July 2017 Convocation Newsletter
[The American Cathedral] The baptism of Karim and Isabella. Baptism is, of course, is always a new beginning – a new creation, in fact. Paul says, "If anyone is in Christ, that one is a new creation." "The old has passed away, behold the new has come," he wrote to the Corinthians. Looking at today’s Epistle from the Romans, if you will look right in the middle of the text, you will see this quotation from Psalm 44. "We are as sheep being led to the slaughter. We are being killed all the day long"…and so, on this day of baptism, there is a new creation at the same time that there is killing going on.
[The American Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Paris] “We are climbing Jacob’s ladder.” Many of you will know this African-American spiritual; many of you will have sung it at Sunday school, or at camp. It is a wonderful song. This image – this incredible image – of a ladder, or better translated, as a staircase connecting heaven and earth with angels ascending and descending. It has prompted manifold interpretations over the centuries, and great works of art...sculpture and painting, as well as song. It is a primitive, piercing-symbolic overwhelming image. We don’t quite know what to make of it. It offers...
The Rev. Scott Claassen of thads describes himself as “a Monday through Saturday follower of Jesus who worships on Sunday. ”He believes it conveys a clearer understanding of what his faith means to him than “Episcopalian” or even “Christian”. “The main point is, it inverts our sense of discipleship from saying being a disciple means I go to church on Sunday,” Claassen, 35, told ENS recently. “Instead it says being a disciple means I practice this Jesus way throughout all of my life and I happen to get together with a bunch of other people on Sunday who do that, too.”
The triennial synod of the Anglican Diocese of Guinea and Guinea-Bissau took place from June 26 to 29, 2014. It was the first synod presided by the Right Reverend Jacques Boston, diocesan Bishop since 2012. He chose for the synod the site of the first church built in 1856 by missionaries, St. James, in Fallanghia, province of Boffa. This little village is also the birthplace of the previous Bishop, the Right Reverend Albert Gomez, who was happy to show it off to the guests.
Le synode triennale du Diocèse anglican de Guinée et Guinée-Bissau s'est déroulé du 26 au 29 juin 2014. C'était le premier synode sous l'égide de Mgr Jacques Boston, depuis 2012 Évêque du Diocèse. Il a choisi pour le synode le site de la première église construite par les missionnaires, en 1856, St. James (sic), à Fallanghia, dans la province de Boffa. Ce petit village est aussi le lieu de naissance du précédent évêque, Mgr Albert Gomez, qui s'est donné plaisir de le faire découvrir aux invités.
In the beginning was the Word. In the beginning information passed from one person to others through speech. Oral tradition was the only means of distributing information until the advent of visual communication, and continued for some time to be the primary means of sharing and preserving information. Cave paintings are usually recognized as the earliest form of visual communication, with the earliest known dating to 30,000 BC. More permanent visuals — carvings rather than paintings — developed shortly thereafter, with pictograms (the predecessor to hieroglyphics and cuneiform) developing by around 9000 BC.
Obedience to God. “Thanks be to God that you, having once been slaves of sin, have become obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to which you were entrusted, and that you, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness." Paul writes to this community, which he had yet to meet, to remind them of their new life in Christ. Inherent in this new life in Christ is the death to their old life, in Paul’s words their obedience to Sin. Their new life in Christ requires them to be obedient to God, as they cannot be obedient to both sin and God. Is anyone else struck by the word obedient?
The Gospel According to Mark. It is only in the 20th Century that the church really began to pay attention to this gospel. it used to be thought that Matthew was the first gospel, and then Mark, which was a sort of a précis - a summary of the first gospel. It was then followed by the great Gospel of Luke, and then the mystical Gospel of St. John. But it became very clear, that as people did more research, that Mark was written first, sometime in the year 65-70 AD...right after the emperor Nero began to persecute Christians. Notice how it begins, the beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You notice that it starts with John the Baptist.
When we preach on Trinity Sunday, of course, for the Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity...we have to clear some things away. We have the four relations, the three persons, the two processions, the One God. What does that mean? We look in the catechism, it does not provide much help. "What is the Holy Trinity? The Trinity is One God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit." And we continue to look for meaning in various other places. For instance, in the historical documents (pg. 864 BCP) there is an excerpt of a creed we used to use all of the time -- the creed of Athanasius. It is normally called the Quicunque Vult.