Bishop Chilton Knudsen Makes a Pastoral Visit to St. John’s, Queens

Article by Daphne Palasi Andreades
Photos by Josie Solano and Ruth Balageo

Rain and icy weather did not deter Diocese of Long Island Assistant Bishop Chilton Knudsen from traveling to St. John’s Episcopal Church in Flushing, Queens, on January 18th, where eight young adults were to be confirmed.

Bishop Knudsen arrived smiling and brimming with energy to greet the candidates. She spoke with them before their confirmation.

Some candidates expressed nervousness before the ceremony. “I felt kind of scared for some reason,” said Beret Solano, age 15. “But after, I realized it wasn’t that bad, and I felt even closer to the church.”

According to the Book of Common Prayer, “Confirmation is the rite in which we express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop”.

The thoughtfulness and hard work that was put into producing such a beautiful service was appreciated. Bishop Knudsen was the celebrant and preacher. She was assisted by the Rev. Deacon Charlie Perrin and the Very Rev. Dario Palasi.

The service featured hymns sung by the women of St. John’s and conducted by church organist Marjorie Longid. Other highlights included a closing contemporary song led by the St. John’s youth band, that included piano, guitar, bass and drums, and the traditional organ.

Another significant part of the service included a tribute to the Filipino cultural heritage of the primarily Filipino-based congregation. During the processional and recessional several men performed gangsa, an indigenous Filipino dance which uses gongs.

Following the Eucharist, members of St. John’s sung a lively song written in Tagalog pertaining to duty and responsibility.

The climax of the service undoubtedly was when Bishop Knudsen placed her hands on the candidates’ heads as they reconfirmed their commitment to Christ. Equally meaningful was when the congregation vowed to support each young adults’ walk with the Lord. Once all the candidates were confirmed, the congregation burst into a joyous applause.

“For me, being confirmed felt like a rite of passage,” said one candidate.

The celebration continued during the potluck luncheon that took place after the service. Fellowship included conversing over Filipino dishes such as lumpia, pancit, and menudo, the singing of songs, and more gangsa.

The congregation was delighted to learn that Bishop Knudsen spent her early years in Baguio, Philippines – where many of St. John’s Filipinos are from -- while her father was in the Navy. Bishop Knudsen stepped onto the stage to join two singers and a guitarist as they sang a Tagalog ballad, Dahil Sa Iyo, “Because of You,” which was met with cheers and much applause.



Japanese and Korean Anglican Churches Celebrate 30 Years of Partnership

[Nippon Sei Ko Kai ] The Japanese and Korean Anglican Churches, which began official partnership in 1984, celebrated their 30th partnership anniversary October 20-23, 2014, on Jeju Island, Korea.

The Most Rev. Nathaniel Makoto Uematsu, primate of the Nippon Sei Ko Kai (the Anglican Church in Japan), and the Most Rev. Paul Keun Sang Kim, presiding bishop of the Anglican Church of Korea, convened the meeting of bishops, clergy and lay participants (including representatives of shared missions, women’s and youth groups) from the three Korean and 11 Japanese dioceses.

Both churches have been addressing various aspects of cooperation, such as the implementation of bilateral youth seminars, social study tours in Korea, the organizing of the World Anglican Peace Council and offering positions for Korean mission partners in Japan, as well as mutual attendance at several bishops’ consecrations since 2004’s 20th anniversary of the Korea-Japan Anglican Mission Partnership Conference.

There do remain, however, various challenges that must be overcome between the two countries at large, including differing interpretations of history, the issue of “comfort women,” and territorial disputes. 

Recently and especially, the problem of “Hate Speech” and rising anti-Korean sentiment in Japan have even drawn some serious attention from the United Nations’ Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. They have warned that a result of such anti-social activities is the increased risk of criminal acts against the Korean minority.

In this 30th anniversary year of the partnership, both churches discussed their roles within the East Asian region, under the banner theme of “Life, Justice, and Peace,” and declared that the Korea-Japan Anglican Mission Partnership should reinforce its alliance and good relationship. 

The conference adopted a statement laying out 11 key issues to aid this, including various activities such as the continuing exchange of youth and women’s groups and defending the human rights of those in the minority.



First Anniversary - Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in the Philippines

On November 8, 2013 the Philippines was hit by a devastating typhoon Haiyan also called Yolanda. Over 6,000 people died and many lost their homes. The government was slow in responding to people's needs and much of the help came from grassroots organizations and communities inside and outside of the Philippines. Many of us here in the U.S. came together to help our family and friends back home in the Philippines. Our efforts are certainly powerful, but much work need to continue in order to build a sustainable Philippines. 

Join many Filipinos on Saturday, November 8th and commemorate those we lost, those who survived, and efforts made to help the Philippines. 

