January 15, 2021
Convocation Newsletter
January 15, 2021
The 45th Week in Coronatide
A Newsletter for Members and Friends of the Convocation of
Episcopal Churches in Europe
Please direct any comments to news@tec-europe.org
Epiphanytide - Christ the Light of the World
Second Sunday after the Epiphany

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Pray with us in the  2021 Convocation Cycle of Prayer   available here
Service of Remembrance – Emmanuel Geneva
Tuesday, 19 January at 18:30
All are invited to join us for a special service of Evening Prayer this coming Tuesday at 18:30. This service will be live-streamed only. You might want to light a candle and take some quiet time for this service.
 
We will be remembering all our friends and relatives who died in 2020, whether of the virus or other causes. We know that the pandemic and travel restrictions often prevented people from being able to say goodbye to loved ones in person, and we will light a candle in memory of each of them. Please feel free to submit names of people whom you would like remembered to Deacon Richard either by e-mail at totocole@icloud.com, or by SMS or WhatsApp at +41 (79) 584 1930. The service will last approximately a half hour.
The service, order of service, and coffee hour can be accessed from the Online Service page under Worship of the Emmanuel website: https://www.emmanuelchurch.ch/sunday-online-service
Clergy: Comings and Goings...
The Rev. Dr. Hanns Engelhardt retires....
"Well done, good and faithful servant"
The Rev. Dr. Hanns Engelhardt retired on December 31, 2020, as Vicar of St. Columban's Mission in Karlsruhe, Germany after 23 years of ministry there, first as a lay pastoral leader (1977), then a deacon (1999) and finally as a priest (since 2000).

Born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, in 1936, Fr. Hanns received his law degree in 1958 and completed a doctorate in 1961 with the Dissertation: "The Trial for Heresy of Albert Hardenberg 1547-1561." Raised a Lutheran, he was confirmed in the Episcopal Church in 1966 at St. Christopher's (now Christ the King) Church in Frankfurt, and soon began his long relationship with the Anglican Benedictines of Nashdom Abbey (later Elmore Abbey) where he became an oblate. He soon became a member of the Ecclesiastical Law Society and a Reader in the Church of England. His first connection to the monks of Nashdom Abbey was already as a student in the 1950s.

Fr. Hanns is a highly regarded German jurist. He served as a judge at various State of Hesse courts and appellate courts (1962-72), practiced environmental law with the Hessian Ministry of Agriculture and Environment in Wiesbaden (1972-1978), and then was a Supreme Court justice in the Bundesgerichtshof – BGH (The Federal Court of Justice), Germany’s highest court of civil and criminal jurisdiction, which has its seat in Karlsruhe (1978-1996). He is the author of books and articles on ecclesiastical law and other parts of the law, and is presently working on a book on the canon law of the Episcopal Church. He continues to write articles on law, ecclesiastical law and theology in Germany, England, Hungary and the US.
Although a longtime resident in Karlsruhe, Fr. Hanns was raised up to the ordained ministry through the Church of St. Augustine in Wiesbaden, where he had lived prior to moving to Karlsruhe in 1978. St. Columban's Mission in Karlsruhe began as a parochial mission of St. Augustine in Wiesbaden.

Bishop Jeffery Rowthorn ordained Fr. Hanns to the diaconate in 1999 at St. Augustine in Wiesbaden, and to the priesthood in the Christi Auferstehungs-kirche, the Old Catholic parish in Karlsruhe, in 2000. In addition to his duties with the mission in Karlsruhe, Fr. Hanns has taken on various responsibilities in the life of the Convocation and led Episcopal services at the former Headquarters of the Allied Force Command in Heidelberg in Campbell Barracks, twice a month.
The Rev. Dr. Hanns Engelhardt's ordination to the priesthood took place in the Old Catholic Christi Auferstehungskirche in Karlsruhe on June 17, 2000. Fr. Hanns is pictured with Bishop Rowthorn, Bishop in Charge, and Fr. Karl Bell, Rector of St. Augustine, as well as other convocation and ecumenical clergy.
St. Columban's Mission worshiped for many years in the Old Catholic parish church, Christi Auferstehungskirche, and in recent years at a chapel in the Matthias-Claudius-Haus near the Karlsruhe city center. Services are held on the first Sunday of the month and on major feast days. Ministry is continuing at St. Columban's under the direction of the Committee on Mission Congregations (COMC). Fr. Stephen McPeek and Mr. Robert Vukovic have worked at the direction of Bishop Mark, joining Fr. Hanns in this transition.

