Have you heard about Secure Communities? By: Laura A. Russell, Esq., Immigration Coordinator, Province II Secure Communities (S-Comm) is an initiative of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Division of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to obtain fingerprinting information from local police and the FBI. If DHS databases indicate that the person is potentially deportable, both ICE and the local law enforcement authorities are notified. ICE then can decide enforcement action, which may include arrest by ICE, transfer to ICE custody, and initiation of deportation proceedings. S-Comm is now active in over 1067 jurisdictions and 39 states (ICE, 2011). 27 of New York‟s 62 counties are now active. New Jersey is not an SComm jurisdiction yet. (www.ice.gov/doclib/s ecurecommunities/pdf/scactivated.pdf) To become an S-Comm jurisdiction, state or local government executives have to enter into an agreement with ICE to implement S-Comm. Since its inception, DHS has released contradictory information in regard to whether local governments can opt out of participating. It is still unclear whether a state can force a county to opt in, or a county that does not opt in is captured by other state data. (www.immigrationforum.org )
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Have You Heard About Secure Communities? New Chair of Our Christian Formation Network EYE 2011 Province II Stewardship Workshop June 25, 2011 “Anglicanism Remixed”: what does it look and sound like? Report on the Province II ECW Annual Meeting
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Albany Central New York Long Island New York Rochester Western New York New Jersey Newark The Convocation of Episcopal Churches In Europe Haiti
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General Convention Deputies
Save the Date! 2012 Synod – May 3-5, 2012, at Holiday Inn on Wolf Road in Albany, NY.
S-Comm is promoted by ICE to help ICE maximize and prioritize its resources to ensure that the right people, processes and infrastructure are in place to accommodate the increased number of criminal aliens being identified and removed. (www.ice.gov/secure_communities/). The idea being when some one comes in contact with the criminal justice system, if they are potentially deportable, ICE will find out, and seek to initiate deportation proceedings. Although this sounds like a program that will make our communities safer, it is not living up to its name and it does have consequences.
Officers of Province II Mr. Charles Perfater, Provincial Executive Coordinator The Honorable Michael Rehill, President The Right Reverend Lawrence Provenzano, Vice President The Rev. Ed Thompson, Secretary The Rev. Gerald Keucher, Treasurer Ms. Dorothy Jane Goldsack Porpeglia, Esq., Chancellor Rosalie Ballentine, Esq., Elected by the House of Deputies The Rev. Dahn Gandell, Elected by the House of Deputies The Right Reverend Ambrose Gumbs, Elected by the House of Bishops Ms. Martha Gardner, Executive Council Lay Representative The Rev. Canon Sandye Wilson, Executive Council Clergy Representative Jan Paxton, Communications Officer, Webmaster & In Prov 2 editor
According to ICE‟s own statistics, more than a quarter (29%) of people removed as a result of the Secure Communities program nationwide have had no criminal convictions. Moreover, the program‟s success in targeting higher level offenders has actually decreased over time, in spite of pronouncements from ICE that they prioritize more serious offenses. In 2009, ICE removed 3,744 people under the Secure Communities program with no criminal history. This was 25.9% of the 14,476 total people removed in that period. In 2010, the ratio increased: 27.7% of removals were of individuals without convictions. From the beginning of 2011 to date, more than 31% of Secure Communities deportations have been individuals with no criminal history. In fact, as the program has grown, the rate of removals of people without criminal convictions relative to other deportations has steadily increased. (www.immigrationforum.org) S-Comm may also lead to fewer arrests, and less reporting of crimes. When an immigrant knows by going to the police they may be at risk for deportation (or deportation of their families), they will stop going to the police. Crime will go unreported, and victims will go unprotected. Criminals will go free. S-Comm also casts a wide net. Though it claims it will target criminal aliens, statistics show it targets everyone who comes in contact with the police, even if they are not arrested for a serious crime. Plus, as ICE‟s databases have inaccuracies, so does S-Comm. 5% of ICE “hits” under Secure Communities are actually US citizens. Finally, there is a hidden cost for local jails and communities. More defendants will be in jails longer, waiting for ICE. This additional jail time will be paid by the county or town holding the detainee.
In Prov 2 Of course, in its basic sense, the idea that high level offenders will be taken off the streets of America and returned to their home countries, where they may or may not face any repercussions, has great appeal to some. But at what cost? Should immigrants fear the police, refuse to cooperate in criminal investigations, and go further underground in an effort to stay in the USA, or should we reject programs such as Secure Communities and continue to look for a more humane reform of our broken immigration system? The meeting of the House of Bishops in September of 2010 called for immigration reform. General Convention has called for immigration reform, and most of our Dioceses have called for immigration reform. We have all called for a more humane approach to immigration. Unfortunately, Secure Communities is not such an approach. Now is the time to continue to learn about our immigration policies and to educate ourselves on the real issues surrounding immigration. As the new Immigration Coordinator for Province II, I am available to discuss any immigration topics that may be of interest to you or your diocese. You may reach me at LARussell@legal-aid.org
Province II has a new chair of our Christian Formation Network Caren Miles, Director of Children and Family Ministries, Church of the Heavenly Rest in NYC has just accepted the appointment as network chair. Caren has considerable experience in organizing and directing programs designed to enhance the ministry and Christian education of young people through
May 2011 the roles she has had in the Diocese of Dallas and in New York City. Province II extends a warm welcome to her and we wish her much success in her new role. You may be hearing from her as she undertakes the job of rebuilding our provincial network and its ministry. If you would like to make the first contact she can be reached at Heavenly Rest by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 212289-3400 x207
EYE 2011 Come Together: Intimately linked in this harvest work Jennifer Seefeldt At the end of June, a contingent of 12 youth and 3 adults from the Diocese of WNY will be traveling to Bethel University in St. Paul, MN to attend the 2011 Episcopal Youth Event (EYE). There will be three very full days of worship, sharing, praying, learning, singing, and working, calling participants into a greater awareness of and commitment to God's mission in the world. Focusing on Jesus Christ and his presence in our lives, EYE will provide an opportunity and create an environment where our young people and the adults who accompany them can continue to grow on their journey in faith. Celebrating our mission and our ministry as the Body of Christ in Community, there will be training for young people and adults equipping them to be faithful servant leaders in their local and diocesan communities. The young people are working together to raise the funds needed -- approximately $7000 -- to get their delegation to Bethel University. As a member of the delegation, it is a great pleasure to have the opportunity to accompany our youth to this once-in-a-lifetime event and I
would like to extend an invitation to join me in supporting their journey. Find out more about EYE 2011 at http://www.episcopalchurch.org/123911_ENG_ HTM.htm Diocese of Long Island
St. Jude, Wantagh, NY, featured in fourth video of healthy Episcopal congregational practices Transforming Churches, Changing the World The Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs [May 10, 2011] St. Jude may be the Patron Saint of Hopeless Causes, but for a Long Island, NY Episcopal Church named for the saint, the church is far from hopeless. At one time, St. Jude‟s in Wantagh experienced declining membership and dwindling resources, but today the church is growing and reflects its local community. Working together, the congregation was “deliberate and very strategic in wanting to bring about positive change and long-reaching vision,” noted the Rev. Bob Honeychurch, Episcopal Church Officer for Congregational Vitality. St. Jude‟s, in the Diocese of Long Island, is the focus of the fourth of five videos in the groundbreaking series, Transforming Churches, Changing the World. Produced by the Episcopal Church Office of Communication, the video is available on the home page of the Episcopal Church website http://www.episcopalchurch.org, the Congregational Vitality page http://www.episcopalchurch.org/vitalityand on the Church‟s Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/episcopalian Calling the area on Long Island “classic suburbia,” the Rev. Christopher Hofer, rector,
notes, “St. Jude‟s was founded in 1956, a time on Long Island when every community had an Episcopal Church.” When he arrived, Hofer reports in the video, the first thing that struck him was a lack of children in church, despite many youngsters living throughout the community. Now, nearly 10 years later, he reflects that changes -“incremental changes” which add up – have transformed St. Jude‟s into a welcoming church with “joyful liturgy” along with many programs, described by Hofer as “kid-centered, adult friendly.”
