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Tim Schenck.En tanto otros episcopales pueden estar contemplando si renunciar al chocolate o a las bebidas alcohólicas, o considerando qué disciplina espiritual imponerse durante estos solemnes 40 días, Schenck se dedica a sopesar si Agustín o Lancelot Andrewes serían mejores contrincantes de Juana de Arco en un partido de santidad.En 2010, Schenck comenzó en su blog lo que bautizó como Locura de Cuaresma, una competencia en Internet de santos vs. santos que seguía el modelo del torneo de baloncesto universitario conocido por Locura de Marzo. La idea prendió y la locura se ha extendido para incluir a blogueros famosos y, este año, cuenta con su propia página web y página de fans en Facebook y esta asociado con el Movimiento Adelante (Forward Movement).Scott Gunn“Básicamente lo empecé como un antojo. Me encantan los deportes y me encanta la Cuaresma, y así fue que pensé: ¿por qué no combinar ambas cosas?”, dijo Schenck, rector de la iglesia episcopal de San Juan Evangelista [St. John the Evangelist] en Hingham, Massachusetts.¿Por qué tendrían los fans del baloncesto toda la diversión, “mientras nosotros nos quedamos sentados sin hacer nada y renunciando al chocolate?”, razonó él. “La Cuaresma no es melancólica en lo más mínimo. ¿Qué puede ser más alegre que una estación reservada específicamente para acercarnos más a Dios?Asociándose con el Rdo. Scott Gunn, director ejecutivo de Forward Movement, Schenck ha creado un especie de torneo de categorías de eliminación individual de 32 santos distintos. Cada día la página web ofrecerá información acerca de una pareja de santos, y cada lector votará por el de su preferencia. Cada ronda de votaciones reducirá a la mitad los santos que compiten. De los 32 [iniciales] a la ronda de los Dieciséis Piadosos, los Ocho Regocijados, los Últimos Cuatro y finalmente dos que competirán por el codiciado Halo de Oro.En la primera ronda, los votantes recibirán una sencilla información biográfica acerca de los santos para ayudarles a decidir a quién han de favorecer. En el próximo nivel, los votantes leerán “citas y peculiaridades” acerca de los Dieciséis Piadosos. Y luego pasarán al ‘kitsch de la santidad” que es uno de mis preferidos”, dijo, Schenck. “En ese punto, imagínate que casi todos los participantes han aprendido algo acerca de los santos y han llegado a tener una idea de cuáles son aquellos con los que en verdad se identifican. Luego, podemos tener alguna auténtica diversión con eso a partir de ahí”.¿Un kitsch preferido de Schenck? “Clara de Asís es la santa patrona de la televisión porque, cuando se encontraba muy enferma para asistir a los oficios, éstos se le aparecían en la pared de su celda”.El año pasado, Schenck obtuvo el apoyo de cuatro “blogueros famosos” para que hicieran campaña por los santos en las rondas de los Últimos Cuatro y el Halo de Oro. Este año, ocho colaboradores de todo el ámbito de la Iglesia Episcopal participarán desde el comienzo, y se ocuparán de la mayor parte de la investigación y la redacción. “Estoy funcionando básicamente como un director técnico”, aclaró Schenck.Gunn – que ayuda con la tecnología y publicidad del torneo- se ha entusiasmado con Locura de Cuaresma desde el principio. El primer año llevó a cabo un intenso cabildeo (con éxito) para que George Herbert ganara el primer Halo de Oro, ya que el título de su blog, ‘Siete Días Completos [ Seven Whole Days] es tomado de un poema de Herbert que se encuentra en el Himnario de 1982. En 2011, ya se había convertido en un bloguero famoso autorizado. “Intenté desesperadamente que Tomás Beckett le ganara a C.S. Lewis -y perdí”.“Este año, por supuesto, estoy manteniéndome escrupulosamente neutral”, agregó.Lo mismo le ocurre a la colaboradora Heidi Shott, canóniga de comunicaciones y justicia social de la diócesis de Maine -al menos en la primera ronda. “Aparentemente, según nos adentramos, podemos mostrar nuestro verdadero pelaje”, dice. “Ya yo tengo mis preferidos”.Ella sí cuestionó la prudencia de enfrentar a dos de los santos escogidos por ella en la primera ronda. “No sé si es porque soy la madre de dos hijos, pero me asignaron [escribir] tanto de Mónica como de Agustín de Hipona, lo cual es un poco disparatado -poner a una madre contra su hijo y viceversa- pero, bueno, tengo muchísimo entusiasmo con esto”.Sus otras vidas santas registran los logros de Emma de Hawái y Enmegahbowh, cuya esposa también es “notable”, reveló Shott. (“Se sabrá más sobre ella en las rondas subsecuente -si Enmegahbowh consigue vencer a Tomás).Shott dijo que ella encontraba la “locura” educativa y divertida. “Puede enseñarnos muchísimo respecto a lo que significa la santidad más allá de un himnito que cantemos una vez al año. Es una excelente disciplina, y es divertido”.Schenck hacía notar que, “esto no es como la disciplina cuaresmal del abuelo, pero es una manera… de hacer que los santos adquieran vida para la gente. Cuan a menudo nosotros como Iglesia somos una especie de trampa que inmovilizamos a los santos en vidrieras emplomadas y en cuadros al óleo y en estatuas. Éste es un modo de recordarles a todos que fueron personajes reales”.En Forward Movement, Gunn dijo: “La Locura de Cuaresma nos brinda una oportunidad de relacionarnos con personas con quienes de otro modo no podríamos conectarnos” Y para sus lectores habituales, él agrega, “es una oportunidad de decir: viene muy bien sonreír en la iglesia. La prueba de la bondad de algo en la Iglesia no depende de cuán seriamente lo tome. Sino de cuánto contribuye a su desarrollo como persona, y la Locura de Cuaresma es realmente una manera divertida de lograr eso”.Ah, ¿Y respecto a hacer apuestas sobre los resultados?Bíblicamente hablando, los apóstoles sí hicieron un sorteo a la hora de elegir a Matías para reemplazar a Judas, explicó Gunn. “Se podría argüir que él es el santo patrón de las loterías. Pero nosotros, como comité ejecutivo de la Locura de Cuaresma, no condonamos el juego”.“Yo no creo”, apuntó Schenck, “que nadie se va a enriquecer con Locura de Cuaresma. “No creo que usted vaya a llamar a su corredor de apuestas en Las Vegas para indagar sobre, digamos, las oportunidades de Thomas Cranmer vs. Agustín”.“Sé de varios Canterbury Clubs [en recintos universitarios] que participan este año, y ya están haciendo sus predicciones”, agregó. “No creo que nadie esté realmente jugando para ganar dinero, per se, sino que están compitiendo con la salvedad de que si alguien gana realmente algún dinero lo donará, desde luego, a un fondo benéfico. Nosotros recomendamos Ayuda y Desarrollo Episcopales”.Los participantes también están comprometidos por el código del honor a votar sólo una vez por cada santo, no se permite ninguna politiquería sucia. “Sí, es verdad que los que compiten están muertos, pero no queremos que los muertos voten”, recalcó Schenck.Las votaciones comienzan el jueves 23 de febrero.Empecemos a jugar—Sharon Sheridan es corresponsal de ENS. Traducido por Vicente Echerri.En inglés: http://bit.ly/A43Ro4 Rector Tampa, FL The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Youth Minister Lorton, VA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Cathedral Dean Boise, ID
Rector Collierville, TN By Sharon SheridanPosted Dec 3, 2012 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Associate Rector Columbus, GA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Jane Bryson says: Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Shreveport, LA Laurie Eiserloh says: Rector Bath, NC December 3, 2012 at 12:47 pm Somehow missed sending the link. It is at: December 5, 2012 at 10:36 am I respectfully suggest that the clergy get out of the business of acting as agents of the state. All marriages would have to be civil, and the issues surrounding who is qualified to be married would remain in the public domain. No one would be deprived of equal treatment. I would personally prefer to call same-gender couples a civil union rather than a marriage.Parishes or Dioceses could make their own decision on what marriages or unions they would like to bless.I would note that in an environment where the church blesses pets, houses, and so forth, it is incongruous not to bless people, whether is for a birthday, anniversary, or a civil union. Mellicent Wishau says: Human Sexuality, AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis March 18, 2013 at 11:57 am It’s nice to know that at least PART of Illinois is going to follow the General Convention Resolution A049 that was passed with a 3 to 1 margin. December 13, 2012 at 6:48 am A few thoughts from the orthodox side –1. the rubrics of the BCP have the weight of Canon Law. they define marriage as between one man and one woman.2. A least 17 books of the Bible directly or indirectly define marriage as one man one woman. AndThis includes what Jesus said and did. What else is the wedding at Cana story all about?3. It ought to make us stop and think when about 80 percent of the Anglican Communion does not allow same gender marriage or blessings. December 3, 2012 at 12:48 pm well, why won’t it send? Trying again: http://www.epicenter.org/unity/ December 4, 2012 at 4:01 am I think there is a long needed discussion of the meaning of marriage between a man and a woman that currently includes being open to the pain of childbirth, care of children in marriage, sacrifices made by both, the necessity for both partners to work, the education of children for the Kingdom. As communities change to incorporate couples who may not have to fully face these issues, (which have biblical consequences involving procreation and family life) might there be a way for a new definition to serve the community as well? Do we need to redefine marriage itself? What does the Bible say? We used to believe that marriage was related to the union of man and woman with Christ and the ultimate reason was for bearing children for the kingdom. Sexual pleasure was the means to an end. We may need a new definition of marriage itself at this point in time to include the ways we serve the community as partners in marriage. Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Emmetri Monica Beane says: Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Ruth Meyers says: The Rev. Judith Jones, Vicar says: Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Jeff Allison says: December 5, 2012 at 9:38 pm The liturgy is intended for a church blessing, not necessarily for a civil union or marriage. The commission’s report to the 2012 General Convention includes a section on the church’s canon law and the laws of the state. The chancellors who studied this matter concluded that the First Amendment would permit clergy to offer the church’s blessing to a couple in any state, provided the clergy person was not also claiming to be marrying that couple. (You can find that report in the Blue Book on the 2012 General Convention website; it will be in the published resource as well.)Ruth MeyersChair, Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music Nancy Bracey says: December 3, 2012 at 5:16 pm How beautiful this is. May it be available in every parish. It is right and just! Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET General Convention, Comments are closed. Rector Smithfield, NC Submit a Job Listing Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME David Handy says: December 3, 2012 at 3:34 pm To be perfectly honest, I have a hard time understanding the difference between the committed relationship of gay men or lesbians and the committed relationship of a man and a woman, which we call matrimony. No one has adequately explained this distinction for me. When I regard the relationships of our gay or lesbian friends, I consider them to be married, though without the blessing of our church. This is a conviction I came to quite a long time ago.However, I also realize that we Episcopalians (as well as a lot of other folks) are in a wide range of different places when it comes to this situation. I’m moved by the care, sensitivity, theological integrity, and comprehensiveness that has apparently gone into the forming of these rites and the accompanying materials. Surely, from what I’ve read here, the Commission has thought widely and generously and pastorally and I am grateful for that faithfulness. I look forward to reading and pondering the result of their committed ministry. Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR December 3, 2012 at 10:46 pm Thanks Judith. Bishop Doyle’s Unity in Mission document is important and may provide a path forward for other dioceses. Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA December 3, 2012 at 8:45 pm In 1988 evangelist Tony Campolo wrote the following,“Very often evangelical homosexuals find themselves incredibly torn, not only between their basic sexual orientation and what they believe is taught by the Word of God, but also between life in the homosexual community, which seems to hold some promise of acceptance and companionship, and life in the ‘straight’ world, which may be filled with estrangement and loneliness. Undoubtedly there are some evangelical homosexuals who choose to live in the homosexual community because they see no alternative to living out life alone if they choose to remain celibate Christians and to take their places among the rest of us. Their agonies over the prospects of loneliness are seldom appreciated by those of us who do not have to face the problem. We, who would be sensitive to the needs of homosexuals, must be looking for some creative answers to this dilema.”(20 Hot Potatoes Christians Are Afraid to Touch; ISBN 0-8499-0655-5, page 116)It is my understanding from what I have seen and been reading that this is the Episcopal Church’s answer to the dilema posed by Campolo nearly a quarter of a century ago.In the same text Campolo goes on to describe a covenantal relationship in which two homosexual men in Chicago ” . . . promised to live with each other ’til death do them part,” while simultaneously promising to abstain from homosexual intercourse. It is this latter, regarding abstention from homosexual intercourse, that seems to be absent from the discussions on this subject. Perhaps the framers of this Liturgy for blessing same-gender relationships regard this as an implied condition. January 7, 2013 at 4:42 pm Won’t do it in my diocese. Our bishop says it is sick. Rector Washington, DC Louisa Hallas and kClare Kemock will have their civil union blessed at their home parish of Holy Nativity Episcopal Church in Clarendon Hills, Illinois, on Dec. 29.[Episcopal News Service] In the final debate before General Convention approved a provisional church liturgy to bless the lifelong relationships of same-sex couples, Episcopal Diocese of Chicago Deputy Ian Hallas, 22, spoke about his sister, Louisa, and her civil union.“The love that she shares with her partner is unconditional and speaks to the ideal relationships all of us should strive to have,” he told the House of Deputies on July 10 in Indianapolis. “I often get asked by churchgoers and nonchurchgoers why I am a part of this body. The reason I return is for my sister. I seek to assure that she not only has the same rites as myself but also the same privileges.”The new rite, “The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant,” was authorized for use with diocesan episcopal permission beginning Dec. 2, the first Sunday of Advent.On Dec. 29, Louisa Hallas, 25, and kClare Kemock, 30, will have their union blessed at their home parish of Holy Nativity Episcopal Church in Clarendon Hills, Illinois. The couple, engaged for just over a year, met working backstage at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Kemock is a costume designer; Hallas now works as administrative assistant for the Chicago diocese’s director of ministries.The new liturgy and a short theological summary, excerpted from the report of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music titled “I Will Bless You and You Will Be a Blessing,” are posted here. The entire set of liturgical resources from the report will be available for $24 from Church Publishing in mid-January and includes a theological essay, guidance on canon law, materials to prepare couples for a blessing service and teaching materials inviting congregational conversation and theological reflection.Although some dioceses have permitted blessing rites, this is the first time the church as a whole has authorized such a liturgy.“For the church to have said this is an authorized liturgy gives it a different level of authority as oppose to what’s been permitted to be used in individual dioceses,” the Rev. Ruth Meyers, SCLM chair and Hodges-Haynes professor of liturgics at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California, told ENS. “I know that there were some bishops who were unwilling to allow blessings to take place in their diocese until there was some churchwide decision to allow blessings.”Besides approving the liturgy, General Convention Resolution A049 directed the commission to continue to review the materials, “inviting responses from provinces, dioceses, congregations and individuals from throughout the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, and from our ecumenical partners,” and report to the 2015 General Convention.“Because we’re a church who learns as we pray and our theology develops through our experiences of worship, we’ll learn more about what it means to bless the relationships of same-sex couples through our experience of these liturgies,” Meyers said. “So the commission will be developing a process of review and will want to learn from clergy and couples and congregations who are using these materials, and there may well be some refinements to the material.”A separate resolution (A050) authorized a task force to study marriage and directed it to consult with SCLM and the Standing Commission on Constitution and Canons about addressing clergy’s pastoral needs “to officiate at a civil marriage of a same-sex couple” in states where it is legal.Differing approachesThe blessing liturgy is authorized only with the permission of the diocesan bishop, and clergy can decline to preside at a blessing ceremony. Resolution A049 specified that bishops, particularly in dioceses located in civil jurisdictions where same-sex marriages, civil unions or domestic partnerships are legal, could provide a “generous pastoral response” and that bishops could adapt the liturgical materials to meet church members’ needs.In the months since General Convention approved use of the liturgy, bishops throughout the church have issued pastoral letters outlining the policies for their dioceses.In the Diocese of Chicago, in a state where civil unions are legal, Bishop Jeffrey Lee previously had issued guidelines and a liturgy for blessing same-sex unions as part of the “generous pastoral response” allowed under 2009 General Convention Resolution C056. Hallas and Kemock already were planning a ceremony when the SCLM-developed liturgy was approved in July. They are finalizing the liturgy for their service, adapting it using the newly approved rite in the way opposite-sex couples often do for their weddings using the Book of Common Prayer marriage service.“I think it’s wonderful, and I’m overjoyed that this is something that the Episcopal Church has authorized, and it’s just a beautiful liturgy,” Hallas said. “I’m thrilled by it, and I’m also aware that this will now be an option for people in other areas who may have only dreamed about it. This is something that means a lot to the community as a whole, to the church community.”In the Diocese of Connecticut, a state allowing same-gender couples to marry, the bishops authorized clergy to use the new liturgy and to officiate at the civil weddings of gay and lesbian couples.Similarly, Bishop Mark Sisk granted permission for clergy in the Diocese of New York, which also has marriage equality, to perform weddings for gay and lesbian couples beginning Sept. 1, 2012. Based on the debate in Indianapolis, he wrote, “I conclude … that it was the mind of this General Convention to extend the meaning of ‘generous pastoral oversight’ to include circumstances in which we in New York find ourselves.”In the Diocese of Utah, where same-gender marriage is not legal, Bishop Scott Hayashi issued a pastoral letter and policy permitting clergy to receive episcopal approval to preside at blessings after undergoing a period of study and reflection with the vestry or bishop’s committee and “inviting the entire congregation” to participate in that study.So far, Hayashi told ENS, three congregations have begun this process.As Episcopalians, Hayashi said, “we do things in community.” Just as the issue of same-sex blessings was studied and debated before General Convention approved it, he wants to see congregations study and reflect on it, he said. “It’s a great teaching opportunity … to come to a deeper understanding of what relationships are, the functions of liturgy and the goodness of the liturgy.”