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TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Featured Jobs & Calls Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Submit an Event Listing Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Shreveport, LA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Submit a Job Listing Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Belleville, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Tampa, FL Rector Albany, NY [Episcopal News Service] Diciendo que “lamentan los asesinatos en masa ampliamente divulgados” en Estados Unidos y que “han llorado por su causa”, la Cámara de Obispos de la Iglesia Episcopal declaró también el 12 de marzo que [los obispos] estaban “escandalizados por las masacres diarias de nuestros jóvenes que pasan inadvertidas en ciudades tales como Chicago, Newark, Baltimore, Puerto Príncipe y Tegucigalpa”.“Esta carnicería debe cesar, dijeron los obispos en una “Palabra a la Iglesia” expedida desde el Centro de Conferencias de Kanuga en Hendersonville, Carolina del Norte (Diócesis de Carolina del Norte Occidental) al final de su reunión del 8 al 12 de marzo.Los obispos dijeron que ellos “encarnan una amplia variedad de experiencias y perspectivas respecto a las armas de fuego” contándose entre ellos “cazadores y tiradores deportivos, [así como] ex miembros de las fuerzas armadas y ex agentes de los servicios de orden público”.“Respetamos y honramos el no ser unánimes en lo que respecta a los asuntos relacionados con la legislación sobre las armas. No obstante, estamos convencidos de que debe haber un nuevo diálogo en Estados Unidos que desafíe la violencia de las armas de fuego”, afirmaron. “Debido a la amplia variedad de contextos en que vivimos y nuestro compromiso con un discurso razonado y respetuoso que integre importantes diferencias en tensión creativa, creemos que la Iglesia Episcopal puede y debe llevar adelante este empeño. De hecho muchos en esta Iglesia ya lo están haciendo, por lo cual damos gracias a Dios”.Un compromiso específico “a liderar un nuevo diálogo en nuestras naciones en cuanto al uso adecuado y la legislación de las armas de fuego” y a tomar “medidas específicas para este fin”, es, dijeron los obispos, acorde con sus votos de ordenación episcopal de “proclamar e interpretar valerosamente el Evangelio de Cristo, iluminando las mentes y despertando las conciencias”.También dijeron que todos los episcopales son llamados también “a orar y laborar por el fin de la violencia armada”.El tema para la reunión de los obispos, definido como un retiro, fue “un liderazgo piadoso en medio de la pérdida” y las sesiones incluyeron oración, estudio bíblico diario, reflexión y culto.Algunos obispos vieron inicialmente el tema como “deprimente”, dijo Todd Ousley, obispo de la Diócesis de Michigan Oriental y vicepresidente del comité de planificación de la Cámara, durante una sesión informativa de prensa al final de la reunión. Ese sentimiento cambió en la medida en que las reflexiones de varios obispos fueron ampliando el tema, afirmó.“Sin ninguna coordinación entre esos obispos, realmente abordaron las mismas cosas”, agregó Ousley refiriéndose específicamente al llamado a los obispos “a estar presentes; hemos de estar conectados en relaciones y en eso realmente es que consiste el liderazgo”.La reunión [de la Cámara de Obispos] fue la primera desde la Convención General en julio de 2012, y la primera reunión de los obispos fuera del marco de la Convención desde su último retiro en marzo de 2010. Los obispos por lo general se reúnen en marzo y en septiembre en los años en que no sesiona la Convención General.Un total de 137 obispos se inscribieron para participar en el retiro, según informara Ken Price, obispo sufragáneo jubilado de Ohio que es el secretario de la Cámara. Once de los obispos eran nuevos desde el último retiro, dijo Price, quien también resaltó en la sesión informativa el fallecimiento de ocho obispos.“La Cámara se mantiene en un flujo continuo, pero en los 18 años que yo he estado asistiendo, puedo decir sinceramente que esta reunión dio más espacio, más tiempo para ocuparnos de nosotros mismos que ninguna otra”. Refiriéndose al formato de retiro, Price dijo: “creo que todos nos vamos a ir refrescados y agradecidos por el período de reflexión”.La obispa primada Katharine Jefferts Schori se hizo eco de ese sentir, calificando la reunión como un tiempo de “genuina fraternidad y de diálogo profundo” y describió la sesión vespertina del 12 de marzo como “la más mínima reunión de negocios que puedo recordar”.“Nos dedicamos al negocio de ocuparnos de nuestras almas y eso es una gran bendición”, dijo ella durante la sesión informativa.Mientras los obispos se encontraban reunidos, se anunció que se había llegado a un acuerdo y que había sido aceptado por Jefferts Schori sobre las denuncias del Comité Permanente de la Diócesis de Quincy contra los obispos Peter Beckwith (Springfield), Bruce MacPherson (Luisiana Occidental) y Edward Salmon (Carolina del Sur), y del Comité Permanente y de un individuo de la Diócesis de Fort Worth contra los obispos Maurice Benítez (Dallas), John Howe (Florida Central), Paul Lambert (Dallas), William Love (Albany), Daniel Martins (Springfield), Edward Salmon (Carolina del Sur), y James Stanton (Dallas).El “proceso de conciliación” descrito también como un proceso de mediación, tuvo lugar en conformidad con el Título IV.10 de los Cánones de la Iglesia.“’Conciliación’ es una palabra grotescamente inadecuada para describir lo que ha sucedido”, escribió Martins después de darse a conocer el acuerdo el 8 de marzo. “Hoy creo que es más prudente decir que nosotros nueve estamos procesando algún grado de indignación y que nos sentimos sustancialmente alienados de los que presentaron los cargos contra nosotros. Nos sentimos manipulados y victimizados. No estamos en modo alguno contentos con este resultado, aunque nos atenemos a nuestra decisión de aceptar el acuerdo”.Martins, que asistió al retiro en Kanuga, también calificó el tono del acuerdo como “irónico y hostil” y “ofensivo”.Al preguntarle si el acuerdo y la reacción de Martins habían salido a relucir durante el retiro, Ousley dijo que el tono de la reunión “fue de la de estar muy atentos a nuestras relaciones a lo largo de todo el espectro”.Dijo que se habían suscitado unas “preguntas mínimas” cuando se le informó del acuerdo a la Cámara. “Nuestra atención no estaba en eso, sino más bien en lo mucho que valoramos nuestras mutuas relaciones y en que todos hemos experimentado pérdidas” cuando algunos miembros de la Iglesia Episcopal han decidido abandonarla.La reunión conllevó muchísimas conversaciones informales entre los obispos, dijo Dean Wolfe, obispo de Kansas, durante la sesión informativa, añadiendo que él no había percibido los sentimientos que Martins le atribuye a los obispos involucrados en el proceso. “Hubo muchísimo buen humor, buena conversación y la sensación de que avanzamos y no estamos mirando hacia atrás”, afirmó.Jefferts Schori resaltó que el proceso de conciliación se incluye en el Título IV de los cánones disciplinarios de la Iglesia y que “es un paso hacia la reconciliación; no logra la plena reconciliación, pero es un paso en esa dirección”.La Oficina de Relaciones Públicas de la Iglesia Episcopal publicó partes diarios que ofrecían un breve recuento de las discusiones y actividades de los obispos en Kanuga. Esos partes pueden encontrarse aquí.Al público y los medios de prensa no se les permitió presenciar las sesiones. Algunos obispos hicieron comentarios en sus blogs o en Twitter durante el retiro.Entre los que enviaron mensajes en Twitter, valiéndose de los números temáticos #HOB2013 y #HOB13, estuvieron los obispos Greg Brewer, de la Diócesis de Florida Central; Marrian Budde, de la Diócesis de Washington; Tom Ely, de la Diócesis de Vermont; Andy Doyle, de la Diócesis de Texas; Ian Douglas, de la Diócesis de Connecticut; Jeff W. Fisher, sufragáneo de la  Diócesis de Texas; Rob Hirschfeld, de la  Diócesis de Nuevo Hampshire; Steve Lane, de la Diócesis de Maine; Nick Knisely, de la Diócesis de Rhode Island; Dan Martins, de la Diócesis de Springfield; Kirk Smith de la Diócesis de Arizona: Jake Owensby, de la Diócesis de Luisiana Occidental  y Robert Wright, de la Diócesis de Atlanta, quien hizo notar que Knisely le había advertido que debía comenzar a enviar mensajes por Twitter.En reuniones anteriores, algunos obispos han argüido problemas de confidencialidad en respuesta a los mensajes de sus colegas sobre sus conversaciones a través de blogs o de Twitter. Wolfe dijo durante la sesión informativa de prensa que los obispos habían estado de acuerdo en no publicar porciones confidenciales de sus reuniones. En otros partes de la reunión “disfrutamos de una serie de normas más laxas”, apuntó.“Es importante que se disponga de algún momento en que los obispos sientan que pueden compartir de manera creativa y abierta sin el temor de que sus palabras se transmitan al mundo”, dijo Wolfe.Price convino en que “necesitamos esos momentos en que sencillamente conversamos unos con otros”, pero “por otra parte, cuando en verdad sí queremos comunicar, disponemos de montones de instrumentos para hacerlo realmente efectivo y ponernos al día con el mundo”.Él hizo notar que muchos de los obispos recientes “son más jóvenes y han estado usando varios tipos de redes sociales con mucha familiaridad durante mucho tiempo”. Añadió que en una reunión informal algunos de esos obispos estuvieron enseñándoles a otros la manera de usar más efectivamente esas redes sociales.Ousley dijo que el acuerdo de los obispos pide también el valerse de las redes sociales “fundamentalmente para informar nuestras propias palabras y nuestras propias impresiones, en lugar de palabras provenientes de otros”.Los mensajes de Twitter que aparecieron con el número temático #HOB2013, el que más se usó de los dos, pueden encontrarse aquí.– La Rda. Mary Frances Schjonberg es redactora y reportera de Episcopal News Service. Traducido por Vicente Echerri. 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Turning from fear to prayer: Archbishop of Canterbury in Auckland

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John himself says that that was only clear to the disciples after the resurrection.“For everyone else apart from Jesus, the spectacle, the sight of a man on the cross led them to get Jesus wrong.“For the soldiers, playing dice at the foot of the cross, the error was to see nothing out of the ordinary.“The world is being saved around them. By this figure, at whose feet they gamble.“And they gamble… to make the most of a dull day.“The disciples, those who have not run away, huddle in despair, and anguish and defeat. Their error is only to see their crucified rabbi.“They do not see triumph. The throne of the cross.“The world passed on its way, that day, as it would every other day – and as probably we would have done, if we’d been going into Jerusalem on that day.“Across the Holy Land, the dying died, the suffering suffered, all over the world. Many other deaths happened, unremarked, that day. And this day was much unremarked, among those who were there.“And yet only this one death made human history, made cosmic history, completely different.“And the challenge for us as the family, that was created through and after that event – God’s family – is to be the sort of people who enable the mistakes that were made then, and are still made today to be set right, so that the light may shine.“Because for Christians, all our actions should be governed by this figure. And by the way of his death.“A figure on the cross. By the empty tomb. By the gift of the spirit of God – by our vocation to be Christ in this troubled, and for many, this terrible world.A world propelled to fear“This evening, the appalling events of Iraq, the equally terrible killings in Northern Nigeria and in Syria, the war in the Ukraine, and in so many other parts of the world…“The seemingly endless repetitions of the terrible tragedies of Gaza and the whole of Israel and Palestine… all these events and movements propel the world towards fear.“And fear takes people to self-protection, and self-protection takes people to actions that only make things worse.“There must of course be actions. We are an active people.“Christians are called by God to serve, to transform.“Yet the pattern of our action is set by the figure on the cross.“There are millions of reasons for fear. There’s probably about six and a half billion in this world at the moment – and they are every single human being.“We look at human sin and violence, and that gives us reason to fear.“We look at natural disasters – and you know so much more than we do about that – and we see millions and billions of reasons for fear.“Against those millions and billions, there is only one reason for courage, for hope – and that is God.“The God of cross and resurrection.“And that one reason overwhelms every other reason for fear.” Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Tags This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Anglican Communion, The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Martinsville, VA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Albany, NY New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Shreveport, LA last_img read more

