Volume 5, Issue 26
July 3, 2020
THIS SUNDAY: July 5, 2020
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost


Joe Adorno (EM*)
John Hanaoka (U)
Dee Grigsby (AG)

David Crocker (EM)
Collin Darrell (LR)
Mary Margaret Smith (U)
Faith Shiramizu (AG)
Nelson Secretario, Mabel Antonio (HP)

* EM - Eucharisitic Minister; U - Usher; LR - Lay Reader; AG - Altar Guild; HP - Healing Prayers

8:00AM and 9:30AM
Sanctuary and Side Lanai

Daughters of the King
Thursday, July 9 th
7:00 - 8:00PM
Memorial Hall

Sunday School
Every Sunday, 9:30 - 10:15AM
Memorial Hall

Aloha Hour
Every Sunday, 10:45AM - 12:00PM
Under the big tree

Monday Crew
Every Monday, 8:00AM
Church Office

Laundry Love
1 st & 3 rd Wednesday, 5:00PM
Kapa`a Laundromat
McMaster Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Concert
Every Wednesday, 6:00PM

Choir Practice
Every Thursday, 6:00PM
Choir Room
All Saints' Launches New Website!
Check Out the Homepage
We are pleased to announce the release of All Saints' new and improved website.
Thanks to the work of Cami Baldovino and a host of volunteers, the All Saints' website has been upgraded significantly. Many improvements are obvious on the homepage ( www.allsaintskauai.org ). Please visit the site by clicking on the image above to enjoy the new look and feel.

Thanks to Cami for managing the web content and Ron Morinishi for the design and implementation of All Saints' WiFi/LAN network.
Communion Returns to All Saints'
Integral Part of Worship Begins Again Sunday, July 5 th
We have had a wonderful month of worshiping together. It has been so nice to be back with our church `Ohana. Face masks don’t hide the smiling eyes and air hugs we’ve been able to share. Kahu Kawika’s choice to wear a face shield has let us see his smiling compassionate face as he shares the word of God and his own wisdom. This has all been wonderful way to come together while complying with restrictions necessary to keep our community safe and healthy.

This Sunday, July 5 th , we regain an invaluable part of our worship: COMMUNION !

Supplies have been received which will enable us to have communion within the safety restrictions imposed in response to COVID-19. At the beginning of each service Kahu will give us detailed instructions on how to receive communion in a safety conscious fashion.

Thanks be to God that we will be able to once again celebrate this fundamental part of our Sunday worship.
E-Programs Available for Download
In lieu of paper service programs this past month we have been able to follow the service via slides on a big screen monitor. When the congregation is standing, the monitor is not visible to congregants sitting in the back pews. Cami Baldovino is making the programs available to all on the All Saints’ website on the home page. Finding the program is simple and you can download it to your smart device - phone, tablet, or even your computer.

Here’s how:

- Go to the allsaintskauai.org website
- Scroll down to and click on the “Download E-Programs” button

The E-Program will download onto your device. You can download the program at home or when you get to church. Our new improved WiFi network makes the download quick while in the sanctuary (Netwo rk name: Sanctuary Guest . Password: thepeace . Kahu will give a reminder of how to access the E-Program at the beginning of the service.
If You Can't Join Us in Person
Live Stream and Recordings Available
Our diligent IT gurus are working to make the July 5 th , 9:30AM service available on the All Saints’ website through live streaming. Join us by going to the live stream link on the All Saints’ website ( allsaintskauai.org ) at 9:15AM HST to enjoy Hank Curtis' prelude before the service begins.

A recording of the service will also be available on the All Saints’ website early in the week. 
Reflection from Kahu Kawika
Kākou: Our Declaration of Dependence
Ka`u `Ohana i ke Akua,

“Nemo resideo” is Latin for “No one left behind.” Two thousand years ago, it was a critical part of Roman Legion morale. Roman soldiers would hold their shields in a “testudo formation” such that their upraised and extended shields together would form a protective roof and wall against enemy attack. It stands to reason, therefore, that if any one soldier would fail to do their job, it could result in the whole unit being wiped out. “Nemo resideo,” thus, is not just a sentiment of compassion for our friends, but also a commitment to promote the survival of all, including that of oneself.

This illustration highlights for me the ancient Hawaiian value of kākou , a word familiar to a lot of us that means “we” or “us.” However, its full meaning goes beyond serving as a personal pronoun. It implies the idea of a commitment to togetherness. Like the Roman legion, it says that your well-being is my well-being, what impacts you impacts me, and your survival is my survival.

This weekend will mark the 244 th anniversary of Independence Day in the United States, when Thomas Jefferson and others drafted a document that would forever change the course of human history. The document begins with these stirring words, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men (sic) are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
We note, however, that while these words are aspirational, they have not always been an actualized reality for all those living within our borders. In the course of American history, we as a nation have been trying to live into the proud and lofty aspects of those words. Sometimes it seems as if it is one step forward and two steps back or that progress takes a long time. Not everyone enjoys equal rights nor can take the divine gifts of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for granted.

This is where our inherited indigenous Hawaiian values help us – in this case the value of kākou. When I recognize that it is in my own best interest to promote your best interest, that is when I am living a life of kākou. When we all recognize that no one is insignificant, we realize that we can be blessed by the gifts and viewpoints of us all.

We live in a society that likes to form camps and declare diametrically opposed stances, seeing each other as the enemy. Instead, in the words of the another important, document, the U.S. Constitution, let’s “promote the general welfare.” On this Independence Day weekend, let’s take on board the Hawaiian value of kākou, and leave no one behind.

I ka mahalo o ke Akua,
Kahu Kawika+
For the aged and infirm, for the widowed and orphans, and for the sick and the suffering, especially Bill, Mike, Nora, Keith, Gwen, Chadd, Patty and those we name silently or aloud, let us pray to the Lord. ​Lord, have mercy. 

For all who have died, especially those affected by the COVID-19 virus and those we name silently or aloud, in the hope of the resurrection, and for all the departed, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy. Amen.
Hale Ho`omalu Donations Accepts Donations
All Saints' Restarts Donation Collection
All Saints’ has had a long relationship with Hale Ho`omalu, a Child and Family Service program that provides families with the tools and resources they need to create meaningful and lasting change in their lives. Over the years, our `Ohana has collected donations specific to monthly-need requests provided by Hale Ho`omalu.

COVID-19 changed our ability to collect donations since on-site church services were canceled. Now that we are open for on-site worship, our Hale Ho`omalu donations will be collected again for delivery to this worthy program. We are grateful to our wonderful Monday Crew that takes the donations to Hale Ho`omalu each week.

For the month of July Hale Ho`omalu is requesting donations of school supplies. There is an on-going need for travel sized toiletries and canned goods so these items will be accepted every week. As always, monetary donations are gratefully accepted.
Labyrinth Plaques are Sold Out
Only 14 Pavers Are Still Available
All Saints' Labyrinth
The fundraising part of our Labyrinth project is drawing to a close. The large plaques have sold out and only 14 of the smaller pavers are still available. The donation for the pavers is $150. If you are interested, contact Ron Morinishi (ron.y.morinishi@gmail.com), Carolyn Morinishi (carolyn.morinishi@gmail.com) or Faith Shiramizu (faith.s@hawaiiantel.net).
Sunday School Holiday
A Prayer Moment with Your Child
Sunday School is in recess for the summer but spiritual growth happens every day. It doesn't take a summer break. This is the perfect time for you to nurture your child's spiritual development through daily prayer. Your Epistle is committed to helping you nurture your children's spiritual development this summer through prayer and scriptural guidance.
God of love, gather all people as one family.
Guide our community, our country, and the world.
Help us to be kind to all people, creatures, and the earth.
Be with all people who are sad, in need, or any trouble.
May all who have died rest in peace.
From: Common Prayer for Children and Families, Jenifer Gamber Timothy J. S. Seamans , Church Publishing, Inc., 2020.
Know Justice, Know Peace
A Personal Reflection by The Rev. Katlin McCallister
I had never been to a public demonstration based on Christian faith before. I saw the post on Facebook, “Is there anything happening in Hilo for Black Lives Matter?”

From there, the comments section flew and next thing you know, a sign-waving demonstration was planned for the following Saturday morning.

I felt like I needed to go. The pangs of Ahmaud Arbery’s death were still making my stomach turn and then George Floyd, dead over $20.  READ MORE
Mahalo from Camp Mokule`ia
Reopening Schedule Set
Just a week before the Camp was to hold its first youth retreat, the State went into lock down. Since then, the Camp's summer program was cancelled, and staff and hours have been cut back.

Thanks to the Trinity Sunday offering, $23,000 has been raised to support the ministry of Camp Mokule`ia. Executive Director Darrell Whitaker is grateful to all those who supported the Camp and reminds everyone that it's still not too late to make a dona tion. (Click on the button below to make an online donation today.)

With the lack of campers and empty facilities, the Camp worked in partnership with Family Promise to provide housing and meals for several families through the end of the year.

Government restrictions are being lifted and the Camp announced its Reopening Schedule:

  • Phase 1: Tent Field/Campground is reopening July 1, 2020 - At this time we will be reopening 3 campsites and 3 tentalos (pictured above). Each campsite will have its own sink, shower (cold-water), and a dedicated restroom. Campsites will be $100 per night (maximum of 10 people at each campsite) and tentalos will be $60 each (maximum of 4 people per tentalo). Call (808) 637-6241 or visit our website to make a reservation.

  • Phase 2: Lodge will reopen as soon as City and County guidelines will allow. 

  • Phase 3: Cabins will not be reopening until January 1, 2021. Until then we will be using our cabins to house families through partnership with Family Promise. 
Click on the button above to make a donation and support our Camp.

For more information, visit Camp Mokule`ia's website  HERE.
Symbols and Faith
Bishop Bob's Wednesday Bible Study Reflection on The Letter of James

But Because You Say So

June 30, 2020

“When Jesus had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” 

Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” -Luke 5: 4-5, NIV 

Picture the scene: tired fisherman who are hungry and who need to catch fish, not only for their daily food, but for their livelihood. Imagine the weight placed on their shoulders and the families that are waiting for them back home. Can you feel their despair? 

Into this scene comes Jesus. He meets these fishermen where they are; somewhere between hope for fish and despair at what hasn’t been. Jesus invites them to put their nets into the water and catch fish. He tells them to do precisely what they’ve been doing all night. He doesn’t give them any new tip or trick; he simply tells them to let down their nets. 

I know when I’m tired and frustrated I can have two responses: all out anger and giving up OR trying anything at all costs knowing there’s nothing left to lose. 

We hear from Simon his choice – acknowledging what’s happened ( we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything ), but also trusting the advice of Jesus who stands before him ( But because you say so, I will let down the nets.

But because you say so…. 

I’m caught by this phrase because by all accounts Simon and the others know what will happen when they put down their nets. They’ve worked all night. They’ve caught nothing. Yet, Jesus invites them to put down their nets one more time. And for some reason, Simon does. 

But because you say so… 

I imagine Simon thinking to himself: we’ve caught nothing, this won’t work, there are no fish, this is pointless, but because you say so, Jesus, I”ll give it a try. 

Simon trusts more in the person of Jesus in front of him than in the experiences he had the previous night. He trusts the invitation of Jesus more than the lack of fish he’s caught. He trusts Jesus because he said so. 

I have plenty of things that I don’t fully believe or trust simply because they’re too hard to understand, or my own experiences have taught me otherwise. Yet, Simon’s faith inspires me and reminds me that it’s not about what I’ve seen or experienced but rather about the One in whom I place my trust. 

Can I listen for Jesus’ invitation to put down my nets – those nets of fear, insecurity, doubt – and trust. Can I trust that his voice and call in my life are the way to finding hope? 

Because you say so, Jesus, I will listen. Jesus calls each of us, where we are, in whatever situation we find ourselves, and he invites us to use our entire being to bring hope and healing into the world. For some it’s letting go of insecurity and doubt, for others it’s letting go of ego, and for others it’s trusting their own voice to speak up for others. 

Because Jesus says so we can revel in his grace and forgiveness in our lives. We can open our nets wide to experience his presence. We can lay down ourselves to make room for Jesus in our lives. 

Because you say so Jesus, I’m here and willing. Let us all listen to Jesus’ invitation and let down our nets. 
Kimberly Knowle-Zeller is an ordained ELCA pastor, mother of two, and spouse of an ELCA pastor. She lives with her family in Cole Camp, MO. You can read more at her  website , follow her work on  Facebook or  sign up for her monthly newsletter
Happy Independence Day!!
Independence Day is the Commemoration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. It is a legal holiday in the United States. The 1785 General Convention directed that a service be drawn up for this day, and "That the said form of prayer be used in this Church, on the fourth of July, for ever." The Proposed Book of 1786 contained "A Form of Prayer and Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the inestimable Blessings of Religious and Civil Liberty" to be used on the Fourth of July. The presiding officer, William White, was opposed to the service since many of the clergy had been Loyalists and were against the Revolution. The General Convention of 1789 supported White, and the service was withdrawn from the 1789 BCP. Propers for this day were published in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, but it was not a major feast. The 1979 BCP (p. 17), lists Independence Day as one of the "Other Major Feasts," and provides a collect for the day (pp. 190, 242). Eucharistic propers are provided as well as propers for the Daily Office. The collect "For the Nation" may be substituted for the collect for the day.
2020 Fourth of July Fireworks Canceled Due to COVID-19
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, there will be no major fireworks shows or events on Kaua`i this July 4 th . Instead, please enjoy the slideshow below. It was compiled from photos taken by Bill Caldwell on July 4, 2012 at Videnha Stadium.

Mahalo to Kaua`i Hospice for their long-standing support of the Concert in the Sky on an annual basis. We look forward to many more celebrations in the future.
Presiding Bishop, ecumenical partners offer devotions for upcoming ‘Season of Creation’

Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs
Posted Jun 29, 2020
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry and the leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada have prepared a series of devotions to observe the  Season of Creation 2020 , September 1–October 4.

The season, which begins on September 1 with the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, is a time to join with the global Christian community in renewing, repairing and restoring commitments to God, to one another and to all of creation. For the four churches, it is also a time for strengthening relationships with one another. Through Scripture, hymns, advocacy and action, the weekly devotions, which are designed to be bulletin inserts for each of the five Sundays during the Season of Creation, begin Sunday, September 6, and invite people to live out their vocation as stewards of creation.

“We pray that our actions as stewards of God’s good creation will continue to deepen not only in this season, but for all time,” said The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). “Even as our relations as churches are not bound by national or ecclesiastical borders, neither is our witness to the One who came to redeem all of creation.”

In addition to Eaton, the devotions were contributed by the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, presiding bishop and primate, The Episcopal Church; the Rev. Susan C. Johnson, national bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada; and the Most Rev. Linda Nicholls, archbishop and primate of the Anglican Church of Canada.

“I pray that these reflections will open hearts and minds to experience our relationship in and with all of creation in new ways,” said Nicholls.

The first devotion for Sunday September 6 introduces the theme of “Renewing, repairing and restoring,” in which Curry, Eaton, Johnson, and Nichols stress the significance of a collective responsibility in caring for creation. They reflect, “Waking up to matters of climate justice and environmental stewardship are among the most important callings people have today. Over many years, through many voices, our churches have come to a growing conviction that loving our neighbor includes loving Mother Earth as a neighbor.”

“It is timely, relevant and exciting for our churches to join together in prayer, worship and reflection during the Season of Creation,” said Johnson. “With open hearts, minds and souls may we discern new actions and practices to show love for God’s creation.”

Curry said, “In this season of activism as we seek God’s liberating, life-giving love for all, may these prayers and devotions inspire us to care for a world in which all creation can flourish.”

The relations among the four churches have moved more closely toward “mutual recognition,” bringing into mutual relation the Episcopal and ELCA churches through the “Called to Common Mission” agreement in the United States and the Anglican and ELCA churches of Canada through the Waterloo Declaration. A Memorandum of Mutual Recognition (MMR) was approved by both Canadian churches in July 2019. The 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly adopted constitutional changes embracing the Anglican Church of Canada, and in November 2019 the Church Council adopted the MMR. One notable feature of the MMR is that it cites the experience of Indigenous people “not divided by national borders established by colonialist power” as grounds for expanding shared life among the churches. Once The Episcopal Church acts, the mutual recognition of the four churches will come into full effect.

The Season of Creation devotions are available  here  and  here .
Western New York deanery initiative seeks to keep small, rural churches alive

Posted Jun 26, 2020
[Diocese of Western New York] The Genesee Deanery of the Diocese of Western New York is made up of small towns and small churches that are struggling to survive. Only one of the nine churches in the three-county region between Buffalo and Rochester has an average Sunday attendance of more than 40. Five have an average attendance of 15 or below. But in this collection of rural communities and former canal towns, an experiment is underway that could suggest a path forward for small churches and rural communities across The Episcopal Church.

The Genesee Deanery initiative was first conceived by the Rev. Colleen O’Connor, who, until the end of last year, had been the part-time priest at both St. Mark’s Church in LeRoy and St. Paul’s Church in Stafford. It imagines a deanery team of two or three priests and a deacon who would rotate among six of the eight parishes in the deanery that do not have full-time clergy. The plan would make it possible for all six to celebrate a Eucharist or communion service at least three times each month, in addition to having a steady pastoral presence, and a priest available for emergencies.

“My goal is that these parishes would also participate in congregational development projects, and that the lay leadership can think about how to reach out to the community, about who they are and who God is calling them to be,” O’Connor said. “If survival is not an issue, how do we spread the gospel to our communities? We are not going for megachurches, but to have a vibrant healthy church active in our communities.”

The participating parishes are Christ Church, Albion; St. Luke’s, Attica; St. Paul’s, Holley; St. Mark’s, LeRoy; Holy Apostles, Perry and St. Paul’s, Stafford.

Of the three remaining churches, St. James, Batavia, by far the largest church in the deanery, has a full-time rector. It has committed to collaborating with other parishes, but is still considering how fully it will participate.

“I am excited about this plan because it takes into account the culture of the region and the character and charisms of each of the individual congregations,” said Bishop Sean Rowe. “It allows people to collaborate in a way that really brings a balance to lay and clergy leadership.”

The deanery has been losing population for more than two decades and suffering economic setbacks as well. A Fisher-Price plant in Medina closed in 1995, a Champion sportswear plant in Perry closed in 1998 and the massive Diaz Chemical plant in Holley closed in 2003, leaving behind a Superfund site. The region today is sparsely populated, but close-knit.

“It’s a lot of small towns spread apart,” said the Rev. Bonnie Morris, rector at St. James. “There is a lot of countryside. People live in their communities a long time. They know each other from way back, and they have very definite ties to their community.”

Rowe says preserving those ties is at the core of the deanery initiative. “We are saying that just because these churches are a small presence, that doesn’t mean they aren’t critical to their communities,” he said. “You have to believe it matters that The Episcopal Church is present in these tiny communities, because otherwise you follow the way of thinking that says, ‘Why don’t you close all of these places?’ That’s what you do if you want the church to be an urban-suburban phenomenon, and that’s the way the church is heading. I am saying these places are critical, but this is not just about keeping them open, it’s about making them present in their communities.”

In 2017, the deanery received a grant from Diocese of Western New York to explore the benefits and challenges of sharing clergy. On the first Sunday of each month, O’Connor, then the priest at St. Mark’s and St. Paul’s, would lead worship at St. Luke’s, Attica and attend its vestry meeting. St. Luke’s would pay the deanery for a supply priest, and the deanery would contract with a supply priest to lead worship at St. Mark’s and St. Paul’s.

On the third Sunday of the month, Morris would lead worship at St. Luke’s before returning to her own parish. St. Luke’s would again pay the deanery for a supply priest, and the deanery would compensate Morris.

“If St. Mark’s and St. Paul’s (Stafford) weren’t willing to go along, it wouldn’t have worked,” O’Connor said, joking that after listening to her preach for 15 years, “they were really excited to hear someone else for a change!”

The feedback from participating parishes was positive, and after the Dioceses of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania began their partnership, O’Connor brought the proposal to Rowe seeking further support.

“The reality out here is that even if we put all of our resources together, they wouldn’t be able to afford enough bodies to make that work,” she says.

Rowe, an advocate of collaboration among dioceses as well as among congregations, was impressed by the plan and its architect. “She really has a missionary heart,” he said of O’Connor, who supplements her income by helping seniors choose Medicare insurance plans. “The church doesn’t value this kind of work enough.”

The initiative moved forward on June 25 when Western New York’s Diocesan Council approved a three-year $20,000 transition ministry grant, creating a full-time position, for O’Connor as deanery priest.

Although several details remain to be worked out, including the nature of St. James’ involvement, the benefits of collaboration in the deanery are already manifesting themselves. “What we get out of it is a feeling of Episcopal community that goes beyond our parish,” Morris said. “We are the minority in the Christian community, especially in this area, and this is giving us the chance to share some initiatives, like gathering more people for a Bible study or a ministry effort.”

Earlier this year two members of St. Luke’s participated in the confirmation class at St. James and were confirmed during Rowe’s visitation to Batavia. Two members of Christ Church, Albion were received into the Episcopal Church at St. James during that same visit.

Jim Isaac, who was president of the Western New York Standing Committee when that diocese and the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania signed their partnership agreement, is part of the committee developing the initiative. A member of St. Mark’s, LeRoy, he said the deanery initiative is emblematic of Rowe’s approach to fostering vitality through reorganization.

“His attitude is, ‘Okay, we got this to work once when we brought two dioceses with a lot of talented people together. What’s next?’ This deanery project kind of fits into his focus. The parishes put in some money, the dioceses put in a little.

“Okay, let’s make this work.”
Lambeth Award recognizes CARAVAN president for interreligious peacebuilding

By ENS staff
Posted Jun 30, 2020
The Rev. Paul-Gordon Chandler, an Episcopal Church mission partner serving as senior Anglican priest of the Church of the Epiphany and the Anglican Centre in Doha, Qatar.

[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Paul-Gordon Chandler, an Episcopal Church mission partner serving in Qatar, is among this year’s recipients of the prestigious Lambeth Awards for outstanding contributions to the church and wider society.

The Hubert Walter Award for Reconciliation and Interfaith Cooperation was awarded to Chandler “for his distinct and exceptional contribution in using the arts for interreligious peacebuilding around the world,” Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said in announcing a total of 32 awards recognizing significant contributions in fields such as evangelism, safeguarding, ecumenism, theology and interfaith relations.

Chandler is the founder and president of  CARAVAN , a nonprofit initiative affiliated with The Episcopal Church that uses the arts to build bridges between different cultures and religions around the world. The initiative is now in its 11th year of touring the world with peacebuilding exhibitions that showcase art.

Chandler “has spent his life focusing strategically on the role of the arts in the context of interfaith peacebuilding, toward building bridges of understanding, respect and friendship between the Abrahamic faiths,” the Lambeth Awards citation noted.

Currently serving as senior Anglican priest of the Church of the Epiphany and the Anglican Centre in Doha, Qatar, Chandler told ENS that he is “deeply honored to receive this award which seeks to inspire us to realize what is possible, and how we can each play an important role in shaping our world into one where understanding, respect and compassion are valued above all – regardless of faith, cultural, or ethnic backgrounds.”
The Hubert Walter Award for Reconciliation and Interfaith Cooperation.

The award is named after Hubert Walter, Archbishop of Canterbury from 1193 to 1205, who had dialogue with non-Christians at a time of interfaith conflict. He accompanied King Richard on the third crusade, was involved in negotiations with Saladin over access for Christian clergy to the Holy Places in and around Jerusalem, and helped raise the ransom to get the king released from incarceration in Germany when he was captured on his return from the Holy Land.

“This is the fifth year of the Lambeth Awards, and I am constantly impressed and humbled by the work that recipients have accomplished, sometimes in the most challenging circumstances,” Welby said. “Not all are followers of Jesus Christ, but all contribute through their faith to the mutual respect and maintenance of human dignity which are so vital to spiritual and social health.”

The Lambeth Awards are usually presented at a ceremony at Lambeth Palace in London. This year, the event has been canceled due to COVID-19.

A full list of the recipients, together with brief citations describing their achievements, is available  here .
Nuevo Amanecer’s virtual switch amid COVID-19 pandemic reflects change and growth in Latino/Hispanic ministries

By Shireen Korkzan
Posted Jun 25, 2020

COVID-19 forced the biennial Nuevo Amanecer conference online, a twist that has increased the popular Latino/Hispanic Ministry conference’s global reach. Screenshot: Millard Cook
[Episcopal News Service] When the coronavirus pandemic forced  Nuevo Amanecer organizers to take the popular biennial Latino and Hispanic ministries conference online, they didn’t expect to attract global participation.

Historically, most of the conference’s attendees have come from the United States, as travel visa restrictions and costs prohibit wider participation from Latin America and beyond. But by quickly adapting the three-day in-person conference to an online format held one Saturday a month over six months, Nuevo Amanecer has nearly doubled its participation and expanded its audience.

Surprisingly, organizers found that 49% of participants joined the virtual conference by computers, smartphones and tablets from Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and Africa. About 700 people have registered for the 2020 virtual conference, up from 462 in-person participants in 2018.

“We’ve learned that we have a wider reach virtually,” said Luis Enrique Hernandez Rivas, co-coordinator of Nuevo Amanecer. “It’s amazing how the spirit works.”

Now in its eighth year, Nuevo Amanecer, which in Spanish means “new dawn,” celebrates and supports  Latino/Hispanic ministries  across The Episcopal Church by providing participants opportunities to network and grow together in discipleship. Previous conferences have taken place at Kanuga, a camp and conference center in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

The six-session conference is organized around the theme: “Behold, I make all things new” (Revelation 21:5), which calls for Episcopal Latinos and those involved in Latino ministry to think about how to build a new church in modern times. Each successive session focuses on a smaller theme.

“This virtual Nuevo Amanecer is really going in with the Revelation theme,” the Rev. Juan Sandoval, an archdeacon in the Diocese of Atlanta and deacon for Hispanic ministries and pastoral care at the Cathedral of St. Philip, told Episcopal News Service. “Who was to know that the COVID-19 pandemic was going to happen and we really did have to make all things new?”

The conference’s first session, held in May, focused on COVID-19, while June’s session focused on digital evangelization. The third session, scheduled for July 11 at 1 p.m. EDT, will center on women’s leadership in the church and feature the Very Rev. Miguelina Howell, dean of Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford, Connecticut, as the keynote speaker. Howell is the first Latina dean of a cathedral in  The Episcopal Church .

The remaining three sessions’ themes will cover inclusion of Latinos in the church and a celebration of Latino/Hispanic ministries’ 50th anniversary, coinciding with  Hispanic Heritage Month , which runs Sept. 15–Oct. 15.

Nuevo Amanecer’s planning team had considered canceling or postponing the 2020 conference but decided to make it virtual so that registered participants and all others interested could engage in formation and fellowship.

“[The] coronavirus came to us fairly quickly this spring, and we had to decide how we were going to hold Nuevo Amanecer in a short amount of time,” said the Rev. Anthony Guillén, The Episcopal Church’s  Latino/Hispanic ministries  missioner and director of ethnic ministries. “Do we cancel it? Do we wait two more years, or do we do something virtually?”

The Episcopal Church’s Latino/Hispanic ministries provide guidance to strengthen and support Spanish-speaking communities in the Anglican tradition. Efforts include assisting with church planting, providing bilingual resources for individuals and congregations, and offering educational opportunities for church members to serve their local Latino communities.

Individual parish ministries vary. For example, efforts may include growing community gardens, giving money and detergent to help parishioners do laundry, serving meals to the hungry, advocating for comprehensive immigration reform, offering sanctuary to undocumented immigrants and aiding  farmworkers .

“Latino ministry is the church’s ministry,” Rivas said. “The conference certainly is focused on ministry among Latin people, but not only people from Latin America do Latino ministry. All are invited to and can feel empowered through this conference. … These opportunities benefit Latinos and non-Latinos alike.”

Nuevo Amanecer is not exclusive to Latinos and Spanish speakers. People of all races and ethnicities are welcome to participate. For those who cannot attend the live sessions, recordings are available on The Episcopal Church’s Latino/Hispanic ministries’ Facebook  page  and at  latinosepiscopales.org .

“For me, Nuevo Amanecer means an opportunity to learn more about what other ministers and churches are doing, how they worship and perhaps new prayers, new services and new faces,” Sandoval said. “Networking is always my favorite part of Nuevo Amanecer, and each time I find I get to reunite with previous acquaintances and [make] new ones.”

This helps keep ministries and friendships fresh for Latinos and non-Latinos. Nuevo Amanecer also helps non-Latinos who serve Latino ministries understand their cultures better and learn how to adapt worship for different circumstances.

“One of the things that was foremost on our minds: How do we foster the sense of community and new relationships virtually and still provide plenaries, worship and workshops?” Guillén told Episcopal News Service. “Some people say that Nuevo Amanecer is like a big family reunion. It’s a time for people in the ministry to come together, to network, to make connections and to learn from each other.”

June’s virtual session, held on the 13th, started with welcome and worship, followed by a plenary, titled “Digital Evangelism and the Future of the Church,” which Guillén hosted. Participants then transitioned into four separate workshops of their choice: “Making ‘New Things’ in the Church,” “Technology at Your Fingertips,” “How to YouTube Evangelize” and “How to Livestream Events.” Half of the workshops were offered in Spanish and the other half in English.

During the workshop portion, attendees briefly split into breakout rooms to collaborate on listing solutions to issues their workshop leaders addressed. After another short transitional break, participants engaged in a virtual coffee hour to network and share what they have learned. The total monthly session lasted three hours. Future sessions will be similarly structured.

Nuevo Amanecer is also offering a playlist of traditional Sunday school activities for children before it starts so that they can be engaged while their parents are attending the conference.

Adialyn Milien, Nuevo Amanecer’s communications and social media team leader, said she’s most looking forward to the final session in October because the keynote speaker will be Ana Victoria Lantigua Zaya, a woman from the Dominican Republic in her early 20s who served on the  Episcopal Youth Planning Team in 2019 .

“She will be ending the series because we want people to understand that there’s room for everybody in The Episcopal Church; everyone is welcome and can play a role in the church,” Milien said. “We mostly have old white men in positions of power, and so we are telling people that the future of the church is in our hands, especially in the Latino community.”

Once the COVID-19 pandemic is over, Nuevo Amanecer conferences will return to Kanuga, but a virtual component will also be available for those who cannot attend in person.

“Someday we will return to the church buildings, and many will want to, but I don’t think it will be the same,” Rivas said. “We have opened the church doors to many new people around the world, and now they are a part of our family.”

Shireen Korkzan is a Midwest-based freelance reporter who primarily writes about religion, race, ethnicity and social justice issues. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @smkrm5.
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