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Canada: ‘Civil disobedience’ may arise if gay marriage rejected 

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 11:00am

“We’re mindful of our need to reach out to those who are going to be hurt or offended by a decision of General Synod,” says Archbishop Fred Hiltz. Photo: Tali Folkins

[Anglican Journal] Some bishops have expressed concern about the possibility that some priests may go ahead and marry gay couples in the event that a resolution changing the marriage canon to allow same-gender marriages is rejected at General Synod this summer, said Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada.

“If it’s not approved, then, as we sometimes, say…there could be some ‘civil disobedience’ on the part of clergy and parishes, and the bishops are going to have to handle that, because all of us that are ordained make a solemn promise to conform to the doctrine, discipline and worship of the Anglican Church of Canada,” Hiltz told the Anglican Journal April 12. Hiltz made the comments during an interview on the House of Bishops meeting last week, April 4–8.

Asked to clarify if by “civil disobedience” he meant same-gender marriages in defiance of a “no” vote, Hiltz replied, “That’s a possibility. Bishops are aware of that. We’re mindful of our need to reach out to those who are going to be hurt or offended by a decision of General Synod.”

Whatever the outcome of the vote at the meeting July 7–12, Hiltz said, the bishops need to be aware that the church risks losing members who may be incensed to the point of leaving. Bishops may decide to hold “post-General Synod” gatherings, which would enable people to “express what they need to express and consider how we continue to walk together,” he said.

“We have to be mindful that if it gets approved on first reading, there may be some clergy and parishes that may say, ‘That’s it—we don’t think we can be part of this church anymore.’ That’s a possibility,” he said.

“If it’s not approved, there could be people that will say that, too. I’ve had some correspondence of that nature lately.

“We’re all going into this synod knowing there will be pastoral implications no matter which way this vote goes, and every single bishop in our church has to deal with those pastoral implications,” he said.

“I know it’s difficult for people to hear me say this, but…if it doesn’t pass, the LGBT community is going to be deeply upset—if not, in fact, deeply offended,” Hiltz added. “And we will have to seize that as a challenge and an opportunity as a church to be, I think, much more deeply engaged with them in terms of their lived experience of their lived covenantal love one for another.”

To pass its first reading at General Synod this July, the resolution to allow same-sex marriages needs a two-thirds majority from all three orders—bishops, clergy and laity. On February 29, the House of Bishops announced that they were unlikely to get the needed two-thirds majority. Hiltz later told the Journal that he believed roughly a third of the church’s bishops were in favour, a third were opposed and another third were struggling with the issue.

Today, with about three months before General Synod, Hiltz suggested this still seemed to be the case.

“My own read…is that notwithstanding all the work that we’ve done in this triennium around the same-sex marriage issue and this resolution—I don’t actually see that very many of the bishops have kind of moved in their position,” he said. “Overall, a lot of the positions of the bishops for or against same-sex marriage in our church haven’t really changed.”

Although some bishops have suggested the possibility of other options beyond a vote simply in favour or opposed to changing the marriage canon, Hiltz said no clear consensus on any such option emerged out of last week’s House of Bishops meeting.

“There’s an appetite for saying, ‘Well, if we don’t amend the canon, how do we pastorally care for gay and lesbian people in our church?’ Hiltz said. “So that’s a conversation, I think, that’s continuing—it’s not one that can be rushed” in the form of a proposal, for example, for General Synod to consider this July from the House of Bishops, he said.

“We’re not anywhere near that. But my sense is that conversation is probably going to continue past General Synod.”

The Anglican Journal also spoke with Bishop Larry Robertson, of the diocese of Yukon, who said he found the opportunity to talk about the “pastoral implications” of the marriage canon vote during the bishops’ meeting.

“Regardless of what happens, people are going to be affected—whether there is a ‘no’ vote, or a ‘yes’ vote, or a delay vote or whatever it is,” he said. “We spent some time on just how do we then deal with the hurt and the pain of a result that people weren’t expecting or didn’t want.”

Many of the bishops, he explained, plan on sending out pastoral letters regardless of the vote’s outcome, and he plans on holding a day for diocesan lay and ordained leaders to sit down and talk about what happened.

The marriage canon was only one of several topics to which bishops devoted themselves at last week’s meeting. One highlight of the week, Hiltz said, was a session on dialogue with Islam that included a presentation by David Goa, director of the Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life at the University of Alberta. Among other things, Hiltz said, Goa spoke about the importance of Jesus and Mary in the Muslim tradition, and told them that religiously motivated violence was “a tragedy, a betrayal of the way they understand Allah.”

Another was a talk on the global refugee situation by Ian McBride, executive director of AURA, an alliance between the Anglican diocese of Toronto and the Toronto Conference of the United Church of Canada, aimed at helping with the settlement of refugees. Among other things, McBride informed them that there are now an estimated 60 million refugees worldwide, about four million of whom are Syrians, Hiltz said.

Robertson said he found the presentation on Islam “very interesting,” and noted that while the Yukon doesn’t have thousands of Muslims, there are “more than you would think,” due to the influx of immigrants from countries in the Middle East.

“In Whitehorse…there is a regular group of Muslims that meet on a regular basis,” he said. “The big cities have pockets and groups of Muslims.”

International recognition for Kenyan, Rwandan Anglican youth projects

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 10:45am

Bishop of Nairobi Joel Waweru receives the Anglican Communion’s new youth work recognition award from Bishop James Tengatenga, the chair of the ACC, watched on by Bishop of Lusaka David Njovu. Photo: Gavin Drake/Anglican Communion News Service

[Anglican Communion News Service] Youth projects in the Anglican provinces of Kenya and Rwanda have been chosen by African Anglicans to receive the first of a new set of Anglican Communion awards in recognition of their success in youth discipleship.

Details of the new awards were announced in February: At each meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council the provinces of the region hosting the meeting will be invited to submit entries which will be judged by the provinces of the region.

One award will recognize the success of an existing project while the other will receive a cash grant of £10,000 GBP to support innovative and embryonic schemes.

The first winners were announced last night at a dinner hosted by Bishop of Lusaka David Njovu and the Diocese of Lusaka for members of the ACC and local Christians in the grounds of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

Explaining the thinking behind the award, the chair of the ACC, Bishop James Tengatenga, told those present at the dinner that the former official youth work network of the Anglican Communion had come to a close and that the area work had been transferred to the communion’s mission department. Discussions had taken place about how youth work could be supported and reinvigorated and the concept for the award was developed.

The Council of Anglican Churches in Africa (CAPA) – the regional grouping of Anglican provinces on the continent – chose the Anglican Students’ Fellowship (ASF), a movement of Anglican students in colleges and universities for the recognition award.

The ASF, under the umbrella of the Kenya Anglican Youth Organisation (KAYO), nurtures Anglican students to act as role models for their peers and supports them through discipleship. It also ensures Anglican students remain connected to local churches while they are at universities. Its wide ranging program also includes the promotion of Christian values amongt the students and encouraging them to “collectively give back to our community and local churches.”

The Bishop of Nairobi Joel Waweru, one of the Kenyan members of the ACC, received the award from Tengatenga.

Seminary of the Southwest: Honorary degree recipients will include Presiding Bishop

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 10:29am

[Seminary of the Southwest] Seminary of the Southwest will hold its sixty-fifth commencement on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 8134 Mesa Drive in Austin. The preacher at the Holy Eucharist will be the Rt. Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee, bishop of the Diocese of Chicago.

Southwest celebrates men and women who have made outstanding contributions to the church through their leadership and example. This year, honorary degree recipients will be Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry; Secretary of the Diocese of Texas Canon John Logan; and educator, worker for justice and founding member of Austin’s St. James’ Episcopal Church, Bertha Sadler Means.

The seminary will award master’s degrees in divinity, religion, counseling, chaplaincy and pastoral care and spiritual formation and diplomas in Anglican studies and in theological studies.

Monday evening, May 23, family and friends of the graduates will gather for Evensong in Christ Chapel on the seminary campus at 6:00 p.m. A reception honoring the graduates follows the service.

Anglican Communion directors report on wide range of initiatives

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 10:19am

[Anglican Communion News Service — Lusaka, Zambia] Empowering discipleship and tackling gender inequality; promoting reconciliation and supporting humanitarian work in conflict areas and following disasters – just some of the topics highlighted when Anglican Communion departmental directors reported back on their work to the Anglican Consultative Council this week.

Director of mission, John Kafwanka, spoke of the drive to promote good practice, share resources and foster great co-operation. He said the diocesan companion links formed an important bedrock where relationships were mutual and inter-dependent and were a wonderful sign of the “bonds of affection.” Kafwanka also spoke of the new Youth Awards, created to encourage innovation and highlight successful work.

“Joining the dots” was the way the Rev. Terrie Robinson, director for women and church in society, described her work. She painted a bleak picture of the world faced by many women and girls – of forced marriage; female genital mutilation; sexual violence in war; trafficking and the threat of so-called honor killing. Robinson said change was hard to achieve but Anglicans were responding – and explained her role was to tell the stories of successful initiatives and lobby at the highest level for change.

The positive response by Anglicans in the face of a torrent of humanitarian crises around the world was the theme of the report by the Rev. Flora Winfield, the Anglican Communion’s representative at the United Nations in Geneva. She described her role as “working on behalf of the world’s most disregarded people.”

She said the church had provided “outstanding service” often when Anglicans themselves were suffering the consequences of the disaster too. International relief agencies were creaking under the weight of the demands on them, but the communion was providing help on the ground, quickly and with love. Winfield explained her role in educating the church about the institutions of the UN – and raising “faith literacy” within the UN – and her part in ecumenical and interfaith work.

ACC members also heard from Director of Continuing Indaba the Rev. Phil Groves about how this initiative was bringing people together in places as diverse as Kenya, New York and India. Groves said the project had now become a process and was being used around the world to build community, energize mission and provide a context to resolve conflict.

He explained how indaba had been used by two warring clans in Kenya and had resulted in them rescinding aggressive oaths dating back to the 1960s; how it was being applied in Burundi in the face of conflict; how it had been used by the Diocese of New York to unite an incredibly diverse range of parishes and how indaba had resolved a dispute between dalits and tribal people in Northern India.

Andy Bowerman and Rachael Carnegie reported back on the work of the Anglican Alliance and its three pillars of development, relief and advocacy. They conceded that the Alliance was relatively new and still learning how to have an impact – but then listed a wide range of areas and initiatives. One example from Rachael detailed support for a business project in Kenya, while Andy explained how the Alliance helped to energize a vast campaign to lobby the COP21 climate conference in Paris.

The session concluded with a short report from the new director for communications, Adrian Butcher, who took up his post just before ACC16. He paid tribute to his predecessor, Jan Butter, and expressed his desire to build on the vision to establish worldwide communication network. Butcher spoke of the need for training and his desire to see positive stories about the work of the communion shared more widely and more effectively among what he described as “this wonderful worldwide family.”