“Anglicanism Remixed”: what does it look and sound like? By The Rev. Dr. John P. McGinty Prayer, community, and an expectant, confident, expansive look at the future characterized Province II of the Episcopal Church‟s “Anglicanism Remixed” conference in Syracuse during the first week of May. “Remixed” is the title of at least nine record albums and one record label. The noun is defined by Merriam-Webster online as “a variant of an original recording (as of a song) made by rearranging or adding to the original.” Though we may think of remix in this way as something quite new, the word first came into use in 1662. In Syracuse, New York, on May 56, 2011, a group of laity and clergy of Province II of the Episcopal Church came together to consider what it might mean to „remix‟ Anglicanism. The Reverend Stephanie Spellers, Cox Fellow and Minister for Radical Welcome at the Cathedral Church of Saint Paul in Boston, led the group of men and women, older and younger, to consider the state of the church and the possibilities for the present and the future. Stephanie Spellers is founder of The Crossing at Saint Paul‟s in Boston, described
In Prov 2 as „a funky, progressive Christian worship community.‟ The Crossing is characterized by radical openness and welcome to those who come and by an open invitation to anyone who wants to come. At “Anglicanism Remixed”, the group was invited to imagine what remixing the tradition in their own various parish and ministerial contexts could look and feel like. Statistics on the Episcopal Church can still reveal a picture of a church of stereotypes: white, wealthy, well-educated, alone. Though some shared that their local church communities don‟t have that look and feel, the question still pertained to everyone: what form would radical welcome take in your place? Who is „the other‟ for you and your parish, the people that are not „us,‟ who are not present? Even more, if „the other‟ is in fact present, is the established community open to receive the gifts and the different perspective carried by the other? This is not as easy as it sounds. Or rather, this is as difficult as it sounds. Responding to fears that remixing the tradition can lead to „throwing the baby out with the bath water,‟ Stephanie Spellers invited participants to consider what are the characteristics of „the baby‟? What are the attributes that are of the essence of the Episcopal Church, those things without which something indispensable would be missing? Prayer in common, Eucharist, service and social awareness: these were some of the many essentials that came forward in conversation. A discussion that identifies those elements, and some agreement around them, can then allow creative openness - remixing - without fear that the identity of the church will be lost in the process. What can a remix look like? Inside it can sound like a new musical style: “Anglican chant with an R&B groove,” as Spellers put it. In preaching it might be connected directly to real life and present experience, to the spirit of the congregation. As a person walks in, it could feel like an open group that receives new people gladly, that agrees to come to know
May 2011 them on their own terms, while offering to them a genuine sense of what is valued by the church. Outside it can look like a church actively engaging with the surrounding community on a daily basis, one that understands itself as integrated into the local reality and in service to it in the name of Christ. The fundamental question that drives the renewal that is remix was put this way by Stephanie Spellers: “What can we do together for God?” The two-day conference was enriched by break-out sessions offered by Neil Houghton, vice president for local affairs of Integrity USA (http://www.integrityusa.org); The Rev. Dr. Raewynne Whiteley, Canon Theologian of the Diocese of Long Island; The Very Rev. Carrie Schofield-Broadbent and The Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, who offered insight on the use of social media in the parish; and The Rev. Terry Martin (aka “Father Jake Stops the World” blog), who spoke on „Church Beyond the Walls‟. The remix included a look at music and worship with Isaac Everett, liturgist at The Crossing. His challenge to the group is captured in the question he posed: “Does how we worship really reflect what we think the Kingdom of God is like?” For good worship, Everett advocated interactivity, accessibility (no assumptions of what the congregation knows), „buying local‟ (let people present something of themselves at worship), and honesty as essentials. At the midpoint of the time together, participants were engaged by a panel of three bishops of Province II who took part in the conference. The Right Reverend George E. Councell of the Diocese of New Jersey, the Right Reverend Lawrence C. Provenzano of the Diocese of Long Island, and the Right Reverend Skip Adams of the hosting Diocese of Central New York each spoke and then conversed with those present. The bishops talked about their hopes for the preaching of the Gospel and growth of the church in the present and future.
Together they offered a hopeful look ahead. Contemplating the statistical portrait of the Episcopal Church that can look staid, settled, and entirely conventional, Bishop Adams pointed out that one of the most dignified things in the world is a corpse, while one of the most undignified is a growing baby. “Church,” Bishop Adams said, “should be like a growing baby.”
Province II Stewardship Workshop June 25, 2011 Money and the Church: Managing First Fruits The Stewardship Network of Province II In order to assist our dioceses in matters related to stewardship, Province II has conducted mentors‟ workshops in each of the past four years. These developmental programs were followed by a one day workshop, open to all and led by our new mentors. This year we are holding a one day workshop, open to all. It will be in June, rather than August, to permit many summer vacationers to be available. The workshop will focus, not only on proven ingathering programs, but also on solid budgetary management issues, that is how do we manage the resources we have on both the personal and church levels. In other words, stewardship is not just a tool to get more money into the church coffers, but, when the “stewardship campaign” is done, it then includes making the best use of the money that has been given to God's work! This year‟s workshop leaders are all experts in the field of finance and stewardship. Terry Parsons has just finished her work as Stewardship Officer in the Congregational
Ministries Cluster of the Episcopal Church. Terry has been a magazine editor, a marketing consultant to small businesses, a director of development for a notfor-profit human service agency and she developed a training program for women executives before beginning her work in stewardship. She believes it is more important to study the Bible than budgets, to pray than to beg. She also believes the greatest challenge facing congregations today is our preference for scarcity and reluctance to claim the abundance which God offers. The Rev. Gerald W. Keucher is an Episcopal priest presently serving in the Diocese of Long Island. As the rare cleric who is comfortable with financial issues, he is uniquely positioned to address congregational leadership and asset management issues. Remember the Future is a result of years of hands-on consulting work with struggling congregations. Jerry Keucher notes that many, if not most, congregations in mainline churches have declined in the past forty years and that this shrinkage in numbers "has deeply affected the psyches" of congregational leaders. Using a positive tone and attitude to help congregations imagine health instead of decline, Keucher offers clear, step-by-step methods and advice on analyzing and managing all aspects of congregational assets. Canon Phyllis Jones, CFO of the Diocese of New Jersey, will cover the many and varied issues facing congregations as they struggle with being good stewards of their church‟s property and funds. This workshop program is designed for lay people and for clergy, for parish stewardship
In Prov 2 committee members, church treasurers, vestry members, rectors and wardens. It will be held at Cathedral House, Diocese of Newark, 24 Rector Street, Newark beginning at 8:30 a.m. with hospitality and wrapping up at 4 p.m. All of the details and registration information can be found on the Province II website www.province2.org. Note: Cathedral House is a 0.74 mile walk from Newark’s Penn Station (there is a train from Trenton, NJ to Penn Station) and a 0.17 mile walk from Newark’s Broad Street Station (there is a train from NY’s Penn Station). You can use the NJ Transit Trip Planner to plan a route by public transportation. http://www.njtransit.com/sf/sf_servlet.srv?hd nPageAction=TripPlannerTo
