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  • NSIEAB 5:13 PM on 07/14/2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Church of England General Synod approves female bishops 

    We welcome with joy the decision of the Synod of the Church of England to approve the consecration of women to the episcopate.

    This decision strengthens further the Mission of the Church and that the gifts offered by women are increasingly the maternal face of the Church.

    This maturity and inclusivity transform our way of dialogue with the world and ensure the equality of all people in the life of faith and service to the world

    ++ Francisco de Assis da Silva

    Primate of IEAB

     
  • NSIEAB 4:05 PM on 06/12/2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Today the World Cup begins in Brazil 

    Message from the Primate of the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil

    Today the World Cup begins in Brazil. This topic has been explored in various ways and sometimes the ideology of the debate has caused impassioned conflict, especially this election year.
    But what should we in fact see? As an event, the Cup is an opportunity for reconciliation between peoples. The passion for sport is very healthy for humanity. Sport has, in many contexts, been a source of dignity of life and a celebration of peace.
    What we should not permit, as it were, is the commodification of sport to further affirm inequalities and injustices. Football [or soccer] on its own is not to blame for the ills and state to which its leaders and stakeholders have reduced it in the name of capitalist exploitation. Lovers of the sport can’t be anesthetized in exercising their citizenship — which, unfortunately, has happened in the last few years. We should guarantee that football is not exploited as a commodity by huge multinational corporations solely interested in profits. Businesses and media organizations have captured the beauty of the sport and are offered huge profits. FIFA — which in theory is a beneficial organization – will generate 5 billion dollars from the Cup in Brazil. Sponsors will gain another huge amount. And Brazil?
    The Brazilian people have demonstrated much maturity in confronting the way the Cup is being managed, and we cannot give up our stance that people are more important than profit. The billions spent on works related to the Cup should, in the name of equity, be invested in implementing social rights and public services in our country.
    Every cent invested in the Cup should be converted into bettering health, education and public transport and the many other basic services in a country like ours of such large inequalities.
    Lines should exist at every entry to the stadiums, and not at public health postings!
    But football is not to blame for this. Who holds the blame are those who exploit it for business and politics. We should be attentive — that at this Cup, we have one eye on the ball, and one eye on our citizenry.
    Celebrating the Cup as an event of reconciliation and humanity is very good. Letting ourselves numb ourselves in regards to our civil responsibilities is like playing with a flat ball!
    May God bless our people in these days and may we exercise hospitality as we always do!
    ++ Francisco
    Primate of the Episcopal Anglican Church in Brazil [IEAB]
     
  • NSIEAB 6:36 PM on 04/19/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    The Bishop Francisco de Assis da Silva: Easter Message 

    “He is not here, He has risen, as he said He would. Come and see the place where He lay.” Mt 28:6
    The Church is challenged once again to live this passage from anguish to joy, from death to life, from defeat to victory!
    This is the time when we live and identify with Jesus’s journey, in His struggle against an oppressive political and religious system that generates immense pain and divisions.  Two thousand years later, the characters of the story have changed, technology has changed, scientific knowledge has changed, culture has changed, but the rationale continues to be the same. It is a rationale, the reason of death.
    The images of what I saw recently in my trip to Rondonia are still very much alive in my mind and memory.  I saw brothers and sisters abandoned, left on their own, struggling in inhuman conditions, trying to survive and assert their dignity. I saw victims of gender violence in the visit to the Noeli Santos Home that cry for their dignity and rights in the middle of an indifferent society.
    In each look, in each gesture of those brothers and sisters I was able to experience how much Jesus suffered our pains.
    Not only our physical pains but our emotional and spiritual pains. This reinforces the conviction even more that we can only continue our journey in absolute faith and trust in God’s providence.  Our society is deeply sick and continues to be insensitive to the barbarity that takes place in our daily lives.
    Only faith sustains us through the experience of  the resurrection.  Through the resurrection of Christ we have the certainty that death and the mentality of the present time is defeated. The tomb is empty and death is ashamed. It is that faith that moves us towards the other and to the world.  It is that faith that moves us to confront with words and actions the powers that be. Powers that remain comfortable in a system that only benefits them. But these powers cannot do anything to the One who resurrects from death (and is not longer here)!
    May our Church experience the power of the Passover.  To not only live the beauty of the liturgy in our lives but to give us the strength to announce the Gospel, and therefore transform our society. The pain, the suffering, and the tears of those who are marginalized, weak and poor will be transformed in eternal joy.  And we, as Jesus’ followers, are called to maintain the faith and hope in the resurrection as we walk in solidarity with our weakest brothers and sisters.  May the power of the risen Christ be the Light of our ministry so that we no longer remain in our comforts zones, but have the courage to announce that justice will prevail.
    A blessed Passover of the Lord!
    ++ FRANCISCO
     
  • NSIEAB 3:02 PM on 03/07/2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Primate Bishop’s Message for International Women’s Day

    Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman.

    1 Corínthians 11:11

    Greetings to all women in our Church on this International Women’s Day. I would prefer to greet you in a different context, that is, in a context where we do not occupy the seventh position worldwide in terms of statistics of violence against women. Brazil is in great debt to its women. A debt in all categories: equal treatment in the job market, equal opportunities, public health policies, respectful treatment in the family, among so many other areas

    But I also share here my hope in all we have as the IEAB in defense of these rights. Our Province will be taking part, in a few days’ time, in yet another United Nations Conference on the Status of Women, represented by Sandra Andrade, affirming the continuous presence of the IEAB in these Conferences, since 2006. More than participating in an event on an international scale, this presence of Brazil raises the voice of all Churches and social organizations in the fight to tackle all forms of violence against women.

    Through the Anglican Service of Diakonia and Development (SADD), our Church has been offering instruments of reflection and has bravely encouraged our communities to transform their reality. The reading of the Bible from a feminine point of view has helped many of us, both men and women, to break the chauvinistic and authoritarian patterns in our communities and in society in general.

    We are challenged by the Word of God to abandon passivity in the face of so much pain experienced daily by our women. We need to reread History under the light of liberation and not oppression. Only then can we break the chain that is subtly maintained by society. The gender domination is very often subtly alleviated by the media, making us believe that everything is fine.  And this phenomenon is also reinforced by religious discourse, making us believe that between Brothers and sisters there are no problems. On the contrary, the latter is equally pernicious because it hides the problems.

    May we, on this day, and every day, and at all times, commit ourselves to affirming the right of all women, of all classes, ethnic groups, and sexual condition, overcoming discrimination and all forms of violence once and for all.

    After all, we were made man and woman, both in the image and likeness of God, and we are placed in History to proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God! Without this understanding of ontological dignity, we will continue to experience the tragic daily scenes that bring shame to our Nation!

    ++ Francisco de Assis da Silva

    Primaz do Brasil e Diocesano em Santa Maria

     
  • NSIEAB 8:50 AM on 01/27/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    New Missionaries Join the Team of the General Secretary of the IEAB (the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil) 

    On the morning of Friday, 24 January 2014 the Secretary General, Reverend Arthur Cavalcante, welcomed missionaries Monica Vega and Heidi Schmidt to the Sao Paulo Office. They will be part of the Provincial team, which includes Sylvia Fernandes (Financial Assistant) and Rev. Ivan Vieira (Assistant to the Secretary General).

    Rev Arthur Cavalcante explained that Monica and Heidi are missionaries of TEC (The Episcopal Church) for nearly 10 years and their sending Diocese is the Diocese of Virginia, with their home parish, St Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Richmond, Virginia.  They have been missionaries in Africa for 18 years.

    The Secretary explains how he came to know them, “Ï met Monica at a mission conference in Colorado organized by TEC in 2011. She was one of the main speakers of the conference and I was impressed by her work and enthusiasm for mission. It was there that I invited her to work with us at the IEAB, at the beginning thinking specifically of the Mission District.”  We had a discernment process regarding this that lasted about a year and a half.

    Monica was in Brazil in 2012 and again in April 2013, together with Heidi, they came to know and deepen their knowledge of our reality.  They visited the Mission District, the Diocese of Brasilia, and our church in Sao Paulo.  The Primate, then, Dom Mauricio Andrade, and the Secretary General, met, discussed, and discerned which could be their work and presence in Brazil. “From that point on, we felt from both sides that a companionship and partnership could be possible, and mutually enriching.” confirmed Rev Arthur Cavalcante.

    On 4 June 2013, the Executive Council of the Provincial Synod came to the decision to support this initiative that comes with an important collaboration of the Diocese of Sao Paulo.  Since then, Monica and Heidi prepared themselves to start the process of moving to Sao Paulo, spending 3 months studying Portuguese in the program CENFI, (an immersion course for foreign missionaries) in Brasilia.  They were also present and participated in the 32nd Provincial Synod where they worked with the General Secretary’s team, and at the same time were able to deepen their relationships with the leadership of the Anglican Church of Brazil.

    Regarding the role of these missionaries, Rev Arthur says that they will work in the coordination of missionary work in our Dioceses, with a focus on the Mission District.  They will work at the office of the Secretary General in Sao Paulo,  with periodic visits to the mission sites, as well as supporting the Missionary Dioceses. All of this without forgetting their own Diocese, the Diocese of Sao Paulo, their hosting Diocese.   We  understand that they have a great grass roots mission experience and it will be crucial that we take advantage of this, to assist in the coordination  of the Mission Group Team, the former Mission Desk.  They will be focused on missionary work, always in connection with the Secretary General, the Executive Council, and the Dioceses, supporting the work and bringing visibility of the mission work inside and outside the IEAB.

    To know more about our missionaries, this video is available.

     
  • NSIEAB 9:56 AM on 12/06/2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Episcopal Anglican of Brazil, The Primate Episcopal Church   

    Nelson Mandela: Solidarity of the Primate of Brazil 

    Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Matthew 5.9

    To our South African brothers and sisters.

    We are with you at this time of the passing of our beloved Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela was able to cultivate two aspects of humanity that may appear irreconcilable : courage and tenderness.

    Nelson Mandela was able to overcome the horrendous consequences of a system that was unjust and that oppressed a whole population because of the color of their skin. He walked from 27 years of prison  to freedom with integrity, showing us  the power of goodness.

    Nelson Mandela was elected to the Presidency of South Africa but he never used the power of his office for revenge or retribution. On the contrary his legacy to the world is Reconciliation.

    May his life and example be an inspiration to all leaders of the world and all of us.

    My  prayers and thoughts are with the people of South Africa.

    Hamba khale Tata Madiba!

    ++ The Most Revd. Francisco de Assis da Silva

    The Primate of  Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil

     
  • NSIEAB 7:48 PM on 11/18/2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Bishop Francisco de Assis da Silva: New Bishop Primate of The IEAB 

    The Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil’s (IEAB) 2013 Synod’s mission statement is to strengthen our spirituality and mission in order to serve and to transform life.

    On Nov 14 2013 Dom Mauricio Andrade opened the XXXII Synod of the IEAB. 56 delegates of the 9 diocese and a mission district have been gathered in Rio de Janeiro  to discuss and discover the way into these next 4 years. A new bishop primate was elected by the synod delegates on Saturday Nov 16, and Dom Francisco Silva will lead the church forward as Bishop Primate in the next four years.

    The Rt Rev Stacy F. Sauls, Chief Operating Officer of The Episcopal Church, was present at the Synod and spoke at the Eucharist Service of the need to have a church for the poor, for those on the margins, of how the IEAB and TEC have this mission in common. There was a palpable excitement and joy in the air, at this desire to walk together and deepen our “bonds of affection” that make us one.

    As Bishop Stacy spoke in his homily, quoting Fr. James Otis Sargent Huntington, Founder of the Order of the Holy Cross, “love must act as light must shine and fire must burn”, so we too had better be found where Jesus was found, among the poor.

    Dom Francisco suggested yesterday at the end of the installation service that we cannot talk about closing the synod, but rather we must walk in the light of the spirituality, the liturgy and the decisions taken during these days of gathering together.

    An invitation indeed to participate with joy and enthusiasm in renewing the church following to God’s invitation,  to announce the Gospel in words and actions to the end of the world.
     
  • NSIEAB 5:23 PM on 08/28/2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Anglican Diocese of Recife receives a pastoral visit from the General Secretary of the Anglican Communion 

    “I am aware of the strength of the Anglican Diocese of Recife and of your diocesan bishop, Sebastião Armando Gameleira Soares, to maintain the unity of the church in this city,” declared Rev. Canon Kenneth Kearon, General Secretary of the Anglican Communion, during a Eucharistic celebration on Sunday, the 25th of August, at the Anglican Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, a place that symbolizes that “the Anglican Diocese of Recife will continue in communion with Canterbury and the Anglican Communion.”

    During four days, the 22-25 of August, the Anglican Diocese of Recife had the honor and pleasure to receive a pastoral visit from Canon Kenneth, in the name of the Archbishop of Canterbury, His Grace Justin Welby. In this period, he visited communities, met with clergy and lay leaders of the diocese, and learned about our reality as the Church. “I met a profound commitment with the ministry of Jesus Christ, especially in the testimony of Christian reconciliation,” affirmed the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion as he evaluated his time amongst us. Kenneth stressed the Brazilian Church’s worry over gender violence, which is one of the Anglican Communion’s priorities, and also the diaconal commitment of Anglican Diaconal Service & Development (SADD). “I was amazed to see these commitments here,” Canon Kearon said.

    The pastoral visit began on Friday, August 23, to learn about the maritime chaplaincy work in Porto de Suape, with the Rev. Antônio Luís Braga. This service is associated with the international Anglican Mission to Seafarers, based out of London. Canon Kearon also visited the Anglican Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, where he participated in a meeting with lay leaders. On Saturday, August 24, he had an important meeting with clergy and lay leaders of the Anglican Diocese of Recife.

    At the meeting, he reaffirmed the Catholic and reformed identity of the Anglican Communion, and reminded us that Anglicanism has a particular approach regarding the authority of the Church. In this aspect he stressed that an decision in the Church cannot be performed by an exclusive group, be they bishops, clergy, or lay. “The basic decisions are always made via councils and synods connected with the Church. A cathedral alone cannot make a decision; this cannot be accepted. Our Church always makes its decisions with bishops, clergy and lay together,” he affirmed.

    Regarding the Province of the Southern Cone’s interference with the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil (IEAB), Canon Kenneth Kearon relayed the measures that have been taken – for example, the withdrawal of the Province of the Southern Cone’s members on various committees of the Anglican Communion. With this, Kearon affirmed, “the Southern Cone will no longer interfere with other provinces, and relationships are gradually being rebuilt.”

    On Sunday, August 25th, the Secretary General participated in a Eucharistic Celebration at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, where he presided. Leading the large crowd of the faithful that morning, Canon Kenneth made a point in highlighting our Anglican identity, with a Communion of more than 85 million across the world. “If you were to visit an Anglican church in any part of the world, you are received as Anglicans. We are more than friends; we are part of the Anglican Communion. We are in communion with one another because we are in communion with Jesus Christ.” He stressed that “as Anglicans we seek unity with one another, because this is the mandate of Christ.”

    During the celebration, Canon Kenneth Kearon presented diocesan bishop Sebastião Armando with a plaque with the symbol of the Anglican Communion. Upon so doing, he was keen to stress the symbolism of the gesture as “a symbol that this Diocese is continuing in unity with the Anglican Communion.” In turn, Bishop Sebastião presented the Secretary General, in the name of the entire diocese, with a wood carving representing a rural worker.

    Secretary General Kearon also visited the Church of the Good News, in Caaporã, Paraíba.

    By Rev. Félix Batista Filho

     
  • NSIEAB 8:56 PM on 08/26/2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Anglican Church in Brazil, bishop in Sao Paulo, St.Paul`s in Sao Paulo   

    THE CONSECRATION AND INSTALLATION CEREMONY OF THE 6th DIOCESAN BISHOP OF THE ANGLICAN DIOCESE OF SÃO PAULO 

     
  • NSIEAB 11:28 AM on 07/30/2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Some 2.5 million—plus 8—join the Pope on Copacabana for two inspirational nights 


    For the last week, a small group of 8 Anglican young adults from 5 countries have been in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the World Anglican Youth Encounter. The brainchild of Reverends Nicholas Wheeler and Daniel Cabral of the Diocese of Rio de Janeiro, with the support of diocesan bishop Filadelfo Oliveira, this event is taking place alongside World Youth Day, an event attracting millions of Catholic youth from around the world.

    On Friday, the faithful throngs crowded along Copacabana beach to walk the Stations of the Cross, life-sized constructions along Avenida Atlantica, at where the cross of World Youth Day and the Icon of Our Lady paused and the dramatization of each station was televised on the multiple big screens along the beach. At the end of the procession, the cross was raised on the stage from which the Pope delivered a sermon in a mixture of Spanish and Portuguese. For Oliver Petter from the Diocese of London, currently in his second year of seminary in Oxford, Friday evening’s events were particularly impressive. The difference in the symbolism in Brazil was of note for him—he commented that many countries perform the stations of the cross with a ‘body’ present, but: “…to process with an empty cross here with a crown of thorns…it symbolizes absence, loss…and yet 1 million people there on the beach, such a manifestation of resurrection, in stillness and reverence…that was very moving…”

    On Saturday, the vigil previously scheduled was for a thirteen kilometer hike, ending at a campsite at Pedra de Guaritiba. However, three days’ worth of rain in Rio made for unsustainable conditions at the field, and the event was rescheduled for Copacabana beach. Thousands upon thousands staked out locations to set up camp and stay overnight, and the Pope processed along the street to greet the crowd before arriving at the main stage for an event of music, testimonies from various individuals from throughout the country, and ending with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Pope Francis praised the spirit and strength of youth today, exhorting them to be leaders in their communities—of faith and otherwise—to call for change, and be guided by their faith to create a church not for a small few, but large enough for all of humanity to be included. The feelings of hope and inspiration were almost tangible, an emotional high note to prepare for tomorrow’s closing Mass, also to be held on Copacabana. For these 8 young Anglicans, this time in Brazil is nearing its end, but what they will take away from this experience is only beginning.

    By Nina Boe

     
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