Full-color poster for Assembly 2017 is HERE…
Color bulletin insert for Assembly 2017 is HERE…
Full-color poster for Assembly 2017 is HERE…
Color bulletin insert for Assembly 2017 is HERE…
The College of Bishops appointed a Task Force on Holy Orders to provide the College with a scholarly and informed study on Holy Orders. This past January Bishop Hicks presented a report on the last phase of the process to the College, and we are now releasing the whole report to the Province.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In 2012 the College of Bishops appointed a Task Force on Holy Orders to provide the College with a scholarly and informed study on Holy Orders and, specifically, women in Holy Orders (the enabling resolution is reprinted in what follows). The Task Force, led by Bishop David Hicks, consisted of people representing differing perspectives and practices. They have met for the past 5 years and during that time have periodically released progress reports. This past January Bishop Hicks presented a report on the last phase of the process to the College, and we are now releasing the whole report to the Province.
Please note the following:
• The Task Force was not commissioned to resolve the issue, but was asked to develop
resources to help the bishops in future conversation on this topic.
• Therefore the report does not answer the questions of what the College is to do, but it is
a study presented to the College to help the College in our discussions.
• The report does not change our current practice regarding women’s orders as stated in
our Constitution. Our current practice allows each diocese to determine whether it
will ordain women as deacons or priests.
• The report will now be sent to the GAFCON Primates for their input and guidance for
• The College of Bishops will now be studying the whole report, and we will meet in
special session later in the year to discuss how we move forward together.
As your Archbishop, I ask the following from you:
1) Don’t comment on the report until you have read it all.
2) Don’t comment on the report until you can fairly articulate the opposite point of view.
3) Remember that no decisions have been made at this time to pursue changing our Constitution.
4) Remember that we are all followers of Jesus Christ on mission together, holding those with the opposite point of view in Christian love and charity.
5) Lastly, sincerely pray for your bishops as we seek to serve Jesus Christ in this matter.
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21
Thank you to:
The Rt. Rev. David Hicks, (Chair) The REC Diocese of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic
The Rt. Rev. Kevin Allen, The Diocese of Cascadia
Mrs. Katherine Atwood, The Diocese of Ft. Worth
The Rev. Dr. Leslie Fairfield, The Diocese in New England & Trinity School for Ministry (Ret.)
The Rev. Canon Mary Hays, The Diocese of Pittsburgh
The Rev. Tobias Karlowicz, The Diocese of Quincy
The Rt. Rev. Eric Menees, The Diocese of San Joaquin
for your service to the Province by serving on the Task Force. Your hard work is much appreciated!
The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach
Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church in North America
The GAFCON movement is a global family of authentic Anglicans standing together to retain and restore the Bible to the heart of the Anglican Communion. Our mission is to guard the unchanging, transforming Gospel of Jesus Christ and to proclaim Him to the world.
“Aware that we are approaching the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we gave thanks for the faithful witness of those leaders who challenged the Church to recover the authority of the Scriptures. They were men and women who were willing to take costly action, and sealed that testimony with their own blood.”
The GAFCON Primates met in Lagos, Nigeria from April 24 to 28. Preparations for the Jerusalem 2018 Global Anglican Futures Conference were advanced. The theme will be “Proclaiming Christ Faithfully to the Nations”.
Global Anglicans are reminded to pray for suffering brothers and sisters around the world, particularly those who are suffering from the deprivations of war, persecution by extremist Islam, and drought. Materialism, secularism, and the loss of moral foundations are more subtle but equally insidious spiritual dangers.
The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.
The mission of the National Day of Prayer Task Force is to mobilize prayer in America and to encourage personal repentance and righteousness in the culture.
The theme of this year’s National Day of Prayer is “For Your Great Name’s Sake!”. The NDOP website with events and materials is located HERE.
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 2017 is “Walk where Luther walked!” and the dates are July 15-22, 2017.
For 26 years the English camp at the Knüll is known for providing a safe, recreational and educational camp experience for kids, teenagers and young adults from Germany, UK, USA and the Netherands. English Camp – Walk were Luther walked! is from the 15th to 22nd July 2017. There will be two groups: ”Cubs” for the 9-13 year olds and ”Teens“ for the 14-18 year olds. We provide a well-balanced program of activities, such as: Bible study groups, devotions, hiking, volleyball, canoeing, singing and more. The camp language is English and all of the sessions are led by experienced team leaders from the US and the UK. The cost is 249€ per person and includes accommodation, meals, activities and daytrip. There is also an extra-cost option to arrive a week earlier and stay a week longer for Reformation Tour.
For more details see the camp website HERE…
The Diocese of the Northeast & Mid-Atlantic invites everyone to join together for worship and a luncheon on May 6 at St. Mark’s R.E. Church in Rydal, PA. We will begin the day at 11 AM with fellowship and an all-Diocese Conovcation. Worship will begin at 11:15 AM. The Rev. Jason Patterson will deliver the homily. Immediately after worship the fifth annual Friends of Reformed Episcopal Seminary Luncheon will be held in Cranmer Hall at St. Mark’s. Let us come together and support the mission and ministry of our Seminary. Hear from students, faculty, and alumni about the important work our Seminary does. There will be a hearty lunch of Chicken Parmigiana, Veal Marsala, Caesar Salad and more. The Rev. Edward Rix of All Saints Church in Wynnewood will be our plenary speaker. Tickets are $50 per person, The rate for Seminary students and spouses is $30 each. Children 6-12 years of age have a rate of $15. Those 5 and under may come for free. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 24th.
