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  • NSIEAB 8:32 PM on 01/26/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Strong storms continue to cause damage and disasters in parts of Brazil 

    Southeastern Brazil is slowly recovering from the worst catastrophe in its history, which hit especially hard cities located in Rio de Janeiro State’s central mountains. The Diocese of Rio de Janeiro reports that more than 20,000 people have been displaced, and the death toll has risen to more than 800 people.  More than 500 people are still missing.

    Unusually strong rainstorms are now hitting Southern Brazil, especially in the State of Santa Catarina. There, more than 20,000 people have temporarily moved from their houses due to flooding.  To date, 5 people have died,  and 162 people have been wounded.

    Since the beginning of this crisis, messages of support have been sent by several Bishops and Archbishops throughout the Anglican Communion. The Archbishop of Canterbury was one of the first to contact IEAB’s Primate, The Most Rev. Maurício Andrade, and the Bishop of Rio de Janeiro, The Rt. Rev. Filadelfo Oliveira. On Jan 14th, Ms. Sally Keeble, the director of the Anglican Alliance,  reached IEAB’s offices and offered necessary help in dealing with the then-rising crisis.  A few days later, the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, The Rt. Rev. Neil Alexander, opened a much needed account for online donations, which can be accessed here.

    Other messages of support came in the following days. The Most Reverend Roger Herft, Archbishop of Perth, in Western Australia, contacted Bishop Maurício to assure him that Brazilians were in his prayers. He noted that Australia, too, is facing similar disasters, “with floods affecting our eastern seaboard and recent severe bushfires affecting Western Australia.” The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, The Most. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, also sent a message of support on Jan 20th. She offered prayers for the victims affected and for their safe resettlement, and reminded us of the need to have “reverence for this fragile earth, our island home.” Bishop Filadelfo, of Rio de Janeiro, confirmed that, upon request, Episcopal Relief and Development is donating US$ 5,000.00 to help with relief efforts in Rio de Janeiro.

    The Rev. Olav Fyske Tveit, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, also expressed his body’s concern about such natural disaster. The WCC offered “encouragement to the local and national authorities who are working along with Brazilian churches and international organizations such as the Action by Churches Together (ACT) Alliance in their efforts to alleviate the suffering of the people, bring support to the most vulnerable and rebuild this part of the country.”

    IEAB thanks all who have been praying and giving to help those who are in need. There is still much work to be done, and despite Brazil’s current economic growth, social inequalities are still abundant in this country. If you still wish to help financially, there are several ways to do so. Other than the Diocese of Atlanta’s account, it is possible to make direct deposits to the following accounts:

    A Brazilian account set up by the Anglican Diocese of Rio de Janeiro and ready to receive deposits (including wire transfers from abroad):

    Banco Bradesco
    Agency: 3176-3
    Account: 433594-5

    IEAB’s International account.

    Citibank, NY
153
    East 53rd Street/ 16th Floor
    New York, NY 100432
    Holder: Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil
    Account: 10213501
    Swift Code: CITIUS33

    If you send through any of these, please send a message to sec.geral@ieab.org.br and darj@ieab.org.br so your donation can be acknowledged. Also, if you want to help with relief efforts in Southern Brazil, please send such funds to IEAB’s International (Citibank) account and contact us through the aforementioned e-mails. We will make sure the funds are sent to the dioceses affected.

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    The Rev. Canon Francisco de Assis da Silva

    Bishop-Elect of Southwestern Brazil

     
  • NSIEAB 9:04 PM on 01/25/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Primates’ Meeting starts in Dublin 

    Primates from across the Anglican Communion are meeting at the Emmaus Retreat and Conference Centre in Dublin, Ireland, for the next six days.

    The Primates, who are the senior bishops or archbishops of a province of the Anglican family of churches, were invited from all 38 Provinces. Some were not able to attend, due to several reasons. They are joined by the Archbishop of York, the Most Rev. John Sentamu, and by Anglican Communion staff.

    The Most Rev. Maurício Andrade, Primate of IEAB spoke to the Anglican Communion News Service. He expressed his hope that “dialogue continues between the different parts of the Anglican Communion.” He also pointed out that “if it is possible to sit together with different ecumenical and interfaith partners, how much more do we need to continue to sit down and dialogue with bishops from other parts of the Communion.”

    The Anglican Communion News Service is releasing daily news stories about the event. IEAB will release them in Portuguese as well.

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    Luiz Coelho

    Communications WG Member

     
  • NSIEAB 9:52 PM on 01/19/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Relief efforts continue in Rio de Janeiro State 

    The death toll in Rio de Janeiro State continues to rise, after deadly rainstorms, never before seen in the region, which brought devastating destruction to Região Serrana, the Central Mountainous region of the State.

