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[Episcopal News Service] Los obispos y diputados que acudieron a Indianápolis en julio para la 77ª. reunión de la Convención General hicieron una declaración histórica respecto a la relación entre los obispos y las diócesis, reconociendo que, en raras ocasiones, esa relación se torna en extremo tirante, a veces hasta el punto de la ruptura.La declaración, hecha por medio de la Resolución B021, establece un proceso canónico para reconciliar o disolver la relación episcopal.La Resolución B021 fue el resultado de un llamado (vía la Resolución B014) de la reunión de la Convención General en 2009 a buscar una vía para ayudar a las diócesis y los obispos a resolver sus diferencias.“La Iglesia Episcopal es relativamente única en que no hay ningún mecanismo pastoral o canónico para la intervención de la Iglesia en general a fin de llevar la reconciliación o la disolución dentro de una diócesis con conflictos”, advertía la Resolución B014 en su explicación. El costo de esa carencia es “enorme”, decía la explicación, y se manifiesta en la forma de “obispos y sus familias que viven estigmatizados y sin la gratitud y el cuidado de las diócesis a las que han servido, miembros de comités permanentes agotados y maltratados, diócesis que se han quedado desmoralizadas y divididas por las facciones, y el nombre de la Iglesia con frecuencia se ve comprometido por la ausencia de un proceso más humano”.“Varias diócesis han experimentado una continua enemistad entre los obispos y sus cuerpos eclesiásticos fundamentales, situación que a veces ha durado años, y a veces décadas”, también hacia notar la explicación.El proceso aprobado por esta reunión de la Convención en la B021 es semejante al mecanismo para una parroquia que se encuentre en un grave conflicto con su rector (Título III.9.12-13). Al canon del Título III, “De la vida y obra de un obispo”, se le añadirá la política de la Iglesia respecto al ministerio ordenado. La adición entrará en vigor el 1 de septiembre.Se aplicará, según lo que se convertirá en la Sección 9 de ese canon, cuando la relación entre una diócesis y su obispo, el obispo coadjutor o sufragáneo esté “en peligro por desacuerdo o disensión” hasta el punto en que el obispo, dos tercios del Comité Permanente o dos tercios de un voto mayoritario de la Convención Diocesana consideren que los problemas son lo bastante graves para invocar el proceso.“Mi opinión es que la aplicación de este canon será rara, pero en casos donde pudiera ser necesario, podría ayudar a librar de daño indebido a una diócesis y a la relación episcopal”, dijo Mark Hollingsworth, obispo de la Diócesis de Ohio, quien propuso la B021, en una reciente entrevista con el Servicio de Prensa Episcopal (ENS). “Es más probable que, el contar con el canon, incentivará una resolución más rápida antes de tener que invocarlo”.Si una diócesis y un obispo deciden invocar el canon, tal decisión le permite a cualquiera de las partes pedirle al obispo primado que intervenga y ayude a resolver el desacuerdo o la disensión. El obispo primado entonces comienza un proceso —que incluye la posible utilización de un consultor o un mediador diplomado —con el propósito de propiciar la reconciliación. Si las partes convienen en reconciliarse, deben definir la “responsabilidad del obispo y de la diócesis”, según la nueva Sección 9.Además, el obispo, o dos tercios del Comité Permanente, o la votación de una mayoría de dos tercios de la Convención Diocesana, pueden comenzar un proceso para disolver la relación episcopal. Las razones para la disolución deben ser presentadas por escrito al obispo primado, junto con un informe de cualquier mediador o consultor que pudiera haber intervenido. Esa notificación pone en marcha una serie de medidas [cuya aplicación] sería cuestión de meses. El obispo primado puede requerir ulteriores intentos de mediación y reconciliación.Si no hubiere ninguna resolución, un comité de un obispo (nombrado por el obispo primado) y un sacerdote y un laico (nombrado por el presidente de la Cámara de Diputados) de fuera de la diócesis ha de reunirse para recomendar una resolución del asunto. El comité podría recomendar que la relación episcopal continúe o que debe disolverse.La recomendación tendría que ser aprobada por dos tercios de los miembros de la Cámara de Obispos presentes y con derecho a voto en la próxima reunión regular o especial de la Cámara. Si esa mayoría no la aprueba, el comité tendría que recomendar otra resolución a la misma reunión, que tendría que someterse a votación en esa reunión.“En lo tocante al tiempo de la Iglesia, esta cosa se mueve a la velocidad del rayo”, dijo recientemente a ENS el Rdo. Ledlie I. Laughlin, diputado por Pensilvania y presidente del Comité Permanente de esa diócesis.Laughlin, que es el rector de la iglesia de San Pedro [St. Peter’s] en Filadelfia, dijo que él siguió la formulación del proceso que finalmente se aprobó “y lo invitaron a participar en algunas de las conversaciones mientras se hacían correcciones sobre la marcha”.El proceso expuesto en la versión de la B021 que la Convención aprobara no es el mismo con el cual la resolución comenzó y es también diferente del propuesto en la A065 por la Comisión Permanente sobre Desarrollo del Ministerio, también en respuesta a la B014.Hollingsworth dijo que él y el obispo Mark Sisk, de la Diócesis de Nueva York, redactaron la versión original de la B021 luego que un equipo de trabajo de Desarrollo del Ministerio presentara su propuesta del proceso para la reconciliación o la disolución de una relación episcopal a la reunión de la Cámara de Obispos en la primavera de 2012. La propuesta se hacía eco de la que ya existe para [las relaciones] de una parroquia y su rector.“Creo que todo el mundo pensó que era un trabajo excelente”, dijo Hollingsworth, refiriéndose al proceso del equipo de trabajo,  pero “la inquietud era que fuera un proceso complejo y el temor de que pudiera tomar mucho tiempo y resultar costoso”.Hollingsworth dijo también que él y Sisk  habían pensado en un proceso más racionalizado y presentaron un borrador a sus colegas durante la misma reunión. Obtuvieron el visto bueno para proseguir la labor y de este modo los dos refinaron su propuesta. Ellos, junto con Thomas Shaw, obispo de la Diócesis de Massachusetts, la presentaron a la Convención General.Una vez en Indianápolis, explicó Hollingsworth, el Comité [legislativo] sobre el Ministerio le pidió a un grupo de obispos y “a algunas otras personas interesadas” que intentaran formular una resolución para reemplazar la A065 y la B021. Ese grupo “fundamentalmente presentó una resolución que, como grupo, creímos que satisfacía las esperanzas de todos los participantes del proceso, incluidos los clérigos y los laicos, y resultó tan expedito y eficiente como pudimos hacerlo”, agregó.La medida pasó a la Cámara de Obispos el 10 de julio donde los miembros cambiaron la mayoría de votos necesarios a través del proceso a un margen de dos tercios.“La preocupación que algunos obispos expresaron fue que un problema de esta gravedad debía exigir una súper mayoría”, dijo Hollingsworth a ENS. “Sentí que una mayoría simple no era suficiente, pero obviamente la mayoría de la cámara creyó que estas decisiones requerían de una súper mayoría”.La Cámara de Diputados estuvo de acuerdo con la versión enmendada de la B021 el último día de la Convención. Hubo alguna animación en un momento del debate de ese día cuando los diputados convinieron en limitar su comentario sobre las resoluciones. Sin embargo, después del voto de la Cámara, Laughlin, de la Diócesis de Pensilvania, pidió intervenir un momento a título de privilegio personal para agradecerles a sus colegas sus oraciones y “apoyo por nosotros para ocuparnos de los divisivos problemas que hemos estado confrontando con nuestro obispo”.El Comité Permanente de Pensilvania ha estado en pugna con el obispo Charles Bennison desde mediados de la pasada década por inquietudes respecto a cómo él maneja los activos de la diócesis y otros asuntos.Más de una vez el Comité Permanente ha pedido la renuncia de Bennison, incluido el día en que él regreso a trabajar en agosto de 2010 luego de la el Tribunal de Revisión para el Proceso de un Obispo revocó un fallo de un tribunal inferior de la Iglesia que dictaminó su deposición del ministerio por haber incurrido en una conducta impropia de un miembro del clero. El tribunal de revisión convino con uno de los dos fallos de conducta impropia del tribunal inferior, pero dijo que Bennison no podía ser depuesto porque el cargo estaba restringido por el estatuto de limitaciones de la Iglesia.En septiembre de 2010, el Comité Permanente le pidió a la Cámara de Obispos su “apoyo y ayuda” para obtener la jubilación o la renuncia de Bennison.  Posteriormente ese mes los obispos pidieron la “renuncia inmediata e incondicional” de Bennison. Al día siguiente, Bennison rehusó. Él sigue siendo el obispo diocesano.Hollingsworth hizo notar que el proceso que la Convención General le añadió al Título III no tiene por objeto reemplazar el uso de los cánones disciplinarios de la Iglesia para clérigos y obispos conocido como Título IV. Esa serie de cánones enumera las normas de conducta para el clero y bosqueja un proceso para el manejo de las acusaciones de los clérigos que violen esas normas. Durante cierto número de años, los cánones del Título III han reconocido que los rectores y sus parroquias pueden encontrarse en conflicto por razones que no sean violaciones de conducta. No había ningún reconocimiento canónico de que surgiera esa posibilidad en la relación entre un obispo y una diócesis hasta la medida tomada recientemente por la Convención.