“I require this for this particular blessing of same-sex unions because … I believe that is the way we work as Episcopalians. It’s part of our DNA, and I do want the congregation to be able to participate as well as being informed of whatever decisions the leadership of the congregation should make,” he said.Individuals initially opposed to the blessings also may change their minds after studying and talking about the SCLM materials, or at least come to understand why it’s an important ministry of their congregation and “why the blessing of same-sex couples is a matter of inclusivity, it’s a matter of justice, it’s a matter of God’s expressions of love to all people,” he said.At one of the three churches to enter the study process, Grace Episcopal Church in St. George, Utah, Rector Catherine Gregg led a three-week preaching series on the issue. She spent two weeks addressing what blessing and union mean, looking at the concepts theologically, pastorally and scripturally. “They are not words that are in the vernacular of society in a way that we might all have some common understanding,” she said.The last week, she talked about same-gender blessings in the context of the church’s values as articulated in its recently completed visioning process, where “radical hospitality” topped the list. It was easy to link the concepts of blessing, union and radical hospitality “to why we are proud to be a church that offers blessing of same-sex unions,” she said. “It really was not even a hiccup. All I did was give the church language to explain to other people, if they want to, why we do what we do.”Although no same-sex couples in the congregation are yet ready for a blessing of their relationship, she said, when one is “it will be something that will be celebrated as the blessing of any union that we do here. This is a very open church.”In the Diocese of Georgia, Bishop Scott Benhase wrote a pastoral letter outlining his decision authorizing his clergy to use a shorter blessing he adapted from the SCLM liturgy. The decision angered some who disapproved of offering any blessing for same-gender couples and others who wanted the full rite authorized.“I did not choose a middle way because that was the politically wise thing to do. I actually happen to believe strongly where I came down,” he said. “That’s where I am on this issue.”Before he became bishop, his parish of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Durham, North Carolina, was the first parish in that state to offer a blessing rite, he said. “I have been for over a decade a proponent of the blessing of same-sex couples.”“My concern is and continues to be that the church has not had a significant robust conversation around the theology of holy matrimony, and to offer a provisional rite that mirrors so clearly holy matrimony, I felt, was unhelpful and confusing and in a sense out of order … I found the rite itself that was approved not to be distinguished enough from the rite of holy matrimony and that it would just lead to further confusion.”“I fundamentally believe that holy matrimony was intended to be between one and one woman,” he added. “That doesn’t mean that God does not bless and want gay couples to flourish in their relationships, but it’s not holy matrimony.”In the Diocese of Northern Indiana, Bishop Edward Little II wrote a pastoral letter outlining a different type of compromise. He did not authorize clergy to use the blessing liturgy in the diocese but is permitting them to use it in neighboring dioceses. The bishops of the dioceses of Chicago, Western Michigan, Michigan, Ohio and Indianapolis, which all border the Northern Indiana diocese, all agreed that priests could request permission to use a church in their dioceses for a blessing service, he wrote. “Those priests should also apply for a ‘license to officiate’ from the bishop of the neighboring diocese, since the liturgy would be under that bishop’s sacramental covering rather than mine.”Reaching this decision “was a struggle,” Little told ENS. “It took me many months to land where I landed.”He was dealing with two commitments that he holds in tension as diocesan bishop, he explained: “my own understanding of sacramental theology, which led me to believe that this liturgy is not one that I could authorize; I believe that decision to present it to the church was a significant mistake” and the commitment to “provide a safe space for everyone within the church.”Little said he’d been “rather vocal” about providing that safe space for conservatives within the church and, “if I was going to be honest about maintaining a place for theological minorities, it had to work both ways.”Northern Indiana is a diocese of 36 congregations in 13,000 square miles, so no church is more than an hour from the diocesan border, he noted.“Within the diocese, I’ve had a good deal of support from people sort of on both sides of the issue who see what I’m attempting to do as a kind of godly compromise,” he said. “Beyond the diocese, the reactions have been more extreme.”“I’ve had some very helpful and positive face-to-face conversations with several gay members of the diocese who came in to see me with some concerns about the policy. I think relationally we’re in a good place,” he said.“A bishop is the bishop of everyone,” he added. “You’re not just the bishop of people you agree with.”SCLM Chair Meyers said she encouraged people to look at the resource materials including the study guide, “even if they are not ready in their congregations to take this step or not understanding why the church is taking this step.”Another important part of “I Will Bless You and You Will Be a Blessing” is the pastoral resources for those preparing couples for a blessing, which the commission prepared in the expectation that such couples would undergo a time of preparation the same way straight couples do before a wedding, she said.For Hallas, it’s significant that the church has authorized a common liturgy, rather than continuing to offer different rites in different dioceses.“Because there is a rite for marriage in the prayer book that is used throughout the church, I think it’s appropriate and fitting for there to be one for same-sex couples as well. It really creates unity,” she said. “It affirms the feeling that we are all part of the same body and cared for.”“The blessing rite is an incredible gift, not only to the church and the LGBT community, but to persons everywhere. It truly respects the dignity of all persons and shows that God cares for and loves us all and that God’s love and care is not exclusive to a heterosexual marriage or relationship.”Said Meyers, “I think it is a statement of the Episcopal Church in its welcome of gay and lesbian couples and families.”Before Ian Hallas spoke in favor of the blessings resolution at General Convention, he asked his sister’s permission to discuss her situation. She watched his testimony from home. “I told him it was the best gift I’ve ever gotten from him,” she said. “It was very sweet.”Sharon Sheridan is an ENS correspondent. Fr. Michael Neal says: Featured Events Julian Malakar says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Knoxville, TN December 3, 2012 at 12:44 pm Well, Texas does not allow civil unions or marriages. In the Diocese of Texas, our Bishop, Andrew Doyle, is cautiously allowing us to move in the direction of blessing same-sex unions. At this point, two churches in the diocese are studying not only the rite, but also Bishop Doyle’s “Unity in Mission”, a monograph addressing how and when each parish, with the bishop’s approval, may bless a covenant between a couple of the same sex. It is NOT a marriage, it is a covenant between the two, blessed by the priest, using the rite accepted by last General Convention.Each church that considers this must take on the task of reading and discussing both documents, and then voting to approve or not whether that particular congregation will perform those rites. Each time an approved church wishes to perform such blessings, it is only at the bishop’s approval. Any church may choose to not even address the issue. If a priest differs from his/her parish, it is possible for a priest to perform this rite at some other place, rather than in the parish church, (at the bishops discretion) or not to perform the rite within that congregation even if the parish membership is for it. It is an amazing document of unity, and well worth the read. It can be found at: Jeffrey Parker says: Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK December 13, 2012 at 9:55 am By this reasoning heterosexual couples who are unable or unwilling to conceive and bear children should also be denied the right to marry. There are many couples who at time of their marriage are beyond the age of conception, who because of their physical condition are unable to conceive, or who have been voluntarily sterilized. And there are couples who simply choose not to have children. These couples are no different from childless same-sex couples with respect to procreation, and it seems hypocritical to allow such heterosexual marriages just because the participants look like other people who might indeed procreate sexually. (It reminds me of some the arguments against having women in the priesthood.)And beyond all this of course couples unable to conceive in the most common way, both heterosexual and homosexual, have recourse to adoption and various medically assisted methods of conception. December 4, 2012 at 12:44 am With the advent of 2012, TEC sailed their boat first time in history with new gospel of same-sex sexual love that are supported not by biblical teaching, but by experience. In the past all Church activities had basis on the word of God. It is sad that SCLM in the liturgy of same sex blessing could not give any word of God from the Bible that would ensure us, God bless the same sex couple as He does for straight couple. It is interesting to notice TEC still believe that the Bible is word of God.New voyage with new gospel based on experience would raise many questions in future that would not have reasonable answer in consistence to biblical gospel and further divide the Church. Experience is relative term varies from person to person and would not be reasonable to justify as God’s word. St. Paul’s life experience is believable as word of God after his vision of Christ while going to Damascus to kill Christian; we have none like him at present time. As St. Paul said love is most important in our life above all other two characters hope and faith. But that love does not encourage same sex love. It is that love, neighbor loves for neighbor without sex. May Christ bless His Church with His love and peace. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Submit a Press Release Press Release Service December 6, 2012 at 10:17 am Why are we so worried about what goes on in the privacy of someone’s home? As a lifelong Episcopalian I have been taught that my relationship with God is personal and God is my judge and not the priests or bishops. Many people are guilty of “sins” by what they are thinking or not doing. I congratulate the LTGB community for being honest with themselves and everyone around them instead of trying to be someone else or living a double life.I have known Louisa and Ian since both were very young and I’m equally proud of both for the extraordinary adults they have become. They were raised by parents and ( hopefully their church) to be comfortable expressing themselves openly with their gifts and talents and spreading the Gospel of God’s love. December 3, 2012 at 5:18 pm I’ve read the liturgy and just don’t like it. I will use the service in the official prayer book and change whatever words and prayers need to be changed.I readily welcome the allowance of the service, but prefer that the liturgy for all marriages be changed to an inclusive language. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Tampa, FL Joyce Ann Edmondson says: 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 Belleville, IL Rector Martinsville, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Donald Jack Newsom says: Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Andy Hook says: 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 Alda Morgan says: The Rev. Judith Jones, Vicar says: Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Pittsburgh, PA Same-Sex Blessings Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI December 3, 2012 at 5:56 pm The first thought that comes to mind . . . I wonder what happens in Virginia. Civil unions are not part of the law here. However, if a couple goes to a jurisdiction where civil unions are legal and enter into a civil union there. Can they ask a priest to bless their union here? It sounds like the resolution from General Convention does not make the liturgy available here because civil unions are not legal here. I would appreciate clarification on this. Hank Tansley says: Submit an Event Listing In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 December 4, 2012 at 9:22 am I love you all, but what part of Romans 1 do some of you not understand………..just asking…….that is unless you do not think Gods word is absolutely true……………….Grace to you………… the Rev’d Mike Waverly-Shank says: Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Comments (20) Liturgy for blessing same-sex relationships begins provisional use Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Director of Music Morristown, NJ December 4, 2012 at 12:43 pm Why do we even have rules? The blessing of same-sex unions wasn’t authorized until the last convention but priests were doing it before then anyway. The convention ruled that communion can only be received by the baptized but priests give it to the non-baptized anyway. Seriously, why do we even have canons? Rector Albany, NY The Rev. Judith Jones, Vicar says: Featured Jobs & Calls Curate Diocese of Nebraska
An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Obituary, Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Click here to read Dean Markham’s September 8, 2014 Commentary on Dean Reid. [Virginia Theological Seminary press release] The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., dean and president of Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS), announced today the death of the the Very Rev. Richard Reid, Th.D., dean and president of VTS from 1983 – 1994, on Saturday, Sept. 6.“On this day, I invite this community to remember Dean Reid,” said Dean Markham. “To give thanks to God for his life and to commit afresh to serving the Kingdom as he did. May he rest in peace.”Born in 1928 and a native of Providence, R.I., Reid earned A.B. (magna cum laude) and A.M. degrees from Harvard University; a B.D. (cum laude) from the Episcopal Theological School, Cambridge, Mass.; and a Th.D. from Union Theological Seminary in New York. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and spent two sabbatical leaves studying in England (1968, Cambridge University, 1973, Oxford University). Reid was ordained a deacon in the Episcopal Church June 24, 1955. He was ordained to the priesthood March 24, 1956.Reid first came to Virginia Theological Seminary in 1958 as a member of the department of New Testament. In 1969 he became associate dean for academic affairs. He served in this capacity until 1982 when he was elected by the board as dean and president, following the 1981 retirement of the Very Rev. Granville Cecil Woods, Jr. During his inaugural address in 1983, Reid outlined several initiatives for the Seminary, including a vision for strengthening the educational ministry of the church.“This Seminary is strong because of the leadership of those who have come before. Dean Reid is a model of such leadership,” Markham continued. “He gave the most precious gift he could give to this Seminary – he gave years of his life in service.” Tags Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ People Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Director of Music Morristown, NJ Comments are closed. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Albany, NY Rector Bath, NC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Featured Events Rector Tampa, FL Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL RIP: Richard Reid, former dean of Virginia Theological Seminary Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Shreveport, LA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Submit a Job Listing Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Collierville, TN Rector Knoxville, TN Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI October 28, 2014 at 12:37 pm Thank you Rodgers T. Wood, he was/is a great man. I miss him every day. He’s my dad.
Rector Albany, NY Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA ¿A un paso de la unidad? Anglicanos y católicos romanos celebran 50 años de diálogo y colaboración New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Shreveport, LA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Events Youth Minister Lorton, VA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Por Matthew DaviesPosted Oct 10, 2016 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Tampa, FL 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 and Chaplain Eugene, OR AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Featured Jobs & Calls Submit a Press Release Assistant/Associate 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 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Martinsville, VA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 El papa Francisco se reúne con el arzobispo de Cantórbery Justin Welby en el Vaticano, el 6 de octubre de 2016. Foto de Tony Gentile/REUTERS.[Episcopal News Service — Roma] El obispo primado Michael Curry y más de la mitad de los primados de la Comunión Anglicana han viajado a Roma esta semana para celebrar un importante hito histórico: 50 años de que el papa Paulo VI se reuniera con el arzobispo de Cantórbery Michael Ramsey en Roma en 1966. Era la primera vez desde la Reforma que un arzobispo de Cantórbery se encontraba con el Romano Pontífice y el papa Pablo le puso a Ramsey su anillo episcopal como señal de amistad y de una colaboración más profunda entre sus dos iglesias.El papa Paulo VI le pone su aniño episcopal al arzobispo de Cantórbery Michael Ramsey durante su encuentro de 1966.Los eventos de esta semana han incluido un oficio ecuménico de vísperas en San Gregorio Magno al Celio en Roma, un sitio de primera importancia para los orígenes de la Iglesia de Inglaterra, y una reunión primada entre el papa Francisco y los primados anglicanos el 6 de octubre en el Palacio Apostólico, la residencia oficial del Papa en la Ciudad del Vaticano.El encuentro de 1966 “fue histórico porque reunió a dos iglesias y dos expresiones de la fe en la unidad ecuménica en un momento cuando estábamos mutuamente separados en muchos aspectos”, dijo Curry, conversando con Episcopal News Service el 5 de octubre frente a la Universidad Gregoriana de Roma donde estaba asistiendo a un coloquio sobre las actuales relaciones entre las dos iglesias.“Estamos aquí ahora celebrando ese 50º. aniversario, pero acaso algo más importante para llevar adelante el legado… que tiene que ver con llevar adelante el Movimiento de Jesús… juntos como católicos romanos y como anglicanos”, añadió. “Estamos aquí no simplemente para celebrar; estamos aquí para dedicarnos de nuevo nosotros y nuestras iglesias y nuestras comunidades a la obra de Jesús, a seguir tras sus huellas, a cerciorarnos de que los niños no se acuestan hambrientos, a proclamar la buena nueva de Jesús a toda la creación, a ayudar a hacer seguidores de Jesucristo y a ser en el mundo una levadura que leude toda la masa, de manera que este mundo se asemeje menos a nuestra pesadilla y algo más al sueño de Dios”.El Obispo Primado habla desde RomaEl oficio de vísperas del 5 de octubre juntó al arzobispo de Cantórbery Justin Welby y al papa Francisco, los coros combinados de la catedral de Cantórbery y de la capilla Sixtina, arzobispos y obispos anglicanos, obispos episcopales (incluido Curry) y cardenales catolicorromanos, así como muchos otros líderes religiosos y representantes ecuménicos. Tanto el Arzobispo como el Papa predicaron un sermón (los vídeos pueden verse aquí), intercambiaron regalos como expresión de su compromiso hacia la misión común y emitieron una declaración común en la que dicen que no están “desalentados” por los “serios obstáculos” a la plena unidad entre anglicanos y católicos romanos.Cincuenta años antes, Ramsey y el papa Paulo emitieron su propia Declaración Común en la que decían que su reunión “marca una nueva etapa en el desarrollo de relaciones fraternas, basadas en la caridad cristiana y de sinceros esfuerzos para eliminar las causas del conflicto y restablecer la unidad”.El papa Francisco y el arzobispo de Cantórbery Justin Welby hacia el final del oficio de vísperas el 6 de octubre. Foto de Matthew Davies/ENS.El oficio de vísperas del 5 de octubre marcaron la cuarta vez en la historia reciente en que un Papa y un arzobispo de Cantórbery han adorado juntos en San Gregorio. El papa Juan Pablo II oró en esta iglesia con el arzobispo Robert Runcie en 1989 y de nuevo con el arzobispo George Carey en 1996; el papa Benedicto XVI y el arzobispo Rowan Williams oraron juntos en 2012.La iglesia se levanta en el sitio desde el cual Gregorio el Grande, en el siglo VI, envió a San Agustín, el primer arzobispo de Cantórbery, junto con 30 monjes, a re-evangelizar Inglaterra. Ellos desembarcaron en [el año] 597 y se les atribuye el haber echado los cimientos para la renovación del cristianismo inglés.El arzobispo de Cantórbery Justin Welby predica en el oficio ecuménico de vísperas en San Gregorio Magno al Celio en Roma. Foto de Matthew Davies/ENS.Al final del oficio, y acaso cerrando un nuevo capítulo en las relaciones entre las dos iglesias, el arzobispo de Cantórbery y el Papa encargaron una nueva fase de IARCCUM – la Comisión Internacional Anglicana-Catolicorromana por la Unidad y la Misión. Ellos bendijeron y enviaron a 19 parejas de obispos anglicanos y catolicorromanos a trabajar juntos en la misión.El obispo John Bauerschmidt, de la Diócesis Episcopal de Tennessee, y el obispo auxiliar catolicorromano de Baltimore, Dennis Madden, se encuentran entre estas parejas.Bauerschmidt describió la iniciativa como “un importante desarrollo ecuménico. Indica que la Iglesia Católica Romana y las iglesias de la Comunión Anglicana están resueltas a avanzar juntas hacia la unidad y la misión a pesar de las dificultades”.Las parejas de obispos, le dijo él a ENS, “tienen por objeto alentar a nuestras iglesias a darse cuenta de la vida que ya compartimos a través de nuestro común bautismo en Jesucristo, y practicar esa vida en el nivel local”.Bauerschmidt es copresidente del diálogo anglicano-catolicorromano en EE.UU. (ARCUSA, por su sigla en inglés), que ha estado reuniéndose regularmente desde los años 60 del pasado siglo, lo cual la hace la relación de diálogo más antigua de la Iglesia Episcopal.La Rda. Margaret Rose, directora adjunta de la Iglesia Episcopal para las relaciones ecuménicas e interreligiosas y quien está en Roma para las celebraciones, dijo a ENS que la labor de ARCUSA “como con otros diálogos… enfatiza el deseo de compartir la labor en la misión y el shalom que ayuda a poner en perspectiva tanto nuestra vida como nuestro trabajo, tanto la fe como el orden”.Pero si bien hay mucho que celebrar esta semana, la relación entre la Comunión Anglicana y la Iglesia Católica Romana ha sido de alguna manera turbulenta desde la Reforma del siglo XVI y tensa en los últimos años debido a diferencias en lo concerniente a la ordenación de las mujeres y la sexualidad humana. Los empeños del Vaticano de ofrecer un hogar espiritual a ex anglicanos y anglicanos desafectos, en tanto les permite conservar aspectos de su liturgia y tradiciones mediante lo que se llama “Ordinariato Personal”, también ha tensado las relaciones.Aunque hay muchas mujeres obispas en varias provincias de la Comunión Anglicana —en Australia, Canadá, Inglaterra, Nueva Zelanda, África del Sur y EE.UU.