Category Archives: Anglican Communion

Bishops advocate for Jerusalem bishop denied a residency permit

From Episcopal News Service –

Bishop of Jerusalem, the Rt. Rev. Suheil Dawani

Following the March 25 – 30 meeting of the House of Bishops, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and the house have written letters requesting support for Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem Suheil Dawani, who has been denied the customary residency permit allowing him to live in Jerusalem.

Jefferts Schori’s letter is addressed to the Episcopal Church; the letter from the House of Bishops is written to Israel’s ambassadors serving in nations where the Episcopal Church has dioceses or presence.

Read the entire article and both letters.

Comments Off on Bishops advocate for Jerusalem bishop denied a residency permit

Filed under Anglican Communion, News from The Episcopal Church

From the Bishop of Kohoku in Nippon Sei Ko Kai

From the Rt. Rev. John Hiromichi Kato of the Diocese of Kohoku in Nippon Sei Ko Kai (NSKK) or the Anglican Episcopal Church in Japan. Bishop Kato was in Bishop Steve’s daily small group at the Lambeth Conference in 2008.

What we are experiencing in our city does not compare to what we have seen in the media, particularly those areas directly impacted by the tsunami. According to the Asahi newspaper, life for the between 400,000 to 500,000 people living in temporary shelters is getting worse. The affected area is very wide and diocesan staff have not been able to visit all areas. What we do know about churches and kindergartens (in the Tohoku diocese, kindergartens are often attached to churches) is:

The Grace Church, Kamaishi and Kindergarten: The building did not suffer damage from the tsunami, but not all church members have been found (this location is right on coast and it was very fortunate that Tsunami did not reach the building) St. John’s Church, Isoyama: It is located very close to sea and it has been reported that one person dead. It is not known about others in the area. We pray that they are all safe in some temporary shelter. (This church has membership of 8 without a resident priest.)

Read more…

Comments Off on From the Bishop of Kohoku in Nippon Sei Ko Kai

Filed under Anglican Communion

From the Archbishop of Japan

More about how to help from Episcopal Relief & Development

From the Archbishop of Japan

“There is particular concern for two churches: Isoyama St Peter’s Church in Fukushima Prefecture and Kamaishi Shinai Church and the kindergarten in Iwate that were close to the sea. Priests have been frantically trying to confirm that their parishioners are safe. We also know that it is not only Tohoku diocese that has been affected, some churches in Kita Kanto diocese have been reported to have been damaged also.

“Sendai Christchurch (the Cathedral church) is badly damaged and yesterday, while there were still so many aftershocks, the church carried out their first Sunday after Lent service in the diocesan office.”

read it all…

 

Comments Off on From the Archbishop of Japan

Filed under Anglican Communion

Prayers and support for the people of Japan

Update:  3/14/11

More about how to help from Episcopal Relief & Development

From the Archbishop of Japan

“There is particular concern for two churches: Isoyama St Peter’s Church in Fukushima Prefecture and Kamaishi Shinai Church and the kindergarten in Iwate that were close to the sea. Priests have been frantically trying to confirm that their parishioners are safe. We also know that it is not only Tohoku diocese that has been affected, some churches in Kita Kanto diocese have been reported to have been damaged also.

Sendai Christchurch (the Cathedral church) is badly damaged and yesterday, while there were still so many aftershocks, the church carried out their first Sunday after Lent service in the diocesan office.”

read it all…

 

 

The Presiding Bishop sent this to Episcopal Bishops this morning:

“We ask your prayers for the people of Japan and surrounding areas in the Pacific Rim following the earlier earthquake and tsunami. I have been in touch with Archbishop Nathaniel Uematsu of the Nippon So Ko Kai, who was in meetings in Kyoto during the time of the earthquake and is now in Osaka trying to communicate with the areas most affected by the devastation. He asks for prayers for Bishop John Kato and the people of the Diocese of Tohoku, which has been hit hardest. Our office continues to be in touch with Episcopal Relief & Development, as well as with Lambeth Palace. Your prayers and support are deeply appreciated, for Japan, as well as for all those in the Pacific Rim under a tsunami alert.”

The following is a prayer from the Church of England as well as links to a report from the Anglican Communion News Service and a statement from Episcopal Relief & Development.

O loving Creator,

bring healing and hope to those who, at this time, grieve, suffer pain, or who have been affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

We remember those who have died and we pray for those who mourn for them.

We pray for those who may be affected as the tsunami spreads across the Pacific.

May we all be aware of Your compassion, O God, which calms our troubled hearts and shelters our anxious souls.

May we pray with humility with our troubled and struggling brothers and sisters on earth.

