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“Rain is a blessing, and we know you have brought us a blessing,” Rita Ayeebo, the project manager at the Anglican Women’s Development Centre in Yelwoko, Ghana, told a group of nineteen Episcopal Relief & Development pilgrims waiting out a heavy shower under a roofed patio at the organization’s headquarters last July.

Bishop Jacob Miller and Jennings for webAfter several days visiting farms and villages in the heat and humidity of northern Ghana, the group of Episcopalians led by the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies of The Episcopal Church, welcomed the rain not only as relief from heat but as an answer to the prayers of local farmers whose crops are suffering from climate change and depleted soil. According to Episcopal Relief & Development, 90% of families in northern Ghana are dependent on farming to earn a living.

ADDRO (Anglican Diocesan Development and Relief Organisation), Episcopal Relief & Development’s partner in northern Ghana, works directly with farmers whose traditional farming practices no longer produce enough food to feed their families. Maize, soybeans, millet and yams are all common subsistence crops in the regions of Ghana where ADDRO is active, but its farming programs focus on maize and soybeans, crops that with improved management can result in significantly increased yields.

14-15 de Junio, 2013

Ciudad de Mexico

gay glenda anthony with bishops standardBuenos días. Es un honor el haber sido invitada por el Obispo Touché-Porter y el Canónigo Ramos-Huerta para estar con ustedes en este importante sínodo, y estoy feliz de ser la portadora de afectuosos saludos para todos ustedes de parte de la Iglesia Episcopal. En el noventa y cuatro, yo era diputada de la Convención General que estableció el convenio entre nuestras dos provincias autónomas,  y me alegra el poder expresar personalmente mi compromiso con dicho convenio.

Yo sirvo como la presidenta de la cámara de diputados de la Iglesia Episcopal, la cual cuenta con un cuerpo legislativo de ocho cientos ochenta miembros, y junto con la Cámara de Obispos, conformamos lo que viene a ser nuestra Convención General. La Convención General es la autoridad máxima en la Iglesia Episcopal.  Recientemente, la Convención General ha iniciado conversaciones amplias acerca de cómo reformar la estructura y la misión de la Iglesia Episcopal para poder responder mejor al llamado que Dios mismo nos está haciendo en este Siglo Veintiuno. Honestamente, y tomando en cuenta este momento en nuestra historia común, la Iglesia Episcopal tiene mucho que aprender de la Iglesia Anglicana de México.

En la Iglesia Episcopal estamos batallando con dejar ir algunas de las estructuras corporativas y sus formas dominadoras que, francamente, no nos han convertido en los mejores vecinos en muchos de los casos. En efecto, estamos procurando un entendimiento más claro acerca de nuestra propia identidad como pueblo de Dios, de forma tal que podamos establecer con ustedes en México, y con toda la Comunión Anglicana, redes de trabajo, colaboraciones y relaciones misioneras que sean más firmes, comunes y auto-sostenibles.

 

On June 23, President Jennings spoke to the closing banquet of the Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries@40 Conference.

I am deeply honored by this opportunity to speak to you tonight. Thank you for your warm welcome and hospitality. It is a privilege to be with you and learn more about the vital ministry of EAM and its members throughout the church we love.

Last month, Tom Brackett, the Episcopal Church’s missioner for new church starts and mission initiatives, posted a question in the Five Marks of Mission Facebook group. He asked, “Does anyone know of an anti-racism training or process that goes beyond saying ‘No!’ to racism to saying ‘Yes!’ to the Beloved Community?”

His question garnered more than 50 comments, and the conversation went on for several weeks. If you read the post—anyone can join the Five Marks of Mission Facebook group and read it—you’ll see that its participants are wrestling with a question I hear about more and more often as I travel around the church: How can we learn to talk about race and racism in the Episcopal Church in new ways that will help us break out of old categories and old dichotomies?

After I read the conversation that Tom had convened online, I talked with some leaders who are people of color about their experiences in the Episcopal Church. This evening, I want to talk with you about what I’ve heard and invite you to join the conversation.

Remarks on the eve of being awarded a doctor of divinity honoris causa by Episcopal Divinity School, May 22, 2013

At the insistence of George Jessel, Groucho Marx joined the Friars Club.

He found club life not to his liking, so he sent a telegram to the club secretary resigning his membership. The telegram read, "I wouldn't belong to a club that would have me as a member."

Today I feel akin to Groucho.

When I convened the Honorary Degrees Committee for the Board of Trustees of this seminary, I didn't qualify for an honorary degree. So, I want to begin by thanking my successor, Bob Steel, for lowering the standards and letting me in.

I told a friend that Dean Ragsdale had 'phoned to say the board had voted to grant me an honorary degree. He asked, "What's it for?"

Well, I didn't know. It never dawned on me to ask the President and Dean why I might be given an honorary degree, which shows that humility would not be one of the reasons. I'm really looking forward to hearing the mandamus tomorrow and learning why EDS might give me an honorary degree.

 

As Deputy Laura Russell of the Diocese of Newark sees it, spending three days in Indaba conversation about gender-based violence was a way to strengthen the relationships among grassroots leaders that are the real strength of the Anglican Communion.

