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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19 Responses to "The Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa rejects TEC Lenten funds"
  1. 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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    • 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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  2. 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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    • There are 3 other dioceses in that province which can still benefit from the Good Friday Offering. There is no reason to divert the funds away from them.

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      • Including the Diocese of Jerusalem, which covers Israel, Gaza and the West Bank, Lebanon, and Syria. If I'm not mistaken, the Diocese has generally been more sympathetic to TEC than its province has been.
        But more important, it's an area where help is desperately needed.

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      • “If I’m not mistaken, the Diocese has generally been more sympathetic to TEC than its province has been.”

        That’s my recollection, too, Paul. They may not agree with us on everything, but they are involved in some worthwhile projects, and they have no problem with accepting financing from us for them. Mutual respect and regard need not always mean mutual agreement on everything. On the other hand, if some people would “rather starve and not receive money from churches whose actions contradict the scriptures” then so be it. Perhaps we can arrange for a kind of “Darwin Prize” for them. What they refuse others will receive with thanksgiving to God.

        Kurt Hill
        Brooklyn, NY

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Here is a link to TEC's web page, where there is a bulletin insert and a video about the GF Offering (both date from 2007, so they precede the latest escalation). The funds should be sent to DFMS, at the address given in the PDFs. We can assume that DFMS knows which dioceses will accept the offering. http://www.episcopalchurch.org/search/site/good%20friday%20offering

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  6. Those who want to support an active evangelism ministry in Jerusalem could support Christ Church, a church in the Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem. http://www.cmj-israel.org/CMJ-Ministries/Christ-Church/Overview

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  7. +Mouneer is the current President Bishop of the Province of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East. It is a position that rotates amongst the Bishops of the Province.

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    • How long does it take to rotate? (better not hold my breath any longer because I am 72 years old and I remember PB Anis being the JEFE since GS-Gafconning began)

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  8. Sad. I am not seeing any "fruits of the spirit" in this rather hateful response. All the more reason to give generously!

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  9. UPDATED: It's not inspiring during Lent to be be reminded that LGBTI inclusivity at all levels of Churchlife doesn't exist in some provinces and/or dioceses of GS/GAFCON beyond. It seems not everyone is acceptable for "loving" ALL our neighbors in ++Anislandia...a diocese where a exclusive and selective kind of ministry goes on.

    It is challenging to determine who is tainted and who is ¨morally or mortally injured" by acts of fear, spite and the rejecting/outcasting of others at Church.

    The season of sin reveals much, that is, if WE are willing to see better by releasing tiresome resentments (especially the injustice thrust upon us by self-proclaimed "godly" individuals).

    Thank you ALL who continue to hold ALL of our hands in ALL lands as we "walk together" at the Anglican Communion...we are your children, your sisters and brothers, coworkers and best friends and selective *punishment* and exclusion must END.

    La Paz
    Leonardo Ricardo
    America Central

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  10. Needed relief should not be tied to whether a church is "liberal" or "conservative-whatever church it may be. The people who need help, just need help. If you ask anyone who is hungry to give a theological explanation of whoever is giving them food/supplies, housing, etc. I am guessing they probably would not be able to. However, one thing they do know is they need help and are glad to get whatever they can. To reject funds for the needy due to theological divisions is ridiculous. How tragic for those people who desperately need help for basic necessities that they otherwise would not get. I have given to UNICEF and they never ask me for my theological background and beliefs. Needs need to be met-people's needs should come first, not withholding aid because of rigid conservative belief systems.

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