica, moderó las reflexiones teológicas durante el adiestramiento de la IAF del año pasado. Foto/CDSP.

Jennifer Snow, directora del [programa] de aprendizaje extendido de la CDSP y profesora auxiliar de teología práctica, moderó las reflexiones teológicas durante el último adiestramiento de la IAF. Los seminaristas participan diariamente en una reflexión teológica. Escriben ensayos antes y después del adiestramiento y tienen la obligación de leer artículos y libros que les han sido asignados, entre ellos Bienaventurados los organizados:democracia popular en Estados Unidos [Blessed Are the Organized: Grassroots Democracy in America] de Jeffrey Stout.

En el primer ensayo, basado en las lecturas, los seminaristas reflexionaron sobre las relaciones entre la organización comunitaria de amplia base y un liderazgo fiel. La mayoría de los seminaristas dicen que “trabajar en pro de la justicia social es importante, por consiguiente, la organización comunitaria es importante”, sin darse cuenta de que mezclan ambas cosas, dijo Snow.

“La organización comunitaria es una estrategia para trabajar en pro de la justicia”, dijo ella, y que los estudiantes hagan la distinción es una de las aspiraciones del curso. “Deberían ser capaces de darse cuenta y de expresar el porqué esto, como estrategia, contiene un mandato bíblico y teológico para las comunidades religiosas, no que sea la misma cosa”.

Hay que hacer una distinción importante: la organización comunitaria es una estrategia específica que surge de un contexto específico y de necesidades específicas, dijo Snow.

“Si uno se pone a pensar, ‘tengo que trabajar por la justicia porque el libro de Miqueas me lo dice, y Jesús me lo dice y, por tanto, tengo que llevar a cabo una organización comunitaria’, eso, a la postre, no resulta muy convincente”, explicó ella. “Porque la organización comunitaria es una estrategia específica no sólo respecto a trabajar por la justicia, sino respecto a abordar el poder de una manera relacional, en oposición a la manera del ‘poder impuesto’”.

Como resulta obvio, es decisivo cambiar la percepción que la gente tiene del poder.

“Conlleva pensar de manera diferente acerca del poder: crear relaciones con las personas, invitar a las personas a compartir el poder con usted como líder. Es una estrategia muy específica respecto a intentar alcanzar una sociedad más justa en nuestro contexto particular”, dijo Snow.

Entender y abrazar el poder como una fuerza positiva puede ser al principio un proceso desestabilizador.

“La mayoría de nosotros tiene una connotación negativa del poder porque siempre hemos estado en el extremo de los perdedores y siempre hemos sido víctimas de abusos”, dijo Eng, añadiendo que el poder no es algo naturalmente malo.

“El poder es realmente algo muy bueno. Uno no puede hacer nada sin poder”, afirmó. “A partir de la tradición cristiana, toda la Biblia está llena de ejemplos de un Dios poderoso que interviene a través de personas poderosas que dudan de ejercer su poder. Luego, en gran medida, se trata de retornar a la tradición cristiana.

“Parte de ella es ayudar a las personas a recobrar eso, la noción de que el poder que resucitó a Cristo de los muertos está dentro de uno: recobrarlo, reconocerlo y no dejar que te intimide. Pero hemos visto demasiados abusos de poder, y lo hemos experimentado, luego tiene sentido que la gente lo evite”.

La Rda. Susanna Singer, profesora asociada de Desarrollo Ministerial y directora del Programa Doctoral de Ministerio, ayudó a rehacer el currículo de la Maestría en Teología para incluir un adiestramiento en organización comunitaria. Foto/CDSP.

El punto de vista de Sarah Thomas acerca del poder cambió inmediatamente.

“Desde el primer día, nos hacen ver cuán a menudo nosotros —especialmente las mujeres— cedemos el poder desde el momento en que abrimos la boca”, escribió ella en un email a ENS. “Me alentaron a recobrar mi poder y hablar sin excusas. Esta fue una lección importante para mí como futura líder. Aprendí a entablar las relaciones una por una, escuchando atentamente, permitiendo que mi curiosidad me guiara y haciendo las preguntas oportunas”.

“He llegado a ser más audaz y más receptiva”, dijo Thomas, que vive en Santa Bárbara y que toma cursos por Internet y pasa cuatro semanas al año en el campus.

Fundada en 1893 para preparar clérigos para el ministerio en el Oeste [de EE.UU.], la CDSP es miembro fundadora de la Unión Teológica de Postgrado (GTU, por su sigla en inglés). Es uno de los siete seminarios del nordeste de Berkeley a sólo unas cuadras del campus de la Universidad de California, con centros judío, hindú, musulmán, ortodoxo, swedenborgiano y de varias denominaciones evangélicas. El Seminario Teológico de San Francisco, escuela que pertenece a la GTU, se encuentra en el vecino San Anselmo, en el condado de Marín.

Es en este contexto, ecuménico, interreligioso y secular que los seminaristas comparten, durante el curso, con rabinos, empresarios, estudiantes y otras personas.

“La mezcla de perspectivas y opiniones era realmente diversa, de manera que resultaba realmente educativo, estar allí con alguien que había estado dedicado a los negocios toda su vida. Un director ejecutivo jubilado tiene una perspectiva muy diferente a la mía”, dijo Aaron Klinefelter, seminarista de la Diócesis de Ohio Sudoriental [o del Sudeste].

Klinefelter, que ahora cursa el segundo año, se matriculó en el seminario a sabiendas de que él tendría que hacer algo más que dirigir una parroquia, que de él se esperaba que participara en la vida pública y comunitaria.

“En verdad sabía que me metía en esto”, dijo durante una entrevista con ENS en Brewed Awakening, una cafetería que queda al pie de la cuesta del seminario, añadiendo que esta manera de pensar es aún algo de cierta manera nuevo en la Iglesia Episcopal. “No estoy seguro por qué es algo nuevo que la gente se dé cuenta de que los miembros han abandonado el edificio”.

– Lynette Wilson es redactora y reportera de Episcopal News Service. Traducción de Vicente Echerri.

Archbishop comes to defence of South Africa’s finance minister

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 7:17am

[Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Makgoba has published an open letter affirming his support for South Africa’s embattled finance minister Pravin Gordhan. The minister is being investigated by police to see if he used the tax system to spy on politicians, including the country’s president, Jacob Zuma. Zuma was heavily criticized earlier this year after a judge ruled that he had misused up to R246 million South African Rand (approximately $17.16 million) of public funds for improvements to his private home, Nkandla, under the guise of security.

Full article.

Les leaders chrétiens font pression sur les candidats à la présidence à propos du conflit israélo-palestinien

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 4:09am

[Episcopal News Service] L’Évêque primat Michael Curry ainsi que 20 autres leaders chrétiens ont écrit aux quatre candidats à la présidence des États-Unis, les incitant à s’exprimer vigoureusement et à exercer leur leadership pour mettre fin au conflit israélo-palestinien qui dure depuis des décennies.

Sous l’intitulé Churches for Middle East Peace, les leaders représentant la plupart des principales confessions chrétiennes des États-Unis, ont exprimé leur « profonde inquiétude concernant le conflit israélo-palestinien et l’occupation militaire israélienne de Jérusalem-Est, de la Cisjordanie et de Gaza, depuis 50 ans ». Ils ont demandé aux candidats à la présidence — la Secrétaire d’État Hillary Clinton, le Gouverneur Gary Johnson, le Dr. Jill Stein et M. Donald Trump — de s’engager, « s’ils sont élus, à prendre de nouvelles initiatives urgentes et vigoureuses en vue de solutions politiques innovantes pour une paix juste et durable et à aider chacune des parties à exercer leur droit à l’auto-détermination avec la confiance nécessaire au rétablissement de la sécurité mutuelle ».