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#ShareTheJourney pilgrimage begins in Kenya

first_img Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Africa, Rector Tampa, FL Tags Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Advocacy Peace & Justice, Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Smithfield, NC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Refugees Migration & Resettlement Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Curate Diocese of Nebraska Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Featured Events Rector Hopkinsville, KY This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Submit a Job Listing In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Bath, NC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Washington, DC On March 4, Anglican Bishop Joel Waweru of the Diocese of Nairobi welcomed the #ShareTheJourney pilgrims to Kenya, and offered a brief overview of the Anglican Church of Kenya. Photo: Lynette Wilson/ENS[Episcopal News Service – Nairobi, Kenya] Eight #ShareTheJourney pilgrims arrived in Nairobi March 3 for an 11-day pilgrimage to Kenya and Rwanda to learn about the plight of Congolese refugees and the process they go through to gain resettlement in the United States.“What I hope the result of this trip will be is an increased understanding of what a unique and special program Episcopal Migration Ministries is in The Episcopal Church, and that more Episcopalians can see a place for themselves in this life-saving ministry,” said Deborah Stein, director of Episcopal Migration Ministries, the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society’s refugee resettlement service that is leading the pilgrimage.(The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society is the legal and canonical name under which The Episcopal Church is incorporated, conducts business, and carries out mission.)In addition to meeting with nongovernmental organizations, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Church World Service’s Africa Resettlement Support Center, the pilgrims will travel to Rwanda to visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre and the Gihembe Refugee Camp.The pilgrimage is part of Episcopal Migration Ministries yearlong, 75th anniversary #ShareTheJourney campaign to raise awareness of the ways the Missionary Society works to facilitate refugee resettlement throughout The Episcopal Church.“I think Episcopal Migration Ministries is one of the most inspiring and least well-known ministries in The Episcopal Church,” said the Rev. Scott Gunn, one of the pilgrims and executive director of Forward Movement, a Cincinnati, Ohio-based ministry of The Episcopal Church that encourages discipleship. “I’m eager to see transformation in my own life as I experience this pilgrimage, and I want to do whatever I can to share this journey with other people.”Through Episcopal Migration Ministries, the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society partners with 30 resettlement affiliates in 26 dioceses nationwide. It is one of nine agencies working in partnership with the U.S. Department of State to welcome and resettle refugees to the United States.In 2014, the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society worked with partners to resettle 5,155 of the tens of thousands of refugees who came to the United States through UNHCR’s screening process.Over the next several years, UNHCR plans to resettle 50,000 refugees from the Congo, with 70 to 90 percent to be resettled to the United States.Since 1998, more than 5.5 million people have died in the Congo from fighting, disease and malnutrition in what is regarded as the deadliest conflict since World War II. About 2.5 million people have been internally displaced, and some 500,000 have fled the country’s protracted conflict, with the vast majority living in refugee camps in the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa regions.“There’s no other durable solution for this group of refugees, who’ve been waiting for over a decade in refugee camps without hope of a future,” said Stein. “Some have been resettled or have found a way to stay in the country of asylum, but the rest are languishing away in camps. Resettlement is the only option for them.”A refugee is someone who has fled his or her country of nationality because of a “well-founded fear of persecution” based on race, religion, ethnicity, or political or social affiliation.There are 15.5 million refugees worldwide, according to the UNHCR, whose mandate is to provide international protection for refugees. The agency’s primary focus is on repatriation, or safe return home, followed by citizenship or legal residency in the host country. The third option is resettlement to one of the 22 countries worldwide that accepts refugees. One percent receives third-country resettlement, with half of that 1 percent destined for the United States.The resettlement process typically takes years; refugees can spend decades living in camps before their cases are heard and adjudicated. Kenya is one of two countries – the other being Ethiopia – that hosts the largest number of refugees living in camps in Africa.“One of the effects of resettlement is that it’s a show of support for countries hosting refugees; it gives breathing space to host countries to continue to keep their borders open to future refugees and asylum seekers,” said Stein. “The Congolese refugees are just one of many groups awaiting a similar durable solution.”The #ShareTheJourney pilgrimage is funded through a Constable Fund grant awarded in 2014 by The Episcopal Church Executive Council. The Constable Fund provides grants to fund mission initiatives that were not provided for within the budget of The Episcopal Church passed by the General Convention.Follow the pilgrims at #ShareTheJourney on Twitter (@EMMRefugees); Facebook here; the blog here; or through the media hub here.– Lynette Wilson is an Episcopal News Service editor and reporter. 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Foro episcopal crea conciencia sobre la crisis del cambio climático

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Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENS[Episcopal News Service – Los Ángeles, California] En un país profundamente politizado, en el que a los funcionarios medioambientales de la Florida se les ha prohibido usar juntas las palabras “clima” y “cambio” en una misma oración, y donde un candidato presidencial descarta la noción de que los gases de efecto invernadero están causando que la atmósfera de la tierra se caliente, la Sociedad Misionera Nacional y Extranjera (DFMS, por su sigla en inglés) auspició un foro el 24 de marzo para abordar la crisis del cambio climático mundial.“¿Por qué llamamos a esto una crisis? El sistema regulatorio del planeta está siendo alterado”, dijo la obispa primada Katharine Jefferts Schori, durante su discurso de apertura que se transmitió en directo por un foro en la red.“Al igual que los seres humanos con una fiebre descontrolada, el malfuncionamiento del termostato le causa a un cuerpo una lenta autodestrucción, según la inflamación afecta las articulaciones, da lugar a que fallen las células nerviosas e impide que el sistema digestivo absorba los nutrientes básicos de la vida. Este planeta está recalentándose, su clima está cambiando y sus habitantes se enferman, padecen y mueren”, prosiguió.Cerca de 75 personas se reunieron en el auditorio de la Escuela Episcopal de Campbell Hall, en Studio City, Diócesis de Los Ángeles, para el foro sobre la crisis del cambio climático presentado por la DFMS en asociación con el obispo de Los Ángeles J. Jon Bruno. Además del discurso de la Obispa Primada, el foro de 90 minutos de duración incluyó paneles dedicados a los impactos regionales del cambio climático y a recuperar el cambio climático como un problema moral.Moderado por Fritz Coleman, climatólogo del noticiero de televisión del canal KNBC 4, entre los panelistas se contaron el obispo Marc Andrus, de la Diócesis de California; Princess Daazhraii Johnson, ex directora ejecutiva del Comité Directivo Gwich’in, una de las agrupaciones indígenas sin fines de lucro más antiguas de Alaska, dedicada a la protección del Refugio Nacional de la Vida Salvaje del Ártico; Lucy Jones, sismóloga del Departamento de Topografía Geológica de EE.UU. e investigadora visitante asociada al Laboratorio de Sismología del Instituto Tecnológico de California; y Mary D. Nichols, que preside la Junta de Recursos Aéreos de la Agencia de Protección Ambiental de California.Además, el evento puso en marcha una campaña interactiva de 30 días diseñada por la DFMS que incluye jornadas de promoción, boletines informativos, relatos y actividades para comprometer a individuos y congregaciones en torno al [tema del] cambio climático. Los 30 días de acción concluirán el Día de la Tierra, el 22 de abril.“El cambio climático nos afecta grandemente a todos aquí en Los Ángeles: estamos en un lugar donde los granjeros abandonan sus cultivos y les venden su ración de agua a otras personas”, dijo Bruno, al explicar una de las razones por la cual su diócesis auspició el foro del 24 de marzo.El evento se produjo al tiempo que California entra en un cuarto año de sequía —las acumulaciones de nieve han disminuido y el agua subterránea ha descendido a niveles históricos en algunas zonas— mientras que en la costa oriental del país las nevadas y las temperaturas heladas por debajo de lo normal alcanzaban cifras récord.La obispa primada Katharine Jefferts Schori pronuncia su discurso de apertura en el Foro sobre la Crisis Climática el 24 de marzo en Los Ángeles. Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENS.“El clima es una amplia descripción de la variabilidad del tiempo y las condiciones ambientales. Estamos experimentando fenómenos climáticos más extremos y huracanes, tornados, inundaciones y sequías con mayor frecuencia”, dijo Jefferts Schori. “El nivel del mar está subiendo, porque las capas de hielo se derriten y porque un océano más cálido se expande. En la medida en que aumenta el nivel del mar, las inundaciones costeras resultan más probables y las tormentas intensas más destructivas. Los daños hechos por [el huracán] Katrina y la supertormenta Sandy son dos ejemplos, como lo es también el invierno inusual que gran parte de esta continente está experimentando”.Una “crisis” por definición, dijo Fritz Coleman, el moderador, es un problema o un peligro intenso, un momento crítico en la historia, un momento en el cual deben tomarse decisiones”.El cambio climático, prosiguió él, es el cambio gradual en la temperatura global causado por acumulación de gases de efecto invernadero que atrapan el calor en la atmósfera y, en consecuencia, alteran la temperatura de la tierra. Algunas zonas se tornan más cálidas, así como otras se hacen más frías, explicó él, que es la razón por la cual “cambio climático”, no “calentamiento global”, es el término preferido.