    This area was originally occupied by large plantations, which in the 19th Century gave place to Swiss and German immigration. With the development of Brazil’s road system, its proximity to the city of Rio de Janeiro turned the region into a main hub for state tourism. Rio inhabitants would vacation or retire in the semi-rural and rural areas of the region, where they could enjoy mild summers and chilly-to-cold winters, surrounded by natural parks and untouched forests. Cities remained small, but tourism undoubtedly attracted internal migration and urban growth.

    However, after unusually heavy storms hit this bucolic region, which according to Rio de Janeiro’s Environment State Institute, only occur every 350 years, entire neighborhoods were covered by water and mud, which killed more than 700 people and left at least 13,000 displaced. Streams turned into raging rivers, slopes collapsed and the topography of many mountains changed dramatically. The rich and the poor were both affected, as mansions and simple houses irregularly built on slopes were instantly covered in water and mud. The most affected municipalities were Nova Friburgo, Teresópolis, Petrópolis and São José do Vale do Rio Preto.

    With blocked roads and limited electricity and telephone services, the tasks of rescuing victims, burying the dead and providing shelter to those who lost everything, has become increasingly difficult. According to the Rev. Ivaldo Correia, former vicar of Calvary Church in Nova Friburgo, and the current diocesan treasurer of Rio de Janeiro, local parishioners have lost their houses and are being sheltered by the church. In Petrópolis, it is reported that employees and relatives of the IEAB’s Anglican School and parish in the Araras district, were affected by the storms which hit the neighboring Cuiabá Valley hard.

    IEAB and the Anglican Diocese of Rio de Janeiro thank all who have been supporting relief efforts in Rio. Bishop Filadelfo Oliveira reported that on the 16th, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Rowan Williams, contacted him to assure all people in Rio of his prayers and support. The Anglican Communion News Service has been covering the disaster since the beginning and forwarding IEAB’s appeals. Thus, more and more friends in Christ have been finding ways of reaching the Diocese of Rio and expressing their support.

    The Rt. Rev. Neil Alexander, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, with which Rio de Janeiro has a companionship process, has sent a plea to all North Georgia Episcopalians, asking them to “receive offerings in support of the Brazilian relief efforts on Sunday, Jan. 23, and/or Sunday, Jan.30.” It’s Department of Finance has also provided an easy way for people to give donations online. It can be accessed here.

    A Brazilian account was also set up by the Anglican Diocese of Rio de Janeiro and is ready to receive deposits (including wire transfers from abroad):

    Banco Bradesco
    Agency: 3176-3
    Account: 433594-5

    Alternatively, donations can also be sent to IEAB’s International account.

    Citibank, NY
153
    East 53rd Street/ 16th Floor
    New York, NY 100432
    Holder: Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil
    Account: 10213501
    Swift Code: CITIUS33

    In case you send through any of those, please send a message to sec.geral@ieab.org.br and darj@ieab.org.br so your donation can be acknowledged.

    Funds transferred for relief efforts will be used entirely to help victims rebuild their lives. The IEAB is working with its partner relief agents to ensure that those donations will be sent to those in need. Some of the affected people worked in farming, and have lost even their source of income. It is not known if it will be possible for them to go back to areas which were formerly thought to be safe. Those affected by the flooding all need clothing, food and basic hygiene suppliesl. Rio de Janeiro’s diocesan offices have been receiving those kinds of donations as well.

    Family pets and livestock have also been displaced and separated from their families. Because of the health hazards posed by such a sudden increase in homeless animals, and because of our call to be good stewards of all creation, the Anglican Network for the Care of Creation, headed by the Rev. Josi Saldanha, is working with local partners to help farmers relocate their cattle, chickens, and other farm animals, and thus offer some hope of re-establishing their livelihood as farmers. It is also receiving donations to help rescue and reunite pets with their families, or, when that is not possible, find new homes for them.

    Rio de Janeiro Anglicans ask their brothers and sisters abroad to pray especially for the repose of the souls of the hundreds of people who lost their lives in the recent floods, for their relatives, for people left homeless living in shelters, for relief efforts in Rio de Janeiro, for government officials as they discern how to deal with reconstruction, and for the church communities in the area, especially Calvary, St. Michael and All Angels and the Anglican School of Araras. The IEAB also asks for prayers for other victims of similar catastrophes in Australia, Sri Lanka and the Phillipines. Pray that we may have wisdom in learning how to respect, care for and protect this planet, and that we will find ways to prevent such tragic loss from happening in future catastophes.