À la suite de la Guerre des Six Jours en 1967, Israël a en grande partie pris le contrôle de Jérusalem-Est, de la Cisjordanie, de Gaza et des hauteurs du Golan, territoires qui sont collectivement identifiés comme territoires occupés par Israël.

En avril dernier, l’Évêque Curry a participé avec plus de 100 leaders des églises du Moyen-Orient et des États-Unis, au Centre Carter d’Atlanta, à un sommet sans précédent, axé sur la recherche d’une solution sur la base de deux États permanents pour assurer la paix en Terre Sainte et mettre fin à l’occupation par Israël des territoires palestiniens.

L’Église épiscopale soutient depuis longtemps la solution à deux États, suivant laquelle un État d’Israël sécurisé et universellement reconnu vivrait aux côtés d’un État libre, viable et sécurisé pour le peuple palestinien, avec Jérusalem comme capitale commune aux deux.

La mesure la plus récente de l’Église épiscopale en ce qui concerne le processus de paix israélo-palestinien a été prise lors de la Convention générale de juin 2015. La Résolution B013 « réaffirme la vocation de l’église en tant qu’agent de réconciliation et de justice restauratrice » et reconnait qu’« une réconciliation significative peut aider à engendrer une paix durable à long terme et que cette réconciliation doit porter à la fois sur une action politique et sur des initiatives au niveau local ».

La Résolution C018 exprime la solidarité et le soutien aux Chrétiens en Israël et dans les territoires occupés par Israël, appuie le travail accompli par le Diocèse épiscopal de Jérusalem en matière de guérison, d’éducation et de soins pastoraux et appuie le travail des Chrétiens qui participent au renforcement des relations, au dialogue interconfessionnel, à la formation à la non-violence et à la défense des droits des Palestiniens.

La résolution invite également les Épiscopaliens à faire preuve de solidarité en se rendant en pèlerinage en Israël et dans les territoires occupés par Israël et en s’informant auprès de nos frères chrétiens dans la région.

En sus de la politique officielle de l’Église épiscopale, plusieurs diocèses et réseaux se sont également engagés dans des partenariats et la défense des droits en Terre Sainte, tout particulièrement en soutenant le Diocèse épiscopal de Jérusalem et sa trentaine d’organisations de services sociaux partout dans toute la région, en Israël, en Jordanie, au Liban, en Syrie et dans les territoires palestiniens. Parmi ces organisations figurent des écoles, des hôpitaux, des cliniques et des centres pour personnes handicapées.

Le diocèse et les organisations reçoivent également  le soutien de l’American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, une association apolitique à but non lucratif créée en 1985.

Le réseau Palestine Israel Network qui fait partie de l’Episcopal Peace Fellowship, a fait campagne pour une politique de l’église plus vigoureuse visant à mettre fin à l’occupation, mais l’Église épiscopale n’a pas soutenu ses appels aux boycotts et au retrait des investissements dans des entreprises israéliennes qui profitent de l’occupation. En lieu et place, l’Église épiscopale soutient une politique d’investissement positif.

« Près de 50 années d’occupation ont érodé et continueront d’éroder l’âme des occupés et des occupants » ont déclaré les leaders chrétiens dans leur lettre de septembre aux candidats à la présidence. « Pour apaiser les tensions, nous vous invitons à soutenir les échanges entre les peuples et à stopper certaines mesures d’occupation qui se traduisent par d’importantes violations des droits de l’homme, telles les démolitions de résidences, les saisies systématiques de terres, les restrictions aux déplacements, le blocus de Gaza et la détention administrative indéfinie, notamment la détention de personnes de moins de 18 ans.

« Nous prions, alors que vous vous préparez à assumer les lourdes charges de gouvernement, pour que vous trouviez la sagesse, la force et la détermination de rechercher de nouvelles voies vers une paix juste et durable tant pour les Israéliens que pour les Palestiniens ».

Churches for Middle East Peace encourage toutes les croyants à se joindre aux Leaders chrétiens et à inviter les candidats à la présidence de 2016 à s’engager, s’ils sont élus, à engager de façon urgente de nouvelles démarches vigoureuses pour rechercher des solutions politiques innovantes qui favorisent une paix juste et durable en Israël et en Palestine.

Le texte intégral de la lettre en anglais se trouve ci-dessous.

Letter from Christian Leaders to the Presidential Candidates (September, 2016)

Dear Secretary Hillary Clinton, Governor Gary Johnson, Dr. Jill Stein, and Mr. Donald Trump:

As American church leaders, we are writing to you and other candidates for President of the United States in the upcoming November election to express our deep concern about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Israeli military occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza, now in its 50th year. We ask that during the coming political campaign that you pledge, if elected, to take urgent and vigorous new steps to seek creative political solutions that will foster a just and lasting peace and help each party to realize self-determination with necessary confidence building measures to build mutual security.

We lament the violence perpetrated by both Israelis and Palestinians. Both sides have engaged in incitement. Both sides live in mutual fear. Ongoing settlement expansion that has led to 570,000 Israelis living in East Jerusalem and the West Bank is eroding the viability of the two-state solution.   The blockade of Gaza has led to immense human suffering. This status quo is clearly contrary to global security interests, including those of the U.S., and a source of violent extremism throughout the region. In addition, the daily indignities and stresses of the occupation foster human suffering and have led to emigration from the small but vital Palestinian Christian community.

Only Israelis and Palestinians themselves can decide upon the details of a lasting and just peace agreement. However, given the imbalance of power and history of deep mutual distrust, there will not be progress toward an agreement unless other steps also are taken. Because of its power and influence, the U.S. has a special responsibility for leadership, in cooperation with Europeans and interested Arab states, to move the two sides toward an agreement which will remove this source of conflict once and for all.

As an urgent first step, we hope you will speak forcefully and provide the leadership of your office, if elected, to call openly for an end of violence and settlement expansion. Almost 50 years of occupation have and will continue to erode the soul of both the occupied and the occupier. To ease tensions, we urge you to support people-to-people exchanges and the end of practices under the occupation that result in major human rights abuses, such as home demolitions, systematic land seizures, travel restrictions, the blockade of Gaza, and indefinite administrative detention, including detention of persons under eighteen.

We pray that, as you look forward to the heavy burdens of leadership, you will find the wisdom, strength and persistence to seek new avenues toward a just and durable peace for Israelis and Palestinians alike.

