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A note from the Reverend Canon Lucy S. L. Amerman 
 on her retirement

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I thought I should let you know that  I am retiring effective August 1, 2016 .  

This has been planned for a long time, and the date is almost upon us.  I have been on Diocesan staff for three years, working for Bishop Daniel, and I have loved my time in this role, learning about and serving the Diocesan community, as well as working with the Bishop and the staff at Church House. But it is time for me to play!

In my absence, all benefits questions should be addressed to Mark Klinger at extension 103.  All personnel or HR-related questions, disciplinary or conflict matters, or issues of pastoral care should be addressed to the Bishop, until he assigns these responsibilities to others.

Thank you for your support and friendship!  I look forward to seeing you as our journeys continue.  

Blessings to you, 


Consecration of the Rev. Canon Daniel G.P. Gutierrez

The Church Foundation Welcomes Helena May

The Church Foundation welcomes Helena May as a summer intern. Helena was sponsored through WorkReady Chester, is connected to WorkReady Philadelphia, which is a system of programs supported by a broad-based partnerships dedicated to building the region's future workforce. The Church Foundation learned about this program, by attending The Fire for the Mission Conference held earlier this year in Chester. The Church Foundation is enthusiastic about its new relationship with the people of Chester, especially Eric Bayne, Workforce Coordinator in the Office of the Mayor of Chester. Helena is a recent graduate of the Milton Hershey School and will be attending Penn State Harrisburg in the fall.

Presiding Bishop Brings Message of Hope 

to Quake Ravaged Ecuador

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's visit to the Episcopal Diocese of Ecuador Litoral last week was meant to show that the people hard hit by the April 16 earthquake and its aftermath are not alone.

Curry assured the congregation assembled June 30 for Eucharist at Catedral Cristo Rey (Christ the King Cathedral) in Guayaquil, the diocesan see, that he brought with him the prayers of the rest of the Episcopal Church and its pledge to walk with them through the post-earthquake period.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Diocesan Bishop Alfredo Morante España participate in Eucharist June 30 in Catedral Cristo Rey (Christ the King Cathedral) in Guayaquil, the diocesan see. The Eucharist came near the conclusion of Curry's visit to the Episcopal Diocese of Ecuador Litoral. Photo: Edgar Giraldo

The presiding bishop also encouraged the congregation to look outward. "Go out into this world and help us make a better world," he said at the close of his sermon. "Go out into this world and show them that love is the only way. Go out into this world and join hands with all people until all of us can say: 'We are not alone; we've got a God and with God we cannot fail.'"

Diocesan Bishop Alfredo Morante España said Curry brought with him a message of hope for his June 27-July 1 visit to the area where a 7.8-magnitude earthquake killed 650 people and injured more than 16,600, displaced more than 30,000 people and caused billions of dollars in damage.

"The presence of the presiding bishop reaffirms the pastoral work we are doing here," Morante said in an interview.  "And clearly this accompaniment goes beyond material resources and is also the spiritual accompaniment that we offer our communities. As a church we've remained united: clergy, lay people and communities. The presiding bishop's presence inspires us to continue on, and we pray that other international churches continue to support us."

Curry visited the Province of Manabí June 28-29 to spend time with people affected by the earthquake in the cities and towns of Manta, Portoviejo and La Pila.  On the evening of June 28 Curry gathered with others at San José Obrero (St. Joseph the Laborer) Episcopal Church in Manta to celebrate Eucharist in memory of those who died in the temblor.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Monsignor Monsignor Lorenzo Voltolini, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Portoviejo-Manabi, greet each other June 29 during Curry's visit to the Episcopal Diocese of Ecuador Litoral. Photo: Edgar Giraldo
He spent the evening of June 29 and all day June 30 in Guayaquil where he met with lay and ordained Episcopalians to discuss the challenges facing the church in the 21st century. And he preached at the cathedral Eucharist.

In a video message to the rest of the Episcopal Church recorded outside the cathedral, Curry said the stories he heard throughout the diocese "have simply been remarkable."

"We're hoping and working so that the church can be a pastoral presence for those who are living in camps, and to be of help and assistance in various communities where homes are going to need to be rebuilt," he said, noting that four Episcopal churches in the quake-hit area were severely damaged and must be repaired or rebuilt also.

