The Friends of RE Seminary is sponsoring the 2016 FoRES Banquet on Saturday, May 21st. It will begin at 12:30pm in the Birkdale Room at Blue Bell Country Club. The keynote speaker will be Rev. Dr. Alan Crippen, the founder and president of the John Jay Institute. Students, faculty and alumni of RES will also speak on “what RES means to them”. The cost is $50 per person, which includes the lunch buffet and a one year membership in FoRES. RSVP is requested by May 15th. A full-page flyer is available for download HERE.
The 126th Commencement of R.E. Seminary will begin at 10am on Saturday, June 11th at St. Paul’s R.E. Church in Oreland, PA. The Commencement speaker will be The Ven. Canon Dr. Jon I. Lumanog, Canon and Chief Operations Officer of the ACNA. A reception hosted by FoRES will follow the ceremony. All are invited.
Diocesan Council 2016 is being planned for Thursday and Friday, November 3-4, at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, MD, where it was in 2014 and 2011. Detailed planning will take place during the summer, and the daily schedule and online registration will be available at the beginning of September. Reports will be posted online during October.
Projected room rates are $125 per night, plus taxes. Instructions for reserving online or by phone, including our group code, will be posted by the end of August. Special note that room reservations within our discounted rate block will need to be made by October 3rd.
Also note that advance planning has begun for R.E. General Council June 14-16, 2017 at Church of the Holy Communion in Dallas, TX. More details will be communicated later in the fall. Parishes that have their congregational meetings this fall or winter need to make sure they appoint General Council representatives for 2017.
Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali was the 106th Bishop of Rochester for 15 years until September 2009. Originally from Asia, he was the first non-white Diocesan Bishop in the Church of England. Before that, he was the General Secretary of the Church Mission Society from 1989 to 1994 and prior to holding this position was Bishop of Raiwind in Pakistan. He holds both British and Pakistani citizenship and from 1999 was a member of the House of Lords where he was active in a number of areas of national and international concern. He has both a Christian and a Muslim family background and is now President of the Oxford Centre for Training, Research, Advocacy and Dialogue (OXTRAD).
What do you get when you combine Christian young people from English-speaking countries with German youth who want to learn English? English Camp! The theme for 2016 is “Camp of Discovery,” and the dates are July 16-23, 2016.
We invite you to join this year’s English Camp for kids, teenagers and young adults between 9 and 21 years of age. A well-balanced program of recreational activities is awaiting you: games, music, sports, hiking, canoeing and so much more! It is a great opportunity to meet like-minded young people and to grow in your faith through devotions, prayer and Bible study groups. The camp language is English and all of the sessions are led by experienced team leaders from the US and the UK. Hope to see you there!
English Camp website: HERE (in German, your browser may offer to translate)
The Primates of the Global Anglican Future Conference, including Archbiship Foley Beach of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), met in Nairobi, Kenya, last week. GAFCON was formed to oppose the liberalizing drift away from traditional understanding of Scripture, doctrine and practice in the Anglican Communion, most notably in the American Episcopal Church. The Reformed Episcopal Church, which broke away from the Episcopal Church back in 1881, was a founding jurisdiction of the ACNA.
Here are some excerpts from the GAFCON Communique:
“GAFCON works to guard and proclaim the unchanging, transforming Gospel through biblically faithful preaching, teaching, and programs which free our churches to make disciples by clear and certain witness to Jesus Christ in all the world.
This week we made progress on a wide variety of initiatives to build up the body of Christ. We planned for GAFCON 2018, approved a program that will facilitate bishops’ training, received good news from our provinces and branches, added staff to further the ministry, and made a transition in Primatial leadership. We have also paid careful attention to the facts that have arisen from the Anglican Consultative Council’s meeting in Lusaka.”
The full text of the Communique is available HERE.
Monday, April 4, 12 Noon: Community Convocation presentation by Rev. Dr. Dale Crouthamel on Expectations and Frustrations of Enlightenment Philosophy.
Tuesday, April 12, 11AM: Lunch, Morning Prayer, and presentation by Dean Timothy Chong (Dean for Indonesia within Diocese of Singapore) and Rev. Matthew Colvin, R.E. worker with SAMS, on outreach to Indonesia.
Monday, April 18, 12 Noon: Community Convocation presentation by RES Dean Jonathan Riches on the history of the dialogues between the Anglican and Lutheran churches in the US.
Thursday, April 21, 11:15AM: Holy Communion service and luncheon presentation by Rt. Rev. Jack Iker, Bishop of Diocese of Fort Worth.
Sunday, April 24: Seminary Sunday, bulletin insert materials will be emailed to all parishes and available from the Seminary Office.
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