Very respectfully,

Archbishop Vicken Aykazian
Armenian Orthodox Church of North America

Bishop Oscar Cantú
Chairman, Committee on International Justice and Peace
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Archbishop of Oklahoma City Paul S. Coakley
Chairman of the Board
Catholic Relief Services

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church

Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer
General Minister and President
United Church of Christ

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
Presiding Bishop
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Rev. Jim Greenfield, OSFS
President
Conference of Major Superiors of Men

Rev. Julia Brown Karimu
Co-Executive
Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ

Reverend John L. McCullough
President and CEO
Church World Service

Rev. Dr. Elizabeth D. Miller
President
Moravian Church Northern Province

Rev. Dr. James A Moos
Executive Minister, Wider Church Ministries, Co-Executive Global Ministries
United Church of Christ

Very Reverend Kevin Mullen, OFM
Vice-Chair
English Speaking Conference, Franciscan Friars (OFM)

Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson
Stated Clerk of the General Assembly
Presbyterian Church (USA)

Bishop Bruce R. Ough
President, Council of Bishops
The United Methodist Church

Diane Randall
Executive Secretary
Friends Committee on National Legislation

Sr. Joan Marie Steadman, CSC
Executive Director
Leadership Conference of Women Religious

Rev. Dr. Ervin R. Stutzman
Executive Director
Mennonite Church USA

Dr. Steven Timmermans
Executive Director
Christian Reformed Church in North America

Dr. Leanne Van Dyk
President
Columbia Theological Seminary

Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins
General Minister and President
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Jim Winkler
President and General Secretary
National Council of Churches

Episcopal Church in South Carolina welcomes new provisional bishop

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 4:15pm

Clergy gather before the altar for the investiture of Bishop Skip Adams, left, on Sept. 10. With him are (left to right) Bishop Dean E. Wolfe, vice president of the House of Bishops and bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas; Bishop Charles G. vonRosenberg, the outgoing provisional bishop of the diocese; the Very Rev. Michael Wright, dean of Grace Church Cathedral; and Bishop J. Michael Garrison, retired 10th bishop of the Diocese of Western New York. Photo: The Episcopal Church in South Carolina

[The Episcopal Church in South Carolina press release] The Rt. Rev. Gladstone B. “Skip” Adams III was elected by acclamation and invested as the provisional bishop for The Episcopal Church in South Carolina on Sept. 10.

“We are going to continue to look out, and to look beyond, and to trust whatever the future holds, because we know that future is held by God,” Adams told Episcopalians from across eastern South Carolina who gathered at Grace Church Cathedral in Charleston.Adams is the successor to Bishop Charles G. vonRosenberg, who led the diocese for 3-1/2 years as Provisional Bishop, guiding it through a period of reorganization after a group of churches and individuals announced they were breaking away from the Church in 2012.

Adams is the successor to Bishop Charles G. vonRosenberg, who led the diocese for 3.5 years as provisional bishop, guiding it through a period of reorganization after a group of churches and individuals announced they were breaking away from the church in 2012.

Adams officially retires in October after serving 15 years as the 10th bishop of Central New York. Meanwhile, he has taken up residence in Charleston and begun his new duties as provisional bishop. He and his wife, Bonnie, were welcomed by more than 200 people at a reception the evening of Sept. 9 at Church of the Holy Communion in Charleston. (View photos of the reception)

Following the usual procedure for provisional bishops, Adams was the only nominee put forward at the special convention of the diocese on Sept. 10, which was called to order by VonRosenberg. (View a photo album of the Special Convention and liturgy)

The Rev. Jean McGraw, president of the Standing Committee, said Adams was the unanimous choice of the committee, who she said “saw Bishop Adams as a spiritual leader, a man of prayer, and open to the Holy Spirit. He exuded a peaceful, calm demeanor, and much inner strength.”

The election was followed by a festive celebration of Holy Eucharist and an investiture liturgy. (Video of the service is here.)

Preaching and presiding at the service was the Rt. Rev. Dean E. Wolfe, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas. As vice president of the House of Bishops, he led the investiture on behalf of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. He also brought words of encouragement for the reorganized diocese, which now includes 31 congregations and some 7,000 members.

“You know, you all are my heroes. You’re the people who get up early and stay up late to be The Episcopal Church in South Carolina,” Wolfe said in his sermon (text and video here).

“This is a place where your deep faith has been challenged and your strongest loyalties have been questioned,” Wolfe said.  “…You picked up your cross and followed Christ.”
Later in the service, Adams was formally seated in the cathedral by Dean Michael Wright. He then offered a tribute to VonRosenberg and his wife Annie.

“I am very clear that I could not be here celebrating with all of you without huge amounts of work being done… we wouldn’t be here without them,” Adams said.

He also thanked the people of the diocese for the welcome that he and Bonnie have received.  “There is nothing greater than experiencing the love of God through God’s people,” he said.

“Anywhere that I have ever served in my 36 years of ordained ministry, Bonnie and I have fallen in love and we have been loved. And we look forward to falling in love with you.”

As a concluding reflection, Bishop Adams offered an image from hockey legend Wayne Gretzky: “Never skate to where the puck is. Always skate to where the puck is going.”

“I know that’s not a perfect science – it’s not always clear where the puck is going,” Adams said. “But I trust the Holy Spirit to lead us to where that puck is going… and that’s where we will go.”

Easton notified of successful canonical consent process

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 3:40pm

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry and registrar of General Convention, the Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, have notified the Diocese of Easton that Bishop Santosh K. Marry has received the required majority of consents in the canonical consent process.

Marray was elected bishop of Easton on June 11.  His investiture service is scheduled for Oct. 15; Curry will officiate.

In Canon III.11.4 (b), Standing Committees, in consenting to the ordination and consecration, attest they are “fully sensible of how important it is that the Sacred Order and Office of a Bishop should not be unworthily conferred, and firmly persuaded that it is our duty to bear testimony on this solemn occasion without partiality, do, in the presence of Almighty God, testify that we know of no impediment on account of which the Reverend A.B. ought not to be ordained to that Holy Office. We do, moreover, jointly and severally declare that we believe the Reverend A.B. to have been duly and lawfully elected and to be of such sufficiency in learning, of such soundness in the Faith, and of such godly character as to be able to exercise the Office of a Bishop to the honor of God and the edifying of the Church, and to be a wholesome example to the flock of Christ.”

Working group reviews relations between WCC and Roman Catholics

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 12:35pm

[Anglican Communion News Service] The relationship between the World Council of Churches and the Roman Catholic Church is being reviewed in a five-day meeting beginning today at the Ecumenical Centre in Switzerland.

Full article.

Church in Wales invests in new safeguarding strategy

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 12:33pm

[Anglican Communion News Service] A new safeguarding strategy to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults will be launched by the Church in Wales tomorrow (Wednesday). The church has strengthened its team of safeguarding officers and now has a head of safeguarding, Elaine Cloke, as well as two provincial safeguarding officers for north and south Wales who will respond to safeguarding concerns and allegations. In addition, there are additional safeguarding support officers based in each of the province’s six dioceses.

Full article.

Communion anglicane : Le Groupe de travail tient sa première réunion pour « le maintien du dialogue »

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 12:14pm

Les membres du groupe de travail de l’Archevêque de Cantorbéry se retrouvent au Bureau de la Communion anglicane à Londres pour leur première réunion. Photo : ACNS

[Anglican Communion News Service] Le Groupe de travail pour « le maintien du dialogue » créé à la suite de la réunion des Primats en janvier s’est réuni pour la première fois et a rappelé sa volonté de travailler ensemble. Mais il a reconnu que le processus allait prendre du temps et ne pouvait pas être précipité.

Les primats avaient demandé à l’Archevêque de Cantorbéry Justin Welby d’instaurer ce groupe dans le but de renouer les relations, restaurer la confiance mutuelle, guérir le passif de souffrance et explorer les divergences profondes. L’Archevêque Welby a présenté la requête du groupe à la 16e réunion du Conseil consultatif anglican qui s’est tenue à Lusaka en avril où elle a été reçue et approuvée. Cette semaine, sept membres du groupe se sont réunis au Bureau de la Communion anglicane à Londres. Un huitième membre s’est joint au groupe par vidéoconférence.