May we dare to hope that through the generosity of the privileged, the destitute might glimpse hope, warmth and life again.

Through our Saviour Christ who lives with us, comforts us and soothes us.

Amen.

Anglican Communion News Service

Episcopal Relief and Development

From the Archbishop of Canterbury

Comments Off on Prayers and support for the people of Japan

Filed under Anglican Communion, News from The Episcopal Church

Prayers and support to our brothers and sisters in Christchurch

Christchurch Cathedral

Here is a link to a letter that the Rev. Canon Chuck Robertson, Canon to Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori,  has just sent to Episcopal bishops requesting both prayers and financial support for the those affected by the last week’s earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand.  It is  from the Rev. Robert Kereopa, Executive Officer of the Anglican Missions Board of the Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.

Read it here.

Comments Off on Prayers and support to our brothers and sisters in Christchurch

Filed under Anglican Communion

Presiding Bishop on Sudanese referendum

“We rejoice with our brothers and sisters in both Southern and Northern Sudan” [February 8, 2011]

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori shared the joy of the Episcopal Church with the people in Sudan on the positive outcome of the country-wide referendum in a statement today.

“We rejoice with our brothers and sisters in both Southern and Northern Sudan as they work for peaceful co-existence,” she said in a statement. Sudanese government officials announced on Monday that over 98% voted in favor of independence for the South. In September, the Presiding Bishop called for a Season of Prayer for Sudan, urging prayer, study, and action for the January 9 referendum.

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori’s full statement: The Episcopal Church is deeply grateful for the peaceful outcome of the referendum in Sudan. We rejoice with our brothers and sisters in both Southern and Northern Sudan as they work for peaceful co-existence. Our partnerships with the Episcopal Church of Sudan, which will remain united as one church body, will continue. We pray for peace, and for communities where all may enjoy the abundant life for which all God’s children have been created.

Episcopal News Service: Southern Sudanese celebrate the birth of a new nation Presiding bishop welcomes independence vote http://www.episcopalchurch.org/79425_126945_ENG_HTM.htm

Comments Off on Presiding Bishop on Sudanese referendum

Filed under Anglican Communion

A letter from the Bishop of Egypt

The Anglican Communion News Service has published this letter from the Most Rev. Dr. Mouneer Hanna Anis, Bishop of Egypt.

He says in part –

In the midst of the turmoil which Egypt is going through, we have felt that the Lord is very near to us. We have experienced his peace, and we were assured of his protection. In most of our churches and homes, there have been prayer meetings for the situation and for our beloved country Egypt. All our churches are safe, although they have not been guarded by the security since Friday when all the security were withdrawn. This assured us that the one who protects the churches is the Lord of the Church.

I was touched to see young adults, Muslims and Christians, guarding the streets, homes, and our churches. They did not allow any thieves or looters to come near the area. They also arrested some of those and handed them over to the Army. I applaud our local Egyptian clergy and people who joined the youth in the streets in guarding homes and churches.

Read his letter here.

1 Comment

Filed under Anglican Communion

Primates to meet in Dublin this week

At the last Primates' Meeting, held in Alexandria, Egypt, in February 2009, the Most Rev. Francis Park of the Anglican Church of Korea with Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori. Photo by Matthew Davies

Matthew Davies has a story at Episcopal News Service about the upcoming meeting of the Anglican Communion Primates (most of them, anyway).

Read it here.

The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori will attend.  Today she released the following statement about the Primates meeting:

January 24, 2011

I look forward to greeting many old friends at the Primates Meeting in Dublin, and I look forward to meeting those who have been elected in the past two years.

I am deeply grateful that we may begin to focus on issues that are highly significant in local contexts as well as across the breadth of the Anglican Communion. Certainly issues of serving our brothers and sisters, offering good news for body, mind, and spirit, are the central ones in our province.

The Episcopal Church is urgently focused on rebuilding in Haiti, seeking increased ways to bring good news to the poor in indigenous communities, inner cities, and expanding and depopulating rural areas in all the nations in our province.

Across the globe, in partnership with Anglicans and others, we seek to serve the least of these, bringing light in the midst of darkness, peace in the midst of war and violence, and hope in the face of devastating natural disasters and the growing reality of climate change. We own our domestic responsibility to change our habits and ways of life that contribute to environmental damage and destruction.

In all we do, we seek to recognize the face of God wherever we turn, realizing that the body of God’s creation will only be healed when all members of the body of Christ are working together.

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church

The PB also was also featured in a brief Q&A with the Houston Chronicle yesterday.  Check it out here.  [h/t Episcopal Cafe]

Comments Off on Primates to meet in Dublin this week

Filed under Anglican Communion, News from The Episcopal Church