Update on Rebuild Our Church in Haiti
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Revised Diocesan Policy on Sexual Boundaries
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March 27, 2013
This letter is the first of ongoing updates about what is happening with The Episcopal Church in Haiti. Because the Development Office is brand new, authorized by General Convention last summer and funded as of January first of this year, we have had to purchase and configure software and hire staff, to be able to communicate with all 2,420 of you who so graciously responded to the Campaign to Rebuild Our Church in Haiti.
While the last of 97 participating dioceses finished its “formal” part of the Campaign in December, gifts continue to come in. And, we will continue to keep the information up on The Episcopal Church website. If you wish to continue to support this effort, we would ask that you make your gifts payable to the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society and annotated for the Campaign to Rebuild our Church in Haiti. Checks made out to the Episcopal Church Foundation, which initiated the campaign, take longer to process, as the Foundation is a separate not-for-profit and we cannot deposit those checks. It may sound like “red tape”, but the reality is that this cuts down on the steps involved.
Doubtless all of you wish to know how much has been raised to date. And, that, alas, is information that our Haitian partners have requested that we not share for reasons of safety and security. There is probably nothing more frustrating to a Development Office than to operate under such constraints, but the threats on the ground to our staff and clergy are real. The U.S. State Department regularly issues warnings about kidnappings, and we have not been immune to those activities. If some of the less-savory segments of Haitian society sense that significant sums of money might be readily accessible, our clergy and staff would be at risk.
Your gift, along with all the others, is held in an account specifically for the rebuilding of Holy Trinity Cathedral. Because Kerns Associates of Arlington, Virginia has now begun work on the concept drawings, some funds have already been released – to pay for this work and to pay for the work of a geotechnical engineer on the ground in Port-au-Prince. Kerns hopes to present its concept drawings to the Haiti Team late this month, at which point, one concept will be chosen. Only after that selection will we have a cost estimate for the Cathedral.
Kerns Associates has chosen a Haitian architect to work with them on this project. Herve Sabin, who is a graduate of the New York Institute of Technology, received his architectural degree from Pratt, and did further graduate study at Columbia University. He is a gifted young Haitian architect who has already designed Holy Trinity Primary, Secondary, and Trade Schools – all on the Cathedral campus – and is working now on a design for the Sisters of St. Margaret Convent, which was also destroyed in the January 2010 earthquake. Given his work on the other buildings on the Cathedral site, he seems to be a natural partner to work with Kerns on the Cathedral itself.
Thus, one of the very first things to determine is the soil composition on the Cathedral site. Enter the geotechnical engineer who will drill bore holes *and analyze the soil. “Soil correction” may be indicated in which case the site will be dug out to a depth of 12 feet, replaced with rock, which is then hammered into place and covered with concrete.
There are many reasons it takes a long time to build a cathedral. Funding is one. Architectural selection is another. Soil composition is a third. In-country availability of certified concrete blocks is yet another…more on that in our next letter! As we are kept abreast of what is happening on the Holy Trinity complex, we will share that information with you. And if you have questions or comments, we hope that you will be in touch with us.
Gratefully, for your support,
Elizabeth M. Lowell
The Development Office
February 4, 2013
[Dave Oakland, Convener, One World One Church Commission] Bishop Alan and Donna Scarfe, the Rev. Kathleen Milligan, and the Rev. Torey Lightcap will be visiting the Diocese of Nzara over the period of February 4-14. This is an important step into our growing companionship. I would ask your daily prayers for each of them as individuals as they travel and for their mission. Pray also for our companions in Nzara as they host our representatives. And, of course, continue your use of the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer as we get better acquainted with one another. Below are three prayers (two from the BCP) which you might find useful. Please feel free to share these with others in your parish.