Report on the Province II ECW Annual Meeting April 29-May 1, 2011 Christ the King Retreat and Conference Center, Syracuse, NY The Reverend Jennifer Kenna Twenty women from six dioceses gathered at Christ the King Retreat and Conference Center in Syracuse, NY for the Province II Episcopal Church Women Annual Meeting. The Center is at the top of hill in a cul-de-sac and is surrounded by beautiful grounds. The only election on the docket this year was that of President-elect, who will take over after the 2012 Annual Meeting. Deborah Anderson from the Diocese of New Jersey was chosen. She has been very active on her diocesan ECW and also served on the National Board of Episcopal Church Women. Illness has prevented her from being among us for a while but we are so thrilled that she has accepted this position. The business meeting was very fruitful and we made some difficult but timely decisions. We decided that beginning in 2012, our annual
May 2011 meeting will include only one overnight, running from late Friday afternoon into Saturday afternoon if necessary. Also beginning next year it will remain at a central location so that travel for all will be minimized as much as possible; the dioceses will take turns hosting and arranging the meeting at that location. We found that our actual meeting time was minimal but productive and we would still have time for a brief presentation and the opportunity to share our diocesan reports orally - something we had ceased doing in the interest of time. We also made the decision to eliminate the Mission line from the budget, as it has received little support and at this time of fiscal down-sizing for all dioceses, most diocesan ECW Boards are having difficulty funding their own outreach projects. Making these major changes enabled us to keep the budget for 2012 the same as it was for 2011, thus minimizing the burden on the dioceses. Our presenter on Saturday morning was Bambi Carkey, who entitled her program "Doing Unto Ourselves as We Do Unto Others." She is a psychiatric nurse practitioner, clinical professor at Upstate University Hospital School of Nursing and a member of St. Luke's Church, Camillus, NY. She spoke about stressors particular to women and how to deal with them. Bambi led us through a guided meditation to the Garden of Gethsemane with Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of Jesus and Martha of Bethany. We were invited to visualize the garden, imagine the sights and sounds, feel the presence of the women and finally to meet Jesus at the tomb. Each woman visualized receiving a gold box from Jesus, containing a special gift and imagined opening it. We were also encouraged to offer Jesus a gift. After the meditation was over, the meeting attendees were invited to share their gifts, both received and given. It was a delightful and spiritual oasis. In lieu of an honorarium, we presented Bambi with a prayer shawl and sent a check in her name to the El Salvador Medical Mission of Miracles of the Diocese of Central New York in which she has been a dedicated participant.
We, of course, also had social time for sharing and and opportunities for prayer. The Rev. Toppie Bates, Chaplain for the Diocese of Central New York preached and presided at a Saturday afternoon Eucharist. We departed Sunday morning with a sense of accomplishment and the joy of new and renewed friendships. Diocese of Western New York
The Right Reverend R. William Franklin, Diocese of Western New York By Laurie Wozniak, Communications Officer, Diocese of Western New York [Diocese of Western New York] The May 1 installation and seating of the Rt. Rev. R. William Franklin at St. Paul‟s Cathedral in Buffalo, NY, concluded a joyous weekend of festivities that reflected the diocese's diversity and hope for the future. On Saturday, Franklin, 64, was ordained and consecrated as the diocese's 11th bishop in a two hour service that drew about 950 local, national and international, ecumenical, interfaith and other guests to the Center for the Arts at the New York State University at Buffalo North Campus in Amherst, NY. A 130-voice diocesan choir, a diocesan youth choir and bell choir offered anthems in advance of the procession and throughout the service. The choirs and congregation chanted the refrain, the verse of “Veni Sancte Spiritus” were prayed in English,
Spanish, Seneca, Arabic, Burmese, Dinka, Trigrina, Swahili and French by the diocese‟s growing population of immigrants. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori was chief consecrator at the April 30 service. A short video of the consecration can be viewed at http://vimeo.com/channels/episcopalwny/. Co-consecrating bishops were the Rt. Rev. Mark Sisk, Bishop of New York; and the Rt. Rev. Pierre Whalon, Bishop of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe. Bishop Blair Couch of the Moravian Church, Bishop Marie Jerge of the Upstate New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, two churches with which The Episcopal Church is in full communion, were also part of the ceremony. International guests included Archbishop Colin Johnson, Archbishop of Toronto in the Anglican Church of Canada; and the Most Rev. Dr. Peter Carnley, retired Archbishop of Perth, Anglican Church in Australia. The Most Rev. Frank Griswold, who served as the 25th Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church, was among the 23 bishops who joined in the laying on of hands during Franklin‟s consecration. “Bill and I were faculty colleagues at General Theological Seminary," Bishop Thomas Breidenthal of Southern Ohio said at the outset of his sermon. “I have experienced first-hand Bill‟s great gifts as a teacher, administrator and
In Prov 2 pastor, and I look forward to working side by side with him once again.” The altar frontal and lectern fall used during the service were designed by the Reinvestments Group from St. Peter‟s Episcopal Church in Westfield, NY. The design represents the natural terrain of the diocese, as well as the natural and liturgical seasons of the year. Churches throughout the diocese donated fabrics that had once been used at their own altars. During the ceremony, the Rt. Rev. Michael Garrison, Western New York‟s retiring bishop, passed the diocese's historic crozier to Franklin, symbolizing the transfer of jurisdiction. The Rt. Rev. David Bowman, who served at the diocese‟s ninth bishop, accompanied Garrison in presenting the crozier. Franklin was also presented with a crozier crafted by Mr. Art Werner, a member of Episcopal Church of the Advent in Kenmore, NY. The crozier‟s design was inspired by that of a 13th century crozier carved from rock crystal. Werner‟s design was crafted from cherry wood native to Western New York and incorporated a dogwood tree blossom, well recognized by Western New Yorkers as a harbinger of spring. The gold pectoral cross Franklin received was also locally designed and crafted. The cross was a gift from the clergy of the diocese, some of whom donated old gold and silver jewelry towards the project. The Jerusalem-style cross includes a concealed cross made from a portion of the silver that had been donated.
The newly consecrated bishop emerged from the Center for the Arts after the service to discover that a large statue of a buffalo just outside the entrance had been dressed in cope and miter by a group of diocesan youth. The group of 58 had taken part in the Consecration Overnight held the preceding night at the diocesan during which they enjoyed an hour‟s
May 2011 visit with Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori, retiring Bishop J. Michael Garrison and then Bishop-elect Franklin. When Franklin knocked on the door of St. Paul‟s Cathedral on Sunday afternoon at the start of a 4 p.m. Evensong service, he used a second historic crozier. Wrought of wood, stone and ornate silver, the crozier weighs about 25 pounds. Three resounding knocks left no doubt the new bishop was at the door. The Very Rev. DeLiza Spangler, dean of the cathedral; and Dr. Reid Heffner, senior warden; opened the door and welcomed Franklin to be officially seated. Franklin was elected November 20, 2010 on the seventh ballot out of a field of four nominees and succeeds Garrison who was elected in 1999.
