June 23, 2017

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A Message from Bishop Gutiérrez Regarding the 2018 Diocesan Budget

Diocesan Ordination Summer 2017

Presiding Bishop's World Refugee Day Message

Episcopal Migration Ministries toolkit, resources for individuals and congregations

"In the name of Mary, Joseph and the Lord Jesus, aid all refugees today, for most of the refugees like the Holy Family themselves, are families, and most are children," commented  Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry in his 2017 World Refugee Day Message. "I invite you to observe June 20 as World Refugee Day to learn more about the crisis and to find ways that you can both pray and help in other ways."

In 2000, the United Nations named June 20 as World Refugee Day, deeming it an annual opportunity to celebrate the resilience and success of the former refugees who bless our communities with their wisdom and irrepressible spirit and to examine the root causes of violence and persecution that force people to flee at an alarming rate.

Episcopal Migration Ministries  is a ministry of the Episcopal Church, and is one of nine national agencies that work in partnership with the government to resettle refugees in the United States. Episcopal Migration Ministries currently has 31 affiliate offices in 23 states.

Episcopal Migration Ministries toolkit

In 2017, World Refugee Day falls within the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and one of the toolkit items provides ways to host an Interfaith Panel Discussion & Prayer for refugees followed by an Iftar meal (literally translated to breakfast).

"Faith is one of the primary drivers for many involved in the important work of refugee resettlement," commented the Rev. Canon E. Mark Stevenson, Director of Episcopal Migration Ministries. "We hope, by gathering members of and in communities across this land to eat together and share aspects of their own particular faith traditions regarding welcoming, that we can deepen our relationships and inspire even greater ministry on the local level."

* Find a local World Refugee Day event on this RCUSA  list of Nationwide Events
* Host a #StandTogether Interfaith Conversation, Prayer and Dinner in honor of World Refugee Day, resources available  here
* Start a conversation in your congregation and community about how you can be involved in this life-saving work. World Refugee Day bulletin insert  here.
* Join the  Episcopal Public Policy Network to learn more about how you can work with local and elected leaders to support refugees.

Episcopal Migration Ministries Hosts
World Refugee Day Interfaith Conversation
by Lynette Wilson

The Rev. Stephanie Spellers, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Creation; left, Rabbi Victor Urecki, of B'nai Jacob Synagogue in Charleston, West Virginia; center, and Hani Hamwi, of Islamic Relief USA, during a June 20 interfaith panel discussion for World Refugee Day. Photo: Lynette Wilson, Episcopal News Service

Judaism, like all religious traditions, calls Rabbi Victor Urecki to welcome the stranger, the refugee. In the Torah, God tells the Jews no less than 36 times to "love the strangers in their midst," reminding them they were once strangers in Egypt, he said.

Still, it's not Urecki's Jewish faith that drives him to welcome and to assist refugees arriving in Charleston, West Virginia. "As a Jew, I feel I'm called to be there for refugees because the refugee story is very personal for Jews," said Urecki, a  West Virginia Interfaith Refugee Ministry  adviser. "It's my people's story. The image of every refugee should be an image imprinted on every Jew's heart."

Urecki spoke on a six-person panel during a June 20 interfaith conversation and prayer for World Refugee Day hosted by Episcopal Migration Ministries at the Episcopal Church Center in New York. An  iftar , the meal eaten by Muslims after sunset during Ramadan, followed the panel conversation. (The holy month of Ramadan, observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Qur'an to Muhammad, began May 26 and ends June 24.)

EMM encouraged congregations across the country to host similar interfaith conversations, and the June 20 panel was recorded on video for future use, said moderator Allison Duvall, EMM's manager for church relations and engagement.

The refugee narrative is encoded in Jews' spiritual DNA. They were forced to flee pogroms in Europe, withstood anti-Semitism and hatred across the globe and endured centuries of war and bloodshed. "We've been swept up as bystanders and brutalized as victims. We've been killed in our homelands ... because of who we were, what we believed and what we practiced," said Urecki, an immigrant whose grandparents and father were refugees.

Refugees are forced to flee because of who they are, what they believe and their religious practices, as another panelist confirmed. Anastasia Orlova is an asylum seeker from Russia. She arrived in the United States last October with her wife. Russia's intolerance of LGBT people meant the couple kept few close friends, and Orlova would tell acquaintances she had a husband. She didn't realize how depressed she was until she left Russia.

"When you are scared or ashamed of yourself, you live in inner isolation," Orlova said. In the United States, Orlova and her wife can be married legally, practice their beliefs and speak up for themselves. "Here in the U.S. we finally feel protected."

Refugees on the panel acknowledged that though they feel secure and free to be themselves in the United States, the country's polarized politics and overarching economic and security fears are worrisome. The Trump administration has sought to suspend and reduce the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program; as a result, EMM was forced to  reduce  its resettlement work.

