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For use on: June 23, 2019

The Episcopal Church’s Department of Faith Formation, in partnership with the Episcopal Church Office of Latino Ministries and Office of Global Partnerships, and the seven dioceses of Province IX are looking forward to next month’s landmark event, Evento de Jóvenes Episcopales (EJE19). 

EJE19 EpiscopalSlated for July 17 to July 20, 2019, EJE19 is set to welcome young people between the ages of 16-26 and their adult mentors, all of whom live and worship in and around the dioceses of Province IX, for several days of worship, music, workshops, and community-building. The dioceses of Province IX are: Colombia, Central Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Ecuador Litoral, Honduras, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. They will be joined at EJE19 by delegations from Iglesia Anglicana de la Region Central de America (IARCA), Cuba, Mexico and Brazil. This Spanish-language event will be held at Ciudad del Saber in Panama City, Panama, a former U.S. military base in Panama City that has been converted to an entrepreneurial hub and conference facility, with theaters, auditoriums, classrooms and dormitory-style lodging for EJE19 participants. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry is scheduled to attend.

“I wish to thank The Presiding Bishop of TEC, the Most Reverend Michael Curry; the President of Province IX, the Right Reverend Víctor Scantlebury and the Organizing Committee of EJE19, for having selected the Episcopal Church of Panama, another Branch of the Jesus Movement, as the headquarters of the first Episcopal Youth Event in Latin America,” said Bishop Murray, Bishop, Episcopal Church of Panama and Presiding Bishop of IARCA. “Working with young people is fundamental for our church. It gives us the opportunity to influence, train and motivate the leadership of the next generation, in an integral way, on emerging issues that challenge evangelization, intentional discipleship and our response in matters of social justice in favor of building the Kingdom of God in the midst of the realities where we have been called to be Church. It is a pleasure and an honor to hold EJE19 in the Episcopal Church in Panama.”

EJE19 Episcopal“EJE19 will be an incredible gathering of young people to learn about and claim their place as members of the Jesus Movement,” said Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry. “We are the Episcopal Church, but the Lord we follow wants us to be more than that. We are baptized disciples of the Jesus of Nazareth, and we are therefore not just the Episcopal Church, but we are the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement. We are people committed to living his way of unselfish, sacrificial love. I’m looking forward to joining this community in July.” 

EJE19 is styled after the popular Episcopal Youth Event, which is held every three years. Planning for EJE19 has included a team of Province IX youth and adult mentors called by their bishop and who have been meeting since the fall of 2017. In 2018, General Convention approved $350,000 in funding for the event. 

You can follow EJE19 on via our webpage, episcopalchurch.org/eje19 or our Facebook group, facebook.com/groups/jovenesepiscopales or via the event app available for Android and iPhone, @EventodeJóvenesEpiscopales 

For use on: June 16, 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I write to invite you to support our Episcopal Church’s Annual Appeal. This Church-wide Appeal is one tangible way to support our ministry of and witness to the Way of Love that Jesus taught in our time and in the wider world. Let me show you what I mean.

In the first century, Jesus of Nazareth inspired a movement. It was a movement of people whose lives were centered on Jesus and who were committed to living His way, which is the way of the cross, the way of God’s unconditional, unselfish, sacrificial, and redemptive love. Today our vocation is, I believe, to be that movement of Jesus, living and bearing witness to this Way of Love in our time. The Annual Appeal is one tangible way to support that witness to this Way of Love in the wider world.

For example, this Appeal helps us not only heed our collective call of continuing to ‘welcome the stranger’ through Episcopal Migration Ministries, it helps grow our newly-launched network called Partners in Welcome; brought together to build a community of support and solidarity for welcoming newcomers to our country, and led by two staff persons who assist in its discernment, development and ministry to the whole Church. In so doing, we witness to the Way of Love.

Episcopal Bulletin Insert Annual AppealThis Appeal helps lift up 37 Young Adult Service Corps members and other missionaries serving and witnessing to the Way of Love in 17 countries beyond the United States. The work is transformative for both the missionaries and the communities in which they serve. The Appeal helps sustain the 110 federal chaplains who serve men and women in the military, reserves, auxiliaries (Civil Air Patrol and Coast Guard), Veterans Administration hospitals, and federal prisons. These chaplains provide spiritual and day-to-day support to service men and women on ships and land, veterans requiring medical services, and the incarcerated. Their witness to the Way of Love, as the way of Jesus, the way of the Christian, is a particular and important witness. And they are, literally, around the world.

The General Convention of our Church gave us a goal of raising $1 million over the 2019-2021 triennium, with every dollar going to support the collective ministries of a Church that welcomes refugees around the United States, plants churches, evangelizes the Good News of Jesus Christ, proclaims the Way of Love to countless individuals, and does so much more.