Franklin had served as the Senior Associate Priest at St. Mark‟s Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, PA, since July 2010, having returned from five years in Italy serving as an Associate Priest at St. Paul‟s Within the Walls in Rome, a post he took shortly after his 2005 ordination. While in Italy, he also served as Associate Director of the American Academy in Rome, a Fellow and Associate Priest of the Anglican Centre in Rome and Vicar of the Church of the Resurrection in Orvieto. Franklin previously was Dean of Berkley Divinity School at Yale. He was also a professor at General Theological Seminary and at St. John‟s University in Minnesota. Franklin was born in Brookhaven, MS, on January 3, 1947. He holds a B.A. from Northwestern University and an M.A. in Church History from Harvard. In the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe Franklin served as a member and as president of the Council of Advice and as a member of the leadership team and Weaver for Transformed by Stories Christian Formation
Program in the European Institute of Christian Studies. As a member of the laity he served in the Diocese of Minnesota on the Standing Committee and as Chairman of the Board of the Episcopal House of Prayer Retreat Center. For the National Church he served on the Standing Commission on Ministry Development and as Chair of its Theological Committee, the Standing Commission on Ecumenical Relations, and was appointed a Consultant to the 1998 Lambeth Conference of Bishops by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
General Convention in 2012, alongside seven other candidates who were often decades their elders. Grounded in their belief that they had both been called to serve the Diocese of Newark, the young people carried the day. The story of their election is a story of their faith and determination, and of a conscious effort by the Diocese of Newark to more fully involve young people in every part of the life of our church.
He and his wife, Carmela Vircillo Franklin, who is a scholar in medieval studies at Columbia University have been married since 1971. They have two adult daughters. The Diocese of Western New York includes 59 congregations and about 16,000 Episcopalians. It is comprised of the seven westernmost counties of New York State.
Diocese of Newark
Youth Comes Knocking - Teen General Convention Deputies Caroline Christie and Gibson Oakley By Virginia Citrano In the Episcopal faith, children are full members from birth. We create Sunday school programs for them, and choirs, vacation bible schools and retreats. But even when they cross into the age of reason, we often fail to include our youth in one of the most central aspects of our faith, the governance of our church. Until they come knocking, that is. But knock they did in late January, quite loudly in fact. Caroline Christie, age 17 and Gibson Oakley, age 16, came to Diocesan Convention and stood for election as lay deputies to
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Gibson Oakley and Caroline Christie, front, with the rest of the Diocese of Newark's deputation to General Convention 2012. (L-r) The Rev. Dr. Shane Phelan, Laura Russell, Martha Gardner, the Rev. Dr. Cathy Deats, the Rev. Dr. Canon Sandye Wilson, the Rev. Erik Soldwedel. NINA NICHOLSON PHOTO
“The youth were stepping up and living their baptismal covenant of action,” says the Rev. Deacon Erik G. Soldwedel, director of the diocese's young adult urban internship program, NEWARK ACTS. “And they were doing it with respect and every bit of integrity that they have.” They also weren't doing it alone. This year, all 10 districts in the Diocese of Newark were represented by youth deputies, and there were 10 youth pages. Among them were several young people who had never been to a convention before, diocesan or General. “Those who had been there before did a great job of
In Prov 2 shepherding the others along,” says Kaileen Alston, the diocese's Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. “It's important to have that for leadership development.” Christie and Oakley had their share of leadership experience, through activities like the diocese's Youth Event Planning Team. Christie had been a page at the previous Diocesan Convention, and both had attended the last General Convention as spectators. But when Alston asked them last May to stand for election as deputies, they hesitated. “Oh god, I can't do this, I'll be way too busy,” Oakley recalls thinking. “Then, at Christophany, Caroline Christie said 'I'm considering this, but I don't want to do it alone'. We agreed to try together.” General Convention, held every three years, is the principal governing body of the Episcopal Church. The Diocese of Newark elects eight deputies to the convention's House of Deputies, four each from the clergy and laity. At this year's Diocesan Convention, there were nine candidates in each category. Alston saw Christie and Oakley as strong candidates from the beginning. “These two kids don't need resume material,” she says. “They were doing it because of their passion for the church and their desire to bring a new perspective to church governance, as well as their confidence that this is their church to run.” To help them prepare their candidacies, Alston put them in touch with Dr. Louie Crew. The well-known activist had announced late last year that he was stepping out of active roles in church leadership to be a teacher to a new generation of church leaders. The candidates and their mentor talked about the role and responsibilities of a deputy, and, as the convention grew closer, they emailed Crew the speeches they intended to deliver. And they got a foretaste of how hard it might be to be both a church official and a high
May 2011 school student when this winter's snowstorms pushed Christie's mid-terms into the same slot as the convention's candidates‟ forum. “They didn't come expecting to be elected simply because they were young people,” says Crew. “They came with a passion for the church. Not the church of the future,” he adds. “This is about the church of the now. They are prepared to be that in an important way.” In his presentation, Oakley delivered a succinct message that stressed how he could represent not just youth, but all Episcopalians through three key issues: domestic violence, volunteerism and the environment, and equal rights for the gay community. “Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are discriminated against every day,” Oakley told the deputies. “Over eighty-five percent of LGBT students have experienced some form of harassment at school. Many of these teens feel that they have nowhere to turn and some, unfortunately, kill themselves. I believe that our own churches should be places where gay teens may turn in times of trouble.” He said that he would like to see the Episcopal Church not only bless same-sex civil unions, but also perform same-sex marriage ceremonies. “As a gay man,” he added, “I would like to walk down the aisle in a church and hear the celebrant utter the words 'I now pronounce you husbands'.” The remarks brought those present to their feet in a loud cheer. “A lot of people said after the forum that I had their vote,” Oakley recalls, “but Louie had said that it usually takes quite a few ballots. But I was surprised how many votes I received on the first ballot. We did two ballots Friday evening and then we had to break. It was like a reality show when they interrupt the results for a commercial.” When the balloting resumed on Saturday, it didn't take long for Oakley to become the third elected deputy. “When they put the results on the screen, I looked up but it didn't register. Then my friend said, 'You got it'. But it really
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struck me when Kai came over and gave me a big hug. I realized that what I had worked for was really coming true.” Christie would have her own moment of drama. As the balloting wore on, she found herself competing against one candidate for the final spot, a candidate who had the same last name as hers. Caroline Christie's grandmother, Marge Christie, had stood for election in every ballot since 1976, winning or being first alternate every time. But this election would prove different. Marge Christie rose and announced to those assembled that she was withdrawing her candidacy, and embraced her granddaughter. (The moment was captured in a video on youtube.com/dionewark). Caroline Christie was elected. “I was delighted,” says Marge Christie. “She is a very bright, energetic, interested person. I am absolutely delighted that she cares to be involved and is involved.” The drama over the balloting had almost overcome Caroline Christie. “I thought about withdrawing at one point,” she says. “But Kai told me that if it were something I felt called to do I should stay with it.” She has a clear sense of her mission going forward: To help girls become church leaders, in the U.S. and abroad. “One of the issues that I am most interested in is how the church works on an international level,” she says. The reaction to the election rippled quickly out to their home parishes, and not only among the youth. “I was so tired, I didn't go to church the next day,” says Oakley. “But my mom told me people in the parish joked they had had to arm wrestle each other to be able to announce what had happened.” Soldwedel believes that the election sends a clear message to the youth of the Diocese of Newark, which joins a growing movement of youth activism (there were 25 deputies under the age of 30 at the 2009 General Convention, according to Crew). “If you want to be