"Maybe the stakes now are so high and the fear is so deep and the walls are so thick that the only way we can heal the soul of a nation is for a wider-than-ever circle of allies to gather around to stand with refugee and resettlement agencies," said the Rev. Stephanie Spellers, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Creation. Spellers represented the Episcopal Church on the panel.

In Charleston, for example, West Virginia Interfaith Refugee Ministry operates, "in the heart of Trump country," said Urecki. But if anything gives him hope, it's that the people, even those who fear for their security and the economy, are open to conversation. "If you can get your foot in the door and have a conversation, you can win," he said.

West Virginia Interfaith Refugee Ministry became an EMM  affiliate  in December.

As the Episcopal Church's refugee resettlement agency, EMM is one of nine agencies partnered with the U.S. State Department to welcome and resettle refugees; it operates 31 resettlement affiliates in 26 dioceses, providing direct assistance to recent arrivals. The Episcopal Church has worked to resettle refugees since the 1930s. The federal government formalized the  U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program in 1980 , partnering with religious and secular organizations to provide direct assistance to newly arrived refugees in communities nationwide. Six of the government's resettlement partners are faith-based; the program has historically, for the most part, enjoyed bipartisan support. Over the last two years, however, Americans' attitudes toward refugees have begun to shift from quiet acceptance to fear of the other.

Recently, EMM  held  a conference to train refugee supporters as advocates. EMM also offers ways for congregations to engage  in refugee resettlement in their communities. The agency encourages Episcopalians to join the  Episcopal Public Policy Network  and advocate for policies that protect the rights of refugees and asylum seekers.

World Refugee Day is held annually on June 20; the day is set aside to commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees. An unprecedented 65.6 million people have been forcibly displaced worldwide. Among them 22.5 million have received refugee status and less than 1 percent will be resettled. Over half of all refugees are younger than 18 years old. Many were born in refugee camps where the average stay is 20 years.

The Anglican Communion Announces the Appointment
of a New Representative to the UN


The Social and Public Affairs Adviser to the Archbishop of Canterbury has been appointed as the new Anglican Communion representative to the United Nations in Geneva. Jack Palmer-White has worked at Lambeth Palace since 2012, initially as parliamentary assistant and then as a policy adviser focusing on marriage and family life, before taking up his current role two years ago.
Mr. Palmer-White has a passion for international affairs, with a first degree in International Politics and an MSc in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics, specializing in Religion in the Contemporary World:
 "I am absolutely delighted to be joining the Anglican Communion Office as the Permanent Representative to the United Nations Institutions in Geneva. Throughout my career, I have seen the transformative impact that the church plays in issues of global significance, whether it be meeting the needs of refugees through Anglican chaplaincies, helping to educate communities about HIV and Ebola, or bringing stories of the impact of climate change to international prominence."
"The Anglican Communion has a central role to play in shaping how global institutions such as the United Nations approach the major issues of our time and I look forward to helping represent and raise up Anglican voices around the table at the UN and other multilateral organizations in Geneva."
Before Lambeth Palace, Mr. Palmer-White worked in international development, as a campaigner for Tearfund, and in political polling,  for a major national polling company. During the 2012 US Presidential election cycle, he was based in Washington, D.C. as Communications Associate for Sojourners, a faith-based organization working on social justice issues. He is married to Rosanne, who is the UK director of an international development agency.
His predecessor in the UN role was the Revd. Flora Winfield who held the post for three years

 CAMINOS: Our Road Together

The Office of the Diocese of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce the publication of our new magazine "CAMINOS: Our Road Together".

While this magazine will be published online, it is also available in a print format for anyone who does not have internet access.  If you know someone in your congregation who cannot receive it electronically, please send us their name and address and we will be sure to send them a hard copy version.
In order to have the best viewing experience, once you click on the link below, put your cursor under the image of the magazine cover.  A timeline will appear. Click on the square at the far right of the timeline and the issue can be read full screen.  Once you are viewing it full screen, clicking on the arrows at the far right or left will turn the pages forward or backward.

We want to help tell your stories.  If you would like to submit an article for publication, please contact Henry Carnes at  henryc@diopa.org  and he will be glad to assist you.

San Francisco Boys Chorus to Perform at the
African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas


July 14, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

East Coast Tour to include the first Black Episcopal Church in the nation

The historic African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas will be one of the sites to welcome the internationally acclaimed, Grammy award winning San Francisco Boys Chorus to Philadelphia on July 14, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
The Grammy award-winning San Francisco Boys Chorus was founded in 1948 to provide trained singers for the San Francisco Opera and quickly grew into one of the nation's most accomplished music education and choral performance entities. Since 1996, the chorus, led by Artistic Director Ian Robertson has built the group to over 220 singers from 50 Bay Area cities and more than 120 schools at locations in San Francisco, Oakland, and San Rafael.