“Si hay ofensas contempladas en el Título IV, entonces debe seguirse [lo prescrito por] ese título”,  dijo Hollingsworth. “En ausencia de un proceso efectivo para abordar una relación comprometida entre un obispo y una diócesis, la única otra ruta podría ser encontrar un modo de abordarla inadecuadamente a través del Título IV, y eso no ayuda a la diócesis, ni a la Iglesia ni al obispo”.Laughlin le dijo a ENS que el Comité Permanente discutió el nuevo proceso canónico durante una reunión regular luego de la Convención General, pero que no había llegado a tomarse ninguna decisión.Agregó que resultaba claro a partir de sus conversaciones con los promotores del proceso que éstos “se mostraron cuidadosos de no relacionarlo demasiado estrechamente con la situación en la Diócesis de Pensilvania”.El proceso se concentra en “nuestra relaciones los unos con los otros en el cuerpo de Cristo y respecto a cómo mantener ese cuerpo sano, y como nos mantenemos mutuamente responsables”, dijo Laughlin.“Es un reconocimiento de que a veces esas relaciones se rompen, o ya no son mutuamente benéficas y como tales ya no sirven a la misión de la Iglesia y a la proclamación del evangelio”, agregó. “El canon ofrece un medio para que las partes [en conflicto] aborden esos problemas de manera que puedan resolverlos y seguir adelante con el ministerio vital al que somos llamados”.Entre tanto, otro método que se ha sugerido para ayudar a las diócesis y a sus obispos a discernir juntos el futuro —un método que habría significado una desviación aún mayor de la forma tradicional de esa relación— nunca se presentó en el mismo comité de la Convención General que discutió las [resoluciones] A053 y B021.El Rdo. Alex Dyer, de Connecticut, propuso en la Resolución D041 fijar en nueve años el período [de gobierno] de un obispo diocesano. El período podría renovarse un número ilimitado de veces por una votación de la convención diocesana. Un obispo habría conservado sus órdenes episcopales si la diócesis decidiera ponerle término a la relación.Dyer le dijo a ENS que a él le gustaba el enfoque de la Iglesia Evangélica Luterana en América, en la cual se eligen los obispos por períodos renovables de seis años, y que su propuesta “no pretendía tan sólo deshacerse de un obispo”. Por el contrario, habría sido una oportunidad de “detenerse y mirar, y ver si esta [relación] es algo bueno”.“Es ciertamente un criterio mutuo”, afirmó Dyer. “No se trata de aprobaciones o rechazos”.Él sugirió que el último año de un período podría usarse para una revisión mutua del ministerio que podría terminar en una votación para renovar [ese ministerio] o para “una amable despedida”.“Debemos reevaluar constantemente nuestra eficacia en servir a la misión de Dios”, dijo. “Jesús no fue demasiado autocomplaciente”.– La Rda. Mary Frances Schjonberg es redactora y reportera del Servicio de Prensa Episcopal. Traducido por Vicente Echerri. 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Zimbabwe Anglicans threatened by chain-wielding thugs

first_img Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Africa, Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI [Anglican Communion News Service] Reclaiming church properties has not been as easy as Anglicans in Zimbabwe had hoped with those trying to do so being refused entry and beaten with chains.Writing to supporters around the Anglican Communion, Diocese of Harare Bishop Chad Gandiya said that, despite a Supreme Court order recognizing the cathedral as belonging to the diocese, excommunicated bishop, Nolbert Kunonga, “did not leave willingly.”“Yesterday Kunonga was evicted from the diocesan offices and cathedral,” he wrote. “He refused to handover three diocesan cars in his possession. He came back later with thugs with chains who started chasing people beating some (some of the guards we had hired were beaten).“When our people reported it to the police they were shunted from one office to the other because the police said, “they were too junior to deal with the Anglican matter.” Eventually they were served and riot police were sent who arrested some of the thugs and we are grateful for that.“Kunonga himself threatened to shoot a journalist! The thugs were drinking the potent Mozambican beer called “Zed” in the cathedral cloisters.”Eventually, members of the Diocese of Harare, part of the Church of the Province of Central Africa, did take possession of the diocesan offices and the cathedral.The morning of Nov. 29, the police initially tried to prevent Gandiya and other Anglicans from holding a service in the cathedral, but they were eventually allowed in. Thanks to the use of social media, many people turned out to worship in the cathedral – the first service held there since Kunonga and his followers claimed the building for themselves.There are still concerns about evictions that were supposed to be carried out Nov. 29 that have been halted.“We don’t know by who and why,” Gandiya wrote. “These are sad developments when we were prepared to move on. Preparations for our Thanksgiving service on the 16th December are going on ahead as planned. It’s not over yet. Please continue to pray for us.”The Facebook page of the Diocese of Harare has been buzzing with comments and photos about congregations returning to their churches and some of the opposition faced by returning Anglicans. Comments (1) Rector Collierville, TN Anglican Communion Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Bath, NC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Featured Events Rector Tampa, FL Director of Music Morristown, NJ Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Knoxville, TN Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Pittsburgh, PA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Philippines: News and resources from Episcopal Relief & Development

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Reese Rickards says: Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Joseph Mazza says: Youth Minister Lorton, VA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Your donation to the Philippines Fund will enable Episcopal Relief & Development to support the Episcopal Church in the Philippines as they respond to Super Typhoon Haiyan.11/15: Episcopal Church in the Philippines Active in Ecumenical Relief Efforts11/13: Statement from Prime Bishop Malecdan of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines11/12: Partners in the Philippines mobilizing volunteers to distribute relief supplies11/11: Understanding the 3 Rs of disasters: Taking the long view on disaster recovery11/11: Episcopal Church in the Philippines working with ecumenical partners11/10: Update as scope of disaster becomes known11/8: Reaching out to partners as they weather Super Typhoon Haiyan Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Submit a Job Listing November 15, 2013 at 6:59 pm I just gave a donation through ERD as they have a direct connection to the Episcopal Bishop in the Philippines, which I trust my $ going for the greatest good. I never worry about other nations giving. I follow the model of Jesus in the New Testament. He always was actively doing healing and giving guidance and His odds were much greater than ours today. November 15, 2013In the week following Super Typhoon Haiyan’s impact on November 8, the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) engaged its member churches, including the Episcopal Church in the Philippines, to mobilize youth volunteers for Operation Paglingap (“caring” in Tagalog).So far, the combined effort has produced 6,000 family food packs containing a week’s worth of basic supplies such as rice, fish and cooking oil.  The supplies were purchased in Manila with local and international funds, and an additional 5,000 food packs are currently in assembly.Food and water are being distributed from Catbalogan, a city on the island of Samar, where Haiyan first made landfall.  Supply delivery is slowly progressing via truck and ferry, and NCCP staff are working with government and ecumenical partners to coordinate distribution to families in need.  Member church presence in rural communities will greatly help in expanding the reach of relief supplies.Assessments are currently underway that will inform ongoing response efforts, including the relocation of displaced persons and pastoral care for those who have lost loved ones.November 13, 2013The Most Reverend Edward P. Malecdan, Prime Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines, has released the following statement regarding the church’s response to Super Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda:A STATEMENT FROM THE ECP PRIME BISHOP ON SUPER TYPHOON YOLANDAThe Episcopal Church in the Philippines continues to offer prayers for our brothers and sisters in the central part of our country whose lives were tragically lost and broken in the ferocious path of a super typhoon that came a month after a killer earthquake also brought death and destruction in the same region. We grieve for and with them as we continue to implore Divine comfort upon all who bear the pain of such a catastrophic experience.To all our constituents, let our communities and local churches be centers of prayerful solidarity and an assurance of our love,  thoughts and hopes for our suffering brothers and sisters. Let us individually and collectively take every positive effort to contribute to the massive relief undertaking. We are now working in coordination with the National Council of Churches in the Philippines for our participation in the relief work. We also affirm and support the initiatives of our Dioceses of Davao and Central Philippines as they minister to our constituents in the affected areas.To our partners, we acknowledge and express our gratitude for your thoughts, prayers and support. We appeal for your continuing solidarity as we all join hands in rising up from the unimaginable devastation of our land.THE MOST REV. EDWARD P. MALECDANPrime BishopEpiscopal Church in the Philippines November 12, 2013The Episcopal Church in the Philippines is currently mobilizing volunteers, particularly youth, to collect and distribute relief supplies such as food, water and other necessities. Church buildings that were not heavily damaged by Haiyan are being used as centers of operation. These activities are part of a larger ecumenical effort being coordinated by the National Council of Churches in the Philippines. Transportation difficulties continue to pose a significant obstacle to rescue and relief work, with many areas still only accessible by military aircraft.November 11, 2013Director of Engagement Sean McConnell writes about the three Rs of disaster response – Rescue, Relief and Recovery – and how Episcopal Relief & Development’s partnership methodology positions the organization to have the greatest long-term impact.November 11, 2013Episcopal Relief & Development has been in contact with its local partner, the Episcopal Church in the Philippines, in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan.  The storm made landfall in the central Philippines on the morning of November 8, causing widespread damage and disabling power and communications lines.  Rescue and relief efforts are reportedly being hampered due to roads being clogged with debris.The Episcopal Church in the Philippines is working with the National Council of Churches in the Philippines, an ecumenical group of which it is a member, to develop a coordinated response strategy.  Episcopal Relief & Development plans to offer technical and financial assistance to aid these efforts.“Our prayers are with all who were impacted by this storm,” said Abagail Nelson, Episcopal Relief & Development’s Senior Vice President for Programs.  “We will continue to be in touch with our partners at the Episcopal Church in the Philippines to support them as they work with their colleague churches to determine how best to respond in this time of crisis.”The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of the Philippines reported on the evening of November 10 that an estimated 9.5 million people across 41 provinces were affected by the storm, with 630,000 displaced and served both inside and outside the 1,645 active evacuation centers.  The report also estimates the number of damaged houses at just under 20,000.High winds approaching tornado-like speeds caused significant damage as the storm swept across the country, producing storm surges up to 20 feet high in coastal areas and sending waves of water more than half a mile inland.The typhoon weakened as it crossed the South China Sea to make landfall in Vietnam on the morning of November 11, and was downgraded to a tropical storm as it entered southern China later in the day.Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori offered the following prayer for the people of the Philippines:O God our help in time of trouble, we pray for the Filipino people who have suffered this grievous natural disaster. We pray that survivors may find water, food, and shelter, and news of their missing loved ones. There is trauma and destruction in many places, and little news from some of the areas hardest hit. Give peace and confidence, O Lord, to those in the midst of the whirlwind. Open hearts and hands around the world to respond sacrificially to the urgent need. Help us to remember that we are connected, one to another, the living to the dead, the comfortable to the suffering, the peaceful to the worried and anxious. Motivate us to change our hearts, for our misuse and pollution of the earth you have given us to share has something to do with this disaster.  Show us your suffering Son in the midst of this Calvary, that we might love one another as he has loved us.  In your holy name we pray.  Amen.Earlier in the day, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby sent a message of prayer and solidarity.  According to ACNS, “[t]he Archbishop said the Church is praying for those who are ‘most vulnerable in this crisis’ – children separated from their parents, the sick and injured, the disabled and the elderly – and will ‘stand beside the people of the Philippines’.”Your donation to the Philippines Fund will enable Episcopal Relief & Development to support the Episcopal Church in the Philippines as they respond to Super Typhoon Haiyan.November 10, 2013As local authorities continue assessments and communications lines are restored, the scope of the impact of Super Typhoon Haiyan is becoming known.The New York Times reports: “The typhoon left Tacloban in ruins, as a storm surge as high as 13 feet overwhelmed its streets, with reports from the scene saying that most of the houses had been damaged or destroyed in the city of 220,000. More than 300 bodies have already been recovered, said Tecson John S. Lim, the city administrator, adding that the toll could reach 10,000 in Tacloban alone.”Please continue to pray for all who were impacted by the storm, and for those working to save lives and restore safety and security.November 8, 2013Episcopal Relief & Development has reached out to its partners in the Philippines, as Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the central part of the country on the morning of November 8.According to reports, Haiyan is the strongest typhoon this year and may be one of the strongest in history, with winds that peaked at 195 miles per hour.  The impact of the storm caused flash flooding, mudslides and 30-foot storm surges, and knocked out power and communications networks in several provinces.At this early point in the storm, three deaths have been confirmed and seven injuries reported.  As many as one million people fled to safer areas, with some 125,000 taking refuge in evacuation centers.  Authorities had warned earlier that approximately 12 million people were at risk due to the storm.Among those most at risk were the estimated 270,000 people who had been residing in tents and other makeshift shelters following the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck the central Philippines on October 15, killing 222 people.“Our partner, the Episcopal Church in the Philippines, has done excellent work in the area of disaster risk reduction over the past few years, but when events come one on top of the other like this, challenges are compounded,” said Abagail Nelson, Episcopal Relief & Development’s Senior Vice President for Programs.  “We are standing ready to offer assistance as the local Church assesses needs and identifies areas where it can best help vulnerable people in this difficult time.”Please pray for the Church in the Philippines and for all those affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan.Your donation to the Philippines Fund will enable Episcopal Relief & Development to support the Episcopal Church in the Philippines as they respond to Super Typhoon Haiyan. Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector Shreveport, LA Comments are closed. November 12, 2013 at 8:04 am Oh Mr. Thewalt, you have missed the point of providing aid to our sisters and brothers and our children in the Philippines. Christians have a need to give. If others never feel the need then so be it. Let us thank God the Administration needs to send its Navy ships and Marines to provide aid to those devastated people. I hope that if you haven’t already you’ll send a generous check to Episcopal Relief and Development because your need to give is present, also. Rector Smithfield, NC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Tampa, FL Rector Pittsburgh, PA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Anne Cohen says: Rector Washington, DC November 13, 2013 at 4:20 pm For the record, several nations in the world helped United States when Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast a few years ago including India and Bangladesh. However, our help of people in need should not be based on how other nations respond in times of our need. An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Featured Events Submit an Event Listing Associate Rector Columbus, GA Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Episcopal Relief & Development In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 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 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis F WILLIAM THEWALT says: Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Press Release Service November 12, 2013 at 9:33 am Keep us informed of the perspective of the Church as this disaster develops. ERD is a great people to people way for us to respond when we know channels are open again. Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Comments (6) Posted Nov 15, 2013 People stand among debris and ruins of houses destroyed after Super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines November 10, 2013. Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded killed at least 10,000 people in the central Philippines province of Leyte, a senior police official said on Sunday, with coastal towns and the regional capital devastated by huge waves. Super typhoon Haiyan destroyed about 70 to 80 percent of the area in its path as it tore through the province on Friday, said chief superintendent Elmer Soria, a regional police director. Photo: REUTERS/Erik De Castro[Episcopal Relief and Development] On the morning of November 8, 2013, Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the central Philippines, causing widespread damage and knocking out power and communications lines.  Episcopal Relief & Development’s local partner, the Episcopal Church in the Philippines, is assessing needs and determining how best to respond.center_img Koshy Mathews says: Submit a Press Release Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK November 11, 2013 at 8:31 pm Where’s the aid from Russia, Germany, France, Saudi Arabia? All have financial resources near that of the U.S. but they do nothing. Why does the U. S. have to go it alone in providing disaster relief? Who helps the U. S. when disaster strikes? Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Knoxville, TN Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Bulletin Insertshalf page (PDF) (JPG)full page (PDF) (JPG) Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Philippines: News and resources from Episcopal Relief & Development Super Typhoon Haiyan leaves devastating path of destruction Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Collierville, TN Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Asia, November 13, 2013 at 11:18 am It is important to pray for these people as well as sending money to ERD. Sending goods is a poor idea because it overwhelms the people on the ground. They do not have the time or space to sort goods, many of them not needed. Sending money helps to buy what is needed the most. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Belleville, IL Featured Jobs & Calls TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Tags Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Martinsville, VA Wanda Bryan says: Rector Albany, NYlast_img read more

Obispa Presidente pide oraciones para El Sur de Sudán y…

first_img Submit an Event Listing AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Posted May 9, 2014 [9 de mayo de 2014] Con los informes recientes del aumento de la violencia y las muertes, la Obispa Presidente de la Iglesia Episcopal Katharine Jefferts Schori ha pedidooraciones para Sudán del Sur y Sudán.Ella se une a los líderes de la Iglesia Evangélica Luterana en América, la Iglesia Anglicana de Canadá, y la Iglesia Evangélica Luterana en Canadá en presentar Un Mensaje de Solidaridad con la Iglesia en el Sur de SudánA continuación el mensaje:Un Mensaje de Solidaridad Con la Iglesia en el Sur de SudánDe los Líderes deIglesia Anglicana de CanadáIglesia EpiscopalIglesia Evangélica Luterana en AmericáIglesia Evangélica Luterana en CanadáViernes 9 de mayo de 2014La situación en Sudán del Sur sigue siendo extremadamente difícil, y la noticia de esteen los medios de comunicación de América del Norte es mínima. La violencia ha sidofomentada y estimulada por los líderes políticos que buscan sus propios intereses.Aunque los medios de comunicación presentan el conflicto como étnico, sus raíces, como en cualquier conflicto, son variados y complicados. De cualquier modo, nunca puede haber una lógica para el sufrimiento que se ha forjado.Nuestros socios en la Iglesia Episcopal de Sudán del Sur y Sudán han sufrido muchas pérdidas masivas. Su pueblo ha sido asesinado, violado, torturado y quemado fuera de sus hogares. Las iglesias y pueblos enteros han sido destruidos. A pesar del amplio desplazamiento, los Anglicanos/Episcopales y Luteranos continúan estando activos en los esfuerzos de ayuda y de paz mediante nuestros socios de la Iglesia Episcopal del Sur de Sudán y Sudán y la Federación Luterana Mundial.Nosotros les instamos a que se unan en oración por el pueblo de Sudán del Sur ySudán, por obtener la paz duradera y significativa, y para la ayuda inmediata y responder a las necesidades de los miles de desplazados.Al celebrar la fiesta de la Resurrección, le instamos a ayudar en hacer que el cuerpo resucitado de Cristo sea evidente para aquellos que trabajan en el valle de sombra de muerte.Reverendísima Katharine Jefferts SchoriObispa Presidente y PrimadaIglesia EpiscopalObispa Elizabeth EatonObispa PresidenteIglesia Evangélica Luterana en AmericáReverendísimo Fred HiltzPrimadoIglesia Anglicana de CanadáObispa Susan JohnsonObispa NacionalIglesia Evangélica Luterana en Canadá_____________________________________________________________________RecursosInformación de la Iglesia Episcopal de Sudan www.episcopalchurch.org/sudanOracionesNoticias y videos de Episcopal News ServiceInserciones al Boletín de la Iglesia  http://episcopalnewsservice.org/stw/bulletin-inserts/Promoción y Recursos EducacionalesPolítica Pública http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/public-policyRed Episcopal de Política Pública: http://advocacy.episcopalchurch.org/homeFondo de Desarrollo & Ayuda Episcopal  www.episcopalrelief.org/southsudan Rector Knoxville, TN Sudan & South Sudan Featured Jobs & Calls Submit a Press Release Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 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 Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Martinsville, VA Submit a Job Listing Rector Belleville, IL New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR 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 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Tags Rector Albany, NY Associate Rector Columbus, GA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME center_img Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Pittsburgh, PA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA Obispa Presidente pide oraciones para El Sur de Sudán y Sudán   Líderes de la Iglesia Episcopal, Iglesia Evangélica Luterana en América,  IglesiaAnglicana de Canadá, y la Iglesia Evangélica Luterana en Canadá presentan Curate Diocese of Nebraska Press Release Service Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Collierville, TN Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Tampa, FL Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Smithfield, NC TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Shreveport, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Bath, NC Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Washington, DC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Featured Events Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SClast_img read more

Archbishop calls for peace as South Sudan marks fourth anniversary

first_img Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Submit a Job Listing Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Bath, NC Rector Albany, NY 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 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Sudan & South Sudan Rector Hopkinsville, KY Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Belleville, IL Rector Tampa, FL Rector Collierville, TN Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Archbishop calls for peace as South Sudan marks fourth anniversary Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT 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 a Press Release Archbishop of Canterbury, Anglican Communion, Advocacy Peace & Justice, Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Shreveport, LA Featured Jobs & Calls Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ center_img Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Curate Diocese of Nebraska Associate Rector Columbus, GA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem [Lambeth Palace] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said “our prayers around the world” are for an end to violence in South Sudan as the country marks four years of independence.Archbishop Justin Welby said:“As South Sudan celebrates the fourth anniversary of its hard-won independence, our prayers around the world are for an immediate end to senseless hostilities and for peace to take root. So many civilian men, women and children have suffered, and so many been displaced both internally and externally. This must end. I pray and strongly call for both sides to recognize the need to sheath their swords, meet on middle ground and begin together to walk the path of reconciliation.” Tags Course Director Jerusalem, Israel This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Washington, DC Rector Knoxville, TN New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Submit an Event Listing The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Martinsville, VA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Featured Events Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Press Release Service Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Posted Jul 10, 2015 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VAlast_img read more

‘A veces uno tiene que dejar de lado su dolor…

