Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Episcopal Church of the Sudan Independence Prayer

Heavenly Father,

We give you all the honour and the praise as we celebrate the wonderful independence you have given us.

You have led your children across the river, bringing an end to our slavery and abuse.

We have left behind the pain and suffering of so many years of oppression.

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. May those who surrendered their lives for the freedom we now enjoy, rest in perfect and everlasting peace in your kingdom.

Let your Holy Spirit guide and protect us as we strive for the peace, freedom and stability we have longed for in this land.

Show us how to love one another as you have so commanded us to do

Unite us to each other and to yourself.

Cancel any plans of tribalism, corruption, injustice, division and greed that may linger in the hearts of your children causing us to live in darkness and confusion.

And grant us your grace and blessings in abundance as we build this new nation of South Sudan for your glory in accordance with your holy will.

We ask this in the name of your Son, our Saviour and Friend, Jesus Christ.


Friday, June 3, 2011

Mission Opportunities

Dear friends,

The Mission Personnel Office often receives information about opportunities to serve around the Anglican Communion. Below are three opportunities that we've heard about recently. If you would like more information about any of them, please contact the Rev. David Copley at

Many thanks!

Mission Opportunities in Jerusalem
The Diocese of Jerusalem is looking for missionaries to serve in two integral positions in the diocese:
1)       Chaplain to the Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem and Canon Pastor for the Cathedral of St George the Martyr, Jerusalem
2)       Personal Office Assistant to the Bishop in Jerusalem.

These are three-year missionary appointments. Because of limited diocesan housing, the diocese is looking for a couple to fill the positions.

Mission Opportunity in the Diocese of Central Tanganyika
The Diocese of Central Tanganyika is seeking missionary with strong administrative, organizational, interpersonal, and computer skills to work with the Carpenters Kids program, an education ministry for orphans and vulnerable children. This position requires a person who is able to work independently, multi-task, and work to deadlines.

Mission Opportunity in Sudan
The Diocese of Ibba, located in Western Equatoria State, is seeking teachers to work in their diocesan secondary school. They are particularly in need of mathematics, English language, Biology, Physics and Chemistry teachers.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Ecumenical Mission Conversation

I am currently attending a conference of Global Mission Personnel Officers in Indianapolis. Our conversations have been centered around the Presbyterian Church's (PCUSA) world mission strategic direction which is based upon a "Community of Mission Practice" with the central office, global partner, and US Presbyterians in conversation and partnership with one another in mission engagement - a direction which I think the Episcopal Church has been moving towards also.

The PCUSA, as with the Episcopal Church, has seen a growth in congregations that are directly involved in global mission. Communicating, partnering, listening to one another's story enhances our participation in God's mission, whether this is between congregations and the denominational headquarters, between denominations in ecumenical dialog, or between churches from different cultural, ethnic and economic backgrounds.

I am always enriched and informed when I meet with my ecumenical colleagues and am grateful for this opportunity to share our stories. Today I was reminded of another story told by Chimamanda Adichie called "The Danger of the Single Story"... I highly recommend listening to the story and have added a link below. I hope you will also be enriched through hearing it.

"Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding." Click on the link below to hear this remarkable story.

The PCUSA strategy document can be found at

New Ministry for the Rev. Dr. Tom Ferguson!

Tom Ferguson, our Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations Officer, has been appointed dean of Bexley Hall Seminary in Columbus, OH. While we are sad to see him go, we are delighted for Tom and his family and for the current and future students of Bexley Hall.

Bishop Catherine Waynick of Indianapolis, who is a member of Bexley Hall's board and chaired the search committee that selected Tom, had this to say about Tom's appointment:
"We are thrilled to welcome Tom Ferguson to our seminary. His background in theological education and extensive ecumenical work make him the ideal person to continue our robust MDiv program, strengthen our ecumenical partnerships and lead our growing commitment to lifelong learning for clergy and laity."

The full press release from Bexley Hall is below:

Ecumenical Leader Chosen as Bexley Hall’s New Dean

The Rev. Dr. Thomas Ferguson will begin work in July

COLUMBUS, OHIO, May 3, 2011—The Board of Trustees of Bexley Hall Seminary today announced the appointment of the Rev. Dr. Thomas Ferguson as the seminary's dean.

"We are thrilled to welcome Tom Ferguson to our seminary," said Bishop Catherine Waynick of Indianapolis, a member of Bexley’s board who chaired the search committee that selected Ferguson. "His background in theological education and extensive ecumenical work make him the ideal person to continue our robust MDiv program, strengthen our ecumenical partnerships and lead our growing commitment to lifelong learning for clergy and laity."

Ferguson will succeed the Rev. William Doubleday, who was appointed Bexley’s interim dean in 2009 and has served as Bexley Hall's associate dean and professor of pastoral theology since 2006.

Upon his appointment, Ferguson said, “I am honored to serve as the next dean of Bexley Hall.  This is an exciting time in the life of Bexley, as the seminary lives into its partnership with Trinity Lutheran Seminary back in its historic roots in Ohio, reclaiming its place on the frontier with its emphasis on ecumenical partnerships and innovative formation for ministry grounded in community.”

Ferguson currently serves as ecumenical and interreligious relations officer for the Episcopal Church working to foster ecumenical and interreligious dialogue and cooperation with other Christian communions and world religions. He also serves as a part-time chaplain at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

From 2001 until 2010, Ferguson was the interim and associate deputy for ecumenical and interreligious relations for The Episcopal Church. During that time, he was the theological consultant for the bilateral theological dialogues with the United Methodist Church, Presbyterian Church (USA), Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Orthodox Church, and Roman Catholic Church.

Robert Reber, Bexley’s interim president and former dean of Auburn Seminary, said, “Dr. Ferguson brings a rich background in theological studies and engagement in ecumenical and interfaith relations that will enrich Bexley Hall’s ongoing partnerships with Trinity Lutheran Seminary and Seabury Western Seminary.  He is passionate about theological education and eager to address the challenges of educating clergy and laity for leadership in the church of the 21st century.”

Ferguson has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Wartburg Theological Seminary, Claremont School of Theology, Union Theological Seminary, and Church Divinity School of the Pacific. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2009 and has served as the interim chaplain at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and at posts at Emmanuel Church, Boston; Miriam Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island; and St. Thomas Church in New Haven, Connecticut.

He holds a PhD from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and is a graduate of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Yale Divinity School and Wesleyan University. He and his wife, the Rev. Shannon Kelly, who is currently the bishop’s assistant for formation in the Diocese of Milwaukee, live with their son in Madison.

Ferguson will serve as chief academic officer and administrator of Bexley Hall and will be responsible for the seminary’s day-to-day operations, student learning, work of the faculty, and stewardship of financial resources. He will report to Robert Bottoms, currently interim dean and president of Seabury Western Theological Seminary, who on July 1 will become interim joint president of both Bexley and Seabury.

Bottoms, who also served on the search committee that selected Ferguson, said, “I am delighted at the prospect of working with Tom. Bexley excels at forming students’ distinctive identities as Episcopalians in an ecumenical environment, and Tom’s skills and experience will only enhance that strength.”

Bexley Hall Seminary offers the Master of Divinity Degree in partnership with Trinity Lutheran Seminary, rooted in Anglican thought and life and respectful of diverse traditions. Together, Bexley and Seabury Western Theological Seminary provide a theological and educational center in the Midwest, offering Anglican Studies courses and certificates; a three-year residential MDiv; and DMin degrees in congregational development and preaching. Learn more at

Friday, April 29, 2011

Who's on the Global Partnerships team and what do they do?

The Global Partnerships team is made up of a diverse group of individuals who specialize in various aspects of the Episcopal Church’s global ministry. Each member of the team works to strengthen the ties between the Episcopal Church and the other provinces in the Anglican Communion as well as our ecumenical and interreligious partners.

Partnership Office

One of the ways our team fosters these partnerships is by traveling around the world to meet face-to-face with our brothers and sisters in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East. Our Partnership Officers support diocesan partnerships and celebrate the election of overseas bishops. They act as cultural and political translators, and they represent the face of the Episcopal Church to other Christian churches around the world. 

Mission Personnel

The Mission Personnel Office empowers members of the Episcopal Church to enter into relationship with people all over God’s world by connecting individuals who feel called to serve across cultural boundaries to host communities around the Anglican Communion. The Episcopal Church has missionaries serving in over 25 countries around the world supporting local church communities in their calling to participate in God’s mission.

Global Networking

Partnership in Mission is at the heart of all relationships, both within the Anglican Communion and throughout the wider church. Episcopalians have formed relationships with individuals, parishes, dioceses, and provinces around the world finding their rewards in new friendships, mutual learning, and an expanded awareness of the world. Companion relationships offer opportunities to engage in mission with dioceses nationally and internationally. Companion relationships exist to strengthen each participant in ministry and mission and lead all partners to an increased awareness of the single mission to which all are called.
Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations
The Episcopal Church is in relationship with a wide range of Christian communions at home and around the world.  We participate in formal dialogues, conferences, and consultations seeking to nurture a spirit of cooperation and mutual respect. By doing this, we live into the God-given unity of our baptism. 
United Thank Offering

The United Thank Offering addresses compelling human need through grants to projects that alleviate poverty, both domestically and internationally, within the Anglican provinces, dioceses, and companion dioceses

Who’s Who on the Global Partnerships Team

Elizabeth Boe, Officer for Global Networking
  • Contact Elizabeth about: World Mission Sunday, the Good Friday Offering, Companion dioceses/relationships, global mission and ministries of the Episcopal Church
  • E-mail:
Claudia Conner, Interim Coordinator of the United Thank Offering
The Rev. David Copley, Officer for Mission Personnel and Global Partnerships Team Leader
  • Contact David about: Currently serving missionaries of the Episcopal Church, opportunities to serve as a missionary
  • E-mail:
Lisa Denaro, Global Partnerships Associate
The Rev. Tom Ferguson, PhD, Officer for Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations
  • Contact Tom about: relationships between the Episcopal Church and our ecumenical and inter-religious partners
  • E-mail:
Yanick Fourcand, Mission Personnel Associate
Michelle Jobson, Mission Personnel Associate
The Rev. Glenda McQueen, Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Contact Glenda about: relationships between the Episcopal Church and the Anglican provinces and dioceses in Latin America and the Caribbean (IARCA – Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama - Mexico and Brazil)
  • E-mail:
Peter Ng, Officer for Asia and the Pacific
  • Contact Peter about: relationships between the Episcopal Church and the Anglican provinces and dioceses in Asia and the Pacific (Aotearoa, New Zealand, and Polynesia; Australia; Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Melanesia, Myanmar, North India, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, South East Asia, and South India)
  • E-mail:
The Rt. Rev. Wilfrido Ramos-Orench, Officer for Province IX
  • Contact Wilfrido about: Relationships and partnerships with the dioceses in Province IX (Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador Central, Ecuador Litoral, Honduras, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela)
  • E-mail:
The Rev. Petero Sabune, Officer for Africa
  • Contact Petero about: relationships between the Episcopal Church and the Anglican provinces and dioceses in Africa (Burundi, Central Africa, Congo, Indian Ocean, Kenya, Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Rwanda, Southern Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and West Africa)
  • E-mail:
Paul Thorson, United Thank Offering Grants Associate