La Convención procede a equilibrar la justicia ‘ambiental’ y ‘económica’

first_imgLa Convención procede a equilibrar la justicia ‘ambiental’ y ‘económica’ Por Lynette WilsonPosted Jul 26, 2012 General Convention, Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA 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 Collierville, TN In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Featured Events Rector Washington, DC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Martinsville, VA Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 General Convention 2012 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Tampa, FL Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Albany, NY Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Smithfield, NC Submit a Job Listing Advocacy Peace & Justice, Rector Knoxville, TN Tags 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 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Submit an Event Listing Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Kivalina es la única aldea de la región del Noroeste de Alaska cerca al Ártico donde todavía cazan la ballena boreal, una tradición cultural y un sostén dietético que se ha visto severamente afectado por el adelgazamiento del hielo. En otro tiempo, los cazadores acampaban sobre el hielo durante semanas seguidas; en la actualidad, solo se quedan unos cuantos días y buscan sobre todo las ballenas que se han extraviado de la manada. Esta foto histórica muestra a un equipo de balleneros y se le debe a la cortesía de Janet Mitchell.[Episcopal News Service] En los últimos 20 años el estado de Iowa ha experimentado tres inundaciones críticas, la última, en 2008, dejó casi un tercio del estado bajo el agua.“Fue una inundación de [esas que ocurren cada] 500 años, que causó daños por $60.000 millones”, dijo la Muy Rda. Cathleen Bascom, deana de la iglesia catedral de San Pablo [St. Paul] en el centro de Des Moines, añadiendo que la frecuencia de las inundaciones “es lo que nos abrió los ojos al problema del cambio climático”.La catedral, que está situada en la calle High, junto con las otras cuatro restantes “iglesias viejas”, resistió las tormentas, pero las zonas bajas -habitadas en su mayoría por personas de bajos ingresos e inmigrantes- “fueron las que más sufrieron”, dijo ella.“Uno de los problemas de justicia económica de las que me hice consciente luego de la inundación fue que dejaron que el dique sobre Birland [un barrio que queda en terrenos bajos al norte de Des Moines] siguiera endeble, y en consecuencia se rompió”, dijo Bascom, añadiendo que las zonas río abajo, incluido el distrito financiero de la ciudad, han experimentado una re-aristocratización. “De manera que el agua no constituyo, por tanto, una amenaza para las propiedades más caras”.Bascom, diputada por Iowa a la 77ª. Convención General en Indianápolis del 3 al 13 de julio, testificó ante el Comité de Asuntos Nacionales e Internacionales [en la Convención] a favor de una resolución que aborde el tema de la justicia medioambiental (B023).En una entrevista telefónica con el Servicio de Prensa Episcopal posterior a la Convención, Bascom dijo que una de las cosas que a ella le gustó de la resolución fue que hace un llamado a la acción, que suplica a las instituciones, la Iglesia, las diócesis y congregaciones que “apoyen la implementación de soluciones al cambio climático a partir de las bases, de la comunidad”, entre ellas la restauración ecológica, promoviendo la soberanía alimentaria y haciendo adaptaciones locales a favor de la capacidad de recuperación. Esto último es algo que la catedral ya ha hecho al atenuar los residuos de agua de la tormenta.Al reemplazar el asfalto deteriorado con pavimento permeable y un sistema de filtración, la catedral tiene la capacidad de mantener una cantidad de agua equivalente a 12 piscinas al margen del sistema de alcantarillado desbordado por la tormenta y al margen del río, dijo Bascom. La catedral también plantó un jardín, incluidas algunas especies de plantas nativas como hierbas silvestres, que es irrigado por el agua. El jardín sirve también como una “estera de bienvenida” y le da un respiro a los trabajadores vecinos al tiempo que es un laboratorio de conservación para niños urbanos, añadió ella.Además de la B023, la Convención General aprobó la Resolución D055, que aboga por una política pública que reduzca las emisiones que provocan el cambio climático. Tanto la B023 como la D055, además de otras resoluciones anteriores de la Convención General, constituyen los fundamentos de la labor de justicia medioambiental y económica en el próximo trienio.“Para mí, dos de los problemas acerca de los cuales la Iglesia está llamada a mostrarse cada vez más visible y activa son el cambio climático y la pobreza y la inequidad económica”, dijo Michael Schut, funcionario encargado de asuntos ambientales y económicos de la Iglesia Episcopal. “La Resolución B023 nos llama a ‘resistir el desarrollo y la expansión de fuentes de combustible fósil cada vez menos convencionales, así como más peligrosas y destructoras del medio ambiente”.“Esa resistencia puede significar que debamos salir a las calles a protestar pacíficamente por esos empeños. Tal resistencia obviamente responde al llamado a ser más activo respecto al cambio climático. Pero la resolución reconoce que en tal resistencia la Iglesia debe apoyar a los que podrían perder sus empleos en la transición de una economía basada en combustibles fósiles a una economía de energía limpia… lo cual responde al llamado a abordar [el problema de] la pobreza”.Sin embargo, la necesidad de proteger el medio ambiente al tiempo de laborar simultáneamente por mitigar la pobreza, con frecuencia puede dejar a los episcopales en el frente sintiéndose en desacuerdo, especialmente en estados como Pensilvania, donde la tasa de desempleo es alta y donde la gente por generaciones ha vivido del trabajo en las minas y en los yacimientos de petróleo y de gas.“Encontrar la justa mezcla de justicia social que representa la buena mayordomía que hace la Iglesia del medio ambiente y su amor e interés por las personas y por aliviar la pobreza no es un camino fácil”, dijo Joan Gundersen, quien fue diputada por la Diócesis de Pittsburgh y miembro del Comité de Asuntos Nacionales e Internacionales de la Convención, en una entrevista con el Servicio de Prensa Episcopal el 17 de julio.En Pittsburgh, la diócesis tiene “un doble interés”, explicó Gundersen: “Por supuesto, estamos interesados en el medio ambiente, y cerciorándonos de que todo lo que se hace, se haga con prudencia, pero también estamos al corriente de las altas tasas de desempleo y de la necesidad de trabajo”.Pittsburgh se encuentra asentada sobre el esquisto de Marcellus, una enorme reserva de gas natural que subyace a más de kilómetro y medio debajo de la superficie y abarca una zona que se extiende dese Nueva York a través de partes de Pensilvania y penetra en Ohio y Virginia Occidental. Dada su localización cerca de importantes centros de población del este de Estados Unidos, algunos ven [el esquisto de] Marcellus como un yacimiento maduro para la explotación.En 2010, el municipio de Pittsburgh aprobó prohibirles a las corporaciones las perforaciones en busca de gas natural, incluida la fracturación hidráulica, dentro de los límites de la ciudad. La diócesis, que incluye zonas rurales con una alta tasa de desempleo como el norte de Cambria, no ha asumido una postura sobre la fracturación y no ha sostenido una “conversación a fondo” sobre el asunto, dijo Gundersen. Además, la Convención descartó una resolución en contra de “la fracturación riesgosa”.Durante una audiencia sobre la resolución D055, Gundersen testificó que lograr que aceptaran la resolución en Pittsburgh no resultaría difícil, pero no sería lo mismo en las zonas rurales circundantes.