« Ce que nous essayons de faire ici est de refléter ce que nous souhaitons pour la Communion tout entière » déclare la Révérende Linda Nicholls, évêque coadjuteur pour les Hurons de l’Église anglicane du Canada. « Nous essayons de mettre en pratique ici notre engagement les uns envers les autres qui est ce que nous désirons ardemment pour la Communion dans son ensemble  ».

L’Archevêque Ian Ernest de la Province de l’Océan Indien confie que les échanges au sein du groupe ont été francs et ouverts.

« Ce qui est apparu très clairement est le niveau de transparence que nous avons au sein du groupe. Nous avons pu être francs et parler ouvertement de nos différences » ajoute-t-il. « Nous reconnaissons également la richesse de la Communion. Et nous aimons tous notre Communion – c’est ce qui nous lie les uns aux autres ».

L’Évêque Paul Sarker, modérateur de l’Église du Bangladesh est du même avis. « Nos cultures et nos contextes sont très différents et nous exprimons notre spiritualité différemment mais nous progressons ensemble » déclare-t-il.

L’Évêque Primat de l’Église épiscopale Michael Curry a reconnu que trouver des solutions prendait du temps.

« Les remèdes miracles n’apportent pas de solutions à long terme » dit-t-il. « Les solutions à long terme requièrent un travail de longue haleine. Lorsqu’il s’agit de relations, on ne peut construire, renouer ou réparer d’un jour à l’autre. C’est pourquoi nous allons prendre le temps qu’il faudra – mais nous allons y parvenir.

« Je suis venu à Londres dans l’attente et avec l’espoir que nous allions trouver les moyens d’aller véritablement au plus profond de notre relation avec Jésus-Christ. Je suis convaincu que plus nous nous rapprochons de Dieu dans le Christ, plus nous allons nous rapprocher les uns des autres ».

Lorsqu’on lui a demandé s’il estimait que des progrès avaient été réalisés, l’Évêque Curry a répondu « Et bien, nous sommes ici et nous nous en occupons ! »

Reprenant un negro-spiritual américain, il ajoute : « Nous allons juste avancer pas à pas, comme une chenille. La leçon [de la chanson] c’est que la chenille continue d’avancer, lentement et régulièrement. Ne vous attendez pas à ce que les choses se produisent d’un jour à l’autre. Nous sommes engagés envers l’Église anglicane. Nous croyons à l’importance de la Communion pour l’amour de l’Évangile et du monde ».

En réfléchissant à la diversité, la Chanoine Rosemary Mbogo, secrétaire provinciale de l’Église anglicane du Kenya, précise qu’il n’y a aucun groupe au sein de la Communion anglicane dont le point de vue ne sera pas pris en compte.

« Cela est vraiment nécessaire si nous parlons de guérison, de marche et de travail en commun dans une Communion unifiée » dit-elle, ajoutant qu’elle est satisfaite des progrès accomplis. « Tout se passe bien. Nous avons abordé un grand nombre de questions concernant notre compréhension les uns des autres et de ceux que nous représentons. Nous avons appris à nous connaître les uns les autres en passant du temps ensemble. Il y a véritablement de l’espoir – j’en suis convaincue ».

L’Archevêque Ernest acquiesce : « Cela a dépassé mes espérances » dit-il.

L’Évêque Josiah Idowu-Fearon, Sécrétaire général de la Communion anglicane, déclare qu’il est reconnaissant aux participants pour les sacrifices qu’ils ont du faire pour assister à la réunion. Il s’est félicité des progrès accomplis au cours des entretiens.

« Je trouve très encourageant le degré de confiance que l’on commence à ressentir et également l’espoir exprimé par les participants » ajoute-t-il.

Le groupe a souligné l’importance de la prière dans le travail qu’ils ont accompli.

« Nous nous sommes engagés à prier les uns pour les autres » rapporte l’Archevêque Philip Freier de l’Église anglicane d’Australie. « On peut penser qu’il ne s’agit que d’un festival de bonnes intentions. Mais cette [prière] est une action profonde dans la ligne du thème choisi ».

Rosemary Mbogo convient que la prière était à la base des travaux du groupe et qu’il était essentiel de connaître la volonté de Dieu pour être guidé.

« Le temps que nous avons passé ici a été immergé dans la prière, ajoute l’Évêque Curry, c’est toujours une formule qui donne de meilleurs résultats ».

L’Archevêque de Cantorbéry a officiellement accueilli le groupe et a prié pour les participants avant que les entretiens ne commencent mardi. Il a également assisté à la première séance pendant laquelle il a insisté sur le fait qu’il n’y avait aucun ordre du jour préétabli et qu’il appartenait au groupe de nommer son président.

L’Évêque Idowu-Fearon a animé le groupe et assuré les fonctions de secrétaire. Le groupe est convenu que le poste de président serait assuré à tour de rôle. Le neuvième membre du groupe, l’Archevêque Ng Moon Hing de la Province du Sud-est asiatique, était dans l’impossibilité d’y assister. Le modérateur de l’Église de l’Inde du Sud, l’Évêque Govada Dyvasirvadam, n’y participera pas en raison des allégations auxquelles il dit faire face en Inde.

Il est prévu que le groupe se réunisse chaque année avec des réunions supplémentaires par voie électronique. La date de la prochaine réunion reste à confirmer.

Public ministry in practice

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 11:58am

[Episcopal News Service] How to conduct one-on-one conversations, how to run a meeting, how to listen and understand self-interest are just some of the skills learned by seminarians and others who train for community organizing.

In 2013, Church Divinity School of the Pacific began offering a weeklong course, “Organizing for Public Ministry,” in partnership with the Industrial Areas Foundation. IAF is a well-established network of faith and community-based organizations that trains leaders and empowers communities.

“The IAF training got my feet on the ground and into the community from the moment I arrived into a new, mission-focused role, in a place unfamiliar to me,” said the Rev. Twila Smith, who serves as priest-in-charge of Grace Episcopal Church and as a missioner at Church of the Mediator, both in Allentown, Pennsylvania. “I knew how to build collaborative relationships in the community and began ‘one-on-ones’ with neighbors and potential partners the first week.”

Aaron Klinefelter (foreground right) with a group of pastors and leaders he used to co-facilitate in the Diocese of Southern Ohio before he and his family moved to Berkeley for him to attend CDSP. Photo: Aaron Kleinfelter

CDSP, the Episcopal seminary in Berkeley, California, initially offered the weeklong training as an elective. Beginning with the fall 2016 semester, it’s a requirement.

The training isn’t intended to provide participants an opportunity for personal transformation, although it often does change the way they view societal structures.

“The real change is lived out after the training – that’s really where the rubber hits the road,” said Anna Eng, a Bay Area IAF lead organizer. “We don’t organize these trainings so that people can have an experience. We really challenge people to think about how this is going to impact the way that they operate in their ministry back home.”

What encourages her, Eng said, is when she meets people six months or a year later and “they are still mulling what they learned, or they are practicing individual meetings. They’re engaging differently with public officials. That’s where the change actually happens. Certainly, people have ‘aha moments’ and get agitated and think differently – that’s very, very common – but I’m more interested in knowing what they do with it.”

Anne Clarke, a 2015 graduate of CDSP, took the course in 2013. She uses what she learned during the course in her job as lifelong Christian formation coordinator, a new position in Diocese of Northern California.

“I have spent a lot of time one-on-one connecting with others and bringing people with similar concerns together,” she said in a telephone interview with Episcopal News Service. “I cannot provide programming for everyone, but I can provide a deeper sense of connectedness.”