first_img‘A veces uno tiene que dejar de lado su dolor y dar palabras de ánimo’ Testimonio / Diácono Jairo Chiran Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Submit a Press Release Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Martinsville, VA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books 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 Hopkinsville, KY 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 Featured Jobs & Calls Submit an Event Listing Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Knoxville, TN Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Pittsburgh, PA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Smithfield, NC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Tampa, FL Rector Albany, NY Associate Rector Columbus, GA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH [Episcopal News Service] Acompañar a una comunidad religiosa no es fácil, mucho menos en tiempo de tragedia. El diácono Jairo Chiran Guillén, de 31 años, enfrenta ahora mismo un momento difícil para su comunidad y para su propia familia tras el terremoto del 16 de abril en Ecuador: quince familias de su feligresía han perdido sus casas, la iglesia está inhabitable y su propia vivienda fue parcialmente destruida.El diácono Chiran fue ordenado hace apenas un mes y realiza trabajo pastoral en la iglesia Santiago Apóstol, en La Pilas, Portoviejo. “Los temblores siguen. No tenemos iglesia, pero lo más duro es que hay mucha gente afectada. Por momentos escasea la comida, la situación es muy difícil”, dijo a ENS.El día del terremoto, el diácono Chiran había ido hasta su casa, a unos 20 minutos de la iglesia, para recoger a su esposa cuando la tragedia ocurrió. Su esposa —como muchas otras personas— sufrió una crisis nerviosa. Luego de ayudarla y cerciorarse de que sus hijos estaban bien, salió en su motocicleta hacia la parroquia.“Era doloroso ver tanta casa destruida, gente llorando por lo ocurrido, sin saber aún si habían fallecidos…Fue una tragedia”, contó.Al llegar a la parroquia, algunos feligreses se hicieron presentes y consiguieron comida para ofrecer a los vecinos que habían perdido sus casas. La noche que les esperaba sería larga y el trabajo no ha parado desde entonces.El diácono Chiran trabaja como enfermero de lunes a viernes y se dedica a la labor pastoral los fines de semana. En medio de la tragedia, sus dos vocaciones han sido de gran ayuda. Sin embargo, él mismo expresa que atestiguar tanto dolor no es tarea fácil: “La situación duele, mucha gente de mi comunidad se ha quedado sin nada. Una compañera de trabajo murió en el terremoto. Nuestra casa está muy dañada…Pero a veces uno tiene que dejar de lado su dolor y dar palabras de ánimo”.La Diócesis Litoral está buscando maneras de ayudar a comunidades como las del diácono Chiran; sin embargo, la falta de fondos limita su trabajo. “Ayuda de la diócesis aún no he recibido, pero el obispo ha prometido que si se concreta una ayuda médica de Puerto Rico, nuestra comunidad será parte del programa”, dijo Chiran.Tres días después del terremoto fue un grupo de la iglesia de Santa Elena, una provincia cercana, el cual llegó con 130 raciones de comida y 140 galones de agua. “La ayuda de los hermanos fue una bendición. Nuestra comunidad ya no tenía comida, ni mi propia familia”, aseguró.Pero el dolor y la tragedia no han frenado el deseo del diácono Chiran de servir a su comunidad. “En la ordenación nosotros repetimos: ‘Todo lo puedo en Cristo que me fortalece’, sin duda él nos está dando fuerza. El trabajo apenas comienza, esto es sólo una prueba”, aseguró.— Clara Villatoro es una periodista que reside en El Salvador. Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Youth Minister Lorton, VA Submit a Job Listing Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Bath, NC Press Release Service Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska Featured Events Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Shreveport, LA Por Clara VillatoroPosted Apr 28, 2016 Rector Collierville, TN Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Belleville, IL Rector Washington, DC last_img read more

Arkansas Episcopalians rally support for Syrian school while raising awareness…

first_img New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Martinsville, VA Refugees Migration & Resettlement Tags Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Featured Events Rector Pittsburgh, PA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Middle East, By David PaulsenPosted May 7, 2019 Rector Washington, DC 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 Knoxville, TN Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Albany, NY Arkansas Episcopalians rally support for Syrian school while raising awareness of refugee crisis Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Submit a Press Release Rector Smithfield, NC The Wisdom House Project is a partnership between the Syrian Emergency Task Force and an ecumenical group that originated at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Conway, Arkansas, to support a makeshift school for kindergarteners in Syria’s Idlib province. The school teaches about 130 students a year. Photo: Wisdom House Project, via Facebook[Episcopal News Service] If you haven’t thought much about the Syrian refugee crisis lately and want an update, consider asking an Episcopalian from Arkansas.You might learn that the Syrian province of Idlib is the last stronghold of rebels fighting the government forces of President Bashar al-Assad, and humanitarian activists warn a final showdown in Idlib could create an “apocalyptic scenario” for civilians, many of them refugees displaced from their homes by Syria’s eight-year civil war.Idlib also is home to the Wisdom House Project, a school for kindergarteners that recently graduated its third class. Those students are the ones with a connection to Arkansas, through an ecumenical partnership with roots at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Conway, Arkansas.With the ministry’s help, life in Idlib carries on in the face of ever-present danger.“Right now, our biggest concern is the well-being of our students, teachers and their families and figuring out, first of all, how to keep the school going,” the Rev. Teri Daily said in an interview with Episcopal News Service. “And if there comes a time when that isn’t possible, how do we help our families that are on the ground there?”The Syrian boys and girls who attend Wisdom House Project have become “our students” and “our families” for many Arkansas Episcopalians because of the Wisdom House Working Group, which Daily helped launch in Conway in 2016, while she was rector at St. Peter’s. Since then, the group has raised about $100,000 for the Syrian Emergency Task Force, a nonprofit that has used the money to renovate classrooms in Idlib, outfit them with desks and teaching materials, pay teacher salaries and even buy a school bus.The school now has five teachers and four staff members, who take the photos and videos that fill the Wisdom House Project’s website and social media feeds with the faces of smiling young children.Money raised since 2016 through the Wisdom House Working Group in Arkansas has helped the Syrian Emergency Task Force renovate classroom space for five teachers and their students in Idlib, Syria. Photo: Wisdom House ProjectIn the photos, the children raise their hands in celebration. They show off their latest craft projects. They stand proudly in front of classroom artwork. They wear hand-sewn uniforms, which were funded by American donations, as were the backpacks draped over their little shoulders. And they hold up colorful letters of hope and encouragement created for them in Arkansas by children they’ve never met.But this ministry isn’t limited to a narrow focus on the education of 130 or so students in one Syrian community. It also hopes to raise awareness in the United States about the bigger picture in Syria, a country where hundreds of thousands have been killed in a seemingly intractable internal conflict. That conflict in recent years has been overshadowed globally by the parallel, but separate, fight in Syria against the terrorist group ISIS.“The word needs to get out about what is happening and how this country is being devastated,” said Jerry Adams, a St. Peter’s parishioner who serves as chair of the Wisdom House Working Group. “The bigger picture is there’s no easy way out for this country.”Assad began his brutal crackdown against a pro-democracy rebellion in 2011, sparking what the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, or UNHCR, calls “the biggest humanitarian and refugee crisis of our time.” An estimated 5.6 million people have fled Syria since the civil war began, most of them to Turkey.In September 2015, global attention to the plight of Syrian refugees intensified in response to photos of a dead 2-year-old Syrian boy lying facedown on a beach after a boat capsized while his family was trying to flee the war-torn country.