“Estos cambios están causando multitud de trastornos peligrosos en nuestro mundo —alterando los patrones del clima, [provocando] inundaciones, sequías, un aumento de las tormentas violentas y enfermedades— y afectando ampliamente los ecosistemas de la tierra”, dijo Coleman. “Y he aquí la idea fundamental, el impacto del cambio climático no es sólo al medioambiente, sino que también tendrá un intenso impacto económico, como es el de notables escaseces de alimento y de agua. La conclusión es que, sin la reducción de estos gases de efecto invernadero, nuestro planeta enfrenta un serio peligro en el siglo XXI”.Lucy Jones, la sismóloga que sirve como asesora científica en la misión para la reducción de riesgos de amenazas naturales del Departamento de Topografía Geológica de EE.UU. y quien ha dedicado su carrera a estudiar desastres sísmicos y cómo estos alteran la sociedad, explicó durante el panel sobre impacto regional cómo había pasado la última década valiéndose de la ciencia de los riesgos para buscar los modos de mejorar la resistencia de una comunidad a los desastres naturales.“La misma primera predicción del cambio climático es un aumento de los fenómenos extremos; cuando uno pone más energía en la atmósfera, hay más energía para crear tormentas que retengan el agua”, dijo Jones, miembro de la iglesia episcopal de Santiago Apóstol [St. James] en Pasadena del Sur, California.Fue hace 20 años, durante una reunión, que Jones oyó hablar por primera vez de cambio climático; en ese tiempo se predijo un aumento en los desastres naturales, que resultó cierto.“Las pérdidas que se espera provengan de los desastres meteorológicos inducidos por el cambio climático empequeñecen todos los otros desastres que pudiéramos enfrentar”, dijo Jones. “Y si queremos ser resistentes, tenemos que ser resistentes a todo lo que la tierra nos trae. Y nuestras acciones a través del cambio climático han acrecentado esos desastres”.Lucy Jones, sismóloga del Departamento de Topografía Geológica de EE.UU. e investigadora visitante asociada del Laboratorio Sismológico del Instituto Tecnológico de California, y Princess Daazhraii Johnson, ex directora ejecutiva del Comité Directivo Gwich’in, conversan sobre los impactos regionales del cambio climático en un panel moderado por Fritz Coleman, meteorólogo local. Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENS.En una zona costera propensa a la erosión o la inundación, por ejemplo, cuando encima de eso tiene lugar una gran tormenta o un incendio forestal, es cuando el sistema cambia, cuando las especies son barridas y el sistema ecológico no puede recuperarse, dijo ella.“De manera que vemos desastres y acontecimientos extremos como el mecanismo de los cambios significativos que van a ocurrir según el cambio climático cambia nuestro mundo”, dijo Jones.La población indígena de Alaska ya ha comenzado a experimentar importantes cambios en su ambiente natural, explicó Princess Daazhraii Johnson, quien creció en una aldea del Ártico, en el extremo sur del Refugio Nacional de la Vida Salvaje del Ártico.“El Ártico es uno de los lugares del planeta que se está entibiando más rápidamente en el planeta y estamos viendo derretirse las capas de hielo, nuestros glaciares están desapareciendo, la costra congelada se está derritiendo, la costa se está erosionando”, dijo Johnson. Ya tenemos a comunidades enteras que deben ser relocalizadas”.Alaska y el Ártico, subrayó ella, están experimentando los mismos cambios relacionados con el clima que otros lugares. “Pero la intensidad en que los estamos experimentando es muy grande, es masiva”.En enero, el presidente de EE.UU. Barack Obama prometió pedirle al Congreso que designara más de 4,5 millones de hectáreas, de las 7,6 millones que constituyen el Refugio Nacional de la Vida Salvaje del Ártico, como zona protegida. Si el Congreso lo aprueba, la zona se convertiría en la mayor zona virgen protegida desde la aprobación de la Ley de Tierras Vírgenes en 1964. Las comunidades religiosas le dieron las gracias a Obama por tomar medidas que “representan un paso decisivo en la protección de una parte sagrada de la creación de Dios, y le damos gracias por trabajar por salvaguardar este tesoro nacional”.La designación de zona virgen también protegería los derechos culturales y de subsistencia de los gwich’in [o kutchin], un pueblo indígena alaskeño que depende del caribú puercoespín del refugio para sobrevivir.La Iglesia Episcopal en su 77ª. Convención General en 2012 aprobó una legislación en la que decía “que estaba en solidaridad con esas comunidades que llevan el peso del cambio climático global”, entre ellas los pueblos indígenas y las personas marginadas y socialmente excluidas del mundo entero.Algunos de los cambios que han ocurrido en la tierra, dijo Jones, la sismóloga, no son reversibles y estamos viendo cambios en los patrones atmosféricos y oceánicos, pero en último término la sociedad debe hacer las preguntas correctas.“Usted reúne a un grupo de científicos y discutiremos entre nosotros… y es un momento clave cuando un grupo de científicos deja de discutir, y hemos dejado de discutir respecto a sí el cambio climático está ocurriendo”, dijo ella, añadiendo que discutirán sobre lo que es el ciclo del milenio versus lo que es actividad humana, pero estarán de acuerdo en que [el cambio climático] tiene lugar.Fuera de la comunidad investigadora, dijo también ella, la pregunta debería de ser: ¿las acciones que realizamos afectan?” Y la respuesta, dijo ella, es simple: “sí. Cuando prendes un fuego y cuando arrancas un auto, estás poniendo dióxido de carbono en la atmósfera… La población humana ha crecido exponencialmente y, por tanto, el número de personas que hacen eso ha aumentado exponencialmente”.Como dijera Jefferts Schori en su discurso de apertura: “los científicos han estado estudiando las repercusiones humanas en nuestra biosfera global durante décadas, y hoy existe un claro consenso acerca de los efectos de estos gases sobre la temperatura media del planeta. Hay unas pocas voces que insisten que esto es sólo una ‘variación natural’, pero los datos no mienten. Esas voces con frecuencia están motivadas por la codicia e intereses políticos personales, y a veces por obstinada ceguera.“La tradición judeocristiana siempre ha considerado pecaminosas esas motivaciones. Es decididamente erróneo utilizar recursos, que han sido dados a nuestro cuidado colectivo, de una manera que disminuya la capacidad de otros de participar de la vida abundante. Es igualmente erróneo dejar de usar los recursos de la memoria, la razón y el talento para discernir lo que está pasando en el mundo que nos rodea. Tradicionalmente eso se ha llamado pecado de omisión”.Pasando al segundo panel, Coleman preguntó por qué el cambio climático es un problema moral, a lo cual Mary D. Nichols, quien durante años ha trabajado sobre la calidad del aire y es miembro de la iglesia episcopal de Santiago en la Ciudad [St. James in the City] respondió: los seres humanos son la causa principal de los exagerados efectos que estamos viendo en nuestro planeta y por tanto nos incumbe asumir la responsabilidad de eso y tomar medidas.“Es un problema moral, creo yo, porque cuando pensamos en las cosas desde el punto de vista moral, eso tiende a sacarnos un poquito de nuestro elemento, y tenemos que trascender nuestro elemento cotidiano a fin de hacer algunas cosas que puedan parecer difíciles”.Si uno mira a cualquier tradición religiosa, añadió Nichols, cada una tiene un elemento que reconoce la humanidad como sujeta a Dios, no lo contrario.“En verdad, como episcopal yo puedo encontrar citas tocante a huertos y mayordomía y cosas por el estilo… y por tanto cuando hacemos algo que altera masivamente la creación de Dios, y el plan de Dios para nosotros, tenemos una obligación moral de hacer algo al respecto [para enmendarlo]”, afirmó ella. “Aunque esta manera de hablar incomode a algunas personas”.El evento, dijo Coleman, resultó muy prometedor, no sólo para la Iglesia Episcopal en su enfoque progresista, sino que en su discurso la Obispa Primada elevó [el nivel] del debate, de un debate religioso a un debate humano.“Creo que es maravilloso que la Iglesia Episcopal haya estado a la vanguardia de estos debates abiertos a todos en la Internet. Lo que resulta desconcertante es que, en general, todas las fes se hayan mostrado tan tímidas respecto a abordar este asunto, públicamente y hasta este punto”, afirmó él.Coleman especuló que podría ser porque los líderes religiosos mismos están inmersos también en la política.“Hemos estado alzando nuestra voz, la Iglesia Episcopal está trabajando arduamente”, dijo el obispo Marc Andrus, como resulta evidente de las medidas que se están tomando en la Diócesis de Los Ángeles respecto a la justicia alimentaria, y la participación de la Diócesis de California en Energía y Luz Interreligiosas, una coalición religiosa que hace campaña sobre el tema del cambio climático. “Pero la Iglesia perdió el gran púlpito en algún momento de los años sesenta [del pasado siglo] y muchísimas cosas cambiaron”.Pero, agregó él, hay alguna inmoralidad en esto y los medios de prensa se han visto involucrados.“Los medios tienen muchísimo que responder; están moldeando la historia”, dijo, citando a Chris Hayes, periodista de MSNBC, que dijo recientemente que es hora de dejar de decir que todo es equilibrado.Si alguien que niega el cambio climático aspira a un cargo político, en lugar de citar al 1 por ciento de los científicos que puede apoyar ese punto de vista, sería más preciso decir: “esta persona niega el cambio climático a pesar de las pruebas, y eso es lo que dice Chris”, expresó Andrus.“Y además, debemos contar con nuestra propia voz”, afirmó. “La iglesia no debe, en mi opinión, depender completamente o concederle la última palabra a personas a quienes les pagan por hacer anuncios publicitarios, sino más bien adquirir nuestra propia voz profética y divulgar nuestras propias historias”.Para más información sobre recuperar el cambio climático como un asunto moral, busque un artículo relacionado en la edición del 30 de marzo de Episcopal News Service, como parte de los 30 días de Acción.– Lynette Wilson es redactora y reportera de Episcopal News Service. 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The Holy Eucharist with the Installation of Bishop Michael Bruce…