When Clarke moved to Sacramento she sought out local IAF organizers, people she could talk to about challenges such as the time it takes to build relationships, to get to know others, to establish trust. The training, she said, has helped her to communicate better and to form a framework for moving from one-on-one conversations to bringing groups together to accomplish things people cannot accomplish alone.

The IAF broad-based community organizing training that seminarians receive is not issue-oriented. It focuses on building relationships and determining common concerns. It’s a long process, and it doesn’t hinge on an individual. Jennifer Snow, CDSP’s director of extended learning and an assistant professor of practical theology, says that cannot be emphasized enough.

The Rev. Twila Smith with Sydney Davis, a member of Episcopal Church of the Mediator. Smith and Davis visited Philadelphia last spring to learn more about refugee resettlement in advance of opening a Refugee Community Center at Church of the Mediator in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The center opens Sept. 17. Photo: Twila Smith

One of the pre-course readings assigned to seminarians is an unpublished paper written by a Presbyterian pastor who for seven years worked with a congregation in Michigan. She led her congregation to become an IAF member and to become active the community, but when she left, she discovered that the work had no roots without her.

“In fact, people didn’t like it. They didn’t understand it. They were eager to get out of it,” said Snow, adding the pastor hadn’t done the groundwork to get congregation invested in the work, which is something Snow wants the seminarians to understand at the outset.

“I want them to be thinking from day one – you know you as the leader can say, ‘yeah, we’re going to do this,’ because you might have the power and the influence in the congregation,” she said. “But how are you going to get the entire congregation to understand what you are doing and invest in it beyond your personal charisma or personal position of power?”

IAF  designed the training for people who are becoming active in community institutions; it’s not specifically for congregations, though a lot of IAF member institutions are congregations. The language is not theological, and it doesn’t address the dynamics of congregations or their resistance to community organizing.

From after-school tutoring programs to homeless shelters, food pantries, soup kitchens and community gardens, Episcopal churches nationwide provide services in their communities. Still, most of these ministries exist within parish walls. To prepare future leaders for ministry beyond the parish walls is a priority for CDSP.

“Leaders in ministry have a public role and that it’s part of our job to help our students to know how to handle that,” said the Rev. Susanna Singer, an associate professor of ministry development and the director for CDSP’s Doctor of Ministry program. “How does a religious leader handle public conversation and leadership in the public sphere without crossing lines inappropriately, but also without selling the church down the river and refusing to do that thing that we’re perfectly within our rights to do legally and we’re absolutely called to do by God?”

Through the development of its new curriculum, faculty members considered public discourse, action and collaboration, along with contextual awareness and critical reflection, the latter which is something IAF does well, she added.

In the two congregations Smith serves, she said the IAF approach, as well as her Asset-Based Community Development training, helps.

“To understand values and power, and to learn the interests of the parishes,” she said. “Holding that alongside our Baptismal Covenant. We’re having hard conversations about how we live as we say we believe. Enacting our faith calls upon us, I believe, to look inside the church at how we use power, too. And the IAF training helped me not only see that but to see avenues for change.”

One of the challenges Smith faces is that the majority of the people in church on Sunday mornings do not live and work in the church neighborhood.

“The IAF training helps in examining not only who but where we are called to be the church,” said Smith. “The IAF training emphasizes an active voice – and mobilized bodies – for living the gospel.”

— Lynette Wilson is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service.

Episcopal Church webcast to discuss refugee resettlement on Sept. 14

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 11:06am

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Be sure to tune into a live webcast discussion, One United People: A Dialogue on Refugee Resettlement and Faithful Welcome, on Wednesday, Sept. 14, sponsored by Episcopal Migration Ministries.  A panel of refugee resettlement practitioners, congregational leaders, and recently arrived refugees will discuss ways in which Episcopalians and faith communities around the United States welcome refugees.

Access to the webcast is available here.

Originating from the Episcopal Church Center in New York City, the 90-minute free webcast begins at 2 p.m. Eastern/1 p.m. Central/Noon Mountain/11 a.m. Pacific time.

Questions can be emailed during the discussion to TECQ&A@episcopalchurch.org. The webcast will be available for viewing afterward here.

Tweet during the webcast with @EMMRefugees and @TheEPPN using #FaithfulWelcome

For more information contact Allison Duvall, Episcopal Migration Ministries manager for church relations and engagement, at aduvall@episcopalchurch.org.

United Nations Summit
One United People: A Dialogue on Refugee Resettlement and Faithful Welcome is being held in advance of the Sept. 19 United Nations General Assembly’s Summit to Address Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants. As the world faces the largest refugee crisis since World War II, the international community is gathering at the U.N. General Assembly’s summit to adopt a political declaration to develop safe and orderly responses to large movements of refugees and migrants that uphold the dignity of every person. Resettlement is identified in the declaration as one aspect of a successful response to these movements.

The U.N. Summit for Refugees and Migrants will be live webcast. For more information, visit the Summit website here. 

Le Magazine Anglican : Émission de septembre

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 5:32am

Les drapeaux en berne, sur la Promenade des Anglais, après l’attentat du 14 juillet.

Fréquence Protestante

En France comme aux Etats-Unis, un été meurtrier, bien qu’émaillé d’événements d’une tonalité plus ludique, voire glamour. Avec Harriet Rivière, membre du Vestry de la Cathédrale de la Sainte Trinité à Paris, la Magazine Anglican s’intéresse aux réactions des épiscopaliens/anglicans aux événements heureux ou tragiques, de juin à septembre 2016.

Fin juin, à l’issue du référendum sur le maintien ou non dans l’Union européenne, les primats des quatre églises membres de la Communion Anglicane ont appelé les citoyens du Royaume-Uni à rester unis. Car, les opinions et les votes se sont opposés, quelques fois violemment, entre l’Angleterre et le Pays de Galles d’une part en faveur du Brexit, l’Écosse et l’Irlande du Nord d’autre part en faveur du maintien.

Le Magazine Anglican s’interroge sur l’impact de l’engagement religieux de la nouvelle première ministre dans les futures négociations avec l’Europe, Theresa May comme Angela Merkel étant filles de pasteurs.

Début juillet, tandis qu’Olivia de Haviland, (la Mélanie d’Autant en Emporte le Vent), paroissienne de la Cathédrale de la Sainte Trinité, fêtait ses 100 ans à Paris, une déferlante comparable à celle du film culte de Victor Fleming, s’abattait sur la France : le Pokemon Go.

Là encore des divergences sont apparues, cette fois entre les églises épiscopales d’Europe et celles des États-Unis, quant à la nature de l’accueil à réserver aux dresseurs de petites créatures virtuelles dans leurs espaces, eux bien réels.

Un mois de juillet tragique en France avec l’attentat de Nice. L’église Holy Trinity de Nice dont les paroissiens ont financé, en 1823, le construction de la promenade des Anglais a réuni sa congrégation pour des lectures bibliques et des prières pour les 86 victimes et leurs familles.

La congrégation a entonné le fameux hymne Abide with me, composé à Nice en 1847, par le Révérend Henry Francis Lyte.

Bloody July (comme l’a titré the Living Church), un mois mortel notamment en Louisiane, au Minnesota et au Texas. Des morts du côté des noirs comme des forces de police aux États-Unis.