“Cuando uno está en el campo donde el 39 por ciento de la población se encuentra desempleada y estos combustibles representan su sustento”, dijo ella, “¿cómo uno la propone en las deprimidas zonas rurales de las minas de carbón?”.A diferencia de Virginia Occidental -donde el estado recibe una buena tajada de las ganancias generadas por la extracción de recursos, los cuales puede utilizar en la reparación de carreteras y en proyectos de restauración medioambiental- Pensilvania, donde la infraestructura y la regulación van un poco a la zaga, no recibe los mismos ingresos. Y dependiendo de donde uno se encuentra en Pensilvania, la reacción es desigual tocante a la contaminación ambiental, su alcance y su existencia, agregó.Una planta procesadora de gas natural, añadió Gundersen, se espera que abra a lo largo de la frontera entre Pensilvania y Ohio y lleve al menos 2.000 puestos de trabajo a la zona.La explicación de la Resolución D055 dice: “Otros costos de los combustibles fósiles incluyen derramamientos de petróleo, contaminación del agua subterránea con mercurio y otros contaminantes provenientes de las minas de carbón, y un inadecuado almacenamiento de desechos radioactivos como resultante de la hidrofracturación. Hay altos costos concomitantes de salud que provienen de la exposición a esos contaminantes…”Y prosigue [la resolución], “el uso continuo de combustibles fósiles no es sostenible”.También durante el testimonio, la Rda. Barbara Schlachter, visitante a la Convención proveniente de la Diócesis de Iowa y quien ayudó a fundar [la organización] Activistas del Clima en Iowa City, llamó la atención sobre lo que en verdad cuestan de los combustibles de bajo costo, como se señalaba en la explicación de la resolución, y pidió apoyo para las fuentes de energía renovables. Schlachter dijo que reducir la dependencia de los combustibles fósiles era una “cuestión moral”.“¿Qué va a ocurrirle a nuestro medio ambiente, a nuestra atmósfera -preguntó ella. Es [el cambio climático] que ya ha llegado a algunas partes y se acerca aquí”.Durante su testimonio sobre la B023 ante el comité, Austin Swan Sr., diputado de la Diócesis de Alaska y residente de Kivalina, una comunidad isla iñupiaq donde el cambio climático amenaza la continua existencia de la comunidad, compartió su experiencia.“He vivido durante toda mi vida en Kivalina, nací y me crié allí. Cuando yo era niño, teníamos probablemente dos tercios más de tierra, y ahora tenemos el 35 por ciento de esa tierra, toda esta pérdida se debe fundamentalmente a la erosión de los últimos cuatro o cinco años”, dijo él.Y a pesar de vivir en un ambiente rico en recursos naturales, entre ellos la mayor mina de zinc del mundo localizada río arriba, explicó Swan: “Seguimos viviendo en condiciones del tercer mundo. ¿Adónde se va ese dinero?”Propuesta por Mark Lattime, obispo de Alaska, la resolución expresa “Que la 77ª. Convención General de la Iglesia Episcopal se muestra solidaria con esas comunidades que sufren las mayores secuelas del cambio climático global: pueblos indígenas, comunidades de subsistencia, comunidades de color y personas que viven envilecidas en todo el mundo…”La aldea de Kivalina se encuentra en la punta de una isla barrera con una extensión de entre 9 y 12 kilómetros de largo -alrededor de medio kilómetro en su parte más ancha- y de 128 a 193 kilómetros por encima del Círculo Polar Ártico, entre el mar de Chukotka y la laguna Kivalina en Alaska. Es el hogar de alrededor de 400 personas y sólo se puede llegar al sitio por avión y barco en verano y por avión y motonieve en invierno.De las 200 comunidades costeras nativas de Alaska, diversos grados de erosión afectan a unas 180 de ellas, según la Oficina de Contaduría General del gobierno. El Cuerpo de Ingenieros del Ejército de EE.UU. ha dicho que Kivalina es una de las tres comunidades nativas que necesita relocalización.Tal como quedó dicho en la explicación de la resolución, Kivalina “ha estado en creciente riesgo permanente debido al cambio climático global. La pérdida de hielo marino ha dado lugar a un aumento de la erosión costera, falla del terreno y condiciones inestables si no peligrosas para la práctica de la caza de subsistencia”.En 2008, la aldea de Kivalina presentó una demanda legal contra 24 compañías petroleras, carboneras y de electricidad, entre ellas Exxon Mobile Corp., Conoco Phillips y BP. La demanda alega que, como destacados responsables de las emisiones de gas [que producen el efecto] invernadero, las corporaciones han exacerbado el calentamiento global y, en consecuencia, han acelerado la erosión en Kivalina dejando a la isla vulnerable a aumentos del nivel del mar e inundaciones debido a tormentas.Además, la explicación de la resolución dice que la Shell Oil se disponía a comenzar una exploración petrolera este mes en el mar de Chukotka, “la fuente más profunda de alimento, así como identidad cultural y espiritualidad de los iñupiaq”.Marc Andrus, el obispo de California, que respaldó la B023 y que integró el Comité de Asuntos Nacionales e Internacionales, dijo que el pueblo de Kivalina “se identifica con la isla y sus alrededores” y mudarse de allí no es tan sencillo como mudarse de Alabama para San Francisco, como hizo él cuando se convirtió en obispo.No difiere de lo que pasa con los guaraníes, una tribu indígena formalmente nómada en Brasil que ha perdido mucho de su tierra ancestral, para el pueblo de Kivalina mudarse “es una especie de muerte”, dijo él.(A través de una relación de compañerismo con la Diócesis de Curitiba en Brasil, la Diócesis de California ha apoyado los empeños de la Iglesia Anglicana de Brasil en defensa de los guaraníes).Mientras estaba en la Convención, escuchando las historias de los guaraníes y la situación en Kivalina, que se encuentran en situaciones “mucho más extremas”, Bascom se acordaba, dijo después, de una conferencia que dictó una vez el arzobispo de Cantórbery Rowan Williams titulada: “Renovar la faz de la Tierra: responsabilidad humana y medio ambiente”, en la cual él dijo:“Es posible debatir respecto al grado exacto en que la intervención humana es responsable de estos fenómenos… pero no es posible racionalmente negar lo que los habitantes de las tierras bajas en el mundo enfrentan habitualmente como la amenaza más inminente a sus vidas y medios de sustento”.— Lynette Wilson es redactora y reportera del Servicio de Prensa Episcopal. 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‘Tithing with Trash’ cuts waste, turns hard-to-recycle rubbish into riches