first_img Libby Workman says: Posted Jul 29, 2015 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Libby Workman says: Rob Martin says: Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Helen Harder says: Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY November 14, 2015 at 7:14 am I am against slavery, polygamy, stoning, and many other practices condoned in the pages of the Bible, but I wouldn’t rip out those pages, would you? Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem July 31, 2015 at 5:46 pm Speaking as a church musician, I sincerely hope that the web cast includes the prelusive music. We miss that great organ! Rector Knoxville, TN Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Albany, NY Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 The Holy Eucharist with the Installation of Bishop Michael Bruce Curry as the Presiding Bishop Nov. 1 at Washington National Cathedral, live webcast The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group robert hunter says: September 14, 2015 at 2:12 pm I pray God’s blessing on our new Presiding Bishop Michael Curry my friend,role model and mentor. I will be honored to be part of this celebration to such an historic celebration. Bishop Curry is truly anointed and fully committed to the work of God and the church. August 28, 2015 at 8:40 am If the service is televised here is a chance for the Cathedral Chapter to order that the Confederate windows of Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and the Confederate flag be shown to thousands of viewers. This would show the great irony, that in a Cathedral that celebrates the bad history of Treason by a group of southern states; that 150 years after a “savage war” we celebrate the installation of Michael Curry, a descendent of slaves as the Most Reverend Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. ” Blessed is he or she who is not offended”. In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Curry Installation, Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Smithfield, NC October 26, 2015 at 12:28 pm Mel,I have same question. Did you ever find an answer?Thanks,Rob Rector Belleville, IL Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME October 13, 2015 at 12:08 pm I am from North Carolina and to see our Bishop become the Presiding Bishop is so exciting.My Wife has a ticket for the installation. I’m jealous. I hope and pray he can lead us as one Church through the “Jesus Movement”. Comments (11) Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Kennisha Douglas says: An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET August 23, 2015 at 4:27 pm I believe that Bishop Katherine’s installation was televised and a DVD was produced which I purchased. I hope the same is true for Bishop Curry’s installation. The beauty and depth of the many “living stones” that is the Episcopal Church as reflected through music, ceremony, and word should be offered to a world often searching for meaning and a home. Please televise it, produce a DVD, and request all diocesan bishops to strongly urge their parishes to inform their congregations of the event! August 2, 2015 at 5:56 pm I am so impressed with Bishop Curry and his sermon at GC brought me to tears. One could really feel the Spirit through his voice and I really felt such hope that God will use Bishop Curry to help restore this Church and infuse much life into it. I appreciate Bishop Katherine’s episcopal leadership and now see that the Spirit really wants to keep us moving forward in the vision of God’s Reign to become or return to our early pre-Constantinian ecclesial reality as the “Jesus Movement”…a dynamic, fresh, Spirit-filled and led movement which rejects the institutional model of the Church (see: Avery Dulles’ Models of the Church). This process of de-institutionalization will be challenging for us as Episcopalians…but I hope Bishop Curry’s vision will be able to manifest….Let us pray and work toward this. Bishop Curry, I support you! Submit a Press Release New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Br. Basil Edwards OSB, Abbot says: November 14, 2015 at 7:19 am The entire service appeared on YouTube a couple of days ago. Type in the Search window: Holy Eucharist and the Installation etc. It is a great blessing. It also contains a link to the Order of Service used. Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Tags AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Collierville, TN Rector Bath, NC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Holy Eucharist with the Installation of the 27th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, Bishop Michael Bruce Curry, will occur on Sunday, November 1 at noon Eastern at Washington National Cathedral.The Rt. Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, was elected and confirmed as the 27th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church at the 78th General Convention on June 27. According to the Canons of The Episcopal Church, he becomes Presiding Bishop on November 1. Bishop Curry is the first African-American to be elected Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church.The Holy Eucharist with the Installation of the 27th Presiding Bishop will be live webcast.The service will be reflective of the comprehensiveness of the Episcopal tradition and community. Bishop Curry will preach at the service.Episcopal, Anglican, ecumenical, and interreligious guests are expected to join bishops, General Convention deputies, Executive Council members, and other leaders, members and guests of The Episcopal Church for the celebration.Please note:Media: Media credential applications will be available September 8.  Details on media coverage and opportunities will be announced at that time.Tickets: Information on the process for general seating tickets will be announced after Labor Day.last_img read more

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Pakistan diocese highlights role of women as peacebuilders

first_img Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Collierville, TN Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Smithfield, NC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Asia, The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Knoxville, TN Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Press Release Service Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Participants in the women as peacebuilders workshop. Photo: Diocese of Raiwind.[Anglican Communion News Service] The Church of Pakistan’s Diocese of Raiwind held a three-day peace building workshop for female teachers from a number of key educational institutions of Raiwind and Lahore last month. More than 20 teachers from St. Peter’s High School, Lucie Harrison High School, and Wesleyan Schools, took part in the workshop which was designed to increase capacities of working women to ensure that more women are meaningfully involved in peace processes, conflict resolution, and peacebuilding activities.The concept behind staging a women peacebuilding workshop was to make the women aware that they can play an important peacebuilding role; and to help the teachers impart this knowledge to their students to make the world a better place.“All cultures are continuously undergoing change,” the diocese says. “There are no cultural traditions that have always existed. Humanity examines whether our cultural traditions serve our basic human needs and improve our lives. Many men and women believe that discriminating against women hurts communities. The state of the world now requires women’s skills and energies for peacebuilding more than ever. It is time for all cultures to encourage and allow both women to build peace.”The Rev. Evelyn Bhajan, the presbyter-in-charge of Central Church of Praying Hands, talked about the role of Abrahamic religion in contemporary conflicts. She highlighted that all the Abrahamic religions viewed themselves as an oppressed minority; despite the fact that they build kingdoms and countries.“Religion does not mean the same thing in all places, at all times and to all people,” she said. “Any conflict may have multiple causes. One cannot understand religion’s relationship with conflict unless it is considered with in its political and cultural contexts wherever, religion is involved, it is a very powerful factor.”She also suggested ways in which teachers can play their role in peacebuilding. She said that substitution periods are the best time for teachers to talk about concept of conflict and its management, resolution and transformation. She further said that teachers must show their conviction through their actions. She further suggested that students should be given a free and safe space where they can express themselves fully. 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Assassination attempt on Syriac Orthodox Church Patriarch

first_imgAssassination attempt on Syriac Orthodox Church Patriarch The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Submit an Event Listing Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Bath, NC Featured Jobs & Calls Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Smithfield, NC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Albany, NY Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Photo: Christian Conference of Asia[Anglican Communion News Service] An assassination attempt on Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II Karim of the Syriac Orthodox Church has been condemned by the former bishop of the Church of England’s Diocese of Guildford, the Rt. Rev. Christopher Hill.Three members of the security forces were killed and another five injured when a suicide bomber detonated his bomb outside St. Gabriel’s Church in the al-Wusta district of Qamishli in north-east Syria. The bomber, disguised as a priest, had tried to enter the church as the congregation commemorated the Assyrian genocide on the Orthodox Pentecost Sunday at the weekend; but he was stopped by the security personnel when he detonated his bomb. It was the fourth attack against Assyrian Christians in the city in the past six months.“I am shocked and horrified to learn of the assassination attempt,” Hill, president of the Conference of European Churches (CEC), said. “CEC grieves the loss of life and prays for the recovery of the wounded. We extend our prayers and support for the church and all Christians in threatened positions in the Middle East.”The CEC general secretary, Fr. Heikki Huttunen, said: “Despite killing other people, the assassin could not achieve their goal. We thank God that the patriarch is able to continue in his apostolic and pastoral mission. May he be guided, strengthened, and consoled by the Spirit of Pentecost.”In a statement, CEC said that “along with Armenians, Greeks, and other ethnic groups in the region, Syriac Christians have survived genocide and oppression over the course of centuries. We are now witnessing yet another wave of persecution and murder against these Christians and other indigenous religious and ethnic communities in the Middle East.“As Europeans we must learn more about these events and work to protect people from persecution, murder, and genocide. We must contribute to the building of peace and justice for all religious and ethnic communities of Syria, Iraq, and the entire Middle East. Our hearts, our homes, our societies must be open to all those who flee violence and persecution.”The general secretary of the World Council of Churches, the Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, broke away from its executive committee meeting in Trondheim, Norway, to give his reaction to the assassination attempt. “We are shocked by the news of this attack, apparently targeting the head of the Syriac Orthodox Church in the church’s own homeland,” he said.“It was an action of terror and violence to Christian communities. I condemn the ideology and intentions behind this attack, and call for prayer and support for the members and leaders of all religious minority communities in the region who are increasingly threatened and attacked,” he added. “While we thank God that Patriarch Aphrem was not harmed in this attack, our thoughts and prayers are especially for the families of those who lost their lives while protecting others from harm, and for the healing and recovery and healing of those who were wounded.”The attack was also condemned by the Christian Conference of Asia. Its general secretary, Mathews George Chunakara, said that “the CCA is deeply saddened by this unfortunate event and we share the concern of all those peace loving people and communities in Asia and around the world as we pray for the blessed life and continued leadership of the Patriarch who works for sustained peace in the Middle East region.“The ongoing violence by terrorist groups against the minority Christian communities in Syria and other parts of the Middle East is a serious concern. It is unfortunate that a series of five suicide bomber attacks against the Assyrian minorities in Syria took place in the past six months. The terrorist attack against any religious and cultural minority is deplorable and the international community should act collectively to stop the ongoing terrorist attacks in the Middle East.“It is unfortunate that a large number of Christians in the homelands where Christianity was born and rooted have already left their ancestral homes and lands as they are unable to survive because of their faith and religious identity” he added. 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Sermon du 5 juillet de l’évêque primat Michael Curry