Et en réaction, deux initiatives exemplaires d’églises épiscopales :

à Atlanta

à Washington

Sans oublier, en août, les nouvelles du Brésil ou d’Espagne. À découvrir dans le Magazine Anglican de septembre sur :

Fréquence Protestante

Le Magazine Anglican est diffusé, le 2e samedi du mois, à l’antenne parisienne de Fréquence Protestante. Via la radio numérique, chaque émission est accessible pendant six mois, aux auditeurs francophones d’Europe, d’Amérique, d’Afrique et d’Océanie.

Animé depuis 2012, par Laurence Moachon, paroissienne de la Cathédrale de la Sainte Trinité à Paris, le Magazine Anglican a pour objectif de mieux faire connaître la tradition anglicane / épiscopale.

Bulletin inserts for Sept. 18: Welcoming Week and Episcopal Migration Ministries

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 2:12pm

Bulletin inserts for Sept. 18, the eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, focus on Welcoming Week and Episcopal Migration Ministries, the refugee resettlement service of the Episcopal Church.

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These weekly bulletin inserts provide information about the history, music, liturgy, mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church.

Bulletin inserts for Sept. 18: Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

On any given day, in a number of American communities, in local non-profit organizations large and small, smiles and laughter can be heard in classrooms where newcomers practice English conversation.

“Good morning, how are you?”  I am fine, and you?” “I am well. It is a nice day.”

Down another hall, you might visit an office, where a case worker meets with a young family as they balance their monthly budget. There is cause for celebration: the father and mother have not only found work and good childcare, but their monthly income exceeds their expenses.

Outside in the parking lot, colors and shapes and textures fly about amid a gathering of women, who sit, talking and laughing, as they weave. American weavers alongside Bhutanese weavers. Volunteers join in the fun, ‘ooo-ing’ and ‘ah-ing’ at the creations of hats, and gloves, and scarves. As each piece is finished, the volunteers tag it with a price. This colorful effort is a microenterprise, providing the Bhutanese women a source of income and a community of friends.

This is the work of welcome, the ministry of refugee resettlement. Episcopal Migration Ministries, the refugee resettlement service of The Episcopal Church, works in partnership with 30 local affiliate organizations, who in turn work with countless community partners, volunteers, and congregations, to welcome refugees to their communities as neighbors and new Americans.

September 16-25 is national Welcoming Week, a time for all Americans to celebrate with our immigrant and refugee neighbors the spirit, determination, grit, and the contributions they bring to our communities. Join in one of hundreds of Welcoming Week events being hosted across the country, or reach out to your nearest refugee resettlement office to ask how you can be part of the work of welcome.

See yourself in that English classroom, encouraging students as they improve their conversation skills. See yourself teaching a financial literacy class, assisting your new neighbors as they learn to open a bank account, balance their checkbook, and pay their bills. Or, find yourself outdoors in the crisp fall air, joining in the celebration of a weaving circle.

Welcoming Week is a time for all of us to celebrate how each of us, born in this country or new immigrants pursuing the American dream, contributes to weaving the beautiful tapestry that is America.

Happy Welcoming Week!

For more information about Episcopal Migration Ministries, contact Allison Duvall, Manager for Church Relations and Engagement, aduvall@episcopalchurch.org, 212-716-6027.

CPG appoints William F. Murray senior vice president and general manager of The Church Insurance Companies

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 2:09pm

[Church Pension Group press release] The Church Pension Group (CPG), a financial services organization that serves the Episcopal Church and its people, today announced the appointment of William “Bill” F. Murray as senior vice president and general manager of The Church Insurance Companies (CIC). In this role, he will be responsible for the management and oversight of CIC, which provides property and liability coverage for Episcopal Church institutions. He will report directly to CPG’s chief operating officer, Frank Armstrong, and will be based in Bennington, Vermont. Murray will replace Rod Webster, current senior vice president and general manager of CIC, who recently announced his intention to retire.

“I am pleased to welcome Bill to CPG as the new head of The Church Insurance Companies,” said Armstrong. “His industry knowledge and expertise will help us continue our commitment to service and financial sustainability. Our efforts to provide competitive property and casualty insurance offerings, coupled with comprehensive risk management tools and strategies, will be at the forefront of Bill’s efforts while serving our clients.

“I also wish to thank Rod for his leadership and for his dedication and focus on client service over the past 20 years. We wish him the very best in his retirement,” added Armstrong.

Prior to CPG, Murray served as chief underwriting officer, casualty/public risk, of Houston Casualty Company, a provider of property and casualty insurance products and services. Before this, he held senior management positions in several midsize insurance organizations throughout the United States. He also served as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy, and was a Lance Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Murray holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Loyola University of Chicago and is a graduate of the executive management program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

CDSP prepares seminarians for public life

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 1:47pm

[Episcopal News Service] Preparing future priests to lead congregations in today’s world also means training them for public life at Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California.

Two years ago the seminary began an overhaul of its curriculum, refocusing its Master of Divinity program on three core Christian concepts: mission, discipleship and evangelism. Along with that, it committed to educating seminarians in the skills of critical reflection, contextual analysis and public conversation, for which training them in community organizing plays a role.

The Very Rev. W. Mark Richardson, the president and dean of Church Divinity School of the Pacific, during last year’s Industrial Areas Foundation training. Photo: CDSP

“We were trying to make a shift in our curriculum and were looking for a tighter fit between the life of faith and public life,” said the Very Rev. W. Mark Richardson, the president and dean of CDSP, in an interview in his office with Episcopal News Service.

“To develop confident leaders at the interface of faith and public life … that’s a 21st-century way, we think, of approaching the question of mission,” he added.

For many Episcopalians, it’s clear that to be the church in the world means to be present in the communities and to take an active interest in improving people’s lives. In recent years, some Episcopal bishops increasingly have called for their clergy not only to be pastors but to be entrepreneurs, public theologians and faith-based community organizers.

“Bishops were saying increasingly that community organizing is a good thing,” said the Rev. Susanna Singer, an associate professor of ministry development and the director for CDSP’s Doctor of Ministry program. “We’ve always had our seminarians do clinical pastoral education in hospitals to learn the in-depth pastoral skills, but some bishops started to say that we want them to learn in-depth organizing skills.”

The Christian faith, she added, is all about God’s vision of flourishing for humanity and the cosmos. “It means that the body of Christ, which is us now, has got to get out there now and be involved in the communities in which we live because that’s where God’s dream is going to come true.”

To train its seminarians, CDSP turned for help to the Industrial Areas Foundation, a network of faith and community-based organizations that has trained leaders and empowered communities since 1940.

In 2013, the seminary and IAF began offering the weeklong Organizing for Public Ministry course based on the national IAF leadership training in the religious, educational, labor and community context. Previously a six-day elective, beginning this fall it’s a requirement for incoming seminarians.

“The intention is to train ordinary people both in giving them a conceptual framework for thinking about issues of power and self-interest and leadership as well as some of the practical skills of engaging people who are different than you out in the broader world,” said Anna Eng, lead organizer for the Bay Area Industrial Areas Foundation, in a telephone interview with ENS.

Participants learn, she added, how to lead a meeting and have productive conversations. Many IAF leaders come from a religious context, so partnering with the seminary, which in addition to the practical training, facilities a theological discussion, makes sense.

CDSP not only offers the course, it’s also an IAF member.

The course focuses on developing skills, tools, and theoretical and reflective capacities for community organizing around multiple issues in the context of ministry. IAF leaders provide the practical nuts-and-bolts training and CDSP faculty lead theological reflections.