first_img The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group 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 Bath, NC Press Release Service AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Environment & Climate Change October 12, 2012 at 4:04 pm Hello to all the green folks down in the Diocese of Atlanta! I can testify from personal experience about the amazing impact of Capt. Lane’s evangelism. (And it is truly that – part of the Good News: there is enough to go around, we are all inter-connected, the world in which we’re placed to live is a good gift from God, and on and on.) Keep it up, St. Gregory’s! You inspire the rest of us. And Holy Trinity – way to go on the No Styrofoam Zone! You all just keep on digger deeper into faithfulness around these issues. Up here at St. Luke’s, New Haven, we are about to start our stewardship season. I would love to add “Tithing With Trash” into the mix of our conversations! (I hadn’t thought I’d be here into the fall, so if I’m staying longer, they will be hearing more of Mother Debbie’s passion around caring for creation! Stay tuned!) (And will post this to the parish Facebook page so they know I’m saying this!Peace from this (at least temporary) Connecticut Yankee,Debbie Shew+P.S. And thanks to Alexis and episcopaldigitalnetwork for getting this out into cyberspace where many more people can be inspired and take action. 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Photo/Andrew Lane[Episcopal News Service] Georgia Army National Guard Capt. Andrew Lane is a man on a mission. If it’s recyclable, “Captain PLaneT” aims to keep it out of the local landfill – and earn cash for his parish while he’s at it.Lane launched a Tithing with Trash program at St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church in Athens, Georgia, when he returned home from a deployment in Afghanistan in 2010. Since then, the congregation has earned nearly $4,800 collecting hard-to-recycle items such as empty toothpaste tubes and Solo Cups and sending them to TerraCycle in Trenton, New Jersey, to earn 2 cents per item. TerraCycle, in turn, recycles or “upcycles” the trash – turning it into “green” products such as backpacks fashioned from Lay’s potato chip bags.“They’re not just doing it to hug trees or sing ‘Kumbaya.’ They’re turning it into artwork or consumer products,” Lane said.The nonprofit TerraCycle partners with some of the world’s largest companies, who sponsor collection programs for particular waste streams – say, spent writing utensils or empty tape dispensers, explained Lauren Taylor, U.S. public relations director. Some sponsor only collection of their brands’ trash, while others accept any related items. Kraft’s “dairy tub brigade,” for example, takes all manner of dairy-product tubs, lids, foil tops and other packaging.Individuals such as Lane sign up to join a sponsored trash “brigade,” collecting and shipping specified items via United Parcel Service for free to TerraCycle and receiving “points” they turn into cash. “The money earned needs to go to a charity,” Taylor said. “Somebody can’t just decide this could be a great side job for them.”TerraCycle “upcycles” some trash into useable products such as this backpack created from Lay’s potato chip bags. Photo/TerraCycletoday“The majority of the people who collect for us are schools,” she said. They set up lunchroom collection points – juice-drink pouches here, candy wrappers there – often after a parent or teacher realizes how much trash is being pitched and thinks, “We’re throwing money away.”It’s hard to quantify, but churches also participate, and St. Gregory is one of a handful of Episcopal churches signed up to benefit from TerraCycle trash, Taylor said. “We definitely know Andrew because he is just so energetic and just loves our programs and really motivates people to collect. … He is definitely among the most highly motivated.”Lane is a sustainability evangelist.“It’s really powerful, because we’re the only creatures in existence that we know of that generate trash that we have to pay someone to haul off,” he said. Without addressing sustainability issues, he said, “for our grandkids it could be deep, deep, deep trouble.”“We might actually trash this planet and poison its water or run out of water … without an epidemic or a war.”Lane has given diocesan council presentations about TerraCycle and met Diocese of Atlanta Bishop-elect Robert Wright while separating food waste at the Mikell Camp and Conference Center. “He actually came and shook my hand. He said, ‘I see you’re not actually just speaking; you’re a man of action.’”In Athens, Lane is lobbying a Kroger grocery store to let the church maintain a collection container for TerraCycle trash. At St. Gregory, parishioners place items in assorted labeled bins.“I see people carrying in their containers and standing out there and sorting stuff out in Andrew’s elaborate bins,” said parishioner Lois Alworth, a member of the church’s Green Guild/Creation Keepers committee that Lane chairs. “There’s not a whole lot that the church itself uses that TerraCycle takes. What we get is what people bring from home.”“We all laugh and say because we’re Episcopalians everybody has lots of wine corks,” she said. “TerraCycle takes really odd things, [like] toothpaste containers, when they’re empty, and old toothbrushes.”Every four to six weeks, committee members gather after church for a “box-up event” to package the TerraCycle items for shipping, she said.Empty drink pouches were used to make this lunch box. Photo/TerraCycleEven here, recycling comes into play. Lane sometimes uses economy-size cat-food, dog-food or chicken-feed bags as shipping envelopes for TerraCycle trash. UPS doesn’t mind as long as the packages aren’t leaking liquid, he said. “You could mail a sweater in there if you didn’t care if your sweater smelled like dog food.”TerraCycle collects waste in 20 countries, with almost 32 million trash collectors and nearly 2.5 billion units of waste collected in the United States since 2007, Taylor said.Lane has his eye on a program started in Canada and expected to launch in the United States this month: a “cigarette butt brigade” that will take all cigarette waste, including the plastic wrap and aluminum board from packaging. This tackles “one of the dirtiest, one of the most prolific forms of waste,” said Lane, who is in his second semester studying for an Army graduate certificate of sustainability through Arizona State University. Look at any paved road in America, and you’ll see cigarette butts, he said. “They’re thrown out, and they sit there until eternity, until they’re washed into a stream or a river.”A discussion with Lane ranges to environmental topics far beyond TerraCycle, from his battle to promote recycling at the Army’s Fort Stewart to the near-extinction of white rhinos to the role of black soldier flies in composting to Germany’s renewable-energy goals. He describes listening to his son read how Native Americans taught the Pilgrims to bury dead fish with corn plants as fertilizer and noting, “That’s composting.”At St. Gregory, green initiatives likewise move beyond TerraCycle. The congregation assiduously composts food and paper waste. A church webpage provides current and cumulative data for energy generated by the parish’s months-old solar panels (2.99 megawatt hours so far, enough to power 99 houses for a day and offset 2.07 tons of carbon or the equivalent of 53 trees). Next up: a 450-gallon rain cistern.“We just need to hook the gutters to it, and we’ll be in business,” Lane said, noting that an inch of rain on a 1,000-square-foot roofline translates to 500 to 600 gallons of water. Installing the gravity-fed cistern to water plans is “taking what the good Lord has given us and not squandering it.”“Our church,” he said, “may be the greenest church in Georgia.”Georgia Interfaith Power and Light has supported St. Gregory in its green efforts and awarded the church a Trailblazer Award for its TerraCycle program.“We encourage all of our congregations to get involved in more intelligent ways of thinking about their waste and … where they throw things,” Executive Director Alexis Chase said. “Other churches are considering doing TerraCycle. Everyone is sort of trying to figure out a way they can be involved.”Some “brigades” are full, based on the funds partner companies provide, but Lane offers a solution for churches that still want to participate. By request, he’ll send shipping labels for them to send trash to Trenton. He keeps track of the resulting cash and sends 80 percent to the participating church, with 20 percent going to St. Gregory.“It has two positives: You get paid for it, and you know you’re doing a good thing for the planet,” Alworth said.But eliminating waste does create a headache or two at church. It took awhile to convince Lane – who says he believes in “zero waste” – that they still needed a trash container despite the TerraCycle, recycling and compost bins, Alworth said.Once, a mass of fruit flies flew out of an unemptied compost bin while they were setting up a funeral repast; they spent the whole time trying to “swoosh flies away” inconspicuously, she recalled. “That was the one time we came close to not composting anymore.”“It’s not something you take real lightly, and not every parish has an Andrew,” she said.But overall, she sees participating in composting and TerraCycle as good stewardship of God’s creation.“Anything that we do like this helps us to feel like we’re being better stewards than we would be if we sent all this stuff to the landfill to just sit there and pile up,” she said. “I think that’s why people do it. They love the church, they love each other, and they’re willing to do this for the betterment of everything.”Sharon Sheridan is an ENS correspondent. 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Biidwell,Amen. I am working on a No Styrofoam Zone following in the footsteps of our Sister Church, Holy Trinity, in Decatur, Georgia. Styrofoam use for a 20 minute beverage or meal should be made illegal. Its high R-Value should be reserved for buildings and structures that will be around for half a century at the minimum! write me if I can help you get going on Tithing with Trash. [email protected] Submit a Press Release Rector Belleville, IL ‘Tithing with Trash’ cuts waste, turns hard-to-recycle rubbish into riches Debbie Shew says: Youth Minister Lorton, VA By Sharon SheridanPosted Oct 10, 2012 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Comments (3) last_img read more