The directors are mainly based at the Anglican Communion Office in London.

Long Island bishop issues letter regarding political activity

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 6:36am

[Episcopal Diocese of Long Island] Long Island Bishop Lawrence C. Provenzano issued the following letter April 13 in advance of a scheduled Republican Party fundraiser to be held Thursday on the same block where in 2008 an Ecuadorean immigrant was fatally stabbed by a white teenager. The teenager was one of a gang of high school boys who roamed the streets committing nighttime assaults on Latino men in Patchogue, a Long Island community 60 miles from Manhattan.

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

I write to you as a follower of Jesus Christ, a bishop of the Church, and a child of an immigrant family.

I write to assure you that in the face of the reckless and hateful attitudes portrayed by some in this political season, there are many more people of good will and faith that stand with you against the toxic, irresponsible rhetoric of some of the candidates for president.

Specifically, you should know that the planned fundraiser by the Republican Party in Suffolk County featuring Donald Trump, just yards away from the scene of the 2008 murder of Marcelo Lucero, will not go unmet by people of prayer and good will.

As a person responsible for the care of God’s people, I want you to know that we in the diocese understand what a difficult and scary time this is for each of you and your families. That is why I am asking the clergy and people of the Diocese of Long Island to join me in prayer and witness against the evil that once visited itself upon the Town of Patchogue, and is now threatening a return by the calculated and disgraceful plan to have this event at the very site of this hate crime in which young, white, high-school boys were encouraged to act in violence by the anti-immigration rhetoric of some of the then-elected officials.

The same mistakes cannot be repeated. We cannot and will not allow another season of violence to be initiated for the gain of some seeking political office.

Some may want to say that my call to witness and prayer is a violation of the separation of church and state. Let me be clear then, my focus is not the political process or the endorsement of any candidate, but rather the exercise of my role as a bishop of the church, to protect God’s people and especially those in my diocese.

It is my job to oppose evil, ignorance, and sin. This planned “political event” in Patchogue meets all three criteria.  Either the organizers are ignorant of the days when there appeared to be open season on immigrants—especially day-workers and their families—or the entire event is designed to reignite the hatred that existed and use it for political gain. Either way, you should know that the church stands with you. And we will continue to stand with you, as in the past, against the ignorance and violence of those who focus on hate and seek to draw others into their fear of people who are different from themselves.

In Jesus Christ we are all one body, brother and sisters of each other. United we will face the ignorance of those who seek to divide us in fear. Together we will build bridges of love and acceptance, not walls of fear and intolerance. Together we will seek to respect and admire the differences that make us unique children of God and build a community in which all are seen as equal and all know the dignity that is incarnate in our humanity.

 

The Right Reverend Lawrence C. Provenzano

Bishop of Long Island

El CCA debate sobre las provincias que aportan poco o nada al presupuesto de la Comunión

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 5:57am

[Episcopal News Service – Lusaka, Zambia] Al Consejo Consultivo Anglicano se le pidió el 12 de abril que determinara cómo manejar el hecho de que 15 de las 38 provincias no contribuyen al presupuesto de la Comunión  o dan cantidades muy pequeñas.

Por primera vez, a los miembros del CCA les dieron un listado de las iglesias que no aportan o aportan cantidades pequeñas. De las 38 provincias de la Comunión Anglicana, cuatro (Congo, Sudán, Uganda y África Occidental), así como la Iglesia Reformada Episcopal de España que es extraprovincial, no han contribuido al Presupuesto Interanglicano durante más de cinco años.

Se listaron otras 10 que hicieron sus últimos pagos entre los años 2011 y 2014. El mayor de esos pagos fue el de $14.200 de Nigeria en 2011 (en tasas cambiarias de 2016 de libras británicas a dólares estadounidenses). Las otras nueve en esa categoría fueron Corea, Pakistán, Ruanda, Tanzania, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Burundi, Norte de la India y Asia Sudoriental.

El presupuesto para 2016 de la Oficina de la Comunión asciende a casi $3 millones, con un 63 por ciento de los ingresos presupuestados provenientes de las provincias.

El obispo Josiah Idowu-Fearon, secretario general de la Comunión Anglicana, dijo que las provincias que aparecen en la lista “no han estado desempeñando el papel de ser miembros de la Comunión, particularmente en el aspecto económico”.

Él destacó que su oficina dispone de un fondo presupuestario restringido para ayudar a clérigos y sus familias cuando enfrentan lo que él llamó emergencias personales. En 2015, se pagaron casi $130.000, dijo Idowu-Fearon. La mayoría de los que contribuyen no se benefician del fondo, pero la mayoría de los que reciben ayuda son de las provincias que están en la lista que ha proporcionado el CCA.

“Es algo en lo que tenemos que pensar seriamente”, afirmó.

El Secretario General dijo también que algunas provincias parecen que han tomado en serio una admonición que aparecía en un comunicado que se dio a conocer a fines de 2013 luego de la reunión del grupo de la organización Futuro Anglicano Global [GAFCON, por su sigla en inglés] que le pidió a las provincias de la Comunión que “reconsideraran su apoyo a esas estructuras anglicanas que se utilizan para socavar la fidelidad bíblica y que contribuyen por el contrario, o adicionalmente, al financiamiento” de GAFCON.

“Necesitamos nos orienten respecto a qué hacer para lograr que nuestros hermanos y hermanas de estas provincias desempeñen sus papeles, particularmente su papel económico, en mantener el funcionamiento de esta Comunión”, dijo Idowu-Fearon.

El arzobispo Daniel Deng Bul Yak de la Iglesia Episcopal de Sudán del Sur y del Sudán dijo a sus colegas del CCA que no es que su Iglesia no esté dispuesta a pagar. Más bien, afirmó “se trata de mantener a la gente unida” en los dos países, teniendo en cuenta a lo que han tenido que enfrentarse en los últimos años.

“Estamos en presencia de una política fundamental de respeto” dijo la vicepresidente Elizabeth Paver. “Querríamos que todo el mundo pudiera contribuir con algo”.

Ella agregó que el Comité Permanente y la oficina de finanzas “es muy consciente de que hay partes de nuestra Comunión donde sería imposible contribuir”. A todas las provincias se les envían cartas pidiéndoles si pueden contribuir cualquier cantidad en absoluto, dijo Paver.

Respondiendo a preguntas acerca de cómo se determina qué [cantidad] pedirle a cada provincia, Paver dijo que el monto se basaba en la membresía que la provincia informaba y en el Producto Interno Bruto del país o países de cada provincia.

Paver, que está a punto de concluir su período en el CCA, dijo que determinar el monto de la contribución solicitada siempre ha sido un problema. El comité de finanzas se ha fijado en la manera en que otras agrupaciones semejantes determinan la cantidad que se les pide a sus miembros. Ella también hizo notar que ha sido muy difícil obtener “idéntica información detallada de cada provincia”.

El objetivo es “encontrar una forma  equitativa y completamente transparente de hacer la solicitud”, apuntó. “Seguiremos mirando. Si hubiera una solución sencilla habríamos podido presentárselas en el día de hoy”.

Paver dijo que el liderazgo del CCA nunca había hecho pública una lista como la que ahora le habían dado a los miembros, “pero creemos en verdad que ha llegado la hora en que tenemos que enfrentarnos con este problema”.

Cuando la Convención General aprobó su presupuesto 2016-2018 en julio pasado, restituyó la contribución de la Iglesia Episcopal a la Oficina de la Comunión Anglicana hasta el nivel de $1,2 millones de hace dos trienios. Esa restauración representa un aumento de $500.000 por encima de lo que se había presupuestado para el trienio 2013-20l2, según la introducción a ese presupuesto. Sin embargo, ese monto de 2013-2015 se presupuestó erróneamente, más tarde se supo, y el Consejo Ejecutivo de la Iglesia modificó el presupuesto, de manera que al final la Iglesia dio poco más de $1 millón en esos tres años. Esa cantidad representa el 18 por ciento del presupuesto total de la Oficina de la Comunión Anglicana.

Se espera que el CCA contemple una resolución presupuestaria el 18de abril y los miembros han comenzado a discutir cómo manejar el problema del impago.

Los antecedentes del CCA se encuentran aquí.

La información actualizada de ENS sobre el CCA puede encontrarse aquí.

La página de noticias de la Cámara de Diputados también está publicando artículos sobre la reunión.

A los comunicados de Twitter se accede con #ACCLusaka.

– La Rda. Mary Frances Schjonberg es redactora y reportera de Episcopal News Service. Traducción de Vicente Echerri.

El Obispo de Connecticut no aspirará a presidir el Consejo Consultivo Anglicano

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 5:55am


El Rvdmo. Ian Douglas, obispo de Connecticut, y representante de la Iglesia Episcopal ante el Consejo Consultivo Anglicano, comparte con sus compañeros de mesa durante una sesión reciente del CCA16, reunido en Lusaka, Zambia. Foto de Mary Frances Schjonberg/ENS

[Episcopal News Service – Lusaka, Zambia] El obispo de la Diócesis de Connecticut, Ian Douglas, uno de los tres miembros de la Iglesia Episcopal en el  Consejo Consultivo Anglicano, dijo el 12 de abril que no aspiraría en las elecciones a la presidencia de ese organismo.

Douglas, en quien había muchas expectativas de que aspirara al cargo, envió una carta para explicar su decisión a los miembros del Comité Permanente del CCA que participaron en la reunión de ese grupo los días 6 y 7 de abril.

“En tanto ruego que pueda seguir siendo de utilidad a la Comunión Anglicana de alguna manera en el futuro, creo que el que no aspire a la presidencia del CCA esta vez facilitará mejor nuestro andar juntos en unidad como Comunión Anglicana, y esa es mi mayor prioridad y mi más ferviente esperanza y oración”, decía Douglas en su carta.

Douglas concluye su período tanto en el CCA como en el Comité Permanente  al término de esta reunión del CCA16. El CCA eligió a Douglas en 2009 para ser uno de sus representantes en el Comité Permanente.

En su carta, Douglas, refiriéndose al fin de su período, dijo que prometía su “apoyo y oraciones constantes” por los miembros del Comité Permanente, nuevos y viejos, y por el secretario general de la Comunión Anglicana. “Dios bendiga a la Comunión Anglicana en nuestra diversidad y servicio común a la misión de Dios en Jesús a través del poder del Espíritu Santo”, escribió.

Una mayoría de los líderes de las 38 provincias de la Comunión —a quienes se les conoce como primados— durante su reunión de enero demandaron tres años de “consecuencias”  para la Iglesia Episcopal en respuesta a la decisión de la 78ª. Convención General de cambiar el lenguaje canónico que define el matrimonio como [un vínculo que se contrae] entre un hombre y una mujer (Resolución A036) y autorizar dos nuevos ritos matrimoniales con un lenguaje que les permite ser usados tanto por parejas del mismo sexo como de sexos opuestos (Resolución A054).