First Action: 

Community Forum at San Damiano Hall
of the Roman Catholic Church of St. Francis of Assisi 
127 West 31 Street New York, NY
Time: 3 to 5 pm

Second Action: 

Ecumenical Prayer Vigil at Times Square
46th Street Between Broadway and 7th Ave
Time: 5:45 pm

If you can't be with us, kindly remember the dead and survivors at your Eucharist on Sunday.

Thank you,

Noel E. Bordador+

The Episcopal Church of Our Savior
48 Henry Street
New York, NY  10002



DEC 5 - Next Long Island EAM Commission meeting will host Bishop Larry Provenzano

The Long Island EAM Commission co-conveners, the Rev. Paul Lai and the Rev. Jae Chung, announced that the next commission meeting will host diocesan bishop, Bishop Larry Provenzano.

The meeting will be at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Woodside, Queens, at 3904 61st street, at 10 am.  Bishop Larry will join the group at 10:30.

The Rev. Anandsekar J. Manuel, priest-in-charge at St. Paul's welcomes you and the EAM Commission. 

A message from Fr. Manuel:

We at St. Paul’s are striving to guide every person into a living relationship with God in Jesus Christ and to love and serve all persons.

St. Paul’s has a wonderful history, a dynamic present, and a bright future ahead. Our present is filled with activities, and also its own set of struggles and challenges that enable us to learn to survive and grow together. 

We are looking forward to a future developing our resources and investing ourselves in the mission of serving our members and our community.

Our congregation consists of persons from different ethnic, national, and linguistic backgrounds. We celebrate our unity in diversity, and are committed to our sacramental liturgical worship with rich music.

You are always welcome at St. Paul’s.

May God bless one and all.

The Rev. Anandsekar J. Manuel

Bishop and Mrs. Larry Provenzano at a recent visit to St. Paul's



Bishop Lane: Learning from Asia how to "be Church" in the World

By the Right Reverend Stephen T. Lane
Diocesan Bishop
The Episcopal Diocese of Maine

> Click here to read Bishop Lane's candid comments about his recent trip to the Episcopal House of Bishops' meeting in Taiwan.

This was Bishop Lane's first visit to Asia.



Asian archbishops say, "Be prophets, agents of reconciliation"

September 22, 2014

The Episcopal Church House of Bishops, meeting in Taiwan, hears about mission in three different contexts

By Mary Frances Schjonberg
editor/reporter for Episcopal News Service

[Episcopal News Service – Taipei, Taiwan] God is calling the church in Asia to be an agent of reconciliation and a prophetic witness, three Asian Anglican archbishops told the House of Bishops, and they said the church across the world also must respond to the same call.


Seoul Archbishop Paul Kim, who is also the primate of the Anglican Church in Korea, tells the Episcopal Church House of Bishops Sept. 22 that “reconciliation should be the core message of the church not just on the Korean peninsula but in the world.”

The Rev. Aidan Koh, of St. James in the City in Los Angeles, translated for Kim. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service

“Reconciliation should be the core message of the church not just on the Korean peninsula but in the world,” said Seoul Archbishop Paul Kim, primate of the Anglican Church of Korea.

Kim, Archbishop Nathaniel Makoto Uematsu, primate of the Nippon Sei Ko Kai (the Anglican Church in Japan) and Episcopal Church in the Philippines Prime Bishop Edward Malecdan all spoke to the house Sept. 22, describing the theological context and mission challenges of their provinces. Each spoke of how paying attention to the poor in their countries has strengthened the faith and witness of their churches.

The threat of war across the world has led to increased nationalism and militarization, in northeast Asia and elsewhere, which has at times lead to threats against those who “proclaim Christ’s gospel message of reconciliation and peace [and they are] treated as traitors in the nations to which they belong,” Kim said through translator the Rev. Aidan Koh of St. James in the City in Los Angeles.

Even within churches there can be differences of opinions about how to work for reconciliation, Kim said. Rather than being able to use those disagreements to find “new creative possibilities,” discord can develop and such discord can easily make Christ’s gospel of reconciliation “a laughing stock.”
Kim said it is time to unite the worldwide church “as a prophetic witness to reconciliation” against the violence of domination.

“We as Anglicans are chosen by God to be the servants and witnesses of forgiveness and reconciliation,” he said.


Archbishop Nathaniel Makoto Uematsu, the primate of the Nippon Sei Ko Kai (the Anglican Church in Japan), says the Japanese church is trying to be an agent of reconciliation in that country. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service

Both Kim and Uematsu of the Nippon Sei Ko Kai spoke of the reconciliation that has happened between their two churches. Uematsu said that Japan’s annexation of Korea in 1910 was the start of a militaristic period in his country’s history that only ended with its defeat in World War II. The church did not protest as Japan began to occupy and colonize other Asian countries, he said.