Thank you Fr. Hanns for your dedicated ministry and service to our Lord. "Well done, good and faithful servant." Many blessings in the years to come.
Congregations welcome new clergy...
After many delays due to COVID-19-related EU and local visa issues, we welcome to Europe new clergy from the US to congregations in France, Italy and Germany....
Christ Church, Clermont-Ferrand, France

On January 14, 2021, The Rev. Dr. L. Susan Carter. from East Lansing, Michigan, USA. and her spouse (The Rev. Linda Johnson) arrived in Clermont-Ferrand. Dr. Carter was appointed Priest-in-Charge, after a search process that extended over several months. In 2020, she retired as a Professor of Journalism at Michigan State University, and was named Professor emerita. She joined the MSU faculty in 1991 after a career in television news and as press secretary for a Michigan governor. Dr. Carter has degrees in law, history, journalism, and theology. Ordained in 2008, she has worked in bi-vocational ministry and served in various parochial and diocesan ministries in the Diocese of Michigan, including as Rector of St. John's Church in Howell, MI and associate rector at St. Paul's Church in Lansing, MI. She is a single-engine pilot, scuba diver, and skier. In 2001 she led a 12-woman Polar ski trek to the North Pole. Dr. Carter is fluent in French. She has a passion for preaching, and completed a D.Min. in preaching from Seabury-Western Seminary in Evanston IL. Her spouse, the Rev. Linda Johnson is newly retired as director of Episcopal Campus Ministry at Indiana University in Bloomington IN, USA. We wish Sue and Linda every blessing as they settle in Clermont-Ferrand and to Susan and the parish a blessed start to their ministry together at Christ Church.
St. James, Florence, Italy

On December 23, 2021, The Rev. Richard Easterling from New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, and his spouse (David Wohlgemuth), arrived in Florence. More details about Fr. Easterling can be found in the October 3, 2020 Newsletter here. Interim Rector, The Rev. Andrew Cooley departed on September 30, and The Rev. Stéphanie Burette covered October and early November. November and December were covered largely by Bishop Edington and briefly by Archdeacon Baer. Fr. Easterling's first service at St. James was on Christmas Eve. We wish Richard and David every blessing in Florence.
In the Fall also welcomed the following clergy, two of whom also had extensive delays due to COVID-related travel and visa restrictions....
The Rev. Canon Nathaniel Katz, arrived at the American Cathedral in mid September 2020. A native of New Jersey, he spent time in ministry at Harvard's Memorial Church and in California. He comes to Paris from California, where he was Senior Associate at All Saints in Beverly Hills.
The Rev. Stephen McPeek became Priest in Charge at the Church of Christ the King in Frankfurt, Germany in October 2020. A native Hawaiian, he most recently was Curate at St. Augustine in Wiesbaden.
The Rev. Kenneth Dimmick is Interim at Church of the Ascension in Munich, Germany. He was previously retired and living in Wharton Texas USA. Before that, he was longtime vicar of St. Catherine's Church, Stuttgart, Germany.
Convocation Communications Committee
Fall 2020 issue
Our Response to COVID in Europe
The Convocation Communications Committee (CCC) coordinates the communications of the Convocation. Special emphasis is given to Social Media, and close coordination with the parishes and missions of the Convocation. Existing modes of communication such as newsletters and the website are getting a facelift.