Los primados dijeron que “exigían” que durante esos tres años la Iglesia Episcopal no estuviera representada en organismos ecuménicos o interreligiosos, ni fuera nombrada o electa a un comité permanente interno, y “que si bien participara de los organismos internos de la Comunión Anglicana, no tomara parte en el proceso de la toma de decisiones ni en ningún asunto relativo a la doctrina o la forma de gobierno”.

Douglas dijo en una entrevista el 12 de abril que su decisión de no aspirar “no era en respuesta al comunicado de los primados per se”. Más bien, mi criterio ha sido directamente influido por la relación que disfruto aquí en el CCA y por mi compromiso de fomentar la unidad de la Comunión Anglicana”.

Al término de su reunión del 6 y 7 de abril, el Comité Permanente del CCA dio a conocer un informe en el que afirmaba “los vínculos de relación entre los Instrumentos de la Comunión en que cada instrumento, incluido el Consejo Consultivo Anglicano, desarrolla sus propios puntos de vista y tiene sus propias responsabilidades”.

En una declaración emitida el 11 de abril, el obispo Josiah Idowu-Fearon, secretario general de la Comunión Anglicana, reconoció que a ningún miembro del CCA podía impedírsele que fuera nominado al Comité Permanente. “Sin embargo, durante su primer día en sesión”, escribió Idowu-Fearon, “el arzobispo Justin presentó un informe al CCA de la Reunión de los Primados. Tal como lo prometiera, él le pidió al CCA que trabajara con los primados por el bienestar de toda la Comunión”.

Las nominaciones para la presidencia del CCA cierran al mediodía del 13 de abril y la elección está fijada para el 15 de abril. Las nominaciones para la vicepresidencia y los miembros del Comité Permanente cierran el 16 de abril y la elección viene el 18 de abril.

Douglas, que fue cuatro veces diputado a la Convención General antes de ser electo obispo de Connecticut en 2009, fue parte del grupo de planificación de la Conferencia de Lambeth de obispos anglicanos 2008 y ha sido miembro de la Comisión Permanente Interanglicana sobre Misión y Evangelización, así como asesor de Educación Teológica en la Comunión Anglicana. El anterior arzobispo de Cantórbery Rowan Williams le concedió a Douglas la Cruz de San Agustín, el más alto galardón de la Comunión Anglicana, por su labor en la Conferencia de Lambeth. Más información sobre Douglas pueden encontrarse aquí.

Antes de la próxima reunión del Consejo Consultivo Anglicano, la cual se espera tenga lugar en 2019, el Consejo Ejecutivo de la Iglesia Episcopal elegirá al obispo que ha de representarla en el CCA. La Rda. Gay Clark Jennings, presidente de la Cámara de Diputados, es el miembro del clero y la diputada Rosalie Ballentine de la Diócesis de Islas Vírgenes es la miembro laico. Jennings asiste a su segunda reunión y Ballentine a la primera. Los miembros del CCA sirven por tres períodos.

Entérese más acerca del Consejo Consultivo Anglicano

El CCA es uno de los cuatro instrumentos de la Comunión, siendo los otros tres el arzobispo de Cantórbery (que preside el CCA), la Conferencia de Lambeth de los Obispos Anglicanos y la Reunión de los Primados. Al arzobispo de Cantórbery (que es el presidente del CCA) se le ve como el “centro de la unidad” de estos tres instrumentos.

Creado en 1969, el CCA incluye entre sus delegados a clérigos y laicos, así como a obispos. La membresía incluye de una a tres personas de cada una de las 38 provincias  de la Comunión Anglicana. [La delegación] que tiene tres miembros, consta de un obispo, un sacerdote y un laico. En la que cuenta con menos miembros, la preferencia se le da a los laicos.

El Consejo, por lo general, se reúne cada tres o cuatro años y la reunión de Lusaka es la 16ª. sesión del Consejo. La primera reunión se celebró en Limurú, Kenia, en 1971. La última reunión del CCA sesionó a fines de 2012 en Auckland, Nueva Zelanda. El CCA no se ha reunido en África desde su novena reunión en Ciudad del Cabo, Sudáfrica, en 1993.

La lista de [los asistentes] al CCA se encuentra aquí.

La información actualizada de ENS sobre el CCA puede encontrarse aquí.

La página de noticias de la Cámara de Diputados también está publicando artículos sobre la reunión.

A los comunicados de Twitter se accede con #ACCLusaka.

– La Rda. Mary Frances Schjonberg es redactora y reportera de Episcopal News Service. Traducción de Vicente Echerri.

Ecumenical greetings to ACC-16 from Roman Catholic Church

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 4:19pm

Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, sent greetings to members of ACC-16
Photo: Wikimedia / Ch-info.ch

[Anglican Communion News Service] Father Tony Currer, officer responsible for Anglican Relations at the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU), brought a message of greeting to all the participants of the 16th Anglican Consultative Council Meeting, in Lusaka (8 to 19 April) from His Eminence Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the PCPCU.

Grace and peace to you in Christ Jesus our Lord! On behalf of the Roman Catholic Church, and in particular of its Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, I send heartfelt greetings to all of you gathered for this 16th meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council.

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the historic meeting between His Grace Archbishop Michael Ramsey and Blessed Pope Paul VI. A direct fruit of that meeting was the Joint Preparatory Commission which in turn led to the establishment of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC), now in its third phase. We give thanks for those ground-breaking steps taken fifty years ago, which have greatly improved our mutual understanding and the warm friendship that has grown between our two communions.

Working in tandem with ARCIC and, indeed, building upon its achievements, we now have a second commission jointly sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Anglican Communion Office. The International Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission (IARCCUM) works for the reception of ARCIC, that the agreements made between us will have a real transforming impact on our ecclesial life in dioceses across the world. The commission is made up of pairs of bishops, one Anglican and one Catholic, from each Anglican Province and corresponding Episcopal Conference where our two communities exist in significant numbers. The task of these bishops is to promote joint initiatives, particularly in mission and witness, and to be advocates of collaboration between our two communities.

We will mark the fiftieth anniversary of Archbishop Ramsey’s meeting with Pope Paul with a meeting of these IARCCUM bishops. During this meeting the bishops will share their experiences and pastoral challenges, and strategize as to how our two communions can work together more closely in ecumenical witness to the world. This fiftieth anniversary celebration is one full of hope, therefore, and one that looks to the future. I ask for your prayers for this initiative, that it will bear much fruit and carry us towards the unity for which Christ prayed.

Our theological dialogue has produced some very important agreements. A key theme recognised very early in its history, was the ecclesiology of communion. The co-chairmen noted the prominence of this theme in their preface to ARCIC I’s Final Report. ARCIC II devoted a whole document to it, and built upon the theme further in subsequent documents. God, through the missions of the Son and Spirit, has invited us into the communion of the most holy Trinity, and communion with God implies communion with one another. To respond with faith to God’s gracious invitation, always demands that we attend with care to the relationships between ourselves. Living in communion means that the wellbeing of each is the concern of all. And when we live this communion well we offer a vision to our world of the communion God wills for all of His creation.

This meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council is an important moment in your living of communion, and therefore of the witness that you, as Anglicans, give to others. Across the world and between different continents and cultures, there are profound differences in our understanding of the human person and morals. Christian communities with a worldwide reach such as yours can provide an example of how to talk and, most especially, how to listen across these cultural and regional differences. I am reminded of the words Pope Francis addressed to the fathers of the extraordinary Synod of bishops in 2014. He invited them both to speak honestly and to “listen with humility and welcome, with an open heart”. As Archbishop Welby has said, we need to show the world how to “disagree well”, which is to say, to disagree while listening with respect and care to the other. To “disagree well” means that we start from the presumption of goodwill: that each member of the communion is, in his or her context, trying to respond to the gospel summons with honesty and generosity; that divergent positions are reached with integrity. Finally, to “disagree well” means that we never give up in our search for agreement, but that we strive for to find a better and a larger consensus. Our very disagreement shows us just how much we need one another. It shows that I cannot, in the specificity of my culture and context, discern God’s will and His truth alone. It is the whole of His people that God guides on its pilgrim way and leads into truth. In our search for God we rely upon one another.

All our effort in seeking Christian unity is based upon this careful, generous listening, a necessary virtue for all God’s faithful people. Our ecumenical endeavour is one of attending to our communion relationships even when our communion is partial or damaged. This meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council, very much like our own recent synods of bishops, requires the virtue of careful and generous listening.

My prayer for you as participants of this 16th Anglican Consultative Council is the same as my prayer for all your four of the instruments of communion: that through the exercise of each; that through faithful listening to the Lord in the scriptures; and by careful listening to each other, the bonds of the communion between the Provinces will be strengthened and deepened.

Yours in Christ,
Kurt Cardinal Koch

Ecumenical guests welcome involvement at ACC

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 4:13pm

Father Tony Currer of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity addresses members of the Anglican Consultative Council meeting in the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Lusaka, Zambia.
Photo Credit: Gavin Drake/ACNS

[Anglican Communion News Service] The ecumenical representatives at the Anglican Consultative Council have welcomed their inclusion as “full members” at ACC-16 in Lusaka, and praised the work of the Anglican Communion in promoting social justice for women. The ecumenical representatives met last night and their deliberations were reported this morning by Father Tony Currer, officer for Anglican relations at the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

The ecumenical representatives had held “good and interesting discussions”, Father Currer said. “We were very heartened by the commitment to listening across the Communion . . . and to building communication across the provinces; to learn about and celebrate what is at work in the Communion and through the work of the Anglican Communion Office (ACO).

“Like you, we are all tremendously impressed by how much work the relatively small office of the ACO manages to achieve.”

He continued: “We were impressed by the desire to walk together and to keep the channels of communication open.

“Particular, it was noted that in the field of gender equality, the Anglican Communion is a leader in the field of gender justice [the rights of women] and we have much to learn from the Anglican Communion.”

He said that the ecumenical representatives were “very grateful” for the invitation to be at ACC-16 “and particular for the extraordinary graciousness of the Anglican Communion in your inviting us to participate, inviting our opinion, and for making us full members of this meeting.

“All of us saw that as an exemplary exercise in ecumenical hospitality and were tremendously grateful for it.”

ACC discusses provinces that give little or nothing to communion budget

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 2:37pm

[Episcopal News Service – Lusaka, Zambia] The Anglican Consultative Council was asked April 12 to determine how to handle the fact that 15 of the 38 provinces do not contribute to the communion budget or give very small amounts.

For the first time, members of the ACC were given a list of the churches that do not give or give small amounts. Of the Anglican Communion’s 38 provinces, four (Congo, Sudan, Uganda and West Africa) as well as the extra-provincial Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain have not contributed to the Inter-Anglican Budget for more than five years.

Another 10 were listed as having last made payments in the years between 2011 and 2014. The largest of those was Nigeria’s $14,200 in 2011 (at 2016 British pounds to U.S. dollar rates). The other nine on that portion of the list are Korea, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Burundi, North India and Southeast Asia.