It wasn’t until the late 1990s that the church began to look critically at its past and its role in the nation’s history. “We especially felt called to repent and seek reconciliation and a deeper engagement with our neighbors” who had suffered under Japanese occupation and colonization, Uematsu said.

In 1996, the church’s General Synod pass a Statement of War Responsibility in which the NSKK “confessed to God as a church” and apologized to God and to its neighbors. Since then, Uematsu said, the statement has been the basis of NSKK’s sense that it is called to serve the marginalized in Japanese society.
The NSKK has sought reconciliation and “restoration under our bond in the same Lord” with Taiwan, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea and other countries that suffered from wartime Japanese occupation.

“We are especially blessed by our fellow Anglicans in the Anglican Church in Korea who opened their hearts to our people even before Japan had come to terms with and apologized for its role in the colonization of the Korean peninsula,” Uematsu said. Nearly 30 years ago the Koreans “opened the door” to exchanges between the two provinces at all levels, he noted.


The Most Rev. Edward P. Malecdan, prime bishop of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines, describes for the House of Bishops how his church worked to become self-supporting and how it tries to be a prophetic witness in the country. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service

Meanwhile, Philippines Prime Bishop Malecdan told how Islamic unrest in Mindanao and a continuing communist insurgency means there is a “never-ending absence of peace in some parts of the country.” And the church is aware of the lack of peace elsewhere in the word. For instance, it will soon host a forum at its St. Andrew’s Seminary chapel on the Israel-Palestine conflict.

“In other words, the doors of ECP churches and other institutions are open for peacemaking gatherings,” he said.

The biblical mandate to give voice to the voiceless at both the local and global level, Malecdan said, “is about contributing positively to the establishment of just peace and the commitment to social action for the transformation of unjust society and structures.”

“We are only a minority church often neglected and overlooked by bigger sister provinces in the Anglican Communion, but for the ECP we are aware that what we are doing is like a little drop of water in the vast Pacific ocean and the turbulent China Sea,” he said, adding that that “little drop” is better than being “part of the problems by silence and inaction.”

Three examples that Malecdan gave seemed to be much more than little drops. One involved buying land and reselling it to landless people whose makeshift homes were swept away by Super Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013.

Another example concerned three kidnapped young people who were killed and buried in a shallow grave beneath concrete and dirt. Their people were afraid to go and exhume the bodies for fear they would be killed, but they were “emboldened” when Northern Luzon Bishop Renato Abibico and two priests came to the graves and began digging.

Thirdly, Malecdan said, the ECP’s relationship with the Church of the Province of Myanmar as that country transitions to democracy is a way for each church to learn from the other.

“Our relationship and concern for one another is a clear testimony to a conflict-laden world,” the prime bishop said.

Malecdan also outlined how the ECP became a self-supporting province after making a “heart-rending decision” to stop receiving money from the U.S.-based Episcopal Church.

The church was receiving a subsidy from the Episcopal Church that was due to end in 2007. The ECP decided in mid-2004 to ask that it be stopped. Because the money was already budgeted, Malecdan said, the Episcopal Church decided to continue sending the payments while the ECP decided to stop using the subsidy as operating revenue. It put the money into an endowment with the aim of becoming self-sufficient.

The church built many churches after that decision, had budget surpluses and saw both lay and ordained vocations increase, according to the prime bishop.

“We have dug deeper into what we have – all our assets as a church – and started maximizing them for doing mission,” Malecdan said. “And we realized that even a struggling church can have something to share with others.”

After the meeting ends a number of bishops are heading to Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines or Korea to continue learning about mission and ministry of the Anglican Church in those contexts.

The meeting is taking place at the Grand Hotel in Taipei. Some bishops are blogging from the meeting about their visit to Taiwan, including ...

Newark Bishop Mark Beckwith
Los Angeles Bishop Suffragan Diane Jardine Bruce
Nevada Bishop Dan Edwards
Western Massachusetts Bishop Douglas Fisher
North Dakota Assisting Bishop Carol Gallagher
Bishop Doug Hahn
Rhode Island Bishop Nicholas Knisely
Bishop Suffragan for Armed Services & Federal Ministries Jay Magness
Bishop Greg Rickel
Delaware Bishop Wayne Wright

Others are tweeting during the meeting using #HOBFall14.

The Episcopal Church
Office of Public Affairs

Episcopal Church House of Bishops Fall 2014 meeting:

Statements following the conclusion of the gathering

The House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church met in the Diocese of Taiwan from September 17 to September 23.The following are statements concerning the meeting.

The theme for the fall meeting of the Episcopal Church House of Bishops is Expanding the Apostolic Imagination.