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    Luiz Coelho

    Communications WG Member

     
  • NSIEAB 4:33 PM on 01/16/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Appointment of a new Provincial Secretary 

    The Primate of Brazil, The Most Revd Mauricio Andrade, has appointed the Revd. Arthur Cavalcante, from the Anglican diocese of Sao Paulo, for the post of Provincial Secretary of the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil – IEAB. The Revd Arthur will succeed the Revd Canon Francisco de Assis da Silva, who was Provincial Secretary since 2006. This appointment comes after an intense process of consultation between bishops, the Chair of the House of Deputies and leadership of the IEAB. Canon Francisco de Assis will be consecrated bishop for the Southwestern Diocese and move to his new diocese in March.

    The new Provincial Secretary holds a degree in Dentistry, as well as a Bachelor of Theology from the Anglican Seminary in Recife (2002) and a Master of Science in Religion from the Methodist University of São Paulo (2010). Fr. Arthur Cavalcanti served as Executive Secretary of the Anglican Diocese of Recife (DAR) from 2002-2003. He has been Rector of the Parish of Holy Trinity in São Paulo since 2005. In addition, he has been a member of the National Commission on Liturgy of the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil and a member of the Working Group on Religions – HIV / AIDS in the state of São Paulo since 2006. He is also an instructor at the Institute for Theological Studies (IAET), where he has taught since 2004, and a visiting professor at the Anglican Seminary in Recife since 2010.

    The Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil welcomes its new Provincial Secretary and offers to the Revd Canon Francisco de Assis da Silva its gratitude for his service during the last four years, with wishes for a blessed new ministry as bishop.

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    The Rev. Canon Francisco de Assis da Silva

    Bishop-Elect of Southwestern Brazil

     
  • NSIEAB 8:28 PM on 01/14/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    IEAB in solidarity with vicitms of flooding diaster in SE Brazil 

    As you all can see in the news, unusually heavy rain has been falling in Southeastern Brazil for days. The mountains in the countryside of Rio de Janeiro State have been affected by the worst rainstorms in their history. In cities such as Teresópolis, Petrópolis and Nova Friburgo, hundreds of people have instantly died due to mudslides that caused entire hills to collapse. It is by far considered the worst catastrophe in Brazilian history.

    The area is served by two Anglican communities, plus an Anglican school, and it is time we unite to them and try to help all affected families. The Diocese of Rio de Janeiro is raising funds and donations through its Diocesan Offices and asking all to dedicate this 3rd Sunday after Epiphany to praying and helping all victims.

    The Rt. Rev. Filadelfo Oliveira, Bishop of Rio de Janeiro, has issued an appeal to all who can contribute with donations and prayers.

    Peace and goodwill to all.

    “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Mt. 25:35.

    As we see the tragedy that has affected the mountainous region of Rio de Janeiro State, we cannot help but be in shock with the numbers of victims, and concerned with the lack of care for the environment that increases weather related catastrophes and natural disasters.

    On behalf of the Diocese of Rio de Janeiro, I am asking all friends abroad to help us raise funds which are needed to help our brothers and sisters who have lost their relatives, friends and houses. Remember, this is also part of the Christian Mission.

    In Christ’s Love

    +Filadelfo

    Here are some ways to help the victims affected by such disasters.

    This Brazilian account was set up by the Anglican Diocese of Rio de Janeiro and is ready to receive deposits (including wire transfers from abroad):

    Banco Bradesco
    Agency: 3176-3
    Account: 433594-5

    Alternatively, donations can also be sent to IEAB’s International account.

    Citibank, NY
    153 East 53rd Street/ 16th Floor
    New York, NY 100432
    Holder: Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil
    Account: 10213501
    Swift Code: CITIUS33

    Please send us a message to sec.geral@ieab.org.br and darj@ieab.org.br so we can acknowledge your donation.

    Finally, the Anglican Communion Office has published a collect, composed by the Primate of Australia & Archbishop of Brisbane: the Most Revd Phillip Aspinall. Please join us in prayer by saying it.

    Great God, whose love for us knows no bounds, we pray for all those who are affected by floods: comfort all who grieve for loved ones lost; strengthen those who face destruction of homes, memories and livelihoods; encourage and sustain all who bring relief and assistance. Fill our hearts with compassion and generosity for all in need. As we face our greatest fears, may we know the assurance of your presence with us and hold fast to the promise of new life beyond all adversity. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives with you and the Holy Spirit: one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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    Luiz Coelho

    Communications WG Member

     
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