La diócesis de Jerusalén brinda servicios de salud y educación…

first_img Rector Bath, NC Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Shreveport, LA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Pittsburgh, PA Submit an Event Listing Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH [Episcopal News Service] Por cada niño física o evolutivamente discapacitado que atienden en el Centro Princesa Basma para Niños Discapacitados de Jerusalén Oriental, otros 20 son atendidos en centros locales o intermedios a lo largo y ancho de la Cisjordania.“Somos el único centro de calidad que ofrece completa rehabilitación en Palestina; competimos con otros en el mundo árabe y ninguno obtiene nuestros resultados”, dijo Maha Yasmineh, directora ejecutiva en funciones de Princesa Basma. “Hemos alcanzado un nivel que tenemos que mantener, nadie más puede hacerlo”.En 2005, el Centro Princesa Basma fue reconocido por el innovador servicio de alta calidad que le presta a los niños y sus familias. El centro se inauguró en 1965 y en 1987 fue la primera escuela en integrar niños discapacitados en las clases ordinarias.“Ha sido un éxito tal que nos estamos convirtiendo en mentores de otras escuelas”, dijo Yasmineh, añadiendo que muchos de los discapacitados que se gradúan en la escuela han continuado estudiando en la universidad.La escuela no tenía clases y los pasillos estaban silenciosos, salvo por unas cuantas madres y sus hijos, cuando la obispa primada Katharine Jefferts Schori visitó el Princesa Basma a fines de diciembre durante su viaje de 12 días a Israel y los Territorios Palestinos en Navidad y Año Nuevo.La obispa primada visitó la diócesis atendiendo la invitación de Suheil Dawani, obispo anglicano de Jerusalén.“La Diócesis de Jerusalén tiene una larga e importante relación con la Iglesia Episcopal americana, vuestro apoyo a la diócesis ha sido firme y generoso”, dijo Dawani a Jefferts Schori durante la visita.En el curso de su visita a Princesa Basma —que debe su nombre a la princesa de Jordania que inauguró el centro en los años sesenta—, la obispa primada se enteró del Programa de Capacitación Materna y de algunos retos a los que el centro se enfrenta.Cada año, de 250 a 300 madres y sus hijos pasan entre dos y cuatro semanas viviendo en el centro. Los niños reciben un tratamiento de rehabilitación completo y las madres aprenden atender a sus hijos, muchos de los cuales padecen de anomalías congénitas.“Muchísimas madres no saben nada sobre la discapacidad”, dijo el Dr. Waddah Malhees, director médico del programa de rehabilitación. “Las enseñamos a cuidar a sus hijos, y a continuar con la rehabilitación”.(En 2012, añadió Malhees, el centro Princesa Basma llegó a ser el primero en tratar a niños palestinos autistas, y es el único centro que trata a niños autistas y capacita a sus familias).Más recientemente, sin embargo, debido a reducciones presupuestarias, las madres y los hijos deben abandonar el centro los jueves por la noche y regresar los sábados, lo cual significa que deben pagar los costos de transporte y pasar por los puntos de control entre Jerusalén y sus hogares en Cisjordania explicó el personal.Ochenta y siete por ciento del presupuesto del centro es generado por costos de servicio y matrícula escolar. El 13 por ciento de déficit del presupuesto que se prevé para 2013 representa alrededor de $268.000, dijo Yasmineh.“El trece por ciento es muchísimo dinero”, afirmó. “Estamos atendiendo niños necesitados en los Territorios Palestinos, y si nosotros no lo hacemos, nadie lo hará”.La Diócesis Episcopal de Jerusalén dirige 35 instituciones sanitarias y docentes a través de cinco países y la Cisjordania controlada por la Autoridad Palestina y también en Gaza, donde se encuentra el hospital Ahli Arab, que es una de sólo tres instituciones dirigidas por cristianos.Haga un clic aquí para ver una historia específica sobre el hospital de Gaza“Estas instituciones llevan a cabo un ministerio maravilloso y asombroso en un lugar con un historial multirreligioso y multiétnico y, en consecuencia, es vital para la Iglesia seguir ofreciendo estos servicios, porque estas instituciones, así como las iglesias, desempeñan un papel moderador y muy importante en la sociedad”, dijo el Muy Rdo. Hosam Naoum, deán de la catedral de San Jorge [St. George’s Cathedral] en Jerusalén, en una entrevista el 1 de enero en el patio de la hostería de San Jorge.“Existimos para edificar una comunidad de tolerancia, de reconciliación y una comunidad que tiene una comprensión mutua de la fe, la cultura y la tradición del otro”. Y añadió: “Estas instituciones, así como el ministerio parroquial, ofrecen un terreno sano y fértil para futuros y potenciales líderes de la comunidad. Y [para] personas que están bien preparadas y que sostienen relaciones positivas. Y esto es lo que soñamos, establecer realmente una comunidad que le permita tanto a judíos como a palestinos convivir para crear una sociedad donde todo el mundo importe”.Las escuelas son la mayoría de las instituciones diocesanas, y la escuela de San Juan en Haifa ha educado a generaciones de niños musulmanes, judíos y cristianos. Cada mañana, los 575 estudiantes, 50 por ciento de ellos musulmanes, se reúnen en una asamblea matutina y a la escuela no sólo se le reconoce por su alta calidad docente (ya en el kindergarten se introducen nociones de investigación científica), sino también por su formación a favor de la “paz”.“Estamos haciendo un magnífico trabajo, pero no evangelizamos”, dijo Wajeeh Awad, que ha estado 52 años en la escuela, durante un almuerzo en Haifa a fines de diciembre. Awad es ex director y ahora es miembro de la junta directiva de la escuela.Además del Princesa Basma, el hospital de Gaza y la escuela de Haifa, la obispa primada visitó también el hospital de San Lucas en Nablus; una clínica de diabetes que está a punto de inaugurarse en los terrenos de la iglesia de San Andrés en Ramala; así como el sitio donde se construye un hogar de ancianos y centro comunitario de 40 camas en los terrenos de la iglesia de San Pedro en Birzeit, un suburbio de Ramala.Reflexionando sobre las visitas, la obispa primada dijo: “es obvio que los cristianos son los principales constructores de puentes, y ven su ministerio como el servicio a todo el pueblo de Dios, a todos los hijos de Abraham.“La obra que la diócesis de Jerusalén lleva a cabo es de profunda importancia”.En los territorios palestinos, del 10 al 15 por ciento de la población padece de diabetes, de la cual el alto nivel de estrés se cree que sea un factor, en contraste con el tres por ciento de la tasa global, dijo el Dr. Hisham Nassar, que es el asesor de atención sanitaria de la diócesis. Nassar abordó el tema durante un almuerzo en la iglesia de San Andrés en Ramala en diciembre pasado.La clínica diabética localizada en la iglesia abrirá seis días a la semana y se espera que atienda de 300 a 400 personas al mes. La clínica también ofrecerá sesiones de información mensualmente, explicó Dawani durante un recorrido por la modernísima clínica en diciembre pasado.En el hospital de San Lucas, en Nablus, nueve comadronas partean un promedio de 180 bebés al mes. Si una madre tiene un parto normal, su estada en el hospital es de seis horas. El hospital cuenta también con una unidad neonatal de terapia intensiva para los casos complicados.Con 150 empleados, el hospital médico y quirúrgico de 60 camas atiende anualmente a más de 70.000 pacientes de Nablus y las aldeas circunvecinas “independientemente de su raza o de su condición social”.Sin embargo, un tomógrafo computarizado, roto desde 2010, permanece inactivo en la planta baja del hospital, lo cual constituye un problema para esta institución que tiene el único departamento de urgencias traumáticas del norte de Cisjordania, un área de 500.000 habitantes, por lo cual también funciona como un centro de referencia para todos los casos de neurocirugía.“Aquí tenemos un personal que brinda atención médica a bajo costo, sirviendo a todo el que entra por la puerta. ¿Cómo se las arreglan para [tratar casos de] neurología y cardiología [sin el funcionamiento de un tomógrafo]? El ver esta máquina que no funciona realmente me inspiró [a ayudar]”, dijo el obispo James Magness, obispo sufragáneo de la Iglesia Episcopal para los ministerios federales, luego de una visita al hospital.“Su nivel de compromiso [del personal del hospital] es inspirador y en verdad me motiva a querer ayudar. Ver las escuelas y hospitales y la manera en que trabajan atrae a las personas”.Los diversos ministerios diocesanos enfrentan muchos desafíos, algunos como resultado de la crisis económica mundial, algunos como consecuencia de la política en Israel y los Territorios Palestinos. Pero la reducción presupuestaria en el Princesa Basma, que también dio lugar a que 12 empleados perdieran sus empleos, y que puede obligar al cierre del taller ortopédico del centro; el tomógrafo roto del San Lucas y la transición del hospital de Gaza luego de perder el apoyo económico de la Agencia de las Naciones Unidas para los Refugiados de Palestina, no han afectado la capacidad de la institución [diocesana] de brindar atención de calidad a los pacientes.“El lugar donde uno ve esperanza es en el campo de la medicina”, dijo el Rdo. Canónigo Robert Edmund, encargado de asociaciones globales de la Iglesia Episcopal con el Oriente Medio, en una entrevista con ENS en Jerusalén. “Tratan a todo el que entre por la puerta. Y el nivel de atención que se brinda es el nivel que pueden ofrecer. Hacen todo lo más que pueden con lo que disponen”.– Lynette Wilson es redactora y reportera de Episcopal News Service.Traducción de Vicente Echerri Youth Minister Lorton, VA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Associate Rector Columbus, GA Submit a Job Listing Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Press Release Service Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Training equips volunteers to launch, sustain outreach ministries

