Citizenship Application Information and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Dear friends,

I ask you to disseminate the following information to your congregation and contacts.

In fraternal cooperation with the Roman Catholic Church of Saint Francis of Assisi's Migrant Center, the Episcopal Church of Our Savior (Episcopal Diocese of New York) in Manhattan is hosting an immigration clinic on Sunday, July 20, from 2 PM to 4 PM to provide information on the following legal issues:

A) Citizenship Application 

Providing information to Permanent Residents ["Green Card" holders] on how to apply for US citizenship. 

You may have some Permanent Residents in your congregation who might wish to apply for citizenship. While permanent residency is a good thing, non-US residents are not given the full protection of the law. Under some extreme circumstances, they could still be deported even if they have lived in the US since their childhood years. 

B) Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). 

DACA was instituted to defer the prosecution and deportation of undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children. 

There may be some in your congregation who are undocumented immigrants and arrived in the US as minors. (They don't have to be minors now but should not now be older than age 31). Under DACA, they might receive protection.

Deportations of non-citizen U.S. immigrants - documented and undocumented - are not only ongoing but are at an all time high.


The Rev. Noel E. Bordador
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior
48 Henry Street
New York, NY  10002


June 14 - "Bridge Committee" Strawberry Festival at All Saints in Great Neck, NY

Dear Friends,

All Saints Church in Great Neck, NY, has formed a "Bridge Committee" to help bridge the ethnic and cultural diversity that exists in our church and in our community.

On behalf of the Bridge Committee, you are invited to our upcoming Strawberry Festival on Saturday June 14 from 10 am until 7 pm, and perhaps later, to continue the wonderful conversation that was begun among those of you who were at the recent Faith Formation Convocation at the Mercer School of Theology.

It should be a fun day.

In addition to a food court, face painting, strawberries, the country store, the Book Nook and the Thrift Shop that will be open, we are holding a SuperPet Contest beginning at 1 pm (so bring along your pets); at 1:30 pm there will be a special presentation by Alice Kasten, a local author who co-authored a book entitled, "Great Neck."

In the evening beginning at 5:30 pm, we will be entertained by a Jazz Pop Group sponsored by the Great Neck Korean Civic Association with dinner served, with a request for donation. The proceeds will go to the Drug Awareness Music Festival which will be held at All Saints at the end of June.

I hope you can join us.

Deacon Connie

For a Music Contest Application go to:
Submit the application by June 21, 2014 to:


An Episcopal Youth Scholarship Award,
sponsored by the Diocese of Long Island,
for Leadership and Community Service
will also be presented at the above contest event.  

For information about this scholarship,
contact the Rev. Canon Joseph Pae.

Photos from last year's Music Contest



Bishop Suffragan-Elect Allen Shin receives required majority of consents

Bishop Suffragan-Elect Shin
The Episcopal Church
Office of Public Affairs
Presiding Bishop’s office notifies New York of successful consent process

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop’s office notifies
Diocese of New York of successful canonical consent process

Bishop Suffragan-Elect Shin ordination and consecration on May 17

[February 13, 2014] The Office of Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has notified the Diocese of New York that Bishop Suffragan-Elect Allen K. Shin has received the required majority of consents in the canonical consent process.

As outlined under Canon III.11.4 (a), the Presiding Bishop confirmed the receipt of consents from a majority of bishops with jurisdiction, and has also reviewed the evidence of consents from a majority of standing committees of the Church sent to her by the diocesan standing committee.

In Canon III.11.4 (b), Standing Committees, in consenting to the ordination and consecration, attest they are "fully sensible of how important it is that the Sacred Order and Office of a Bishop should not be unworthily conferred, and firmly persuaded that it is our duty to bear testimony on this solemn occasion without partiality, do, in the presence of Almighty God, testify that we know of no impediment on account of which the Reverend A.B. ought not to be ordained to that Holy Office. We do, moreover, jointly and severally declare that we believe the Reverend A.B. to have been duly and lawfully elected and to be of such sufficiency in learning, of such soundness in the Faith, and of such godly character as to be able to exercise the Office of a Bishop to the honor of God and the edifying of the Church, and to be a wholesome example to the flock of Christ."

The Rev. Allen K. Shin was elected on December 7, 2013.  His ordination and consecration service is slated for May 17; Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori will officiate.

While Bishop Suffragan-Elect Shin has received the necessary majority of consents, consents will continue to be accepted up to and including the April 19 deadline date.

A recap of the process

Upon election, the successful candidate is a bishop-elect.  Following some procedural matters including physical and psychological examinations, formal notices are then sent by the Presiding Bishop’s office to bishops with jurisdiction (diocesan bishops only) with separate notices from the electing diocese to the standing committees of each of the dioceses in The Episcopal Church. These notices require their own actions and signatures.

In order for a bishop-elect to become a bishop, Canon III.11.4 (a) of The Episcopal Church mandates that a majority of diocesan bishops AND a majority of diocesan standing committees must consent to the bishop-elect’s ordination and consecration as bishop. These actions – done separately - must be completed within 120 days from the day notice of the election was sent to the proper parties.

If the bishop-elect receives a majority of consents from the diocesan bishops as well as a majority from the standing committees, the bishop-elect is one step closer. Following a successful consent process, ordination and celebration are in order.



Year of the Horse - Unexpected Adventures and Surprises

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
Saratoga, CA

By the Rev. Debbie Low-Skinner

January 31st marks the start of the Chinese New Year of the Horse.

Also, January 24th marked the 70th anniversary of the ordination of the Rev. Florence Li Tim- Oi, who was the first woman priest ordained in the Anglican Communion.

Both dates are worthy of note.

The Year of the Horse promises (according to one website) to be “a year of great energy and power for those who can grab hold and hang on. You won't get left in the dust if you've planted a lot of seeds in the previous Snake year (2013).” If you were born in the Year of the Horse (i.e., 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1980, 1992) you “will want room to run, so have big dreams and goals worthy of a powerful steed and you'll ride your way to success.”

According to astrologer and feng shui expert Susan Levitt, this Year of the Horse will be "a time of fast victories, unexpected adventure, and surprising romance."

Speaking of unexpected adventures and surprises, both were true for seminary-trained deaconess Florence Li Tim-Oi, when Anglican Bishop Ronald Hall of Hong Kong made the unprecedented move in 1944 of ordaining her a priest.  He wasn’t trying to make a symbolic gesture in support of women’s ordination.  He simply saw this as filling a dire pastoral need, in response to the dearth of priests in China in the midst of World War II.

Florene Li Tim-Oi served in Macau until after the war. Then, in the face of opposition by the Anglican Communion, she chose to not exercise her priesthood. She faithfully continued to serve in a parish in Hepu then at the cathedral in Guangzhou.

For 16 years, while the Cultural Revolution closed churches, she was forced to work on a farm then in a factory and undergo “political reeducation”.

In 1981 she was allowed to visit family members in Canada. To her great joy, she was licensed as a priest by the Diocese of Toronto and lived there until her death in 1992.  On the Episcopal liturgical calendar, she is recognized as a saint and her feast day is January 24th.

I give thanks for her courage and faith, and for paving the way for other women priests to serve in the Anglican Communion.  These include the first Episcopal women priests (called the Philadelphia 11) ordained in 1974; the Rev. Fran Toy, the first Episcopal Asian-American woman priest, ordained in 1985; my ordination in 1997; the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts-Schori ordained Presiding Bishop in 2006; and the Diocese of El Camino Real's own Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Mary Gray-Reeves, ordained in 2007.

These events may not have taken place in a Year of the Horse.  But, serving the Episcopal Church as women priests, has been a wild ride for us all!  And we are all still holding on to see what God has next in store for us and our ministries.

Wishing you all “Gung Hey Fat Choy”!


The Rev. Debra L. Low-Skinner
Episcopal Priest, Diocese of California
Pastoral Associate, St. Andrew's Parish
13601 Saratoga Ave., Saratoga CA  95070


Lunar New Year Parade and Festival in Chinatown on February 2

Last year, 2013, Bill de Blasio, center, in Chinatown.
From the New York Times:

Many New Yorkers will gravitate toward Chinatown for the Lunar New Year, when a parade and festival starting at 1 p.m. on Feb. 2 will ring in the Year of the Horse.

On the weekends before and after, the New York Chinese Cultural Center, for the 27th consecutive year, will take the party to cultural institutions across the city, with a program focusing on traditional dance and offering craft workshops for all ages.  (Jan. 25, at 2 p.m., Bronx Museum, 2040 Grand Concourse, at East 165th Street, 718 681-6000, bronxmuseum.org; Jan. 26, at 1 p.m., Queens Museum of Art, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, 718 592-9700, queensmuseum.org; Feb. 8, at 1 p.m., Metropolitan Museum of Art, 212 535-7710, metmuseum.org; Feb. 9, at 2 p.m., Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmohd Terrace, 718 448-2500, snug-harbor.org.)


