• NSIEAB 6:36 PM on 04/19/2014 Permalink | Reply

    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!
  • NSIEAB 8:50 AM on 01/27/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN BRAZIL, Mission in Brazil   

    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 5:23 PM on 08/28/2013 Permalink | Reply

    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 2:04 PM on 11/30/2011 Permalink | Reply

    A Creed for a World without AIDS

    We believe and proclaim the Good News of the Gospel: that God sent Jesus Christ to love and welcome into his kingdom all people who are infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. The Son of God, when he was man, experienced his own suffering, and took onto his own shoulders the suffering of the world, he understood what it was like to be discriminated against and, for that reason, he can welcome, unconditionally, his brothers and sisters.

    We baptise, teach and nurture our faithful, irrespective of their status, whether they are positive or negative, because living with HIV/AIDS is not a punishment from God and is also no reason to turn people away from communion in the Church. We include all people in our services, guaranteeing them, unreservedly, full access to the Holy Sacraments.

    We serve the needy with love, seeking to hear their stories, bring them comfort in their pains, sufferings and daily struggles, showing always that hope exists, even when facing HIV/AIDS.  The life of a person living with HIV is not focused on the virus or the illness, but on the person, filled with the Holy Spirit. That person must be treated with dignity, respect and justice, with their rights assured.

    We fight for the transformation of unfair social structures, responsible for the world’s HIV pandemic. We reject the idea that AIDS is a moral or religious problem; it is a health problem and must be treated as such by society and by the government. Preconceived and discriminatory religious pronouncements in relation to people living with HIV risk increasing the spread of the illness by creating fragile environments where the virus can be transmitted more easily.

    We strive to safeguard the integrity of life in all its forms, irrespective of creed, gender, sexual orientation, race or ethnic group and social class, because we support the use of a condom in all sexual relationships and free access to medicines to treat the illness, and we support the search for an affective and accessible vaccine against this virus. We believe that pronouncements and religious practices which reject the prevention of AIDS, and those which suggest that AIDS can be cured by abandoning medical treatment, are sins against God.

    Thus we affirm our hope and belief, inspired by the Holy Trinity, that it is possible for us to build a world without AIDS.


    ‘A Creed for a World without AIDS’, inspired by the Five Marks of Mission of Anglican Consultative Council.


    Revd Arthur Cavalcante, Anglican Parish of the Holy Trinity, Sao Paulo

    Sra. Ilcélia A Soares-leiga, Anglican Diocese of Recife + HIV activist.

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