— las 19 parejas de obispos comisionados durante el oficio de vísperas estaban compuestas solamente por hombres.Catherine Waynick, obispa de la Diócesis de Indianápolis, que participa de las conmemoraciones en Roma, dijo a ENS que ella cree que “el ecumenismo es esencial a la vida de la Iglesia, si hemos de ser fieles. Ninguno de nosotros tiene toda la verdad. Y si nos mantenemos lejos unos de otros nos situamos en un lugar espiritualmente peligroso”.“Estoy muy consciente de que la decisión de las provincias de la Comunión Anglicana de incluir mujeres en el episcopado se ha enfrentado al rechazo de otras iglesias”, dijo Waynick. “Pero habiendo entrado en mi vigésimo año como obispa de Indianápolis, y habiendo conocido a otras mujeres que sirven en este ministerio, sólo puedo decir que el que otras iglesias se mantengan al margen de la verdad y el valor de nuestro ministerio fiel es un error”.Waynick, que dirige el Centro Anglicano de Roma, dijo que “llevar un alzacuello y una camisa púrpura en Roma suscita comentarios de parte de personas de todas clases y condiciones —quienes invariablemente expresan el sentimiento de que ¡sería bueno y leal si la próxima vez que los obispos sean enviados de dos en dos, haya mujeres entre ellos!”.En cualquier caso, dijo Waynick, “el diálogo ecuménico debe continuar para que nosotros sigamos siendo fieles a la mente y el corazón de Jesús: ‘que todos puedan ser uno’”.Rose se mostró de acuerdo, diciendo que “en estos tiempos conflictivos, es esperanzador ver que nuestras iglesias avanzan hacia la unidad”.“La señal visible de obispos trabajando juntos y del intercambio de regalos en el oficio de vísperas son un aspecto de esto. El compromiso de abordar abiertamente los desafíos de nuestras diferencias es no obstante otro signo de esperanza. En futuras reuniones, la inclusión de mujeres ordenadas entre las parejas de trabajo brindaría una oportunidad de vivir este compromiso en un nivel aun más profundo”.Las celebraciones de esta semana reconocen también el 50º. aniversario del Centro Anglicano en Roma, que se estableció en respuesta a esa reunión de 1966 como una presencia oficial con rango de embajada en nombre de la Comunión Anglicana en la Ciudad Eterna.El Centro Anglicano alberga una extensa biblioteca, sirve como lugar de reuniones ecuménicas e incluye las oficinas del representante diplomático del arzobispo de Cantórbery ante la Santa Sede, el arzobispo David Moxon.“Hemos estado aquí como un lugar donde podemos extender la mano de la amistad y la colaboración con nuestras hermanas y hermanos en Roma, y mirar de frente al Vaticano, decir la verdad en amor y reparar un puente a través del cual hay ahora mucho tránsito”, dijo Moxon el 4 de octubre al dirigirse a una reunión de los Amigos Americanos del Centro Anglicano en Roma. Él le recordaba a los presentes las palabras que el papa Paulo VI le había dicho al arzobispo Ramsey en la reunión de 1966: “Usted está reparando un puente que había quedado en ruinas hace siglos”.Curry le dijo a los Amigos Americanos que la “misión de la Iglesia es ayudar a la familia humana, con toda su variedad y toda su diversidad y todas sus diferencias, a encontrar un camino para llegar a ser no simplemente una familia diversa, sino una familia humana de Dios. El Dr. Martin Luther King lo dijo de esta manera: ‘o aprendemos a vivir juntos como hermanos y hermanas, o pereceremos juntos como tontos’. La elección es nuestra, caos o comunidad”.La Iglesia Episcopal tiene una presencia en Roma a través de la iglesia de San Pablo Intramuros [St. Paul’s Within the Walls] que es sede de un importante ministerio que atiende a refugiados de la ciudad a través del Centro de Refugiados Joel Nafuma. La parroquia es parte de la Convocación de Iglesias Episcopales en Europa.Curry visitará el centro de refugiados y predicará en San Pablo durante la eucaristía del domingo 9 de octubre.— Matthew Davies es redactor y reportero de Episcopal News Service. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Smithfield, NC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Collierville, TN An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC Submit a Job Listing Rector Knoxville, TN Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Belleville, IL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Director of Music Morristown, NJ Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Pittsburgh, PA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab By David PaulsenPosted Aug 23, 2017 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Dexter Cantelou says: Dan Shockley says: Comments navigation Newer comments James D. Saunders says: Comments (65) August 23, 2017 at 10:25 pm The name needs to change……. Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME August 23, 2017 at 7:58 pm Well said. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group August 24, 2017 at 9:05 am Friends: How about this idea — the R.E. Lee Church might endeavor to be come a companion church of the Prince of Peace Memorial Church, Gettysburg, Pa. ( http://prince-of-peace-gettysburg.diocpa.org). Perhaps together they could learn from their separate, yet oddly and historically joint, histories. Circumstances at one time or another overwhelmed each parish, and yet it became possible for Prince of Peace Memorial to serve out both a mission proclaiming Jesus Christ and acknowledging history, duty and sacrifice. Take a tour of the Gettysburg parish, if you can. You will see Episcopalians accepting their history, teaching and witnessing. Janet Diehl says: Racial Justice & Reconciliation Rector Belleville, IL Featured Jobs & Calls James D. Saunders says: Rector Hopkinsville, KY August 23, 2017 at 7:10 pm Give me a break! Enough is enough. Teach history. Don’t erase it. Martin Luther King once marched against Gays. Do you want to destroy all statues of him. I hope not. Think not simply of the present moment and the current conflicts. Think of the future and the result of knee jerk actions today. As C.K. Chesterton said, ” Let us not be so Heavenly minded (politically correct) that we are no earthly good. Amen Rector Smithfield, NC Advocacy Peace & Justice, August 23, 2017 at 11:25 pm The Episcopal Church need not worry about changing the name of any of its floundering churches because their actions against what the Word of God teaches. For the Church to disavow anyone is hypocritical based on the fact that the Episcopal Church has disavowed the teachings of the Son of God. Geanna Cutbirth says: Press Release Service Cynthia Katsarelis says: Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Comments navigation Newer comments August 23, 2017 at 11:42 pm Just to make it clear, since the threading is confusing. My post was in response to Doug. August 23, 2017 at 7:11 pm I love it when bishops speak with such clarity and common sense. Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Doug Desper says: Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Ken Thomas says: Shirley E. Viall says: Submit an Event Listing Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA August 24, 2017 at 11:28 pm But, ahhh, can we consider the horror of being a slave? Daniel Anderson Toler says: Preston Montgomery says: August 23, 2017 at 11:21 pm Doug, I’m from Virginia, I’ve got a lot of education about General Lee. We simply don’t name churches after any individuals. The political overtones of this one is horrible. There are no Episcopal Churches named after FDR, MLK, JFK, or Lincoln, so I’m not getting your comparison. And who was Lee to decide that slavery was better than “poorly conceived emancipation?” Did anyone ask the slaves? After emancipation, there was a Freedman’s Bureau and African Americans were getting a foothold in Congress and education. Who stopped that progress? The Jim Crow/KKK folks who decided to put up monuments and name a church after leaders in the effort to maintain “sacred” white supremacy.As for this “Few in the North or South had any viable plan for ending slavery.” This is a statement that requires real education. In the Dred Scott decision, SCOTUS eliminated any solution from the judicial branch. With the Kansas Nebraska Act, Congress eliminated any opportunity for federal solution – as it repealed the Missouri Compromise limiting slavery to the South. All of this was engineered by slave holders who held excessive power in Congress, since slaves, with no rights, counted as 3/5ths of a person for setting up Congressional districts.There is no way around the fact that the Civil War was about maintaining white supremacy and the institution of slavery that was enriching so many. The Confederate founders said as much and that is what Lee and the others fought for. He was a slave owner. There’s no wiggle room.Lee did not fight to “resist military dictatorship!” That is a white supremacist revision. One needs simply to look at the Confederate founding documents. The incredible need to rewrite history that contradicts primary documents is part of the great tragedy. August 23, 2017 at 8:06 pm I can’t think of another church that’s named after a person who wasn’t a saint, apostle, or one of those very early church “fathers” (Aquinas). Can anyone come up with one? The name was changed from Grace during the rise of Jim Crow, 33 years after REL’s death. Did he have family still attending in 1903? Are any attending now?If I pay my rector’s salary, can they change the name of my church to Cynthia Katsarelis Memorial Chapel? I’m a fairly good Christian. Sure, I’m a sinner too, but I’ve never owned other human beings or had them whipped, or used brilliant strategy to kill hundreds of thousands of people who would take the slaves away, if I had any.Slavery was a crime against humanity. We sing Amazing Grace because it is by a slave trader who repented. Is there any evidence that Robert E. Lee was repentant? If he committed massive acts of reconciliation, that would be something to celebrate. It’d have to be massive. Did he start schools for African Americans? Provide as many as possible with those 40 acres and a mule?This is a really tough decision. I wonder if the members of the parish would respect the vote of African American Episcopalians? If not, why not? What is the theology that guides all this? Louise McPhillips says: August 23, 2017 at 8:51 pm Thank you Frank, I doubt I would ever choose to attend a church named after a war heroe. The naming of our churches has followed that formula for generations unlike the Methodist Church which often uses donor’s or founders names (other than Jesus). I wonder what prayers are used on this parish’s Feast of a Title. Doug Desper says: August 23, 2017 at 9:22 pm Cynthia, since you state so many questions and a few assumptions you’ll likely want to become more educated about R E Lee. I cite a book just published in April, written by the former rector (see below). We do not live in Lee’s day nor are we faced with the great national upheaval and crisis that he was thrust in. President Lincoln admired Lee and as the representative of the Washington family it was thought that it naturally should fall on Lee to lead the Union Army. That army was to swell from 16,000 to 91,000 with the addition of 75,000 volunteers that Lee was to lead to occupy communities in the South. Lee could not lead such a disaster and resigned the Army and went home to resist military dictatorship. We haven’t faced or lived with such martial law from Washington. Few in the North or South had any viable plan for ending slavery. Setting millions of undereducated former slaves free was not practical and not many in the Northern states cared to be part of the solution and fewer in the South could afford to. Millions of white and black lives were interdependent on servile misery. People like Lee called slavery a great moral evil but knew that it was far worse to have a poorly conceived emancipation. Lee was not perfect. Few that we admire are. Lincoln used racially insulting language and slurs about blacks. FDR and JFK were scandal-ridden. MLK was an adulterer. Yet, the greater good that came from these people outshined their human flaws. August 23, 2017 at 7:24 pm I celebrate that the parishioners of RE Lee Memorial Church have elected to not change the name of their church. As well meaning as Bishop Bourlakes seeks to appear; leave them alone. Lee was not a perfect man but who of us is without sin. He embraced his defeat and went on to accomplish great things. He was pardoned by the government and was instrumental in bringing about reconciliation when an element wanted to initiate guerrilla warfare. Once again, the church embraces identity politics rather than have the courage to respect the beliefs of a congregation that seeks merely to celebrate a man that deserves celebration. In light if this, it is no wonder that so many congregants are leaving the church. Bishop Boulakes … you should defend these good people, not descend upon them with the obvious intent of pressuring them to do what they believe is wrong. Maybe it is a matter of your beliefs and the need to be politically right rather than what they believe is just? Interesting… Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Theodore G. Fletcher, Esq. says: The Rev. D F Lindstrom says: 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 August 23, 2017 at 11:36 pm Wow. You used the word “knew” when you spoke of slavery being better than “a poorly conceived emancipation.” You didn’t say that Lee “believed” that, you treated it as fact.In other words, you are indicating that you believe slavery was better than “a poorly conceived emancipation,” whatever that means.You also claim that being “undereducated” means that it is “impractical” to be free. That’s a disturbing opinion.As someone else pointed out in these comments, the church was renamed during the time of the Jim Crow backlash against the significant gains in political power, property ownership, and public participation advances made by former slaves. The emancipation was going well until bigots violently fought against it through campaigns of terror. Tags Cynthia Katsarelis says: ELIZABETH D DELLOW says: 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 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ August 24, 2017 at 7:10 am There is an Otey Memorial Parish in Sewanee, Tennessee, named after James Otey, first bishop of Tennessee (19th century). Thomas Aquinas lived in the 13th century. He is a “doctor of the church,” but not an early church father. There are plenty of RC churches named after Aquinas, but I have never heard of an Episcopal/Anglican one. Rector Shreveport, LA August 23, 2017 at 10:31 pm Grace Lee, or more fully, A. Grace Lee Mims, is a radio personality at the local classical music station in Cleveland, Ohio. She is the hostess for the syndicated weekly program “The Black Arts,” which highlights the achievements of African-Americans in the fine arts, particularly in the realm of classical music. If there are many in this parish who know her show, there might be some objections to naming the church Grace Lee–notwithstanding that A. Grace Lee Mims is a delightful person and a great radio personality, and her show is very good. All the same, it would seem too odd to those parishioners who know her. Nick Stieglitz says: Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Canon Flagler says: August 23, 2017 at 9:04 pm Excellent. James Snyder says: August 24, 2017 at 2:24 am This church should do nothing for 3 years. If it wants to have an informal name, OK. Then make a decision.When the Pension Fund divests of money and gives it for Reparations for slavery, then I will take notice! Rector Collierville, TN Cynthia Katsarelis says: Richard Basta says: Suzanne Rogers says: Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 August 23, 2017 at 8:00 pm I don’t understand why the congregation waited 33 years until 1903 to celebrate the man, if that was their intent, Jim Newman. But I am not from the south and may not understand these things. But I am sure the issue is very difficult and painful. I pray that we can all find respectful ways forward. August 23, 2017 at 10:59 pm “Saint (or Blessed) Jonathan Daniels Episcopal Church” (Seminarian and Martyr, Feast Day: August 14th) Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA August 23, 2017 at 5:42 pm Let the Church members and Vestry work this out on their own. They don’t need pressure – for or against – from outsiders. Those outsiders will disappear once this controversy is long forgotten – and most will never step foot in the building. August 23, 2017 at 10:19 pm With all due respect to Bishop Bourlakas, I don’t think he is the right person to try to reconcile this congregation’s disagreement. Although the article focusses extensively on the reasoning and opinions of those parishioners who want to change the name of the parish from that which it has had for most of its existence, obviously there are some parishioners who feel strongly that the name should not be changed, otherwise there would not be the need for reconciliation that the Bishop perceives to be necessary. But his assertion that reconciliation cannot occur while the church has its current name demonstrates that he is prejudiced before he begins to mediate this reconciliation.If I were a member of this parish who wanted to retain the name that honors its most famous member, the vestryman who was also an important steward in a troubled time, and if I were upset because that person’s honor had somehow been sullied through some kind of revisionism, and now found that my fellow parishioners wanted to rename my church because they want to disavow our association with this famous person, and that there is now a sore division inside the congregation, I do not think it would be someone who has said that reconciliation cannot happen until the name changes whom I would find competent to bind the wounds in the parish. Even if that person were my bishop. Jeffrey Cox says: Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH August 24, 2017 at 6:20 pm That a church would be named for a person is an absolute mockery of the gospel you claim to profess. Could you please focus your energy toward ending homelessness, and working on behalf of three disenfranchised? August 23, 2017 at 8:59 pm perhaps they should segue in the new-old name. Drop the R. E. and make it Lee Grace church for now – there are many Lees. (or even Grace Lee Church). Over time keep the name officially that but refer to it more and more as simply Grace Church until that’s how everyone thinks of it and the final change is easy to do. Submit a Job Listing August 23, 2017 at 11:39 pm The times we are in have made the name “Robert E Lee” a lightening rod…the mention of his name suggests any number of things to any number of people. Some think of him as a great soldier and important historical figure. Some think of him as a slave owner who wanted to perpetuate a horrible society of discrimination. As a Southerner I can see both sides. However time marches on. Our children and grandchildren will not look at this man the way we do. The church needs to be a place of peace and comfort and love and spiritual growth. No one has mentioned any of these words in describing the current state of Robert E Lee Episcopal Church. Removing his name would be a huge first step in returning this church to a place of peace. If General Lee was the kind of person that some have described him to be…I can’t help but think he would want the same. August 23, 2017 at 8:27 pm When I was a student there between 1965 until 1969 and volunteered at RELee Memorial Church, some would answer the office phone, “St. Bob’s.” In those days consciousness of the pain the image of the General and use of his name sadly never crossed my mind. How things have and are changing. I will keep that parish of faithful souls in my prayers for “an Happy issue out of this affliction.” Rev. Jacqueline Steubbel says: Father Mike Waverly-Shank says: August 24, 2017 at 1:19 pm Thank you or your reply. You are the only person brave enough to relate historical dates with the current context. Those who defend this name are really blind and unwilling to own that. I cannot thank you enough for this reply. My sadness come from those who will refuse to listen and take your words to heart. Bless you. The sign in front of R.E. Lee Memorial Church bears the name of the church and, therefore, also the Confederate general who was a parishioner there. Photo: Lee Memorial Church via Facebook[Episcopal News Service] Was Robert E. Lee an American hero or a traitorous defender of slavery? The Confederate general has been called both in the ongoing debate over whether statues, monuments and plaques in his honor should be remain on display in public places, from parks to churches.At least one aspect of Lee’s biography is undisputed: He was a prominent parishioner at the Episcopal church that now bears his name, R.E. Lee Memorial Church in Lexington, Virginia.And that name now threatens to tear the congregation apart.