"There's work to do but this is a diocese, as it says in the Book of Nehemiah, where the people have a mind to work, and so it's a joy to be here with their bishop, with their clergy and all the people to encourage this work," Curry said.

The presiding bishop spoke surrounded by a group from Church of the Holy Trinity on the peninsula of Santa Elena on Ecuador's coast. He noted that a women's group at the church helps other women build community and come to know Jesus, and that a men's group works in recovery ministry. Those activities, he said, are just a small part of the congregation's mission.

"They go out into the neighborhoods, sharing the faith, reaching out to others and they are simply a remarkable congregation," he said. "And if I ever had to show you an example of what the Jesus Movement is, you're looking at it."

Turning to the people around him, Curry said, "I am proud to be your brother in faith."

Morante said that as they visited the areas affected by the earthquake and saw the destruction left behind Curry "could also see and evaluate the work being done by the church here in Ecuador."

That work, the bishop said, now involves looking forward and is focused on three issues.

The first focus is the reconstruction of homes and Morante said the diocese is organizing families to provide them with materials to rebuild their own houses.

Another area of development is an entrepreneurship program. "People in shelters not only want to receive food, but also want to continue their lives, to feel useful and to work," he said. "We are supporting these families with micro credits to help them establish small businesses."

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Monsignor Monsignor Lorenzo Voltolini, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Portoviejo-Manabi, greet each other June 29 during Curry's visit to the Episcopal Diocese of Ecuador Litoral. Photo: Edgar Giraldo
The third focus is spiritual and pastoral care, which Morante said has been vital since the tragedy.

"We're working with very little resources, but it is a start and we offer what we have," he said.

Morante invited people around the world to support the diocese's work so that it can continue to help people. "The funds we have are few, but if someone also wants to support us with their knowledge as an engineer, architect, or other professional, any help is welcome," he said.  "We also ask for prayers for these communities as they continue rebuilding their lives."

The Rev. Jairo Chiran Quiñonez, a deacon and the vicar serving Santiago Apostol (St. James the Apostle) Episcopal Church in La Pila, a small community a 40-minute drive from Manta, told ENS that Curry's visit "leaves a mark and gives a path forward, and we are very grateful that he came to comfort us and is willing to support us. He's doing what Jesus preached: walking alongside communities."

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry blesses a woman living in the Refuge Esteros #2 camp in Manta, Ecuador. Photo: Edgar Giraldo
In the rural areas that were hardest hit, the poorest are suffering the most, Chiran said. "Poor people are, sadly, accustomed to losing everything, but there is a God who loves them and the church can help them get ahead."

Chiran said he told the presiding bishop he identified with him since Curry is the first African-American person to hold the office of presiding bishop and he is the first Afro-Ecuadorian person to be ordained a deacon in the diocese.

Chiran lost part of his own home and he said he is just one of many who face the same situation, or worse. "Personally, I take refuge in my pastoral work and my daily work as a nurse," he said. "Starting again from zero is difficult, and you can't help but remember everything we experienced on April 16."

In the neighborhood of St. James the Apostle in La Pila, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry visited and prayed with several people affected by the April 16 earthquake. Photo: Edgar Giraldo
Communities are in the process of reconstruction now, demolishing what little remains. This phase last into early next year, he said. "There are so many people that need to rebuild and many that simply can't."

The deacon said a man recently told him he had worked a lifetime for his home but now would "have to work the rest of my life to pay the government for it again" because the government is only offering rebuilding loans of up to $10,000, not direct aid.

"Motivating ourselves to move on has been very difficult, but we know that prayers from our brothers and sisters, regardless of the congregation, have helped to encourage us," Chiran said.  "We are beaten and worn down, but there is hope that good will still come out of this. We thank the international community for their support."

- Clara Villatoro is a journalist based in San Salvador, El Salvador. The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service.


