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> December 2011
> In This Issue
> New York elects bishop coadjutor
> Bishop Councell announces retirement plan
> Haiti elects bishop suffraganny
> The Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe Embarks on Third Strategic Plan for Future Mission
> Nominations being accepted for provincial offices
> Floating Chapel
> Rebuild Our Church in Haiti - The Diocese of Long Island Takes Action
> The Dream Act
> Restructuring the Episcopal Church
> The Verger's Guild
> Also of interest
> Dioceses of Province II
> Albany
> Central New York
> The Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe
> Haiti
> Long Island
> New Jersey
> NewYork
> Newark
> Rochester
> Virgin Islands
> Western New York
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> Province II Officers
> Mr. Charles Perfater,
> Provincial Executive Coordinator
> The Honorable Michael Rehill,
> President
> The Right Reverend Lawrence Provenzano, Vice President
> The Rev. Ed Thompson, 
> Secretary
> The Rev. Gerald Keucher,
> Treasurer
> Ms. Dorothy Jane Goldsack Porpeglia, Esq., Chancellor    
> Rosalie Ballentine, Esq., 
> Elected by the House of Deputies
> The Rev. Dahn Gandell, 
> Elected by the House of Deputies   
> The Right Reverend Ambrose Gumbs,
> Elected by the House of Bishops
> Ms. Martha Gardner,
> Executive Council Lay Representative
> The Rev. Canon Sandye Wilson,
> Executive Council Clergy Representative 
> Jan Paxton,
> Communications Officer, Webmaster &
> In Prov 2 editor     
> Greetings!
>  From Province II, best wishes for a blessed Advent and a Holy Christmas.
> The Episcopal Church Office of Communications is offering myriad avenues to enjoy, share, and actively participate in observing Advent, Christmas and Epiphany.
> Starting on the first day of Advent - Sunday November 27 - the Episcopal Church Facebook and Twitter features special Advent and Christmas elements: conversation-starting inquiries, a word of the day, videos, and links to Advent resources.  Read more... 
> New York elects bishop coadjutor...
> Due to the heavy snow on Saturday, October 29, the coadjutor election in the Diocese of New York was postponed until November 19.   The Rev. Canon Andrew M.L. Dietsche, a Poughkeepsie, NY resident who is currently on the diocesan staff as Canon for Pastoral Care, was elected on the third round of balloting by a majority of the active clergy (176 of a total 262) of the diocese and of delegates from all of its congregations (131 out of a 233). 
> The bishop coadjutor-elect must now receive the consent of a majority both of the other diocesan bishops of the Episcopal Church and of the standing committees of the Church's dioceses, before being consecrated in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Saturday, March 10, 2012. 
>
> Bishop Councell announces retirement plans 
> The Rt. Rev. George Councell has announced that he will retire at the end of 2013.  He is calling for the election of a new Diocesan Bishop in Spring 2013.  The members of the Standing Committee, duly informed, met with Bishop Clay Matthews, Bishop for Pastoral Development, to get an understanding as to what is required going forward. The Standing Committee is now prepared along with Bishop Councell and the Diocese of New Jersey to move "Right Onward".  Read more...
> Haiti elects bishop suffragan...
> The Rev. Canon Ogé Beauvoir, dean of the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Port-au-Prince, was elected Nov. 25 to be the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti's first bishop suffragan, pending the required consents from a majority of bishops with jurisdiction and standing committees of the Episcopal Church. Beauvoir, who was born in Gros-Morne, Haiti, earned his university and seminary degrees in Montreal and was ordained a priest in the Anglican Church of Canada. He was received into the Episcopal Church in March 2000 by then-Diocese of New York Bishop Richard Grein. He has been an Episcopal Church-appointed missionary to Haiti since 2004. He also served in that capacity from 1991 to 1996. The ordination and consecration will be held May 22, 2012.   Read more...
> Save the Date!
> 2012 Synod - May 3-5, 2012, at Holiday Inn on Wolf Road in Albany, NY.
> The Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe Embarks on Third Strategic Plan for Future Mission...
> (This is a sequence of excerpts from the full press release)
> Delegates to the 2011 Convention of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe at St. James Church, Florence (October 20-23) launched Vision 2012: God's Mission has a Church. Vision 2012 marks the beginning of the Convocation's third strategic mission initiative since 2000. The plan is to be finalized after a yearlong convocation-wide consultation process, and will ultimately guide the work of the Convocation during the next five years.
> The predominant theological motif of Vision 2012, The Word Made Flesh: Incarnation and Mission in Europe, unfolded throughout three program sessions that followed. In the opening plenary session, Barwick reminded the gathering that just as "Jesus was born in the fullness of time, to a particular time and place - making real the power and beauty of God - - we are now invited to consider "how we in the Convocation are called to incarnate the Word with which we have been entrusted, in our time and place." 
