Jun 03, 2020Messages of Solidarity

Messages of Solidarity

Gary Allman Five-minute read.   Resources

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has shared with his fellow bishops two messages of solidarity he received following his statement on President Donald Trump’s use of a church building and the Holy Bible.

The first was received from the Scottish Episcopal Church and the second from the Iglesia Filipina Independiente.

The message of the Church and the Bible is about love and equality and all sharing in the bounty of a generous God.

In their letter, the bishops of the Scottish Episcopal church wrote, “The message of the Church and the Bible is about love and equality and all sharing in the bounty of a generous God. Nothing we witnessed last night by the President represented that.” And they went on to thank the Presiding Bishop and the Bishop of Washington for their stance, “May we thank you for your careful and loving words and for the determination of the Bishop of Washington and many others to call this out, to say “not in the name of the Church or in the name of God”.”

I join with the voices of the leaders of the world-wide church in supporting the Statements of The Most Revd Michael Curry, Primate of The Episcopal Church, and of The Right Revd Mariann Edgar Budde, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington…

The Obispo Maximo, or Supreme Bishop, of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente, the Most Rev. Rhee Millena Timbang wrote, “I join with the voices of the leaders of the world-wide church in supporting the Statements of The Most Revd Michael Curry, Primate of The Episcopal Church, and of The Right Revd Mariann Edgar Budde, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, to rebuke the blatant act of President Donald Trump to use a church building and the Holy Bible to project his partisan political position and to decry his deliberate affront to the belief and values that these religious symbols represent to the Church.” And concluded by saying, “The IFI, spread-out in 49 dioceses at domestic and overseas, commends TEC in its consistency to promote justice, peace and equality and upholds the entire TEC community in our prayers and best wishes.”

The full text of the letters received is provided below.

The Scottish Episcopal Church 

June 2, 2020

Dear Bishop Michael and Bishops of The Episcopal Church

We, the bishops of the Scottish Episcopal Church, have watched the news reports on the protests being made across the USA in light of the death of an American citizen killed while in police custody. The horrific scene, as caught on camera, offends all of us.

We then witnessed the blatant misuse of both a church building and holy scripture in the pursuit of political gain – in circumstances where the President of the USA had only managed to stand in front of the church because his officers had cleared a pathway through peaceful protesters by the use of tear gas and rubber bullets.

The message of the Church and the Bible is about love and equality and all sharing in the bounty of a generous God. Nothing we witnessed last night by the President represented that.

May we thank you for your careful and loving words and for the determination of the Bishop of Washington and many others to call this out, to say “not in the name of the Church or in the name of God”.

We wish to offer you our prayers and whatever support we can in helping your people find a path towards freedom and equality for all, regardless of race.

Blessings

Most Rev. Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross & Caithness, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church; Right Rev. Kevin Pearson, Bishop of Argyll & The Isles, Bishop elect of Glasgow & Galloway; Right Rev. Dr John Armes, Bishop of Edinburgh; Right Rev. Anne Dyer, Bishop of Aberdeen & Orkney; Right Rev. Andrew Swift, Bishop of Brechin; Right Rev. Ian Paton, Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld & Dunblane

The Iglesia Filipina Independiente

June 3, 2020

MESSAGE OF SOLIDARITY To The Episcopal Church

I join with the voices of the leaders of the world-wide church in supporting the Statements of The Most Revd Michael Curry, Primate of The Episcopal Church, and of The Right Revd Mariann Edgar Budde, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, to rebuke the blatant act of President Donald Trump to use a church building and the Holy Bible to project his partisan political position and to decry his deliberate affront to the belief and values that these religious symbols represent to the Church.  

Donald Trump’s act, which was highly offensive and largely unpresidential, can neither downplay the negative impact and chilling effect that the recent killing of the black American George Floyd at the hands of a white American police officer brought upon to the minority in American society nor cover up the seething racial discrimination perpetuated by the confluence of religious and political beliefs promoting the culture of white supremacy among certain quarters of the American people, that sadly betray the ideals and principles upon which the United States of America was established. It instead makes derision to the tradition that the church building embodies and to the teachings that the Holy Bible propagates. Both represent the faith of the God in Jesus who demonstrated the kind of love, justice and mercy that includes everyone and excludes no one.  St. Paul echoed this truth in his preaching that in Christ Jesus, all human persons are one and equal, because “there is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female” (Galatians 3:38) and, certainly too, nor is there black and white, if we may add to refer to our world context today. The Episcopal Church lives out and advocates for this same teaching.

The Iglesia Filipina Independiente found itself in the same situation of discrimination at the hands of the colonial powers over a hundred years ago, and continues to advocate for and struggle alongside with the discriminated sector of the Filipino people in the likes of the economically disadvantaged workers, farmers, urban poor, indigenous communities and Moro people. As IFI, we could relate well with the advocacy that The Episcopal Church upholds as core of its mission.       I express the solidarity of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente with The Episcopal Church in its courageous call to end this racial tension with the highest officer of the land greatly expected to show the needed way and humble example. The IFI, spread-out in 49 dioceses at domestic and overseas, commends TEC in its consistency to promote justice, peace and equality and upholds the entire TEC community in our prayers and best wishes.

OBISPO MAXIMO, Iglesia Filipina Independiente

Gary Allman is Communications Director with The Diocese of West Missouri.

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