Members are:
Audrey Shankles, chair (Wiesbaden); Thomas Girty (Paris);
Felicity Handford, chair of Chroniclers,
Marc Smets-Tolley (both Waterloo), Walter Baer, staff, (Paris),
Helena Mbele-Mbong (Geneva),
Maleah Rios, Digital Ministry (Rome)
Ellen Hampton, Trinité (Paris), ex-officio.


The Convocation is now also featured with four pages in the cathedral's semi-annual publication Trinité, covering Convocation events.

Educational Opportunities from EICS
CALL  Courses (Church Divinity School of the Pacific – CDSP)

The European Institute of Christian Studies (EICS) is pleased to announce an exciting new partnership between the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe and the Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP). The new partnership offers a reduction to all those registering thru the Convocation. The reduced Course fee for each module is $205. Registration is now taking place for the Winter term which begins on January 18.

The Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership’s (CALL) online courses are offered throughout the year and are designed so that you can participate at your own pace and at your own time. Each course is 7 weeks, each week a separate lesson. Continuing Education Units are offered at the rate of 2 CEUs per course. Students from across The Episcopal Church and beyond join experienced online instructors in creating a classroom environment of respect and mutual learning.

2020-21 Schedule 
Winter 2021 (January 18 – March 8, 2021)

Registration is now taking place for the Winter term which begins on January 18.


To register via the Convocation and qualify for the course fee reduction, please contact the Rev. Michael Rusk      rector@emmanuelchurch.ch
Michael Rusk and Kaye O’Connell on behalf of EICS – the European Institute of Christian Studies, Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe.
EFM Registration is Open
Education for Ministry (EFM) is a unique four-year distance learning program for adult Christian Formation through theological education and reflection, based upon small group study and practice offered by the Beecken Center of the School of Theology at the University of the South, Sewanee TN, USA.
Students sign up for one year at a time to participate in the four-year program which covers basic theological education in The Hebrew Bible, New Testament, Church History, Christian Theology and Theological Reflection.

The European Online group, now in its seventh year, is currently taking enrollments for new participants to join the group for the 2021-22 academic year which begins in September 2021.

If you would like to enrol or would like to find out more about this program, Please contact Online Mentors - Kaye O’Connell and Yvonne Cockcroft   Kaye.oconnell@gmx.de  Yvonne@cockcroft.de .
Francophone Outreach...
A la radio : le Magazine Anglican
Le « Magazine Anglican », animé par Laurence Moachon, paroissienne de la Cathédrale de la Sainte Trinité à Paris. 
À propos du Magazine Anglican :
Depuis septembre 2012, Laurence Moachon présente le 4e samedi du mois, le Magazine Anglican. Avec l’objectif de faire mieux connaître la tradition anglicane au public français, elle traite de sujets d’actualité culturelle, historique, liturgique ou ecclésiologique dans la Convocation et la Communion Anglicane. 
ÉCOUTEZ OU TÉLÉCHARGEZ LE MAGAZINE ANGLICAN sur :

The Convocation's Francophone Mission
Tous les samedis à 17h
French Service (via Zoom)
La Mission Francophone de Paris (Convocation des Églises Épiscopales en Europe) vous invite à participer à l'office en français via Zoom tous les samedis à 17h en cliquant ici
NB : En cas de problème contacter Sylvie: turquoise.azur@gmail.com
Regarding Allegations of Clergy Sexual Abuse

Important information on the lifting of the Statute of Limitation regarding clergy sexual abuse...

Let it be known that for three years in the Episcopal Church there is no statute of limitation on clergy sexual abuse. Every diocese has a confidential way to make a report. In Europe here is ours:
"Go forth for God; go to the world in peace; be of good courage, armed with heavenly grace, in God's good Spirit daily to increase, till in his kingdom we behold his face."

                                                   Hymn 347 - Holy Eucharist; Music: Litton 
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