first_img Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Albany, NY Featured Events Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Curate Diocese of Nebraska Au nom de notre Dieu aimant, libérateur et qui donne la vie, le Père, le Fils et le Saint-Esprit. Amen. 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Nous voici ici rassemblés ! Nous voici ici rassemblés ! Nous y sommes !Je pense que c’est le secrétaire Barlowe qui, lors de l’une des sessions d’orientation il y a quelques mois, nous a dit que la devise de la ville d’Austin était « Keep Austin Weird » (Conservons la spécificité d’Austin) et il a ajouté qu’il avait pleinement confiance que nous serions en mesure d’accomplir cela. C’est si bon, c’est si bon d’être ici.Permettez-moi, de revenir sur les paroles de Jésus que vous venez d’entendre, du chapitre 15 de l’évangile de Jean, paroles qu’il a prononcées lors de la dernière Cène dans l’évangile de Jean, lors de la dernière Cène, peu de temps avant que Jésus ne montre à quoi ressemble l’amour, à savoir faire don de soi, voire même se sacrifier pour le bien et le bien-être des autres.Lors de la dernière Cène, il a dit : « Je vous donne un commandement nouveau », ce n’est pas une nouvelle possibilité, mais un nouveau commandement que je vous donne, aimez-vous les uns les autres. Lors de la dernière Cène, il le leur a démontré en prenant une serviette et en lavant les pieds de ses disciples. Lors de la dernière Cène, « comme le Père m’a aimé », a-t-il dit, « moi aussi je vous ai aimés ; demeurez dans mon amour ». Quand il a su que leur monde s’effondrerait, quand il a su que l’incertitude et l’ambiguïté étaient palpables, quand il a su qu’il ne savait pas avec certitude, ou précisément, ce qui l’attendait, tout ce qu’il pouvait faire c’était faire confiance au Père, et tout remettre entre les mains du Père comme entre les mains d’un arbitre. Et c’est alors qu’il leur a dit ce qu’il peut nous dire : « Je suis la vigne, vous êtes les sarments. » Je ne sais pas si vous l’avez entendu, mais « Je suis la vigne, vous êtes les sarments ». L’avez-vous entendu : « Je suis la vigne, vous êtes les branches » ? L’entendez-vous murmurer, branche épiscopale du Mouvement Jésus ? « Je suis la vigne, vous êtes les sarments. Demeurez en moi et moi en vous, car en dehors de moi », voyez-vous, « en dehors de moi, vous ne pouvez rien faire. Mais demeurez en moi et vous porterez beaucoup de fruits, et ainsi prouverez que vous êtes mes disciples. »Permettez-moi, si vous le voulez bien,  de réfléchir à ce sujet, au texte du Mouvement de Jésus, en utilisant un autre texte. Ils m’ont dit de ne jamais faire ça au séminaire, mais je suis sorti du séminaire il y a presque 40 ans. Il y a une autre histoire dans la Bible, dans l’évangile, qui peut réellement illuminer ce que Jésus voulait dire ici. Je suis la vigne, vous êtes les sarments. Demeurez en moi comme moi en vous. Car ceux qui demeurent en moi portent beaucoup de fruits et prouvent qu’ils sont mes disciples. Comment ça Seigneur ? C’est en cela que tous sauront que vous êtes mes disciples, et non pas parce que vous pouvez réciter la promesse du baptême, ça c’est important – et c’est important – non pas parce que vous connaissez par cœur le Crédo, le Symbole de Nicée ou n’importe quelle version comportant ou non la clause du « filioque », c’est important, mais ce n’est pas cela, non pas parce que vous connaissez le Symbole d’Athanase et, à la fin du Livre de Prières, ces documents historiques que seuls les historiens lisent. Non, comment le monde saura-t-il que vous êtes ses disciples ? Il vous dit de vous aimer les uns les autres. L’amour est le chemin. L’amour est le seul moyen. Ceux qui me suivent ainsi suivent la voie de l’amour inconditionnel, altruiste et qui s’offre en sacrifice : ce genre d’amour peut changer le monde ! C’est de ce genre d’amour qu’il s’agit.Mais la question est de savoir comment. Comment faire ? Les jeunes – mercredi dernier j’étais avec des jeunes de Youth Presence (Présence de la Jeunesse), ils sont probablement quelque part ici, je ne sais pas où – où êtes-vous ? Oh, ils sont là, d’accord, ils sont là ! Nous en parlions mercredi, et quelqu’un a dit : « Comment suivez-vous Jésus sur le chemin de l’amour dans un monde qui est profondément sans amour ? » Comment faites-vous ? Ce message est pour vous. Alors laissez-moi leur parler, et je veux que vous soyez comme Sarah dans la Bible, et que vous écoutiez à l’entrée de la tente.Il y a une vieille chanson qui peut nous aider. Elle dit ceci :J’ai mis ma main sur la charrue de l’ÉvangileJe ne prendrais rien pour mon voyage maintenantFixez vos regards sur la récompenseTenez ferme, tenez fermeFixez vos regards sur la récompenseTenez bon !J’ai mis ma main sur la charrue de l’ÉvangileJe ne prendrais rien pour mon voyage maintenantFixez vos regards sur la récompenseTenez bon, tenez bonFixez vos regards sur la récompenseTenez bonJ’ai le sentiment que cette chanson s’inspire de plusieurs passages bibliques, en particulier du 14ème chapitre de l’évangile de Mathieu. Au chapitre 14 de l’évangile de Mathieu, Jésus a envoyé ses disciples, en tous cas certains d’entre eux, naviguer sur la mer. Il leur dit de monter dans le bateau en ajoutant, “traversez et allez tous de l’autre côté.” Tous, selon la Version autorisée de la Bible du Roi Jacques (JKV). Vous tous, allez de l’autre côté. Et alors qu’ils ont entrepris ce voyage périlleux, sur la mer de Galilée, au milieu de la nuit, pour ainsi dire, une tempête s’abat sur le bateau, et ils craignent pour leur propre vie, parce que c’est au milieu de la nuit. Et c’est une nuit sans lune. Une nuit sans lumière artificielle. Auraient-ils eu des lampes sur le bateau, autour tout était noir, rien d’autre. C’était la NUIT. Comme dirait James Weldon Johnson : « Plus noire qu’un marécage entouré de cyprès à minuit. »  La Nuit ! Et ils étaient effrayés parce qu’ils ne pouvaient même pas voir le vent et la pluie et pourtant ils se sentaient poussés d’un côté à l’autre, ballottés d’un côté à l’autre !Et puis, au plus profond de la nuit, alors que la situation devenait de plus en plus incertaine, Pierre a levé la tête, et au loin il a vu une silhouette venir vers eux. Et il a continué à regarder. Et il s’est même levé dans le bateau qui tanguait. Imaginez les autres s’accrochant à lui. Et la silhouette a continué à se rapprocher. Au début, il a pensé que c’était peut-être une hallucination. Et puis il a reconnu le visage. C’était Jésus. Il marchait sur l’eau. Et Pierre, sans même y penser, a dit : « Seigneur, si tu m’ordonnes de venir à toi, je viendrai à toi !» Et Jésus a dit : « Eh bien viens, mon frère », et Pierre a sauté hors du bateau et a commencé à marcher sur l’eau, se dirigeant vers Jésus, et il l’a fait ! Aussitôt qu’il l’a vu, il a dit : « Seigneur ! » Il a continué à marcher. « Seigneur ! C’est toi ! » Et puis, il a regardé autour de lui et commencé à douter. Et le texte dit – Mathieu a très bien présenté l’histoire – il dit que c’est quand Pierre a regardé le vent et les vagues et a vu la tempête autour de lui et a détourné son attention de Jésus pour se concentrer sur la tempête, c’est ALORS qu’il a commencé à couler !Oh, mes frères et sœurs, je pense qu’il y a là une leçon à tirer !J’ai mis ma main sur la charrue de l’ÉvangileJe ne prendrai rien pour mon voyage maintenantFixez vos regards sur la récompense !Tenez bon, tenez bon !Fixez vos regards sur la récompense !Tenez bon !Fixer vos regards sur la récompense !Tenez bon, tenez bon !Oui. Il y a certainement une leçon ici pour nous. Maintenant, je ne vais pas m’éterniser, je vais conclure…Mais il y a une certaine sagesse ici, parce que dans la version de Mathieu, sachez que la tempête ne s’arrête pas. Ce n’est pas une histoire à propos de Jésus calmant la mer. C’est à propos de Jésus, la tempête fait rage. Mais si vous voulez savoir comment traverser une tempête – j’aime Rodgers et Hammerstein, mais ce n’est probablement pas la meilleure façon de le faire – vous voulez savoir comment marcher dans la tempête ? Gardez vos regards sur la récompense ! Gardez vos yeux fixés sur ce Jésus, sur ses enseignements, sur son esprit, suivez-le, demeurez avec lui, vivez en lui, et quand vous vivez en lui, devinez ce qui va se passer ? Il va commencer à vivre en vous !C’est ce qui arrive !Ce qui est incroyable ici, c’est qu’en effet Pierre marche sur l’eau – c’est ce qui est vraiment incroyable, car enfin, je ne suis pas surpris que Jésus marche sur l’eau, c’est ce qu’il est censé faire. Ce que je veux dire, c’est qu’il est le Seigneur et c’est ce que j’attendrais du Seigneur – mais je suis surpris que Pierre le fasse, et si vous considérez la dynamique de ce que Pierre fait, c’est quand Pierre-Dietrich Bonhoeffer… Je vais y venir, ne vous inquiétez pas, ne vous inquiétez pas – quand Pierre-Dietrich Bonhoeffer a dit dans son livre intitulé The Cost of Discipleship (Le prix de l’apostolat), à propos du Sermon sur la montagne, Mathieu 5, 6 et 7, où Jésus dit des choses comme « Aimez vos ennemis », et Bonhoeffer dit, je pense que Jésus y donne des enseignements sur la façon de mener une vie d’amour. Mais si vous les considérez comme des choses mécaniques, légalistes, vous allez trébucher.Bonhoeffer dit que la clé n’est pas de transformer les enseignements de Jésus en une nouvelle loi. La clé est de se jeter dans les bras de Dieu. Jetez-vous entre les mains de Jésus. Alors, vous pourrez apprendre à véritablement aimer un ennemi. Alors vous pourrez prier pour ceux qui vous maudissent. C’est à ce moment que vous saurez ce que signifie être béni. Les pauvres. Les pauvres en esprit. Les miséricordieux. Cela leur donnera un désir ardent de la justice de Dieu.Se jeter dans les bras de Jésus.J’ai mis ma main sur la charrue de l’ÉvangileJe ne prendrai rien pour mon voyage maintenantFixez vos regards sur la récompense !Tenez bon, tenez bon !Fixez vos regards sur la récompense !Tenez bon !Fixez vos regards sur la récompense !Tenez bon, tenez bon !Maintenant, je vais vous demander de faire quelque chose. J’ai été un épiscopalien toute ma vie, alors je sais que pour dire non, les épiscopaliens se taisent.Il y a quelques mois, j’ai invité un groupe d’épiscopaliens, des membres du clergé, des laïcs, des évêques, juste un groupe de personnes, et je leur ai demandé de venir pour se rencontrer, et s’ils voulaient juste passer un peu de temps pour m’aider à prier et à réfléchir à la façon d’aider notre église à s’ancrer plus profondément dans le Mouvement de Jésus, non seulement en paroles, non seulement en actes, mais véritablement. Comment aider nos condisciples à se jeter dans les bras de Jésus ? Comment m’aiderez-vous à faire cela ? Parce que je sais que si nous le faisons et demeurons en lui, nous obtiendrons des fruits que nous n’avons jamais imaginés. Mais je dois admettre que Michael Curry n’avait pas la réponse. Toujours pas. Mais alors, me direz-vous, de quoi allez-vous parler pendant le reste du sermon ?Et donc nous nous sommes assis, nous nous sommes rencontrés à l’aéroport d’Atlanta, parce que c’était plus