The Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa rejects TEC Lenten funds

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UPDATE –
The former managing editor of the Episcopal Cafe, Jim Naughton, has alerted us that the Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa has not accepted funding from the TEC Good Friday Offering for more than ten years. It seems that in promulgating this letter, Archbishop Anis and Bishop LeMarquand just wanted to put that fact before us all again, lest anyone was confused by the Presiding Bishops recent appeal for the Offering.

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Earlier this week we posted a story about the Presiding Bishop’s call to contribute to the Good Friday Offering, which is directed to the Anglican Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East. In response to +Michael’s call, one diocese of that province has responded with a rejection of the funds collected in the Offering.

STATEMENT REGARDING THE GOOD FRIDAY OFFERING

It has come to our attention that the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church (USA) has recently issued a Lenten appeal asking the churches of TEC to remember the Good Friday offering for Jerusalem and the Middle East. In this appeal he said “this tradition [The Good Friday Offering] is decades old and is an important statement of our solidarity with the members of the four dioceses of the Province of Jerusalem and Middle East.”

I would like to clarify the fact that the Diocese of Egypt with North of Africa and the Horn of Africa, one of the four dioceses of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East does not receive funds or grants from the Good Friday offering of the Episcopal Church (TEC) in the USA. The decision not to receive these funds came after the 2003 decision by TEC to consecrate as bishop a divorced man living in a homosexual relationship. The decision not to receive money from TEC is one expression of the reality that the Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa was (and still is) in an impaired relationship with The Episcopal Church.

One of our clergy in Ethiopia states our situation in graphic terms: “We rather starve and not receive money from churches whose actions contradict the scriptures.”

+Mouneer
The Most Rev. Dr. Mouneer Hanna Anis
Archbishop of Episcopal / Anglican Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa
Primate of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East

+Grant
The Rt Rev. Dr Grant LeMarquand
Area Bishop for the Horn of Africa
Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa
Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East

The statement is from the diocesan website.

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MaryLou Scherer
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MaryLou Scherer

Well...charity begins at home

Should I say more ?

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Jerald Liko
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Jerald Liko

I agree with pretty much all of the previous comments. I've seen a lot of folks argue that we should use our financial resources to try and compel other provinces to share our point of view, but I don't think TEC is currently engaged in anything of the sort. Really, what kind of pastor lets his sheep go hungry because away across the sea, some other people elected a purportedly unsuitable bishop?

I generally support the African bishops' irritating stances on human sexuality out of a kind of chastised anti-imperialist mindset, but this is just foolish. I'm glad the offering will still go to help those in need in other places.

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JC Fisher
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JC Fisher

One of our clergy in Ethiopia states our situation in graphic terms: “We rather starve and not receive money from churches whose actions contradict the scriptures.”

Stereotypes about Ethiopia notwithstanding, methinks said clergy(man) in Ethiopia is far from starving. But among his flock? Mahatma Gandhi: "There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread."

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Michael Russell
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Michael Russell

Read Paul Theroux' "Deep South". There are abundant communities there living in extreme poverty that our Lenten offering might help.

Or we might contribute to agencies resetting Christians fleeing ISIS persecution. There are already open direct channels into Amman Jordan to aid them.

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John Chilton
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John Chilton

And yet Anis modestly had lunch with Curry:

http://dioceseofegypt.org/2016/01/a-personal-reflection-on-the-primates-meeting-2016/

"The turning point of the discussions came when Archbishop Winston Halapua of Polynesia asked the question, “how can we bless each other even if we walk in different directions?” In response to this question, I asked the presiding bishop of TEC and the Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Canada to sit together with me for lunch. The Archbishop of York joined as well as the Archbishop of Uganda."

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Leonardo Ricardo
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Is ++Anis elected for a life term like Papa Doc Duvalier (and soon Museveni)?

Yours truly,
Don Leonardo Ricardo "different direction"

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Jeremy Bates
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Jeremy Bates

The Archbishop of Uganda left the meeting shortly thereafter. And now we get this from the Archbishop of Egypt.

I'm not sure this lunch meeting was fruitful.

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