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New jail will require hundreds of volunteers, says churchBy Simon Collins, www.nzherald.co.uk
A church that has opened its doors to women released from the Wiri women's prison says 800 volunteers will be needed when a new men's jail opens next door - and it doesn't know where they will come from.
Volunteers from St Elizabeth's Anglican Church in Clendon have been visiting inmates in the 464-bed women's prison since it opened in 2006 because it is in their parish.
The church offers "wraparound" support for women when they leave the jail, including a halfway house bought last December for $268,000, which has stretched the low-income, largely Pacific and Maori congregation to its limits.
But vicar Mark Beale, who founded the church 23 years ago, does not know how it will cope with men from the neighbouring 1060-bed men's jail which has been given draft approval to open in April 2015.
"We'll have to cope because they are going ahead and building it, but it's a very daunting challenge," he said. "A prison of 1000 would need 800 volunteers, so where are those 800 volunteers? A lot of the stuff in prisons is done by volunteers, and it should be because that creates the link to the outside community. The volunteer factor is the critical factor for rehabilitation."
Prison Fellowship national director Robin Gunston said 4600 volunteers were registered with the prison system, 86 per cent of them from churches. He is recruiting churches and other groups such as Rotary and Zonta clubs to train as "target communities" that can visit inmates in jail and then provide Clendon-style wraparound support totalling 1500 hours over their first two years after release.
Mr Beale, whose parish is one of Auckland's first four target communities, said each ex-prisoner needed about seven volunteers to help with tasks such as finding housing, work or benefits, reconnecting with children and other relatives, and just be friends.
"It's all to do with relationships," he said.
The first resident in the church's halfway house, Renae Josephs, 35, came out of jail in December with an 11-month-old baby, Heaven, who was born in prison. Her three older children had lived with their grandmother for three years and had to get to know their mum again.
"My oldest boy went through a hard time adjusting," she said.
Before jail, her life was "a mess". She grew up in Otara, her parents split when she was 13 and she joined a Mongrel Mob touch rugby team. She became addicted to methamphetamine and was jailed for selling it. But a year into her two-year jail term, she resolved to change.
"I realised I wasn't going anywhere. I didn't want to get out and go back down the same track."
She got into programmes for drug addiction, parenting and Tikanga Maori. And she started attending church services with Mr Beale's team and other churches that visit the prison on a roster. "I just liked it, I liked the people," she said.
When she was due for parole, she needed an address to be paroled to. Her partner was in jail. Her mother's house was already full with her brother, his family and Ms Josephs' children. Another brother had five children, and her third brother was just out of jail.
"I had nowhere to go," she said. St Elizabeth's bought the halfway house, furnished it and got the power on in the church's name because of Ms Josephs' bad credit record. It got her a benefit and a bank account.
"I didn't have the proper ID for the bank. Westpac wouldn't help us, so we went to Kiwibank and they said once I got my community card they could use that," she said."Work and Income wouldn't give me a benefit without a bank account."
Ms Josephs' partner, who came out of jail two months ago, is now working with a handyman who is a member of the church congregation. Ms Josephs has done a budgeting course run by the church.
"I never thought I'd come to church. Now I love coming to church," she said. Asked how long she planned to stay in the house, she said: "I want to stay there forever."
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Wanted: Creative Sunday school ideas
Ali Symons, Anglican Church of Canada
Are you a creative person with heaps of energy? Have you taught Sunday school? General Synod is organizing a contest to develop a Marks of Mission Sunday school resource and we want to hear your ideas.
To enter this contest, send us a one-page description of how you would bring the Marks of Mission to life in your Sunday school class. Four winners-one from each ecclesiastical province-will receive a gift for their Sunday school and will be flown to Toronto for a weekend workshop with a top children's educator in November 2011. Together, you will create an exciting new resource to animate the Marks of Mission for kids across Canada.
The Marks of Mission are a framework used to describe and encourage ministry throughout the worldwide Anglican Communion. They have become a priority and passion within the Anglican Church of Canada:
Already people across the country have expressed interest in the contest, but have wondered about its open-ended nature.
"The sky is the limit as to what could be developed," said Anglican Video Senior Producer Lisa Barry, a primary organizer of the project. She offered these responses to frequently asked questions:
"There are so many dedicated creative people teaching Sunday school in Anglican churches all across Canada," said Ms. Barry. "Some have big budgets and lots of resources and some have next to nothing. Some have university degrees in theology and some have no formal education. What they all share is a profound commitment to their young students."
