Honoring the Nestorian Christians

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


On Mission, EAM Convocations, Theological Education & News Abroad

EAM Korean Convocation held last 4/7-11/2011 in Seoul highlighted the missionary partnership of the Anglican Church of Korea (The Most Rev. Paul Kim, archbishop) with some of the dioceses of the Episcopal Church. The Korean American delegates interacted with Korean Anglicans and with the Diocese of Seoul sending new Korean clergy to work in the United States. South Korea is now second largest missionary-sending church (sith an estimated 20,000 missioanries), next only to the U.S. church. Contact: Aidankoh@msn.com.

EAM Seminarians Scholarships – there are eleven (11) applicants this Fall 2011, making it the largest number in EAM history. Scholarship Subcommittee meets on Friday, May 13 with Dr. Jim Kodera, EAM Council President, convening.

EAM South Convocation will hold a Conference on Dalit Theology on May 18, 2011 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church,
37-04 61st Street, Woodside, New York
featuring Indian theologian Dr. George Massey. Dalit is the term for the “untouchables” of India (those outside its caste system) and the Church of South India (CSI) is composed mainly from the Dalit community. D.T. is the Indian version of liberation theology. Contact: anandsekarjmanuel1@gmail.com.

EAM Commission of the Diocese of California will hold the first diocesan-wide EAM Consultation on June 9-10, 2011 in Christ Episcopal Church,
1700 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda
, Ca.94501. Keynote speaker on the theme “Asian Spirituality of Stewardship” is the EAM Missioner, The Rev. Dr. Fred Vergara. Workshop presenters include Dr. Boyung Lee, the Rev. Deborah Lee, Dr.Russell Jeung, Rev. Michael Yoshi and Rev. David Ota. Visit http://www.diocal.org/. Contact: The Rev. Connie Lam at clams168@yahoo.com.

EAM National Office, EAM Council Executive Committee and Partnership Office for Asia and the Pacific collaborate with Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) in Cambridge, Massachusetts towards a contextual Asia-America Theological Education. First Pilot Project will be a special Doctor of Ministry program for Asian clergy. It will consist of brief but intensive academic training followed by distributive, online distance learning that would make it easier and affordable for clergy to stay in their parishes while earning advanced pastoral studies. Contact: wvergara@episcopalchurch.org..

EAM Japanese Convocation will be held on June 16-19 at the Cathedral Retreat Center, Diocese of Los Angeles. Meeting will include a pilgrimage to Manzanar, one of the Japanese Internment camps during World War II. Contact Dr. Gayle Kawahara gnkscdds@sbcglobal.net.

EAM Filipino Convocation will be held on July 8-10, 2011 in Circus Circus and All Saints Episcopal Church in Las Vegas, NV with special emphasis on Filam Youth & Young Adults Ministry. Contact: Rev. Bayani Rico at rector_ascension@sbscglobal.net.

EAM Southeast Asia Convocation will be held on August 4-7, 2011 at Holy Apostles Episcopal Church in St. Paul, Minnesota . Holy Apostles is the home of the largest Hmong congregation in the entire Anglican Communion. Hmong are one of the nomadic tribes in the mountains of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and China. Holy Apostles recently sent the first Hmong Seminarian to study in Virginia Theological Seminary. Contact: Rev. Letha Wilson-Barnard at revletha@gmail.com.

The Episcopal Church in the Philippines (ECP) in its Synod this week, created a new diocese, the Episcopal Diocese of Davao, in southern Philippines

The Iglesia Filipino Independiente (IFI)in its National Convention this week, elected The Most Rev. Ephraim Fajutagana as the new Obispo Maximo (Supreme Bishop) and the Rev. Joselito Cuz as the new General Secretary.

The China Christian Council and the national TSPM will hold a Bible Exposition Sept. 28 to Nov. 19, 2011 at Washington D.C.; Chicago, Illinois; Dallas, Texas and Charlotte, North Carolina.

Drew University School of Theology recently appointed its first Asian American Dean, Dr. Jeffrey Kuan.

Pacific Asian American Canadian Christian Education Ministry (PAACCE), a unit of the National Council of Churches–USA and chaired by the EAM Missioner, Dr. Vergara, bade goodbye to Dr. Garland Pierce, associate general secretary of NCC-USA who  was appointed Associate General Secretary of the World Council of Churches with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
Quote of the Month: “Pope John Paul II went all over the world when he was alive; when he died and was beatified, the world came to him.” (Spoken in Rome by Bishop Jean Zerbo of Bamako, Mali on the beatification of the first non-Italian pope, Blessed Carol Josef Wojtyla of Poland who, as Pope John Paul II, traveled to 129 countries and logged on over a million kilometers.)
The Rev. Dr. Winfred B. Vergara
Missioner, Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries (EAM)
The Episcopal Church Center
Second Avenue
, New York, NY 10017
1-212-922-5344 (O)   1800-334-7626 Ext. 5344
Facebook: Fred Vergara

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