“The international news was plastered with the refugee crisis, of refugees coming out of Syria,” Daily said. “The situation was really dire, and violence was escalating.”At the same time, some Republican politicians, citing potential terrorist threats, were voicing opposition to resettling Syrian refugees in the United States. President Donald Trump, then a presidential candidate, vowed in December 2015 to implement “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”The Episcopal Church also took a public stance that year, when its General Convention voted in July 2015 on a resolution denouncing “the slaughter and displacement of Syrians” and urging congregations to pray “for an end to the humanitarian and refugee crisis in Syria.”One Sunday that fall, Daily raised the issue in an announcement to her congregation. “I put out a call and said, ‘The refugee crisis that’s taking place in Syria is weighing heavy on my heart, and if it’s weighing heavy on your heart, meet me in the library at 3 o’clock.’”Somewhat to her surprise, more than a dozen parishioners joined her that afternoon, and they began their first conversation about what one Episcopal congregation in Arkansas could do.They started by learning more about the Syrian conflict and listening to the stories of Muslims originally from the Middle East who had moved to Arkansas. They looked into sponsoring a Syrian refugee family but found that few were being resettled locally. And they initially struggled to find ways of supporting humanitarian outreach in Syria.Then in March 2016, Mouaz Moustafa, executive director of the Syrian Emergency Task Force, came to Conway to speak at a TEDx conference hosted by his alma mater, the University of Central Arkansas. The group from St. Peter’s reached out to him by phone, and the morning after his speech, he met over coffee with Daily, Daily’s husband and Adams to talk about Moustafa’s native Syria.“We said, ‘We don’t know how to help,’” Daily recalled. “And Mouaz said, ‘You know, there are so many more displaced people living within Syria than there are refugees who have left Syria.” The UNHCR estimates about 6.6 million Syrians are considered internally displaced, or refugees in their own country.The Syrian Emergency Task Force had not yet gotten involved in humanitarian work, focusing instead on advocacy in Washington, but Moustafa knew of some Syrian women in Idlib who had begun teaching refugee children and orphans at a makeshift school. After several months of planning and conversation, the nonprofit and the Episcopal congregation agreed to work together in support of the Idlib teachers. St. Peter’s made its first donation to the cause in August 2016, and the next month it officially kicked off the Wisdom House Working Group, committing to at least five years.Our third class of Kindergarteners has graduated! We received our certificates but our celebration was cancelled due to bombing nearby. #Idlib #Syria #SaveSyria #EyesOnIdlib @syrianetf pic.twitter.com/z7K4ccre6T— The Wisdom House (@WisdomHseSyria) May 6, 2019“Since then, Episcopal churches have been really amazing,” said Natalie Larrison, Syrian Emergency Task Force’s director of outreach. Larrison, who is based in Arkansas, joined the nonprofit the same year that it formed its partnership with St. Peter’s, and she is its primarily liaison with the Wisdom House school.One of the first improvements the project made was to find an underground location for the school, essentially the basement of an existing building, which provided increased security for students. The children are all 6 or younger, so they were born after the start of the Syrian conflict.“They’ve only known war,” Larrison said.Students at Wisdom House in Idlib, Syria, hold up some of the “Letters of Hope” they received from children in Arkansas. Photo: Wisdom House ProjectThe Wisdom House Working Group has grown to include representatives from other churches in and around Conway. About 10 or more of them meet regularly in person or by conference call to get updates on the needs at the school in Idlib and to plan fundraisers.Today, despite a truce last September, violence is on the rise again in Idlib, putting the nearly 3 million people living in the province under constant threat of attack. Adams expressed frustration that the urgency of the crisis doesn’t resonate with more Americans.“It’s easy to block it out. It’s not next door. It’s Muslims, not Christians,” Adams said. “If your children hear a plane, they think it’s a passenger plane. If you’re in Syria, the kids think they’re being bombed.”Daily left St. Peter’s in 2017 to serve as rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Russellville, about 75 miles away from Conway, but she remains involved in the Wisdom House Project. Like Adams, she hopes their work will encourage Americans to pay more attention to Syria.The project also conveys to Syrians the message that they haven’t been forgotten. That is the purpose of “Letters of Hope,” the letter-writing campaign involving Arkansas children. In photos from Idlib, Daily said she is heartened “to see the faces of the children at the school when they get letters from other children, and to see the faces of the teachers when they feel like they’re not totally alone there.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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Churches consider when – and how – to resume in-person…

first_img Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH By David PaulsenPosted Apr 23, 2020 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS The Episcopal Church of St. John and St. Mark is a small congregation in Albany, Georgia. Services have been suspended since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: Episcopal Church of St. John and St. Mark, via Facebook[Episcopal News Service] As some governors ease restrictions on public gatherings and other states consider similar changes to stay-at-home orders that were intended to slow the spread of COVID-19, Episcopal dioceses are proceeding with caution – by beginning deliberations on how in-person worship might resume, but without a clear view of when that will happen.The prospect of physically gathering in church for a worship service would have been unthinkable for most Episcopal congregations just a month ago, after the escalating coronavirus pandemic set off a wave of suspensions, cancelations, postponements and closures across The Episcopal Church. Dioceses and many congregations have compensated by stepping up their online liturgical offerings, so parishioners still can practice their faith together while abiding by social-distancing guidelines.Even now, the idea of reversing such precautions is unsettling to some Episcopalians. On April 20, when Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp held a news conference to announce his decision to begin reopening the state on April 24, including its churches, the Rev. Galen Mirate knew immediately how members of her congregation in Albany felt. They weren’t ready to return to normal.“I don’t think he was finished speaking before I had parishioners emailing me saying, ‘No, no, no, I’m not willing to stop sheltering in place,’” Mirate, priest-in-charge at the Episcopal Church of St. John and St. Mark, told Episcopal News Service. Albany and nearby communities in southwest Georgia are dealing with a particularly severe outbreak, and with hundreds of new cases of COVID-19 confirmed each day across Georgia, worship isn’t expected to resume anytime soon inside the state’s Episcopal churches.The Diocese of Georgia, which encompasses Albany and the southern half of the state, “will not move to in-person worship for the foreseeable future in spite of Governor Kemp’s new orders,” Bishop Scott Benhase said in an April 22 diocesan newsletter. To the north, the Diocese of Atlanta issued a parallel statement from Bishop Robert Wright, who said worship in his diocese will remain online until physical gatherings are deemed “reasonably safe” by health experts.Kemp is allowing some businesses to reopen April 24, including fitness centers, hair salons, bowling alleys and massage therapists. That list will grow to include theaters, private clubs and in-restaurant dining starting April 27. Churches are allowed to resume services, but they and Georgia business owners still should take steps to reduce virus transmission, such as keeping 6 feet apart and following sanitation procedures.Social distancing is still recommended in South Carolina, despite Gov. Henry McMaster’s announcement this week that he was lifting restrictions on some businesses, including retail stores, starting April 21. Florida, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas are among the other states that have taken their own steps to partially reopen.Kemp, McMaster and other governors have faced pressure from some businesses and constituents to balance public health risks with the severe disruption that the virus and stay-at-home orders have caused to local and national economies. Protesters in some cities have demanded an end to the restrictions that have contributed to the more than 26 million unemployment claims filed nationwide so far during the pandemic.At the same time, the public health crisis is far from over. The early national surge in coronavirus cases has leveled off somewhat, though more than 20,000 new cases are still being diagnosed each day, with daily deaths this week averaging about 2,000, according to a New York Times database that is tracking the virus.And individual states’ progress in containing the virus is open to interpretation. Kemp said “favorable data” indicated it was possible to “get Georgians back to work safely without undermining the progress we all have made in this battle against COVID-19.” This week, however, his state was still averaging hundreds of new cases a day, appearing to fall short of the “downward trajectory” that is one of the Trump administration’s criteria for states to begin reopening. President Donald Trump, a fellow Republican, said April 22 he strongly disagreed with Kemp’s decision to reopen so soon.Episcopal leaders, while taking into account governors’ guidance, have begun identifying their own criteria for when their congregations can start worshipping again in person and what that might look like.