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ENS Headlines - Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Los franceses están viviendo en gran temor en estos días. Ha salido al mercado una novela titulada Sumisión en la que el territorio nacional es gobernado por el partido islámico. El autor de la obra, Michael Houellebecq, admite que su obra es “poco verosímil” y dice que no quiere asustar a los franceses pero narra lo que sucedería en el 2022 si su ficción llegara a ser real.

Veinte cristianos coptos han sido secuestrados en Serte, Libia, por un grupo armado que llegó de madrugada a una residencia donde separaron a los cristianos de los musulmanes. Hasta el momento no se sabe la suerte de los secuestrados. Entre ellos se encuentra el sacerdote ortodoxo Abu Makar.  La Iglesia Copta Ortodoxa remonta su existencia al primer siglo del cristianismo. Tiene su centro de operaciones en Alejandría y es la iglesia más antigua y numerosa de Egipto. Su papa Tawadros II sucedió a Shenouda III que falleció en el 2012. La palabra “copto” quiere decir egipcio.

Después de una larga batalla por la legalización de los matrimonios gay la Florida ha aprobado que parejas del mismo sexo puedan contraer matrimonio legalmente. Para muchas parejas la decisión fue recibida con júbilo pero para otras, sobre todo la comunidad evangélica conservadora, se ha cometido un gran revés a lo establecido por siglos. Frente a una dependencia oficial un nutrido grupo protestó mostrando pancartas con versículos bíblicos contra el matrimonio gay. Las primeras parejas hicieron su juramento a partir del 5 de enero. La comunidad católica romana de la Florida ha rechazado la decisión judicial y Thomas Wenski, arzobispo de Miami, dijo que el pueblo no se consultó en realidad.

El Banco Central de Venezuela ha confirmado que la economía del país cayó en una profunda recesión el año pasado y culpó a los adversarios políticos del gobierno socialista del presidente Nicolás Maduro por dedicarse, según el reporte oficial, a sabotear la actividad económica. Unido a esto hubo una súbita caída de los precios del petróleo el principal producto de ingresos del país.

Pese a los peligros de contagio el arzobispo de Cantórbery, Justin Welby, visitó recientemente los enfermos de África Occidental que sufren de ébola. Welby predicó en la catedral de San Jorge en Freetown, capital de Sierra Leona y visitó además  una clínica patrocinada por la iglesia donde se da asistencia médica y espiritual a los enfermos. Según cálculos oficiales en Sierra Leona hay 8,000 personas infectadas con el virus letal de los cuales 2,500 han fallecido. En Inglaterra el arzobispo ha sido elogiado por traer un mensaje de “esperanza y solidaridad” a los que sufren.

La Guardia Costera de Estados Unidos ha dicho que en los últimos meses se ha incrementado el número de cubanos que luchan por llegar a las costas norteamericanas. Según la ley si estas personas logran tocar tierra firme entonces clasifican para quedarse en Estados Unidos después de los correspondientes exámenes e interrogatorios. Si no cumplen con estos requisitos entonces son devueltos a Cuba. En este trasiego de inmigrantes existen los llamados “coyotes” que logran burlar la ley. Con frecuencia los coyotes prometen y no cumplen, después de adueñarse de gruesas cantidades de dinero.

Jay Dennis, encargado por la Convención Bautista del Sur para hacer un estudio de la pornografía y la fe, dice como conclusión: “Los padres deben comenzar educando a sus hijos, especialmente los varones, porqué la pornografía no es el plan de Dios y cómo ésta daña y degrada las verdaderas relaciones. La educación, información y la verdad bíblica comunicadas por padres amorosos puede ayudar a revertir la ola presente”.

En el pasado diciembre el papa Francisco relató la siguiente anécdota: “Cuando yo tenía cuatro años de edad en 1940 yo creía que todos los protestantes iban al infierno. En una ocasión yo andaba con mi abuela y vi a dos mujeres del Ejército de Salvación en el otro lado de la calle y pregunté ¿quiénes son monjes o monjas? Mi abuela me dijo ´No, son protestantes y son gente muy buena´. Esto me abrió las puertas al ecumenismo”.

París vive momentos de angustia cuando una bomba explotó en una revista satírica y mató a 12 personas. Este es el peor atentado terrorista en los últimos 24 años.

MANDAMIENTO: Amaos los unos a los otros.

2015 General Convention media credentials applications available

ENS Headlines - Monday, January 5, 2015

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs media advisory] The Episcopal Church’s 78th General Convention will be held June 25– July 3 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, UT in the Episcopal Diocese of Utah.