> The three program sessions followed a Convocation-developed programmatic method, Transformed by Stories (TBS), which integrates presentations, thought provoking scripture, and storytelling in a manner that fosters spiritual formation and plants seeds for future mission. See also the TBS blog site at: Transformed by Stories. Delegates watched Bishop Whalon's video to introduce a multimedia CD for EICS' ongoing Transformed by Stories project. TBS materials, to include the film, the CD and a TBS manual, are being prepared for release in anticipation of the upcoming summer General Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. 
> Nominations being accepted for provincial offices
> The Nominating Committee of Province II met recently to prepare for the elections to be held at the Provincial Synod in May, 2012. The Committee is seeking nominations for the following positions:
> Treasurer
> Executive Council - Clergy
> Provincial Council - Clergy
> Provincial Council - Lay
> Persons can self-nominate, or be nominated by another individual. If not a self-nominee, it is critical to ascertain the agreement of the nominee that he/she is willing and able to serve and to make the necessary commitments of time required of the position.
> Nominations should include all appropriate nominee contact information and a brief (150 word) biographical sketch, relating to relevant church and business background activities.
> Nominations should be sent by email, or USPS, to:
> Chuck Perfater, Executive Coordinator 
> 8 Aquetong Lane,
> West Trenton, NJ 08628 
> chperfater at comcast.net 
> Nominations should be received not later than January 20, 2012.
> In order to facilitate the nomination process, all of the information, including descriptions of the positions and their obligations, as well as a nomination form, have been put on the Province II website <www.province2.org>. 
> A New Floating Chapel: SCI's CHAPLAINSBLOG...
> In the early nineteenth century, the Seamen's Church Institute (SCI) lodged its mission to seafarers in a floating chapel in the waters of the Port of New York. SCI prioritized "mobile" spiritual care, meeting mariners where their work brought them. Today, SCI chaplains remain just as agile, climbing gangways and riding tender vessels to reach mariners on board busy ships. This month, however, SCI steps up its mobility to bring chaplains' messages wherever there is an Internet connection, launching a new blog called CHAPLAINSBLOG (http://chaplainsblog.seamenschurch.org).  
> Over its 177-year ministry to mariners, the Institute has developed a three-fold approach to mission: continuing maritime education, legal advocacy for the merchant mariner and pastoral care. Until now, SCI'sspiritual care has been limited to isolated, small group exchanges. With CHAPLAINSBLOG, SCI embarks on a new chapter, reaching beyond geographical boundaries to share more widely its pastoral ministry to the maritime workforce.
> SCI retains a staff of professional maritime chaplains with interfaith and cross-cultural backgrounds whose traits, work experiences and skills vary as much as the mariners they encounter. Each day in their work, SCI chaplains meet individuals from varying backgrounds, cultures and faiths, shaping care to meet the needs of the moment. The entries SCI chaplains make to the blog-text, images, poetry and videos-reflect the personalized ways SCI tailors its spiritual care for mariners.
> A floating chapel for the twenty-first century, SCI's CHAPLAINSBLOG hosts self-published meditations (posted weekly in time for Sunday) containing messages targeted to maritime workers around the world. With the current number of SCI chaplains nationwide, each chaplain posts to the blog once every two months. SCI's CHAPLAINSBLOG also contains a section called "Ask a Chaplain" where online visitors may publicly ask SCI chaplains about whatever they wish.
> SCI has tapped the Rev. Michael Nation to serve as the pastoral coordinator for CHAPLAINSBLOG. Nation coordinates the preaching rotation, supports and encourages bloggers, and coordinates the moderation of the site's "Ask a Chaplain" feature. "I look forward to reaching our domestic and international mariners through this blog," remarks Nation. "The Internet exponentially expands our ability to provide hope and comfort to the mariners we serve."
> Rebuild Our Church in Haiti - The Diocese of Long Island Takes Action....
> Rebuilding Holy Trinity Cathedral Port-au-Prince Haiti
> While lives are being rebuilt, the church structure that serves those lives also stands in need. The diocese of Haiti, like the diocese of Long Island, is part of Province II of the Church. The Cathedral of the diocese, Holy Trinity, must be re-constructed. The Cathedral is not only the center of worship at Port-au-Prince, it is as well a focus of education, healthcare, and culture. The Episcopal Church has begun a campaign to support the rebuilding of the Cathedral to enable again its full contribution to the life of Haiti's people.
> This fall, the diocese of Long Island joins this effort. Information has been placed on the diocese's website - www.dioceselongisland.org/haiti/index.html - available to parish administrators, clergy, and parishioners. There you can learn about the need and the efforts being undertaken throughout the church. Donations can be made either by mail or online. Episcopal Church Foundation is taking the lead and assuring that funds gathered go directly to this vital cause.  Read more...
> The Dream Act: Hope for Immigrant High School Graduates without Status....
