July 2017 Convocation Newsletter
It is a great pleasure and privilege to preach the Gospel here with you today, and to share in this wonderful celebration of the Holy Eucharist. As I was thinking about this --I was told that I had nine minutes maximum -- I thought that I would preach on something that I have never preached on before today. In the middle of the Gospel, Jesus says to his disciples, ‘Truly, I say to you, what you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and what you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.’ We normally call this the power of the keys – remember St. Peter was given the power of the keys – and every bishop’s shield, including mine, has a pair of crossed keys in it. It is the power to loose and to bind.
A communiqué from Bishop Pierre about the crisis in Iraq. Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, The situation in Iraq has become ever more dramatic. Christians, Yazidis and Shia Muslims are being routinely executed, families separated, the women and girls raped and sold into slavery, and entire populations driven from their homes to wander the unsafe roads of Iraq. Recently, the French government has found that it must re-open her doors to Iraqi asylum seekers, and a few people have begun to arrive. I have heard from many of you, asking “how can I be part of this mission work?”
[PARIS] L'Association d'entraide aux minorités d'Orient (AEMO) exprime sa très forte émotion devant l'exode auquel ont été contraints les chrétiens et d'autres communautés de Mossoul, en Irak, et exprime sa solidarité avec une population déjà si lourdement éprouvée.
On July 29, 1974, at the Episcopal Church of the Advocate in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, three retired bishops ordained eleven women to the priesthood. There had been a great deal of debate leading up to what was, at the time, an "irregular" action by the said bishops. There were already a very few women priests in other churches of the Anglican Communion, in Hong Kong and Canada. The Lambeth Conference, a meeting every decade or so of the bishops of the Communion, had in 1968 found no theological argument against ordaining women.
[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 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.
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.