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Press Release Service TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Albany, NY This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Comments (2) Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Collierville, TN Rector Shreveport, LA February 18, 2014 at 4:23 pm Wonderful ministries are being supported by Episcopal Charties and shared with the community. This is what Jesus asks of us all. Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME February 18, 2014 at 4:29 pm Wow, this sounds wonderful!! I am a Episcopal Service Corps scholar and they give grants for congregational transformation. I’m wondering if anyone from your group would apply for the funding to help train more trainers around the country and help other dioceses implement this program! Funding may also help provide the curriculum in English and Spanish if it isn’t already done. I would love to bring this type of outreach ministry training into my congregation and am sure that the Diocese of VA would benefit from it! Blessings! Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA center_img Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Bath, NC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Martinsville, VA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA The Rev. Daniel Velez Rivera says: Kokie Dinnan, standing at far right, is among the instructors for Beyond the Walls: Outreach Ministry, Administration and Fundraising, offered in the Diocese of Southeast Florida. Dinnan is executive director of Family Promise of South Palm Beach County. Photo/Family Promise of South Palm Beach County[Episcopal News Service] Luz Espona Perez-Iturbe’s relatives in her native Argentina were surprised to hear that some Americans go hungry. But the need, she tells them, is real, fed by the economic downturn, unemployment and government budget cuts.Perez-Iturbe is seeking to meet that need in a collaborative effort between two Miami-area Episcopal churches: St. Faith’s in Cutler Bay, which operates a food pantry, and her parish of St. Luke the Physician, Kendall, which will support food-collection efforts. She’s taking a leadership role in the initiative, learning how to assess the community’s needs, marshal resources and volunteers and understand it all within a scriptural context thanks to a diocesan training program for laity and clergy involved in congregational outreach.“Beyond the Walls: Outreach Ministry Development, Administration and Fundraising” is a yearlong certificate program that Episcopal Charities of Southeast Florida offers in partnership with the Diocesan School for Christian Studies. Open to all in the diocese, and required for diaconal students, the program provides classes led by visiting professionals who teach the basics of beginning, operating, funding and sustaining a congregational outreach ministry.The program’s genesis was in workshops offered through Episcopal Charities of New York when the Rev. Donna Lise Dambrot was associate director.  She brought the concept to Southeast Florida when she became president and executive director of Episcopal Charities there in 2009.“There’s a certain DNA of congregational outreach ministry that’s very different” from a typical social-service agency, she said. “It’s very often volunteer-based, and people feel called to serve perhaps as a result of our Gospel call of Matthew 25. But they don’t have the skills or the tools to really create and manage and operate and sustain the program.”So, for example, a group of enthusiastic volunteers may begin a food pantry or after-school program that the community begins to depend on, she said. But as the core of volunteers decreases over time, and no sustainability measures are put in place, the program gradually dwindles and closes.In Southeast Florida, Episcopal Charities began offering workshops to address issues such as how to use volunteers, how to construct a budget, how to market an outreach program. With a Roanridge Trust grant, the agency made Online Outreach University video workshops available.But they decided “this isn’t enough,” Dambrot said. “There has been no program … that really offers the soup-to-nuts type of toolbox of ‘how do you do outreach ministry’ that’s geared to congregations and the real specific and particular needs of congregational life.”So Episcopal Charities created a curriculum and partnered with the diocesan school. Classes are offered at St. Mark’s Episcopal School in Fort Lauderdale. Students also can take an individual class – say, just to learn about developing a program budget. The diocesan program currently has eight students – the highest of any class in the school — with the number attending almost doubling for some individual sessions, Dambrot said. Her mantra is: “Just keep flexible and keep responsive to the needs we hear from our community.”The course begins with sessions exploring what called the students to outreach ministry and the discernment process for choosing an outreach program. Subsequent classes tackle topics from how to create a program budget and developing and sustaining a committed core of volunteers to marketing, funding sources, grant writing, preparing for leadership succession and assessing the ongoing need for a program’s services.Dambrot teaches some classes, but outside presenters from various agencies, including the Episcopal Church Office of Communication, teach most of them.  “We have assembled a panel of teachers that are professionally doing the work that they’re teaching,” she said.Kokie Dinnan, executive director of Family Promise of South Palm Beach County, has led classes on how to recruit, train, use and retain volunteers. An interfaith ministry, Family Promise houses homeless families in congregations on a rotating basis and helps clients access needed social services. Previously, she did children’s and family ministry in Episcopal congregations and saw firsthand the need for supporting and educating those involved in outreach, she said. “Any opportunity that can be given to support those that are doing work in our community is vital and valid and important.”At Family Promise, “I train volunteers all the time, but this was like training the trainer,” she said. Her most recent Beyond the Walls class had students of varied backgrounds, including some diaconal students. “They were hungry for how to be able to take what they’re learning and take it back and implement it in their lives.”Her instructions on engaging volunteers begin with the importance of the “personal ask.”“People don’t necessarily respond to an advertisement,” she said. It’s also important to recognize people’s skills and what they do and don’t enjoy doing. “Help them to be able to use the gifts that they want to use. Put them where they’re going to feel comfortable.”Once people are involved, she said, “I don’t think you can ever tell a volunteer too many times how much you appreciate them and thank them for what they’re doing.”It’s also important to empower volunteers and make sure they feel like you’re working together to accomplish something, she said. When someone works with her, “I don’t want people to feel like I am the boss and you have to do this because Kokie said so. I want people to be empowered and to come and say, ‘Look, this needs to be done. How can we accomplish this?’”“Everyone needs to have a stake in what you’re doing,” she said. “If you can provide that, your volunteers are going to stay. … To me, it’s all about relationship building.”Perez-Iturbe, who previously volunteered at Zoo Miami and in youth ministries, said taking the diocesan course has taught her to take volunteering seriously, as well as how to organize herself and tools for assessing a community’s needs and how to meet them.“Going to do ministry … sometimes you don’t really know what to do and how to do it,” she said. “I’ve been volunteering for many years. I kind of know how to do things as of now, but this is like the ABCs, and Scripture-based. Everything that I do now, I truly understand the Baptismal Covenant behind it.”“There’s not a lot of money; there’s a lot of need,” she added. “This course helps you develop, see what the need is, allocate resources accordingly and wisely.”She also appreciates that the instructors provide contact information for following up if you need assistance with a particular issue, she said. “You can call them back and say, ‘Hey, can you help me with this?’ and they’re so welcoming.”St. Luke’s first food collection for the pantry at St. Faith’s will happen Feb. 23. This sort of collaborative ministry Perez-Iturbe is fostering is precisely the sort of ministry Episcopal Charities likes to support.“Our goal is to create a collaborative diocesan outreach that transcends the walls of a particular congregation because we think that’s the best way or the most loving way we can serve people, realizing that each community has its own specific needs and challenges,” Dambrot said.“Sometimes our congregations tend to be a little insular. They want to work together, but sometimes there’s maybe not even a thought of, ‘Hey, let’s collaborate with the church down the street or the nearest Episcopal church … and maybe we can do something big and in the process create community and in the process maybe enlarge our hearts in the gospel.”“I see Episcopal Charities as really a part of that process of gathering people, taking them outside their doors and bringing them together, creating a community of those who feel called to serve.”To serve potential students located a long drive from campus, they plan to offer online classes in the fall using Webex, an online video conferencing service, and an audio-visual screen system the diocese has in different locations, Dambrot said.She hopes they can offer the Beyond the Walls training to the wider church as well, she said. “We definitely plan on taking the materials and having the material available because they’re great materials. … We want to make this available beyond the walls of the diocese.”— Sharon Sheridan is an ENS correspondent. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Submit a Job Listing Rector Tampa, FL Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Belleville, IL Featured Jobs & Calls Curate Diocese of Nebraska Submit an Event Listing Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Training equips volunteers to launch, sustain outreach ministries Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Submit a Press Release Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs last_img read more

