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  • NSIEAB 11:03 AM on 01/12/2008 Permalink | Reply
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    Second Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on Human Sexuality 

    At the end of 2007, the First Bishop’s Pastoral Letter on Human Sexuality completed ten years of age.  Between the first one and this one, many tensions happened (and still happen) in the Anglican Communion, because of this pastoral and theological theme.  In our Province, we have also lived the consequences of such tensions.

    That said, after ten years, the House of Bishops has decided to reflect upon the same theme again and elaborated a Pastoral Letter reaffirming values they consider essential, taking into account the Theology and Word of God.  The objective is to provide subsides to the Church as a whole, aiming at capacitating us in pastoral actions towards such important subjects.

    The second pastoral letter can be read through this link .

    The first pastoral letter can be read through this link.

    The Rev. Canon Francisco de Assis Silva

    Secretary General of IEAB

     
  • NSIEAB 11:04 AM on 01/10/2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2008,   

    2008 and a New Path 

    Arise, shine; for your light has come,
    and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
    Isaiah 60,1.

    When they saw that the star had stopped,
    they were overwhelmed with joy.

    Matthew 2,10.

    See… don’t tell the song is lost
    have faith in God, have faith in life.
    Try again.

    Raul Seixas

    We have just celebrated the Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ, a moment of feeling and living the manifestation and presentation of the child Jesus who came to bring light to our path.

    A moment to point to the universality of Christ’s salvation, a moment to deepen in the feeling that as a Church, we have to be always in mission, being a sign of welcoming and transformation to all humankind.

    Epiphanytide is a moment to walk towards Jesus: “In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem” (Matthew 2,1). They have followed the path from the West to Jerusalem. A path of many disputes and conquers.

    We have followed several paths, and in 2007 there were many advances. We have received among us for the first time the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Katharine Jefferts Schori; the Primate and the Secretary-General have been part of an annual conference of USPG, walking together and strengthening in mission; we have organized the National Diakonia Consultation, a new path for the Church’s social actions, we have taken part of the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council’s meeting, a historical path, retaken after 25 years without taking part of such a meeting.

    Many other routes were followed in 2007, in our Church life. To walk is to go following a trail or rhumb. To walk is an action that demands movement. Surely we were mistaken in some of these paths, even knowing the right destination address. This is the moment to redo some of them, following the signs that point to new events and to the History we are building together.

    So, in 2008, let us follow new paths enlightened by Christ’s light, with happiness and intense joy. Let us reaffirm and follow new paths. Let us try, another time, the ways we followed wrong, because, as the poet says “the song is not lost, have faith in God, have faith in life. Try again”.

    On 2008’s path, I request the church to walk:

    With Hope
    With Perseverance
    With Patience
    With Courage
    With Wisdom
    With much Dedication

    May Christ, Son of God, enlighten our way with Good News of His Kingdom.

    -

    The Most Rev. Maurício Andrade

    Primate of IEAB

     
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