With a long history of touring, nationally the San Francisco Boys Chorus has performed at many prestigious locations including Carnegie Hall in New York, and in 2009, had the honor of singing at the Inauguration Ceremonies for President Barack Obama in Washington D.C. Internationally, the chorus has appeared in England at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, Italy in Lucca Cathedral, St. Mark's Basilica and St. Peter's Basilica, Hong Kong in St. John's Cathedral, Russia in the Glinka Capella, and Costa Rica in the Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels, to name a few.
"We are delighted to welcome the San Francisco Boys Chorus to the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas - the first Black Episcopal Church in the nation. Founded in 1792 by the Rev. Absalom Jones, this year we are in the midst of acknowledging 225 years of our founding with a yearlong celebration that includes many noteworthy events. The presence of this wonderful chorus will be a great addition to the acknowledgement of our history," said The Very Reverend Canon Martini Shaw - 17th Rector of the Church. "We are proud to be recognized as the only African American church on their east coast tour."
Also joining their Philadelphia tour will be the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas 6361 Lancaster Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19151

Contact: Monica B. Jones 215.806.3271

Union of Black Episcopalians Annual Business Meeting

On behalf of the UBE National Board of Directors and the Conference Planning Team, it gives us great pleasure to invite and welcome all members and supporters to the:

 UBE 49th Annual Business Meeting and Conference, 

July 23 - 26, 2017 at the 

Crowne Plaza Hotel in Philadelphia/Cherry Hill, NJ.

For the first time, this gathering will be a joint partnership between the Union of Black Episcopalians and the African Descent Lutheran Association (ADLA). Both organizations share a vital commitment to vigilance and action aimed at achieving justice for all people, especially those of African descent.

We will also be commemorating the 225th anniversary of the Black presence in the Episcopal Church at our first church,  the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas

Our 2017 conference theme is: "Like a Rolling Stream, Let Justice Roll... Absalom, Jehu, and Beyond"

Join us to be recommitted and renewed for the work ahead with God's help!!  For additional information: www.ube.org or contact The Rev. Renee McKenzie, UBE Philadelphia Chapter, revrenee@churchoftheadvocate.org.

Rev. Dr. Renee McKenzie
Vicar & Chaplain, Church of the Advocate


The Rt. Rev. Daniel G. P. Gutiérrez
Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania
The Very Rev. Judith A. Sullivan
Dean, Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral
The Philadelphia Committee of AFEDJ

Invite you to a Benefit Event in Suppor
of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem
             Special  Guest Speaker
ThRevCanoJohn L. Peterson
Sustaining the Christian Community in the Middle East
Supper *  Art Exhibit  *  Music

Friday, October 6, 2017
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral
23 South 38th Street, Philadelphia 19104
 C ontact person: the Rev. Judith Beck   judithtb938@gmail.com

Summer Bible Challenge

Heard the word?
Staycation  or  Vacation
The Bible Challenge Continues!

Camping, Fishing, Rowing, Throwing Strolling, Cooking, Hiking, Biking Flying, Cruising, Playing, Praying Sailing, Swimming, Running, Sunning .
Let's see where the challenge goes - Post to the Facebook Group Page or email jdlafrance@diopa.org

Diocesan Communications Conference for Congregational Development

Social Media, Video Production and Website Design Videos

Servant Year is On!

"Are you called to serve?"

Our new Servant Year Corps Members have answered this question with an unabashedly faithful  "YES"!   This DioPA ministry is an intentional faith-based community where young adults give of themselves while faithfully discerning where they are being called in their lives.  On August 19th , six members will arrive to begin their year of service among us. As we get closer to August look for Introductions to our members right here.  We are excited for people to get to know them and their many talents and gifts.

Members in this urban missionary like program receive full-time volunteer positions at a partner site, monthly stipends, housing, health insurance, meals and public transportation tokens.  Servant Year is a supportive community that includes regular spiritual direction and formation.  It is perfect for new graduates who want to "give back" before they start their career; want a break in between college and graduate school; or need a little extra time to discern where their life is calling them after plans change or do not materialize as expected.
If you know of a college graduate who sounds like a good fit for this ministry please have them contact servantyear@diopa.org

This program is not limited to Episcopalians.  But for those young adults who grew up in the Episcopal Church,  Servant Year can be the next step in maturing their faith and discerning their call to ministry, whether that is ordained or lay.  Thank you for your help in finding those being called to  Servant Year .  

For more information contact Jan Berry Schroeder at 215-621-8315 or jans@diopa.org , or the Rev. Canon Betsy Ivey, Director of the Offices of Family and Young Adult Ministry at bivey@diopa.org . Please feel free to explore our websites as well: Servant Year Philadelphia and  The Episcopal Service Corps.   

Where are YOU being called to serve?

