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Meeting Christ in the Stranger

The Convocation of Episcopal Churches of Europe has long been on the front line of the Episcopal Church’s mission with refugees and migrants from the Middle East and Africa, reflected in our Vision 2012 Commitment to Ministry beyond our walls. At its meeting on September 12, members of the Bishop's Council of Advice passed a resolution calling on the churches of the Convocation to redouble efforts to support the needs of refugees and displaced persons finding their way to our communities.

[PARIS] 7 January 2015 - As spontaneous gatherings of solidarity with the victims are happening in dozens of cities across France even as I pen these words, it should be clear to all that this attempt to divide and intimidate people has failed. Certainly, the revue Charlie Hebdo is adept at satirizing religion, including my own. It also routinely makes fun of all sorts of other subjects and people. This is their right. Freedom of expression is the only guarantor of liberty, including the freedom of worship.

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?”

A group of about fifteen pilgrims visited several sites of particular interest concerning the lives of Francis and Clare and reflected daily on the theme of Franciscan spirituality. The group was drawn from several churches of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe as well as Episcopal dioceses in the United States and the Church of England. “Pilgrimage is as much about the inner journey as it is the outer one,” commented Fr Mark Barwick...

The Rev. Jana Johnsen will serve as a member of the Presbyterian Church USA delegation to the 58th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. The priority theme for this year’s session is challenges and achievements relating to the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The Convention of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe took place at St. Paul's-Within-the-Walls, Rome, Italy, October 17-20, 2013.


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