> (Excerpts from the full article)
> Each year, approximately 65,000 high school graduates are prevented from attending college or working legally due to their undocumented immigration status. Our immigration law currently has no mechanism to consider their special circumstances, and even if they leave the U.S. in an effort to enter legally, they are barred from re-entry for up to 10 years since they have been here in an undocumented status. The DREAM Act would correct this inequity by allowing upstanding high school graduates who were brought to the United States as children years ago to obtain a temporary visa so they could attend school, travel, and work legally.
> Your voice is needed to change this law. There are mechanisms that you can help support now that will affect the lives of these high schoolers. You can contact your local legislatures and support state bills that would enable migrant youth to attend college with in-state tuition, health care, transportation and other support that citizen youth have in a given state. 
>
> Restructuring the Episcopal Church...
> Bishop Stacy F. Sauls
> As the dioceses in the province make their way through their diocesan conventions toward the The 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, which will be held on July 5-12, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana, many of them have passed, or will possibly pass, a resolution calling for a special restructuring convention.   Read more...
> For many this appears to be a surprise coming out of left field. To assist the convention deputies, restructuring will be featured in a plenary session at the synod meeting in May, 2012. Meanwhile, here is some background that may be helpful.
> on May 31, 2011, Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori appointed Bishop Stacy F. Sauls as Chief Operating Officer for the Episcopal Church. Read more...  
> On September 20, 2011, COO asks church to engage in 'structural reform' conversations to shift focus toward mission. Read more...  
> On September 23, 2011, Bishop Stacy F. Sauls addressed the House of Bishops and presented a model resolution that dioceses could submit to the 77th General Convention in 2012 for consideration.  Read more...
> On September 30, 2011, Bonnie Anderson, President of the House of Deputies, wrote to deputies about Stacy Sauls' restructuring suggestions. Read more...
> The Verger's Guild...
> Did you know that there is a Verger's Guild?  
> The Vergers' Guild of the Episcopal Church (VGEC) is a service organization based in the United States and dedicated to helping vergers in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion world-wide.
> Vergers' serve a variety of roles in the church today and are primarily focused with helping Clergy, staff, and volunteers organize and conduct services. You might see a Verger welcoming service participants prior to a baptism. A Verger often leads the procession into and out of the Nave for special services. The ministry of the Verger is as unique as the individual serving in the role and the parish itself.
> The Vergers' Guild has nearly one thousand members (and growing!) and a large number of interested clergy and lay persons who rely on us for information, training, fellowship, products, support, and much more. Our numbers are growing as we enter the second decade of the twenty-first century.
> Our web site, www.vergers.org is the primary source of information about this special ministry within the church.  
> Also of interest...
> Applications now accepted for Episcopal Church Young Adult Service Corps - The Episcopal Church offers untold opportunities for young adults to provide service and share their expertise worldwide through the Young Adult Service Corps. Commonly known as YASC, applications are now being accepted for the Young Adult Service Corps from young adults between the ages of 21-30.  Read more... 
>  Official Youth Presence at GC12 Applications are now open! -  Each General Convention the Office for Youth Ministries of The Episcopal Church convenes and supports an Official Youth Presence to take part in the discernment of legislation on the floor of the House of Deputies with seat and voice (Resolution # 1982-B045).  Read more...  
> Share your thoughts and observe Advent and Christmas through Episcopal Church social media - Starting on the first day of Advent - Sunday November 27 - the Episcopal Church Facebook and Twitter features special Advent and Christmas elements: conversation-starting inquiries, a word of the day, videos, and links to Advent resources.  Read more...    
> Why are Episcopal Churches Declining or Growing: An Updated 2010 Facts Survey - The Top Twenty Reasons Churches Most Likely to Grow 
> 1.	Newer Congregations
> 2.	Churches with lots of newcomers
> 3.	Churches with a higher percent of female members
> 4.	Churches that have a clear mission and purpose
> Read more...   
> A redesigned Episcopal News Service website now enhances its news and commentary with a myriad of advances, including expanded multimedia and a range of social media offerings and share tools, all designed to help you keep up-to-date on the Episcopal Church.  Churches and dioceses with "news feed" from ENS will need to visit the web site to get the new link to feed. Read more...  
> This issue of the In Prov 2 is archived so that you can find it after you've deleted it from your e-mail.  Go to the Province II website at www.province2.org/inprov2.html.
> Province II has a Facebook page - check it out! Find Us on Facebook  and at least "like" the province and commend it to your friends.  The latest information about what is happening in the province is posted to that page almost daily.  Maybe you didn't know, but you can Add to My Page's Favorites, Subscribe via SMS, Subscribe via RSS, and Share a Facebook page, so it would be really easy for you to keep up with Province II in between issues of the In Prov 2.
> The next issue of the In Prov 2 will come out in the beginning of December.  All networks and dioceses please make sure to get news and coming events to webeditor at province2.org by November 30, 2011 - mark your calendars!
> Jan Paxton, Communications Officer for Province II
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