The communion office’s 2016 budget comes in at nearly $3 million, with 63 percent of the revenue budgeted to come from the provinces.

Anglican Communion Secretary General Bishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon said the provinces on the list “have not been playing the role of being members of the communion, particularly financially.”

He noted that his office has a restricted budget fund for aiding clergy and their families when facing what he called personal emergencies. In 2015, nearly $130,000 was paid out, Idowu-Fearon said. Most who contribute do not benefit from the fund, but the majority of those receiving aid are from provinces on the list he gave to the ACC.

“It is something that we have to think seriously about,” he said.

The secretary general also said some provinces appear to have taken to heart an admonition contained in a communique issued late 2013 after a meeting of the GAFCON group which asked communion provinces to “reconsider their support for those Anglican structures that are used to undermine biblical faithfulness and contribute instead, or additionally, to the financing” of GAFCON.

“We need you to guide us as to what to do in getting our brothers and sisters from these provinces to play their roles, particularly their financial role, in keeping this communion going,” Idowu-Fearon said.

Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul Yak told his ACC colleagues that it is not that his church is unwilling to pay. Instead, he said, “we are dealing with how to keep the people together” in the two countries, given what they have faced in recent years.

The following day, the Rev. Bol Deng, the province’s clergy member, told the ACC that a conversation with the provincial secretary resulted in a contribution to the ACC budget of the equivalent of $4,000.

“There is a fundamental policy of respect here,” ACC vice chair Elizabeth Paver said. “We would like everyone to be able to contribute something.”

She said the Standing Committee and the finance office is “very mindful that there are parts of our communion where it would be impossible to give.” Letters go out to all provinces asking if they can contribute any amount at all, Paver said.

Responding to questions about how it is determined what to ask from each province, Paver said the amount has been based on a province’s reported membership and the Gross Domestic Product of the country or countries in each province.

Paver, who is about to end her term on the ACC, said determining the size of the requested contribution has always been an issue. The finance committee has looked at how other similar groups determine the amount asked of their members. She also noted that it has been very hard to get the “same, detailed information from each province.”

The goal is “to find a fair and completely open way of asking,” she said. “It will continue to be looked at. If there was a simple solution we would have been able to present it to you today.”

Paver said the ACC leadership had never released a list such as the one the members were given “but we really felt that the time had come when we had to face up to this issue.”

When the General Convention passed its 2016-2018 budget last July, it restored the Episcopal Church’s contribution to the Anglican Communion Office to the $1.2 million level of two triennia ago. That restoration represented an increase of $500,000 over that which was budgeted for the 2013-2015 triennium, according to the introduction to that budget). However, that 2013-2015 amount was budgeted in error, it was later learned, and the church’s Executive Council modified the budget so that in the end the church gave slightly more than $1 million in those three years. That amount represented 18 percent of the total Anglican Communion Office budget.

The ACC is expected to consider a budget resolution on April 18 and members have begun discussing how to handle the non-payment issue.

ACC background is here.

Ongoing ENS coverage of the ACC is here.

The House of Deputies News page is also posting stories about the meeting.

Tweeting is happening with #ACCLusaka.

– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service.

Editor’s note: This story was updated April 13, 2016 at 1:20 p.m. local time to add information about the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan’s budgetary contribution.

 

 

 

Volunteers needed for search committee for Episcopal Church indigenous missioner

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 2:28pm

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Volunteers are being recruited for a search committee to develop a position description and interview candidates for the Episcopal Church Indigenous Missioner, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff.

A letter to all Episcopalians (printed below) details the process for the nomination and selection of a search committee, the duties and the time line.

“This letter is an invitation for members of the Episcopal Church to nominate individuals to serve on the search committee,” notes the Rev. Canon Michael Hunn and the Rev Canon Anthony Guillén in the letter.  “The search committee will include 6 – 8 members, and will be constituted to be broadly representative and diverse.”

The following is the letter to all Episcopalians:

Dear Episcopalians,

The position of Indigenous Missioner on the staff of the Presiding Bishop is vacant. In order to call the next Indigenous Missioner, the Presiding Bishop has decided on following process.

1. The Presiding Bishop will appoint a 6 to 8 member search committee which is broadly representative of those engaged in and knowledgeable about ministry with and among Indigenous people in the Episcopal Church.

2. The search committee will review the job description of the job held by the previous Indigenous Missioner and assist in writing a new job description based on the needs of the church today.

3. The job description will be posted and applications for the Missioner position will be received for approximately four weeks.

4. Using a confidential process, the search committee will review resumes, conduct interviews and recommend AT LEAST two candidates to the Presiding Bishop.

5. The Presiding Bishop will interview the candidates and call the next Indigenous Missioner.

This letter is an invitation for members of the Episcopal Church to nominate individuals to serve on the search committee. The search committee will include 6 – 8 members, and will be constituted to be broadly representative and diverse.

The form to nominate persons for the search committee may be found here.

Please join us in prayer as we enter the call process for this important post.

The Rev. Canon Michael Buerkel Hunn
Canon to the Presiding Bishop
For Ministry Within the Episcopal Church

The Rev. Canon Anthony Guillén
Team Leader for Ethnic and Diversity Ministries and Missioner for Latino/Hispanic Ministries

For more information contact the Rev. Canon Anthony Guillén ataguillen@episcopalchurch.org.

Anglican Consultative Council background

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 2:26pm

[Episcopal News Service] The Anglican Consultative Council is one of three Instruments of Communion, the others being the Lambeth Conference of Anglican bishops and the Primates Meeting. The archbishop of Canterbury (who is president of the ACC) is seen as is the “Focus for Unity” for the three instruments.

Formed in 1969, the ACC includes clergy and lay people, as well as bishops, among its delegates. The membership includes from one to three persons from each of the Anglican Communion’s 38 provinces, depending on the numerical size of each province. Where there are three members, there is a bishop, a priest and a lay person. Where fewer members are appointed, preference is given to lay membership.

The ACC constitution is here.

The Episcopal Church’s current members are Connecticut Bishop Ian Douglas, the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings and Rosalie Ballentine of the Diocese of the Virgin Islands.

The council meets every three years or four years and the Lusaka meeting is the council’s 16th session. The first meeting was held in Limuru, Kenya, in 1971. The ACC last met in late 2012 in Auckland, New Zealand. The ACC has not gathered in Africa since its ninth meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1993.

The roster for ACC16 is here.

Virginia seminary’s Immanuel Chapel receives two prestigious awards

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 11:14am

Photo courtesy of Robert A.M. Stern Architects.

[Virginia Theological Seminary press release] Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) is proud to announce that Immanuel Chapel received from Faith & Form Magazine an award in the category of “Religious Architecture: New Facilities and from Period Homes,” and won a 2016 Palladio Design Award from Traditional Building and Period Homes magazines in the “New Design and Construction” category. Robert A.M. Stern Architects (RAMSA) Partners Robert A.M. Stern and Grant Marani led the design of Immanuel Chapel, which was consecrated on October 13, 2015.

“We were very pleased to receive news of the awards from Faith & Form andTraditional Building and Period Homes magazines,” said the Rev. James Barney Hawkins IV, Ph.D., vice president for Institutional Advancement at VTS. “Immanuel Chapel deserves such recognition! As we live into the Chapel, we continue to be grateful for the Seminary’s creative and satisfying collaboration with Robert A.M. Stern Architects.”

The Annual Religious Art and Architecture Design Awards program is co-sponsoredby Faith & Form Magazine and the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture (IFRAA), a knowledge community of the American Institute of Architects. The awards program was founded in 1978 with the goal of honoring the best in architecture, liturgical design and art for religious spaces. The program offers five primary categories for awards: Religious Architecture, Liturgical/Interior Design, Sacred Landscape, Religious Arts, and Unbuilt Work.

The Palladio Awards honor outstanding achievement in traditional design. The program recognizes both individual designers and design teams whose work enhances the beauty and humane qualities of the built environment, through creative interpretation or adaptation of design principles, developed through 2,500 years of the Western architectural tradition. The Palladio Awards are the first and only national awards program for residential and commercial/institutional projects which demonstrate excellence in traditional design.

These impressive design recognitions follow the recent announcement that Immanuel Chapel was awarded with Leeds-Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. In 2015, the Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. of Greenbelt, Maryland, who led the construction of the project, was honored with two Craftsmanship Awards from the Washington Building Congress (WBC): one in the plaster finishes category and one for the project’s architectural millwork.

Founded in 1823 as a beacon of hope in a country new and finding its way, Virginia Theological Seminary is the flagship Seminary of the Episcopal Church. One of our first benefactors was Francis Scott Key whose poem provides the text for our national anthem. In the 191 years since being established, VTS has led the way in forming leaders of the Episcopal Church, including: the Most Rev. John E. Hines (VTS 1933, D.D. 1946), former presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church; the Rt. Rev. John T. Walker (VTS 1954, D.D. 1978), the first African-American bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington; and theologian, author and lay preacher Ms. Verna J. Dozier (VTS D.D. 1978). Serving the worldwide Anglican Communion, Virginia Theological Seminary educates approximately 25% of those being ordained who received residential theological education. Visit us online at www.vts.edu.

Trinity Episcopal Church calls Julia Whitworth as new rector

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 8:31am

The Reverend Canon Julia Whitworth has accepted the call as the 12th rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Indianapolis. She serves as Canon for Liturgy and the Arts at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City. Her anticipated first Sunday at Trinity isJuly 10, 2016

“I am honored to be elected Trinity’s new Rector. I am inspired by Trinity’s historic commitment to a powerful combination of beautiful liturgy, deep spiritual inquiry, and vital mission outreach in the city of Indianapolis,” Canon Whitworth said. “I look forward to joining Trinity in its mission to reflect the love of God and Gospel of Jesus Christ in and on your community.”

Canon Whitworth has a passion for liturgy and music, preaching, and prophetic witness to the Church’s call to be a significant voice for social justice. She is also deeply committed to the integration of children and families in all aspects of the Church, especially through education, liturgy, music and service, and joyful community-building.

“We are so very blessed that Canon Whitworth has decided to accept Trinity’s call. Her liturgical excellence, scholarly preaching, strong interpersonal skills, and enthusiasm about serving a church in the heart of the city make her the perfect match for rector of our beloved church,” stated the search committee co-chairs.

Whitworth was ordained an Episcopal priest after a previous career as a theatre director and college professor. She has directed new plays and classics in New York and regionally, and is cofounder of “Shakespeare in Stonington,” a summer program of Opera House Arts, on Deer Isle, Maine. She has taught theatre and performance studies, directing, and acting at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and Mount Holyoke College.

After divinity school at Union Theological Seminary, Canon Whitworth’s first call as a priest was to St. James’s Episcopal Church in West Hartford, Connecticut, where she oversaw adult education and youth ministries. At the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, she plans and implements a wide array of worship offerings, ranging from small daily Eucharists to large-scale services for over 3000 people. Additionally, she collaborates on the visual and performing arts programming at the Cathedral as part of its commitment to civic engagement through cultural offerings.