EDS names Thomas Eoyang Jr. as dean of students and…

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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Featured Events 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 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ 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 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Press Release Service Submit a Press Release Rector Smithfield, NC People, Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Washington, DC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Featured Jobs & Calls Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Tags Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME 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 Shreveport, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Theological Education Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Youth Minister Lorton, VA center_img Rector Pittsburgh, PA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET [Episcopal Divinity School press release] Episcopal Divinity School has announced the appointment of the Rev. Thomas Eoyang Jr. (MDiv ’03, DMin ’14) as the school’s dean of students and community life. Eoyang will begin his appointment on June 1, and will reside on the EDS campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts.“We are thrilled to welcome Thomas Eoyang back to EDS as dean of students and community life,” said the Very Rev. Francis Fornaro, interim president and dean. “As both an EDS alumnus and a pastoral leader, Thomas brings incredible insight and experience to the position. The dean of students and community life is so important in each student’s formation in lay or ordained ministry, and because Thomas has been there, both as an EDS student, as a scholar, and in parish ministry, I know he will be an invaluable asset to this community.”Eoyang earned both his MDiv and DMin degrees from Episcopal Divinity School. For the last seven years, he has served as rector of Grace Epiphany Church in Philadelphia. Previously he served as interim rector at Trinity Memorial Church in Philadelphia and as assistant to the rector at St. Peter’s Church in Glenside, Pennsylvania. He was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Pennsylvania in 2004.“I am very excited to return to the school that was so instrumental in my own formation,” said Eoyang. “As dean of students and community life I look forward to working closely with students, faculty, staff, and EDS alumni/ae and friends and help to strengthen and grow this vibrant theological community.”Prior to his ordination, Eoyang worked in medical and health sciences publishing, most recently as editor-in-chief of nursing books in Philadelphia.In addition to his EDS degrees, Eoyang holds an MA in comparative literature from Stanford University, and graduated cum laude from Harvard College, where he studied English history and literature.The press release from Episcopal Divinity School is available here. Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Hopkinsville, KY Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Albany, NY Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Belleville, IL Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem EDS names Thomas Eoyang Jr. as dean of students and community life Posted May 20, 2015 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Collierville, TN Rector Martinsville, VA Submit an Event Listing AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Submit a Job Listing In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Tampa, FL Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Knoxville, TN Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest last_img read more

