Borrowed from the Newsletter of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe.
The Episcopal Church has been a leader in Christian Ecumenical Work since the 1860s. In the 1950s significant work began also with Interfaith partners, particularly with Jews and later with Muslims.
In the European context, this is especially important. Bishop Whalon, together with many Clergy and Laypersons of the Convocation are involved in ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue, councils, activities, and joint work with many ecumenical and interfaith partners throughout Europe.
Lived Ecumenism - Gelebte Ökumene
Fr. Chris Easthill and the ACK (Arbeitsgemeinschaft
Christlicher Kirchen in Deutschland) Board in Rome
The Rev. Christopher Easthill, Rector of St. Augustine's Anglican/Episcopal Church in Wiesbaden, is a board member of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Christlicher Kirchen in Deutschland (ACK), the "Working Group of Christian Churches in Germany." It is the largest and most significant ecumenical body in Germany. The Board members of the ACK visited Rome as part of their "Reformation Year" ecumenical discussions. Among their stops was a visit to the Pope at the Vatican, as well visits to the Anglican Centre, the Waldensian Center, the Collegium Germanicum et Hungaricum, and the German Embassy to the Holy See.
Fr. Easthill remarked how German Christians leaders are continually amazed at the ongoing ecumenical spirit that exists among Episcopalians and Anglicans, and particularly the advanced stage to which Anglican ecumenical dialogues have progressed in recent years, particularly with the Roman Catholic Church.
Fr. Perris with Deacon Martin Kováč in BratislavaEcumenical Partner: Old Catholics
Starokatolíci v Bratislave (Old Catholics in Bratislava) is a new Old Catholic Mission congregation in Bratislava, Slovakia. It is a mission of the Czech Old Catholic Church, as there is no OC church in Slovakia connected with the Union of Utrecht. This Old Catholic mission is among the only progressive Christian congregations in Slovakia. Recently, Fr. John Perris, Rector of Christ the King in Frankfurt, and wife Cat were in Bratislava, and Fr. John was the guest preacher and celebrant at the mass.
In Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, and France, Episcopalians and Old Catholics work closely together, as do our friends in the Church of England chaplaincies in those countries. Our Italian-language ministry in Milan, led by The Ven. Maria Vittoria Longhitano, began as an Old Catholic mission from the Church in Switzerland. Bishop Whalon serves on the International Bishops' Conference of the Union of Utrecht. Archdeacon Baer and the Rev. Clair Uhlmannare members of the Old Catholic clericus of Austria.
Youth Across Europe, Juniors Across Europe, and Youth Across Europe - Alumni gathered in the American Cathedral in Paris for the closing Eucharist of the Ascension Weekend activities.
May 24-28: Youth Across Europe (YAE) Pilgrimage from Canterbury to Paris
High School aged Youth gathered in Canterbury England, toured the Cathedral and other sites and traveled on foot for three days to Dover. From there they came by train to Paris. It was a moving experience for all.
May 25-28: Juniors Across Europe (JAE) in Paris
Junior High youth gathered in Paris and studied the book of Jonah. Visits included the sewers of Paris and the top of the Eiffel tower - from the belly of the whale to the hill above Ninevah. The Juniors engaged Scripture and the City.
May 25-28: YAE Alumni Event - Paris
YAE Alumni gathered in Paris under the direction of Canon Mary Haddad exploring spirituality and young adulthood.
Many thanks to Jane Doebler for her long years of service as Chair of the Convocation Youth Commission. She and her team organized a meaningful constellation of events and served as mentors for our youth over many years. Jane will retire from this ministry at the Convocation Convention in Wiesbaden.
Five years after Sandy, St. Elisabeth’s, Ortley Beach rebuilt, to be rededicated July 23
Super storm Sandy did devastating damage to homes and businesses along the entire Jersey coastline, but especially in Ortley Beach -- the church of St. Elisabeth was swept away with little trace of the structure or its contents. The original chapel, the oldest church on the barrier island, was built in 1885, and now, after nearly five years, they have completed the arduous journey and are ready to worship in the beautiful
new building. During the last five years members found themselves worshiping first in East Dover Baptist Church and later their own church hall.
The newly constructed St. Elisabeth's Chapel by-the-Sea, Ortley Beach, NJ, will be dedicated on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. The Rt. Rev. William R. Stokes, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey, will be the officiant.
Says church member and Senior Warden Denis Bellars "The new St. Elisabeth’s Chapel has captured the beauty and seashore characteristics of the original building. On July 23, the doors will open to all who wish to worship Almighty God in the spirit of joy and fellowship in close proximity to the ocean and beach. May our chapel always glorify Almighty God and serve his people with gratitude and love.”
For further details, please call Dennis Bellars, Senior Warden, at 732-793-2865. He may also be reached via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.