Canon Whitworth and her husband, Ray Neufeld, have three young children.

Le collège épiscopal d’Haïti prépare les élèves à l’agriculture et à l’agro-industrie.

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 8:19am

Un jour de février, un employé arrosait les semis dans la serre du Centre d’agriculture St-Barnabas à Terrier-Rouge en Haïti. Situé dans le Nord du pays dans la plaine côtière, l’école de près de 200 hectares est à 2 km de l’Océan atlantique. Photo : Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News Service

[Episcopal News Service –Terrier-Rouge, Haïti] Récemment, un matin de février, un jeune Haïtien perché sur son tracteur John Deere labourait les champs pour les préparer aux premiers semis de l’année au Centre d’agriculture St-Barnabas, collège épiscopal situé sur près de 200 hectares de plaines côtières fertiles au Nord d’Haïti.

Pendant que le tracteur retournait le sol d’argile foncée, le préparant pour les semis, deux jeunes hommes travaillaient à la réparation d’une fissure dans le réservoir à eau en ciment, deux autres arrachaient les mauvaises herbes d’un champ de carottes et deux autres encore se servaient d’arrosoirs en plastique bleu et vert pour arroser à la main les betteraves, les carottes et les légumes feuilles verts qui poussaient sur les terrains test et les semis qui prenaient vie dans la serre. Un autre jeune homme conduisait le bétail vers l’arrière de la propriété alors que d’autres continuaient à défricher plus de terrains pour le tracteur et des plantations futures.

Pendant ce temps, des élèves vêtus d’un polo identique avec écrit au dos en grosses lettres capitales « CASB », correspondant au « Centre d’agriculture St-Barnabas », étudiaient dans la salle de classe.

Les premiers signes d’une vie abondante suite à une période de difficultés financières et de sécheresse étaient visibles partout ; c’est une subvention de 100 000 dollars reçue en 2014 du Diocèse épiscopal de Long Island qui a aidé St-Barnabas à démarrer sa revitalisation.

Étienne Saint-Ange, coordonnateur des opérations sur le terrain, parle avec des ouvriers qui désherbent les carottes dans le terrain test, où des plantes sont testées afin d’évaluer leur viabilité. Toutes les cultures de l’école sont biologiques. Photo : Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News Service

« St-Barnabas a été créé au nom de Dieu et c’est au même nom de Dieu que St-Barnabas va revivre » déclare Étienne Saint-Ange, coordonnateur des opérations sur le terrain, en créole par l’intermédiaire d’un interprète.

Pendant une décennie, le Centre d’agriculture St-Barnabas a fonctionné sans soutien financier, poursuivant néanmoins sa mission de formation de techniciens agricoles. La moitié de la population travaille dans l’agriculture mais une majorité de Haïtiens n’ont pas assez à manger et 30 % de tous les enfants souffrent de malnutrition. C’est Étienne Saint-Ange et d’autres membres dévoués du personnel qui ont continué à faire fonctionner l’école, vivant des produits cultivés dans ses champs.

« Ce sont les dirigeants du collège qui l’ont maintenu en activité de 2005 à 2014 » confie Dan Tootle, missionnaire bénévole de l’Église épiscopale qui sert de chef de programme de St-Barnabas. En décembre 2015, le corps enseignant a reçu sept mois de rappel de salaires, soit une petite somme sur les 140 000 dollars qui leur sont dus. « Cela ne va pas constituer un véritable obstacle car les gens qui ont réussi à maintenir ce lieu en vie reprennent maintenant espoir » ajoute Dan Tootle.

Dan Tootle, missionnaire bénévole de l’Église épiscopale, travaille sans relâche sur le projet de revitalisation de St-Barnabas qui est destiné à faire du collège agricole un centre régional d’agriculture et de développement économique. Photo : Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News Service

Dan Tootle, missionnaire de 74 ans, qui est en Haïti depuis 1999, année où la paroisse St. Martin’s-in-the-Field de Severna Park, dans le Maryland, l’a parrainé. Il est devenu missionnaire bénévole nommé par l’Église épiscopale en 2013 et depuis lors concentre ses efforts sur St-Barnabas, où il travaille au projet quinquennal de revitalisation de 11,7 millions de dollars qui va moderniser le collège et le transformer en un centre régional d’agriculture et de développement économique. Il emploiera également plus de 180 personnes.

« Nous avons étudié de près le collège pour déterminer les mesures à prendre pour revitaliser cette institution  » poursuit Dan Tootle, tout en faisant défiler le plan directeur global de 35 pages, version réduite de l’étude complète de 76 pages. « Il ne s’agissait pas simplement de le remettre en état pour faire ce qu’il faisait dans le passé mais de le faire progresser vers ce qui est nécessaire au 21ème siècle, au-delà des simples fins agricoles traditionnelles en Haïti ».

À terme, le collège devra être autonome et capable d’apporter de l’aide à d’autres institutions diocésaines.

Aujourd’hui dans sa cinquième itération, après avoir recueilli les réactions des personnes intéressés au niveau régional et effectué la dotation de tout le personnel, la première phase de 2,5 ans comporte la construction de nouvelles installations d’enseignement et la préparation de terrains avec drainage et accès adéquats ainsi que d’autres travaux de base. La seconde phase d’1,5 an comporte l’infrastructure nécessaire pour l’élevage et la transformation des animaux ainsi que la création d’un centre régional de soutien agricole. La troisième et dernière phase comporte la construction d’un dortoir pour 250 élèves internes ainsi que du reste des bâtiments administratifs et de soutien. D’autres projets consistent à établir un partenariat avec FreshMinistries concernant l’aquaponie, à créer des vergers et à cultiver des plantes comme le sisal spécialement pour la vente aux transformateurs.

Georges Gabriel Étienne, qui enseigne la botanique et les cultures maraîchères, conduit ses élèves pour une leçon en extérieur sur le terrain test. Photo : Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News Service

La formation que reçoivent les élèves à St-Barnabas est équivalente à celle que reçoivent les élèves dans un « community college » aux États-Unis, nous dit Dan Tootle, ajoutant qu’il les prépare pour entrer directement dans l’agro-industrie et les exploitations agricoles. À mesure de l’évolution du programme d’études, ajoute-t-il, les élèves seront encouragés à se diriger vers l’entreprenariat et des ressources leur seront données pour les aider à y parvenir.

Établi en 1984 en tant que partenariat entre le Diocèse épiscopal d’Haïti et l’Église presbytérienne des États-Unis, St-Barnabas a acquis une réputation d’excellence en matière d’éducation au niveau national avec une remise de diplôme à quelque 30 promotions au fil des années.

« Des jeunes provenant de tout le pays viennent ici pour y recevoir la formation de techniciens agricoles » déclare Yves Mary Étienne, l’économiste et diplômé de St-Barnabas qui a rejoint le corps enseignant dans les toutes premières années et y est resté.

L’économiste Yves Mary Étienne, arrache du pak-choï du terrain test et le donne à une femme de la communauté pour qu’elle le vendre sur le marché local. Photo : Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News Service

« St-Barnabas a été créé pour assurer une meilleure formation aux agriculteurs qui n’avaient pas les moyens d’aller à l’école »  poursuit Étienne en créole par l’intermédiaire d’un interprète, ajoutant que les élèves repartent habituellement chez eux et partagent ce qu’ils ont appris au profit de la communauté. « St-Barnabas n’est pas seulement pour le Nord et le Nord-Est, il éduque des élèves du pays tout entier ».

Les diplômés de St-Barnabas ont également acquis la réputation d’être bien préparés.

En Haïti, il est important que les demandeurs d’emploi aient des références, nous confie Merlotte Pierre, qui est secrétaire et professeur de grammaire française depuis 1997 à St-Barnabas. Un certificat de St-Barnabas est souvent autosuffisant, ajoute-t-elle, également en créole par le biais d’un interprète.

Merlotte Pierre enseigne la grammaire française aux élèves qui étudient au Centre d’agriculture St-Barnabas et travaille à la fois comme secrétaire et enseignant de français au collège. Photo : Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News Service

Pour des élèves comme Jonas Bien-Aimé, 22 ans, qui veut devenir expert agricole et Jouveline Pericles, 21 ans, dont la matière préférée est la conservation des sols et qui un jour aimerait travailler pour une organisation non gouvernementale, St-Barnabas apporte la formation, l’éducation et les compétences nécessaires pour accéder à ces emplois. Les élèves de St-Barnabas apprennent les pratiques agricoles durables ; toutes les cultures sont cultivées biologiquement, fertilisées avec du compost plutôt qu’avec des engrais chimiques et la conservation de l’eau et des sols est une priorité absolue.

St-Barnabas est l’une des deux écoles professionnelles de la région Nord d’Haïti qui appartiennent au Diocèse épiscopal d’Haïti – l’autre est l’Esprit-Saint à Cap-Haïtien qui forme des élèves à des emplois de plombiers, électriciens et mécaniciens. À travers le diocèse, qui a le plus grand nombre de fidèles de l’Église épiscopale, l’accent est mis sur l’éducation. Le Diocèse d’Haïti gère plus de 250 écoles primaires et secondaires dans tout le pays qui n’est pas encore entièrement remis du tremblement de terre de force 7 qui a dévasté le pays, tuant des centaines de milliers et déplaçant plus de 1,5 million d’habitants en 2010.

Eliza Brinkley, missionnaire du Young Adult Service Corps du diocèse de Caroline du Nord, enseigne l’anglais aux élèves du Centre d’agriculture St-Barnabas. Outre l’agriculture et les techniques agricoles, les élèves étudient l’anglais, le français, l’économie et d’autres matières d’enseignement général.

Après le séisme, des gouvernements et des organismes humanitaires internationaux ont promis des milliards de dollars d’aide pour la reconstruction de ce pays des Caraïbes, longtemps considéré comme le plus pauvre de l’hémisphère occidental. Plus de cinq ans après, bon nombre des ONG sont parties et Haïti demeure l’un des pays les plus pauvres au monde. L’Église épiscopale, quant à elle, a maintenu le cap et s’est engagée à reconstruire les institutions diocésaines détruites près de l’épicentre du tremblement de terre proche de la capitale Port-Au-Prince, au Sud. Le Bureau de développement de l’Église épiscopale dirige l’effort de reconstruction.

« Parallèlement à la reconstruction de la Cathédrale de la Sainte-Trinité et de l’École Saint-Vincent pour les handicapés, St-Barnabas est une priorité pour le Bureau de développement car son existence viendra renforcer et soutenir la mission et le ministère du diocèse » déclare Tara Elgin Holley, directeur du développement de l’Église épiscopale.

« En outre, la revitalisation du collège et des 200 hectares sur lesquels il est bâti traite directement de la Cinquième marque de la mission qui est  de « s’efforcer de préserver l’intégrité de la création et de maintenir et renouveler la vie de la terre ».

Bien que la moitié des 10 millions d’habitants du pays exercent une activité agricole, Haïti importe la moitié de sa nourriture, pour une grande partie de son voisin, la République Dominicaine.

« Cultiver des centaines d’hectares de cultures qui peuvent être récoltées et vendues localement est une perspective enthousiasmante, pas simplement pour les élèves de St-Barnabas mais pour la région, » ajoute Tara Holley. « Apprendre aux jeunes provenant de tout le pays à être des techniciens agricoles et des propriétaires de petites entreprises aidera à créer un avenir meilleur pour beaucoup de gens. Et le revenu de la vente des récoltes permettra au collège de soutenir son propre budget opérationnel et de rendre durable son existence continue ».

L’élan donné pour la revitalisation de St-Barnabas « était présent mais dormant depuis un certain temps » nous dit Dan Tootle.

Le Centre d’agriculture St-Barnabas est situé sur une grande ligne de faille. L’école a construit des salles de classe et des bâtiments administratifs provisoires car le bâtiment d’origine risque de s’effondrer si un événement sismique venait à se produire. Photo : Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News Service

En 2014, deux choses clés se sont produites, explique-t-il : Le Comité permanent du Diocèse a pris le contrôle direct de la revitalisation de St-Barnabas, y appliquant de bons principes de gouvernance. Et le Diocèse de Long Island a fait à St-Barnabas un don de 100 000 dollars sans restriction, ce qui a permis au collège de faire les mises à niveau immédiates, comme de construire des bâtiments provisoires, d’acheter des semences et du compost, d’effectuer la maintenance des puits et de relier St-Barnabas au réseau électrique du village Caracol.

Le don du Diocèse de Long Island faisait partie d’une dîme, confie l’Évêque Larry Provenzano.

Le diocèse avait vendu un bien de l’église au centre ville de Brooklyn et, avant d’en investir le produit, a effectué plus de 2 millions de subventions à des ministères nationaux et internationaux.

« Nous avons une grande population haïtienne dans le diocèse et nous avions entendu parlé des travaux effectués en Haïti » poursuit l’Évêque Provenzano, en ajoutant que l’appui donné à St-Barnabas était une décision facile qui s’accordait bien avec l’engagement du diocèse envers une  « théologie écologique ».

En sus de l’appui apporté par le diocèse de Long Island, St-Barnabas a reçu l’appui d’autres organismes, notamment du Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes, du Diocèse de New York et du Diocèse de Californie. Avec l’appui de l’Évêque de Californie Marc Andrus, le missionnaire bénévole pour Haïti Davidson Bidwell-Waite et son mari Edwin Bidwell-Waite ont dirigé l’initiative de levée de fonds pour des bourses d’étude et en avril, ils enverront un groupe d’élèves à St-Barnabas pour aider à planter.

Outre l’appui de Long Island, St-Barnabas a reçu le soutien d’autres organismes, notamment du Diocèse de Californie, qui en sus de son appui financier et de sa levée de fonds pour des bourses d’étude, enverra un groupe d’étudiants à St-Barnabas en avril pour aider à planter.

Tout en continuant sur la voie de la revitalisation, le corps enseignant et les élèves de St-Barnabas cherchent à créer des partenariats avec des personnes individuelles, des paroisses et des diocèses qui seraient intéressés par la gestion de l’environnement et le développement durable ainsi que par le jardinage, l’agriculture, l’élevage animal et l’apiculture, ajoute Tara Holley. « Les partenariats sont ce qui aidera St-Barnabas à se développer et à prospérer… en tant qu’établissement d’enseignement et de centre régional de ressources pour les technologies agricoles ».

Pour de plus amples informations sur la manière dont vous, votre paroisse ou votre diocèse pouvez y participer, veuillez cliquer ici.

– Lynette Wilson est rédacteur et journaliste de l’Episcopal News Service.  

Connecticut bishop will not stand for Anglican Consultative Council chair

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 7:55am

Connecticut Bishop Ian Douglas, Episcopal Church bishop member of the Anglican Consultative Council, to a tablemate during a recent session of the ACC16 meeting in Lusaka, Zambia. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service

[Episcopal News Service – Lusaka, Zambia] Diocese of Connecticut Bishop Ian Douglas, one of the Episcopal Church’s three Anglican Consultative Council members, said April 12 that he would not stand for election as its chair.

Douglas, who had been widely expected to seek the office, sent a letter about his decision to the members of the ACC Standing Committee who were at that group’s April 6-7 meeting.

“While I pray that I can continue to be of service to the Anglican Communion in some new way in the future, I believe that my not pursuing election as chair of the ACC at this time will best facilitate our walking together in unity as the Anglican Communion, and that is my highest priority and my greatest hope and prayer,” Douglas said in his letter.

Douglas is ending his term on both the ACC and Standing Committee at the close of the ACC-16 meeting. The ACC elected Douglas in 2009 to be one of its representatives on the Standing Committee.

In his letter, Douglas, noting the end of his term, said he pledged his “ongoing support and prayers” for the Standing Committee members new and old, and for the secretary general of the Anglican Communion. “God bless the Anglican Communion in our diversity and common service to God’s mission in Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit,” he wrote.

A majority of the leaders of the communion’s 38 provinces – known as primates – during their January gathering called for three years of “consequences”  for the Episcopal Church in response to the 78th General Convention’s decision to change canonical language that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman (Resolution A036) and authorize two new marriage rites with language allowing them to be used by same-sex or opposite-sex couples (Resolution A054).

The primates said that they were “requiring” that for those three years the Episcopal Church not serve on ecumenical and interfaith bodies, not be appointed or elected to an internal standing committee, and “that while participating in the internal bodies of the Anglican Communion, they will not take part in decision-making on any issues pertaining to doctrine or polity.”

Douglas said in an interview April 12 that his decision not to run was “not in response to the primates’ communique per se.” Rather, my discernment has been directly informed by the relationships I enjoy here in the ACC and my commitment to fostering the unity of the Anglican Communion.”

At the close of its April 6-7 meeting, the Standing Committee of the ACC issued a report affirming “the relational links between the Instruments of Communion in which each Instrument, including the Anglican Consultative Council, forms its own views and has its own responsibilities.”

In a statement issued April 11, Bishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon, secretary general of the Anglican Communion, acknowledged that no ACC member can be prevented from nomination to the Standing Committee. “However during their first day in session,” wrote Idowu-Fearon, “Archbishop Justin presented a report to the ACC of the Primates Meeting. As promised he requested the ACC to work with the primates for the welfare of the whole Communion.”

Nominations for ACC chair close midday on April 13 and the election is set for April 15. The nominations for vice chair and Standing Committee members close on April 16 with the elections coming April 18.

Douglas, who was a General Convention four-time deputy before he was elected bishop of Connecticut in 2009, served on the design group for the 2008 Lambeth Conference of Anglican bishops and has been a member of the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Mission and Evangelism and a consultant for Theological Education in the Anglican Communion. Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams awarded Douglas the Cross of St. Augustine, the highest honor in the Anglican Communion, for his work on the Lambeth Conference. More information about Douglas is here.

Before the next meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council, expected in 2019, the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council will elect the church’s bishop member of the ACC. The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies, is the clergy member and Deputy Rosalie Ballentine of the Diocese of the Virgin Islands is the lay member. Jennings is attending her second meeting and Ballentine her first. ACC members serve for three meetings.

Read more about the Anglican Consultative Council

The ACC is one of three Instruments of Communion, the others being the Lambeth Conference of Anglican bishops and the Primates Meeting. The archbishop of Canterbury (who is president of the ACC) is seen as is the “Focus for Unity” for the three instruments.

Formed in 1969, the ACC includes clergy and lay people, as well as bishops, among its delegates. The membership includes from one to three persons from each of the Anglican Communion’s 38 provinces, depending on the numerical size of each province. Where there are three members, there is a bishop, a priest and a lay person. Where fewer members are appointed, preference is given to lay membership.

The council meets every three years or four years and the Lusaka meeting is the council’s 16th session. The first meeting was held in Limuru, Kenya, in 1971. The ACC last met in late 2012 in Auckland, New Zealand. The ACC has not gathered in Africa since its ninth meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1993.

The roster for ACC16 is here.

Ongoing ENS coverage of the ACC is here.

The House of Deputies News page is also posting stories about the meeting.

Tweeting is happening with #ACCLusaka.

– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service.

Connecticut Bishop Douglas’ letter to ACC Standing Committee

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 7:53am

Diocese of Connecticut Bishop Ian Douglas, the Episcopal Church’s bishop member of the Anglican Consultative Council, sent the following letter April 12 the members of the ACC Standing Committee who were at that group’s April 6-7 meeting.

April 12, 2016

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ on the Standing Committee who attended the meeting of the Standing Committee in Lusaka, Zambia:

It was a joy to be with you in our Standing Committee meeting in Lusaka on 6-7 April, 2016 as we worked together for the mission of God and the unity of the Anglican Communion. I am grateful for our honest conversations, for the ways in which we challenge one another, and for our life together in Christ.

Many of you know that I have long considered whether God is calling me to stand for election as Chair of the Anglican Consultative Council. I thank God for your support of me in this process of discernment. I want to tell you before the call for nominations closes on Wednesday that I have decided not to stand. While I pray that I can continue to be of service to the Anglican Communion in some new way in the future, I believe that my not pursuing election as Chair of the ACC at this time will best facilitate our walking together in unity as the Anglican Communion, and that is my highest priority and my greatest hope and prayer.

Since its first meeting in 1971, the ACC has provided a space for the sharing of our stories in God’s mission as laity, priests, deacons and bishops from the many and diverse contexts of the churches of the Anglican Communion. By sharing our varied stories we live Anglicanism’s gift of holding together the particular and universal, the contextual and catholic, and the local and global. It has been a singular joy and privilege to walk this path with Anglican sisters and brothers in Christ in the meetings of ACC14, ACC15, and ACC16. I will forever cherish our time and work together as members of the Standing Committee and the Anglican Consultative Council.

As my term as a Member of the ACC from The Episcopal Church draws to a close and thus likewise my service on the Standing Committee, I pledge my ongoing support and prayers for you, for the ACC moving forward, for the incoming Standing Committee – its President, Chair and Vice Chair, and for the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion. God bless the Anglican Communion in our diversity and common service to God’s mission in Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Faithfully yours,

The Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas, Ph.D. (ACC14, 15, 16)

Multimedia: Scenes from ACC-16 opening Eucharist

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 2:44pm

[Episcopal News Service – Lusaka, Zambia] The five-hour Eucharist April 10 that officially opened the Anglican Consultative Council’s 16th meeting at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross was a colorful, rollicking and spirited-filled service.

 

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby greeted the thousands of people who came to the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka April 10 for the five-hour Anglican Consultative Council opening Eucharist. Photo: Anglican Communion Office

Episcopal Church lay member Rosalie Ballentine, right, sat with Shunila Ruth, her counterpart from from Pakistan. Photo: Rebecca Wilson

The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, the Episcopal Church’s ACC clergy member and president of the House of Deputies, center, sat with the Ven. Michael Thompson, ACC clergy member from the Anglican Church of Canada, and Canon Margaret Swinson, Church of England lay ACC member. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service

Diocese of Connecticut Bishop Ian Douglas, center, shared a laugh before the Eucharist with Diocese of Grafton Bishop Sarah MacNeil, the Anglican Church of Australia’s ACC bishop member, and Diocese of Chelmsford Bishop Stephen Cottrell, Church of England ACC bishop member. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service

The entrance rite featured four processions filled with officials for across the Province of the Central Africa. Photo; Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service

A young Anglican prayed the Lord’s Prayer before being dismissed for Sunday School. Photo: Anglican Communion Office

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby helped in the drumming that accompanied the start of the Eucharist. Photo: Anglican Communion Office

Passing the peace became an extended dance party. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service

Bishop Dirk Schoon of the Old Catholic Union of Utrecht, an ecumenical member of the ACC, joined the acolytes during the service. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service

A brass band played during the recessional. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service

Various women’s groups did a brisk business in ACC-16 logo ware. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service

Secretary General issues statement clarifying events leading up to ACC

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 10:04am

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican Communion Office has released this statement in response to recent comments on events leading up to the Anglican Consultative Council meeting, ACC-16.

  1. Statements circulating about a failure to follow up on the decisions of the January 2016 Primates meeting at best give a false impression. The terms of the Primates decision about The Episcopal Church (TEC) have been followed through as far as is possible and legal. To say otherwise is misleading and wrong.
  2. The Archbishop of Canterbury has fulfilled his responsibilities and asked those members of interfaith or ecumenical bodies who are from TEC and whose appointment he controls, to stand down, and they have done so. In addition, as required, he has appointed a Task Group with representatives from across the communion.
  3. Archbishop Justin has refused to engage in any public response to statements and speculation by any party in advance of the ACC, having maintained personal and private contact with the Primates since their meeting. It has always been his intention to speak directly and in person to the ACC members, respecting their role and responsibilities.
  4. A TEC representative whose attendance at the ACC Standing Committee has been commented on as breaching the decision of the Primates, was elected to the Standing Committee several years before the Primates’ meeting. As the Standing Committee is a Trustee body under English law, they cannot be removed without legal cause, and neither the Primates nor the ABC, nor indeed the ACC, can override the law.
  5. Under the Constitution of the ACC, no-one who is a recognised delegate from a member Province can be prevented from being nominated to the Standing Committee. However during their first day in session, Archbishop Justin presented a report to the ACC of the Primates meeting. As promised he requested the ACC to work with the Primates for the welfare of the whole Communion.
  6. He said “As Archbishop of Canterbury (a separate Instrument) I have acted on the Primates’ decision in those areas for which I have responsibility. It is both my and the Primates’ desire, hope and prayer that the Anglican Consultative Council should also share in working through the consequences of our impaired relationships.”
  7. There have also been suggestions of criminal action including forgery and corruption in which the Archbishop of Canterbury and Anglican Communion Office staff have been mentioned.
  8. It is the practice of the ACO to book the flights and cover the costs for all delegates attending ACC meetings, though some choose to cover their own costs. To imply that on this occasion this established practice is corrupt is disingenuous. Tickets were arranged well before any indications of non attendance by a small number of Provinces.
  9. The unsubstantiated public allegations of forgery against the members of the Kenyan delegation are scurrilous and untrue and are made in a manner against all biblical principles of appropriate behaviour.

Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon,
The secretary general of the Anglican Communion

Report to ACC-16 from the Anglican Communion’s secretary general

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 9:56am

[Anglican Communion News Service] The secretary general of the Anglican Communion, Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon, this morning (April 11) delivered a report to members of the Anglican Consultative Council meeting at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka. Archbishop Josiah set out his perspective of the Communion and shared his experiences of his first few months in the post; before setting out the work of the departments at the Anglican Communion Office.

Your grace, the President of ACC, the chair, and vice-chair, archbishops, bishops, my brothers and sisters in Christ, it is a great joy to be speaking to you this morning in what is my first ACC report as secretary general of our wonderful Anglican Communion.

But before I go to my prepared report, just to add that – as the chair as informed you – today and tomorrow we will be speaking addressing on what goes on at the Anglican Communion Office in London. And after my presentation this morning there will be time for all of you to reflect on what you have heard and there will be four questions on the screen that will relate to my presentation; and then each of the staff will talk to you about his or her department so that you have an idea what goes on in that office.

I remember a day before I was interviewed, having met the Archbishop of Canterbury, I had to meet some of the directors; and just listening to them, I was really amazed. I said: “Gosh! There is so much going on in this office and out there we know virtually nothing about what is going on. I am hoping that today and tomorrow you will listen and give us more things to do; and that you will also promise to use the things that come out of your office which we are fortunate to work at.

There is a lot of ground to cover this morning. My first nine months in office have been busy. I have had the privilege of being invited to a number of Provinces. And I tell the people I meet that I have a very difficult job: difficult because it seems that this position is not biblical! The Bible says that you cannot serve two masters – and I am having to serve four masters! I serve the Archbishop of Canterbury; I serve the ACC – you are all my bosses; I serve the Primates – a very difficult group; and I have to serve the Lambeth Conference, which is all the bishops. I want you to have this picture all the time before you as you pray for us in that office; because that office is not biblical. I’m sure you understand what I mean in case the press people go and take it out of context. I will talk more on this – about the office itself – later, let me begin with the story of the road to Emmaus – somewhere we often linger in resurrection season.

It is there we see the disciples meeting in the shadow of murder, breath-taking injustice, headline news, walking and talking together, wondering what on earth it all means. Then – well, we know how the story ends: finding Jesus where we thought he was absent. This morning I am calling you again to this story.

And I begin with response to Pakistan attack.

As I prepared to come to Lusaka, I heard the news of 72 people killed and 300 injured in a park in the Pakistani city of Lahore. Our bishops in Pakistan responded: praying with the injured in hospitals around the city, encouraging broken people, consoling them. They ask us to pray with them for the pain in that place. The Bishop of Lahore also asks for our help because a new railway line in the city is planned for a route that threatens the land of four of our Anglican churches – including the cathedral.

Also, before we coming here, [a] bishop . . . in Kaduna Province of the Church of Nigeria, sent to me pictures of his church that was rebuilt being completely demolished by Muslims.

All these show to us that they are hard pressed on every side. But we are their big family and, because we walk together with them, we disciples find Jesus present in circumstances where we thought he couldn’t possibly be. Do take the opportunity while you are here to speak to our friends here from Pakistan and assure them of your love and prayers; just as we have been able to express our love, prayers and concerns to the Bishop [in Kaduna] after that horrible experience.

Response to Primates’ Meeting

On Friday you heard a report from the Primates’ meeting in Canterbury in January from Archbishop Justin, our President. One of the things which was part of our story from that week was the sense we had of the prayers of the wider Communion. God was there, by the prayers of the saints. It was a lovely experience. If you want to talk more about the Primates’ meeting, and about these issues, I will encourage you to talk to Archbishop Justin and the Primates who are present here. Don’t let them go if there are areas you don’t understand or areas you want them to talk to you a bit more about; please use their presence here.

But, for now, let me say that your walking with us – your prayer in our struggles – let God in. And that meeting was a miracle. We felt the presence of the Lord, and I want to thank you.

Overseas Visits – USA

I said that I had been busy. I have had the opportunity to travel widely these past nine months and meet many of those who make up our worldwide family.

Among the invitations I received was to attend the enthronement services of the Bishops of South East Florida and Dallas and an invitation as keynote speaker at the Mission Conference of the Diocese of Connecticut – the diocese where Bishop Ian [Douglas] hails. Three different dioceses in the same Province. I am happy to inform the ACC of the good things happening within TEC in spite of the talk of “crises”.

Since the enthronement service of the new Presiding Bishop, a committee is being formed by Bishop Curry, the new Presiding Bishop, to work out how TEC helps those bishops, clergy and congregations that cannot support same sex marriage. The hope is to make good on a resolution passed in their recent Convention that this theological and pastoral position be “respected” with no coercion to conform to the practice of same sex marriage. I am encouraged that such a committee is to be appointed, and while this will not be an easy task, I have hope that this position of respect will be maintained.

I am also happy to let the ACC members know that within TEC today there are bishops in dioceses where same-sex marriage is practised who make provision for those who do not accept that; with bishops from other dioceses where it is not practiced. So there is this walking together. There is this communication. There is this partnership already going on within TEC. And I know, because I have had words with the bishops who are involved in this.

Reflection on the Covenant

We cannot avoid our disagreements as a family. Members will know that the Anglican Covenant is one way of describing what being a Communion means, to help us when we disagree. In these Internet days we disagree faster…. some might say more furiously than ever. The broader public sees this.

Professor Norman Doe is the director of the Centre for Law and Religion at Cardiff University. He is a member of the Lambeth Commission that had proposed the Covenant and helped to draft it. What does he think the Covenant is for? He says it a means of “setting out clearly the jurisdictional boundaries of the instruments of the Communion… the Covenant project would fill a vacuum and provide a set of house rules for the Anglican Communion to address issues.”

The disagreements of today will eventually give way to others. These could be even more intractable. In Professor Doe’s words: “other cases like this: stimulating litigation, jeopardising ecumenical relations, making people ill, wasting money. . . It is high time that Anglicans got a formal agreement together on how they process this,” says Professor Doe.

At the moment, I can report to you that 11 of 38 provinces have signed the Covenant. Many are the smaller, non-English speaking Provinces for whom being a part of a bigger communion provides valuable connections and protections.

This is a matter that I want this instrument – the ACC – to take seriously. It was discussed at the Standing Committee last week and I was encouraged by the idea that emerged: that a group be set up to examine the way forward. It could even be the same Task Group set up by the Archbishop of Canterbury following the Primates’ meeting in January.

I am tempted to say a bit more; But I wouldn’t – I’ll let it come from all of you.

Overseas Visit – Peru and possible new Provinces

We can’t avoid our disagreements. But we shouldn’t let disagreements drown out our developments. Another trip I undertook was to Peru. At the invitation of the diocese and the province, and, having consulted with the Chair of the ACC and the President, Archbishop Justin, I went with a representative from the President’s office to assess the state of readiness of Peru in becoming a viable and functional province.

We saw a new province in the making. We witnessed the consecration of three bishops as Missionaries to newly created missionary dioceses and commissioned for their various mission fields. Our time was short but opportunity was given for us to meet with the people of Peru and visit some very remote areas of the proposed province.