“Women’s issues can help transcend cultural boundaries, especially when we get together to talk,” said Russell in a recent interview about the Indaba process on gender-based violence organized by Anglican Women’s Empowerment (AWE) in partnership with the Anglican Communion’s Continuing Indaba program. “In a short time, we made friends and connections and cemented a lot of relationships.”

On February 1, 2013, President of the House of Deputies Gay Clark Jennings gave the keynote address at the Winter Convocation of the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio. Jennings is an eight-time deputy Ohio deputy.

Wilderness Tips for Episcopalians:  Leading the Church in a Post-Christian World

Not too long after I was elected president of the House of Deputies, I got a call from Rob Radtke, who is the president of Episcopal Relief & Development. He asked if I would lead a pilgrimage this summer to some of the programs that the Episcopal Church supports in Ghana. These programs fight poverty and help prevent malaria and other diseases that kill nearly 8% of the country's children before their fifth birthday.

Of course I said yes. Episcopal Relief & Development is one of our church's most essential and effective ways of doing mission. How could I say no?

And then I got the packing list.

So now, because I believe in our baptismal promise to seek and serve Christ in all persons, and because I believe that our relationships with Anglicans across the globe are the essence of the Anglican Communion, I have a corner in our guest room where I am storing an increasingly large stash of gear. I have a bandana that has been treated with mosquito repellent. I have a water bottle with a built-in filter. I am on the lookout for bug spray with more DEET than I knew you could buy and I need to arrange for a dizzying array of medications and immunizations. Plus, there has been talk of crocodiles. I don't do reptiles, especially large reptiles.

My belief in how we are called to respond to the Gospel is taking me way, way outside my comfort zone.


franklogue-headshot-colorThe burning bush is an image I can’t imagine ever being featured on Christmas cards or wrapping paper. The idea of an angel of the Lord appearing to Moses in a flame of fire out of a bush set ablaze yet not consumed by fire may bring to mind Cecil B. DeMille’s epic movie The Ten Commandments. Within Christian art there is another depiction of the burning bush worth recapturing this Christmastide. In Orthodox iconography, Mary may be pictured in an image that morphs the God-bearing virgin with the burning bush encountered by Moses.

La conferencia Nuevo amanecer que nació en el año dos mil con el primer nuevo renacer latino llevado a cabo en Los Ángeles, está orientada a informar, formar, alentar y avivar a los latinos episcopales. La celebrada en Kanuga, Carolina del Norte, del 27 al 30 de agosto de 2012, con el lema Muchos pueblos, una familia, es la cuarta, la más participada y diversificada; casi trescientas personas llenaron la concurrencia, pero el aspecto más sorprendente fue la abultada presencia de personas angloparlantes. Ese fue el elemento determinante de toda la conferencia pues, en efecto, su asistencia está declarando que, sin duda alguna, el ministerio hispano, no solamente cuenta con carta de ciudadanía en la Iglesia episcopal, sino que ya se le considera elemento categórico del crecimiento de nuestra Iglesia.

Comprobaron y reforzaron esa tesis todas las secciones e intervenciones de la conferencia. Desde la primera ponencia a cargo del doctor Víctor A. Feliberty-Ruberté, de la Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, que durante casi una hora nos asombró a base de estadísticas y gráficas mostrando el crecimiento del pueblo hispano en este país, hasta al discurso final del reverendo Simón Bautista que, cargado de preciosista oratoria, probó y demostró que definitivamente los hispanos somos profetas, misioneros, evangélicos, sacramentales y espirituales. ¿Quién no puede quedar sobrecogido ante tal cúmulo de dones? Efectivamente, ¡el ministerio hispano, desde ahora en adelante será heraldo del crecimiento episcopal!

The Nuevo Amanecer conference, which was born in the year 2000 in Los Angeles, was intended to inform, support and revive Episcopal Latinos. The 2012 celebration at Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville, N.C., on August 27 – 30, with the theme Many Countries, One Family, is the fourth, most diverse and most attended of these conferences with about 300 participants. 

The most impressive element of this particular conference, however, was the abundant presence of English-speaking persons. This was the key element of the whole conference because it demonstrated without a doubt that Latino/Hispanic ministry does not require any more proof of citizenship in the Episcopal Church. It is categorically considered to be a key element in the growth of our church.

All of the sessions and presentations of the conference proved and reinforced this thesis. Dr. Víctor A. Feliberty-Ruberté from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico started by astonishing us for almost an hour with statistics and graphics that demonstrated the growth of Hispanics in this country. The final discourse by the Rev. Simon Bautista, Latino missioner in the Diocese of Washington, was an eloquent presentation to prove and demonstrate that Hispanics are definitively prophets, missionaries, evangelical, sacramental, and spiritual. Who would not be overtaken by such a wealth of gifts? Without a doubt, from this day forward Latino/Hispanic ministry will be the herald for Episcopal growth!

Video del tema musical: Muchos Pueblos, Una Familia, canción de Nuevo Amanecer 2012. Los latinos le damos color y sabor a la Iglesia Episcopal!