facile. Nous nous sommes retrouvés à l’aéroport d’Atlanta et nous nous sommes en quelque sorte enfermés, nous avons pris la Sainte Eucharistie, nous avons prié ensemble, et nous nous sommes simplement repliés les uns sur les autres – nous n’avons pas fait la fête à Atlanta. Nous ne sommes pas sortis le soir à Atlanta. Nous n’avons pas mangé de poulet frit chez Paschal, alors que j’aurais aimé le faire mais nous ne l’avons pas fait, et nous nous sommes enfermés à Atlanta, nous sommes juste restés là et nous avons continué à discuter, ils me poussaient dans mes retranchements, nous avancions et reculions, et finalement nous avons réalisé que nous n’avions pas besoin de proposer un nouveau programme pour l’église. Nous avons des programmes et il n’y a rien de mal à cela, mais nous n’avons pas besoin d’un nouveau programme. Nous n’avons pas besoin d’un nouveau programme. Non, non ! Nous avons réalisé qu’il n’y a rien de nouveau à faire !Jésus a dit dans l’évangile de Mathieu : « Tout scribe instruit du Royaume des cieux est comparable à un maître de maison qui tire de son trésor du neuf et du vieux. » Et il se trouve que nous avons déjà tout ce dont nous avons besoin dans la tradition de l’église depuis des siècles. Depuis des siècles, les communautés monastiques et religieuses et les gens de foi qui sont allés plus au fond dans cette foi ont vécu ce qu’on appelle une règle de vie, un ensemble de pratiques spirituelles qu’ils s’engagent à pratiquer dans leur vie, des pratiques qui leur permettent d’ouvrir leur âme, d’ouvrir leur esprit, qui les ont aidés à trouver leur voie, où comment se jeter dans les bras de Dieu. Ils pratiquent cela depuis longtemps, si vous ne me croyez pas, demandez à Saint Benoit. Ils pratiquent cela depuis longtemps, et nous nous sommes interrogés sur ce qui arriverait si nous demandions à chaque épiscopalien d’adopter ce que nous appelons la voie de l’Amour, s’entraîner à une vie centrée sur Jésus. Qu’arriverait-il ? Et nous avons réuni des gens, des membres des communautés monastiques nous ont aidé, des érudits en théologie nous ont aidé. Des gens qui enseignent dans les églises, des gens qui savent …nous avons ce dont nous avons besoin. Dans cette pièce. Dans l’église. Nous les avons rassemblés et leur avons demandé de nous aider. Voici ce qu’ils nous ont proposé. Ce n’est pas un programme. Mais avez-vous tous reçu ces propositions ? Sortez-les, sortez-les. C’est l’ancien prêtre paroissial qui ressort en moi. J’ai toujours donné des devoirs par écrit à ma congrégation. Avez-vous le document ? Tout le monde l’a reçu ? Si vous le trouvez, dites Amen !Sinon, dites : « Aide-moi, Seigneur ! » Regardez le premier qui dit : « Que recherchons-nous ? » Nous recherchons l’Amour. Parce que nous voulons tout simplement être aimés. Nous avons été créés par le Dieu dont la Bible dit qu’il est Amour. Nous avons été créés pour être aimés et pour aimer. Nous recherchons la liberté. Chaque enfant de Dieu a été créé pour respirer librement. Nous recherchons une vie riche, pas une vie de bas étage, mais la vraie Vie. Peut-être que tout cela se résume à dire que nous recherchons Jésus. Nous recherchons Jésus. Ils ont trouvé des mots, et il y a toutes sortes de choses sur Internet pour vous et ça devrait être accessible. J’espère que c’est accessible dès maintenant, c’est déjà en ligne, Oui, ils acquiescent, c’est déjà en ligne, les ressources sont là. Cela vient de membres de cette église. Le trésor était prêt ici.Pour commencer : se détourner. Se détourner, c’est un bon mot de code pour le repentir. Nous avons pensé que nous effraierions tout le monde si nous utilisions le terme repentir. Se repentir, ce n’est pas se torturer soi-même, c’est se détourner des anciennes pratiques et habitudes qui ne fonctionnent pas, se détourner encore et encore, comme une fleur qui suit la direction du soleil. Se détourner ! Et ensuite apprendre ! Oh, la Bible est un bon livre. Je ne sais pas si le New York Times le classe en tête des bestsellers, mais ça devrait être le numéro un des ventes pour l’église épiscopale.  Je rappelle à tous mes amis baptistes que nous leur avons donné à tous la version King James de la Bible. Détourne-toi ! Apprends ! Prie ! Adore ! Bénis ! Nous avons tous été bénis pour être à notre tour des bénédictions. Comment pouvez-vous bénir ce monde, comment pouvez-vous bénir les autres ! Bénissez ! Ensuite allez-y !  Allez-y ! Allez faire des disciples ! Allez proclamer la bonne nouvelle ! Allez être mes témoins à Jérusalem, en Judée, en Samarie, en Galilée au premier siècle et à Austin en ce 21ème siècle ! Allez ! Et ensuite reposez-vous. Le Sabbat, le repos est dans la Genèse à dessein. Reposez-vous ! Je veux vous demander de réfléchir à un engagement. Je veux non seulement vous demander à vous, mais à tout épiscopalien de s’engager à se jeter entre les mains de Jésus. Ensuite, vivez vos vies à partir de là. Et ces outils pourraient vous aider. Maintenant quelqu’un pourrait se demander si cela va marcher ? Nous ne sommes pas loin de la Californie, et ils testent tout dans la Silicon Valley. Même l’évêque d’El Camino Real, même l’évêque de Californie, voyez, ils savent de quoi je parle, tout doit être testé. Et je suis content que vous m’ayez posé cette question, parce que je l’avais anticipée. Parce qu’à vrai dire, cela fonctionne. Cela a déjà été testé sur le terrain. Si vous ne me croyez pas, lisez les Psaumes de David. Dans les Psaumes de David, le psalmiste dit, « le matin, le midi et la nuit, je t’offre mes prières ». C’est la règle de vie, c’est une structure et de temps et d’espace, et une façon de prier. Si vous ne croyez pas, si vous ne croyez pas les Psaumes de David, allez au Nouveau Testament. À propos de Saint Paul, et je sais que certaines personnes ont des problèmes avec Paul, mais ne vous souciez pas de cela, ma grand-mère disait, « Saint Paul était comme tout prêcheur. Il avait de bons sermons et de moins bons sermons. Le problème, c’est qu’ils les ont tous mis dans la Bible. » Ah, c’est ça le problème. Bon. Mais laissez-moi vous dire ceci, Paul était dans un bon jour dans I Corinthiens, chapitre 9, quand il dit qu’il s’est entraîné comme un athlète. Il a entraîné son esprit comme un athlète, comme un grand musicien. Il s’entraîne en pratiquant. Quelqu’un m’a demandé comment je vivais une vie de sacrifice et d’amour. Eh bien, je pense que c’est comme pour quelqu’un qui travaille dans les premiers secours, un pompier par exemple. Ils se sont entraînés. Ils se sont entraînés à sauver des vies. Et le moment venu, l’instinct prévaut. Les pratiques spirituelles sont notre mode d’entraînement, et le moment venu l’Esprit saint se manifeste à travers nous.Si vous ne me croyez toujours pas, je vais maintenant m’asseoir ; j’espère que je n’ai pas bouleversé le programme, le Secrétaire qui est tout au fond là-bas ne peut rien dire. Il ne peut pas m’interrompre. En 1963, à Birmingham en Alabama, la famille de ma mère est arrivée de Caroline du Nord. La famille de mon père est venue d’Alabama. Dans les environs de Birmingham, en 1963; le Birmingham de l’époque n’était pas le Birmingham que nous connaissons, et que nous sommes heureux de voir aujourd’hui. C’était une ville différente. En 1963, le shérif de Birmingham s’appelait Bull Connor. Il était peut-être épiscopalien, mais je ne vais pas trop m’attarder là-dessus. Du temps de Bull Connor, eh bien, la ségrégation à Birmingham était totale. Birmingham était considérée comme une des villes les plus intraitables de tout le Sud. La Conférence des dirigeants chrétiens du Sud avait déterminé qu’ils avaient besoin de mener une action à Birmingham pour transformer le Sud, et, au bout du compte, tout le pays.C’est ainsi que le Dr King et les autres se sont rendus à Birmingham et dans l’Alabama. L’Alabama que nous connaissons aujourd’hui n’est pas l’Alabama de l’époque. En Alabama, à Birmingham, dans l’église baptiste de la 16ème rue, ma tante Callie enseignait à l’école du dimanche en 1963. En 1963, quatre petites filles qui auraient mon âge si elles avaient pu grandir ont été tuées à l’école du dimanche quand une bombe posée par un homme du Ku Klux Klan a explosé dans l’église. À Birmingham, en 1963, quand des jeunes gens sont descendus manifester dans les rues, ils ont été repoussés avec l’eau des lances à incendie et la police a ordonné à ses bergers allemands d’attaquer. Birmingham, Selma, le pont Edmund Pattus. Notre cher Jonathan Daniels a perdu la vie en Alabama. L’Alabama d’aujourd’hui n’est pas l’Alabama d’hier parce que quelqu’un a eu la volonté d’aimer inconditionnellement, sans égoïsme, et s’est sacrifié. Il y avait des noirs et des blancs. Ils étaient protestants, catholiques, juifs et musulmans. C’était le peuple de Dieu, des hommes de bonne volonté.Le Dr King avait rédigé un ensemble de bonnes pratiques, une sorte de règle de vie, pour les préparer à mener des manifestations non violentes. Et voici une partie de ce qu’il leur disait : « Souvenez-vous que le mouvement non violent recherche la justice et la réconciliation, et non la victoire. Souvenez-vous, marchez et parlez toujours avec Amour, puisque Dieu est Amour. Souvenez-vous, priez quotidiennement pour être utilisés par Dieu. Souvenez-vous, sacrifiez vos souhaits personnels pour que tous soient libres. Souvenez-vous, respectez avec vos amis et vos ennemis les règles normales et essentielles de courtoisie. Souvenez-vous de rendre service aux autres et au monde. Souvenez-vous d’éviter la violence du poing tout comme la violence de l’esprit. Souvenez-vous, veillez à être sains de corps et d’esprit. » Mais la première chose sur la liste qu’il répétait constamment était : « Avant de marcher, avant de manifester, avant de faire quoi que ce soit, méditez sur la vie et les enseignements de Jésus. » Mes frères et sœurs, je vous demande en tant que branche épiscopale du mouvement de Jésus, avant de commencer votre journée, méditez sur les enseignements de Jésus. Je vous demande de vous y engager. Et personne n’en saura rien à part Dieu et vous, mais je vous demande de vous y engager. Avant d’entreprendre votre marche et pendant que nous sommes ici à la Convention, avant de vous lever pour parler dans le micro, méditez sur la vie et les enseignements de Jésus. Vous êtes avec moi maintenant, c’est vrai. Avant d’aller boire un verre d’eau, ou de chuchoter quelque chose à l’oreille de quelqu’un, méditez sur la vie et les enseignements de Jésus ! Quand nous quitterons cette convention, méditez sur la vie et les enseignements de Jésus. Quand nous irons à la maison d’arrêt de Hutto, méditez sur la vie et les enseignements de Jésus. Quand nous rejoindrons les Évêques unis contre la violence par armes à feu, méditez sur la vie et les enseignements de Jésus. Église épiscopale, joignez-vous à moi, joignez-vous à moi et méditez sur la vie et les enseignements de Jésus. Abandonnons-nous-en lui, laissons Jésus nous guider.J’aime cette église. Je suis né et j’ai grandi en son sein. Baptisé à huit jours – Oh, je ne sais pas quel jour c’était, de toute façon, baptisé en tant que bébé selon le livre des Prières Communes de 1928. Que Dieu ait pitié de nous ! Mon vêtement était ce drapeau épiscopal. J’aime cette église, et je l’aime parce que j’ai appris à connaître Jésus dans cette église et à travers elle. Je sais, et je crois que dans cette église nous pouvons aider la chrétienté à retrouver son âme et à recentrer sa vie sur la voie de l’Amour, de la Croix, qui est la voie de Jésus.Alors, que Dieu vous aime. Que Dieu vous bénisse. Et abandonnez-vous dans les bras de Jésus et laissez ces mains et ces bras d’Amour vous élever.J’ai mis ma main sur la charrue de l’ÉvangileJe ne prendrai rien pour mon voyage maintenantFixez vos regards sur la récompense !Tenez bon, tenez bon !Fixez vos regards sur la récompense !Tenez bon ! 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Church known as a birthplace of LA’s Chicano civil rights…