The numerical strength is small but there is a huge potential for numerical growth – we saw the hunger for spiritual food among the people of Peru. But there is an issue of communication. Many of the clergy and bishops do not speak English at all. And, at present, we don’t provide much material in Spanish from the Anglican Communion Office. The Anglicans there complained of being detached from the rest of the Communion because they could not read what was happening in other places – and the rest of the Communion was not hearing their stories. Brothers and sisters, we have a serious communication problem in the entire South American Province that calls for an urgent solution by the ACC.

When I say South America, you know we have two major languages there. We have Spanish and there is Portuguese. We need to think seriously if we are to continue – we want them to feel a part of the rest of the Communion. And we also have French speaking parts in Africa.

In Sudan and South Sudan, the application to become an independent and autonomous Province is further advanced. A visitors group is to examine progress and once completed, there will be a vote on the application.

The application for Peru is also considered and I have been mandated by the Standing Committee to have a second look; meet with the bishops from that province; before a final decision or recommendation is made to the Standing Committee of the ACC.

It is a similar story in Chile with the Provinces’ application to become a Province. Here I will be working with the diocese to ensure all the guidelines are being met. On the Church in Ceylon, there is a desire to no longer come under the metropolitan authority of the Archbishop of Canterbury. This aspiration has been warmly welcomed. Archbishop Freier is to work with the Church to draw up a roadmap on the next steps.

Threats facing people in some Provinces within the Communion

When we grow, we get growing pains. But we need to grow, and we must grow and we should grow. Where we stand here in Lusaka, there is famine close by. In Zimbabwe the President has declared a national ‘state of disaster’. In Europe there is the biggest mass movement of people since the Second World War. In airports and railway stations in supposedly ‘modern democracies’, religious extremism has led to people killing people in cold blood.

Meanwhile our beautiful, God-given planet is itself under threat, from all kinds of environmental consequences. Later you will hear from Archbishop Thabo on this matter. In the province of Southern Africa, the people of Mozambique are trying to recover from terrible flooding. In Namibia, drought has forced the livestock industry – upon which seven in 10 Namibians depend – to declare a state of emergency, and the government is pressing farmers to sell their cattle. Primate Thabo recently wrote: “Our sister churches in the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa have similar stories they can tell. And at a recent consultation of bishops from the most vulnerable parts of the world, we heard of changes to seasons, rising sea levels, the acidification of seawater, depleted fishing [grounds] and of ‘climate refugees’ – people displaced by the changes,” says Primate Thabo.

The cyclones that hit Fiji in February are part of that. How are we to deal with the homeless people these disasters have left behind? Many are old and frail, their lifetimes washed away before their tired eyes. We will hear more about this from the Anglican Alliance, another department in the office.

The need to encourage everyone to walk together

From Dallas to Peru, from Wales to the West Indies, I have seen for myself how we are stronger to help when we walk together. Now, sadly not everyone who was invited is here today with us. That makes us sad, particularly if they agreed to come and are not here.

Later you will receive the report from the Director of Finance of Administration, and note that some of the Provinces who are not represented have also stopped sending their token contributions towards a fully functioning Anglican Communion office. And tomorrow, when the director presents his papers, we will be presenting you with facts and figures.

But, when St Paul wrote to the churches in Rome and Corinth, the Greek word he used to describe the gift of money from one church to another was koinonia – the word for communion. While I draw your attention to that, I just want to say this: in a family gathering, when important people we love can’t make it, we miss them.

But this is slightly different from family life because when they are not here we do not just miss them for our sake, or for theirs. We miss them for the sake of a needy world that needs Jesus where they thought he couldn’t possibly be.

In living up to its mandate, it seems right that the ACC be reminded of how it came to be set up. From the documents available to me, I see that the precursor to the ACC was the “Advisory Council on Missionary Strategy” which issued out of the Lambeth Conference of 1948 originally and then formally in 1958. In his work and leadership leading up to the formal proposals that gave birth to the ACC in late 1960s, Bishop Stephen Baines speaks to the question of “Mission Strategy” for Anglicans in which he notes that, for many, it is a kind of “dirty word”, because of its functionalist feel – and I use the word “functionalism” here in its sociological perspective – but, according to Baines, “there is no disgrace in it,” he goes on to say.

There are a lot of pressures, from within our churches perhaps, to “do something” – respond to this demand; make a statement about that disagreement; take a stand on this or that issue.

But I would challenge, and urge the Council now to return to its roots and recommit itself to the kind of “consultation” that Baines, our human “founder” you could say, first encouraged us to do: apprehend anew what is the shape of our common discipleship of Christ; what are the resources we both have and need to bring to this common life of following Jesus, where we are being led by him, and for what end.

We must also re-think the character of our “inter-dependence”, and what evangelical burdens this properly places on each member of the ACC. The ACC is not the synod of the Communion; it makes no directive decisions about any of these things. Rather, it is one of the gatherings where, above all, wisdom can be sought by coming together in Christ’s name, praying, listening, learning, and articulating for the sake of the decisions of others.

In his further analysis, Baines noted several features that actually make it difficult for Anglicans to engage in Communion. One of these that I consider relevant to where the ACC is today is prophetic; it is this that informs my calling on this Instrument to go back to her roots.

According to Baines: One of the issues still current among us is the fact that we are “wedded to the national principle”, wherein we see the church as “deeply and richly rooted in the soil of its own country and people”. This national principle is one that “is rightly held precious by us”, he said, for all kinds of reasons. But Baines also observed – and remember, this is in 1961 when he is writing, not 2016! – the following:

“The [national] principle has its dangers, which are those of isolation, of provincialism, of division and narrowness, which breed weakness and disunity, and which dissipate strength and defeat our essential unity and mission. These dangers,” Baines continues, “threaten now more and more ominously, the more our world shrinks and we are forced into a new realisation of our interdependence. . . There is no room left, no time, in our world; we are deeply bound together, so that it is hard to say where one national interest ends and another begins; and while we righty cleave to our independence in our separate churches, we are also deeply aware of our need to think and choose and act together. This, we come to see,” says Baines, “is not at all a surrender of our traditional freedom, but rather an intelligent and far-seeing use of it”.

Brothers and sisters, we have been seeing these dangers play themselves out over the past 10-15 years; and we have also seen ever more clearly the imperative to take hold of the challenge to, and I quote, “think and choose and act together”, not for our sake only, but for the sake of a world that is riven far more threateningly than is our communion. Indeed, we can now see, perhaps more clearly than in Baines’ day, that our Communion is precisely what the world most desperately needs. And the Archbishop made this very clear in his address to us all yesterday.

Brothers and sisters, yes: we struggle with matters of doctrine – of course we do – and we have to continue to do. The Church always has. In the wider ecumenical scene, the struggles are just the same. I am glad that some of our ecumenical partners present here were at the meeting that was held – I think it was in September last year in London; a meeting of secretary generals of various major denominations at which I was inducted. And as I listened to their stories – from the Roman Catholic Church right down to to the evangelical movement – there is not church which is not wrestling with this human sexuality problem.

I was intrigued because the chair was looking at me. I was sucking it all in and it got to the point, the chair came to me and said: “Josiah, you Anglicans – just cool it. Just cool it. This problem is not just for the Anglicans; it is for the Christian world. And I felt that was an encouragement; and I hope as we continue to look at these doctrinal matters we will think of other churches who are also struggling.

But, brothers and sisters, we are in a world full of need. Let us recognise our own pains for what they are, and focus on the bigger world we’re here to serve.

And it is to this bigger world that I now wish to turn as I introduce the various departments we have at the Anglican Communion Office.

As I took this position last year, I felt I had been baptised into a community – a community of women and men who are committed to the gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; and willing and ready and available to work out the Five Marks of Mission which is the mandate from the ACC.

Today we will hear from:

John Kafwanka, our director of mission. The Mission department facilitates exchange of information and resources and it promotes collaboration – the learning and sharing of good practice to enrich global and local mission.

It promotes relationships that are interdependent; it promotes evangelism and holistic church growth. And it is a focal point for sharing experience for youth, children and family ministry.

Terrie Robinson: our director for Women in Church and Society. Terrie works with women and men around the Anglican Communion in the promotion and pursuit of just relationships between women and men, girls and boys, and the equal participation and flourishing of women in all areas of their lives. In our churches and in our broader communities we still have a long way to go. The mandate for this work is rooted firmly in Scripture and has been lifted up in a series of Anglican Consultative Council resolutions over the last decade. Terrie is going to describe some of the ways in which she is supporting Anglican (and often ecumenical) endeavours, to ensure that girls and women, boys and men experience their being gendered as a God-given gift and source of life and hope.

Phil Groves: our director for Continuing Indaba.This is a process of conflict transformation that establishes relationships so that difficult conversations can have positive results. Over the past three years, Phil has overseen the transition of Continuing Indaba from a project to providing resources that are being used in a variety of ways. It is breaking down barriers of tribalism and sectarianism – with positive results, including church growth. Many of you will know Phil has co-written a book on the subject – Living Reconciliation.
We have two directors from the Anglican Alliance – Andy Bowerman and Rachael Carnegie.

The Alliance brings together the churches and agencies of the Anglican Communion in development, relief and advocacy. Participants in the Alliance come together to witness to Christ’s love by responding to human need, promoting justice and reconciliation and safeguarding creation.

It connects the Communion:

  • In solidarity of prayer and resources during a humanitarian crisis
  • In sharing of skills and resources for development
  • In building common platforms for advocacy

Flora Winfield is our representative to the United Nations in Geneva. There’s been an increasing number of protracted humanitarian crises since the start of 2014. Flora and her colleagues have been providing the Communion’s voice at the UN. This involves fostering better relationships and communications between our provinces and dioceses and their UN partners as they respond to humanitarian crises or conflicts.

The work also looks at questions of

  • Security – including food security
  • Refugees and migrants
  • Peace building
  • Human rights
  • Religious freedom
  • Health emergencies – such as Ebola

The work also includes education – teaching the UN institutions about faith – and our communities about the workings of the UN.

I have not said anything about the communications department; but Adrian Butcher, our new director of that department will also be presenting the work that goes on there. But before I stop and we go into questions and answers, I want to say this: When I was in Peru, it actually struck me that, yes – this Communion is vast; but like I said earlier on, there are huge chunks in this family where all that goes on in other provinces are not known. And what goes on in places like South America, what goes on there is not known to the rest of the Communion.

So we want to transform our communications department. We want to be able to tell our own story. The Primates Meeting cannot do that. Lambeth Conference cannot do that. The Archbishop of Canterbury – as an Instrument – cannot do that. This is the instrument that can give us that empowerment.

So I want us to take that very seriously as we discuss today, tomorrow, and before we leave. We need to beef up our communications department; to have people in the various parts of the Communion who will feed us at the ACO so that we can disseminate news just like that. We can do it because there is no church like the Anglican Communion. And I hope that as we reflect on what I have shared, and what will be shared by my colleagues from the office, you will give us that mandate so that we can represent you better.