“The answer will be different in different parts of our diocese,” Mirate said. “I’m just imagining that southwest Georgia will open up a bit later than anybody else, and when we do open up, it’s going to be some real slow, real careful going.”The Rev. Reed Freeman, interim rector at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Albany, said in an interview with ENS that he understands Kemp’s interest in getting the state on a path to economic recovery, but Freeman’s congregation isn’t in any rush to resume worshipping in the church.“If our bishop chooses to take a more conservative approach than the governor, I’m 100% with the bishop,” Freeman said.Benhase expanded on his approach in a document released by the diocese April 23. “Following widely accepted guidance,” it identified two conditions that must be met: a drop in new cases of COVID-19 in the state for 14 days and robust testing capabilities. Those conditions will be applied regionally. “When these conditions are met, the bishop may give permission to return to in-person worship following appropriate guidelines as outlined in this document.“Even when in-person worship resumes, we will not ‘get back to normal’ for some time,” Benhase, who is set to retire soon, said. Georgia Bishop-elect Frank Logue is scheduled to be consecrated as the diocese’s 11th bishop on May 30.Other dioceses are grappling with similar questions in considering how liturgical practices will evolve during the pandemic, especially if the virus remains a threat into next year, with no vaccination expected before then.Upper South Carolina Bishop Andrew Waldo said in an April 16 message to his diocese that he had asked the diocese’s Task Force on Liturgy to develop a plan for eventually allowing congregations to resume worship in their churches, but that is still on hold at least through May 15.“Our mission will need to be shaped by this progression that we and those whom we serve will be kept safe,” Waldo said.The Rev. Alan Bentrup, who serves as Upper South Carolina’s canon for evangelism and mission, told ENS that diocesan leaders are following the governor’s statements, as well as guidance from the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The question, Bentrup said, isn’t just when to reopen churches. “The moment that we start to be able to gather again, whenever that is, what does that look like?”The answer likely will be different for each church, he added. A congregation with fewer than 20 worshippers on a typical Sunday may not find it difficult to gather and maintain social distancing, he said, but large churches with attendance in the hundreds, “those might not be able to gather for a very long time.”Central Gulf Coast Bishop Russell Kendrick, whose diocese includes the southern half of Alabama and Florida’s Panhandle, told ENS he plans to follow the lead of the bishops in Georgia, given their proximity. In the Diocese of Central Florida, Bishop Greg Brewer doesn’t expect churches to reopen for worship sooner than the end of May.“Even then, this is an estimate depending on how things are going,” Brewer told ENS by email. “A part of the difficulty is that there is no uniform infection rate. We have vastly different communities – some with far higher levels of positive tests than others.”In West Texas, Bishop David Reed is holding off resuming any physical gatherings at least through May 15. East Carolina Bishop Robert Skirving told his diocese that he was waiting for North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper to provide more guidance on how he will reopen the state before the diocese lays plans for resuming in-person worship. “I expect that it will still be a number of weeks before we will be free to gather in groups of more than 10 people,” Skirving said.And in Maryland, Bishop Eugene Sutton has been consulting with neighboring bishops on guidelines for worshipping in person again, when it becomes possible. Even then, virtual worship will remain an essential option, said Carrie Graves, the diocese’s communications director.“Even when some gathering is allowed, we will have many communicants who are immunocompromised, have other underlying health conditions or are simply not comfortable being in groups,” Graves said by email. “Our virtual ministries will continue to grow and evolve to reach them and others who are not able or do not wish to attend worship in a church building.”Likewise, the health concerns of parishioners weigh on the minds of the Episcopal clergy in Albany, Georgia. The outbreak there is thought to have been fueled by a gathering of about 200 people for a funeral on Feb. 29. Since then, Albany and Dougherty County have recorded about 1,500 coronavirus cases – more than all but two counties in the Atlanta metropolitan area.St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Albany, Georgia, is full for a service before the COVID-19 pandemic. The congregation hasn’t worshipped in person since March 8. Photo: St. Paul’s, via FacebookMarch 8 was the last in-person worship at St. Paul’s, where attendance usually tops 100, and Freeman, the interim rector, said his parishioners “miss it terribly.”“They miss the fellowship, and they miss what I call the usual characteristics of our congregational life together,” he said. “But by the same token, I would characterize the congregation as conservative with respect to going back. … We are not chomping at the bit to rush back to in-person worship at the potential risk of health or life to our membership.”Mirate echoed Freeman in describing her congregation at the Church of St. John and St. Mark, which formed in the 1990s when a mostly white congregation welcomed parishioners of a historically black church that was destroyed in a flood.“They’re just warm and affectionate with one another, so this has been really hard on them … not seeing one another in person,” she said. “They could spend 20 minutes passing the peace if I let them.”But with older parishioners making up most of the 45 people who usually gather for worship on Sunday, they, too, aren’t in a rush to return.“Even when we’re able to worship in person again, it’s going to be a nerve-wracking situation,” Mirate said. Some parishioners may be overjoyed – and find it hard to maintain social distancing. Others may not feel comfortable returning to the church with the virus still circulating, she said.“Some of them, it’s going to take them a long time to come back to the normal, ebullient fashion of worship and interaction with one another that they knew and loved for a quarter of a century,” she said.– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] ENS assistant editor and reporter Egan Millard contributed to this report. 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Refugee agency rebuilds its pipeline after Trump: ‘We’re starting from…

first_img Tom Griggs, left, and Joe Meadows use their skills to help refugee child Kevin, right, learn English at Fifth Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Photo courtesy of David Lubbers[Religion News Service] When the Sprunger family was matched with their foster daughter, an unaccompanied refugee child from Eritrea, they were told the 16-year-old could join them as soon as a couple of weeks, recalled Jessica Sprunger, 33, who lives near Traverse City, Michigan.Friends and family collected winter coats for the girl and dropped off a stack of Christmas presents.That was in October 2019, and the Sprungers — and their foster daughter — are still waiting to hear about a new date from Bethany Christian Services, which contracts with Lutheran and Catholic agencies, as well as the 37-denomination cooperative Church World Service, to resettle refugees. (The nine agencies with federal contracts to oversee resettlement efforts include Episcopal Migration Ministries.)“Any time I speak with somebody from Bethany, I’m always asking, ‘What’s new? Anything going on?’ and there really has not been a whole lot of movement with her case yet. It sounds like the whole interview process has to have to happen again,” Sprunger said.If Bethany has few answers, neither does nearly anyone along the chain, from local churches to national and local resettlement agencies to the United States Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. The organizations that do the work of refugee resettlement were hollowed out by four years of drastic cuts to the number of refugees allowed into the country by the Trump administration and the federal assistance that accompanied them.The pandemic has also slowed the work of government officials who vet the refugees abroad.“In a lot of ways, it looks like starting from scratch,” said Kristi Gleason, Bethany’s vice president of refugee and immigrant family services.In 2017, Bethany served 342 refugees, including unaccompanied refugee minors. Two years later, it managed a surge of Congolese fleeing an Islamist insurgency in their country who were not subject to the Trump administration’s various bans. By 2020, the organization resettled just 150 refugees.Over that time, Bethany closed its Allentown, Pennsylvania, office and put resettlement on hold at its Philadelphia office because of lower numbers of refugees arriving there. Its office in Kalamazoo, Michigan, also stopped offering resettlement services. That’s fully half of its refugee resettlement programming nationwide.Some staff members were reassigned. Others left the organization, unable to do the work they had been hired to do.As damaging as the staff cuts have been, the lack of clients has also allowed a network of volunteers at houses of worship who cosponsor refugees with Bethany to atrophy, as well as relationships with businesses that take refugees on as employees.“Refugee resettlement is truly a public-private partnership. You do not get a lot of resources to resettle. You need those partnerships to make it happen, and to lose those and have to rebuild those will be a challenge for us,” said Dona Abbott, Bethany’s senior adviser for refugee and immigrant services.Bethany Christian Services was founded in 1944 as an orphanage called Bethany Christian Home in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Today the organization’s headquarters stands on the same site — a leafy campus close to downtown — where it oversees about 1,500 employees worldwide. It has local offices in 32 U.S. states and half a dozen countries that offer a number of social services.Its refugee resettlement services in Grand Rapids are run from a low-lying building in a nondescript office park south of downtown. Its rows of darkened cubicles reflect not only the resettlement slowdown, but also the effect of the pandemic that is only now loosening its grip on in-person work.The organization began serving refugees in 1962, offering in-home services to relatives caring for Christian children sent to the U.S. to escape persecution in Cuba, according to Dona Abbott, Bethany’s senior adviser for global, refugee and immigrant services. Again, in 1975, it answered a call from then-President Gerald Ford, Grand Rapids’ most famous son, to help Vietnamese refugees after the fall of Saigon.Today, that work includes resettling and offering ongoing support to refugees, fostering unaccompanied refugee children and reuniting families, among other things.When former President Donald Trump took office, he temporarily halted the country’s refugee resettlement program and changed some criteria to qualify for resettlement. In 2020, he set the maximum number of refugees allowed into the U.S. for the year at just 15,000. By comparison, that number was 110,000 in former President Barack Obama’s last year in office.President Joe Biden raised that number to 62,500 in May after resettlement agencies and immigration groups pressured him to keep his promise to restore the rate to previous levels. He has said he will move the ceiling to 125,000 in his first full fiscal year in office, which begins in October.But Biden has also warned that the U.S. refugee resettlement program has a lot of work to do to rebuild the infrastructure that has been lost in the past four years.“We are working quickly to undo the damage of the last four years. It will take some time, but that work is already underway,” the president said last month.The White House did not respond to questions from Religion News Service about what rebuilding will entail.But at Bethany, the work begins with reconnecting the chain of care.“It’s a lot of communication, a lot of phone calls, a lot of calls with the state refugee coordinators. A lot of planning is happening right now. It kind of feels like I wouldn’t say going from zero to 60 miles an hour, but probably 15 to 60,” said Gleason, its vice president of refugee and immigrant family services.Bethany will also need to hire and train new staff.Private fundraising is another priority. Resettlement organizations receive about $1,000 from the government for each refugee they resettle — “not much money to help someone start a life up in the U.S.,” said Gleason — and that money only comes from the government after the refugees have arrived. Bethany raises an additional $1,000 from its donors for each refugee.In all, Bethany depends on more than $100 million in revenue annually.Gleason said Bethany is facing an additional challenge of the Trump era: tackling misinformation about refugees.“We know this is what God is leading us to do, but it’s not going to be without its bumps and hiccups and challenges — and also, certainly, the rewards and the benefits for the families that we serve,” she said.Abdoul Havugimana, 26, came to Grand Rapids a decade ago through Bethany with his younger brother and their grandmother, fleeing the Democratic Republic of Congo after nine years in a refugee camp in Rwanda.After a warm welcome, he has seen his neighbors’ attitudes toward refugees change over the past four years.“What they don’t understand is that no one leaves home until it’s dangerous,” said Havugimana, who is finishing a degree in political science at Calvin University in Grand Rapids.Agencies like Bethany will also need to re-energize their volunteers, most of them in churches and other houses of worship, who have been inactive or working at reduced levels for years.Fifth Reformed Church, nestled in Grand Rapids’ Eastgate neighborhood, has co-sponsored more than 75 Bethany refugees, according to its website, greeting refugees at the airport, collecting needed items for their new homes, acquainting them with local public transportation and tutoring them in English.Fifth Reformed usually welcomes a refugee family or individual every six months, according to Dave Lubbers, 75, who co-leads Fifth Reformed’s refugee resettlement committee, founded about four years ago by a former refugee the church had welcomed. Last year, they sponsored only four.To Lubbers, those refugees are “the most amazing people.”He got involved with the committee after volunteering to drive two men to get their learners’ permits. Realizing the permits were of little value without somebody to teach them to drive, Lubbers asked if they’d like him to teach them — the words leaving his mouth, he said, before he even had time to pray about it.Lubbers has enjoyed “knocking down barriers” for the refugees he has accompanied, but more importantly, he said, he feels it’s his “Christian responsibility.”Jessica Sprunger said her family is hopeful their foster daughter will be able to join them before the new school year begins. She has heard that the long delay means the 16-year-old, currently in a refugee camp in Niger, may need to start the interview process over again.She would love to work with their daughter on her English before she starts school. She has been working on learning Tigrinya, the girl’s native tongue. The language isn’t available on Google Translate, Sprunger said, but she has been learning common phrases and found a Tigrinya audio Bible.In the meantime, Sprunger and her husband, Josh Sprunger, 35, who already have two daughters, ages 6 and 7, are expecting their third.“We didn’t know that this was quite the order of how things would go, but God has a plan and a purpose in it, so we’re excited that our foster daughter can join us for the excitement,” she said.Sprunger said she’s hopeful the new White House administration will “really open things up.” Meanwhile, her family, which attends a nondenominational Christian church, prays for their foster daughter every day, she added.They can’t wait to “give her the love and support of a family,” she said, “and I’m sure we’re going to have so much to learn from each other.” Youth Minister Lorton, VA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Refugees Migration & Resettlement Featured Events 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 a Job Listing New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Tags Submit a Press Release Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Washington, DC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Tampa, FL Rector Pittsburgh, PA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Featured Jobs & Calls Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Auto burglaries: Crimes of opportunity

first_img Please enter your comment! Valuables in view are a magnet for thievesFrom the Apopka Police DepartmentThe Apopka Police Department is seeing a shift in the method of operation for committing auto burglaries.The public is doing a better job of locking their cars, which is good, but our residents and visitors are leaving valuables in view.Many auto burglaries are crimes of opportunity. Entry may be made through an unlocked car where the burglar then rummages through the storage areas. If the car is locked, they are not likely to break a window and be heard, or risk breaking a window and setting off an alarm. However, if a valuable is seen, breaking a window and taking the item only takes a matter of seconds.In the past most of the auto burglaries occurred to unsecured vehicles located in subdivisions. Although we continue to see auto burglaries within subdivisions, this trend has shifted to forced entry by breaking a window and usually occurs when there are valuables left in plain view.Many of the burglaries are now occurring in parking lots instead of subdivisions. The Apopka Police Department would like to remind everyone to lock their vehicles and remove valuables. If you have must leave valuables in your vehicle while not at home keep them out of plain view, preferably in the trunk or rear passenger area covered up.The community is also reminded that if you “see something, say something.” Please report all suspicious activity to the Apopka Police Department. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGSApopka Police DepartmentAuto Burglaries Previous articleInternational Women’s Day features unity, celebration, and actionNext articleFlorida among several states confronting drug formulary questions Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitterlast_img read more