Presiding Bishop releases letter about the Diocese of Haiti

first_img Rector Shreveport, LA Posted Dec 1, 2016 Rector Collierville, TN Rector Martinsville, VA 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 December 3, 2016 at 2:44 pm Although I have had some acquaintance with the Diocese of Haiti in the past and know the three recipients of the Presiding Bishop’s letter, I have no knowledge of specific issues that have prompted the current conflict. The PB’s stress on reconciliation as the goal to pray and work for is excellent and clearly just the right note to strike at this time. It would be easy for a letter of this type to slip into the bureaucratese of canons and procedures – as many such letters have in the past history of the Episcopal Church. Instead, Michael Curry addresses the situation from the standpoint of the gospel and God’s mission of reconciliation through Christ Jesus. Thanks be to God for his faithfulness and vision, and thanks be to God that both bishops involved have said that they likewise wish to work toward reconciliation. Leon Spencer says: Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC December 1, 2016 at 8:03 pm It is sad to learn about divisions within the episcopate of Haiti. I remember Bp Duracin many years ago as a committed leader and pastor. I do not know Bp Beauvoir, but certainly when he was elected suffragan bishop there must have been harmony on all sides. Presiding Bishop Curry does not mention what the dispute is all about, but perhaps one could guess, given other ruptures within the Episcopal Church which for the most part seem to be healing themselves. Let us pray for reconciliation in Haiti too, where all available energies are still need for rebuilding after that devastating earthquake that took so many lives. And just an editorial comment: the acronym DFMS – the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (of the Episcopal Church USA), if I remember rightly – may not be known to many readers nowadays in the world of TEC. It might be worthwhile explaining whatever subtle distinction there is today, if any. Tags December 1, 2016 at 8:55 pm I do not know the nature of this conflict, so make no comment re it. But I have been privileged to work with Bishop Oge Beauvoir over many years, principally through ANITEPAM, the African Anglican theological education network, and especially as a consultant re ministerial formation after the genocide in Rwanda. I have deep affection for him and for his ministry. I do hope this painful time may lead to true reconciliation. Norly GERMAIN says: Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 December 5, 2016 at 6:22 pm May They All Be ONE,as The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are One..This will pass, and guess what, THE HOLY TRINITY MARCHES ON.. Rector Tampa, FL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Comments are closed. 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 [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Office of the Presiding Bishop announced Dec. 1 that it was releasing a letter from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to the Rt. Rev. Zache Duracin, the Rt. Rev. Oge Beauviour and the Rev. Dr. Kesner Ajax, president of the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Haiti. The letter follows.Dear Bishop Duracin, Bishop Beauvoir, Dr. Ajax:I greet you in Jesus Christ with the apostolic words of St. Paul:“So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see,everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself throughChrist, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:17-18)As baptized disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ in the Episcopal Church we have beensummoned into being by him, to proclaim and to share his Gospel, to make disciples ofall nations, and to be instruments of God’s reconciliation and healing for the hurts of the world.I write now in a context in which there is hurt and brokenness in the church, the body ofChrist. We are all a part of Christ’s body. The hurt and brokenness affects us all, and Iinclude myself, as your Presiding Bishop, in that company. As St. Paul said in the epistleto the Romans, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” But he goes on to sayin Romans that where sin and brokenness increase, the grace of God in the Jesus Christabounds all the more. God’s grace is greater and God’s Spirit is stronger than our deepesthurts and most profound wounds. So now let us fall on our knees before the Lord and callon that Grace, that Spirit, that power to help, to heal, to restore and renew, to save and toset us free!The task before us now is to work together in the Holy Spirit to attain the greatest degreeof healing and reconciliation that is possible in the Diocese of Haiti and our wider Episcopal Church. And this we do not for our sake alone, but for the sake of the people ofHaiti, the ministry of the Diocese of Haiti, the wider Episcopal Church, and the very integrity of our witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ itself.All that I say in what follows is with that goal in mind — to work toward the greatest degree of healing and reconciliation possible. There may be aspects in what I say belowthat some will disagree with. I accept that. But acknowledging that, it is important toremember that the goal is greater than all else. So, I am asking us all to commit ourselvesto the goal of working toward the highest and greatest degree of healing andreconciliation possible! For God has entrusted us with the ministry of reconciliation, notonly in the world, but in the church.In numerous statements and conversations since I became Presiding Bishop, and morerecently when I was meeting in Haiti with Bishop Duracin and the Standing Committeeof your diocese in late August, I have stressed what may be obvious to some but bearsrepeating again and again: that the troubles that have faced and continue to face theDiocese of Haiti are of grave concern, not only to me and other bishops, but to countlessothers throughout the Church who have had and continue to have a strong interest inhelping the Diocese do its crucial ministry. And so, it is troubling that on top of theburdens placed upon the Diocese from natural and economic forces, serious divisionshave arisen in the Diocese – divisions between the two bishops and divisions among theclergy and, undoubtedly, the laity.Sadly, as we discussed in Haiti, some of those divisions have led to the pendingdisciplinary proceeding under Title IV of the canons against the Bishop Diocesan, largelystimulated by allegations made by the Bishop Suffragan. Since our meeting, it hasbecome even clearer that this proceeding will continue to move toward an unflatteringpublic trial within the next few months — with painful allegations by both bishops againsteach other and testimony by clergy of the Diocese as witnesses on both sides — unless away can be found to resolve it amicably. Moreover, since our meeting, divisions amongthe lay and clerical leadership of the Diocese embodied in both the Bishop Diocesan andthe Standing Committee, on the one hand, and the Bishop Suffragan, on the other, haveled to the recent filing by the Standing Committee of the petition under Title III of theChurch’s canons requesting that I begin the canonical process by which the pastoralrelation between the Diocese and the