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involved, you have to be there,” he says. “And it's OK to act into your faith. You have to know that if you stick your chin out you may get hit, but there is a faith community out there that will stand by you because we all believe in the same God.” Oakley and Christie have a lot of work ahead of them to get ready for the General Convention in Indianapolis. “Caroline and I will go through it together and we are very excited,” says Oakley, who has also been elected to the vestry of his church. “The other deputies have been so welcoming about answering questions. I am confident that, with their help, I will be able to do my duties. The youth in the diocese are excited that they will have two young people representing them in Indianapolis.” Just one small problem: When Christie and Oakley travel to meetings, they will need chaperones. “We never thought of that before,” says Alston, “but it's a beautiful problem to have.” “Hopefully other dioceses that think that youth aren't ready or aren‟t interested in church governance will see what happened in the Diocese of Newark and be inspired. Everybody should be represented at the table and we are doing our part.” Diocese of Albany
Convention 2011 Be Filled With the Holy Spirit The theme for the 2011 Convention of the Diocese of Albany, which will take place on June 10 – 12, 2011 at Camp of the Woods in Speculator, NY, is “Be Filled with the Holy Spirit”. The Right Reverend William Love, Bishop of
In Prov 2 Albany, visited Camp of the Woods prior to the Clergy Wives Conference to see the improvements and changes since last year and says: “You will like them.” You can look forward to super workshops again this year and the guest bishops and wives will be The Right Reverend Harold Miller, Diocese of Down and Dromore, Ireland and Liz Miller and The Right Reverend Todd McGregor, Bishop of Southern Madagascar, and Patsy McGregor. The convention will begin on Friday, June 10, with registration beginning at 2:00 p.m. and the first business session at 7:30 p.m. There will be two business sessions on Saturday and there is a provision for a fourth business session on Sunday, June 12, should it be needed. There is, however, a daunting schedule of workshops threaded between the business sessions. There will be three workshop sessions on Friday between 2 p.m. and the business sessions. In addition to the usual “Safeguarding God‟s Children”, there will be the following: Church-wide Consultation, March 2011: C056Same Gender Blessings, Christian Community, Five things I would to say to leaders from the Confession of St Patrick, Listening Prayer, Nineteen Ways to Help Your Church Grow, Now that I‟ve completed the E100 (Bible Reading) Challenge, what should I do?, People Reaching People in Madagascar, The Sacraments: God's Gift of Himself to Us, Bird of Paradise Ministries Rwanda(Christian Caring For the Elderly), Being A Church That Can, Christian Freedom Framework, The Dark Side, Discovering Your Gifts of Healing, Equipping Our Youngest Saints, Holiness of Life, So You Want To Go To Israel? - Preparing To Be A Pilgrim, The Traditional Rosary (1)(it‟s not just about Mary), From Jerusalem to the ends of the Earth: Missions from the Diocese of Albany, Have it Your Way: Defining Your End of Life, How God Helps Us Deal With Stress, The Latest from Maridi, S Sudan, Living the Gospel -- Sharing the Gospel, Sometimes With Words, “MERE CHRISTIANITY”, The Engaged Workshop: An Introduction, The Traditional Rosary (2)(it‟s not just about Mary) and You Have to Know the
May 2011 Story BEFORE You Tell It. There will be four more workshop sessions on Saturday and another on Sunday, each with a similarly wide array of options. The convention will end Sunday morning following the Youth Mass. All of this work seeks to embrace and fulfill the Diocese of Albany Vision: The Diocese of Albany is One Church fulfilling the Great Commandment and Great Commission, moving from membership to discipleship; equipping, emboldening, and sending disciples to make disciples. The diocese seeks to identify the path it will follow using these Marks of Discipleship and Diocesan Values
Prayer & Worship Worshipping the Lord daily (Psalm 95:1-7, Psalm 96:1-9, Acts 2:46, Romans 12:1) Gathering weekly as the Body of Christ in remembrance and thanksgiving (Acts 2:42, I Corinthians 11:23-26) Praying continuously & interceding for all in need ( Romans 12:12, I Thessalonians 5:16-18, I Timothy 2:1) Praying with and in the Spirit (I Corinthians 14:1-25) Scripture – The Word of God‟ Studying the Holy Scriptures daily; ordering our lives to God‟s word; and proclaiming the Good News through Biblical Preaching (Luke 4:16-21,Acts 2:42 & 17:1l, Romans 12:2, II Tim. 3:14-17, II Timothy 4:1-2) Acknowledging that the Old and New Testament is the very Word of God, “containing all things necessary to salvation and as being the rule and ultimate standard of life” ( BCP 853 and 877) Catholic Structures of Anglicanism Committing to The Body of Christ, The Universal Church, across space and time (Matthew 16:18, Romans 12:5, I Corinthians 12:27-28, Ephesians 4:4-16) Honoring the three-fold ministry of
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Bishop, Priest and Deacon ( Acts 2:2126, Ephesians 2:19-22, I Timothy 3 & 4, II Timothy 2:2, BCP 510, BCP 517-519, BCP 531-532, BCP 543-544) Christian Education Teaching young and old alike in Sunday School & Bible Study to know God and follow Jesus (Psalm 27:11, Matthew 28:20, Mark 1:21-22, Mark 10:13-16, Luke 24:27 & 45, John 14:26, Acts 17:11, Titus 2:1) Teaching the Catechism & preparing for Confirmation ( BCP 845-862) Christian Fellowship Committing to being in the Body of Christ - the Church, and using our Spiritual Gifts for its benefit (Acts 2:4247, I Corinthians 1:9, I Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4, Colossians 3:1-17). Loving One Another as commanded by Christ (John 15:12, Romans 12:10, I John 1:3-7) Spiritual Gifts & Healing Learning to identify and use the Spiritual Gifts God has given each person for the work He has prepared for them to accomplish in His name (Romans 12, I Corinthians 12, I Peter 4:10 ) Following Jesus‟ command to His disciples to heal the sick (Matthew 4:23, Luke 9:1-2 & 10:9, James 5:1415) Christian Service Serving the Lord faithfully (Deuteronomy 10:12, Joshua 24:14, Romans 12:11, Philippians 2:3-8, Colossians 3:17) Serving others in a broken world (Matt. 25:31-40, Luke 10:30-37, John 13:1-17, Galatians 5:13, I Peter 4:10) Generosity in answering God‟s call as Stewards of His Creation Embracing the Biblical standard of
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tithing and working to achieve it (Malachi 3:10, II Corinthians 9:6-8) Contributing to the needs of the saints (Matthew 6:2-4, Acts 20:35, Romans 12:13, II Corinthians 8) Growing in stewardship of all God has given us (Genesis 1, Luke 21:1-4, I Peter 4:9-10) Evangelism – Sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ Introducing people to Jesus (Matthew 28:18-20, John 17:18-26) Encouraging the next generation to pass forward the faith (Deuteronomy 6:6-9, Psalm 78:1-8, 2 Timothy 2:2) Mission at Home and Abroad Restoring all people to unity with God and each other in Christ ( BCP 855, John 14:6, I Timothy 2:3-6) Witnessing to the truth of Jesus Christ, going into the world and making disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:1820, Mark 16:15-16, Luke 24:46-48, Acts 1:8)
As we pray through the” Marks of Discipleship and Diocesan Values,” may the Lord show us where we need to grow – individually, as a parish, and as a diocese. Diocese of Central New York
2011 "Mission of Miracles" trip to El Salvador Bonnie Adams The 2011 "Mission of Miracles" trip to El Salvador was another successful mission and an inspiring experience for this year's team. The group who traveled consisted of registered nurses, nurse practitioners, lay assistants, translators, two professors from SUNY IT and the provost from SUNY IT. Many of the nurses gained clinical hours for their Community Health program.