$133,000 Awarded for Campus Ministry Grants

$133,000 has been awarded to 18 recipients of the  Episcopal Church  2016 Young Adult and Campus Ministry grants.
Young Adult and Campus Ministry Grants provide funding for dioceses, congregations, and community college/tribal college/university campuses that are doing or seek to do ministry with young adults on and off college campuses.
"These grants help the Episcopal Church live into an expanding understanding of what it means to be in ministry with young adults on and off college campuses," said the Rev. Shannon Kelly, Missioner for Young Adult and Campus Ministries. "This is a growing ministry, one that shows the church how to engage mission and the Jesus Movement in new, innovative ways. We are excited to be in partnership as these programs grow and develop over the next year."
Two  Leadership Grants  and 16  Program Grants  were awarded to 16 dioceses.
Leadership Grants will start or reinvigorate young adult and campus ministry initiatives.
Program Grants provide seed money to assist in the start-up of new and innovative campus ministries or to enhance a current initiative.

Leadership Grants
* Diocese of Connecticut, Episcopal Church at Yale: $29,000
* Diocese of New York, Canterbury Downtown Campus Ministry: $17,500
Program Grants
* Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, St. Paul's Episcopal Church and Protestant Campus Ministry at Bloomsburg University: $2,000
* Diocese of Delaware, Episcopal Campus Ministry, University of Delaware: $3,500
* Diocese of East Carolina, Episcopal Campus Christian:  Organization at University of North Carolina, Wilmington: $3,000
* Diocese of El Camino Real, San Luis Obispo Canterbury Foundation: $5,000
* Diocese of Los Angeles, St. Mary's Episcopal Church: $5,000
* Diocese of Los Angeles, Abundant Table: $5,000
* Diocese of Long Island, Protestant Campus Ministry at Stony Brook University: $5,000
* Diocese of Maryland, Episcopal Service Corps - Maryland: $5,000
* Diocese of Montana, St. James Episcopal Church First Nation Campus Ministry: $10,000
* Episcopal Church in Minnesota, Circle of the Beloved ESC: $5,000
* Episcopal Church in Minnesota, Common Table: Episcopal Campus Ministry Saint John's Episcopal Church, St. Cloud: $5,000
* Diocese of North Dakota, St. Luke's, St. James' Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation: $5,000
* Diocese of Oregon, Holy Ground Episcopal Campus Ministry and Portland Metro Episcopal Campus Ministry: $5,000
* Diocese of Southern Virginia, Canterbury Association, The Episcopal Church at the College of William and Mary: $10,000
* Diocese of Spokane, Episcopal Campus Ministry at Eastern Washington University: $3,000
* Diocese of Vermont, Cooperative Christian Ministry at the University of Vermont: $10,000
A team of reviewers, including Provincial Campus Ministry Coordinators and leaders in ministry with young adults, reviewed the grant applications. A total of 52 applications were received representing $751,972.75 in requests.
For more information contact Kelly at  skelly@episcopalchurch.org.

Applications Accepted for Episcopal Migration Ministries
Manager of Communication

The  Episcopal Church  is accepting applications for the position of  Episcopal Migration Ministries  Manager of Communication, a member of the Presiding Bishop's staff.
Episcopal Migration Ministries Manager of Communication is a full-time position and is responsible for addressing the communications and social media programs for Episcopal Migration Ministries the refugee resettlement program of the Episcopal Church. Each year the Episcopal Church works in partnership with its 30 member local affiliate network in 26 states, along with dioceses, faith communities and volunteers, to welcome refugees from conflict zones across the globe. This year, Episcopal Migration Ministries will welcome more than 5,000 refugees to the United States from 32 countries, from places like the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burma, Afghanistan, and Syria.
More information and application instructions for this position are available  here.
Deadline for applying is July 12.
For more information contact a member of the Episcopal Church Human Resources Team at hrm@episcopalchurch.org

Education for Ministry

Have you ever considered a formal study of the things which inform your baptismal covenant?  Many EfM seminar groups will be reforming or starting in the fall and now is the time for you to consider if this program is for you.  The current texts are portrayed in the attached link.

Key Upcoming Dates in the Election Process

July 16  Consecration of the new Bishop, New Covenant Church, Germantown

For additional information please visit the Call/Transition Committee's website at:  http://diopabishopsearch.com

Matters of Faith: The new year is the start of a renewed life