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Former Oklahoma Bishop Gerald Nicholas McAllister dies at 91

Thursday, June 12, 2014

[Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma] The Rt. Rev. Gerald Nicholas McAllister died June 10 at home.

McAllister was born in San Antonio on Feb. 16, 1923 and graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria. He was ordained to the diaconate Sept. 30, 1953 and married Helen Black Teague two days later. He was ordained to the priesthood on Sept. 24, 1954. He served in the Diocese of West Texas at Epiphany, Raymondville as a deacon from 1953-54, priest-in-charge at St. Francis, Victoria from 1958-63, canon to the ordinary from 1963-70, and rector of St. David’s, San Antonio from 1970-77. He was consecrated bishop of the Diocese of Oklahoma on April 15, 1977 and served there until 1989.

In his later years, McAllister served as a bishop-in-residence at the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin and chaplain to Clergy Families in the Diocese of West Texas from 1991-1993.

The funeral is set for 11 a.m. on Friday, June 13 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in San Antonio, Texas.

In addition, a memorial service is being planned for St. Paul’s Cathedral, Oklahoma City at a later date.

Archbishop’s message to global summit to end sexual violence in war

Thursday, June 12, 2014

[Lambeth Palace press release] Archbishop Justin sends a video message to the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, which is taking place in London from 10-13 June.

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby gave this video message today to the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, hosted in London by the UK government.

The message was played at a panel discussion on the role of faith leaders in preventing and responding to sexual violence in conflict.

The panel, chaired by Nicky Morgan, Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Minister for Women, discussed examples from across the faiths where religious leaders and communities have played a distinctive role in addressing the root causes and consequences of sexual violence. They also considered how barriers to their effective participation can be transformed.

The speakers, who represented different faith communities, included the Anglican Archbishop of Rwanda, Onesphore Rwaje.

A transcript of the message follows: 

“I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to say something to this extremely important gathering. The Foreign Office has committed itself, and the British government generally has committed itself, to combatting sexual violence across the world – and that is a project of such value and significance that it is hard to describe.

“A few weeks back I was with my wife in the eastern DRC and seeing what – funded by the British government – churches and NGOs are doing to combat sexual violence. And when you see what happens to people, it is breathtakingly terrible; and when you see what targeted, careful work does it is extraordinary in what can be achieved.

“Let me give you an example. On both visits over the last few years I’ve gone to see churches working with women who had been raped. The society of the eastern DRC is being progressively more brutalised by war, by rampaging militias, by extractive industries misbehaving, and that brutalisation is slipping into the general population. The churches are the main bulwark against this brutalisation. They love the women who come to them for help. They show them love and human dignity – that is extraordinary in itself.

“Through wonderful organisations like HEAL Africa they treat their physical injuries. And then individual clergy, trained and equipped, with their wives, begin to deal with the issues of deskilling – and so they teach them a craft. They enable them to re-enter society. They show them that they are of unique importance as people; not merely the objects of other people’s lust, rage and disempowerment.

“Historically, as we are seeing in wars also in the South Sudan where I’ve been recently as well, there has been a culture of impunity. Faith leaders are challenging that culture fiercely, and saying that rape and sexual violence in war is absolutely unacceptable and will result in consequences. It’s hugely important.

“Secondly, the churches are deeply involved in the restoration of relationships – particularly the relationships, the proper relationships between men and women, in which there is equal valuing.

“In other words, with the right collaboration on the ground, this is an issue where we can, in this world, make a significant difference.

“I want to end by again commending the British government for a costly and deliberate policy of attacking this terrible crime. And to commend this conference for giving the time to seek to make a difference that is achievable if we work together. Thank you.”

Read more about the Global Summit on the Anglican Alliance website: 

“Blessed are the peacemakers”: Archbishop Rwaje highlights role of faith leaders at Global Summit

Faith-based events to take place at Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict