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  • NSIEAB 4:02 PM on 07/26/2016 Permalink | Reply
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    “Do not forget us”, plea from the indigenous leaders of the Guarani-Kaiowá to the IEAB 

    Last week, members of the IEAB were part of an ecumenical mission in favor of the rights of indigenous peoples

    The Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil – IEAB, was part of the  ”Ecumenical Mission” for the second consecutive year. This is a partnership with the CESE – Coordinator of the Ecumenical Service, CIMI – Indigenous Council, CEBI – Center for Biblical Studies and CONIC – National Council of Christian Churches in Brazil. Over the past year the illegal exploitation of land by loggers, landowners and fazenderos are a symptom of a national problem that Brazil confronts regarding land ownship.The region of Mato Grosso do Sul is one of the most affected. The Guarani-Kaiowa and the Terena people, who are still awaiting the demarcation of the their indigenous land, suffer the consequences of a strong wave of violence as a result of these unresolved land issues. Hundreds of Guarani-Kaiowa and Terena people have been removed from their ancestral homes for  agribusiness in the form of soya plantations and cattle raising.

    Background

    According to CIMI, over the past 12 years, more than 500 people committed suicide and another 390 were brutally murdered in the onslaught of removing families from areas for agribusiness, which originally belonged to the indigenous people. The different organizations that form the ecumenical mission strongly advocated for an investigation of the abuse suffered by the Guarani-Kaiowa and Terena people. On June 14, near the village of the Guarani-Kaiowá in the municipality of Caarapo, an indigenous community health worker Achilles Clodiodi Rodrigues de Souza, twenty-three years old, was shot dead, and another 5 Guarani were taken with severe gunshot wounds to the local hospital in Dourados/MS. As reported by the residents of the area,  men in trucks, tractors and motorcycles were shooting for all sides.

    After the incident, a large group of indigenous people dispersed and occupied land in order to protect themselves. This has generated conflict with the owners of those lands. Clodiodi was buried at the site of the attack and his grave has become a symbol of the struggle of the Guarani-Kaiowa and Terena peoples to regain their land.

    Days 14 and 15 July, return of the mission: “N’handeru had said that there will be resistance!”

    The IEAB took part along with other members of the ecumenical mission in a public act in front of the Legislative Assembly of the State of Mato Grosso do Sul. The ecumenical group expressed its total support to the indigenous cause, pleaded for the immediate end to killings and conflicts and to work towards the resolution of the conflicts.

    In attendance were Bishop Flavio Irala, Bishop of the Diocese of Sao Paulo and President of CONIC, Dom Naudal Alves Gomes, Bishop of the Diocese of Curitiba and chairman of the National Committee of Public Incidence of IEAB, the missionaries that are members of  Mission Desk of The IEAB, Monica Vega and Heidi Schmidt, Vagner Mendes, staff member of the Secretary General of the IEAB, Rev. Hugo Sanchez, Rector of the Mission of the inclusion in Campo Grande – MS, along with the parishioners Emanuel, Lucy, Cleide and Maria Helena.

    A very powerful moment was experienced as the tribes greeted and danced together and welcomed the religious leaders who came to express their support to the native people. They danced together and the ecumenical mission was blessed in accordance with the Guarani-Kaiowa and Terena people’s faith.

    Meeting with the Federal Justice Judge

    After the public act in support of the rights of indigenous peoples, the members of the mission, together with the indigenous people, were received by the attorney general of the state. The attorney general explained all the legal measures that were taken since the last gathering in Oct 2015. The indigenous leaders took the opportunity to bring their grievances, especially the lack of effective responses to their pleas, with particular emphasis on the long overdue demarcation of their indigenous land. The ecumenical mission committed itself to follow-up in this process. At the end of the meeting the caravan continued its journey toward Dourados, where they arrived in the evening and were hosted by St Andrew’s Catholic Church. St Andrew’s parish offered dinner and a time for conversations with 3 Guarani leaders. As we sat in a circle and listened attentively to the stories and the pleas of the Guarani-Kaiowa, it was very clear that the indigenous people carry within an ancestral pain due to the loss of their land and the way of living at the hands of the landowners. The haunting echo of the few words told to us by the leaders still resonates as the lament of the prophets of the Old Testament, “do not forget us”.

    Visit to Caarapo

    The village of the Guarani-Kaiowa is located at the Yvu farm, more than 270km from Campo Grande, the state capital of Mato Grosso do Sul. This was the meeting place for the caravan and the indigenous leaders, together with their people. This was another powerful moment in which different cultures and faiths meet together in search for dignity, solidarity, and support. The

    ceremony was opened by the Cacique (chief), with words of welcome and appreciation for the concern of the churches towards the indigenous cause. With pauses for prayers, the leaders and visitors shared profound, sacred moments with songs and conversations. After sharing a meal the whole group moved to the graveside of Clodiodi, where in a circle of prayer the silent reverberation of grief was deeply felt, and the blood-stained Brazilian flag waved above us in the wind.

    Visit to the Apka’i: the Power of the Ancestors

    Chief Damiana is the leader of a small indigenous community on the banks of the river. This community was bulldozed, destroying their homes, killing some men, women and children, and were expelled from their ancestral land. Chief Damiana anguishes as she has not been able to bury the dead in their land, and the ancestral cemetery is now part of a farm. Now she stands vigil from the roadside where she has made her dwelling place with the few belongings left to them.

    She stands there as a marker to those not only traveling by car and bus, but to remind us all that at the margins of the road we always find the injured, waiting for a Samaritan who can take them to an inn for rest and recovery.

    The IEAB continues to support the struggles of the Guarani-Kaiowa

    We know as Church that the struggle continues, that much blood has been spilled, and that greed behind the profits that come from these lands destroys hundreds of peoples and their livelihood and culture each and everyday. As Church we commit ourselves to advocate for them in Brazil as well as abroad. This is the plea of a people who are Brazilian, and bonds us to the struggles of all humanity to preserve our style of life, our lands, and our beliefs.

     
  • NSIEAB 2:37 PM on 12/21/2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: anglican, mission, race, road, young   

    Anglican young adult runs to paint church in the City of God 

    Luiz Coelho is a candidate for Anglican priesthood works in the Parish of Christ the King in the City of God in Rio de Janeiro. The City of God is amongst the poorest and most violent slums in Rio. Luiz was also one of the Young Anglican Theologians that represented the Anglican Communion at Edinburgh 2010 and are currently finishing a book on Mission in the 3rd Millenium from an Anglican perspective.

    On the 31st, he will be running the Saint Sylvester Road Race, in São Paulo, as a means of raising funds for works at the Parish of Christ the King. Long distance running, for him, is also a discipline of prayer. His project will be crowned with the painting of a mural behind the church altar. The piece will function as a reredos that will cover an area of 1.8 x 20 meters behind the altar. It will portray the local community of Cidade de Deus (Portuguese for “City of God”) transformed as the City of God (of Revelation and of St. Augustine’s book). It will have, in its center, the Risen Christ, surrounded by the great cloud of witnesses composed by many saints of the triumphant church.

    He is seeking partners to help his project by promoting it on a website which gets constant updates with news stories about both his preparation for the race and the creation of the art piece. You can follow this adventure and become a sponsor by visiting the weblog at http://www.luizcoelho.com, the fanpage at http://www.facebook.com/luizcoelhoart and by following @passoseoracao on twitter. Click on the image below in order to enlarge the campaign poster and share it with friends and relatives.

    Luiz Coelho has worked as a volunteer at IEAB’s Provincial Offices for the last five years. In a very professional way, he has helped us move forward towards a new way of doing communication on the Internet. In my first visit to the Parish of Christ the King, I was able to learn more about Luiz’ pastoral and theological ministry, and especially his sacred art. His project aims to raise funds which will bring culture to the people of Cidade de Deus. It represents his creative and committed way of doing mission. “Each step a prayer” is one more step towards solidifying IEAB’s presence in a community so lacking of citizenship, rights and spirituality.

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    The Rev. Arthur Cavalcante

    Provincial Secretary of IEAB

     
  • NSIEAB 12:21 PM on 04/09/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Compass Rose visit to Brazil – fourth and fifth days 

    The Compass Rose group is now in the Amazon. Read more news stories about their trip on http://compassrose.ieab.org.br. Yesterday, the group was split in two and visited important programs of the Anglican Diocese of the Amazon. So far, the group has been in Belém, Gurupá and Santa Izabel do Pará.

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    Luiz Coelho

    Communications WG Member

     
  • NSIEAB 11:53 AM on 04/04/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Compass Rose visit to Brazil – first day 

    On the first day of the Compass Rose Society visit to Brazil, members went to Araras, a district of Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro State. There, they visited the Anglican School, St. Michael and All Angels’ Mission and other projects coordinated by Anglican Social Action Rio de Janeiro.

    After that, the group visited areas that were affected by floods and mudslides. Many of the visitors, who represented sister churches of the Anglican Communion, witnessed a bit of the devastation that took place in the mountainous Rio de Janeiro countryside.

    More news stories about the Compass Rose Society visit to Brazil can be read on http://compassrose.ieab.org.br.

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    Luiz Coelho

    Communications WG Member

     
  • NSIEAB 8:08 AM on 11/12/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: evangelism, , mission   

    Back to Church Sunday promotes new and relational evangelism opportunities for IEAB 

    For the first time, the Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil took part in a worldwide initiative called “Back to Church Sunday.” This project, which started in the Church of England Manchester Diocese, now challenges several church bodies around the world with the simple proposal to invite people who don’t attend any church to visit a church community on a given sunday.

    In Brazil, the project was officially held on September 26th, but some churches in particular chose to postpone it, só it would match other celebrations. Thirty churches of different sizes joined forces in inviting thousands of people for Back to Church Sunday. Due to geographical constraints and lack of resources among some of the participating churches, IEAB chose to adopt a more flexible approach regarding cards and invitations. Graphic files were available online and churches were encouraged to locally produce their own printed versions of it, either black and white or in color.

    Participating churches had an average attendance increase of 30% on Back to Church Sunday. These communities will be monitored by the project’s coordination for the upcoming months, in order to find out if they had long-term growth. But to many, more important than net results was the encouragement of the faithful to invest some of their time in evangelism. According to Morôni Azevedo de Vasconcelos, a parishioner of the Church of Good Jesus in Rio de Janeiro, the project managed to mobilize more people to work with goals and timelines for intentional evangelization. “When all commit themselves to bring at least one person to church on a given day, the faithful take the challenge to overcome their own shyness and their fear of being rejected, and the results we have seen só far were great. We had full churches on the day and even on the following Sundays.”

    The experience of welcoming visitors and people’s participation in such an endeavor was also important to the Rev. Ana Maria Esvael Lopes, of the Church of the Crucified, in Bagé, Rio Grande do Sul. Her suggestion, which echoes other people’s, is to promote “Back to Church” more than once a year, adapting it to the main feasts of the Christian year. According to the Rev. Canon Francisco de Assis da Silva, General Secretary of IEAB, this experience was fruitful in that the people of God rediscovered their missionary vocation. Now, he says, “it is time to move forward, welcome more people, and use their gifts in the Church for the growth of God’s Kingdom.”

    Some pictures of the event throughout the country can be seen here:

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    More photographs can be seen on: http://picasaweb.google.com/devoltaaigreja2010

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    Luiz Coelho

    Communications WG Member

     
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