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RIP: Diane M. Porter, former church-wide staff executive

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 2:37pm

[Episcopal News Service] A memorial service will be held May 25 for Diane M. Porter, who served on the church-wide staff of The Episcopal Church from 1988 until 1997.

Porter died March 21. The service is set for 11 a.m. at Grace Church inBrooklyn Heights, New York.

She held a number of positions in government before joining the church-wide staff in January 1988, serving as deputy for public ministries. Porter became senior executive for program in September 1992 and served in that capacity until March 1997.

Then-Presiding Bishop Edmond Browning said at the time that Porter would continue to represent The Episcopal Church on the board of the National Council of Churches and on the Seminary Consortium on Urban Pastoral Education as a link to the Office of the Presiding Bishop. He also expressed his gratitude for Porter’s leadership and said he hoped that she would “continue to labor in the vineyard with the same concern and commitment to justice.”

During her time at the Episcopal Church Center, Porter also served as the head of the Office of Advocacy, Witness, and Justice Ministries and was the staff member assigned to the Commission on Racism. In 1991, a racism audit was conducted during the second day of the 70th meeting of General Convention, which found that the church was not paying adequate attention to the problem of racism — at least in the eyes of those surveyed.

“I call it an institutional CAT scan that we can use to see where we are at this particular point in the church,” she said at the time. The question format, said Porter, was intended to elicit the personal experiences and attitudes of the bishops and deputies toward racism. Combatting institutional racism requires personal intervention, she added. “We have a lot of perceptions,” Porter said, “but we don’t have actual facts.”

While the methodology of the audit was criticized by some, the results were “gratifying,” Porter said. The outcome “portends an openness to change and a willingness to engage this issue seriously.” It also shows “that the church is ready to get on with being an inclusive community,” she said.

Porter continued to advocate for the church to confront its racism, saying in 1994 that “every day there’s reason to hope.” Anti-racism work “goes in fits and starts, but it keeps going,” she said.

Porter also served as the first lay canon to the ordinary to the bishop of Long Island, when the Rt. Rev. Orris G. Walker held the see. Her volunteer activities on behalf of the diocese included: Executive and Standing Committees, Archdeaconry of Brooklyn, Standing Committee, trustee of the Estate of the Diocese of Long Island, Mercer School, Episcopal Charities, chair of the Select Commission on Diocesan Structure, Provincial Synod and General Convention, chair of the Mercer Scholarship Fund, and member of the Cathedral Chapter, according to the Union of Black Episcopalians, which honored here in 2018 with the Mattie Hopkins Honor Award. She also was the chairperson of the Interfaith Medical Center Foundation in Brooklyn, New York.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Draft agenda for the Anglican Consultative Council – ACC-17 – in Hong Kong published

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 2:05pm

[Anglican Communion News Service] The seventeenth meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council – ACC-17 – begins in a month in Hong Kong. The ACC, one of four Instruments of the Anglican Communion, includes archbishops, bishops, priests, and laity from the 40 autonomous churches of the Anglican Communion. The draft agenda for the meeting has just been published. ACC members will be asked to approve the agenda as their first item of business.

Read the entire article here.

Editor’s note: The Episcopal Church’s three ACC members for this meeting are Oklahoma Bishop Edward J. Konieczny, the Rev. Michael Barlowe (the executive officer of General Convention) and Rosalie Ballentine of the Diocese of the Virgin Islands.

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Church of Canada publishes list of bishops nominated as next Primate and Archbishop

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 1:58pm

[Anglican Communion News Service] The House of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada has nominated five of its number for the election of a new primate and archbishop. The current Primate of Canada, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, will retire on July 16 at the end of the province’s triennial General Synod meeting, after serving as leader of the Church since 2007. His successor will be elected by deacon- priest- and lay-members of the General Synod on July 13. The new archbishop will be officially installed on July 16.

Read the entire article here.

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Se anuncian las fechas de la Convención General 2021: del 30 de junio al 9 de julio en Baltimore, Maryland

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 1:02pm

[28 de marzo de 2019] Tras una decisión del Comité Permanente Conjunto sobre Planificación y Arreglos, la Oficina de la Convención General anunció las diez fechas legislativas para la 80.ª Convención General de La Iglesia Episcopal: del 30 de junio al viernes 9 de julio de 2021.

La Convención General 2021 se llevará a cabo en el Centro de Convenciones de Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, (Diócesis Episcopal de Maryland).

Durante los próximos años, la Oficina de la Convención General proporcionará información, materiales, artículos educativos y otras características sobre la Convención General, la Diócesis Episcopal de Maryland y Baltimore, MD.

“El Comité Permanente Conjunto sobre Planificación y Arreglos y la Oficina de la Convención General ya están trabajando arduamente para planificar y mejorar nuestra reunión en Baltimore para la 80ª Convención General”, señaló el Reverendo Canónigo Dr. Michael Barlowe, director ejecutivo y presidente de comité. “Edificando sobre la base de las innovaciones exitosas en Austin, y guiado por las evaluaciones que recibimos, el Comité está entusiasmado con nuestra reunión en 2021”.

La Convención General de La Iglesia Episcopal, el órgano de gobierno bicameral de la Iglesia, se celebra cada tres años. Está compuesto por la Cámara de los Obispos, con la participación de más de 200 obispos activos y retirados, y la Cámara de los Diputados, con miembros del clero y laicos elegidos de las 109 diócesis y tres áreas regionales de la Iglesia, que cuentan con más de 800 miembros.

Para obtener más información, comuníquese con la oficina de la Convención GeneralGCoffice@episcopalchurch.org.

Los miembros del Comité Permanente Conjunto sobre Planificación y Arreglos están aquí.

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