News from our dioceses...
Diocese of Albany
Healing A Woman's Soul, Inc., a ministry of the Diocese of Albany, helps parishes and individuals prevent domestic violence one woman at a time. We pray for individuals, offer support groups, and guide parishes in active outreach to victims.
Secular agencies for the prevention of domestic violence offer physical and emotional aid to victims. However, they cannot provide the ongoing spiritual healing needed.
HAWS aims to help parishes fill that gap. We began as a ministry of Christ Church, Coxsackie in 2007 and saw ourselves as a woman's retreat ministry. In summer of 2007, a group of women gathered to vision the future of Healing a Woman's Soul. As a result of that meeting, we kept our emphasis on retreat ministry but added education and training about domestic violence to parishes. Find out more >
The Episcopal Church in Cuba
July 11, 2019
Column: Christianity, Capitalism and Cuba by Greenwich Sentinel
By Marek P. Zabriskie (Rector at Christ Church Greenwich)
A group of nine of us recently traveled to Cuba for a week-long visit with leaders of three Episcopal congregations, as well as Bishop Griselda Delgado del Carpio, who will be the guest preacher at Christ Church, in Greenwich, on Sunday, July 28 (https://christchurchgreenwich.org/bishop-of-cuba-to-visit/). She is the first woman consecrated as a Diocesan Bishop in all of Latin America.
Although the United States’ government recently cancelled travel visas to Cuba and forbid U.S. cruise ships from visiting, Americans can still travel to Cuba on religious visas, which is what we did, as we were meeting with Cuban religious groups. Read the article: https://www.greenwichsentinel.com/2019/07/11/column-christianity-capitalism-and-cuba/
The Diocese of Haiti
Haiti Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Extended Until January 2020!
As a result of excellent legal developments in Ramos in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California:
1) TPS for Haiti, Sudan, Nicaragua, and El Salvador will extend into 2020 at least;
2) Those extensions are automatic without anyone with TPS from one of these four countries having to do anything or pay anyone anything at all; employers and the DMV must respect the Federal Register notices embodying these extensions.
3) Those who used to have TPS but who didn’t re-register under Trump in 2017 or 2018 out of fear, confusion, or other good cause are strongly encouraged to consider re-registering late now, because DHS has agreed to give “presumptive weight” of validity to such “late-for-good-cause” applications! (Importantly, such late applications should be filed only after consulting and with the help of an experienced and competent immigration attorney, whether free, low-cost, or otherwise, to make sure that doing so is appropriate given the facts of each person’s own particular legal situation.) This development is good news for thousands of Haitians who let their TPS lapse in 2017 or 2018. More information >
The Diocese of Rochester
Hands of Hope Kitchen
The Rev. Richard Krapf, Deacon at St. Peter's Bloomfield and his team "walk the walk." The things many of us profess on Sunday, Richard and his volunteers make a point of doing. Rev. Krapf serves as the Director of the Hands of Hope Kitchen in Bloomfield, NY. What's surprising is that the main reason folks gather for a free lunch isn't financial...
Diocese of Central New York
Voices of faith at CNY Pride: “God loves you so much.” Episcopalians and Lutherans traveled to Syracuse from all over Central New York to march in the CNY Pride Parade on Saturday, June 22, 2019. Go see the web page with its photo gallery and compilation of quotes from people answering the questions of why they marched and where they saw God at work in the celebration. Here is the link >
The Diocese of Long Island
From fear and worry to celebration: ‘Green Light NY’ through the eyes of an immigrant, as reported online by riverheadlocal.com. This is a story from the community in Riverhead about the struggle of undocumented immigrants and the issues they face. A bill had been recently introduced in the State Assembly, and local immigrant advocates wanted to inform the community about that proposal and the campaign around it, Rural Migrant Ministry outreach coordinator Noemi Sanchez explained. Read the whole story >
The Diocese of Newark
On Friday evening, July 12, Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps brought thousands of people to detention camps and other sites across the country and the world to protest the inhumane conditions faced by refugees at the southern border of the U.S. Afterwards, organizers stated there had been more than 800 registered Lights for Liberty vigils on five continents. At least 23 of these vigils were held in New Jersey, many attended, or even hosted, by members of the Diocese of Newark.
Read the whole article here and see the photo gallery.
The Diocese of New York
Angelique Piwinski, a proud member of Saint Johns Episcopal Church in Yonkers and former member of the Vestry, was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to represent New York State and the City of Yonkers as a Worldpride2019 Ambassador.
The Governor appointed 11 people in total to represent different areas of New York State. Piwinski chose Yonkers. The importance of this is that each ambassador can talk up that place and tell people across the world who are visiting New York to come and explore.
#News12Westchester did a story on this that ran Saturday night and all day Sunday. westchester.news12.com/story/40725244/yonkers-native-selected-as-ny-ambassador-for-world-pride-celebrations
In the video entry submission that she did, one of the major places Piwinski said she would bring people would be to St. John’s, a church that welcomes all and a church that elected Angelique unanimously to the Vestry as the first openly transgender Vestry member in the church’s 325 year history in the city of Yonkers! Actions always speak louder than just words!
The Diocese of Western New York
For the third year, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Jamestown, NY is sponsoring a summer reading camp, Children of the Book, from June 26- July 28th to promote literacy skills for approximately 35 elementary students from Love School and others, who are entering third, fourth, fifth grade or sixth grade.
The Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe
New Ministry begins in Central Germany
Regular English worship in the Anglican/Episcopal tradition has begun in Weimar, Germany. Services are held in the Lutheran Kreuzkirche. This church was built as the Anglican Church of St. Michael and All Angels in the 19th century and served as a Church of England chaplaincy until 1914, when it was abandoned. The current church is very happy to share in recovering its Anglican heritage. The Rev. Scott Moore , Vicar of St. James the Less (Nuremberg) in cooperation with a local organizing committee and COMC are overseeing this ministry.
The Diocese of New Jersey
Somerville, NJ (June 2019) – For ten days in July, Bridgewater resident William Hoffman will join a dozen riders from local New Jersey churches on a 300-mile bicycle trek through the African country of Malawi.
Read the story >
Phyllis Jones of the Diocese of New Jersey is also a member of the team from local NJ churches who are on this 300-mile bicycle trek. Proceeds support UrbanPromise International, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children and young adults both in NJ and around the world. .http://www.urbanpromiseinternational.org
Take a look at Phyllis’ chronicle of the event. https://upiteammalawi2019.com/
Diocese of the Virgin Islands
July's news from the Virgin Islands includes: