Set to visit an Episcopal parish known for feeding as many as 1,300 needy people daily, the Anglican Observer at the United Nations is scheduled to preach at 11am on Sunday, 29 August, at Holy Apostles Church near Madison Square Garden - site of the Republican National Convention (RNC) 30 August to 2 September.
"I look forward to describing the work that I do, and to linking the powerful texts of Sunday's scripture readings to world events today," the Observer, Samoa's Archdeacon Taimalelagi F Tuatagaloa-Matalavea, told the Episcopal News Service.
Known to her colleagues as Archdeacon Tai (pronounced "tie"), the observer will also speak about the work of her office -- including the environmental advocacy cited in a just-published book she has compiled (see related ENS story) - during a 1.10pm parish forum at the church, 296 Ninth Avenue (at 28th Street).
Title for the forum is "The Church's Witness on International Concerns and Issues."
The observer's work intersects the wider mission of the United Nations in the areas of human rights - notably for women, children and indigenous people; environmental protection and sustainable development; and international co-operative responses to issues of global and economic security.
Commissioned by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Rowan Williams, and the international Anglican Consultative Council, Tuatagaloa-Matalavea, a layperson, brings to her position 25 years' experience working for the UN Development Program in the South Pacific.
She will soon mark three years as observer, in which role she will share in the UN's upcoming General Assembly, set to open 21 September - designated as International Day of Peace worldwide.
Article from: ENS by Bob Williams