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May 2011 The groups who visited the homes were humbled by the outpouring of hospitality. Rich data was accumulated and will be compiled by the SUNY IT students. It was a privilege, as always, to have been invited by the Episcopal Diocese of El Salvador to visit the villages, reconnect with friends, and witness such a holy life.
The program this year was entirely a public health initiative. . The week long health campaign consisted of training local health promoters, health promotion workshops for parents and community leaders, visits to local schools, mental health counseling, and home visits. The transporting of medications had to be postponed due to the delayed process of approval by the Ministry of Health. When the approval process is finalized, the supplies will be sent to the Diocese of El Salvador for their use throughout the year. Specifically, 24 village health promoters "graduated" from a program designed by the SUNY IT students. Workshops on CPR, first aid, hypertension, diabetes, and tuberculosis were attended by the promoters as well as parents and community leaders. Flip charts were used and laminated pocket cards were handed out to all the graduates. In addition, 300 children throughout the week were taught dental hygiene and hand washing. Toothbrushes, toothpaste, sunglasses, and flip flops were distributed to each school. Children were entertained with outdoor games and even nail polishing. A mental health group met each day with individuals for counseling. This group also spoke to local priests and teachers on various topics, including bullying. Also, teams visited 95 homes throughout the week to speak with families in order to assess both health needs and community resources.
Many of this year's team members spoke of the mission as having changed their lives. Although we strive to make even a small change in the lives of the poor we visit, I agree that, again, my own life was transformed by this mission. Diocese of New York
Bishop Search 2011 What’s Been Done, What’s Still to Come The Committee to Elect a Bishop has been busy on behalf of all in the Diocese of New York. Here‟s an update on their progress so far, and what to expect going forward. Following the call by Bishop Sisk for the election of a bishop coadjutor at an election to be held this coming October 29, a Committee to Elect a Bishop was formed in accordance with the diocesan canons. The members of the committee are the Rev. Carlye J. Hughes, cochair, Canon Michael J. McPherson, co-chair, the Rev. Terence L. Elsberry, the Rev. Judith Ferguson, the Rev. Matthew Hoxsie Mead, Margaret L. Shields, Esq., Dr. Philip Blake Spivey, the Rev. Thomas N. Synan and George J. Wade, Esq. What has the committee done so far? On January 11, the committee wrote asking Episcopalians in the diocese to prayerfully consider three questions over the following two weeks and to submit their responses to the committee. These questions were: 1. What spiritual characteristics do you want the next Bishop of New York to have? 2. What special skill set, talents and qualities does the next Bishop of New York need?
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3. What should be the three most important priorities to the next Bishop of New York? Please Note: The Committee is still actively seeking answers from congregations to these questions. All responses received will have a direct impact on its evaluations of applications and interviews. On February 1, the committee issued a letter calling for the submission of names of proposed candidates. The letter also included a timeline, of which an amended version is shown in the Episcopal New Yorker, and prayers for use in liturgy and personal devotions to “unite our common desire for God to guide us as we seek the next Bishop of New York.” On March 3, after reflecting on the responses it received to the questions asked on January 11, the committee published the document “Whom Do We Seek?” reproduced in the Episcopal New Yorker. At that time it also extended the deadline for nominations from the originally announced March 15 to March 31, and adjusted the remainder of the timeline where necessary. What happens next? On April 1, the committee will send out an information package and response materials to all nominees, who must return the completed response package by April 30. Following this, from May through July, the committee will make site visits and conduct interviews with nominees. It will then, on August 29, issue a final report recommending up to five candidates. During the course of October, meetings with the final nominees will be held around the diocese. Diocese of Rochester
Social Justice Resolutions John Clinton Bradley and Marilyn W ienk Resolutions and Workshops this year at Diocesan Convention in the Diocese of Rochester demonstrate that we are a people focused on social and economic justice issues.
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Resolution A. Sponsored by the Diocesan Public Policy Committee urges our Congressional legislators to enact comprehensive immigration reform that would “create a fair and workable pathway for undocumented immigrants to earn legal status and, eventually, citizenship" and thereby satisfy U.S. labor needs here in upstate New York as well as elsewhere in the nation. It also calls for clearing “the backlog of family visas to permit the reunification of spouses, parents, children and siblings" and for treating "same-gender permanent partners in the same manner as opposite-gender spouses. Resolution B. Also sponsored by the Public Policy Committee, seeks to redress the adverse effects of the recent Supreme Court Decision, Citizens United, which ruled corporations have the same free speech rights as individuals in the election process. This resolution calls for a Constitutional Amendment to deny the status of persons to corporations as well as legislation in the short term that would limit the amount of money any person or group can give to election campaigns or candidates. Resolution C. This resolution was sponsored by Oasis Rochester (formerly the Committee on Gay & Lesbian Ministry) in response to the recent epidemic of suicides by LGBT youth who had been bullied. The resolution encourages parishes to work with their local school systems to promote anti-bullying and LGBT-awareness programs. It also asks our diocesan youth ministers to include anti-bullying and LGBTawareness messages in their work with our young people. Dr. Wienk is Chair of the Diocesan Public Policy Committee. Mr. Bradley is a member of the Committee for Gay and Lesbian Ministry. Diocese of New Jersey
I Was in Prison and You Visited Me The Diocese of New Jersey has an active prison ministry program. A diocesan-wide Ministry to
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the Imprisoned initiative was launched in January 2009 by Bishop Councell.
ministry, mentoring, and craft classes for inmates.
The Call From Matthew we are called to help those who are hungry, strangers, sick, naked, thirsty, or in prison. “The King will reply, „I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’” (Matthew 25:40)
The Chairperson of the prison ministry program for the diocese is the Rev. Johnine Byrer, who is the deacon at Church of the Holy Spirit, Lebanon and leads the prison ministry program there. She and others visit Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Annandale weekly. They have involved the women there in prayer, Bible Study and the Shawl Ministry.
The Need There are thirteen state prisons in all of New Jersey; twelve of these prisons are within the Diocese of New Jersey. In addition to these prisons, each of the fifteen counties in the Diocese has its own jail and many municipalities have their own jails as well. As of June 30, 2008, there were 1,610,584 individuals imprisoned in the United States. You Can Help 1. Pray for those in prisons, their families, and for those who minister to them. 2. Organize a Prison Ministry in your faith community, which might include a Bible Study, a Prayer Service, or book study with the imprisoned men and women. There is an approval process, which will include a background check, a completed application, and an educational class or video presentation. 3. Get in touch with the Chaplain of a Correctional Facility and see what their needs are within the prison. You or your ministry group may be able to donate items such as Bibles, rosaries, Christmas toys for children, toiletries, etc. 4. Gather greeting cards to donate the prisoners via the Chaplain in a Correctional Facility. Cards would be remade for use by prisoners. 5. Future activities for your group might include the following: Angel Tree Ministry, leading a Kairos Retreat for prisoners, fund raising for children‟s camps whose parents are inmates, being a pen pal with prisoners, shawl
Johnine said, "Over the years, you have heard me tell many stories about the men and women I visit in jail and prison. Well, you might be wondering what is it that keeps me going back week after week, year after year to be a presence to these men and women. I feel that today‟s letter from the imprisoned Paul to the Ephesians and to us mirrors the message of inspiration and encouragement that he so eloquently wrote many, many years ago. “The men and women I visit realize that the life that they have led so far has not worked out as they had planned; they now find themselves incarcerated. This time allows them an opportunity to seriously reflect on their life so far. Recently one man, Mike, spoke for himself and others when he said that he has made a conscious decision to make a U-TURN in his life. This U-TURN means that each individual has decided to put on the full armour of God and all that it entails. With this choice, they have decided to fully rely on God. They have also decided to surrender and trust in God‟s will. They realize that it is a daily fight. They realize that they are not alone. They realize that they must pray to God daily so that they will be able to continue their transformation. They know that they are in the fight of their lives. “For me being a weekly witness to this overwhelming power of God working in someone‟s life is an awesome and humbling experience. The experience has been life changing for me."