O Lord of all Creation, we give you thanks for the gift of companionship and especially for our Companions in Brechin, Nzara, and Swaziland. We ask your blessing on +Alan, Donna, Kathleen+, and Torey+, as they visit Nzara and lead us more fully into our companionship with the Diocese of Nzara. Be with them and keep them safe in their travel. Bless them with the joy of new friendships as they work with our brothers and sisters of the Diocese of Nzara to explore how best we share our love of You with one another and in one another. All this we pray through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Also see prayers from Book of Common Prayer, page 100 and page 831.
By Friday, February 8, we hope to be getting news from Nzara via two blog sites:
http://missionminutes.blogspot.com [Dio of Iowa mission blog] & http://irreducibleminimums.blogspot.com [Torey's blog]
[May 2012] In response to new model policies and training materials developed by the Episcopal Church, the Diocese of Iowa has revised its Policies on Sexual Boundaries and is offering updated training.
Click here for the New Policy on Sexual Boundaries
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[May 4, 2011] Upon reading the article in the May issue of Iowa Connections, the Rt. Rev. Walter Righter (VII Bishop of Iowa, retired) shared some further reminiscences about Archbishop Runcie's 1981 visit to Iowa:
► We almost had a catastrophe as the celebration of the Eucharist began--a priest called me to the edge of the area where the altar was, as the service began and said, "Can we borrow your penknife--the wine bottles all have corks in them and we have no corkscrew that can be found." The wine came from a winery in Boone. Somehow the bottles were all opened eventually in time to communicate most of the 8000 people who were there.
► The visit of the Archbishop of Canterbury was thought about long before it happened. At the suggestion of the Rev. Gary Frahm I sent the Archbishop of Canterbury a copy of "The Hog Book" because it was world wide news that he raised hogs. He teased me about that for years--and chuckled over it for years.
► The year before the visit the Rev. Canon Art Becker spent his vacation having regular prayers asking that God would guide the Archbishop of Canterbury to visit Iowa.
► 'Tis true we did move the Archbishop of Canterbury round by helicopter which we rented--but the pilot was Dr. Bendixen from Denison who had learned his piloting skills from service in the Armed Forces of the USA.
► The pig farm we visited was the Brenton one in a small town outside of Des Moines (I forget the name of the town)
During that visit the Archbishop of Canterbury handled the pigs and moved them around like a veteran!
► When the Archbishop of Canterbury and his staff left Ames for Chicago and Evanston, Illinois, they left in a John Deere Company plane.
► The Archbishop of Canterbury's staff included Terry Waite--a huge body of a man with a great sense of mission and sense of humor. He was later imprisoned in the Middle East for more than 400 days and wrote a book about his life when he returned. The other staff person was the Rev. Richard Chartres, presently the Bishop of London and recently a participant in the April 2011 wedding of William and Kate in Westminster Abbey
► The Archbishop of Canterbury and staff left Ames in midafternoon in the John Deere plane to go to Seabury Western seminary for evensong in their chapel. At that service he was heard to praise them for their incense because it gave him relief from his visit to the hog farm!!
GreenFaith Certification Program
In 2010, the Episcopal Church partnered with GreenFaith, a leading national religious environmental group, to assist churches of all sizes in their efforts to “go green.” The GreenFaith Certification Program is a two-year, holistic process engaging an entire congregation through education, worship, environmental justice advocacy, building and grounds, and developing relationships with the larger interfaith community. Among the tools and resources provided by GreenFaith to participating churches are webinars, web-based resources, and phone/email support. The Economic/Environmental Affairs Office and GreenFaith are underwriting 50% of the tuition of 30 churches nationwide, enabling selected churches to enroll for a total discounted cost of $250 – $750. For more information about the subsidies (deadline for application is May 1, 2011) visit http://greenfaith.org/success-stories/episcopal-church-partnership-certification.
GreenFaith is offering 2 free hour-long webinars to help congregational leadership understand the program and to answer questions and address concerns. Thursday, February 10, 7:30 pm and Wednesday, February 16, 2 pm. Recordings of the webinars will be available online afterwards for those institutions that cannot participate. To participate in the webinars, contact Stacey Kennealy, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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