The following Daily Account, issued by the Episcopal Church's Office of Public Affairs, offers an overview of the second day of conversations and activities of the House of Bishops, which is meeting Sept. 15-20 in Quito, Ecuador.
The House of Bishops opened its session on Friday with Morning Prayer, with parts in English, Spanish and French.
Emcee for the day was Bishop Julio Holguín, Diocese of Dominican Republic.
The morning discussion focused on scriptural and theological foundation for liberation theology, presented in Spanish by Silvia Regina, director of Departamento Ecumenico de Investigaciones (Department of Ecumenical Research).
At noon, Holy Eucharist was celebrated by Bishop Alfredo Morante, Diocese of Ecuador Litoral. Preachers were the HOB chaplains, the Rev. Simone Bautista, Diocese of Washington, and the Rev. Stephanie Spellers, Diocese of Massachusetts.
Bishop David Alvarez, Diocese of Puerto Rico, moderated the afternoon session on "Prophetic Proclamation and Liberation Theology," with Don Compier, professor at St. Paul School of Theology, Kansas City, Missouri; the Rt. Rev. Naudal Gomes, bishop of Curitiba, Brazil; and Professor Silvia Regina, the morning speaker. All three speakers spoke of how the principles of liberation theology, which is God’s good news for the poor, can speak to our various church contexts. "There is only God and the poor," said Regina, highlighting the importance of this theological understanding for authentic biblical witness today.
Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori addressed the conflict in the Diocese of Ecuador Central. The conflict is "public and it is painful," she said. "Our presence here is a remarkable statement to the people of this diocese," she said, adding that conversations continue.
Bishop Martin Fields of Western Missouri provided an update on the tornados and the devastation to Joplin and the damage to other areas. Joplin, he said, will not return as it was, with estimates of 10 years needed for that area. He noted that among the items needed for the area are Christmas decorations.
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