Bloomingdale's Stores Celebrate Chinese New Year - The Year of the Horse

Retailer rings in the Year of the Horse with unique merchandise, special events, and in-store animation.

NEW YORK, Jan 02, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- To celebrate Chinese New Year, select Bloomingdale's stores will be ringing in the Year of the Horse with unique pop-up shops, merchandise, special events, and cultural presentations from Jan. 10 - Feb. 15, 2014.

"As a company rooted in family and tradition, we look forward to once again celebrating both the Chinese New Year and entire Chinese culture that is deeply rooted in history," says Tony Spring, Bloomingdale's president and COO, and newly appointed chairman and CEO effective Feb. 1, 2014. "We welcome Chinese shoppers and tourists, along with all of our loyal shoppers, to join the festivities as we celebrate the Year of the Horse."

At Bloomingdale's locations nationwide, there are 193 Chinese-speaking associates (both Mandarin-speaking and Cantonese-speaking), available to make your shopping experience like no other in the world.

To join the Chinese New Year festivities at your local Bloomingdale's visit bloomingdales.com/events for a full line up of events. Be sure to follow @bloomingdales on social media where you can join the conversation with #bloomiesyearofthehorse.

Shoppers at Bloomingdale's 59th Street, North Michigan Avenue, San Francisco Centre, and South Coast Plaza are invited to get into the spirit of the holiday and test their luck with the Chinese red envelope tradition from Jan. 30 - Feb. 2, 2014. Select envelopes will be filled with prizes such as a bMoney card in a denomination of $8, $88, or $888 (a traditional lucky number in the culture); a complimentary small Forty Carrots yogurt; a limited-edition Year of the Horse tote bag; special offers at the Clarins, Estee Lauder, and La Prairie counters; savings at select Bloomingdale's dining destinations; complimentary mini cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery (59th Street location only); special savings at Maximilian Fur Salon (59th Street, North Michigan Avenue, South Coast Plaza only).

Bloomingdale's will also be debuting limited-edition pop up shops curated by the retailer's fashion office that are filled with unique pieces for your wardrobe and home celebrating Chinese culture at the following locations: 59th Street, Medinah Home, North Michigan Avenue, Soho, South Coast Plaza, and San Francisco Centre. The shops will be filled with such pieces as a limited-edition reusable "Little Horse Bag" inspired by Bloomingdale's iconic Brown Bag, an exclusive Longchamp Year of the Horse bag, an exclusive Carmen Marc Valvo Couture red chinchilla jacket, as well as other must-haves from Alex & Ani, Anna B., Art Addiction, Asian Loft, Baccarat, Chaser, Clarisonic, Cynthia Steffe, Diane von Furstenberg, Dogeared, Fox, Franz, Furla, Godiva, Happy Socks, John Robshaw, Jonathan Adler, Lalique, MCM, Michael Aram, Michael Wainwright, Natori, Nike, Olivia Riegel, Prouna, Ray-Ban, Riedel, Salvatore Ferragamo, Topo Ranch, Versace, Voluspa, and Wildfox.

Also look for additional merchandise celebrating Chinese culture in the Burberry, Chloe, Dior, Estee Lauder, fine jewelry, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, and Salvatore Ferragamo departments. Other visual statements celebrating the Year of the Horse will also be present throughout the store.

During not only the Chinese New Year celebration, but all year long, exclusive Tourism Programs for international and domestic visitors to Bloomingdale's locations in New York, Chicago, Miami and San Francisco are available. In these cities, out-of-town visitors can receive a special Bloomingdale's visitor savings pass and gift with purchase. Additional visitor services include a multi-lingual Visitors Center staff and directories (including but not limited to - German, French, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, simplified Chinese, Spanish), along with concierge services, hotel package delivery, personal shopper appointments, and more. A Bloomingdale's welcome guidebook in simplified Chinese is also available at locations in New York, Chicago, Costa Mesa, and San Francisco.

About Bloomingdale's

Bloomingdale's is America's only nationwide, full-line, upscale department store and a division of Macy's, Inc. It was founded in 1872 and currently operates 37 Bloomingdale's stores and 13 Bloomingdale's, The Outlet Stores in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Illinois, Georgia, Florida, New Hampshire, California, and Texas. In addition, Bloomingdale's has an international presence with a location in Dubai. Be sure to follow Bloomingdale's on social media, become a Loyallist, and for more information, or to shop any time, visit www.bloomingdales.com .