Bulletin insert is HERE…
With the arrival of spring, it is time to begin thinking ahead to our diocesan summer camp. We are very excited about what God will do in his children as we explore the life and work of Jesus Christ through the lens of the liturgical year. Throughout the course of the week we will celebrate/commemorate each of those seasons of the year which, when viewed together, accomplished our salvation.
We are also pleased that our Dear Bishop Hicks will join us for the entire week as the speaker for our senior camp.
As usual, our camp will be hosted by Rock Mountain Bible Camp which is off I-81, exit 211-a bit above Scranton, PA.
The dates for this camp are July 23-29, 2017. Please put this in your parish bulletin and on your parish calendar.
Junior camp is open to 2nd-6th grade and Senior camp is open to 7th-12th grade.
The cost for this year is 300 dollars per camper. A discount of 15 dollars will be given to all registrations which are received by May 31st.
Speaking of registration, you may do so online at COYPW.ORG HERE
Registration forms will be available starting this Thursday, 4/7.
A Facebook summer camp video is posted HERE…
We truly have a wonderful time each year and I strongly encourage each of you to encourage the youth of your parish to attend. As a reminder, we have daily Morning and Evening prayer with lessons. Time for personal and group devotions. The campground offers a pool, lake for canoeing and fishing, plenty of nature walk trails, a gym for basketball, volleyball, gaga ball, zipline, a game room with all sorts of fun things to do. And our program adds to these our own games and activities-including exciting night games, skits, messy relays and so much more!
Spring Events coming up at Reformed Episcopal Seminary:
SEMINARY SUNDAY – The Diocese has designated Sunday, April 30 as Seminary Sunday. Please celebrate this as close to that date as possible. A bulletin insert is downloadable HERE.
OPEN HOUSE – The Reformed Episcopal Seminary is hosting an Open House on Thursday, May 4, 2017 for people interested in learning more about the Seminary and our programs. Whether you are considering a seminary degree, taking a class or two, or just want to know more about us, please join us at 10:00 am for an opportunity to meet current students, faculty, and Seminary alumni, take a tour of campus, visit our bookstore, sit in on a class, and learn about the Seminary’s history, mission, and plans for the future.
A flyer is attached to this email with more information about the Open House including directions to the Seminary. Please feel free to share this handout with friends and colleagues and post it on your church bulletin board.
If you are planning to attend, we ask that you register by Monday, April 24 so that we can plan appropriately. You may register by sending an email to email@example.com, by calling the Admissions Office at 610-292-9852, or you can mail the attached registration form to 826 Second Avenue, Blue Bell, PA 19422.
Open House Flyer is HERE…
FoRES BANQUET – The Friends of the R.E. Seminary are planning a luncheon banquet at St. Mark’s R.E. Church in Rydal, PA for Saturday, May 6th at noon. The speaker will be Fr. Eddie Rix. The catering service will come from a local restaurant owned by the family of one of our current students. Students, faculty, staff and alumni will be present to talk to. Please contact the Seminary Office at 610-292-9852 to let us know you are coming.
COMMENCEMENT – The graduating class of 2017 will process on Saturday, June 3 at 10 AM at St. Paul’s R.E. Church in Oreland, PA. The Commencement speaker will be Dr. Julius Barnes, Dean and President of Cummins Theological Seminary in Summerville, SC. Recognition awards will be presented to current and graduating students. A reception sponsored by Friends of R.E. Seminary (FoRES) will follow the ceremony. All are invited.
SPECIAL INTENSE COURSE – The Rt. Rev. John Fenwick, Bishop Primus of the Free Church of England and well known scholar will be at the Seminary the week of June 19-June 23, offering a course on Anglican Ecclesiology. Bishop Fenwick has published many books and articles including his most recent work Anglican Ecclesiology and the Gospel, which will serve as one of the texts for the course. This is an excellent course for lay leaders, vestry members, and clergy who want to better under the Anglican Church and its tradition. It is also excellent for students who want to earn some credits over the summer. Limited housing is available on campus and there are reduced rates available at nearby hotels. Please mark your calendars now and e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot for this informative course. (Tuition and fees for this three credit course are $675 for credit and $185 for audit. Limited scholarships are available.)
Greetings to all in the Diocese of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic,
This year our short term mission project will be in Aliquippa Pennsylvania. The Rev. Greg Miller who is the National Director of Church Army USA has inspired us to partner with this organization. Please mark June 19 through 23 on your calendars for this event. Nick Smith, the Missions Assistant at Aliquippa, said we will be working with a local church there and wanted us to know that any size group we have will be welcome and able to be effective.
All are encouraged to come, youth and adult. There should be special arrangements made for those who desire to come that are under 16 years of age. Please contact Roger Converse or the Diocesan Office to discuss options for those who want to come that are under this age limit.
This is always a fun event and a valuable work for God’s Kingdom. It is an opportunity for fellowship, working shoulder to shoulder and coming together from different churches to worship the God whom we serve. Arrangements will be made for transportation meals and housing.
A list of potential work projects IS HERE…
The Registration Form IS HERE…
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Deacon Roger W. Converse
Chair, Committee on Short-Term Missions