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori:

This meeting has offered abundant opportunities to expand our vision of what is possible as we engage God’s mission.  Our chaplain the Rev. Simon Bautista reminded us this morning that we are all bound for home, that we’re meant to travel light – and that home” is the Reign of God.  Our chaplain the Rev. Stephanie Spellers challenged us yesterday to take the journey to unexpected places and communities. The bishops of this Church will return to their dioceses with renewed energy and increased willingness to risk more for the gospel and travel a bit lighter.  We have built new relationships with our partners in Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, the Philippines and with our brother and sisters in Taiwan.  We’ve discovered new readings of the old, old stories and new theological perspectives rooted in different parts of God’s creation. With hearts and minds expanded, we know ourselves part of a body larger and with deeper bonds than we imagined. And we give thanks for knowing what it is to be received as Christ himself. The hospitality of the Diocese of Taiwan has been full measure, pressed down, and overflowing.  May God continue to richly bless this part of The Episcopal Church.

Bishop Dean E. Wolfe of Kansas, vice president of HOB and co-chair of the HOB Planning Committee:

The 2014 meeting of the House of Bishops has been an extraordinary and historic gathering. 

The first meeting of the House of Bishops in Asia, this meeting has turned our attention to the vibrant ministries of The Episcopal Church taking place in Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, and Hong Kong. The Bishop of Pakistan, Samuel Azariah, challenged us with reports of Christian persecution in the Middle East and the heroic witness being made by Christians in that region. We have been inspired by visits from the Primates of this region and their forthright descriptions of their context for ministry.  We have been encouraged by our visits to the faithful congregations of Taipei, motivated by fresh models for theological education, and touched by the overwhelming generosity and hospitality exhibited by our hosts.

All of us who have congregants from Asia have gained a deeper understanding of the context from which our brothers and sisters have come and a greater appreciation for the Christian witness along the Pacific Rim.  We traveled a very long way and at no small expense to come to Taiwan to reinforce a principal which is dear to us; that every diocese is an essential member of our family of faith and no diocese is too small or too far away. We are present here as an outward and visible sign of our commitment to our brothers and sisters in Asia and we have been richly blessed by our time together during this meeting in Taiwan.

Bishop Todd Ousley of Eastern Michigan, co-chair of the HOB Planning Committee:

This gathering of the House of Bishops in the Diocese of Taiwan has been the perfect crucible for engaging our theme, “Expanding our Apostolic Imagination.” Removed from the familiarity and comfort of our own dioceses and cultures, we have been challenged by stories of Christian witness not only in Taiwan but also in other Asian contexts such as Hong Kong, Pakistan, Japan, Korea and the Philippines. My own imagination continues to expand as I consider the vision of the future shape of the Church as shared by Archbishop Nathaniel Uematsu of Nippon Sei Ko Kai (Anglican Church in Japan): the Church as a Community of the People of God who are gathered, nourished, and sent to proclaim peace and reconciliation, grounded in repentance.  I leave this meeting reminded that to be an apostle, one who is sent, and to invite others to be people sent to proclaim God’s message of peace and reconciliation, we must not rush headlong into action with programs and events.  Rather, we must begin with self-examination and spiritual acts of repentance that ground our message and lend it integrity.  Only then will our message of peace and reconciliation be received as the Good News that it indeed is.

We are immensely grateful for Bishop Lai and the gracious hospitality of the people of the Diocese of Taiwan for their tireless efforts to provide this experience and space for creative reflection.  On behalf of the Planning Committee and the entire House of Bishops, we give thanks for Lori Ionnitiu of the General Convention Office who has coordinated all onsite arrangements.  Finally, the  Rev. Canon Charles Robertson and Ednice Baerga of the Presiding Bishop’s staff have once again worked tirelessly behind the scenes to afford us this opportunity to expand our apostolic imaginations.

Bishop Diane Jardine Bruce of Los Angeles, assistant secretary of HOB:

There were 112 bishops and many spouses in attendance at the meeting, with the Bishop Bob G. Jones, retired from the Diocese of Wyoming, being the senior bishop present. This has been an extremely worthwhile and valuable trip as a member of The Episcopal Church and especially Province VIII.  With the growing Asian community in the United States, especially on the West Coast including my home diocese of Los Angeles, having firsthand knowledge and witness of the context and content of ministry and mission, we are able to more directly address our mutual needs.  I am grateful to Bishop Lai and his clergy and laity and the people of the Diocese of Taiwan for their radical hospitality and their ability to do mission and ministry in the name of Jesus Christ in diverse locations. We have much to learn and share

Bishop David Lai of Taiwan, host of the HOB meeting:

Dreams come true not just for me, but also for all the bishops and their spouses – everyone of us. I believe the trip may have taken a loong time – 16 hours – to get here, but the things we experperienced are full of experiences to remember, to share and to learn about and to tell their church members. The memories will remain longer than 16 hours. All praise the Lord.

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Neva Rae Fox
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The Episcopal Church