EDSP Visit Postponed

CrossingTheSeasToCareForCreationOur friends from the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Philippines (EDSP) have reluctantly postponed their planned trip to our diocese which was scheduled for later this month. Visas were denied to the young adults of the delegation. After prayer and discussion, Bishop Bustamante and the group decided to postpone their visit until April 2015 in the hope that the visa issues can be resolved. The young adults had worked in the nursery and the diocesan office and spoken to youth groups, raising awareness of the challenges of climate change. They had also prepared a presentation about how the EDSP’s work in growing and planting trees supports our joint mission. The young adults, who all lead youth ministries, planned to share their experiences here with other young people in the EDSP. The rest of the delegation is determined to stand with these impressive young adults.

The Olympia partnership team and diocesan staff are committed to helping the EDSP delegation with the travel document issues. The Stewardship Commission and the Bishop’s Committee for the Environment are planning to hold a national conference in April 2015 on the Fifth Mark of Mission which will build upon our experience in hosting the Healing our Planet Earth conference in 2008. We look forward to hosting the EDSP delegation during that time so they can share our mission with a wider audience.

Stay informed by checking this website; email questions to me at bce@ecww.org.

Faithfully,

Nancy McConnell

 

Crossing the Seas to Care for Creation

CrossingTheSeasToCareForCreationWho’s crossing the seas?  A delegation from the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Philippines (EDSP) will be visiting our diocese later this month. The EDSP is our partner in the carbon offset project and caring for creation. The delegation will be led by Bishop Danilo Bustamante and will include young adults active in youth ministry.

Between July 25 and August 11 they will be visiting churches throughout the diocese. They will see western Washington’s sustainable farming, visit church gardens, and learn about our church missions. Our visitors are bringing with them a presentation showing what the partnership has meant to their diocese. Their work is impressive.  Since Bishop Rickel and Bishop Bustamante signed the agreement in February, 2012, the EDSP has raised from seed and planted over 5,000 mahogany, rubber, coconut, and fruit trees. The worship services and fellowship meals are open to all. If you are interested in learning more, contact us at bce@ecww.org or check http://edsp-edo.org/ for more details.

Oh, yes…they will be flying, not sailing to Seattle! Since both diocesan logos include a ship we used it in the image.

Faithfully,

Nancy McConnell, Chair

Bishop’s Committee for the Environment

Fossil Fuel Divestment: Diocesan Education Resources Now Available

Greetings from the Bishop’s Committee for the Environment!

In November 2013, the Convention of the Diocese of Olympia approved a resolution supporting divestment from fossil fuels. The resolution asked the Board of Directors to implement a plan within five years to divest from direct ownership of stocks issued by the world’s leading fossil fuel companies. Also, the resolution requested that the Bishop’s Committee for the Environment (BCE) “formulate an educational plan for implementation over the next year [2014] about the issues and questions surrounding the divestment of fossil fuel holdings”.

Thus, on behalf of the BCE, I want to share with our fellow members in the diocese the following education and discussion resources for fostering discussion of fossil fuel divestment among our respective congregations, especially among members of vestries, bishop’s committees, and all to whom responsibility for church governance is entrusted. The resources are available electronically by clicking on this link or on the individual links below.

Educational Resources on Fossil Fuel Divestment

We hope that these education and discussion resources will encourage a spirit of discernment and respectful dialogue as members of congregations across the diocese reflect on our common mission as the Church (e.g.,“to proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom”, “to seek to transform unjust structures of society,” “to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation”, etc.) while particularly focusing on the unfolding crisis of climate change, the fossil fuel industry’s (and our own) role in this crisis, and what fossil fuel divestment as a response would mean for the Diocese of Olympia (and beyond). Furthermore, we offer these resources to inspire hope and courage in the face of climate change as we seek with you to live out more faithfully our baptism in Christ.

Over the next few months, we look forward to conversations with you about fossil fuel divestment, especially before September when the Board of Directors plans to poll the congregations invested in the Diocesan Investment Fund for a second time. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns or would like to schedule a speaker on fossil fuel divestment, please contact bce@ecww.org.

Faithfully,

Nancy McConnell, Chair

Bishop’s Committee for the Environment