NEWS IN THE GENERAL CONVENTION, The Episcopal Church
Indianapolis: July 7, 2013
Welcome to the Lunchtime Conversation
July 7, 2013 at 12:45 P.M. –PF Chang China Bistro, 49 W. Maryland St. #226, Indianapolis
NEWS OF THE WEEK
Winston Ching, 1st EAM Missioner, Remembered
The Asiamerica Community mourn the loss of The Rev. Dr. Winston Ching, first missioner (Staff Officer) and pioneer of Episcopal Asiamerica Ministry who died in Guam while en route from Hong Kong to Honolulu last July 3, 2012. He will be remembered as one who defined the scope of the ministry to include: Asian immigrants in the U.S.; Asian Americans and Episcopal Church relations with churches in Asia. Dr. Ching served for 30 years under four Presiding Bishops: +John Hines, +John Allin, +Edmund Browning and +Frank Griswold. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.
Hmong Language in the Convention
For the first time in the history of the Episcopal Church, the Hmong language was used in the General Convention liturgy as a way of lifting up one of the most marginalized communities in the U.S. The Hmong (in Laos and Vietnam) were targeted for genocide in 1975 for having sided with the Americans during the Vietnam War and were relocated to the U.S. as refugees. Holy Apostles Church in Minnesota is the largest and probably the only Hmong church in the worldwide Anglican Communion. Asiamerica Ministry sponsored the first Hmong seminarian at Virginia Theological Seminary. He was ordained deacon in Minnesota last June 28, 2012. We hope the Rev. Deacon Toua Vang will be the first Hmong Episcopal priest.
Young Adults Voices
Voices of the Episcopal Youth and Young Adults were heard in the Convention at the interview with Episcopal Web Radio, July 6. Longkee, Hmong youth organizer said the experience was “overwhelming.” Lorena Buni, who represented the youth of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (concordat partner of TEC) said the fellowship and spirituality were “great learning experience”; while Jamie who is Korean-American said that he can share with those who call themselves “spiritual but not religious” that the Episcopal Church is one of the most hospitable churches in the world. Longkee Vang, Lorena Buni, Kapya Ilay, Brian Chin and Jamie Osborne represented the Asiamerica Ministries in the Young Adults Festival.
Asian Leader Honored in Stewardship Event
The Rev. Dr. Charles C.T. Chen, priest of the Episcopal Diocese of Taiwan was honored last night at the ceremony sponsored by TENS (The Episcopal Network for Stewardship) and the Stewardship Office of the Episcopal Church. As rector of St. James Church in Taichung, Fr. Chen has led and inspired his congregation to fund the construction of 12 church buildings in the Episcopal Diocese of Central Philippines, raising $30,000 per church. For his life of generosity, Fr. Chen was “apostle in transformational stewardship.”
Asiamerica Ministries Process
Asiamerica Ministry is often described as a “Pentecost Ministry” due to its diversity and plurality. The over 150 Episcopal congregations that self-identify themselves as “Asian American” are grouped into ethnic convocations: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, Southeast Asian (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Hmong, Burmese, Thai) and South Asian (India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangla Desh). Annually, we gather in a national Consultation that allows us to meet as pan-Asian community. This process enables the communities to preserve their ethic and cultural integrity and uniqueness but also equips them to interact in a wider community. In 2012, the EAM participated fully in the New Community, a gathering of peoples of color in the Episcopal Church. To accommodate this, EAM will meet as a national Consultation every three years, with the other two years, collaborating with the “New Community” and the mainstream church.
2nd Asia America Theological Exchange Forum Planned February 2013
In 2007, the AMOTEC, POAP, and EAMC organized the 1st Asia-America Theological Exchange Forum held at Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) in Berkeley, California in cooperation with the Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership (CALL). On February 7-11, 2013 we plan to hold the 2nd A-ATEF in Manila, Philippines in consultation with the Episcopal Church of the Philippines (ECP)/St. Andrew’s Theological Seminary, Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI), Ming Wah Theological Seminary and other seminaries and churches in Asia. The goal is to invite theologians and scholars from Asia and America to share contextual theology, collect and publish then into an “Asia-America Journal of Theology” and develop continuing dialogue in theology, mission and ministry. ATEF also hopes to “identify key questions and challenges where future collaborations might resource the developing understanding of Anglican identity in Asia-America.”
EAM 40th Anniversary & Churchwide Consultation 2013
Episcopal Asiamerica Ministry will celebrate its 40th Anniversary and Churchwide Consultation on June 20-24, 2013 in San Francisco, California. Tentative venue is Hyatt Hotel, San Francisco Airport (Burlingame). Theme of the Consultation is EAM@40: Remember, Celebrate & Re-Envision. The event will feature a 1st EAM Invitational Golf Tournament as a fund-raising for the EAM Council (EAMC), a 501-C organization in partnership with the Asiamerica Ministry Office of The Episcopal Church (AMOTEC); and the Partnership Office for Asia and the Pacific (POAP). Speakers will include clergy and lay leaders who will emphasize the memory of those who pioneered EAM, celebrate the Mission Today. The Youth and Young Adults will lead in the topic of “re-envisioning the future thrust of Asiamerican Ministry.” The Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori will preach at the highlight Eucharist on June 23 at 3:00 P.M. to be held at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Please save the dates.
For more information:
The Rev. Dr. Winfred B. Vergara, Missioner for Asiamerica Ministries Office
Mr. Peter Ng, Partnership Officer for Asia and the Pacific
Email: email@example.com www. Episcopalchurch.org
The Rev. Bayani D. Rico, EAM Council President