first_imgAn 1968 photo of the altar at the Church of the Epiphany in Los Angeles, from the La Raza Photograph Collection, courtesy of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center via RNSThe Rev. Tom Carey, vicar of the Church of the Epiphany, said the church has remained relevant all these years.“It has always been a place that has been at the forefront of social activism,” Carey said.Epiphany has continued to hold Sunday services in Spanish and English online during the pandemic. It offers up its kitchen to prepare meals for delivery to local families and seniors. Clergy have partnered with other groups to address evictions and deportation arrests and have participated in Black Lives Matter protests and rallied for grocery workers demanding hazard pay.To Carey, what makes a place sacred “is what has gone on there in the past” and “what continues to happen there.”In announcing the national designation, the church has launched a GoFundMe initiative to raise $230,000 for a series of renovations. The fundraiser is part of the final phase of the $1 million Restore Epiphany Campaign to help fund the church’s preservation. The church has so far raised more than $780,000.Funds are earmarked toward Epiphany’s leaking basement, which was home to the Chicano newspaper La Raza and stores photos and documentation of the church’s history. The money will also go toward protecting the archives, installing an elevator for ADA-compliant access, and creating meeting rooms for legal and health clinics. They also plan to update the heating and cooling systems. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Católicos por La Raza members demonstrate in Los Angeles, circa 1970. Photo: La Raza Photograph Collection, courtesy of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center via RNS.The group called out the Catholic Church for its lack of involvement with the farmworker movement led by Chavez and a lack of support for the walkout movement. The group is known for its 1969 confrontation at St. Basil Catholic Church in Los Angeles, where it clashed with police on Christmas Eve as its members tried to confront then-Cardinal James Francis McIntyre about what they said was the church’s neglect of the poor.Fifty years later, Vazquez-Ramos helped organize a 2020 reunion of the now-disbanded Católicos por La Raza group to commemorate the famed demonstration. It was held at Epiphany.To Vazquez-Ramos, many religious institutions are “about making money.”“But here is the difference,” he said. “The Church of the Epiphany continues to be an institution committed to helping its community.”The church’s recognition, Vazquez-Ramos said, is “historically important to our community because there are so many landmarks that are often ignored because they’re not part of the mainstream of America.”This story was originally published by Religion News Service and is republished here with permission. Rector Washington, DC The Church of the Epiphany in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles recently earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. Photo: Alejandra Molina/RNSNow, five decades later, the church has earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, the official list of sites worthy of preservation in the United States.This designation is one of a few listings on the Register related to Chicano history. Of the roughly 86,000 designated sites, less than 8% were associated with African Americans, American Latinos, Asian Americans and other minority groups in 2014, according to the Congressional Research Service. The church announced its recognition in late January.“To have that place recognized for what it has done in the community is important,” Lopez said.Lopez said the church was where she learned community organizing and “how to be there for the people.“It was a very special place because it wasn’t conservative, but yet they had the gospel that said we had to act,” she added. “We had to be active on behalf of our brothers and sisters. That became home for me.” Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Submit a Press Release Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Martinsville, VA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Tampa, FL Chicano organizer Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales, center, speaks during a lunch gathering at the Church of the Epiphany in November 1968. From the La Raza Photograph Collection, courtesy of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center via RNS[Religion News Service – Los Angeles, California] Lydia Lopez was demonstrating in a picket line in 1968 to support Mexican American educator and activist Sal Castro, who was removed from the classroom after participating in the historic student walkouts, when UCLA professor Juan Gómez-Quiñones told her of a party at the Church of the Epiphany.Lopez loved parties, so she decided to go. The Episcopal parish, located in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Lincoln Heights, was embellished with papel picado. Lopez could hear mariachis playing. She recalled being overwhelmed with emotions as she saw how a place of worship embraced her Mexican American identity.“I wept because I needed a place as a Chicana, and I needed a place as a Christian to call home,” said Lopez, who had gone years without being involved in a church after growing up in a Baptist church that she’d come to feel was too conservative.The Church of the Epiphany, founded in 1887, became a center for the flourishing Chicano movement in the 1960s. It’s where activists organized around Robert F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign. It’s where leaders met to plan the East Los Angeles high school student walkouts protesting inequities in their schools, as well as the historic Chicano Moratorium against the Vietnam War draft. Labor leader Cesar Chavez gave speeches in the church hall. 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Photo: La Raza Photograph Collection, courtesy of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center via RNS“It’s an important moment to capture the important role of the church,” said Armando Vazquez-Ramos, who grew up in Lincoln Heights after emigrating from Mexico in 1961. “I hope to God it will continue to be an activist, community-minded church.”While Vazquez-Ramos identifies as agnostic, Epiphany has played an important role in his life. He described the church as a “mecca” and a “birthplace” of the Chicano movement.As a college student at California State University, Long Beach, he remembers attending meetings in the church’s basement to help his former high school teacher Sal Castro plan the student walkouts.Vazquez-Ramos’ own faith came into play at the height of the Chicano movement.Raised Catholic in Mexico, he became disillusioned with the church in the U.S., where Masses were in Latin. 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Q&A: Sewanee’s first Black vice-chancellor reflects on Episcopal university’s efforts…

first_img Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Collierville, TN By David PaulsenPosted Feb 17, 2021 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Featured Events Theological Education Rector Hopkinsville, KY AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Submit a Press Release Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Press Release Service In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Belleville, IL Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Tampa, FL Youth Minister Lorton, VA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Martinsville, VA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Submit a Job Listing Reuben E. Brigety II was elected vice-chancellor and president of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, on Feb. 28, 2020, and took office on June 17. Photo: University of the South[Episcopal News Service] Reuben E. Brigety II, a former U.S. ambassador to the African Union, was serving as an academic dean at George Washington University in the nation’s capital late in 2019 when he got a call from a firm that was recruiting potential nominees for vice-chancellor of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Brigety initially had only a passing familiarity with the Episcopal university, commonly known simply as Sewanee. “The first thing I asked them was, are they ready for a Black vice-chancellor?” Brigety, 47, said in an interview with Episcopal News Service as he approached the anniversary of his election. “And then I asked the opposite question: ‘Are you just calling me to diversify your candidate pool?’”Assured that Sewanee took him and his leadership credentials seriously, Brigety agreed to apply and interview for the job. He was elected by Sewanee’s Board of Trustees on Feb. 28, 2020, and on June 17, he became the first Black vice-chancellor and president of an institution that is historically rooted in racism — from its founding by a Southern Episcopal church in 1857 to serve a white, slaveholding society to its refusal for nearly a century to allow Black students to attend.Brigety spoke with ENS over Zoom for about 45 minutes on Feb. 3. Days after that interview, on Feb. 7, he revealed during a Sewanee worship service that vandals had repeatedly attacked the on-campus home where he and his wife and two teenage sons live. Brigety cited the incidents – from liquor bottles and other trash left on his lawn to threatening signs posted by his door – as a call to affirm Sewanee’s values.“It is up to us to decide who we are, what we will tolerate and how we will live together,” Brigety said during the service. On Feb 17, he sent a follow-up letter to members of the campus community thanking them for their support.Brigety did not mention the attacks and threats while speaking earlier with ENS, though he didn’t sugarcoat the challenges facing Sewanee, particularly as it works to diversify its student body. He noted it wasn’t until 1970 that Sewanee first awarded a degree to an undergraduate Black student, and even today, Black students are only about 3% of its mostly white student body.“We are located in the heart of the region [the South] that we claim our name from,” he told ENS. “That is also where 60% of the country’s African Americans live, so we have an issue” – and not just a moral issue. “If you’ve affirmatively shut the door to your house for 150 years and then you crack it open, you have to do more than simply assume that people are going to want to come in, particularly when they have other options.