DIOPA Resource Guide

                     The DIOPA Resource Guide is here!

We have heard your suggestions, compiled them, and we would like to present the DIOPA Resource Guide: a directory of information about the Diocese of Pennsylvania, and how we can best serve you. We encourage you to explore the website at  http://www.dioparesourceguide.com/ .

This website is designed to continue to capture information that is useful and relevant to all members of the Diocese. Please continue to submit your suggestions. Contact J.D. Lafrance at  jdlafrance@diopa.org   or use our online form:  https://diopa.wufoo.com/forms/cant-find-something/ .

DIOPA Deanery Calendar

Our DIOPA Deanery Calendar is fully operational and available to capture and disseminate your event information - diocesan wide! It's the place to post parish events in each deanery and can be found on www.diopa.org at the bottom right of the home page under Calendars. It's a read-only site, with information being posted by an administrator in your deanery. Call your parish office to have your administrator post an event you want to share.

Video Invitation to Join the Bishop's Bible Challenge!

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

As another part of my promise to better serve you, I am pleased to present another major initiative from the Offices of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania. This Bible App will help us all to feel connected, provides a platform for participating in the Bishop's Bible Challenge, and perhaps most importantly is a powerful tool for you to read or hear the Word of God in 1,000 languages. With the Bible App, many now have access to the word of God in their primary language. Reading the Bible together as a diocesan community will have a life changing effect. The importance of Christian people using Holy Scripture as a foundation for daily life is hard to overstate. Who we are as the People of God flows directly from our worship, doctrine, and liturgy, which are all rooted in Scripture. To know the Bible better, is to know ourselves as the People of God better, to know our mission to the world better, and to know our faith better. We are here to help and to serve you, and this mobile app is another important step in showing the kind of innovation and emphasis that is placed on equipping our congregations to build the Kingdom of God.

The Rt. Rev. Daniel G.P. Gutiérrez
XVI Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania

The Bishop's Bible Challenge leads us through the entire bible in a year's time. Not only will you find the daily reading and meditation rewarding, but you will be joining in community with hundreds, possibly thousands, of fellow Episcopalians in our diocese. While this may seem like a daunting undertaking, as the Bible tells us "Fear Not", for there are many ways to connect!
You can download The DIOPA Bible in a Year App from iTunes, Apple App Store, and Google Play. To download the mobile application, go to the "App Store" icon on your iPhones or the "Google Play" icon on your Android Phone and search for "DIOPA" or "DIOPA bible." It is a self-contained way to participate and has everything you need including a link to the registration page, the Bible readings for each day, an online link to the Bible in audible and readable forms and daily reading or listening selections that will help everyone to read the same selections each day.
* If you don't want to use the app, register to participate at our online registration site:  https://diopa.wufoo.com/forms/bishops-bible-challenge/
* If you do not use a computer or smart phone simply call the Offices of the Diocese at 215-627-6434 to register and receive a Bible Study Packet; or contact your Priest for these materials.

* Join our online Facebook group at < DIOPA Bishop's Bible Challenge>. This is where you can post your own testimonies on the readings. These responses can be written or use your phone or camera to take a picture that reflects your response to the reading. Include a brief description and post with the hash tag #wordon and #diopabbc. Check the group page or the hash tags to see what other participants are saying!

* Information and resources regarding The Bishop's Bible Challenge can be found online:  http://www.diopa.org/bishops-bible-challenge/

The important thing to know is that you are not alone in this and you cannot mess this up! If you miss a day of reading, or a week for that matter, just jump back in to the schedule because there is no wrong way to do this. If you'd rather not read, the Bible App will play the day's selections in a dramatized audio format for you to listen.

So let's come together as a diocesan family and build the Kingdom of God -praying together, worshipping together, studying together - in this the "come and see" diocese. #diopalove #diopacomeandsee #wordon #diopabbc - there are multiple ways to connect!

Online Staff Directory

Visit our new "Staff Directory" page on the diocesan website to see photos, bios, and job descriptions 
of the current staff of the Offices of the Diocese of Pennsylvania.

Download our Diocesan Mobile App "DIOPAConnect"

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

As part of my promise to better serve you, I am pleased to offer a major initiative from the Offices of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania. This mobile directory app will help us all to feel connected, provides useful information about parishes, and enables us to have one more important way to stay informed about everything going on in our wonderful Diocese. We are here to help and to serve you, and this mobile app is an important step in showing the kind of innovation and emphasis that is placed on equipping our congregations to build the Kingdom of God.

The Rt. Rev. Daniel G.P.  Gutiérrez
XVI Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania

To download the mobile application go to the "App Store" icon on your iPhones 
or the "Google Play" icon on your Android Phone  and 
search for "DIOPA" or "DIOPA mobile directory."

Let us know how DiopaConnect works for you. 
 User feedback helps us to tailor our applications to better meet your needs.