Episcopal Health Foundation welcomes new vice president for applied research

first_img Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Posted Oct 21, 2015 Donna Scott says: Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Press Release Service Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Bath, NC Health & Healthcare, Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Comments are closed. Rector Hopkinsville, KY Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Episcopal Health Foundation welcomes new vice president for applied research Submit a Job Listing Youth Minister Lorton, VA Director of Music Morristown, NJ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books 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 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 Melanie Barbarito says: Submit a Press Release Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET People Curate Diocese of Nebraska October 23, 2015 at 10:54 am I had never heard of the Episcopal Health Foundation. It was a simple matter to google it, but the article would have been improved had there been a brief description. As is, it assumes that everyone knows about that organization. Rector Belleville, IL The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, IDcenter_img Submit an Event Listing Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Collierville, TN Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Featured Events Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Shreveport, LA Comments (2) [Episcopal Health Foundation press release] The Episcopal Health Foundation welcomes Dr. Shao-Chee Sim as EHF’s new vice president for applied research. Sim comes to EHF after more than 20 years of extensive research, community engagement, planning, and strategy experience within philanthropy, federally-qualified health centers (FQHCs) and nonprofit organizations.Sim is known nationally as a leader in improving health for immigrant communities and vulnerable populations. Most recently, he was the chief strategy officer of the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center in New York City. Sim led the FQHC in its research and evaluation, strategic planning, and disease prevention, intervention and health service projects. Through strategic collaboration, Sim helped lead advocacy on issues such as community health center funding, hepatitis B, and culturally-competent health care. His research work included studying health disparities affecting underserved populations, assessing patient care experiences, and improving the effectiveness of intervention efforts.Along with this work with community health centers, Sim also assumed research leadership roles at several foundations and nonprofits – including The Wallace Foundation and the Asian American Federation of New York. Much of that research centered on mental health, access to health services and children’s issues for vulnerable groups.“Shao-Chee brings such a wide and diverse range of research experience to the Foundation,” said Elena Marks, EHF’s president and CEO. “Those experiences show a clear focus on health, not just healthcare. His leadership will help EHF become concentrated on not just doing more health research, but different research projects designed to help guide improvements to community health.”Dr. Sim earned his Master’s degree in public administration from the JFK School of Government at Harvard University and a doctorate in public policy from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.“I’m excited for the unique opportunity to build upon EHF’s efforts to bring long-lasting improvements to the health of millions of Texans,” Sim said. “It’s an opportunity to develop health data and research not as final projects of themselves, but as tools to use to advance the health of all in communities.” Rector Tampa, FL Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Smithfield, NC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Featured Jobs & Calls Tags Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Albany, NY Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Martinsville, VA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET 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 Washington, DC October 26, 2015 at 3:59 pm I would like to know how locally our Diocesan clergy, especially pastoral counselors at Episcopal churches, might connect with this research group. Could you provide a website or email contact, please? Thank you. Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS last_img read more

Video: Presiding Bishop Michael Curry preaches at historic Christ Church

first_img Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Executive Council October 2016, Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Video: Presiding Bishop Michael Curry preaches at historic Christ Church Rector Tampa, FL Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Jo Ann Haseltine says: Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Bath, NC October 25, 2016 at 10:40 pm Thank God Almighty for Bishop Curry! Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Comments are closed. Submit an Event Listing Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS 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 Judith Dickerson says: Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Tags October 22, 2016 at 7:17 pm I pray one day that Bishop Curry will come to Philadelphia so that I can hear him spread the word of Our Lord in person. What a wonderful man of God. Thank you Lord Jesus for this your servant. Twe Rector Pittsburgh, PA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Comments (3) Posted Oct 22, 2016 Submit a Press Release Submit a Job Listing Featured Events Rector Belleville, IL center_img Rector Washington, DC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Curate Diocese of Nebraska 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 Kathryn Twesten says: Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Albany, NY Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Youth Minister Lorton, VA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Executive Council, Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Shreveport, LA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Video Associate Rector Columbus, GA October 23, 2016 at 7:48 pm So moving Thank you Bishop Curry Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Smithfield, NC Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Press Release Service Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL [Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey] Presiding Bishop Curry delivered this sermon Oct. 21 during the Holy Eucharist for the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council held at Christ Church, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA last_img read more

EPPN: Pray, fast, act for environmental programs

first_img John Miller says: Tom Hurley says: Curate Diocese of Nebraska [Episcopal Public Policy Network] Today, the 21st of August, we pray, fast, and act to protect funding for domestic and international programs that address the health effects of environmental degradation impacting the poorest among us.PRAY for our nation’s elected leaders and for all who struggle with the impacts and effects of environmental degradation that result in hunger, poverty and death.FAST to call attention to the needs and circumstances of those suffering from the impacts of air and water pollution, chemical exposure and natural disasters.Share on social media using #PrayFastAct and @TheEPPN. Post a picture of a dinner place setting with the reason you are fasting this month.ACT by urging your elected representatives to continue funding crucial programs that care for all of creation by addressing environmental degradation and its impact around the world.Urge Congress to protect funding for domestic and international environmental programs! Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Comments are closed. Director of Music Morristown, NJ Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA EPPN: Pray, fast, act for environmental programs Rector Shreveport, LA 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 Pjcabbiness says: Comments (4) Rector Knoxville, TN Submit an Event Listing Rector Martinsville, VA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Environment & Climate Change, Featured Events Rector Bath, NC Episcopal Public Policy Network, Advocacy Peace & Justice, Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK 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 August 22, 2017 at 11:24 am The EPPN is funded through our contributions to our local church. If you look at just the Episcopal Migration Ministries staff costs (2016-2018 budget) there are 30 employees at a cost ov over $6M/year. This is just one department. Then there is the Office of Govenment Relations which handles public policy and advocates for the laity to call their congressman for progressive issues like eco-justice, refugees resettlement, immigration and even issues over seas like the Palestinian problem. These people have nothing to do but stick there nose into goverment business and we pay them to do it. If you like it, starve yourself and keep contributing if not then stop or don’t complain about the political activism of the Episcopal Church. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Course Director Jerusalem, Israel center_img Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Hopkinsville, KY Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Press Release Service Rector Smithfield, NC August 21, 2017 at 7:53 pm I have never understood the effectiveness of fasting. Rector Albany, NY Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Belleville, IL 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 Submit a Job Listing Submit a Press Release AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 August 21, 2017 at 4:33 pm I will pray for congress to reduce poverty by passing pro growth economic legislation that benefits all Americans. I will pray for them to have the strength to reject politically motivated ecofascist pressure and junk science. Jobs, low taxes and cheap energy are the antidote to poverty, malaise and suffering. August 23, 2017 at 10:21 am We’ve tried that before and found it wanting to say nothing of ignoring the warning of the Bible about greed, stewardship of the earth, and justice. I worry not so much about political correctness but about patriotic correctness like muzzling scientists and doctors.I wonder why the above speaker does trolling here. Youth Minister Lorton, VA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Bill Louis says: Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Tampa, FL Associate Rector Columbus, GA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Posted Aug 21, 2017 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Faith & Politics Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN last_img read more

Presiding Bishop fields faith questions from Reddit users in ‘Ask…

first_img Rector Collierville, TN By David PaulsenPosted Oct 10, 2019 Rector Shreveport, LA [Episcopal News Service] He may have preached at a royal wedding, but he’s never committed himself to answering whatever questions the users of the social network Reddit might throw at him – until now.Presiding Bishop Michael Curry spent the afternoon of Oct. 10 participating in his first “Ask Me Anything,” a popular Reddit feature that goes by the shorthand AMA. The idea behind the AMA session is for a person of some renown or import – from Bill Gates to a local TV weatherman – to mingle with the average Reddit user and take any and all questions. Curry’s AMA can be found on the r/Christianity subreddit.Presiding Bishop Michael Curry holds a sign promoting his Oct. 10 “Ask Me Anything” session on the social network Reddit.“Looking forward to talking all things Episcopal Church, The Way of Love, Jesus Movement, and perhaps a little bit about that wedding,” Curry said in his introduction.Attached was a photo of Curry holding a sign that read, “Hello Reddit!” In the corner of the sign was a hand-drawn depiction of Reddit’s alien mascot, Snoo, dressed in bishop garb.Over about an hour and a half, the session generated 145 comments between Curry and his questioners. The questions touched on topics that included evangelism, devotional practices, preaching style, theological education, the Episcopal tradition and denominational decline.“I find it helpful to remember that we are first of all not a religious institution. That we are first of all participants in the movement that Jesus began in the first century,” Curry said. “And that movement of Jesus – a movement of people that gathered around him and his movement of love – that movement has been an underground movement in the first century. … It may well be now that we have returned to being an underground movement again. And that’s okay, because our way is not the way of the world. It is the way of the crucified and risen One.”The “Ask Me Anything” coincided with the release of new episodes in the second season of The Episcopal Church’s “Way of Love” podcast featuring Curry, according to Jeremy Tackett, Episcopal Church digital evangelist.“We’ve been working for the past few months to find an opportunity for the presiding bishop to interact with the Reddit /r/Christianity community,” Tackett told Episcopal News Service. “They’re an active group, and we knew there would be great questions and a chance to reach beyond our normal Episcopalian audience.”Some Reddit users asked Curry about his own spiritual growth.“How has your relationship with Jesus changed over the years?” asked a user who goes by Ay_Theos_Meo. “How is your spiritual life different from your early days as Christian (if it is different at all)?”“I have to admit that one of the things that really has changed is that Jesus really has a way of broadening my worldview and perspective rather than constricting and limiting it,” Curry responded, in part.Another user asked whom Curry would like to meet to discuss faith. “Of course the answer is Jesus,” Curry said. He also added German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Fannie Lou Hamer, a leader in the civil rights movement.Other questions were more lighthearted, and Curry was willing to play along.lindsey7606: “Bishop Curry, what’s your favorite corny bible joke?”PBCurry: “Old preachers never die, they just go out to pastor!”And at a few points the “Ask Me Anything” session turned personal. One user mentioned being baptized and confirmed by Curry when he was bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina. Another Reddit user, Tepid_Radical_Reform, told Curry that many years ago Curry’s wife worked with the user’s mother at a bank in Cincinnati, and the mother also babysat Curry’s daughter.“So, important question: Do you love Cincinnati Skyline Chili?” Tepid_Radical_Reform asked.“I do,” Curry responded. “Especially when I’m not dieting!”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected].org. Youth Minister Lorton, VA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Featured Events New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Submit an Event Listing Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Belleville, IL Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Submit a Press Release Rector Knoxville, TN Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Tags Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Hopkinsville, KY Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 center_img Rector Tampa, FL Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Albany, NY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Presiding Bishop fields faith questions from Reddit users in ‘Ask Me Anything’ session Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis 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 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Featured Jobs & Calls Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Press Release Service Rector Bath, NC Rector Martinsville, VA 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 Washington, DC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Submit a Job Listing Evangelism, Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI last_img read more

Washington, Houston cathedrals strike up World Series wager in Twitter…

first_img Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Submit a Press Release Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Collierville, TN Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit an Event Listing Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Press Release Service Associate Rector Columbus, GA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Washington, Houston cathedrals strike up World Series wager in Twitter showdown Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Shreveport, LA Curate Diocese of Nebraska By Egan MillardPosted Oct 23, 2019 Featured Jobs & Calls Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Tampa, FL Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ 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 Featured Events This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 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 Washington, DC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Bath, NC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Submit a Job Listing Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY 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 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Martinsville, VA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Youth Minister Lorton, VA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA [Episcopal News Service] It turns out the World Series isn’t just a competition between two baseball teams or two cities. This year, it’s also a battle between two Episcopal cathedrals.As the Washington Nationals make their first World Series appearance against the 2017 champion Houston Astros, the dean of Houston’s Christ Church Cathedral, the seat of the Diocese of Texas, issued a “friendly wager” to his counterpart at Washington National Cathedral in D.C.“We think you’re gonna lose the World Series,” the Very Rev. Barkley Thompson said in a Twitter video on Oct. 22. “And here’s the bet: Whoever loses has to wear the other team’s gear at a Sunday morning service in church.”Dean @BarkleyThompson knows that actions speak louder than words. That’s why he’s challenging Dean @Rhollerith at the @WNCathedral to a friendly wager for the @astros and @Nationals @MLB World Series. Your move, D.C.! pic.twitter.com/AYW5ZwpMVi— Christ Church (@cccathedraltx) October 22, 2019The rivalry started when Washington National Cathedral posted photos of its famous gargoyles and statues wearing Nationals hats, using the hashtag #GodHasFavorites:Everyone at @WNCathedral is root root rooting for the home team! @Nationals #STAYINTHEFIGHT #Natitude #GodHasFavorites pic.twitter.com/uuXDsfhYiH— Washington National Cathedral (@WNCathedral) October 21, 2019“To those of us in Texas, those are fighting words,” Thompson said in response, noting that Christ Church Cathedral is five blocks from Minute Maid Park, where the Astros play. “Good luck, Nationals. We think you’ll need it. Go Astros, and play ball!”The Very Rev. Randy Hollerith, dean of Washington National Cathedral, eagerly accepted the bet.So @cccathedraltx has a wager that the @astros can beat the @nationals.Bring it, Houston, says Dean @RHollerith to Dean @BarkleyThompson. #[email protected] pic.twitter.com/25McLzlyqy— Washington National Cathedral (@WNCathedral) October 23, 2019“Bring it on, Houston,” Hollerith replied on Twitter on Oct. 23, after the Nationals won the first game of the series.“Great game last night! We’re off to a good start – at least, that’s how we think here in Washington,” Hollerith said in his own Twitter video.The National Cathedral has doubled down on its support for its home team, even posting a video of its organists playing “Baby Shark” – the inescapable children’s song that has inexplicably become the unofficial anthem of the Nationals – on the cathedral’s majestic organ:Everyone at @WNCathedral is rooting for the @Nationals — even all 10.647 pipes of the organ! @88_gparra #Natitude #WorldSeries #babyshark pic.twitter.com/8vgwJtQIoB— Washington National Cathedral (@WNCathedral) October 22, 2019The cathedral has previously posted videos of its children’s choir singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”:[email protected] is officially changing its name to Washington Nationals Cathedral. #Natitude Go @Nationals! pic.twitter.com/RBA5OoV2ar— Washington National Cathedral (@WNCathedral) October 3, 2019And the same song being played on its bells:In Hollerith’s video responding to Thompson’s wager, he opened a box of Astro Doughnuts – a D.C. favorite – to reveal a dozen donuts with baby sharks in the middle.If God really does have a favorite, perhaps that will become clearer when the teams face off for Game 2 on Oct. 23 in Houston.– Egan Millard is an assistant editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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