Motivated? Inspired? Send your ideas for a Marks of Mission resource by email or post:
Marks of Mission contest
Anglican Church of Canada
80 Hayden Street
Toronto, Ontario M4Y 3G2
All submissions must be received by Sept. 16, 2011.
Bishop lays foundation stone for school in Jordan
From the Newsletter of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem
21 July 2011 – On a trip for Confirmation Sunday at the Church of the Redeemer in Amman, Bishop Dawani laid the foundation stone for a new school in Husn, Jordan.
With education for special needs children in great demand in Jordan and with the blessing of the Jordanian government, the Diocese of Jerusalem is expanding its educational outreach to Husn where special education is much needed.
Located near Irbid where the diocesan Arab Evangelical School includes vision impaired students in every classroom, the new school in Husn will follow in the same tradition of inclusivity for vision impaired children. Beginning with a kindergarten, the plan calls for school expansion one grade at a time to assure ongoing education for the students at the school.
Foundation's new fund for kids and by kids
By Ali Symons, Anglican Church of Canada
A new trust fund from the Anglican Foundation sets the old institution on a fresh path: engaging little people in the pews.
The Kids Helping Kids fund will support Canadian children by contributing to health care, assistance for special needs children, educational resources, arts materials, and camp fees.
The main supporters are Anglican kids across Canada, who can join the foundation and support the fund for a toonie. A stuffed Hope Bear is also available for $20—already a popular gift choice for grandparents and parents who want to encourage generosity at a young age.
The project is the brainchild of the new executive director, the Rev. Canon Dr. Judy Rois. She was inspired by 25 years of ministry where she worked to integrate children into parish life.
"I've found that kids are incredibly generous. They have a generous spirit," she said.
She also notes that there is much need in Canada. One in seven Canadian children lives in poverty. One in four children in First Nations communities lives in poverty.
The Kids Helping Kids fund first launched with a toonie membership campaign, piloted in two parishes during Lent 2011.
At St. Hilary's in Mississauga, Ont., children filled old film canisters with toonies and loonies. The 22 children of the parish raised more than $300, and were delighted when Canon Rois visited to deliver their membership certificates in person.
"It was sweet satisfaction to see kids who came in with loonies and toonies being appropriately proud that they had made a contribution," said their minister, the Rev. Paul Walker. "You could see it on their faces."
At Christ Church Deer Park, in Toronto, Ont., 48 children took up the challenge as part of their many giving disciplines. The Rev. Samantha Caravan, assistant curate, said the fund has the potential to be "deeply transformative for both sides" because it encouraged children in their affluent neighbourhood to think of others who had greater needs.
For stage two, Canon Rois is introducing Hope Bear, the stuffed animal mascot of the foundation, who will be developing his own presence and personality in the coming months. Canon Rois has penned a children's book about his travels and she plans to set up a blog where children can follow Hope Bear's journeys and interact with him.
These child-focused plans are all part of a new vision that Canon Rois is bringing to the foundation.
"We want to do everything we can to be as generous as possible," she said. "When people contact us and say ‘I'd really like to send my kids to camp but I can't afford it,' we can say, ‘yes we can do that.'"
For more information about promoting generosity among children in your parish, or to donate to the Kids Helping Kids fund, contact Canon Rois by email.
Maerdy protestors offered church for £1,000
By Anna Morrell, Church in Wales
The Church in Wales is offering protestors at All Saints Church, Maerdy, the chance to buy the building for just £1,000.
The Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, said, “We are able to sell the church at this price provided it is kept as a place of worship, as specified in the title deeds of the land.
“I am giving the protestors in Maerdy exactly what they are asking for – a chance to save All Saints Church from closure. They are confident they can raise enough money to restore and maintain it and now they will only have to find an extra £1,000 to buy it. It’s a great opportunity for them as the community would then own the building and the land and its future would be in their hands.”
The £1,000 would simply cover the Church’s costs in administrating the sale.
Last week members of the Parochial Church Council of the benefice of Rhondda Fach Uchaf (Maerdy, Ferndale and Tylorstown) chose not to overturn their decision to close All Saints Church as they believed it was putting too much of a financial burden on the whole parish.
The Archbishop believes this offer is a fair compromise between the wishes of the PCC and those of the protestors.
[Watch a BBC report on the issue here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-14339005 ]
MU Takes to streets for 90th anniversary
From the 200th edition of The Anglican Outlook, The newspaper of the Anglican Church in the Diocese of Trinidad & Tobago
The Mothers' Union of the Anglican Church in the Diocese of Trinidad and Tobago marked the 90th anniversary of its founding in grand style with a 10am church service at the Cathedral Church of the holy Trinity, Port-of-Spain, on Satuday June 11, the feast of St Barnabas. The Right Revd Calvin Bess, the bishop diocesan, presided.
The MU was founded on June 11, 1921, with a branch at the All Saints' Church, Newton. Mothers' Union members from across the diocese; from Barbados and the Windward Islands in the Province of the West Indies; and frmo the Episcopal (Anglican) Church in the United States of America; gathered at City Hall on Knox Street and, walking behind their respective banners, processed to the cathedral by way of Frederick, Hart and Abercromby Streets in a scene that was reminiscent of the procession for the consecration of Bishop Coadjutor Claude Berkley on March 17. The Diocesan President for the Mothers' Union, Phyllis Raghunanan, held the main banner as she led her members to the cathedral.
Ministering Worlds Away
By: Jenny Jelen - Sudbury Northern Life Staff, Canada
Sunday service is supposed to start at 10 a.m., but things run on “Indian time” in Waswanipi, Que.
That means it’s usually quarter after by the time the congregation arrives and the priest can start sharing his message.
It has taken some getting used to, but Elizabeth Sipos is beginning to learn the ways of the Cree community.
The 30-year-old Sudbury native is about halfway through a two-month internship in the central Quebec town. Once she completes her placement, she has hopes of becoming ordained.
“The process of ordination in the Anglican church is that one is ordained to the deaconate (to become a deacon) first, and then later to the priesthood,” Sipos explained.
“The time between being a deacon and becoming a priest varies, but it is usually about six months to a year.”
Once she is “priested,” Sipos will be able to provide “sacramental ministries,” including anointing, blessing and celebrating the Eucharist. Along with learning how the natives tell time, Sipos has also adapted to their “more laid back” lifestyle.
The typically easy-going Lo-Ellen grad said it has been a “culture change.” “If (Sudburians) see kids running in church, someone would tell them to sit down, whether it was (their) parent or not,” she said. That doesn’t happen in Waswanipi.
Unless a life is in danger, Sipos said its best to avoid outside interference.
This philosophy presents an interesting set of challenges, because Sipos was hired to work with youth for the summer. In the last year, there have been two youth suicides in the community, which has a population of about 2,000 people.
Members of the community also face social struggles, like drug addiction and alcoholism.
Sipos said young people don’t always relate to a “typical” Anglican church service, so it is her job to find “new ways of worship” that speak to them.
“How can we help them experience God in a meaningful way?” is her quest, she said. “(I’m here to) help them find some sort of peace and faith with God.”
Some of Sipos other tasks include preaching at the local church and leading the music component of the worship. She is also leading a music workshop at a ministry school in a nearby community.
Towards the end of her stay, she will also lead a baptismal preparation for parents looking to have their children baptized.
When she’s not developing methods of engaging youth in the church and helping out in services, Sipos is learning about the Cree community.
She said she has flash cards to help her learn their language, and has attended community festivals and events to learn about their heritage.
During the community’s two-week long summer festival, she watched as the natives carved wood, filleted fish and made traditional cloth pieces. She even got her hands dirty learning to prepare a meal of sturgeon in the “smoking tepee.”
Sipos said the annual festival is one way Crees stay connected to their traditions. It also taught her more about their lifestyle, which in turn made her understand how to reach out to the youth in a meaningful way.
Presiding bishop preaches in Congo, Zambia, Botswana
Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori visited Congo, Zambia and Botswana July 19-29. Three sermons preached during the visit are available as follows:
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"Buzz" video garners international award
Anglican Church of Canada
An Anglican Video production, "Vision 2019: catch the buzz," was awarded the Bronze Remi award in the religion, ethics, and spirituality category at Worldfest 2011, Houston, Texas. WorldFest received more than 3,200 entries from 33 countries.
"Dwindling resources do not have to mean waning passions," said Lisa Barry, senior producer at Anglican Video. "The Anglican Church of Canada has a great story to tell and every day we try to tell it with creativity and a commitment to excellence. An award like this reinforces our commitment. It tells us that we are competitive and our work not only stands up—it stands out."
The three-and-a-half-minute video was made to promote the Marks of Mission, which emerged as a priority from the church's strategic plan, Vision 2019. It begins with an imaginative exploration of how Jesus might use social media, then it challenges Canadian Anglicans to embrace and share the Marks of Mission. The evocative piece combines animation and YouTube videos that Canadian Anglicans submitted as part of Vision 2019's "dream the church" exercise.
After debuting at General Synod 2010, "Vision 2019: catch the buzz" has been shown in dioceses and parishes across Canada.
Bishop Coadjutor of the Diocese of Trinidad and Tobago
From a flyer in the The Anglican Outlook, The newspaper of the Anglican Church in the Diocese of Trinidad & Tobago
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The Eucharistic Service for the consecration of the Bishop Coadjutor The Right Reverend Claude Berkley
The DVD of the Service for the Ordination and Consecration of Bishop Coadjutor Claude Berkley which took place at the Holy Trinity Cathedral on March 17, 201, is available.
DVDs can be purchased directly from the Diocesan Office; OR booked, paid for and collected through the following parish offices: St Paul's, San Fernando, All Saints', Port of Spain, St David's, Tobago
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The Anglican Indigenous Network
The Anglican Indigenous Network (AIN) is one of the Networks of the worldwide Anglican Communion. It traces its historic beginnings to the 1991 General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Phoenix, Arizona where the first step was taken toward forming a network of indigenous Anglicans.
Anglican Indigenous Network - Mission Statement
1. We are indigenous minority peoples living in our own lands.
2. We are committed to the Anglican tradition while affirming our traditional spirituality.
3. We have discovered that we have many things in common: a common spirituality, common concerns, common gifts, common hopes.
4. We believe that God is leading the Church to a turning point in its history and that the full partnership of indigenous peoples is essential. Therefore we pledge to work together to exercise our leadership in contributing our vision and gifts to transform the life of the Christian community.
The creation of a secretariat has been established to organize and administer AIN and its gatherings that are held once every two years. Although the present membership is made the indigenous and national ecclesiastical authority consist of indigenous Anglicans from Aotearoa (New Zealand), Australia (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders), Canada, Hawai'i (Native Hawaiian), and the United States of American, since 1994 AIN has sought to invite and expand its membership to include other indigenous Anglican minorities in the Communion.
Delegates to the AIN gatherings represent the five programme areas of AIN: elders, youth, women, clergy and indigenous theological educators. Delegations are responsible for their airfares to all gatherings and the host member is responsible for ground transportation, accommodations and meals. The AIN gatherings occur every two years and hosting is done by rotation and also financial requirements.
AIN is the most recent officially recognized network of the Anglican Indigenous Network. Its present Secretary-General is Mr. Malcolm Naea Chun of Honolulu, Hawai'i. AIN has a modest operating budget due to the recent generosity of members and has held during the off years programme meetings. An executive committee has been established to assist the secretariat and consists of The Rt. Rev. John Gray of Aotearoa, The Rev. Richard Mendez of the USA, the Rev. Di Langham of Australia, Mrs. Louise Aloy of Hawaii, and Ms. Donna Bomberry of Canada. Mr. Charles Hemana of Aotearoa serves as their recording secretary.
For more information visit http://ain.anglicancommunion.org/index.cfm
Jesus, Paul and the People of God, Nicholas Perrin and Richard B Hays
SPCK, pb, £19.99
Reviewed in The Church of England Newspaper
Bishop Tom Wright’s influence on contemporary theology has been immense, extending far beyond New Testament studies. In 2010 the proceedings of the Wheaton Theology Conference were devoted to examining Wright’s views on the historical Jesus and his writings on Paul. There are four papers on Wright’s understanding of the historical Jesus and four papers on his interpretation of Paul. Wright offers a brief response to each paper but he also contributes long papers on both Jesus and Paul, each one a tour de force.
In his introduction Nicholas Perrin suggests the book can be regarded as something of a Festschrift. But instead of offering essays that are tangential of Wright’s own interests, the contributors to this volume engage with what Wright himself has had to say. The fact that they are friends or former students does not stop them making some forceful criticisms although all express their appreciation for Wright’s achievement.
One of the interesting themes to emerge from this essay is Tom Wright’s attitude to the church. On the one hand he is not afraid to say that the church has got things wrong. History alone is the judge. In his long paper on Jesus he accuses the church of inventing its own picture of Jesus, of trying to fit Jesus into its own story of how ‘the second person of the Trinity revealed his divinity and saved people from their sins into a disembodied heaven’.
On the other hand the church is right at the centre of Wright’s understanding of the Christian faith. In a fascinating contribution Jeremy Begbie looks at why Wright is so popular with people involved in the emerging church movement. He tries to show why Wright’s ecclesiology appeals to them. In his response, Wright likens himself to the man who discovered he had been talking prose all his life without realising it. “I have been developing an ecclesiology for the last few decades without being aware of it,” he confesses.
A stress on the communal nature of Christianity and a fear of an individualist approach to salvation lie at the root of both Wright’s criticism of Reformation views on Justification by Faith and his suspicion of talk of heaven as our final resting place.
Kevin Vanhoozer understands Wright’s desire to stress that justification means God will bring gentiles into Abraham’s family but wonders if some of the traditional Reformed understanding could be preserved if there is also an emphasis on adoption. Markus Brockmuehl writes a more hostile essay on Wright’ denial that heaven is our final destination but his paper has the result of eliciting clarification from Wright.
“I have never rejected the traditional Christian belief that the faithful go to heaven when they die,” Wright assures us. “The point is that it isn’t the final destination.” After death we go to be with Christ but he will bring us with him when he comes to set up his ‘new heaven-and-earth world’. For this reason there is a sense in which the departed are permanently in heaven but it is not quite the sense as understood by popular piety.
A contribution from Richard B Hays draws from Wright the confession that he is no fan of Karl Barth! In fact Wright does not appear to be a fan of systematic theology. The Jesus who grips his imagination is the Jesus who proclaims that the exile is coming to an end and God’s kingdom is coming. Talk about the ‘true ontology of historical being’ leaves Wright cold.
But Wright’s work has enormous implications for systematic theology. Jeremy Begbie shows how his understanding of the Ascension has implications for the doctrine of the church. In the Ascension, Jesus goes ahead into God’s future against the time when heaven and earth will become one. The Spirit both ensures we have access to Christ and also preserves a space between Christ and the Church so that the Church can never claim Christ as its possession. The Church is certainly central to Wright’s account of Christianity but it can never be identified with Christ.
Mother Teresa, CEO - Unexpected Principles for Practical Leadership
By Ruma Bose and Lou Faust - BK Business, $21.95
Review by Philip Delves Broughton on FT.com
“The rich world has a poor conscience,” wrote Christopher Hitchens in one of his assaults on the reputation of Mother Teresa, “and many people liked to alleviate their own unease by sending money to a woman who seemed like an activist for ‘the poorest of the poor’.”
He has called Mother Teresa a friend of poverty, rather than the poor, and a Catholic fundamentalist. His view is rhetorically harsh, but worth reflecting as one reads Mother Teresa, CEO, a paean to the leadership talents of history’s most famous Albanian.
My father spent many years at an Anglican mission in Calcutta, doing similar to work to that of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, and always said admiringly that she was a hard nut, iron-willed and politically adept in a way that one rarely finds in the world of religious charities. While other efforts to help the poor floundered for lack of funds, Mother Teresa courted publicity for the financial resources it brought her, but almost to the point of immodesty.
She risked her credibility by taking money from former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, and let herself be trivialised by the many who sought to bask in her reputation as a modern saint.
So what lessons does she provide for the business leader? Ruma Bose, co-chief executive of Sprayology, a “wellness company”, and Lou Faust, a strategic adviser, try to divine some answers from her example.
Bose spent time as a volunteer at the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta some 20 years ago, and the experience, she writes, shaped her as a businesswoman, guiding her through the vicissitudes of running a janitorial services business and now at Sprayology.
She and Faust lay out eight “Teresa principles”: “dream it simple, say it strong”; “to get to the angels, deal with the devil; wait, then pick your moment”; “embrace the power of doubt”; “discover the joy of discipline”; “communicate in a language people understand”; “pay attention to the janitor”; “use the power of silence”.
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Psalm: 41 Gen 20
Rejaf - (Sudan) The Rt Revd Michael Sokiri Lugor
Sunday 07-Aug-2011 Pentecost 8
Psalm: 119:49-64 Acts 9:1-9
Remo - (Province of Lagos, Nigeria) The Rt Revd Michael Fape
Psalm: 42 Acts 9:10-19
Renk - (Sudan) Vacant
Tuesday 09-Aug-2011 International day of Worlds Indigenous People
Psalm: 43 Acts 9:20-31
PRAY for the Anglican Indigenous Network (AIN) that its work will enable indigenous Anglicans to exercise leadership in contributing their vision and gifts to transform the life of the Christian community.
Rhode Island - (Province I, USA) The Rt Revd Geralyn Wolf
Psalm: 44:1-8 Gen 21:1-7
Rift Valley - (Tanzania) The Rt Revd John Daudi Lupaa
Psalm: 45 Gen 21:8-21
Rio de Janeiro - (Brazil) The Rt Revd Filadelfo Oliviera Neto
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