Episcopal Asian American Ministry - Diocese of Long Island
Online news and resources from the Episcopal Asian American Ministry Commission of the Diocese of Long Island, NY. The commission supports ministries with and among Episcopalians of various Asian heritages and languages, including English. The commission's lay and ordained members serve Asian and non-Asian congregations and in churchwide ministry positions. The Rev. Canon Joseph S. Pae, Diocesan Missioner at the Great Neck Episcopal Ministry, is the EAM Commission Convener.
The clergy and people of the Diocese of Long Island extend to all our sisters and brother in the Diocese of New York our sincere congratulations on the election of one of our beloved priests, Fr. Allen K. Shin, as the bishop suffragan-elect of New York. May the love, grace, mercy and joy of Jesus Christ continue to bless the Diocese of New York as it moves forward in mission.
At 2:40 p.m. on Saturday, December 7, at the special election convention held at Manhattan’s Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, the Rev. Allen K. Shin was declared the bishop suffragan-elect of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. The new bishop suffragan will work alongside and under the direction of the 16th Bishop of New York, the Rt. Rev. Andrew M.L. Dietsche. Shin, who is currently rector of St. John’s Church, Huntington, LI, NY was elected on the 4th round of balloting by a majority of the active clergy of the diocese in attendance at convention and of the lay delegates in attendance from congregations of the diocese. Shin was one of five candidates nominated in early October by the Committee to Elect a Bishop, which began work following the call for the election of a suffragan by Bishop Dietsche’s predecessor as diocesan, Bishop Mark S. Sisk, at the diocese’s annual convention in November 2012. Bishop Sisk retired, and Bishop Dietsche was installed as XVI Bishop of New York, on February 2, 2013. The bishop suffragan-elect must now receive the consent of a majority both of the other diocesan bishops of the Episcopal Church and of the standing committees of the Church’s dioceses, before being consecrated in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Saturday, May 17, 2014.
Current Position: 2010 – Present Rector, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Huntington, LI, NY Previous Ministries and Positions: 2005 – 2010 Fellow and Chaplain, Keble College, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK 2002 – 2005 Honorary Assistant, All Saints Church, Margaret Street, London 1996 – 2001 Curate/Assistant, Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, New York, NY 1996 – 1999 Assistant Officer, Episcopal Asian American Ministry, Episcopal Church Center, New York, NY Education: 2001 – 2005 Post-Graduate Research in Patristic Studies, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK 2001 Master of Sacred Theology, General Theological Seminary, New York, NY 1996 Master of Divinity, General Theological Seminary, New York, NY 1983 Bachelor of Art, Music/Vocal Performance, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI Ordination: 12/07/1996 Ordination to Priesthood, Diocese of New York 06/15/1996 Ordination to Diaconate, Diocese of Chicago Highlights of Diocesan, National Offices and Community Leadership:
• Faculty Member, School for Deacons at Mercer School of Theology, Diocese of Long Island • Board Member, Protestant Campus Ministry at Hofstra University, Long Island Council of Churches • Huntington Inter-faith Clergy Association • Episcopal Asian America Ministry Commission, Diocese of Long Island • National Episcopal Korean Ministries Convocation
Sermon on November 17, 2013 by The Rev. Debra Low-Skinner St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Saratoga, California
They say that a woman shouldn’t reveal her age. Well, I’m all about “Truth, Justice, and the American Way”! So I am proud to say that, last month, I celebrated my 61st birthday. One thing about living some three score years is that one has seen and experienced a lot of stuff, some of which were pretty traumatic. Beyond family of origin issues, there were political crises like the intractable gridlock in Congress and the recent Government shutdown; economic crises like the Great Recession; and international crises like the continuing Mideast conflict and War on Terror. But, in polite company, one is not supposed to talk about politics or religion. So, let’s talk about the weather! Having lived on the East Coast and in California, I have been through some pretty serious climatological disasters: •There was the Big Northeast Power Blackout that took place in August 2003. Don and I had just moved to Long Island when, during a particularly oppressive hot and humid summer day, a software bug at a power station in Ohio—yes, Ohio, the home state of our Rector Channing—took down the entire power grid of the Eastern Seaboard. It affected some 55M people living in the Northeast, upper Midwest, and Ontario. It was the second worse widespread power outage in the past 25 years. Don and I didn’t have air conditioning or lighting; we couldn’t charge our computers and cell phones; and, because the rectory had an electric stove, we couldn’t cook anything for nearly 24 hours. •There were a few notable winter storms that we saw on the south coast of Massachusetts and New York. But one particularly nasty Nor’easter dumped 18-24” of snow in one day in Feb 2010. It was named by pundits at the “Washington Post” and by Jon Stewart of the “Daily Show” as “Snow-mageddon” or the “Snow-pocalypse”. For hours, Don and I checked the snowfall outside and periodically went out to shovel snow from beyond our front and back doors, to keep a path open out of the house and to the car. We couldn’t drive anywhere because the roads hadn’t been plowed for hours, and stores and offices and local transit were shut down for a day. •Then, of course, like most people who lived here in the Bay Area at the time, we lived through the Loma Prieta (or so-called “World Series”) Earthquake that took place In October 1989. How many here experienced the Earthquake? It was a 6.9 magnitude geological shift/jolt along the San Andreas Fault that leveled houses, caused power and telephone outages and gas pipeline explosions, collapsed part of the Bay Bridge killing 42 people, injured thousands of others, wreaked $6B in property damage, and disrupted all our lives for days and weeks afterwards. With a slight case of PTSD, how many of us remembered shuttering with dread with each aftershock that came? Yet, throughout all these traumatic events, we persevered. We made adjustments and learned new things. We repaired and replaced what was damaged or lost. We got to know our neighbors better, as we pulled together and helped each other out. We discovered how strong and resilient we are, as we eventually recovered our equilibrium. And, by the grace of God, we survived and recognized how truly blessed we are for our lives and having our loved ones still around us. So, those of us who have been through such disruptions and disasters have some inkling, some sense of understanding, of what the people in the central Philippines are going through, after being struck over a week ago by Super-typhoon Haiyun (also known as Yolanda). Officials have said that this is the worse cyclone in 25 years. With 195 mph winds and 230 mph gusts, its destructive force was 1-1/2 times more powerful than Hurricane Katrina and over twice as powerful as Super-Storm Sandy last year. It is estimated that some 4,000 persons are dead, 2M have been displaced, and there is at least $14B in damage. Looking at photos in the news, the devastation is massive and mind-bog-gling, with miles and miles of villages and coastlands flattened and debris everywhere. Aside from a nuclear blast of human origin, one wonders if such widespread and horrific destruction could have been an act of God? We read from the Book of Job (38:1, 17-18, 25) that “God answered Job out of the whirlwind. ‘Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Who has cut a channel for the torrents of rain, and a way for the thunderbolt? Have the gates of death been revealed to you, or have you seen the gates of deep darkness? Declare, if you know this?’” Then we read, later on in Job (42:1-3), “Job answered the Lord: ‘I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. Therefore, I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.’” In today’s Gospel reading from Luke (21:9a,11), Jesus said, “…do not be terrified…there will be great earthquakes and, in various places, famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven.” Certainly, for the Filippinos suffering mightily from the Super-typhoon, it must seem like the end of the world and the apocalypse has come. They must be asking themselves, “What have we done deserve this? Have we angered God (or at least Mother Nature) in some way? Is God teaching us a lesson?” And yet we know, from our previous personal experiences of disasters, that by the grace of God and through long hard work, communal cooperation, perseverance, and the charitable generosity and kindness of multitudes upon multitudes of strangers, the survivors of Tacloban and Leyte Province will come through this. Like Job, they will gain a much better appreciation of themselves, and an appreciation of the sanctity of human life, and an appreciation of the awesome and all-powerful love and mercy of God, our Creator and Savior and Sustainer. I urge all of us, who have been through our own share of traumatic events and have made it through “to tell the tale”, to be generous in giving to the Episcopal Relief and Development Disaster Fund, which is helping to aid the victims of Super-typhoon. Let us pray for help and healing for the survivors, and for the safety of those who are traveling there to bring them food and medical aid. Let us pray for those who may have lost their faith in the face of catastrophic loss. And let us stand with them, with our hearts open and compassions stirred, as we together sing the words from today’s Canticle 9/Hymn 679: Surely it is God who saves me; trusting him, I shall not fear. For the Lord defends and shields me and his saving help is near. So rejoice as you draw water from salvation’s living spring; In the day of your deliverance thank the Lord, his mercies sing. Amen. DebraL@st-andrews-saratoga.org Office: 408 867-3493 ext. 244 Pastoral Associate St. Andrew's Episcopal Church 13601 Saratoga Ave. Saratoga CA 95070 _______________________________ References: Wikipedia: “Northeast Power Outage 2003”, “Snow-maged-don”, “Loma Prieta Earthquake”; “Time” magazine, 25 Nov 2013 and www.CNN.com on “Super-typhoon Haiyun”.
The Episcopal Asian American Ministry of the Diocese of Long Island is sponsoring a Prayer Vigil for the victims of the typhoon and their families on Friday, Dec 6, at 7 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 149-49 Sanford Avenue, Flushing, NY 11355. Fr. Dario Palasi and Fr. Fred Vergara are coordinating the event. For more information, contact Fr. Palasi: firstname.lastname@example.org
REACHING OUT AS PARTNERS IN PHILIPPINES WEATHER SUPER TYPHOON HAIYAN November 10, 2013 As local authorities continue assessments and communications lines are restored, the scope of the impact of Super Typhoon Haiyan is becoming known. The New York Timesreports: "The typhoon left Tacloban in ruins, as a storm surge as high as 13 feet overwhelmed its streets, with reports from the scene saying that most of the houses had been damaged or destroyed in the city of 220,000. More than 300 bodies have already been recovered, said Tecson John S. Lim, the city administrator, adding that the toll could reach 10,000 in Tacloban alone." Please continue to pray for all who were impacted by the storm, and for those working to save lives and restore safety and security. November 8, 2013 Episcopal Relief & Development has reached out to its partners in the Philippines, as Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the central part of the country on the morning of November 8. According to reports, Haiyan is the strongest typhoon this year and may be one of the strongest in history, with winds that peaked at 195 miles per hour. The impact of the storm caused flash flooding, mudslides and 30-foot storm surges, and knocked out power and communications networks in several provinces.
The Wall Street Journal reports that "America's foreign-born population grew by nearly 447,000" in 2012. Of that, "the latest increase was a jump in the nation's foreign-born Asian population of more than 309,000. (The increase in foreign-born Hispanics was relatively modest.)
"A growing share of the immigrants in the U.S. have higher education and income levels and could be filling higher-skilled jobs," according to the report.
Another effect of this immigration trend is that it provides "a bigger pool of workers to power the American economy -- and a bigger tax base to draw from to pay for the social benefits of older, retired Americans. A more fluid labor market -- with workers flowing in and out of jobs, and in and out of states and countries -- also improves economic growth over the long term by allowing for a more efficient matching of employers' and workers' needs."