Please join me in this effort. I ask on behalf of the thousands of men, women, and children who, through the practice of giving, are blessed by your love and care. I invite you to join me in making a gift of any amount, prayerfully considering that God is guiding your faith in our Church.

There are many ways you can participate, including giving securely online at episcopalchurch.org/give/annual-appeal, or texting ‘APPEAL’ to 91999.

Thank you. The work that we join in together makes a difference – not only in our lives but in the lives of others across God’s world.

Your brother in Christ,

The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church

For use on: June 9, 2019

Today we mark Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit among the apostles and followers of Jesus. Celebrated 50 days after Easter (including the day of Easter itself), the name of the holiday comes from the Greek Pentēkostē, which literally means “the 50th day.”

Episcopal PentecostThe events of the day are foretold by Jesus in the first chapter of the Acts of the Apostles, just before his Ascension. While his followers were with the risen Christ, he tells them, “John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now” (Acts 1:5, NRSV). He goes on to say to them, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).

The followers would not wait long for the promised Spirit. The author of Acts, traditionally believed to be Luke, recounts:

“When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each” (Acts 2:1-6).

We celebrate Pentecost as the inauguration of the Church’s mission in the world. Empowered by the gift of the Holy Spirit, we are to go out into our neighborhoods and the wider world—to Jerusalem, to Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth—witnessing to the risen Christ.

The Day of Pentecost is identified by the Book of Common Prayer as one of the feast days “especially appropriate” for baptism (Book of Common Prayer, p. 312). Because of this, Pentecost is also known as “Whitsun” or “Whitsunday” (“White Sunday”), a term used to describe the white baptismal garments worn by those who were baptized at the Vigil of Pentecost and then worn to church on the Day of Pentecost.

Collect for Pentecost

Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen (Book of Common Prayer, p. 227).

For use on: June 2, 2019

An update from Thomas McGowan, an Episcopal Volunteer in Mission (EVIM) missionary serving in the Diocese of the Dominican Republic:

In my mission work, I serve as a consultant to the school board for the Diocese of the Dominican Republic. My placement involves two locations, so “a normal day” varies depending on where I’m located. I travel to the Dominican Republic 4-5 times per year, for about 2-3 weeks each trip. While I’m here, I coordinate professional development workshops for an education mission team that I’ve recruited, visit schools, attend meetings of the school board, work on long-term planning projects, and do consultant work on particular projects. Bishop Moises Quezada Mota has identified school improvement as a major goal for his episcopate. My work benefits greatly from his unwavering support.

When in Nebraska, my work as a consultant continues via distance; I regularly communicate with my Dominican colleagues. They rank among the finest educators I have ever worked with. I also have recently assumed the directorship of a Nebraska-based non-profit organization, Colegio Kids, which raises money for scholarships for students in Episcopal schools. I also am increasingly involved in grant writing to raise funds for school improvement projects in the D.R.

Episcopal Volunteers in MissionWhy did you choose to serve as an Episcopal Volunteer in Mission?

About 10 years ago (while a university administrator), I suffered a medical event — during a faculty meeting, I collapsed after going into cardiac arrest. I now have a pacemaker and my health is fine. So good, in fact, that the surgeon who implanted the device said: “I don’t know if you’re the luckiest man in the world, but you’re the luckiest guy I ever met.” Seems that the chances of surviving such an event without brain or major organ damage (as I did) is about 2%. I explained to the doctor that I believed my survival had nothing to do with luck; it was a blessing. Upon retirement, I looked for ways in which I might give back and share my blessing with others.

Long-time Episcopal missionaries to the D.R. Bob and Ellen Snow retired to our church in Lincoln, Nebraska. I talked about my need to “give back” and they suggested that I accompany them to the annual convention of the Dominican Diocese and “poke around” to see if I might help with efforts to improve the Episcopal schools, particularly transforming 26 schools serving over 6,500 students into something approaching an educational system. The bishop at that time, Rvdsmo. Julio Holguin, encouraged me; his successor, Obispo Moises Quezada Mota, has embraced my work; the educational leadership team here have become true colleagues. The rest, as they say, is history.

How can we pray for you and the people you work with?

One thing immediately comes to mind: I blog almost daily while in the D.R. and on a regular basis while in Nebraska. Check-in with my postings so you can get a better sense of what’s happening here and how my work as a school improvement consultant is proceeding. I ask for prayers for particular initiatives from time to time.

Prayers for continued good health, safe travels for the professional development team as we travel by “guagua” (van) from one end of the diocese to the other and increased resources for school improvement would be welcomed. Mostly, keep the Dominican diocese in your thoughts and prayers as they continue to grow and spread the Good News in this corner of the Caribbean and beyond.

You can continue to follow and find out about Thomas’ mission on his blog at mcgowandr.wordpress.com. Learn more about Episcopal Volunteers in Mission at bit.ly/EVIMepiscopal.