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Contact information for Deacon Johnine Byrer 908-399-4170 email@example.com Diocese of Haiti
Archbishop Desmond Tutu Endorses The Episcopal Church Rebuild Our Church in Haiti Appeal Press Release March 23, 2011, New York, NY – Archbishop Desmond Tutu has issued a statement in support of the efforts of The Episcopal Church to help the Diocese of Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake through its Rebuild Our Church in Haiti appeal. Archbishop Tutu stated: “We are all God‟s children and we must be one. For this reason I am proud of my sisters and brothers in the Episcopal Church who are joining as one to help their sisters and brothers in Haiti rebuild the church that has helped them endure such difficult times. There is no “conservative” or “liberal” in this project. There is no rich or poor. There is one community of faith joining hands across a continent to raise up a new place for hope to dwell. I honor the church-wide effort to rebuild Holy Trinity Cathedral in Port-au-Prince; it deserves our wholehearted and generous support.”
Rebuild Our Church in Haiti is a church-wide appeal that seeks to engage Episcopal dioceses, congregations, and individuals in helping the people of Haiti to rebuild Holy Trinity Cathedral in Port-au-Prince. Already gifts have been received from 70 dioceses, and congregations are spearheading local efforts to raise funds. “The support of Archbishop Tutu, a Nobel Peace Laureate and internationally recognized advocate for human rights, will inspire and energize Episcopalians who are participating in the appeal,” said Donald V. Romanik, President of the Episcopal Church Foundation which is coordinating the appeal. Ms. Barbara Byers, the Diocesan Coordinator for the Diocese of Southern Virginia noted that “we are honored and delighted to learn of Archbishop Desmond Tutu‟s support of this effort. We are truly one church, joining as one to help our brothers and sisters in Haiti.” The Very Rev. Stephen Carlsen, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral in Indianapolis (Diocese of Indianapolis), which has announced a joint matching gift with Trinity Wall Street, NYC (Diocese of New York) of $500,000, said, “Archbishop Tutu‟s support will help inspire us all to respond to the challenge of rebuilding the Church in Haiti. This is our chance to come together – across the country, around the world, from all ends of every spectrum – and answer this simple, clear call.” The emphasis of the Rebuild Our Church in Haiti appeal is one of unity and participation across the Church. Among the dioceses that are involved is the Episcopal Area Mission in Navajoland. In response to Archbishop Tutu‟s statement, the Rt. Rev. David Bailey, Bishop of
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In Prov 2 Navajoland Area Mission, stated, â€œThe people of the Episcopal Area Mission in Navajoland are inspired by the strength of the Haitian people and know too well the need for support from brothers and sisters beyond their borders. While we are limited in our resources we are honored to respond with financial donations, gathered throughout this year, for the rebuilding of the Cathedral in Haiti.â€? For more information, visit http://www.episcopalchurch.org/haitiappeal or contact Terri Mathes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-5990627. Province II Progress: The website lists donations from congregations and individuals in The Diocese of Albany, The Diocese of Central New York, the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, The Diocese of New Jersey, The Diocese of New York, The Diocese of Rochester, The Diocese of Virgin Islands and The Diocese of Western New York.
May 2011 we share the Good News of Jesus Christ - that God loves each of us, always has loved us and that the Kingdom is at hand. We believe the Gospel message makes our environmental mission an imperative. Formed five years ago, Nazareth by the Sea has yet to construct a physical church building. We meet at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, located up a long driveway opposite the entrance to Point Pleasant Resort just east of Smith Bay. Here everyone is welcome at God's table. You will enjoy meeting our welcoming and open-minded vicar and congregation who will be happy to answer questions you may have; but remember, no one here pretends to have all the answers about God and we'll never
The Diocese of the Virgin Islands
Nazareth By the Sea Episcopal Church welcomes everyone to God's table Located on the east end of St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, Nazareth by the Sea Episcopal Church is an emerging faith community that is multi-racial and multi-cultural. We are dedicated to praising God and to making a difference in our community and in the world, and we are a congregation learning to be green. Like many communities, the Virgin Islands faces mounting social and economic challenges that must involve all of us working together to find and implement practical solutions. We also face a huge environmental crisis. Lagging far behind other countries, the Virgin Islands must become organized and mobilized. Nazareth by the Sea is committed to working with and supporting any individual or group taking a stand for environmental responsibility. Here
"throw the book at you". The people who attend this church come from a wide variety of religious backgrounds. You'll meet Lutherans, Roman Catholics, Presbyterians, Methodists and even a few Episcopalians. No one is asked to jettison their heritage in order to attend or be a member of Nazareth by the Sea. Some of us have been life-long church goers, and some haven't attended any church regularly since we were children. There are couples and singles. Young folks and seniors. West Indians and Continentals. Full time residents and snowbirds. What binds us together is a common commitment to protecting our environment and helping our community and ourselves grow closer to God and our neighbors. Because we don't yet have a church building, you just might find us meeting and worshiping where you would least expect to find a congregation. We held our Ash Wednesday
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service this year at Vessup Beach next to the Ritz Carlton timeshares. With the sun setting in the west we couldn't have found a more beautiful spot.