“We have to do the work to figure out how we make Sewanee a place that is truly welcoming for everybody.”Sewanee, governed today by 28 Episcopal dioceses in the Southeast, began researching and confronting the legacy of its past complicity in white supremacist systems in 2017 when it launched the Roberson Project on Slavery, Race, and Reconciliation under Brigety’s predecessor, John McCardell Jr. The project’s researchers compiled some of their initial findings in a report that was cited in a statement issued Sept. 8, 2020, by the Sewanee Board of Regents. The board declared that the university “rejects its past veneration of the Confederacy” and commits to “an urgent process of institutional reckoning.”Brigety, in a parallel letter, called the board’s statement “a pivotal moment in the life of the University of the South,” and he outlined several initiatives that the Sewanee administration would take to demonstrate its commitment to equality and inclusion while reckoning with the university’s past.The following questions and answers have been condensed and lightly edited for length and clarity.ENS: First of all, could you tell us about your faith background? I know it’s not required for your job, but are you Episcopalian?Reuben Brigety, a 47-year-old Jacksonville, Florida, native, previously served as U.S. ambassador to the African Union and dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Photo: University of the SouthBRIGETY: I’m an almost-Episcopalian. [Laughs.] I was raised in the Black Baptist church. At the Naval Academy, where I went for undergrad, the principal Protestant service is kind of modeled on an Episcopal service, and when I went to England for graduate school, obviously Anglicans everywhere. When I came back to the States, I was a naval officer stationed in Virginia Beach and started worshipping with Episcopalians. At the time, I was dating a woman who’s now my wife, Leelie [Selassie], who grew up in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, so when we got married and were figuring out our faith life together, we decided to meet in the middle and became Presbyterians.ENS: Sewanee was founded by a slaveholding Episcopal bishop, Leonidas Polk, to educate the children of other white slaveholders. I’m curious if you knew much of that early history before coming to Sewanee, and did that give you pause?BRIGETY: I knew some of it. Quite frankly, a lot of what I have subsequently learned was not readily available. We have something called the Roberson Project, which predates my arrival by several years, which has been interrogating our history as it relates to slavery and race. There are a lot of things that really started to come to light with the preliminary findings of the Roberson Project. I knew that Sewanee had connections with the Lost Cause [the revisionist movement that sought to portray the Confederacy as failed but noble]. I asked those questions directly in my interview process: “Am I going to be expected to defend and uphold the ideology of the Lost Cause? Because I’m not doing it, if that’s what you need.” And they said no.ENS: After your election, the country was hit by the coronavirus pandemic, and then three weeks before you took office, the May 25 killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, set off protests around the country against racial injustice. How did those crises affect your first few months as vice-chancellor?BRIGETY: On the one hand, becoming a university president anywhere has its own challenges, particularly as the country approaches the so-called demographic cliff, in 2026, where we will see a national contraction of the cohort of 18-year-olds across the country. I knew that was going to be a thing. I knew that being the first Black vice-chancellor was going to be a thing. I had hoped to not have to deal with race my first year, just let people get to know me and me get to know them. Then the pandemic happens, and Sewanee’s evacuated. To deal with COVID, we accelerated the timeline for my arrival. And then the world exploded on matters of race. For my first public speech, I declared, yes, Black lives matter. I also declared that I categorically oppose violence to address any civic issue and that we would not have it here at Sewanee, but I knew our Black community members and Black students needed to be seen and valued. And I understood the hurt.ENS: In September, the Board of Regents issued its statement rejecting the institution’s racist past. You put out a statement as well, as did the School of Theology. How did the board’s statement come about?BRIGETY: Over the course of that summer, everybody was releasing statements. And because of our particular history and the power of that moment, we understood that we needed to say something, but we also didn’t want to put out a statement that was virtue signaling. We actually wanted to commit to a series of actions that would meaningfully put us on a different path. The important thing about [the regents’] statement in my view: one, obviously the categorial repudiation of the institution’s past veneration of the Confederacy and the ideology of white supremacy. At least as important is the charge that came out of that, which is that we are to become a place that is a model for diversity and inclusion in American higher education.ENS: The goals identified by your letter ranged from improving the diversity of the student body and faculty to forming a commission to perhaps consider renaming buildings and monuments on the campus. Since then, are there any updates on some of those efforts?BRIGETY: With regards to diversity among the student body, we’re actively working on that. I spend a lot of my time personally engaging potential candidates, both candidates of color and those who are white, saying, “I want you to come. We believe in creating people of character and consequence at Sewanee.” We talk for about 30 minutes, and then I say, “Here’s your homework. You call every other college you want to go to and ask for 30 minutes with their president and get their commitment they’ll be personally invested in your development. You see what happens.” That is very important; it’s the very core of who we are at Sewanee.ENS: If you could put me in that conversation, given what’s come before at Sewanee and given the new Sewanee you hope to realize here, what is your pitch to those students, white or Black or anyone?BRIGETY: First of all, we have a first-rate liberal arts education. The second is that we believe deeply in community and in individual development. Third, the argument that I’m making is we are turning [Sewanee’s] history on its head. Our commitment to diversity, equality, inclusion is all the more powerful precisely because of our history. Come be a part of this amazing new story of the new South. For some, it works. For others – I had a young woman we offered a full scholarship to. She was coming out of D.C. And her mother was like, “I’m sorry, I just can’t send my child there. Not only is it too far, it’s the University of the South. The country’s angry. There was a bombing in Nashville over Christmas Day.” And so I got on the phone with her, the mom and the student, and we talked for over an hour. I think we almost had them. Then the [U.S.] Capitol was assaulted on Jan. 6, with a man walking though the Capitol with the [Confederate] Stars and Bars. And the mother was like, “I’m sorry.” We opened the whole world to her. And she’s like, “It’s just not worth it.”ENS: On the surface you would think, that’s in D.C., you’re in the middle of Tennessee. How are those related? But that family saw a connection.BRIGETY: Absolutely. She said, “Look, vice-chancellor, I’m sure you mean well. But I see what’s happening in the country. I see where you are. And I just can’t entrust my daughter to go there.”ENS: This was a Black family?BRIGETY: Yeah. Now, I would say that that is a distinctly minority view among the students that I engage. The vast majority are ready to come.ENS: Other Episcopal institutions are trying to eliminate Confederate symbols and names from public display. Sewanee has its own examples, such a monument honoring a Confederate general that the university relocated to a nearby cemetery. Are there any recent examples of Sewanee’s removing representations of the Confederacy or Lost Cause?BRIGETY: We will convene a committee this semester to begin looking at this. Our university, like the country, has a challenging inheritance to deal with. In every instance, we need to carefully evaluate what are the relative merits of the honorees to the founding of the university compared to their actions, which do not reflect our values. This notion that we’re erasing history, that’s ridiculous. We’re not erasing history. When you have public honorifics, the purpose is not to remember a set of facts. The purpose is to advance a set of ideals. And so the question is, in every circumstance, are we appropriately honoring a set of ideals that match who we are and who we want to be? The other thing is, if any history matters, then all of it does. Tell it all. For example, there is nothing on this campus to recognize the fact that the land on which we sit was initially cleared by slave labor, rented slave labor. Like the rest of America, all of this land at one time was populated by Indigenous people. There’s not so much as a doorknob on this campus to recognize the Native peoples who once lived here. If we’re going to be intentional about history, tell it all. Tell it all, and let us decide what we’re going to honor and what we’re simply going to remember.ENS: The Sewanee board’s statement acknowledged that many “do not recognize their Sewanee” in some of the stories you’re talking about, stories of the past complicity in racist systems and ideologies. And then others see Sewanee “all too clearly” in those details. There’s also that divide in the country, how people see the same set of facts differently. Is that reflected on the campus today?BRIGETY: First of all, Sewanee’s a lovely place that has helped to form generations of young people, and Sewanee alums love this university. And it is far too easy to enjoy the beauty of the [campus], engage in the rigor of your classes, enjoy the parties and the athletic competitions here and, if you are not paying attention, to not once give any thought about the roots of this university or to not think critically of the many Confederate sympathizers whose names grace our buildings and places of honor and reverence. And yet, we continue to live with the ramifications of that history, both in terms of the demographics of people who feel comfortable being here and in terms of how we choose to present ourselves to the world, both affirmatively and through our silence. Which is why I say the power of this moment is to be able to turn the trial of our past into the triumph of our future by turning that history on its head, and that’s what we intend to do.ENS: Sewanee is owned and governed by the dioceses of the Southeast. I’ve heard from some Black leaders in The Episcopal Church who don’t want to visit Sewanee even today because of its history. They aren’t convinced that Sewanee has changed and still feel disappointment and resentment. Do you think the university has turned a corner, or do you still see an uphill battle?BRIGETY: The answer is yes, on all counts. One of the first things I did when I sat in this chair – it was in the first week – I had a [Zoom] meeting with all the constituent bishops. And the bishop of Atlanta, Rob Wright, in a very Episcopal way said, “Greetings, vice-chancellor. Welcome. So glad to have you. Peace be upon you. And by the way, you just need to know I am never setting foot on your campus.” [Laughs.] Opened up, with both barrels. “There is no reason for me to set foot on a place that continues to venerate and honor these white supremacist Confederates in the 21st century.” And he is not the only African American senior leader of the church who has said that to me. That was in late June, which is also during the time frame when the regents were contemplating what, if anything, to say in this moment of racial reconciliation. And I used that example. I told the regents, look, when the princes of your church don’t feel comfortable setting foot on this campus, we’ve got a problem and we have to address it head on. And we are doing so. In all seriousness, the fact that we are enmeshed in The Episcopal Church is a great benefit to us, because in every circumstance we can say, explain to me how this is consistent with the teachings of racial reconciliation in The Episcopal Church. If it’s not, then we need to confront it. There is a lot of good here, a lot of wonderful people here, and there is some deep, painful history that we are committed to engaging.ENS: Do you have any hope of convincing Bishop Wright to come visit Sewanee after his comment in June?BRIGETY: [Laughs] I think he’ll come. Because that was before the statement went out. He has assured me that he will come.– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. 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