Upcoming Events

3
Jul

Bishop Whalon attending Interfaith Meetings in Teheran and Qom

Monday, July 03, 2017, 12:00 AM - Thursday, July 13, 2017, 12:00 AM

4
Jul

U.S. Independence Day - Celebration - Cathedral

Tuesday, July 04, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

10
Jul

Episcopal Youth Event 2017

Monday, July 10, 2017 - Friday, July 14, 2017

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Strategic Plan Committee

The responsibility of this committee is to create a Strategic Plan for the Convocation which will become the basis of the Profile for the search for a new Bishop — and the new Bishop’s guide to where to lead the Convocation in the next few years.

The work of the Committee is to ask: Who are we (the Convocation and its members) and where do we want to go? This will lead to being able to ascertain what we need our new Bishop to do and to a consideration of the time needed to perform these tasks.

This plan will be given to the Council of Advice for their meeting in September. Council will approve the plan and submit it to the Convocation Convention in October 2017. Then this plan will be used to create the Profile for the Search/Nominating Committee for Bishop, which will be appointed at that time. 

The Strategic Plan Committee will use the reports from small groups at last year’s Convocation Convention, along with researching answers to questions suggested by the Episcopal Church’s Office of Transitional Ministries. One member of the committee is not from the Convocation. Because our convocation Bishop-in-charge is actually Bishop Suffragan to the Presiding Bishop, we have a representative from the Presiding Bishop involved with our whole plan and search process. We are pleased to have Canon Michael Hunn on this committee in that role. 

The Council of Advice is also pleased to announce that from now through the election and transition of the new Bishop, The Rev Mark Dunnam is Chaplain for the process. He has prepared a prayer to be read throughout the Convocation, and a format for the committee to use to help hear the wisdom of the Holy Spirit. He is also available for spiritual support for the search. 

Members of Strategic Plan Committee: The Rev Dr Mark Barwick (chairperson), All Saints’, Waterloo /Christ Church, Charleroi; Dr Yvonne Cockcroft, Ascension, Munich; The Rev Canon Michael Hunn, Canon to the Presiding Bishop, New York: Mr Ian Ssali Kiggundu, St Paul’s, Rome; The Very Rev Lucinda Laird, The American Cathedral in Paris; Ms Helena Mbele-Mbong, Emmanuel, Geneva; The Rev Steven Smith, Ascension, Munich; The Rev Robert J. Warren, Christ Church, Clermont Ferrand 

PRAYER FOR THE CONVOCATION:
O God, we pray for the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe as we discern and elect a Bishop to serve your people, build up your Church and proclaim boldly the Gospel to the world.  Send us, we pray, an Apostle who is a wise counsellor, a merciful pastor, filled with your joy and grace.  May your servant have the abundant gifts needed to lead your flock and the strength and courage to administer them. And may we renew and rededicate our lives to your will and service.  All this we pray in the Name of our Great High Priest and Servant of the servants of God, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

Bishop Pierre's Statement

Statement on the withdrawal from the COP21 Accord by the United States


The Rt. Rev. Pierre Whalon 
Bishop-in-Charge
Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe

Dear people of good will,

I invite you to read the statement on President Trump’s decision to quit the Paris Climate Accord by the Episcopal Church’s Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry. He notes that the Episcopal Church is not a purely American denomination but ministers in sixteen other countries. 

Including six of our own here in Europe. We all need to do more. Now we need to think anew and pray — then act — about the challenges to our very survival as a species. God will not swoop down to remake the Earth if we ruin it — we were made its stewards, like it or not, and our decisions matter, for better and for worse.

Dean Lucinda Laird, the people of the Cathedral, and I welcomed the COP21 participants to Paris and spent many hours encouraging and supporting. We in Paris saw how much went into crafting the COP21 accord. The accord was far from perfect, of course, yet the effort was enormous just to get there. For those of us who are Americans living in Europe, we know what a blow this decision to withdraw is to the image of the United States and the “soft power” that our nation has wielded.

I pray that this new development will nevertheless be an opportunity to make a new and better agreement.

“What can one person do?” I am sure you will be asking yourself. Much! Start by praying for wisdom and strength. Then, read Pope Francis’ enormously influential encyclical here

But read Bishop Michael Curry’s words first… Let’s get started! On next Sunday, Trinity Sunday, we will read the story of the creation. This is a good initial opportunity to reflect together on what it means to be God’s managers of “this planet Earth, our island home.” We are responsible for it. 

In Christ,  

Bishop Pierre Whalon

 

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