Jennifer Snow, CDSP’s director of extended learning and an assistant professor of practical theology, facilitated the theological reflections during the last year’s IAF training. Photo: CDSP

Jennifer Snow, CDSP’s director of extended learning and an assistant professor of practical theology, facilitated the theological reflections during the latest IAF training. Seminarians participate in a daily theological reflection. They write papers preceding and following the training and are required to read assigned articles and books, including Jeffrey Stout’s “Blessed Are the Organized: Grassroots Democracy in America.”

In the first paper, based on the readings, seminarians reflect on the relationship between broad-based community organizing and faithful leadership. Most seminarians say, “working for social justice is important, therefore community organizing is important,” not realizing they conflate the two, said Snow.

“Community organizing is a strategy for working for justice,” she said, students making the distinction is a desired outcome of the course. “They should be able to realize and articulate why this as a strategy has a biblical and theological mandate for faith communities, not that it’s the same thing.”

It’s an important distinction to make: Community organizing is a specific strategy that emerges from a specific context and specific needs, said Snow.

“If you go into it thinking, ‘I have to work for justice because the Book of Micah tells me so, and Jesus tells me so, and, therefore, I have to do community organizing,’ that’s in the end not very convincing,” she said. “Because community organizing is a specific strategy not only about working for justice but about approaching power in a relational way as opposed to a ‘power over’ way.”

As it turns out, changing people’s perception of power is critical.

“It involves thinking differently about power: building relationships with people, inviting people in to share the power with you as a leader. It’s a very specific strategy about trying to reach a more just society in our particular context,” Snow said.

Understanding and embracing power as a positive force initially can be an unsettling process.

“Most of us have a negative connotation with power because we’ve been on the losing end of it and we’ve seen it abused,” said Eng, adding that power is not an innately bad thing.

“Power is actually very good. You cannot do anything without power,” she said. “From the Christian tradition, the entire Bible is full of examples of a powerful God operating through a powerful people who are hesitant to exercise their power. So in many ways, it’s getting back into the Christian tradition.

“Part of it is helping people reclaim that, the notion of the power that raised Christ from the dead is within you: Reclaim that, own that and not be scared by that. But we’ve seen a lot of misuse of power, and we’ve experienced it, so it makes sense that people shy away from it.”

Seminarian Sarah Thomas’s view of power changed immediately.

The Rev. Susanna Singer, an associate professor of ministry development and the director for CDSP’s Doctor of Ministry program, helped to reshape the Master of Divinity curriculum to include community organizing training. Photo: CDSP

“On the very first day, we were challenged to see how often we – especially women – give our power away the minute we open our mouths,” she wrote in an email to ENS. “I was encouraged to claim my power and speak without apologizing. This was an important lesson for me as a future leader. I learned how to build one-on-one relationships by listening deeply, allowing my curiosity to lead and asking the right questions.”

“I have become bolder and more open,” said Thomas, who lives in Santa Barbara and who takes online courses and spends four weeks on campus annually.

Founded in 1893 to train clergy for ministry in the West, CDSP is a founding member of the Graduate Theological Union. It is one of seven seminaries in northeast Berkeley just blocks from the University of California campus, with Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Orthodox, Swedenborgian and evangelical centers. GTU member school San Francisco Theological Seminary is in nearby San Anselmo, Marin County.

It’s in this ecumenical, interfaith and secular context that seminarians participate with rabbis, businessmen, students and others in the course.

“The mix of perspectives and opinions was really diverse, so that was really educational, to be in there with someone who has been in business their whole life. A retired CEO has a very different perspective than me,” said Aaron Klinefelter, a seminarian from the Diocese of Southeast Ohio.

Klinefelter, now in his second year, enrolled in seminary knowing that he would have to do more than lead a parish, that he would be expected to participate in public and community life.

“I certainly knew that going into this,” he said during an interview with ENS at Brewed Awakening, a coffee shop down the hill from the seminary, adding that this way of thinking is still somewhat new in the Episcopal Church. “I’m not sure why it’s a new thing that people are realizing that members have left the building.”

– Lynette Wilson is an editor/reporter for Episcopal News Service.

 

Large crowds witness installation of new archbishop of Congo

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 7:35am

[Anglican Communion News Service] The president and prime minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo headed a list of dignitaries at the installation of the new archbishop of the Province de L’Eglise Anglicane Du Congo – the Anglican Church in the Congo – on Sept. 11. Archbishop Masimango Katanda, the former bishop of Kindu, was elected in July. He succeeds Archbishop Henri Isingoma, who stood down for a health improvement break and return to theological academia.

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Faith leaders unite in call for U.K. action on refugees

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 7:32am

[Anglican Communion News Service] The primus of Scotland, the archbishop of Wales and former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams have called on the U.K. government “urgently to revise its policy towards refugees.” They are among a large number of Anglican bishops and clergy from the U.K. who have put their name to an open letter to British Prime Minister Theresa May. It has been signed by 224 faith leaders.

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Pese al fallo judicial contra la tribu sioux de Roca Enhiesta, las agencias federales suspenden la construcción del oleoducto

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 4:51am

[Episcopal News Service] Un juez federal falló el 9 de septiembre en contra de bloquear el trabajo en una sección de un proyecto de un oleoducto cuatriestatal que ha provocado protestas de nativoamericanos en Dakota del Norte y que ha generado atención nacional y suscitado el apoyo de líderes episcopales, entre otros.

Pero al cabo de pocas horas, tres agencias federales dijeron que suspenderían la construcción y le pedirían a la compañía constructora del oleoducto, Energy Transfer Partners, que “recesara voluntariamente” el trabajo en las tierras del gobierno, terreno que los funcionarios tribales dicen que contienen sitios de enterramiento y artefactos sagrados.

“Lo que (el juez federal de distrito James Boasberg) dictaminó se ha convertido en una cuestión polémica”, dijo el Rdo. John Floberg, canónigo misionero para la comunidad de la Iglesia Episcopal en la reserva de Roca Enhiesta (Standing Rock). “El Departamento de Justicia con el Departamento del Interior y el Cuerpo de Ingenieros del Ejército [de EE.UU.] pidieron que las construcción se detuviera a 32 kilómetros al este y a 32 kilómetros al oeste del lago Oahe hasta que todos los problemas se hubieran resuelto”.

Las agencias federales dijeron en una declaración emitida el 9 de septiembre que detendrían la construcción en respuesta a problemas presentados por la tribu sioux de la Roca Enhiesta y otras naciones tribales con respecto específicamente al Oleoducto para el Acceso a las Dakotas y en términos generales respecto a “al proceso de toma de decisiones relacionado con el oleoducto”.

“El Ejército no autorizará la construcción del Oleoducto para el Acceso a las Dakotas en terrenos al borde o debajo del lago Oahe hasta que puede determinarse si deberá reconsiderar cualquiera de sus decisiones anteriores tocante al lago Oahe en conformidad con la Ley de la Regulación Nacional del Medioambiente (NEPA por su sigla en inglés) u otras leyes federales. Por tanto, la construcción del oleoducto en tierras del Ejército que bordean o están debajo del lago Oahe no proseguirá en esta ocasión”.

“Esta es una noticia extremadamente positiva. Los oradores en la manifestación aquí en Bismarck han declarado que es una victoria”, dijo Floberg, a quien localizaron por teléfono cuando participaba en una manifestación a favor del agua potable en la capital. “El dictamen del juez le habría permitido al Cuerpo [de Ingenieros] seguir adelante, pero el Cuerpo no está obligado a otorgar el permiso”.

