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Sermon for Dec. 11: Advent 3(A)

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 3:32pm

Historic gathering of the Portuguese speaking dioceses of Africa

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 11:05am

[Anglican Communion News Service] Young people from three Portuguese speaking dioceses in Mozambique and Angola have this week taken part in a historic first joint meeting. The two countries are both Portuguese-speaking, but as they are separated by more than 1,200 miles, contacts between them have been few up to now. But now young people from the dioceses of Lebombo, Niassa and Angola, gathered from Nov. 25-30 at the diocesan center in Maciene, in the Mozambique province of Gaza.

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Duncan-Probe becomes bishop of Central New York

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 5:02am

Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe of Central New York celebrates Holy Communion following her ordination and consecration as bishop. Photo: Sue Cenci/Episcopal Diocese of Central New York

[Episcopal Diocese of Central New York] Hundreds of Central New Yorkers and bishops and dignitaries from across the United States participated in the ordination and consecration of DeDe Duncan-Probe as 11th bishop of Central New York. The service took place on Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Liverpool, New York. Duncan-Probe will lead the 13,000-member Episcopal Diocese of Central New York, which includes 86 local churches and chapels in a region stretching from the Canadian to the Pennsylvanian borders and from Utica to Waterloo, including Syracuse, Watertown, Ithaca, Binghamton, Elmira and the greater Finger Lakes area.

The first woman to serve as chief priest and pastor of the diocese, Duncan-Probe has said she intends to foster dialogue and reach out to diverse communities in the region. “I am overwhelmed with joy and gratitude today as I join the people of Central New York in ministry,” she said, “especially because I believe we have a crucial role to play right now. The Episcopal Church’s radical welcome, and our commitment to reconciling dialogue, make our communities a beacon of hope in an increasingly divided society.”

Reflecting the new bishop’s commitment to diversity and dialogue, notable leaders from the Episcopal Church and local faith and civic organizations participated in the historic celebration. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry led the ceremony as chief consecrator, and the Rt. Rev. Barbara C. Harris, the first woman to serve as a bishop in the Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican Communion, preached in the consecration ceremony. Also participating were leaders from the Islamic Society of Central New York, the Upstate Lutheran Synod, Thekhen Choling USA (Buddhist) Bahai’is of Syracuse, the National Council of Churches, Upstate University Hospital Spiritual Care, and InterFaith Works of CNY.

Bishops from El Salvador to Long Island attended the consecration DeDe Duncan-Probe as the new bishop of Central New York. Photo: Cindy Barrus/Episcopal Diocese of Central New York

Duncan-Probe was elected at a special convention of the diocese on Aug. 6, 2016 following a year-long search process. She succeeds the Rt. Rev. Gladstone B. “Skip” Adams, III, who retired after 15 years as 10th bishop of the diocese on Oct. 31.

Prior to her call to serve as bishop of Central New York, Duncan-Probe was rector of St. Peter’s in the Woods Episcopal Church in Fairfax Station, Virginia, and held a number of leadership positions in the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. She has served as a youth director, an educator, and co-founded an engineering consulting firm with her husband which continues to thrive. She holds a doctorate from Oxford University and two master’s degrees from Pepperdine University and from General Theological Seminary. She and her husband, Chris Probe, have three children.

John H. Taylor elected bishop coadjutor of Los Angeles

Sun, 12/04/2016 - 6:33am

The Rev. John Taylor with his wife Kathleen Hannigan O’Connor. Photo: Diocese of Los Angeles

[Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles] The Rev. John Taylor was elected bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of Los Angeles on the eighth ballot Dec. 3 by delegates gathered for the 121st annual meeting of the diocese at the Ontario Convention Center.

Taylor, 62, has served as vicar of St. John Chrysostom Church and School in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, since 2004. He was elected by 122 votes in the clergy order and 194 votes in the lay order.

The election culminated a nearly two-year search process. Los Angeles Bishop J. Jon Bruno announced during his address to convention that he will retire at the beginning of Diocesan Convention 2017.

The other five nominees were:

  • The Rev. Paul Fromberg, rector, St. Gregory of Nyssa, San Francisco, California;
  • The Rev. Rachel Nyback, rector, St. Cross by the Sea, Hermosa Beach, California;
  • The Rev. Anna Olson, rector, St. Mary’s, Los Angeles;
  • The Rt. Rev. Pierre W. Whalon, bishop-in-charge and suffragan to the presiding bishop, Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe;
  • The Rev. Mauricio Wilson, rector, St. Paul’s Church, Oakland.

Additional information about the candidates may be found here.

“To our divided nation, to those living in fear and uncertainty, to anyone yearning for a rich relationship with the God in Christ who loves everyone without reservation, The Episcopal Church throws its arms open,” Taylor said after the election was announced. “In our diverse, far-flung diocese, we are united in our baptismal pledge to strive for justice and peace among all people and to respect the dignity of every human being, especially those who are most vulnerable. I look forward with joy to serving alongside my fellow ministers — laypeople, deacons, priests and bishops — as we continue to proclaim the gospel in word and deed.”

A lifelong Episcopalian, Taylor was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1954, the son of journalists and formerly served as chief of staff to former President Richard M. Nixon and later as the executive director of the Nixon Library.

He received a bachelor’s degree in political science at the University of California, San Diego, and a Master of Divinity degree at the Claremont School of Theology and Bloy House. He is a graduate of Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts.

He was ordained a priest in January 2004 and also served as curate at the Church of St. Andrew the Apostle in Fullerton.

The Diocese of Los Angeles “groans with the potential for growth through mission and ministry to those in our communities who do not know our church but whom our God in Christ commands us to reach, embrace, empower and serve,” Taylor has said.

His is a “via media” leadership style — listening to his own instincts in consultation with others. “I listen to all stakeholders to learn from them,” he has said. “If they’ve been heard, they’ll be more likely to affirm my decision even if they don’t agree with it.”

Taylor has written two novels, Patterns of Abuse and Jackson Place, numerous newspaper and magazine articles and a blog, The Episcoponixonian.

Taylor married Kathleen Hannigan O’Connor in 2002; he has two daughters, Valerie and Lindsay, and two stepchildren, Daniel and Meaghan.

The Diocese of Los Angeles encompasses some 70,000 Episcopalians in 136 neighborhood congregations and mission centers, some 40 schools and 15 other specialized service institutions located in six California counties. Los Angeles historically is one of the five most populous and culturally diverse of the Episcopal Church’s 109 dioceses.

Pending the canonically required consent of a majority of the Episcopal Church’s diocesan standing committees and bishops with jurisdiction, Taylor will be ordained and consecrated as bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of Los Angeles on July 8, 2017 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center in Los Angeles.