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Covenant of Reconciliation with Haiti

Covenant of Reconciliation with Haiti

Episcopal News Service reports on the liturgical signing of the Covenant of Reconciliation with the Diocese of Haiti.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry preached a sermon “on the occasion of the liturgical signing of the covenant of reconciliation” on May 23 at the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. All clergy in the diocese attended the special liturgy.

“Mutual forgiveness and repentance, healing and reconciliation are hard work and they often take time. Healing and reconciliation do not happen quickly. But it happens, if we are willing, to allow God’s grace to work in us, for God’s grace is sufficient. God is able,” said Curry in his sermon.

On April 24, the Episcopal Church announced that Curry, Haiti Bishop Jean Zache Duracin, Haiti Bishop Suffragan Ogé Beauvoir and the diocesan Standing Committee had entered a covenant agreement that “seeks to address and resolve many of the issues of conflict that have been burdening the diocese.”

The sermon is here in English.


Image from ENS


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Paul Woodrum

David, we plebeians thank and salute you for your volunteer service to Episcopal Cafe and welcome you to our not-so-humble ranks.

Philip B. Spivey


Prof Christopher Seitz

“Maybe I should return to my previous moniker, Bro David.”

No, against policy. Must use first and last name….

David Allen

Some of us have used those names for so long that we were grandfathered in at the institution of the new policy.

David Allen

Sadly, you infer that I am conjuring an answer and am being dishonest.

Moving on. Easter blessings.

Prof Christopher Seitz

I had no doubt you’d come up with something like this…

Paul Woodrum

David, now that’s clearer. Curry was instrumental in reconciling a feud between the diocesan and suffragan bishops of Haiti and their followers. A brief review of the length of the feud, what it was about and what reconciliation will achieve is relevant in helping your readers understand how much Curry achieved brokering this reconciliation.

There hasn’t been enough follow up on the Haitian situation to assume readers would remember what was written over a year ago. That in itself may say a lot about how important most Episcopalians (including Cafe) think this is. And all of this could have been covered without excessive airing of ‘dirty linen’ or snark. Just sayin’.

David Allen

Just to be clear. When I post, I am again posting as a Café reader, as I had for many years, prior to my time of editorship. I haven’t been a volunteer editor for almost 2 months now. And I have been reveling in the freedom, lack of stress and getting to sleep in on Saturday mornings! Maybe I should return to my previous moniker, Bro David.

But I do read every story posted at the Café and I have a very fine memory. Especially since this has only been a story for barely 6 months, as the dates in my previous comment attest.

David Allen

Personally, I don’t see anyone’s need to know more than what was covered in the ENS article and the information in the Presiding Bishop’s previous letter, the recent letter and the Covenant document itself. Beyond that, there isn’t really a need to air all of Dio Haiti’s dirty laundry.

1 DEC 2016, the Café published the Presiding Bishop’s letter to the bishop diocesan, bishop suffragan and the president of the standing committee. From that letter, it was obvious that there was strife between the bishop diocesan and the bishop suffragan.

25 APR 2017, the Café published the PB’s announcement of a Covenant of Reconciliation between the two bishops and the standing committee that would result in the bishop suffragan leaving the diocese and the standing committee dropping its ecclesiastical action against him.

This story covers the ceremonial signing of the document, shaking hands and moving forward as agreed in the covenant.

Beyond that information, it begins to feel like rubber-necking an auto accident.

’nuff said.

Paul Woodrum

Going back to my Jr. High who, what, where, when, and why journalism days, let me ask who is reconciling with whom over what and why now? That would clarify a lot of the specificity avoidance in the Cafe article and the two articles Ann references, The second is fascinating but doesn’t speak to what our Primate is trying to achieve..

Philip B. Spivey

Not to be too glib about serious efforts at clarity for the Cafe, but I consider myself a literate person and I wasn’t the least bit enlightened by either article.

In this instance, I think a clear rationale for reconciliation that makes sense to the average reader must come from someone (a scholar) who has the expertise, and has taken the time, to distill these complexities. Perhaps too much to expect on a Blog.

The lesson for me is that we Episcopal/Anglicans could use some lessons in plain-speak. Communiques for the masses!

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