Bishop Suffragan may now be involuntarilydissolved.I believe that my responsibilities as Presiding Bishop, both pastoral and canonical, directme to exert every reasonable effort to find ways to make substantial progress in healingthese divisions before further damage is done to the Diocese and the larger Church. Asthe most pressing and immediate challenge, I believe that all concerned must worktogether toward a prompt, amicable and pastorally acceptable resolution of both theforegoing canonical proceedings.This effort now seems to me to be all the more crucial in the light of the fact that theBishop Diocesan will be retiring within the next few years and, indeed, since ourmeeting, has called for the election of a Bishop Coadjutor. How important it is that thatelection be conducted by a diocese that is healthy and generous of spirit cannot beoverstated.At the Haiti meeting discussed above, I promised to help develop and implement twoprocesses in the furtherance of reconciliation and restoration of the health of the Diocese.The first was to appoint representatives of DFMS to work with representatives of theDiocese in creating a new “memorandum of understanding” relating to the joint efforts ofthe Diocese and the DFMS in future development projects, with a focus on joint decision making and sound and responsible financial practices. I am pleased that, with good-faith efforts on the part of representatives of both the Diocese and the DFMS, agreement onsuch a memorandum was quickly reached and is now being implemented. That is asignificant accomplishment that creates the basis for equal partnership in mission, for thesake of the Gospel and the people of Haiti. Thank you to all who worked to achieve this.The second was to develop a process for new conversations that would focus directly andspecifically on the divisions among the bishops and the Standing Committee anddivisions among the clergy. After giving this matter considerable thought and prayer, Ihave determined to appoint a three-person panel to assist me in a series of in-depthconversations with the bishops and clerical and lay leaders of the Diocese in the weeksand months ahead. All three persons whom I have selected, and who have agreed toserve, have had substantial personal experience with the Diocese and are persons inwhom I place considerable trust. They are the Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane, the Bishop ofMaine, whose diocese, as you know, has for some years had a partner relationship withHaiti; The Rev. P. Roger Bowen, a former Headmaster of Episcopal schools who, as youalso know, has fostered partner relationships of countless schools in Haiti with Churchschools and parishes in our other dioceses; and Paul B. Nix, Jr., Esquire, In-houseCounsel for the DFMS in New York, who has worked persistently on specificdevelopment projects in Haiti, including the design and legal issues relating to theprojected construction of a new Cathedral, as well as on the memorandum ofunderstanding referred to above.As I told Bishops Duracin and Beauvoir by telephone last week, I have asked this panelto begin its efforts with discussions with each of the bishops separately in the ChurchHeadquarters in New York by the end of this month. I shall ask the panel to arrange ameeting with members of the Standing Committee promptly thereafter. After themembers of the panel have then met with me to reflect upon the issues raised by thesediscussions, I shall design the next phase of this process.I am appreciative of and encouraged by the fact that in my recent conversations withboth of my brother bishops each assured me that he wished to work towardreconciliation. I thank them and thank God for that willingness.Pursuant to my canonical responsibilities referred to above and my defined role as ChiefPastor, I am asking all involved to give this process all strength of effort and good will.Ultimately, however, I ask this of us all, in obedience to our Lord who has, as St. Paulsaid, entrusted us with God’s ministry of reconciliation.Allow me to offer the prayer of St. Francis.Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; wherethere is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; wherethere is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grantthat we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as tounderstand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoningthat we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.Your brother in Christ,The Most Reverend Michael B. CurryPresiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church Anthony Price says: Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Presiding Bishop releases letter about the Diocese of Haiti Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Albany, NY Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Comments (5) Submit a Press Release Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Rector Bath, NC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group center_img Featured Jobs & Calls Associate Rector Columbus, GA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Haiti, This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Titus Presler says: Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI December 3, 2016 at 8:20 am That’s unfortunate the hereditary power-hunger that exist in the political environment in Haiti has spread into the church of God. I was an acolyte since I was 8 years old and after high school I did address to the diocese of Haiti my willingness to enter the seminar. Finally I gave up when I realize in Haiti no one has expressed the desire to become a priest because they feel they are calling or have the vocation for that, but do so for the only and only one reason to secure a job and be the head of some partnerships. It is a shame they let that political division we have experienced in the country since 1803 spread through our church as well. Best way to help the diocese of Haiti is to stop funding those cons. May the supports go directly to the parishes instead of going through the diocese. We should request real reform in the diocese of Haiti. I have great respect for Bill Esquire for all the work he has completed in Haiti, but having a committee of only 3 people to work on that issue without including a Haitian who can understand the context and the lies of those people won’t help to resolve the problem. Should this problem be solved asap to save our diocese. Dictatorship somewhere is a threat for democracy everywhere.Norly Germain, a concerned episcopalian 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 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Washington, DC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA 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 Submit a Job Listing An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Frank E. Tate, III says: Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Youth Minister Lorton, VA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Curate Diocese of Nebraska Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Pittsburgh, PA Press Release Service Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Events Submit an Event Listing Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Belleville, IL Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, MElast_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *