July 2017 Convocation Newsletter
STATEMENT OF PARTICIPANTS OF THE INTERFAITH RAINFOREST INITIATIVE 1 21 JUNE 2017 The Earth’s rainforests are an irreplaceable gift. They support boundless biodiversity, a balanced climate, and the cultures and communities of indigenous peoples who live in them. They generate cooling air and rains that water the Earth. They are spectacular, and vital to all life. And they are at grave risk. We, people of many faiths and spiritualities, gathered in Oslo to hear the cry of Earth’s rainforests, their flora and fauna, and the people who live in them. We are Indigenous, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Daoist, joined by scientists who share with us, and open for us, a deeper appreciation of the miracle of the forests. We are from 21 countries – from Amazonia, the forests of Indonesia, the Congo Basin, Meso-America and South and Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, and from the US, Canada, Europe, and China. While from many places, we recognize that we are one human family, that we share one Earth.
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.
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.
As more abductions of schoolgirls occurred today in Nigeria, I call upon our congregations in Europe and all people of good faith to pray for the recovery safe and sound of all these children, for their families who are suffering terribly, and for the leaders of Nigeria and the world to act swiftly and effectively to secure their rapid return home.
The really important part of Christmas is something immensely simple. Yet it eludes us, as well — perhaps because it is so simple. In his "Mass", Leonard Bernstein has a song, "A Simple Song", which says that "God loves all things/ For God is the simplest of all." The English theologian Charles Williams called Jesus Christ "The Divine Thing." A simple thing, namely, God one of us. The Reason for it all...