Our Eucharist at Nazareth by the Sea welcomes people just as they are. Everything is very informal. No one worries about what clothes to wear. There are no fancy vestments or hard to follow liturgies. We gather in a circle, we join hands, we sing, we pray, we hug, we read scripture and we share the Body and Blood of Christ with each other. Some of us have been long time church goers; many haven't. We sincerely hope that we are exactly the faith community that you have been searching for. We guarantee you will find us friendly and caring. Because we meet in an open air school room, we are constantly reminded that "church" is not about a building; it's about the people. We can also assure you that you can find Jesus Christ in the midst of us. Just ask anyone here at Nazareth by the Sea. All of us are experiencing the love, power and presence of God. The Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe
Prison Ministry in Europe Has a Different Flavor From the Church of the Ascension in Munich, Germany’s website The Mission of the English Speaking Prisoners‟ Support Group (ESPSG) is to help Englishspeaking inmates of prisons in Bavaria. This is one of the outreach ministries of the Church of the Ascension. The ESPSG arose from a public meeting in Munich called by Tony Smith in January 1991. Tony was an inspired, and inspiring, Christian who
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had recognized that there was a need to help English-speaking inmates of Stadelheim prison. That meeting in 1991 changed the lives of dozens of people. Tony enchanted those present on that day with his quiet confidence and his obvious deep commitment to the service of his fellow men in need. Around twenty people committed themselves to the work at that initial meeting. But for fifteen long and frustrating months the ESPSG seemed to make little progress. Breaking into a prison seemed every bit as difficult as breaking out of a prison! After two years Tony‟s efforts had finally borne fruit and the ministry had grown way beyond those first hopes. Members were visiting prisoners in Landsberg, Straubing, and Bernau as well as Stadelheim and were leading worship in English in Stadelheim and Bernau every quarter. In 2002 Tony sadly died, however the ESPSG continues. They are a group of volunteers from many countries joined by a common vision. Whilst the group is supported by several of the English language churches in Munich, membership is open to all, regardless of religious persuasion. They exchange letters with prisoners; they visit where this is practicable; they collect and distribute English language books and magazines; they lead Christian worship in English in prisons. They also try to meet many other needs as they arise. The main focus of activity is with prisoners in Stadelheim prison, in Munich-Giesing. They also receive a lot of requests from prisoners in the prisons of Bamberg, Bayreuth, Bernau, Landsberg am Lech and Straubing where members of the ESPSG visit regularly. They maintain letter contacts with prisoners in several other prisons in Bavaria. A large proportion of the prisoners who contact the ESPSG are Africans, but they also hear from Britons, Americans, Australians and Eastern
In Prov 2 Europeans - anyone who has English as a first or second language. Prisoners hear about the ESPSG from adverts on prison notice-boards, from leaflets distributed by chaplains and social workers or through consular officials. Some prisoners write after meeting members of the ESPSG at a church service and others do so having heard of the group from another prisoner. Many people get to know them whilst
May 2011 waiting for trial in Stadelheim. After sentencing, they are transferred to other prisons and contact continues. This is one way that the ESPSG name spreads from prison to prison.
General Convention Deputations from the Dioceses of Province II Albany: To be elected at the June diocesan convention Central New York:
Long Island In the Clerical Order:
In the Clerical Order:
The Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows The Very Rev. Dcn. Barbara Groves The Rev. Kathryn “Holly” Eden The Rev. Georgina Hegney
In the Lay Order:
Ms. Karen Anderson Ms. Susan Messenger Ms. Felicity Hallanan Mr. David Hodge
For Alternate General Convention Deputies
In the Clerical Order
The Very Rev. G. Thomas Luck The Rev. Marilyn Sanders The Rev. Joell Szachara The Rev. Dr. William Lutz
In the Lay Order:
In the Lay Order:
Dr. Sandra Michaels Ms. Stacey Balduf Dr. Charles Stewart Ms. Lucia Whisenand
The Rev. Hickman Alexandre, Vice Chair email@example.com The Very Rev. P. Allister Rawlins firstname.lastname@example.org The Rev. Joseph D. Jerome email@example.com The Rev. T. Abigail Murphy firstname.lastname@example.org The Rev. Cn. Richard F. Brewer, First Alternate email@example.com The Rev. Cn. Lynn A. Collins, Alternate firstname.lastname@example.org The Very Rev. Christopher D. Hofer, Alternate email@example.com The Rev. Donovan I. Leys, Alternate LeysDI@msn.com
Ms. Valarie H. Crosdale, Chair firstname.lastname@example.org Mr. Frederick W. Gerbracht, Jr. email@example.com Ms. Janice Commentz firstname.lastname@example.org Mr. John H. Andren, Jr.
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email@example.com Ms. Melissa Gill, First Alternate Hebrews11_1@mindspring.com Mr. Frederic A. Miller, Alternate firstname.lastname@example.org Ms. Buky C. Campbell, Alternate email@example.com Mr. Neil Raman, Alternate firstname.lastname@example.org
Newark: In the Lay Order:
New York: no information at this time
Rochester: no information at this time
Western New York:
In the Clerical Order
The Very Rev. Earle King The Very Rev. Susan Anslow-Williams The Rev. Isaac Ihiasota The Very Rev. Coleen O‟Connor The Very Rev. Gloria Payne-Carter (First Alternate) The Rev. Sarah Buxton-Smith (Second Alternate)
Martha Gardner, St. George‟s, Maplewood – First Lay Deputy email@example.com Laura Russell, All Saints‟, Hoboken – Second Lay Deputy LARussell@legal-aid.org Gibson Oakley, St. Paul‟s, Chatham – Third Lay Deputy Caroline Christie, St. Luke‟s, Montclair – Fourth Lay Deputy Marge Christie, Christ Church, Ridgewood – First Lay Alternate firstname.lastname@example.org Sidney W. King, Jr., Church of the Incarnation, Jersey City – Second Lay Alternate Sidiki3@msn.com Michael F. Rehill, St. Thomas‟, Vernon – Third Lay Alternate email@example.com
In the Clerical Order In the Lay Order:
Mr. Alfred D. Price Ms. Lillian Davis-Wilson Mr. Howard F. Gondree Ms. Catherine Way Ms. Samantha Cutlip (First Alternate) Ms. Linda Makson (Second Alternate)
In the Clerical Order
The Reverend The Reverend The Reverend The Reverend
Gail L. Bennett, Dcn. Dr. Francis A. Hubbard Mark H. Chattin Joseph R. Parrish, Jr.
In the Lay Order:
Ms. Alexis R. Longo Dr. Karen G. Bemis Mr. Marcus A. Gales Mr. Paul K. Murphy
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The Rev. Dr. Canon Sandye Wilson, St. Andrew & Holy Communion, South Orange – First Clergy Deputy firstname.lastname@example.org The Rev. Erik Soldwedel, Christ Hospital, Jersey City & Newark ACTS – Second Clergy Deputy email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org The Rev. Dr. Cathy Deats, St. James‟, Hackettstown – Third Clergy Deputy email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org The Rev. Dr. Shane Phelan, St. Luke‟s, Haworth – Fourth Clergy Deputy email@example.com The Rev. Joseph A. Harmon, Church of the Incarnation, Jersey City – First Clergy Alternate Lyric7@comcast.net
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The Rev. John Mennell, St. Luke‟s, Montclair – Second Clergy Alternate Mennell@slechurch.org The Rev. Thomas Mathews, St. Luke‟s, Phillipsburg – Third Clergy Alternate firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
The Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe: In the Clerical Order:
Haiti: no information at this time The Virgin Islands:
In the Lay Order
Rosalie Simmonds-Ballentine, ESQ L-1 Edith Haynes-Lake L-2 Patricia Todman, PhD L-3 Alicia Wells L-4 David Isaac L-5
In the Clerical Order
The Rev'd The Rev'd The Rev'd The Rev'd 4 The Rev'd
Sandra Walter Malone C-1 Edward H. Thompson C-2 Dr. Wesley Williams C-3 Deacon Delores A. Gumbs CCanon Lionel Rymer C-5
C1: The Rev. Clair Ullmann, firstname.lastname@example.org C2: The Rev. Deacon Richard Cole, email@example.com C3: The Rev. Canon Mark Dunnam, firstname.lastname@example.org C4: The Rev. Steve Smith, email@example.com Alt.: The Rev. Carola von Wrangel, firstname.lastname@example.org
In the Lay Order:
L1: Mrs. Cynthia Wilson D'Alimonte, email@example.com L2: Mrs. Jane Döbler, firstname.lastname@example.org L3: Mr. Brian Huck, email@example.com L4: Mrs. Andrea Manchée D'Agosto, firstname.lastname@example.org Alt.: Dr. Yvonne Cockcroft, email@example.com
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