“Change is hard, and this is about change that goes right down to our identity,” vestry member Doug Cumming told Episcopal News Service. He supports removing Lee from the name of the church.Turmoil has grown since 2015, when the vestry first considered but failed to approve a proposal to remove Lee’s name from the church. Members began leaving the congregation in protest, and such exits continued this year after the vestry in April chose not to act on a consultant’s recommendation for a name change.Then violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, a city barely an hour northeast of Lexington, accelerated a national re-examination of the Confederacy’s legacy. Defense of a statue of Lee became a rallying point for white supremacist groups, who descended on Charlottesville this month and clashed with anti-racism counterprotesters, leaving dozens wounded and one counterprotester dead.On Monday, the Lee Memorial Church vestry held its first monthly meeting since the melee in Charlottesville. Again, it decided against taking steps toward a name change, instead unanimously approving a statement that began by condemning white supremacism, racism and violence in Lee’s name.The vestry members said they “object strenuously to the misuse of Robert E. Lee’s name and memory in connection with white supremacy, anti-Semitism and similar movements that he would abhor. Lee was widely admired in both the North and the South as a man of virtue and honor and as among the leading reconcilers of our fractured land.”The statement defended Lee’s reputation as a Christian, though not as a Confederate.“We do not honor Lee as a Confederate,” the statement reads. “Nor do we subscribe to neo-Confederate ideas in honoring him. We honor Lee as one of our own parishioners, a devout man who led our parish through difficult years in post-Civil-War Virginia.”Anne Hansen, who helped craft the statement Monday, resigned from the vestry afterward because church leaders would not commit more definitively to discussing a name change.“My hope had been that if we could make a unified statement, say something unanimously … that we would be able to move from there into further action in a consensual way [regarding] the implications of our association with Lee,” Hansen said in an interview with ENS. “At the vestry meeting, that became apparent to me that was not going to happen.” She added that she blamed herself for getting upset and not articulating her views clearly enough.The vestry’s inaction on the issue is fueling tension inside and outside the congregation, creating an unnecessary distraction for the church, Southwestern Virginia Bishop Mark Bourlakas told Episcopal News Service. He favors the name change.“The name has become not only a distraction to their Gospel mission, but … it’s dividing parishioners and causing all kinds of rancor,” said Bourlakas, who plans to visit the congregation this month to assist in reconciliation efforts. “My priority is to heal the congregation, and I don’t believe that that healing can occur while the name stays the same.”Church renamed for Lee in 1903The church’s history dates to 1840, when it was known as Latimer Parish but didn’t have a permanent worship space. Parish records cited by Cumming show the first church building was dedicated in 1844 as Grace Church. It bore that name when when Lee joined the congregation in 1865 after the Civil War, according to a 2015 church news release. The sign in front of R.E. Lee Memorial Church in Lexington, Virginia. Photo: Doug CummingWhile serving in Lexington as president of Washington College, later renamed Washington and Lee University, the former Confederate general spent the last five years of his life, until his death in 1870, helping the struggling congregation survive.He served as senior warden and at one point agreed to pay the pastor’s salary from his own pocket, according to a report this week by the Washington Post.There is no record, however, of why the congregation chose to rename the church for Lee in 1903. It may, as some suggest, have been part of the “Lost Cause,” a campaign across the South to rehabilitate the image of the Confederacy and its leaders at a time when racism and segregation also were on the rise. Or, changing the name may simply have been a way to honor the congregation’s most famous parishioner.Those who favor changing the name back to Grace note that few Episcopal churches are named after deceased parishioners. They also worry the church is failing to send a welcoming message by hanging a sign out front featuring the name of a slaveholder who was willing to go to war against the Union to preserve slavery.The debate over the church’s name came to a head in 2015 after a white supremacist with a fondness for the Confederate flag shot and killed nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. That massacre prompted a nationwide re-examination of how the Confederate flag had come to represent racist ideologies.Members of Lee Memorial Church spent several months discussing the church name in light of the Charleston shooting. After surveying the congregation and hearing a range of opinions for and against, the vestry voted, 9-5, in November 2015 in favor of removing Lee’s name, but because it chose to require a supermajority for passage, the measure failed by one vote.Then in 2016, the church hired a reconciliation consultant, ultimately spending $16,000, and formed the Discovery and Discernment Committee of vestry members and parishioners to more carefully pursue reconciliation among the congregation and decide what actions to take.The committee and consultant issued a 15-page report in April 2017 that summarized the various perspectives on the church’s name. “The committee discerned from its work in discovery that a significant number of parishioners remain quite uneasy with the name of the church,” the report said.It warned that those parishioners felt marginalized, and they may withdraw from the congregation, or conflict over the name could continue to escalate.The report contained several recommendations, including the creation of a committee to seek new ways to honor Lee’s historic ties to the parish. It also recommended this: “That the name of the church be officially restored to its former name of Grace Episcopal Church.”The vestry met the same month to review the report. It accepted all the recommendations, except the one urging a name change.‘A different moment since Charlottesville’ENS left messages seeking comment from senior warden Woody Sadler, as well as a vestry member, A.W. “Buster” Lewis, who has been a vocal opponent of changing the name. Neither had responded at the time of publication, though Lewis told ENS in a March story that he felt he and his parish were being “attacked.”After the April vestry meeting, “there’s certain members of the vestry that felt with relief that the discussion was over,” vestry member Cumming said. “But I really think on some level they weren’t paying attention.”The discussion didn’t resume in a significant way until the violence in Charlottesville raised concerns again about how Lee had come to be a symbol of white supremacist ideology.“We’re in a different moment since Charlottesville,” Bourlakas said. “These symbols have become too toxic. We’re a church that cares deeply about sacraments and symbols, and this symbol, whatever you might think of it or what it represented, has been co-opted and has become toxic.”Hansen, though, fears it may be too late. “We had already missed our opportunity to change the name of the church in a deliberative, proactive way on our own terms,” she said.Although he doesn’t intend to impose his preference on the congregation, Bourlakas said it is important for him to help guide the two sides to reconcile. He thinks that the statement the vestry issued Monday alluded to the path forward, with its concluding reference to the church’s commitment “not to Lee, but to that gospel which is his hope and ours.“We invite all to share in it, and we aim to let nothing stand in the way of our proclaiming it with integrity,” the statement ends.To let nothing stand in the way, Bourlakas said, would seem to include a name.“For me this is an easy fix, because the original name of the church was Grace Church. That’s the name of the church when Lee was a parishioner,” the bishop said. “If it’s about honoring Lee, that’s the church he worshiped in. If it’s about history, that’s the historical name.“But most important, it’s a fine name of a church. And Lexington and our country could use a lot more grace.”— David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Cynthia Katsarelis says: Dan Shockley says: Jim Newman says: Rector Albany, NY Rector Bath, NC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR August 24, 2017 at 1:44 am I cannot imagine Robert E. Lee approving the 1903 decision to rename a church in his honor. Nor can I imagine him feeling dishonored should the church reclaim its original name. If anything, I can imagine him feeling relieved. This, of course, is a fanciful notion that carries no argumentative weight. People who go back to God, who are now fully with God, probably do not have wishes or opinions anymore, nor are they subject to being pleased or displeased by what goes on ‘back here’. [Note: I say ‘probably; I don’t really know this, yet]. Apart from a written will, I’m skeptical of invoking the deceased’s wishes as the trump card in posthumous decisions, especially when those wishes are presumed, inferred or ‘imagined’. Yet in this case I find this simple exercise in imagination to be quite helpful: What, do you think, would Robert E. Lee advise if he could somehow speak to us? Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Washington, DC Mark Lindsay says: August 23, 2017 at 8:25 pm In our tradition we tend to name our churches for saints, or members of the Trinity (e.g. Christ Church or Holy Comforter), or for the Trinity itself. Sometimes we name churches for basic Christian doctrines, such as Incarnation, Atonement, or Nativity. Our loyalty to Christ must always transcend nation and culture. Naming churches for political figures is not appropriate. August 23, 2017 at 11:58 pm I’ll simply repeat, what is the theology here? Christ commands us to do onto others and to love our neighbors as ourselves. We have a Baptismal Covenant that calls on us to see Christ in all people, to love our neighbors, to seek justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being. How hard can it be? Slavery certainly didn’t respect the dignity of the slaves, and it doesn’t respect the descendants of slaves. In 2017, how can any Episcopalian believe that their beloved, but flawed and tragic history is more important than the racial reconciliation that we need in the world today? There are no twists of logic or favorite tidbits from history that justifies this. Name a church after St. Whomever who fixes climate change, makes peace, cures cancer, or is martyred for the love of her/his neighbor. Or maybe Grace, as we need it so desperately right now. J. Morrell says: Rector Pittsburgh, PA Angustia Hamasaki says: August 24, 2017 at 12:01 am Yes, well said Jim Newman. We learn from our history. We do not revise our history to suit contemporary times and so-called political correctness and identity politics. August 23, 2017 at 8:19 pm http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/robert-e-lee-opposed-confederate-monuments/This is worth reading to help in the discernment process. It is very hard to look at the church’s complicity in the slave trade by not challenging its members who were active in the slave trade. Peace to all of you as you continue seeking the will of God. Janis Hansen says: Comments are closed. Frank Bergen says: New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books August 24, 2017 at 10:19 am In the 1980’s the sign out front still said Grace Episcopal. When did the Lee sign go in, and do they still have the old one? And, Lee Chapel is only about 100 yards away, so the General would probably think it’s a bit much to have two of them so close like that. The old metal Grace sign is probably still there, just switch them back. August 24, 2017 at 11:16 am For some church some day, probably never this one. Also a Blessed Frances Perkins church. And if I were starting a congregation I’d be inclined to name it for Eleanor and Franklin, active Episcopaliand and loyal Americans. Margaret Faulkner says: Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Frank Bergen says: Rector Martinsville, VA D F Lindstrom says: An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET August 23, 2017 at 8:08 pm To slander him is horrible. Submit a Press Release Frank Bergen says: August 23, 2017 at 7:40 pm I think the church should not succumb to mob hysteria. Use this as a teaching moment that we are all sinners in need of a saviour. It is the height of hubris and arrogance to assume our own failings in this age are more noble than those of prior generations. Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rev. Mia C. McDowell says: August 24, 2017 at 1:15 pm My understanding is that Robert E. Lee helped in the mending & rebuilding of society after the civil war. That and his churchmanship ought to be studied by the parish. What about the new book listed in The Anglican Digest? If all the statues & monuments & buildings of slave owners were torn down – we would need to rebuild the White House and many, many other buildings & monuments. Why not post a marker giving thanks for the the workmanship of the builders. And post a sign stating why it is named after Robert E. Lee.For the record I am very much a Northerner, but history is history. We can not back track, but we can honor the work & positive efforts of individuals. Do you have a real Bell? Maybe you could name it Robert, after Robert E. Lee – who was a faithful churchman. Associate Rector Columbus, GA Virginia congregation deeply divided over church’s name honoring Robert E. Lee August 26, 2017 at 1:53 am This article in the Atlantic Monthly brings compelling evidence that Lee was not so honorable, and was not helping bring reconciliation. I don’t understand why people need to invent and hold onto a myth. Lee was a slave holder, a particularly brutal one. On his campaigns he would enslave free blacks. He countenanced massacres and abuse of black Union soldiers. He countenanced students at his college forming a KKK chapter and attacking and raping black school girls, while maintaining firm discipline in other areas. Read it.https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/06/the-myth-of-the-kindly-general-lee/529038/I’m from Virginia. On my father’s side we were Greek immigrants who came over in the early 20th Century. On my mother’s side, we go back to Jamestown. Thanks to ancestry.com, I was able to track a lot of ancestors, and read their wills, bequeathing human beings to the next generation. It made me sick. And processing it as a person of faith I can only say that those of us who are up to our eyeballs in family culpability need to “come to Jesus.” NOW. Right now. Now is a time for prayer warriors, and s/heros to step up and love our neighbors rigorously and without compromise. Heroic honesty demands that we realize that that name is exceedingly hurtful for many people and for our nation, that needs racial reconciliation. The best way to honor the heroes of the past is to stand up, suck it up, and sacrifice. Besides, some memorial can remain, as others have suggested. August 24, 2017 at 5:08 am I appreciate the works of R.E. Lee, but remember we gather and worship for our Lord. Our God deserves our worshipsA (honoring Lee probably a one feast day for him), it may become an idolatry, if we can’t resolve. A Good Shepherd Church of Jesus Christ is a best name for our Christian journey and is best to worship the living God of yesterday, today and forevermore. God will continue to bless us if we keep pleasing the Holy Trinity. God bless and loves us all Episcopalian! That we may live in God’s love to this journey of life to Unity, Peace and Harmony. The. Rev. D F Lindstrom says: Director of Music Morristown, NJ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Frank J. Corbishley says: Rector Knoxville, TN Helen Bell says: Stephen Jay Waller says: Rector Tampa, FL Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Raymond Harold Clark says: Featured Events August 24, 2017 at 11:12 am Amen! August 23, 2017 at 5:40 pm Robert E. Lee was an honorable man, a distinguished military leader, an important historical figure and a thoughtful, dedicated Episcopalian. The church should be named after him. This does not endorse or promote racism in any way. Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Paul Bell says: August 23, 2017 at 8:57 pm Lee was opposed to public square monuments to the Civil War or to any figure such as himself. It is because Lee was so admired for his character (in both the North and South) that he came to be so widely praised. President Lincoln admired him, many Union politicians and military men admired him, and his later students and fellow churchgoers found great quality. People allergic to facts will have either villainized him or made him overly lofty. There seems to be something wrong, though, about the reactionary and iconoclastic howling going on about Lee and all things Confederate. It is though all the weight of ignorance, intolerance, racial hatred, and plain stupidity must be placed on Lee’s shoulders for him to bear. While he wanted little public attention and likely wouldn’t want the church named for him, it befalls to we moderns to get a grip and not drag him through our own lack of tolerance and lack of education about the complexities of living with the untenable choices which faced Lee. I would highly recommend reading “The Religious Life of Robert E. Lee” written by the former rector of that parish, R. David Cox. It was published in April and is available on Amazon. August 24, 2017 at 8:43 am Our son attended RE Lee Memorial Episcopal Church while a student at VMI. He found a wonderful, loving parish family that welcomed VMI and W&L students. When we attended, we experienced a church that celebrated God’s love for all and through its outreach ministries was committed to being God’s hands and feet in serving Lexington, Rockbridge County, and surrounding communities. We pray for healing and reconciliation for this parish and our country during these challenging times. August 24, 2017 at 1:25 pm I agree. Who among us is perfect? We are imbeded in our time and situation. I hope history will point at the USA in our failure to accept Jewish refugee boats, or many more present day refugees and immagrents. Oh, and don’t forget the Japanese Americans we put in concentration camps, or the Native Americans we marched to death and deserts. In some ways we are a stingy, arrogant country. Most of us do not know our own history. August 24, 2017 at 11:43 am I worshipped at Lee Church while attended W&L from 1959-63. It seems to me that it would be appropriate to change the name back to Grace Church and on a plaque acknowledge that General Lee was a member as was Blessed Jonathan Myrick Daniels. Yes, I am a Yankee. And am part of an interracial famiiy. P.J. Cabbiness says: Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Janet Diehl says: August 23, 2017 at 11:38 pm I’ll put my foot tentatively into these roiled waters to suggest that I’m unaware of any Episcopal churches being named for Reformation era or post-Reformation holy women or holy men enshrined in our calendar of saints. Naming a church for a secular hero or heroine is just not part of our tradition. Given our church’s history and traditions, why should Robert E. Lee be the exception? brett donham says: Youth Minister Lorton, VA August 24, 2017 at 5:27 pm Very well said. Thank you. August 24, 2017 at 12:49 pm Mr. Desper, as a graduate of Washington & Lee and one who entered the Episcopal Church in the early 1980’s in Lexington, Virginia at RE Lee Memorial, I can state the Cynthia Katsarelis has her history right. Your selective historical “facts” miss the point entirely and do you no credit. Indeed, the Church was renamed in 1903 during Jim Crow and for the same reasons statues were put up honoring defeated Confederate soldiers. More to the point, I believe that Gen. Lee would have been scandalized and appalled at the renaming of the church after him, and for reasons that Ms. Katsarelis points out. Even during my time in Lexington, there was an effort to make Robert E. Lee into a “saint,” something I am sure he would have disavowed and strongly opposed. Curate Diocese of Nebraska August 24, 2017 at 3:20 am Thank you. Mr. Newman. If our church buckles to the radical, politically correct whims that are striking our culture we will truly find ourselves once again in the dark ages. Those who have studied the Civil War cannot erase the pages of suffering that was visited on the South following the secession–on all of its people, even long after the war ended. We owe it to those who were there, on both sides, who lived the horror of a war so terrible most of us cannot imagine, to honor their sacrifices. If anyone doubts the sadness of “civil war” and an example of forgiveness, let them visit Arlington National Cemetery where North and South soldiers are buried with solemn remembrance. It should break all of our hearts to see the rage and mob mentality attempt to rewrite history with no understanding of the consequences. The window of the past is also the mirror of the present. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID
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Photo courtesy of Kelly Barnhill[Episcopal News Service] It’s a problem with no clear solution. Immigrants with pending U.S. applications for legal residence or citizenship fear a possible new regulation that could mean they’ll hurt their chances toward those residency goals if they use government nutrition programs to help feed their eligible family members, thus possibly tearing their families apart.One thing is obvious, however, some food-ministering Episcopalians say: Politics aside, feeding the hungry is a Christian duty.The Department of Homeland Security has drafted a regulation that would allow officials to factor in the use of public benefits like the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, i.e., food stamps) when deciding whether to approve some visa or green card applications, according to the New York Times.As they serve up rice, meat and vegetables, many Episcopal food ministry providers talk with immigrants and listen to the stories of how some, especially those caught in complicated situations with their legal residency status, suffer disproportionately from food insecurity and poverty in the United States. Now on top of worrying about Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids, they fear the proposed regulation’s effect on their ability to become legal residents or citizens if they accept help to feed their children. As media reports come out and rumors swirl, it’s still unclear if that worry is founded.“I am deeply concerned about how all of this bears on our gospel need to protect the poor and the disenfranchised,” Brian Hopper, parishioner of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas, told Episcopal News Service.Until Hopper’s term ended in March, he was the church’s board representative of Micah 6 Austin, a consortium of central Austin churches that serve hungry people in that area of the city. The group distributed 26,000 pounds of food to 869 individuals and families in February, the latest numbers available.Home Cooked Fridays is a community outreach program in Austin, Texas, that uses the universal language of food to help address some of the social, health and developmental issues that affect teens and adults. Photo: All Saints’ Episcopal ChurchNot everyone who feels vulnerable to this problem needs to worry, said Elizabeth Gibson, an immigration attorney with New York Legal Assistance Group, which helped 34,000 immigrants in 2017. The new administration is trying to broaden the number of people affected by the Immigration and Nationality Act, which has a comprehensive list for who is ineligible for admission, including those likely to become a public charge, by redefining what kind of assistance is being considered and how it’s considered, she said.Still, the proposed rule change won’t hurt certain types of immigrants who were exempt already, including survivors of abuse who qualify through the Violence Against Women Act, T visas, the Special Immigrant Juvenile Statute, asylum-seeking and U visas for those who don’t fall under the other categories.“They’re not changing the law itself, so they’re not changing the exemption,” Gibson told ENS.“It’s technically a forward-looking test about checking if you may depend on benefits in the future, not necessarily if you’ve used them in the past. It’s not retroactive, but it’s already having a chilling effect on these public services, surrounding the whole issue in fear and rumor.”The draft of the proposed regulation change was sent to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget on March 29. The next step is for the proposal to be published in Federal Register, announcing a 60-day comment period on www.regulations.gov. Then the final rule will be published in the Federal Register and take effect, Gibson said.It’s a rule-making process that has no set deadline. Although Gibson expects pushback from advocacy groups, “it’s not a question of if it’s going to happen, more like when it’s going to happen.”Episcopal food ministry volunteers witness the fearStill, several Episcopal food ministries are seeing sharp drops in visitors in the last year or two.The drop has happened gradually over the past year but took a sharp dip as recently as December and January, said the Rev. Frank Alton, provost at the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles Cathedral Center of St. Paul and rector of its St. Athanasius Episcopal Church in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. The church has a Friday food bank operating out of the cathedral center and serves a Wednesday hot meal, called Transforming Hunger, outside in the adjacent garden.The food bank saw a drop from 300 people served every Friday to 150. Food banks offer fresh produce and packaged goods that require preparation at home, so most recipients at food banks have homes but are struggling to make ends meet, Alton said. At the Wednesday hot meal, which draws more people without homes, attendance dropped from about 100 people to 40 people.“The most significant decrease is among Hispanics,” Alton said. His volunteers hear from guests that they’re worried about the administration’s tougher immigration rules and enforcement, and about possible raids. “One of the reasons is they’re afraid of ICE coming and doing a roundup. They’ve said that point blank. It’s dramatic.”The Rev. Francisco J. Garcia Jr. is co-chairperson of the Diocese of Los Angeles sanctuary task force, called L.A. Sacred Resistance, and has worked in immigrant rights and justice issues for 15 years. He is also rector of Holy Faith Episcopal Church in Inglewood, California. The task force formed within the last two years, when presidential campaign promises panned out through executive orders for tougher immigration rules. Members offer pastoral care and advocate for changes in government policy.“It creates the general culture of fear when these punitive policies or laws are enacted, and that hurts what we’re trying to do,” Garcia said. “There are going to be more and more people afraid to access anything, which is especially detrimental to families that have children and may be eligible. A lot of times the parents are not documented, but the kids are actually eligible because they were born here, and the parents are afraid to reveal themselves in any way.”Foreign-born people comprise about 13 percent of the U.S. population, according to the Census Bureau’s 2016 estimates.Jubilee Ministries try to helpFor 25 years, Jubilee Ministries in dioceses across the Episcopal Church have sought to be on the front line of feeding the hungry – regardless of nationality and citizenship, the Rev. Melanie Mullen, the Episcopal Church director of reconciliation, justice and creation care, told ENS. More than 690 parishes feed hungry people in their communities with food pantries, soup kitchens, community meals, community gardens and backpack programs, Mullen said.“Fighting hunger is at the heart of our Episcopal understanding of mission. Jesus fed the hungry and told his disciples to do the same,” Mullen said. “Yet, we know that hunger is an extremely complex phenomenon with economic, political and social causes. That is why many Episcopal parishes have joined together in networks to combat hunger and serve the vulnerable in our communities.”Volunteers served guacamole nachos as part of the weekly Home Cooked Fridays Community Meal at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Austin. Photo: All Saints’ Episcopal ChurchAt Trinity Amnesty Center in Aurora, Illinois, Linda Barber is a Jubilee minister who helps people mostly with applications for U.S. citizenship and with green card applications for direct relatives of a U.S. citizen or legal resident. In the last 30 years, she’s helped more than 1,000 people become citizens. Aurora, the second largest city in Illinois, is about 40 miles from Chicago and has a large Spanish-speaking population.But while her applicants are going through the complicated process, Barber warns them to be very careful about using any government nutrition services for their children, who qualify if they were born in the U.S. because they are citizens.“I just tell them they better not because it could jeopardize their chances, which is really, really sad,” Barber told ENS. “Immigration is a strange ballgame.”For the last 25 years, Barber has also been coordinating the 100-125 hot meals served weekly at the Sandwich Board, a soup kitchen ministry in partnership with other churches that’s hosted at her church. She’s seen the number of Latino guests increase in tandem with the area’s population change in the last 10 years.Barber knows she must have a lot of unauthorized immigrants at her soup kitchen but doesn’t ask because she’s not required to get that information, she said. Food ministries that get funding from government grants are often required to track demographics.Worry about being listed in any kind of record books for receiving free food has stopped people from getting the help they need, said Dianne Aid, director of the Jubilee Center in Auburn, Washington, a ministry of the Diocese of Olympia in Washington state. Aid knows several people who can serve as examples, who don’t want to use their full names for safety’s sake.Ariana, an Episcopalian in her mid-30s, came to the United States illegally from Mexico as a toddler with her parents, Aid said. She’s trying to gain legal status while also working and feeding her U.S.-born children, supplementing what she can provide with SNAP to help feed her kids.But Ariana quit the food stamp program because she’s afraid it could hurt her ability to become a legal resident, or worse, instigate deportation, tearing her away from her children.“I’ve been working with this population since 1993, and I’ve not seen such fear until now,” Aid told ENS.She’s worked with Ariana, who, after resorting to selling flowers on the street to feed her kids, was able to secure a full-time job working for an activist agency. Aid’s Jubilee Center focuses its work on immigrants, mostly from Latin America and largely undocumented, through pastoral support, training, and help with applications, particularly for victims of domestic violence. She’s also trying to instill cultural heritage pride in the native-born children. There’s a teaching kitchen and garden.In Auburn, Washington, Jubilee Center volunteer Vicki Cubillos scrapes kernels off a corn cob to make masa for tortillas. She coordinates a women’s economic empowerment group and is part of a Mexican indigenous drum and dancing group. Photo: Dianne Aid“This is not about undocumented people greedily taking welfare. These are people that are part of the fabric of our community and are trying to feed their children, who are for the most part U.S. citizens,” Aid said about families with members who have different residency statuses. “Most undocumented people aren’t taking welfare because most of them don’t qualify and can’t get it.”By 2017, 11.1 percent of native-born households and 12.3 percent of households headed by immigrants who arrived in the previous five years used the SNAP program, according to an April 2018 report from the Center for Immigration Studies.Diverting food that would otherwise be wastedIt’s a statistic often cited: More than 40 percent of the food in the United States goes uneaten and is wasted, which totals $165 billion a year, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.To fight that waste when so many go hungry, Kelly Barnhill succeeded Hopper as the current All Saints’ representative on the Micah 6 Austin board and gathers unused food from grocery stores and restaurants. Still, she worries that those who need it the most can’t get it.A creamy chicken, carrots and peas dish topped with biscuits with a side of asparagus and mixed green salad plus cookies for dessert is an example of the kinds of well-rounded, nutritious and delicious meals offered at Home Cooked Fridays. Photo: All Saints’ Episcopal Church“There are a lot of church programs or recreation centers that have food pantries, but no matter where you go, you have to provide proof of some form of residence. If I were in their shoes, I’d be scared to do that,” Barnhill told ENS. “How is food getting to people who don’t have documentation now? I was surprised that numbers for our food pantries and other food pantries have been dropping off.”In March, the Rev. William “Billy” Tweedie, vicar of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Austin, started the Diverted Food Pantry where the recipients don’t have to provide any kind of identification. Data such as a photo ID, tax ID, proof of residency with a utility bill or simply a local zip code is often required by organizations that receive funding from elsewhere, like government grants or USDA partnerships. The idea to start the pantry came from Barnhill, who collects the unused food from nearby restaurants and grocery stores and diverts it from the dumpster to organizations serving it to the people who need it most.The Rev. William “Billy” Tweedie, John Monroe, Jennifer Johnston and Christina Prikryl helped set up the first Diverted Food Pantry event in March at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Austin. Photo: Episcopal Church of the Resurrection“I love the idea of having a food pantry with no questions asked. Which also means ideally we’re hitting people living below the poverty line who need food the most, and also using food that would end up in the dumpster or sit on shelves indefinitely,” Tweedie told ENS. “People just stop going and getting help because they’re afraid that ICE could be waiting for them.”Tweedie offers volunteer opportunities to the food recipients, so the relationships feel more balanced.Derek Minno-Bloom sees hunger as a justice issue, rather than a charity issue. He’s the social and food justice director at Trinity Episcopal Church in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Trinity’s thrice-weekly food pantry and Saturday soup kitchen volunteers serve 30,000-35,000 meals a year, no questions asked. Bloom said he’s seen fewer people from the undocumented community come to the pantry since the beginning of the Trump administration out of fear of deportation, mostly his Latino/Hispanic and Haitian community members.“As far as our undocumented community members, we have had ‘Know Your Rights’ training and have connected them to free and non-free lawyers. We have also made it known that we are a sanctuary church to all,” he said.Mullen said the Episcopal Church’s work with vulnerable immigrants is rooted in the Gospel.“Lack of legal status contributes to economic insecurity and exploitation,” she said. “Stigmatizing poverty and threatening immigrants is counter to the vision of Jesus.”— Amy Sowder is a freelance writer and editor based in Brooklyn, New York. Learn more at AmySowder.com. 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July 23, 2018 at 9:15 pm To bring this exchange to an end. I guess we’ll just have to agree to disagree. Neither of us will move from the position each of us have decided to take. I wish for you the best. By David PaulsenPosted Jul 17, 2018 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Robbie Johnson says: General Convention, July 22, 2018 at 11:57 pm Bishop Curry will cleanse the church of all conservatives. Only liberals and LGBTQ will be allowed! Human Sexuality, Matt Ouellette says: July 22, 2018 at 5:45 pm A person is not born gay! It is a choice. It is an abomination and a sin. Scripture makes this clear starting with the 19th chapter of Genesis! Robbie Johnson says: John Post says: Robbie Johnson says: July 24, 2018 at 8:25 pm As for your slippery slope, it has happened at least once. Read the first post concerning the ordination of women priests. I was not in the Episcopal Church when this took place. Apparently when the church started ordaining women to the priesthood some diocese objected. They were told they would not be forced into women ordination. According to the initial post, this was changed and diocese were ordered to ordain women. Slippery slope? It has happened before and it can happen again. Refusing to conduct same sex weddings is at the present time on life support in the Episcopal Church. The LGBTQ controlled church is about to pull the plug. It is just a matter of time until they do. The next step is pulling the plug on all hetrosexual weddings.Weddings in the Episcopal Church will for same sex couples only. Hetros need not apply to be married in the Episcopal Church. Matt Ouellette says: Jordan Sakal says: Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME July 25, 2018 at 10:03 pm I do not know. Of course I do not know the “mind of God”. Perhaps you all are right and the Bible is wrong when it comes to homosexuality. I guess wr should toss our Bibles in the trash due to them being full of error and useless to us living in the 21st century. If the Bible is wrong, perhaps all of us are heading to the flames of hell! July 20, 2018 at 2:30 pm Didn’t Jesus say, “the Scripture cannot be broken?” [John 10:35] He did not have to comment on “intimate same sex relationships.” Leviticus had already said, “If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable” [20:13]. Jesus also said, “If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me” [John 5:46], and “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God” [Matthew 22:29]. If Jesus is Lord, He is right. July 25, 2018 at 11:45 pm Robbie,The fact of the matter is that sections of the Bible were written ten, twenty, fifty, or hundreds of years after the life of Christ and the Apostles. The writers of the Bible were writing with second or sometimes third-hand information. However, what we can take as fact, the words of Christ himself. July 23, 2018 at 12:24 pm GAFCON (Global African Conference) Churches are those that believe in “authentic Anglicanism” or that they are “authentically Anglican.” Mostly this set of churches believes that women should not be ordained and that gays should be excommunicated/killed and that they also do not belong in the church. Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Matt Ouellette says: Bill Louis says: July 31, 2018 at 5:42 pm Mr Caron,Use of the term “rights” is only because Mr Sakal used it. There is no “right” to be married in the EC The Bible speaks of marriage as between a man and a woman and the policy of the church has been to marry opposite sex couples for the purpose of procreation and mutual support, or love. There are those that twist scripture in an attempt to prove that marriage in the EC should be for all combinations of sexes. Not so according to the practice of the EC over the lat 200 years. Now the PC crowd wants to change it and the EC is bowing to the pressure. To suggest if I don’t like it I may choose not to participate is offensive. You have the same choice. July 25, 2018 at 11:30 am Robbie, On January 2, 2017, Sister Frances Carr died aged 89 at the Sabbathday community, leaving only two remaining Shakers: Brother Arnold Hadd, age 58 and Sister June Carpenter, 77. Just so you know there are two left and as I and my partner are Episcopalians in their 20s I highly doubt we will be the last ones come the 2030s/40s. For a fact, I know that my church community has a large and active youth ministry/lots of younger kids. Matt Ouellette says: Vernon Sheldon-Witter says: July 31, 2018 at 8:14 pm Mr. Louis, According to the Bishops and the Deputies there is now a right and rite to marriage for LGBTQ+ couples in the Episcopal Church or did you not understand what they are legislating over (for the lack of a better term to come to mind) on the creation of language for use in the Book of Common Prayer for LGBTQ+ couples (and heterosexual couples who want to use a separate rite of marriage) for the ordination/blessing/sanctifying of LGBTQ+ weddings.The purpose of marriage is not only for procreation, rather it is for the sanctification of love. (do you believe that heterosexual couples who cannot procreate due to health issues or personal choice are not religiously married?– That is the slippery slope you are operating under. Lastly, it is not that “PC attitudes” or the “PC Crowd” has forced the hands of the Episcopal Church, rather it is the fact that theological understandings have changed, just as they have regarding the ordination/place of women in the church, or the issue of slavery, or so many other issues. Opening up the sacramental rite of marriage to LGBTQ+ couples does not infringe upon the heterosexual couples who enjoy that selfsame rite, it does not invalidate or devalue or debase your marriage. Just because you theologically oppose marriage rites (and rights) for LGBTQ+ couples does not mean you have the right to deny gay couples access to them. July 23, 2018 at 11:39 am And conservatives attack right back with labels like “heretic” or “gay agenda.” You even repeated the myth that being gay is a choice. So don’t think your side is so high and moral. July 17, 2018 at 5:42 pm I am reminded of the General Convention several years ago when Bisops were guaranteed by Convention that they would not be required to ordain women priests or to accept them in their dioceses. How long did that last? Matt Ouellette says: July 22, 2018 at 11:53 pm Hetrosexual couples are now forbidden to use such terms as husband, wife, bride, groom in their wedding ceremony. To mention procreation is no longer allowed in the wedding ceremony! July 17, 2018 at 5:59 pm Rites, rights, and continued obstinance in the affirmation of one of God’s greatest gifts to human beings– the gift of love, and the gift of sharing life and love with another according to the magnetic force we call “orientation” seems to be a tap-dance that just goes on and on. In a way, the more the church battles on, the more it engages in a “yada, yada” irrelevant exercise that began in outrage and ends in tedium. I met my partner at church– We had 44 years together. We were richly blessed by God in the gift of each other. Did it matter that we had gone through the “invisible years” and the struggles of “to bless or not to bless”– the struggles of inclusion– the debates and analysis? No– In the end, it didn’t. God him- or- herself is present, and pulls rank on the church, on any committee, house of bishops, or delegates. We had been blessed by God in our union. “Hey God– they’re going to bless and include.” And God said “Been there, done that!” It was and is in a way– too little too late. Lord, forgive the wrongs done in the name of God. To those still bound up in prejudice and judgment and misinterpretation of the Gospel I can only say “Let it go!” Enough– If you did not find the blessing of love with a person of the same gender, what’s it to you anyway? And who are you to deny a fellow believer either their rights or rites. July 24, 2018 at 2:42 pm Give it time Matt. Hetro couples will be forced to use gender neutral language in the wedding ceremony. Also the mention of procreating children will not be allowed! The feelings of the hetros will be washed away by the LGBTQ controlled church. Hetrosexual couples no longer will have any say in the church! July 17, 2018 at 6:20 pm Alleluia Alleluia! The LGBT+ community deserves this recognition. We are just as all others on this Earth. We deserve love and access to the rites and privileges accorded to others in the church and now we will have them. July 20, 2018 at 1:10 pm TEC has gone the way of the Roman Empire. It is collapsing under its own decay. We left when we saw it happening and we couldn’t save it. You either believe the Bible or you don’t. I realize that we have had two thousand years of theological study and reflection and that if God had more than six days to do everything he would have come up with the same decision as TEC but give God a break. He’s only human! Avoid the millstone being tied around your neck. Don’t keep going. Repent and come back to the Lord. July 25, 2018 at 10:46 pm So The Holy Spirit had nothing to do with the formation of the Bible? Rector Belleville, IL Charlene R Cook says: July 21, 2018 at 5:27 pm Bp. Martins described the detail procedure he and his diocese would follow in the event two of his parishioners (same-sex) desired to marry. Imagine the tumult had he proposed the same process for hetero couples who wanted to marry in the diocese! Is the extraordinary scrutiny of gay couples’ desire to marry the price we must pay for our love to be acknowledged? And why only in the Diocese of Springfield? What is it about the southern half of Illinois that necessitates extraordinary measures to ensure the purity of … something? July 25, 2018 at 8:31 pm Robbie,God, through his son Jesus Christ, commanded us to love one another as we loved Him. (See: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:37-40). and “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34-35).)How can we (as gays) face “eternal separation from God” if we live by these commands? If we love God with all of our hearts and devote our lives to His Word we are serving him righteously. Surely then condemnation will not come from God, but those who choose to ignore Christ and ignore the command of God. July 22, 2018 at 8:30 pm Mr. Johnson,This will surprise you, but Hi, you’ve now met your first gay person here on these boards (I am not the only one here but I felt like saying hi.) I can tell you immediately that I did not choose to be gay, just as you did not choose to be straight. I can tell you with all of the honesty that my brain and heart possesses that I have never been attracted to the female sex. I have no biological, psychological, or physical attraction to females whatsoever. This is not a mental disorder, I am not broken, I am not diseased, I am not an abomination or subhuman. Your God may be a God of hate who has poisoned your heart, my God is a God who wraps me in His Love and support. I am a proud gay man and an even prouder Christian and Episcopalian. Featured Jobs & Calls James Koenig says: July 17, 2018 at 7:16 pm The Bishop of Albany reveals his homophobic bigotry in his own speech about “how best to help people who find themselves in same-sex relationships.” Like they just woke up one day only to find they’re in the middle of Highway 101. “Help!”Like all such persons, Bishop Love and his cohorts learned to fear being accused of homosexuality on the streets, in their churches, playgrounds and schools, and in their homes years before they ever took up theology. An open-minded seminarian doesn’t wake up one day “only to find that” God hates Gay sex, so he must too. The rest is all post-hoc proof-texting. Mark Bigley says: Charlene R Cook says: July 23, 2018 at 6:37 pm Jordan Sakal I was not quoting a propaganda film. It was a person who openly proclaimed to other staff members that he is a practicing homosexual. As far as your comment about me warning about certain individuals using public accommodations, you are way off base. Homosexual behavior is a choice one makes. Skin color is not. July 20, 2018 at 7:52 pm Or Perhaps there was no log in the first place. Ever think of that? Bronson de Stadler says: Rector Bath, NC Jordan Sakal says: July 22, 2018 at 10:49 pm Don’t worry. The LGBT now governs the Episcopal Church. Their next move is to kick out those who express support for hetrosexual marriage. After this they will work with the government to shut down all churches that refuse to bow to the LGBT agenda. The LGBT is already seeing to it that those who voice opposition to the homosexual lifestyle are fired from their job, lose their health insurance and social security. Kent Higgins says: 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 July 17, 2018 at 6:34 pm It becomes ludicrous that there is even a struggle going on–And, by the way, no one seems to have any problem with LGBT people giving of theirtalents or writing checks– Hmmm Robbie Johnson says: Robbie Johnson says: Al Blackwell says: Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY July 25, 2018 at 7:07 am Robbie Johnson – I agree with all that you have stated in your responses here. Sadly, being a conservative Episcopalian is frowned upon…………parishioners will be leaving churches in droves………. July 25, 2018 at 8:54 am Charlene, It is not being “conservative” that is being frowned upon, just like being “liberal” is not being celebrated. What is happening here is that the same rights and rites (in TEC) which exist for heterosexual couples are now being extended to LGBTQ+ couples. The heterosexual right/rite to marriage in the church is not being taken away. Heterosexuals are not being threatened or turned away. It is okay to be inclusive. July 24, 2018 at 8:58 pm The church is not going to end heterosexual marriage. Granting rights to one group doesn’t mean denying them to others. Your fears and concerns are, with all due respect, ridiculous and unrealistic. Jordan Sakal says: Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Will Andrew says: July 23, 2018 at 9:43 am I’ve yet to see conservatives excommunicated for opposing the validity of same-sex marriages. And yet, in many conservative denominations like the Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, and even several GAFCON churches, you would be excommunicated for speaking out in favor of marriage equality. So I would say that conservatives in TEC are treated with much greater respect than progressives are in non-affirming churches. July 20, 2018 at 5:18 am You raise an interesting question about the status of GC resolutions as such.The chancellors for the HOB themselves urged the inclusion of reference to Canon III.6.9(a). The implication of this is that resolutions are themselves subject to canons. One could well imagine a position that says, until resolutions have the force of canons, they are not binding but rather speak the mind of an individual convention only. Do not shoot the messenger. Obviously there are canons and constitutions for good reasons of order. B012 is in many ways confused at the level of workable polity. Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Doug Desper says: Matt Ouellette says: Douglas Daze says: July 22, 2018 at 5:33 pm It is just a matter of time until all priests and bishops will be required to carry out non hetro weddings! Refuse and you will be defrocked! The Episcopal Church now bows to the LGBTQ! Donald Caron says: July 31, 2018 at 3:03 pm There are many Christians of all denominations who rely upon a literal, un-contextualized understanding of the Bible. Few scholars would agree with the application of those few verses that seem to condemn same-sex relationships to the question of marriage. Bill Louis says: Rector Martinsville, VA Jordan Sakal says: James Koenig says: July 23, 2018 at 2:16 pm Robbie, The “predator/y gay” what is this? a salacious anti-gay propaganda film from the 1950s? What are you next going to warn us about, having integrated schools or “coloreds” being allowed in the same restaurants/places of business as white folk? July 23, 2018 at 2:13 pm Considering that a couple can still use the marriage rites in the 1979 BCP, this is blatantly not true. Robbie Johnson says: Matt Ouellette says: Robbie Johnson says: July 17, 2018 at 7:15 pm Springfield Bishop Daniel Martins also added, “In plainer language, here’s what this means: If a Eucharistic Community of the diocese wishes to conduct a same-sex wedding, it will first, through its rector or senior warden, inform me of this desire. We will then arrange an in-person meeting between the Mission Leadership Team, the Rector, and me. The first purpose of this meeting will be to discern whether there is indeed a consensus around the desire to hold such a ceremony. If a consensus is evident, we will discuss the terms, conditions, and length of the relationship between that Eucharistic Community and another bishop of the Episcopal Church. It will then be my responsibility to find such a bishop, to whom I will refer all the routine components of spiritual, pastoral, and sacramental oversight, including regular visitations, for an agreed-upon season. In temporal matters, such as participation in synod and payment of assessments, nothing will change.”“ I have just outlined the procedure for making that happen in our incorporated Eucharistic Communities. This may seem a minor point, but, as far as I can tell, there is nothing in it that nullifies my earlier prohibition on clergy of this diocese presiding at same-sex weddings outside the diocese. That pastoral regulation, in the context of a cleric’s vow of obedience to his or her bishop, remains in force.”The Eucharistic Communities that are unincorporated are the following:Albioncentraliaglen carbongranite cityharrisburghavanamattoonmortono’fallonrantoulrobinsonsalemspringfield: St Luke’swest frankfort Rector Tampa, FL July 18, 2018 at 2:02 pm Bishop Martins is in error if he believes he can prohibit his clergy from officiating at same-sex marriages outside his diocese. The beginning of the resolution makes clear the rites are authorized for trial use without any conditions (unlike the 2015 resolution, which specifically required bishop’s authorization to proceed). His only responsibility as bishop is to refer his clergy to another bishop should they need episcopal oversight of a remarriage case or some other pastoral need relating to an upcoming marriage. All of this is clearly stated in the resolution. If the bishop attempts to pull this stunt, affected clergy should immediately appeal. July 18, 2018 at 3:45 pm As a parishioner in the Diocese of Albany, I have little hope that our diocesan will yield to the decisions of General Convention. When the decision of the whole church conflicts with his personal convictions, many of us feel that he will have no problem in declaring the resolution of GC to be void. Will this inevitably set up a confrontation with the national church? Despite the clear challenge to the supremacy of GC, many of us doubt that the national leadership has the will to effectively challenge such action by Albany. I hope someone will declare me wrong. Featured Events Robbie Johnson says: Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS July 20, 2018 at 8:50 pm You fail to see my point so I’m done here. Your comment is smug, typical and unaccepting of the opinion of others. As well read as you say you are I would think you would be more inclusive of those that have different opinions. Also typical is calling those that don’t agree with you homophobic, un-Christian. Just sayin. July 25, 2018 at 7:32 pm If we are worrying about separation from God, I would be more concerned about homophobia than marriage equality. Jordan Sakal says: July 23, 2018 at 12:41 pm I worked in a private boarding school twenty years ago. One of the young male teachers trumpeted the gay lifestyle. On several occassions he went into the dorm and tried to recruit cadets to the gay lifestyle. This happened over a period of about three weeks until the head of the school found out what was happening. After being informed about the situation this predator gay was fired immediately! July 25, 2018 at 11:38 am It should have read, The last Episcopalian will robably be buried….. Tags July 26, 2018 at 1:48 pm From what I understand many liberals, perhaps most, do not believe there is The Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit). Diocesan bishops who blocked same-sex marriages take reluctant first steps toward allowing ceremonies Robbie Johnson says: The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Tom Downs says: Carolyn Brown says: Kent Higgins says: Matt Ouellette says: Rector Collierville, TN Freda Marie says: July 23, 2018 at 9:39 am The Episcopal Church quit listening to conservative Bible believing members several years ago. Led by the LGBTQ zealots, the only response the church leaders have to conservative views is to dismiss them by terms homophpbes and haters! July 24, 2018 at 10:35 am It is my hope that none of these people quit their jobs over the election results & remain champions for Christ by forging new paths by focusing on the tangible needs of society & reconciling with the Episcopalian clergy who were detached from the Episcopal Church(Who are willing to return to the priesthood).The Episcopal Church should focus a massive amount of energy toward things such as:building stable housing,providing training,medical clinics,& sustenance for those who are homeless,retired,or the working class poor.The Church should spearhead a campaign to focus their energy toward training leaders of today’s corporate society/ world businesses to focus on human ethics within their business model that respects the dignity of all who are employed by the company,are consumers of its services,or are touched by it’s environmental footprints. July 25, 2018 at 10:35 pm Robbie,The Bible is not the guiding light of Christendom, the Bible was written by men, men who are falliable and broken and can be wrong (and proved wrong.) Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ issued forth a new set of commandments that we have discussed previously as the guiding principles of the Church. Those principles are what we should be listening to as Christians. The Bible is a framework, the Word and Command of Christ is our guiding light, that above all. Jordan Sakal says: Matt Ouellette says: July 20, 2018 at 3:56 pm “The Communion Partners, including seven of the eight bishops who had blocked gay marriage in their dioceses, affirmed their desire to “maintain the communion of our dioceses within the Episcopal Church,” despite differences over Christian teachings.”What went on here is some good old ECUSA bullying similar to what went on with the threat to cancel the convention in the city of Austin if they didn’t comply with cross gender bathroom usage. The ECUSA needed only to remind the non-conforming bishops that their assets belong to the EC and if they wanted to continue to have a Diocese they better fall in line. Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem John A. Renick says: Robbie Johnson says: July 24, 2018 at 2:52 pm Also you folks can rejoice when those who believe in hetro marriage only are kicked out of the church! Resolution B012, July 20, 2018 at 5:09 pm Mr. Louis,I highly doubt that there was any form of “good old ECUSA bullying” going on either in this situation where LGBTQ+ personages like myself are being extended the same rights, rites, and courtesies extended to you as a (presumedly) heterosexual male member of the same Episcopal Church or in the situation where the church threatened to cancel the convention in Austin. The fact of the matter is, TEC stood up for its trans brothers and sisters in that scenario because to do otherwise would be an anaethema to the very teachings of Christ himself (Love one another as I have loved you), to do so otherwise would also affirm that transphobia, or homophobia have a place in this church and they most certainly do not! July 20, 2018 at 7:38 pm Mr Sakal,My comment wasn’t directed at you or your sexual preferences but at the EC. You are entitled to your rights just like everyone else in the EC. What I am objecting to is having the rights of others violated for the sake of some. If the bishops in question feel they do not want to perform same sex marriages because of their beliefs then they shouldn’t be forced (or bullied) by the Progressive ECUSA to do it against their will. If you feel that is homophobic then that’s your problem. Robbie Johnson says: Submit an Event Listing Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET July 18, 2018 at 11:53 am I think the fact that gets overlooked is a rather simple one: If the Church’s legislative body has said that clergy of the Church may bless a same-sex relationship it stands to reason that a Bishop, who is bound to support the canons and constitution of that same legislative body, cannot invalidate the right to perform that ceremony. No one is being force to do anything. People are being given the right to do what the Church has already approved. The bishops who still wish to put roadblocks in the way of Clergy who are just doing what the Church has approved, such as Bishop Martins with his prohibition of Clergy participating in a Same-Sex Marriage outside his diocese, seem to position themselves as superior to General Convention. This smacks of the days when female clergy were opposed. The odd thing is that these morally superior bishops don’t seem to have a proble with the remarriage of divorced people in their diocese (as they should not) but if you want to talk about clear biblical prohibitions there is one but it would infringe on the rights of heterosexual couples of which we assume they are a part. Robbie Johnson says: James Koenig says: Press Release Service Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT July 18, 2018 at 9:56 am Like most resolutions this one doesn’t have the precision and detail to cover all possible interpretations. However, the sense seems clear: marriage ceremonies. In doing so it limits a bishop’s authority in that one narrow area. Of course bishops who want to make its use as onerous as possible will write understandings into the resolution that were never intended, such as alternative episcopal oversight. Bp Martin should have been a lawyer. July 20, 2018 at 9:10 pm Mr. Louis, Your language regarding sexual orientation is degrading. Being gay is not a “lifestyle choice” or truly a “preference.” It is a matter of biology, I was born gay much like the hundreds of thousand or millions of others in this country and throughout the world. The Bishop’s rights are not being violated, the bishops are not being forced to perform the marriages, rather to allow them to occur in diocese. Why is it that you (or those bishops) cannot seem to handle the granting of the same rights which you already enjoy to other people? Is it just because you want to thumb your nose at us? I would argue then that is an un-Christlike position to take towards your brothers and sisters in Christ. July 31, 2018 at 8:06 pm Bill Louis – I have to agree with you in your response of today. July 25, 2018 at 9:57 am I see, so your problem is that you don’t like how TEC challenges secular conservative positions which are at odds with Christian morality (like how it is wrong to kidnap children from their parents at the border). I’m sorry, but the church should not change its approach just because it makes secular conservatives uncomfortable. It’s not social re-engineering to be expand the sacrament of marriage to include gay couples. It’s based on a theological interpretation of scripture that, apparently, you don’t agree with. Sure, there are some in the church with extremely liberal theology who supported marriage equality primarily on secular grounds. That doesn’t mean all affirming Christians supported it because of secularism. How about you try reading arguments from more affirming Christians who base their position on firm theological grounds (e.g. Matthew Gunter, Matthew Vines, James Brownson, Rowan Williams) instead of dismissing those you disagree with as just wanting to follow secular liberalism. Zachary Guiliano says: Matt Ouellette says: July 17, 2018 at 8:19 pm We are all one. To divide us is to allow sin to enter our lives. Jesus made no comments on intimate same sex relationships (to say they did not exist is ludicrous), but he had a lot to say about love and the “larger picture” of our humanity. Let us stick to that larger vision and his words. An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET July 17, 2018 at 6:01 pm Rites, rights, and continued obstinance in the affirmation of one of God’s greatest gifts to human beings– the gift of love, and the gift of sharing life and love with another according to the magnetic force we call “orientation” seems to be a tap-dance that just goes on and on. In a way, the more the church battles on, the more it engages in a “yada, yada” irrelevant exercise that began in outrage and ends in tedium. I met my partner at church– We had 44 years together. We were richly blessed by God in the gift of each other. Did it matter that we had gone through the “invisible years” and the struggles of “to bless or not to bless”– the struggles of inclusion– the debates and analysis? No– In the end, it didn’t. God him- or- herself is present, and pulls rank on the church, on any committee, house of bishops, or delegates. We had been blessed by God in our union. “Hey God– they’re going to bless and include.” And God said “Been there, done that!” It was and is, in a way, too little too late. Lord, forgive the wrongs done in the name of God. To those still bound up in prejudice and judgment and misinterpretation of the Gospel I can only say “Let it go!” Enough– If you did not find the blessing of love with a person of the same gender, what’s it to you anyway? And who are you to deny a fellow believer either their rights or rites. Robbie Johnson says: July 23, 2018 at 11:23 am I guess you are correct. In the Episcopal Church conservatives are simply ignored or have the hateful labels homophobe or bigot thrown at them. July 26, 2018 at 2:25 pm Robbie,From my own personal experience I do believe in the Holy Spirit. Your experience may differ though. July 23, 2018 at 6:59 pm Robbie,I did not say you were quoting such a film, I was rather inferring that you yourself were spouting off the information contained in such a film, portraying gays like myself as predators and dangers to society. It is the same sort of attacking misinformation that portrayed African Americans and others as dangers in society too.Furthermore, according to current scientific research by animal biologists, homosexual behaviours of all forms (sex, courtship, affection, pair bonding, and parenting) exists in over 1,500 animals species (including humans.) I don’t know about you but that is pretty convincing to me that being gay is biological, not a choice. July 17, 2018 at 10:12 pm I hope that ENS will stay on this story. The information from the dissenting dioceses is far from complete. The use once again of alternative Episcopal oversight denies those seeking the sacrament of their church in the same way of do straight couples and therefore is inequitable. I accept that bishops are troubled by what they see as an erosion of their authority, but when they use that authority to tear down relationships rather than to build up the church they do no good thing. Deputies, bishops and visitors packed a meeting room in the Austin Hilton Hotel the afternoon of July 5 to testify on three marriage-related resolutions. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service] The Episcopal Church’s General Convention first approved trial rites for same-sex marriage ceremonies in 2015, but the bishops of eight domestic dioceses still refused to allow those ceremonies in their congregations as of this month, heading into the 79th General Convention in Austin, Texas.Then Resolution B012 happened.After a back-and-forth negotiation between the House of Deputies and House of Bishops, both houses approved an amended B012 that struck a compromise on the issue of granting Episcopalians across the country access to the liturgies, regardless of their bishops’ stance on gay marriage.The new requirement doesn’t take effect until the first Sunday of Advent, Dec. 2, and it remains to be seen how those eight dioceses will implement the process outlined by B012. They are the dioceses of Albany, Central Florida, Dallas, Florida, North Dakota, Springfield, Tennessee and the Virgin Islands. Five of the eight bishops said before General Convention they would implement Resolution B012 if passed. None of the eight has said explicitly he will defy the resolution’s mandate.A joint statement signed July 13 by 11 acting and retired bishops, members of a group of traditionalists who call themselves the Communion Partners, sounded a conciliatory note. Though warning that “challenges to our communion in Christ are profound,” they praised efforts to find common ground at General Convention, citing as an example Resolution A227, which ordered the creation of a Task Force on Communion Across Difference.The Communion Partners, including seven of the eight bishops who had blocked gay marriage in their dioceses, affirmed their desire to “maintain the communion of our dioceses within the Episcopal Church,” despite differences over Christian teachings. “We recognize that other Christians of good will and commitment hold contrasting convictions about marriage. There is deep disagreement, which leads to a difference in teaching and practice among dioceses and congregations of our church.”One of the core compromises of B012 was to allow bishops who object to gay marriage to request that another bishop provide pastoral care and oversight for same-sex couples who wish to be married by priests in their home churches. The resolution also makes clear that no clergy member can be forced to preside over any marriage ceremony.“The meaning of B012 for our church remains to be discovered, and we recognize that the contexts of our dioceses vary, as well. We continue to seek, through the Task Force on Communion across Difference [in A227] and in other ways, more lasting means of walking together within the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, preserving and deepening our communion in Christ,” the Communion Partners’ statement said.The bishops’ level of acceptance of the compromise has varied, with Albany Bishop William Love and Florida Bishop Samuel Howard opposing it at General Convention and even raising concerns it could lead to further schism in the church over homosexuality, according to Religion News Service.Episcopal News Service surveyed post-convention statements from the bishops and sought additional clarification about their stances on B012. Their reactions so far to the question of implementation range from noncommittal to proactive.Diocese of AlbanyLove was one of the most vocal bishops opposing the resolution, speaking for 10 minutes during debate in the House of Bishops on the final amendment to B012. He said passage would put him in the awkward position of violating parts of his ordination vows.“There has been a lot of discussion as we have struggled with this issue over the past several years on whether or not sexual intimacy within that of a same-sex couple was appropriate,” he said July 11. “There are many in this church who have proclaimed that it is and that this is a new thing that the Holy Spirit is revealing and that the Episcopal Church is being prophetic in putting this forward and ultimately the rest of the body of Christ will come to understand that.”Love said he wasn’t convinced, adding, “we have not had an honest look at … what God has said about this issue and how best to help people who find themselves in same-sex relationships.”A spokeswoman told ENS that Love was on a brief vacation and had not issued any additional statement since General Convention ended July 13.Diocese of Central FloridaCentral Florida Bishop Greg Brewer summarized the effect of Resolution B012 for his diocese in a July 13 news story on the diocese’s website.“We can expect to see some changes happen and it really will be up to the bishops in each of those dioceses, including the Diocese of Central Florida, to figure out what that may actually look like because it raises a lot of questions as you can certainly imagine,” Brewer said.The bishop has not issued a statement on the subject since then, though he is scheduled to hold a “General Convention Debrief” from 10 a.m. to noon July 21 at the Episcopal Church of St. Luke and St. Peter in St. Cloud, Florida.Diocese of DallasDallas Bishop George Sumner supported the resolution, telling The Dallas Morning News that he would abide by the process of reaching out to the bishop of a neighboring diocese when asked to oversee a same-sex marriage ceremony.“I think we’ve come out of this with something that lets everyone stay true to their conscience,” he said. “That’s not bad in America in 2018.”Sumner also released a video statement July 16 saying he was “grateful for some good things that came out of this convention.”“The right of a rector found in the canons to oversee the liturgical life of his or her parish in his or her own building was affirmed,” Sumner said in the video. “New rites cannot be imposed on a priest or on a congregation which does not wish them.”He also said he had sent a letter to clergy about accommodating the same-sex marriage rites.“If a rector and vestry after deliberation decide that they want to use the rites of same-sex marriage, I can no longer hinder them. They will remain, I hasten to add, part of the diocese,” he said while noting the deep theological differences that remain. “We are doing what we can to work them out collegially, so as to maintain our communion as much as we can, so as to honor convictions and conscience.”Diocese of FloridaHoward opposed the compromise B012, though he mentioned the resolution only briefly in a newsletter to the diocese before the final vote.The diocese told ENS that it was working to coordinate a follow-up comment from Howard as soon as possible, but a statement was not available in time for this story.Diocese of North DakotaNorth Dakota Bishop Michael Smith said in 2015 he could not “in good conscience authorize the use of these trial liturgies for the Diocese of North Dakota.” When reached by email on July 17, Smith said he intended to release a statement to the diocese about B012 by the end of this week.Diocese of SpringfieldSpringfield Bishop Daniel Martins supported the compromise resolution, saying during debate that he was “immensely and seriously grateful” for it, though he also expressed concerns that it could alter the bishop’s role as chief liturgical officer of the diocese and will begin to “erode the sacramental relationship between a bishop and a diocese.”Martins followed up July 15 with an extended message to the diocese on the subject, titled “Toward Generous Faithfulness About Marriage.”“This most recent General Convention has constrained the authority of bishops to simply prohibit same-sex marriage within the diocese,” he said. “This is deeply lamentable. It undermines and erodes the ancient and appropriate relationship between a bishop and a diocese as chief pastor, teacher, and liturgical officer.”Martins also said B012 didn’t give “carte blanche” for same-sex marriage. He noted that priests may refuse to preside over marriage ceremonies, and the bishop remains rector of “all unincorporated Eucharistic Communities,” so Martins’ prohibition on same-sex marriage remains in those communities.And he called the process of requesting an outside bishop’s assistance “harsh” and “a source of deep personal sorrow – indeed, heartbreak – for me.”“I profoundly love all our worshiping communities, and it would be a grievous loss to be in an impaired relationship with any of them. Nonetheless, these painful measures are vitally necessary.”Diocese of TennesseeTennessee Bishop John Bauerschmidt told The Tennessean he planned to write a message to the diocese about Resolution B012 this week. He expressed support for the compromise.“The resolution allows access to the liturgies for same-sex marriage in the Diocese of Tennessee while preserving the rights and responsibilities of the parish clergy for the use of their buildings for any liturgy,” Bauerschmidt said. “In other words, there is much to work out. It also preserves the ministry of bishops as chief pastors and teachers in our dioceses.“We will be working out what it means for our diocese with clergy and congregations in the coming days.”Diocese of the Virgin IslandsVirgin Islands Bishop Ambrose Gumbs was absent from the hearing July 5 on B012, according to The Living Church, which spoke with him earlier in Austin and quoted him as warning against adding the trial liturgies to the Book of Common Prayer because parishioners in his diocese “can’t condone this type of behavior.”Gumbs, when reached July 17 by email, told ENS that he would accept the compromise contained in B012 and said he had just communicated the details of the resolution with diocesan clergy.“If a same-sex couple asked to be married at their parish, they cannot prevent the marriage from taking place. While they are not obligated to marry any one, WE must make provision for a priest to perform the ceremony,” Ambrose said. “That is the law, and I have to abide by it, whether I like it or not.”He was not among the bishops who signed the Communion Partners’ statement.Diocese of West TexasWest Texas was among the majority of dioceses that chose to allow same-sex ceremonies, under former Bishop Gary Lillibridge. Bishop David Reed, who took over leadership of the diocese in 2017 after Lillibridge’s retirement, was among the bishops who signed the Communion Partners’ statement on B012, though a diocesan spokeswoman indicated Reed had not changed the policy put into effect under Lillibridge.Reed and West Texas Bishop Suffragan Jennifer Brooke-Davidson issued a joint message to the diocese on July 16 that provided a summary of Resolution B012.“The most significant change is that a bishop’s authority to not allow the use of the same-sex rites in his or her diocese is removed,” the bishops said. “We will be reviewing our diocesan marriage policies this fall to see what, if anything, will need to be changed.”So far, four congregations in the Diocese of West Texas have taken the steps required to hold same-sex marriages in their churches, according to the diocese.– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Gale Erwin says: July 17, 2018 at 5:49 pm It would be responsible to mention the Province IX dioceses and the diocese of Haiti in this story, instead of singling out mainland dioceses with a conservative position. Jordan Sakal says: July 22, 2018 at 8:06 pm You are seriously mistaken, Robbie. All evidence indicates homosexuality is not a choice. That is a myth perpetuated by homophobic groups who refuse to follow the science on this issue, and you should refrain from spreading this lie. Also, it is not clear that homosexuality is condemned by Scripture, and it can be interpreted in an affirming way (read God and the Gay Christian by Matthew Vines). Bill Thompson says: July 21, 2018 at 10:44 am The spirit of this headline is appalling: “bishops who blocked”. For a Church that brags incessantly about a big tent, generous orthodoxy, and yada, yada, yada the leading liberal voices have quickly faded as they speak about dissent and have moved from “we need their voices” to “bishops who blocked”. So begins the liberal enforcement of a new orthodoxy: to shame and stigmatize. What might escape the attention of ENS and others is that there is no consensus in the Church at all about the rightness and scriptural grounding of same gender marriage. The tone of this headline and article sounds familiar remembering the voice of a leading liberal bishop who taunted orthodox African bishops by saying that they can be bought for a chicken dinner. So, in truth, ENS and certain loud progressives are really saying, “We don’t need your voices. You don’t conform.” 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 Robbie Johnson says: Donald Caron says: Robbie Johnson says: Jordan Sakal says: David Fleer says: Bill Louis says: Jordan Sakal says: July 17, 2018 at 10:13 pm Sorry – should be “in the same way as do.” July 24, 2018 at 4:03 pm Sounds like a slippery slope fallacy to me. There’s no evidence any of that will happen. July 20, 2018 at 8:08 pm But it is Homophobic-and hate and fear are against every Christiaan teaching I have ever read in the Bible, Prayer Book, Christian History or Theology textbook It has been my privilege to read. Or the Homilies of all Bishops I have heard. Except for the 8 Bishops mentioned in this article. Just Sayin Mr. St. Louis, perhaps you did not hear the fear in the 10-minute whine of the Bishop of Albany. July 22, 2018 at 11:03 pm Robbie, everything about your comment is ridiculous and false. I don’t know where you are getting your information, but it is obviously not from a credible source. Jordan Sakal says: Rector Pittsburgh, PA July 23, 2018 at 11:20 am What are GAFCON churches? Never heard of ’em. Josh Thomas says: John White says: Youth Minister Lorton, VA July 26, 2018 at 6:51 pm Yes, the Holy Spirit had an important role in inspiring the authors of the various books of the Bible (as well as inspiring the Church to recognize and canonize those books as Scripture), but that doesn’t mean that the Scriptures are inerrant in all things. There are many contradictions amongst the various texts in the Bible, as any scholar can point out. I don’t believe that inspiration means the Holy Spirit completely removes the autonomy of the authors. The Scriptures were still shaped by the historical and cultural contexts in which they were written, and we should acknowledge that. Doing so is being more faithful to the texts, not less faithful. July 26, 2018 at 4:38 pm I do believe in The Holy Ghost. I believe the Bible is just a book written by men. The Holy Spirit has a major part in the making of the Bible. The Holy Spirit does not make mistakes, nor is it wrong. Robbie Johnson says: July 26, 2018 at 4:52 pm Actually I meant to write the Bible is not just a book composed (written) by men. Matt Ouellette says: August 10, 2018 at 4:33 pm Do the Parishioners, Priests and Bishop of Springfield et al have an image implanted in their brains that all married LGBT People are unfaithful to their spouses. If so they need to be challenged. Bishop Martins is an equal opportunity offender in that regard. My Marriage is closed and my Husband and I are faithful Spouses, as are most of the Marriages of LGBT People that I know. The contortions they have gone through to block our participation in this Sacramental Rite are truly amazing. Vernon Sheldon-Witter says: Jordan Sakal says: Comments are closed. Jordan Sakal says: Robbie Johnson says: July 24, 2018 at 4:05 pm No, it’s non-affirming churches which kick out those who don’t agree with them (e.g. Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, GAFCON). In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Matt Ouellette says: christopher seitz says: Rector Shreveport, LA Jordan Sakal says: Donald Caron says: Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 July 31, 2018 at 2:47 pm Would you be so kind as to cite the documentation for your assertions. Submit a Press Release Doug Desper says: 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 Robbie Johnson says: July 24, 2018 at 11:32 am Matt, no one stretched to talk about excommunication. However, listening to incessant societal re-engineering, Biblical relativism, and near-identical Democrat party talking points from leading voices and in weekly sermons has lead enough Episcopalians to just sit it out on Sundays. When the accelerator floored to push through the marriage redefinition one talking point was that we have to “try it out” to see if it is valid. That’s ridiculous. No one believes that once tried that marriage redefinition will be walked back. At some point this Church will have to move away from social engineering and ponder where all of our members have gone. Or, perhaps those at the top kinda like a special sort of member who goes along and doesn’t ask questions – which says a lot about the true value given to all orders of ministry. By 2035 we’ll see the end product. Studying the current rate of death and attrition shows that circa 2035 will see the Episcopal Church collide with history to become about as numerous and relevant as the Shakers once were. Lots of dead Episcopalian’s money will keep the lights on here and there. It’s in the hands of those above and what they will yet learn is the big question. Same-Sex Marriage Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC July 17, 2018 at 11:23 pm There is a saying in a book, I think it’s the Bible, where someone named Jesus, tells people to “take the log out of your own eye first…” Perhaps you have none? Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Jordan Sakal says: Bill Louis says: Robbie Johnson says: July 24, 2018 at 12:42 pm THANK YOU Gale! My sentiments EXACTLY.P.S. I LOVE my friends, ALL of them regardless of their sexual orientation. I LOVE THEM and will do anything for them; because they are my FRIENDS.Let’s keep our eyes on the PRIZE shall we? Robbie Johnson says: Comments (85) July 25, 2018 at 11:23 am Where is the love of Christ in the vitriolic conversation? I’m a 8 decade cradle Episcopalian. I recall days gone by when the same language was poured out over interracial marriage. It required a supreme court decision to allow that relationship just as it has with same sex marriage. Why was it not decided in the hearts of Christians, though love, before a secular court had to remind us of what love and companionship is all about? My wife and I know a number of same sex couples who have marriages with all of the love and mutual support found in heterosex couples. One thing we admire in them as contrasted with out nigh 50 year marriage is that those couples have had to weather external forces that we have not and still they bond together. I am evermore strongly drawn to the simple idea that we, the body of Christ, should stand for love among the body and let God sort it out if any of the manifestation of love are not to His liking. I think He loves more about us than what goes on in our bedrooms. General Convention 2018, Submit a Job Listing Curate Diocese of Nebraska Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Jordan Sakal says: Director of Music Morristown, NJ July 23, 2018 at 10:29 am Matt, Beyond the threat of excommunication, don’t forget that those GAFCON churches also support calls for the deaths of LGBTQ+ people. It is not just religiously where we as LGBT+ Christians are threatened but also our lives as well. July 31, 2018 at 3:10 pm Mr. Louis, In recognizing the rights of your fellow Episcopalians to a marriage in their church, I fail to see how your rights have been abrogated. You may choose not to participate. Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Smithfield, NC July 25, 2018 at 7:26 pm Letting God “sort it out later” (if you believe what the Bible says about homosexual behavior) could result in eternal separation from God. Robbie Johnson says: Vernon Sheldon-Witter says: Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR July 25, 2018 at 11:06 am I believe the last Shaker died in the 1980s. I last Episcopalian will probably be buried in the late 2030s or early 2040s. Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Robbie Johnson says: Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA July 17, 2018 at 9:06 pm I’m happy that gay Episcopalians will now have full access to all the sacraments regardless of geographical location. Rector Albany, NY Rector Knoxville, TN
Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Washington, DC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Shreveport, LA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Featured Events Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Belleville, IL Associate Rector Columbus, GA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Retired Episcopal priest from England fears deportation over mistakenly voting in US election Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI By David PaulsenPosted Sep 21, 2018 Rector Collierville, TN Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET 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 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC [Episcopal News Service] A retired Episcopal priest in southern Illinois is facing possible deportation back to his native England after he says he mistakenly voted in 2006 because he wasn’t aware at the time that only U.S. citizens could participate in federal elections.That 12-year-old mistake came back to haunt the Rev. David Boase recently when it was discovered by federal authorities reviewing his application for U.S. citizenship. Now, instead of taking steps toward becoming an American, he faces an immigration hearing Sept. 28 in Kansas City, Missouri, where he plans to ask the judge to allow him to return to England voluntarily in lieu of deportation.“My life is here,” Boase, 69, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He served for a decade, from 2004 until his retirement in 2014, at the Episcopal Parish of Alton, Illinois.The choice to move back to England is a tough one, but it could allow him more flexibility in the future. He fears a deportation on his record would hurt his chances of returning to his adopted country.Friends and parishioners have rallied behind Boase, including by setting up a GoFundMe page to help pay for his legal bills and moving costs. They also are asking for lawmakers to join in support of Boase’s cause.“For 14 years, David has been there for us — at baptisms and funerals and weddings, on Sunday morning and in the middle of the night. Your prayers and your support are what he needs now,” the fundraising webpage pleads. By this week, it had topped its goal of raising $5,000.The root of Boase’s dilemma was not an election but a driver’s license. News reports and the fundraising page indicate he applied for a license in 2005, and a licensing employee asked if he also wanted to register to vote. Boase said he was surprised but went ahead and signed the voter form. He said he proceeded to vote, just once, in the 2006 election.After learning of his error from a parishioner, he never voted again, Boase told the Alton Telegraph.However innocent Boase’s mistake, he isn’t expecting to be allowed to stay in the United States but hopes he is able to leave voluntarily and return someday.“It is going to wreck my life. I am so happy here, in the parish, in the community and the area. It is a mess,” he told the Telegraph. “I want to come back to America, the land and places I love.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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How does prayer affect pain? This priest is leading a medical research study to find out. Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI 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. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Knoxville, TN Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Submit an Event Listing This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Press Release Service AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Washington, DC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Bath, NC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Belleville, IL 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 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Director of Music Morristown, NJ Submit a Press Release Rector Hopkinsville, KY United Thank Offering The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Featured Jobs & Calls Submit a Job Listing By Heather Beasley DoylePosted Jun 2, 2021 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Featured Events Rector Tampa, FL Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK [Episcopal News Service] When the Rev. Dr. Marta Illueca was a child, her Roman Catholic family was traditional and powerful. Her father Jorge was elected president of Panama in between stints as president of the United Nations Security Council and General Assembly; her mother was a teacher-turned-nurse who went to graduate school in her 60s before establishing Panama’s first nursing school. Illueca’s focus was different. “I was very spiritual and very curious about the whole process of spirituality, even beyond Christianity,” she said. That interest deepened in 1971, when Illueca was 12 and her 22-year-old sister Linda died of an undiagnosed heart condition. Illueca focused her early studies on medicine — until hearing the call to ministry in her 50s.Delaware Bishop Kevin Brown with the Rev. Dr. Marta Illueca after her ordination in 2019. Photo: Courtesy of Marta IlluecaNow 61 and an ordained Episcopal priest at Brandywine Collaborative Ministries in Delaware since 2019, Illueca is bringing her medical and religious expertise to a research project on what types of prayers are most helpful to patients with chronic pain. A 2019 survey found that chronic pain affected approximately 20% of adults in the United States and 7.4% had chronic pain so severe that it limited their activities. Officially launched last fall as the first project of the Pain and Prayer Collaborative, the study is a joint effort of the Episcopal Church in Delaware and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.“Health care is starting to open up to spirituality, but if you don’t have data, then you’re going to be kept at bay, or at a distance,” said Illueca. As clergy-medical liaison, she is co-leading the study with pain psychologist Samantha Meints. Illueca’s position is funded by a 2020 United Thank Offering grant and supported by the Episcopal Church in Delaware.The investigation, which Illueca calls “the poster child” of a church/academia research model, aims to measure how active versus passive prayers affect chronic pain. An active type of prayer is, “Help me endure this, help me get through this,” Meints said, whereas passive prayer sounds more like, “God, please take my pain away.”The study focuses on personal prayer, in which one prays for oneself, rather than on intercessory prayers, which are offered by one person on behalf of another. The data will come from the results of an online questionnaire of participants’ prayer practices and pain. From the results, Illueca and Meints will design a prayer tool, written as a brochure outlining the types of prayers most likely to help people cope with chronic pain and, hopefully, feel better. The brochure will be available not only to patients but also to hospital chaplains, clergy and others.People of all faiths who believe in the power of prayer are invited to complete the questionnaire. As of early May, 140 people had completed it; Illueca and Meints hope to have 400 to 500 by early June. They’ll evaluate their findings this summer, aiming to have results in September.The study’s connections to the academic, medical and religious worlds make this partnership unique, according to Dr. Benjamin Doolittle, who serves as director of the Yale Program for Medicine, Spirituality & Religion. “That is very unusual. Big academic medical centers partner with each other all the time,” he said. “What we don’t see is academic medical centers partnering with the church in a very intentional way.”According to a 2018 article in the AMA Journal of Ethics, even though religion is important to their patients, doctors avoid the subject: “Believing the question is outside their expertise, worrying that they will say the wrong thing, or having discordant beliefs regarding religion, physicians are not sure what to say,” the authors wrote.Doolittle hopes the Pain and Prayer Collaborative will further the conversation about prayer in medicine. “Our patients practice these interventions, and it can be very helpful to say, ‘Yes, these are good things to do. We have data to show it makes a difference,’” he said, adding that it’s equally important if the study shows that prayer doesn’t make a difference.Delaware Bishop Kevin Brown expressed hope for Illueca and Meints’ work. “It would be tremendous if their thesis [that active prayers have a greater positive impact on chronic pain than other kinds of prayers] is proven true, that they’re able to create a scale that allows medical professionals to use prayer as a viable treatment for chronic pain,” he said. Doolittle agreed: “We need to do these kinds of studies because it’s a way for the medical community to give credence to this important adjunctive therapy for pain. So we need data,” he said.Earlier in Illueca’s career, when she was practicing pediatric medicine at New York City hospitals, she traveled to sacred places and developed a reading program to further her spiritual development. “My sister’s death was pivotal in opening up my ‘spiritual’ gifts, and it was the start of a lifelong soul search that eventually led me to my priesthood,” Illueca said.In 2003, nearly two decades into her clinical work and ready for a career change, Illueca moved to Delaware to work for AstraZeneca, eventually becoming the biopharmaceutical company’s medical affairs officer. “In that period of time, I stumbled upon The Episcopal Church,” Illueca said. Christ Church Christiana Hundred in Wilmington became her spiritual home in 2010, and Illueca learned that The Episcopal Church ordained female priests. She became active in her congregation, going on mission trips to the Dominican Republic. “That’s when the vocational calling to priesthood came alive. It just sort of unfolded,” Illueca said. “All of a sudden these new doors were opening.”She retired early from AstraZeneca in 2014 to enroll in Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University. In her last year at AstraZeneca, she had met Dr. Daniel Carr, director and founder of Tufts University’s Pain Research, Education & Policy program, while working on a medication for pain patients. Illueca sensed an opportunity to combine medicine and spirituality through pain treatment and studied part time at Tufts while completing her master’s degree at Yale full time; upon graduating from Yale, she studied full time at Tufts.At Tufts, Illueca did a systematic review of existing research into pain and prayer, working with Doolittle, who is also a physician and a pastor. As Illueca analyzed past studies, she realized those that found prayer had no positive effect on pain drew upon the results of one specific coping styles questionnaire. “I thought, ‘Something’s not right here,’” she said. It turned out that the questionnaire only specified prayers asking God to take the pain away.Then she came across Meints’ research into active versus passive prayer as a tool for pain management across race, which showed that while Black patients prayed more than non-Black patients, their pain tolerance was lower.“We know in the broader literature that prayer and religiosity are generally predictors of better health outcomes, not worse, so it was a bit perplexing,” Meints said. She found, as Illueca had, that earlier studies had only included passive prayers, as opposed to active and empowering prayers.Compelled by Meints’ findings, Illueca sought her out, and the two finally connected in person in May 2019. Illueca proposed partnering on a study that would combine Meints’ “pioneering work” and her own theological credentials, she said. Equally compelled, Meints agreed. Their work together, Illueca stressed, continues to evolve, in part because it is so new. “This is happening as we speak,” she said.Illueca and Meints view their study through slightly different lenses: one guided by data, one by the spirit. “In research, bias is something you want to avoid. I am a religious, spiritual person, so I am biased. There’s no way around it. I believe in prayer in a depth that others may not,” Illueca said. “Samantha [Meints], whom I consider very spiritual, is not religious at all, apparently. So, therefore, she goes strictly by the data, and I tease her because I say, ‘What you call the data, I call the Holy Spirit.’”Illueca sees in this study the potential for pastoral care workers to “walk into the health care space and say, ‘Science has validated this, and I want my voice to be heard,’” she said. For her part, Meints hopes this will be the first of many Pain and Prayer Collaborative studies: “People pray in response to pain, and we want to be able to capitalize on that and make it the most useful for them.”– Heather Beasley Doyle is a freelance journalist, writer and editor based in Massachusetts. Rector Collierville, TN Rector Martinsville, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Smithfield, NC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Tags Rector Albany, NY Curate Diocese of Nebraska Cathedral Dean Boise, ID
Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSFlorida Department of Transportation Previous articleOrange County Commissioners “remember the 49”Next articleApopka Burglary Report Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Improvements to 441 being discussedThe Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District Five, invites you to a public hearing regarding the design plans for proposed improvements to State Road (S.R.) 500 (U.S. 441). The project begins west of S.R. 451 and extends to S.R. 429 Connector Road in Orange County, Florida. The proposed improvements consist of the rehabilitation of the asphalt pavement, which includes; shoulder widening, driveway reconstruction within the limits of the proposed shoulder widening, curb and median modifications, drainage improvements, utility coordination, traffic operations improvements, and surveying. The project also includes multimodal enhancements consisting of a bicycle, sidewalk, and transit improvements. This design project is scheduled for completion in early 2018. The proposed improvements are funded for construction in Fiscal Year 2018. The public hearing will be Thursday, June 29, 2017, at the Apopka Community Center located at 519 South Central Avenue in Apopka. The purpose of this public hearing is to present information and receive public input regarding the proposed improvements to S.R. 500 (U.S. 441). It begins with an open house at 5:30 p.m., when participants may review project information and discuss the project with staff. There is a brief presentation at 6:30 p.m., after which participants may provide comments to all present. The hearing ends at 7:30 p.m. Staff members will be available to discuss the project and answer any questions before and after the presentation. Participants may also provide public comments directly to a court reporter at any time during the hearing. Written comments can be submitted at this hearing, by mail to Gene Varano, FDOT Project Manager, 719 South Woodland Boulevard, DeLand, FL 32720 or by e-mail to [email protected] no later than Monday, July 10, 2017. All comments, written and oral, will become part of the project’s public record. Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. Persons wishing to express their concerns relative to FDOT compliance with Title VI may do so by contacting Jennifer Smith, FDOT District Five Title VI Coordinator, by phone at 386-943-5367, or via e-mail at [email protected] Persons with disabilities who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Gene Varano at 386-943-5145 or by e-mail at [email protected] at least seven (7) days prior to the hearing. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact us by using the Florida Relay Service, 1-800-955-8771 (TDD) or 1-800-955-8770 (Voice). If you would like more information about the project, please contact Gene Varano or visit the project website at www.cflroads.com. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.