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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Reverend Canon Lee Crawford: ¨It is a privilege and honour to be chaplain at the 5th Synod of the Anglican Church in the Region of Central America¨ (live blogging from El Salvador)

The Rev. Canon Lee Crawford, Chaplain, 5th Synod of the Anglcian Church of  the Region of Central America

¨I, too, have been touched by grace in the midst of all that is going on.¨
LIVE UPDATE FROM THE 5th SYNOD of the Anglican Church in the Region of Central America. The Synod is being held this week in the IARCA diocese of El Salvador reported by the Reverend Canon Lee Crawford, Chaplain:
I presented a retreat Monday on the Five Marks of Mission, speaking in general terms about how we, as a Communion, engage in God's mission, how we are called to preach reconciliation (without which, there is no peace), how the Baptismal Covenant is a fundamental basis for the Five Marks of Mission. All mission takes place in a particular context (and, yes, I mentioned gender, expression of one's sexuality). The church IS mission. Our liturgy is central to mission. We celebrate the God-in-action, because all mission comes from God. One citation from the charla:
Jesús vino para anunciar el reino de Dios (Marcos 1.14-15). Eso es la ‘Buena Nueva.’ En el ministerio, la muerte y la resurrección de Jesús, el reino al venir vuelve una realidad actual. La iglesia demuestra esta realidad como: se ofrece la vida, no la muerteincluye, no excluyeaspira a la salud y la integridadvive por los valores que están diferentes de los del mundoenfatiza el servicio y no la dominación
Another quote: Una Comunión en Misión se caracterisa por la calidad de sus relaciones engendradas por la propia vida relacionada de Dios en misión (koinonia). Estas características incluyen: la interdependenciala integridadla honestadla transparenciala risala aprobaciónla sinceridadla vulnerabilidad (humilidad)el compartirla compasiónla solidaridad en el dolorla debilidad
Las estructuras expresan la misión de Dios cuando ellas: tratan de servir y no para estar servido [Oración atribuida a San Francisco: Concede que no busquemos ser consolados, sino consolar; ser amados, sino amar. Porque dando, es como recibimos; perdonando, eso como somos perdonados; y muriendo, es como nacemos a la vida eterna.]ofrecen un liderazgo eficaznutren las relacionesefectuan la reconciliación, la libertad, la justicia y la pazestán animadas y dinámicasestán flexibles, disponibles y acesibles
El Ministerio del Pueblo Entero de Dios Cada cristiano/a está llamada al ser testigo/a a Cristo y a compartir en su misión y su ministerio. [vocación] sencilo persistente imposible buen para todos y todas La Iglesia es misionera por su naturaleza porque esa es la naturaleza de Dios. Todo ministerio — de los laicos y los ordenados — comparte en la tarea misionera. Tenemos un ministerio compartido y debemos tener una visión compartida de la misión. Es de vital importancia para animar ayudar a los laicos para ser eficaz en el testimonio y la misión. El clerigo y los laicos necesitan trabajar juntos en la tarea misionera. Los obispos tienen un papel particularmente importante al afirmar la prioridad de la misión y el evangelismo por su liderazgo, su ejemplo y su aliento a los demás.
And the last part was talking about the images we use to engage in mission, all biblically-based: friends, sisters and brothers, compañeros/as.
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EXTRA INSPIRATIONAL MOMENTS:


I see being chaplain also as a pastoral role, so as to point out to the synod in a meditation during Evening Prayer that there were moments of grace in the midst of the day, that they be open to recognising the presence of the Holy Spirit. A woman responded to the presentation on the LGBTI ministry that the IAES offers with words that were so grace-filled that I thanked her and we both wept. The presenter and I wept for how much of himself he had given, how he had put himself out there, how he had opened a door for a conversation on a provincial level and how the province might move forward in this area (I think there has been progress). I have been in charge of all the liturgy and, instead of simply using the LOC, have translated prayers from Daily Prayer for all Seasons, approved by GC 2012. This morning, for MP, the theme will be la Sabidura, obviously important for the work that lies ahead. So that is a piece of what I have been up to. It has been a privilege and honour to be chaplain; I, too, have been touched by grace in the midst of all that is going on.

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PLANNING A VISIT TO ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA?

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Casa Convento Concepcion, Antigua Guatemala, All are welcome.

See welcome letter at the sidebar.


St. Alban English Mission, Antigua, Guatemala is a outreach project of The St. James English parish, Episcopal Diocese of Guatemala, IARCA



The Most Reverend Armando Guerra Soria,  Rector of St. Alban Mission, Bishop of Guatemala and Primate of Central America

The Reverend Ricardo Frohmader 
Associate Minister of St. Alban Mission
Antigua, Guatemala

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