El fallo del juez se produjo en respuesta a la demanda de la tribu sioux de Roca Enhiesta objetando la aprobación del Cuerpo de Ingenieros del Ejército de EE.UU. al Oleoducto para el Acceso a las Dakotas. Los sioux de Roca Enhiesta arguyen que el oleoducto atraviesa tierras que le pertenecen a la tribu conforme a un tratado, que profanaría lugares sagrados y que pondría en peligro el agua potable para los 8.000 miembros que viven en las aproximadamente 930.000 hectáreas de la reserva, localizada justamente al sur de donde el oleoducto cruzaría por debajo del río Misurí.

La compañía a cargo del proyecto del oleoducto, Energy Transfer Partners, con sede en Dallas, arguye que el oleoducto es seguro, económico y necesario para transportar el petróleo de Dakota del Norte a los mercados y refinerías a través del país. El 26 de julio, los reguladores federales expidieron permisos por los que autorizaban que el oleoducto, de un coste de $3,800 millones, atravesara cuatro estados: Dakota del Norte, Dakota del Sur, Illinois y Iowa. Fue una jornada emotiva para la gente que estaba sobre el terreno en Dakota del Norte.

“El rechazo del juez federal a la solicitud de la tribu sioux de Roca Enhiesta de un mandato para suspender la construcción del oleoducto para el Acceso a las Dakotas, seguido inmediatamente por una declaración conjunta de los Departamentos de Justicia, del Ejército y del Interior haciendo exactamente eso por el momento, nos ha provocado a aquellos de nosotros que estamos en solidaridad con Roca Enhiesta una montaña rusa de emociones”, dijo Michael Smith, el obispo [episcopal] de Dakota del Norte. “Estoy consciente de las palabras del presidente de Roca Enhiesta Dave Archambault de hace unos días que ‘éste es el comienzo de un largo proceso legal’. Nosotros en la Diócesis de Dakota del Norte estamos agradecidos por el apoyo que hemos recibido en esta lucha de toda la Iglesia Episcopal y estamos conscientes que debemos proseguir. Seguiremos trabajando y orando por una resolución justa y pacífica de esta difícil situación”.

La Iglesia Episcopal se mantiene en solidaridad con otras causas por razones de justicia indígena o racial y a favor de la justicia medioambiental. Los episcopales de Roca Enhiesta han estado presentes en las protestas desde el principio. El 8 de septiembre, Heidi J. Kim, misionera de la Iglesia Episcopal para la Reconciliación Racial y el Rdo. Charles A. Wynder Jr., diácono y misionero de la Iglesia Episcopal para la Justicia y Defensa Sociales, se unieron en solidaridad con otros episcopales, la tribu sioux y miles de otros indígenas defensores de la justicia y del medioambiente en el lugar de la protesta cerca de Roca Enhiesta. Hoy, Kim y Wynder acompañaron a Floberg en la manifestación en Bismarck.

Floberg expresó su agradecimiento por el apoyo de la Iglesia Episcopal, la Iglesia Anglicana del Canadá, la Iglesia Evangélica Luterana en América, la Iglesia Metodista Unida y la Iglesia Unida de Cristo, todas las cuales han respaldado a los manifestantes (Haga un clic aquí para ver la Guía Episcopal sobre el Oleoducto para el Acceso a las Dakotas)

“Sigue siendo una batalla legal. Las protestas de protección continuarán”, dijo Floberg, añadiendo que más de 200 naciones indígenas han firmado también en apoyo a la tribu de Roca Enhiesta. “Nuestra unidad continuará y nuestra determinación de proteger el agua y los derechos acordados de la tribu sioux de Roca Enhiesta se mantienen firmes”.

La decisión de las agencias federales a raíz del fallo del juez muestra que Dios obra de manera misteriosa, dijo el Rdo. Brandon Mauai, diácono episcopal en la reserva sioux de Roca Enhiesta.

“Esta es una lucha que prosigue. [La decisión de las agencias federales] muestra que las oraciones están siendo respondidas, de la forma más inesperada”, afirmó. “Esperábamos que el juez federal fallara, y que, cuando lo hiciera, no fuera a favor nuestro. Luego tenemos que el Departamento de Justicia decide intervenir. “Eso muestra que Dios sigue respondiendo oraciones, sólo que no de la manera que habríamos esperado”.

Las agencias federales también dijeron en la declaración que el caso de Roca Enhiesta resalta la necesidad de un debate serio tocante a una reforma destinada a incorporar la opinión de las tribus en “estos tipos de proyectos de infraestructura”, entre ellos, mejores formas de incluir en las decisiones la opinión de las tribus respecto a protección de tierras, recursos y derechos acordados.

Las manifestaciones y las protestas trascienden las fronteras de Dakota del Norte. Los defensores del agua potable, los aliados de los pueblos indígenas y los que apoyan el movimiento de No al Oleoducto de Acceso de Dakota del Norte, hashtag #NoDAPL, han organizado manifestaciones en toda la nación. Un día de acción nacional está programado para el martes 13 de septiembre.

A la expectativa del fallo del 9 de septiembre, el gobernador de Dakota del Norte, Jack Dalrympl, activó un día antes a la Guardia Nacional para que ayudara a los agentes de la fuerza pública en lo que fuera menester cerca del sitio de protesta de Roca Enhiesta.

El último fin de semana, la situación se tornó violenta cuando los manifestantes se enfrentaron con los guardias de seguridad privados contratados por Energy Transfer Partners. Los guardias usaron perros y gas pimienta contra los manifestantes que se habían reunido para detener la construcción en un sitio de enterramiento de la tribu. Cuatros guardias de seguridad y dos perros resultaron lesionados en el encuentro.

El 6 de septiembre, Boasberg concedió la petición de la tribu de una suspensión temporal de las obras en la sección del oleoducto que atraviesa el río Misurí, pero permitió que continuaran en el segmento que incluía el sitio de enterramiento.

Algunos miembros de congregaciones episcopales cercanas se incorporaron a las filas de las protestas y ofrecieron su apoyo a los cientos —y a veces miles— de personas acampadas cerca de donde la compañía del oleoducto tenía planes de comenzar la construcción.

La causa ha encontrado eco con los episcopales que han estado junto al pueblo dakota desde que éste tuviera que exiliarse de Minnesota durante la guerra de EE.UU.-Dakota en 1862. Hay nueve iglesias episcopales en la reserva de Roca Enhiesta. El 5 de septiembre, la iglesias hicieron pública una carta en que expresaban su solidaridad con la nación sioux.

“Somos llamados a ser testigos. Somos llamados a ser fieles en medio del pueblo al que servimos”, decía la carta. “Somos llamados a ser guardianes del alma. En medio de este conflicto, oramos y trabajamos por la reconciliación”.

La Diócesis de Dakota del Norte emitió un comunicado el mes pasado en que expresaba su apoyo a la tribu sioux de Roca Enhiesta y el obispo primado Michael Curry siguió con una declaración, en la que definía la protesta como “la misma que nos une en la lucha en pro de la justicia y la reconciliación raciales con la justicia climática y el cuidado por la creación de Dios como una cuestión de mayordomía”.

– Lynette Wilson es redactora y reportera de Episcopal News Service. David Paulsen es un escritor independiente radicado en Milwaukee, Wisconsin, y miembro de la iglesia episcopal de la Trinidad [Trinity] en Wauwatosa. Traducción de Vicente Echerri.