IEAB receives the Compass Rose Society and the Episcopal Church’s Bilateral Committee

Between the 1st and 10th of April the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil will receive Anglican representatives of the Compass Rose Society and the Bilateral Commission of Brazil/USA, for a program of work and studies together with dioces from diferent regions of Brazil. These will be important meetings to strengthen the relations between the Brazilian Church and these entities.

Compass Rose

The Compass Rose Society is an association of individuals, organisations, parishes,dioceses and even episcopal provinces that offer means of support to the Anglican Comunion.

An international representation will include the General Secretary of the Anglican Comunion The Rev. Canon Kenneth Kearon and the president of the society The Rt. Rev. Bishop Philip Poole (responsable for the episcopal area of York-Credit in the Diocese of Toronto). They will visit the Anglican Diocese of Rio de Janeiro and the Anglican Diocese of the Amazon, in each of these dioceses there will an intense program of work, involving moments of integration of the group with the Anglican Church and the local cultures.

The IEAB represented by the work group for communication recently created a site in Portuguese and English to improve information about the work of the Compass Rose Society. To visit this site the access is by http://compassrose.reab.org.br. Using this page members of the IEAB will be able to assist live the discourse of rhe General Secretary of the Anglican Comunion in the Redentor Cathedral next Wednesday and also participate with questions. Major details will shortly be announced.

Bilateral Commission

The relation between USA and Brazil has been very close for a long time, because the IEAB derived from missionaty action by members of the clergy and laypeople of the Episcopal Church of America at the end of the 19th century. Also from the time of the emancipation of the Brazilian Church cooperation was maintained between these churches within the Anglican Comunion strengthening the friendly ties.

The course of the Bilateral Commission of the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil and the (TEC) Episcopal Church of the United States has its origins in the Centenary of the IEAB in 1990 which brought The Primate Bishop of USA The Most Rev. Bishop Edmund Browning to Brazil.

More recently there have been two encounters of the Commission, one in the city of Recife (North East of Brazil) in 2006 and the other in New Bern (North Carolina) in 2008. The meetings looked for ways to increase the knowledge between the two churches of ways to construct joint actions. To obtain more details of the history of the Commission you can access http://www.ieab.org.br/documentos /sinodo/rel_combilateral.pdf.

In the first stage of the visit to Brazil the Dioceses of Curitiba, Pelotas and Brasilia will receive the members of the TEC between 1st and 3rd of April to present part of the socio-economic reality and the culture of the country. They will all participate in activities involving the local churches. The program will continue in Porto Alegre between the 4th and 7th of April when the complete commitee will participate in a retreat for prayer, moments of integration with new members and also the preparation of a plan to conduct the actions of the commitee.

The Commission of the TEC is actually composed of five integrantes, with Bishop Mark Andrus (Bishop of Californis) as principal leader. On the side of the IEAB the commitee is lead by Bishop Roger Bird of the Anglican Diocese of Sâo Paulo.

Expectations

The Covenant between the TEC and IEAB was approved in 2006 by the Executive Council and shortly after by the Camara of Clergy and Laymen at the American General Convention in 2009 becoming finally a full resolution. There is an expectation in Brazil of more definite and more practical action of work, for example, the support of missionary work and education.

The IEAB have played an important part together the poorer communities and also in the action against any type of discrimination. Brazil still lives many contradictions in the field of social justice and the guarantee of social rights, in the case of which the government actions are very feeble. In this sense the most frail portion of the population and those on the margins of society can only find support, respect and dignity in the actions, service and spiritual support of the churches, for example the support of the Bilateral Commission and The Compass Rose Society could help to strengthen and permit the emergence of new actions by the IEAB in the Brazilian society in areas not covered by the Federal Government.

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The Rev. Arthur Cavalcante

Provincial Secretary of IEAB