Applications for credentials for media representatives requesting to cover the General Convention 2015 of The Episcopal Church are available here.

Two types of credentials are available: Onsite, for those who will be attending; and Offsite, designed to provide virtual access to media representatives unable to attend General Convention 2015.

The General Convention, which meets every three years, is the governing body of The Episcopal Church. The Convention is a bicameral legislature that includes the House of Bishops, with approximately 200 members; and the House of Deputies, with more than 800 lay and clergy members from 109 dioceses and missionary jurisdictions.

During its triennial meeting, deputies and bishops consider a wide range of important matters facing the Church. Among the actions of the 2015 General Convention will be: the election and confirmation of the 27th Presiding Bishop; the report of The Episcopal Church Task Force on the Study of Marriage which was commissioned by the 2012 General Convention; consideration of proposed changes in the Episcopal Church’s structure; and the review and approval of the church’s triennial budget.

Media policies and procedures for General Convention 2015 are here.

Deputies/alternates and vendors/exhibitors to General Convention 2015 are not eligible for media credentials.

Credentials will be available beginning at noon on June 22 in the Salt Palace Convention Center.

For more info contact Neva Rae Fox, Episcopal Church Public Affairs Officer,publicaffairs@episcopalchurch.org, 212-716-6080.

Deadline nears for budget input

ENS Headlines - Monday, January 5, 2015

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The January 7 deadline nears for Episcopalians across the church to review and comment on the preliminary draft 2016-2018 triennium budget as it is prepared for approval by the Episcopal Church Executive Council January 8-11.

The preliminary draft budget is available here.

Following the January meeting, Executive Council will present the draft budget to Program Budget and Finance Committee (PB&F) in February, which will then prepare a final budget for approval at General Convention next summer.

On the web page, a narrative provides overview information about the document.  The preliminary draft budget document and a place to provide comments are prominently displayed on the website.

The Episcopal Church 78th General Convention will be held June 25 – July 3 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, UT (Episcopal Diocese of Utah).

Meredyth Wessman Ward appointed Urban Missioner for Worcester

ENS Headlines - Monday, January 5, 2015

The Rev. Meredyth Wessman Ward has been appointed Urban Missioner for Worcester by the Rt. Rev. Douglas J. Fisher, IX bishop of Western Massachusetts. Click here to read more.

 

Joyce Lamont, radio pioneer, Episcopalian dies at 98

ENS Headlines - Monday, January 5, 2015

Joyce Lamont circa 1955. Photo: WCCO Radio

Joyce Lamont, a pioneer in radio broadcasting in Minnesota and a cradle Episcopalian, was remembered at a memorial service on January 2 in Coventry Chapel at Episcopal Homes in Saint Paul. Lamont died on December 28 at age 98.

Lamont was a copywriter at WCCO Radio in Minneapolis in the early 1950s when she was asked to be a substitute on-air host. That launched a broadcasting career that would span more than five decades—forty years at WCCO and fourteen years at KLBB—beginning at a time when few woman were heard on United States radio.

“She forged a way forward in the midst of a sea of men,” said the Rev. Keely Morgan, director of spiritual care at Episcopal Homes, who presided at the service.

At WCCO Lamont hosted such programs as “Dayton’s Musical Chimes” and became a daily staple as she shared recipes, best grocery buys and travel tips throughout the broadcast day. At the height of her career, she received more than 10,000 letters a month, according to information on the website of the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting, which inducted Lamont as a charter member of its Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2001.

Lamont was a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church, born and baptized in Duluth, Minnesota. As a student at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, she was an active member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (now closed), located near the campus. She was a longtime member of Gethsemane Episcopal Church, located in downtown Minneapolis, where she made her home until, in retirement, she moved to the Episcopal Homes campus in Saint Paul.

In 1941, Lamont’s sister, Betty, married the Rev. Chilton Powell at Gethsemane. Betty was the congregation’s organist; Powell, an associate priest. In 1951 Powell was elected bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of Oklahoma; became diocesan bishop 15 months later, serving until 1977. As chair of the then Standing Commission on Liturgy, Powell was considered the chief architect of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer.

Joyce was fond of regaling about her Episcopal roots and connections, especially what she termed as inclusion in “VIP events because of Chilton” at the 1976 General Convention of the Episcopal Church, held in Minneapolis. She was very proud that the 1976 General Convention approved the ordination of women in her hometown.

“Joyce was the most enthusiastic Episcopalian I have ever known,” said Charlie Boone, a former, longtime, on-air colleague and fellow Episcopalian, who spoke at the January 2 service.

The lifelong, enthusiastic Episcopalian will be interred among her kind in the columbarium at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Minneapolis.