A.M.E.N. Reads Resource for Epiphany: Gracism: The Art of Inclusion

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The Anglican Multi-ethnic Network exists to help Anglicans in North America better reflect the diversity of the body of Christ in local churches so that our churches’ ethnic make-up manifests the universal saving power of the gospel and its ability to unite all people under the lordship of Christ. Part of that work involves dealing with the historic causes of alienation between different ethnic groups and seeking godly reconciliation. To that end, we are offering to the province a series of resources entitled: AMEN Reads. These resources can be used in sermons, small groups, and Sunday school classes to help churches think through issues of racial reconciliation and social justice from a biblical perspective.

The book we have chosen for our first edition of AMEN Reads is entitled Gracism by Dr. David A. Anderson.  We are encouraging churches, small groups, and individuals to read this book during the season of Epiphany which begins Jan 6th, 2018.  We choose Epiphany because this feast celebrates God’s desire for his son to be revealed to “the peoples of the earth.” More information about the book can be found here. We hope that a significant number of churches, small groups, and individuals in the Province will take advantage of this opportunity to think and pray together about God’s desire to reconcile all peoples to himself.

How can you get involved:

  • If you are a Rector or Vicar, use this book as the basis for a sermon series during Epiphany
  • If you lead a small group or oversee a small group ministry, recommend the use of Gracism during Epiphany.
  • If your church doesn’t have a small group consider hosting a church-wide evening discussion group for the season of Epiphany on the book
  • Consider partnering with other churches in the area to host the group.
  • Participate in the Facebook live discussion groups around the various chapters of the book (details upcoming)
  • Use the AMEN Reads logo and FB, Social Media, and your church website to spread the word!

Rectors, sign your church up to be a part of the 50

We are hoping to get at least 50 churches participating in this initiative. So we are asking that pastors of churches sign up below and agree to invite at least two other pastors to participate in this program.

Prayer for the Second Sunday of Epiphany:

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

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For more information about AMEN:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Anglicanmultiethnicnetwork/

https://anglicanmultiethnic.org

https://twitter.com/anglicanME

 

 

Una Declaración de Caminemos Juntos y A.M.E.N. sobre D.A.C.A.

 

 

Una declaración de Caminemos Juntos y La Red Multiétnica Anglicana (A.M.E.N.):

Caminemos Juntos y La Red Multiétnica Anglicana (A.M.E.N.) son partes de la Iglesia Anglicana de Norteamérica (A.C.N.A.) dedicados a apoyar la provincia en reflejar la diversidad de América del Norte en nuestras iglesias locales. Nos unimos en este momento para expresar nuestro amor y cariño por los que son afectados por la revocación reciente de la ley D.A.C.A. (Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia). Estos hermanos y hermanas de nosotros, que en mayoria son latinos/as, están experimentando tristeza, dolor, y temor, además de incertidumbre, sobre sus futuros. Queremos que ellos sepan que ellos tienen nuestro apoyo.

La comunidad Latina en los E.E.U.U. es y será una parte esencial de este país y le damos gracias a Dios omnipotente por eso. Como parte del cuerpo de Cristo, nos alegramos por los dones que ellos traen a nuestra familia de la iglesia (1 Cor. 12:22), y además por sus contribuciones en sus comunidades locales. Por eso, pedimos que los gobernadores y los legisladores encuentren una solución comprensiva sobre la cuestión de la inmigración, que incluya un camino a la ciudadanía para los niños y jóvenes que han sido criados aquí en los E.E.U.U. y quienes solamente conocen este lugar como su hogar.

Para desarollar una conciencia sobre los varios aspectos de DACA, DREAMers y la inmigración, exhortamos que cada persona se informe sobre los asuntos legales y personales que afectan a tantos de entre medio de nosotros.

Como compañeros en los viñedos del Señor, esperamos y oramos que los miembros de nuestra provincia eviten hablar de una manera dañosa y odiosa. En lugar de eso, debemos inculcar y exhortar unidad más que división. Además, animamos a que nuestros hermanos Anglicanos apoyen a los que son directamente afectados por estas circunstancias con expresiones palpables de amor y cariño de palabra y en hechos. Que la paz de Cristo que sobrepasa toda comprensión sea el camino verdadero que nos diriga a la ciudadanía en el reino eterno de Dios.

Por más infomación sobre Caminemos Juntos:

www.caminemos-juntos.com

https://www.facebook.com/CaminemosJuntosEnglish/

Por más información sobre A.M.E.N.:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Anglicanmultiethnicnetwork/

https://anglicanmultiethnic.org

 

Statement on DACA from Caminemos Juntos & A.M.E.N

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Statement from Caminemos Juntos and A.M.E.N:

Caminemos Juntos and the Anglican Multi-Ethnic Network (AMEN) are entities of the Anglican Church in North America dedicated to helping the province better reflect the diversity of North America in our local churches.  We join together at this time to express our love and concern for those who are affected by the recent revocation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  These brothers and sisters of ours, most of whom are of Latino ethnicity, are experiencing grief, pain and fear as well as uncertainty about their future. We want to make it clear to them that they have our support.

The Latino community in the United States is and will continue to be a vital part of the Church in this country and for this, we give thanks to Almighty God.  As fellow members of the Body of Christ, we rejoice in the gifts they bring to our Church family (1 Cor. 12:22) and the contributions they make to local communities.  We therefore ask those entrusted with the role of governing and legislating to provide a comprehensive solution to the wider immigration issue that includes a path to citizenship for those children raised here who only know this place as their home.

To develop an awareness of the various facets of DACA, DREAMers and immigration, we encourage everyone to take the time to become informed about the legal and personal issues that impact so many.

As co-workers in the vineyard of the Lord, we hope and pray that members of our province will avoid hurtful and hateful language and instead foster attitudes that unite us in Christ rather than divide. Furthermore, we encourage our fellow Anglican Christians to reach out with tangible expressions of the love of Christ to those whose lives are directly affected by these circumstances, be it through words of encouragement or deeds of provision. May the peace of Christ which surpasses all understanding be the true path that leads us to citizenship in God’s eternal kingdom.

For more information about Caminemos Juntos:

www.caminemos-juntos.com

https://www.facebook.com/CaminemosJuntosEnglish/

For more information about A.M.E.N:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Anglicanmultiethnicnetwork/

https://anglicanmultiethnic.org

https://twitter.com/anglicanME

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The Charlottesville Statement

 

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The Anglican Multiethnic Network exists to help local churches embody the diversity that manifests God’s reconciling of the world to himself through his Son. We believe that to do this work effectively churches must be willing to speak plainly about the racism and injustice that continues to plague North America. We witnessed this racism again on display over the weekend in Charlottesville when a young woman was murdered and many others were injured during a protest of a white supremacy rally. Our prayers are with her family and all the victims of violence and hatred.

 

We want to make it abundantly clear that as Anglicans we believe that all people are created in God’s image and, as image bearers, all are worthy of equal dignity and respect. God does not value one ethnicity above another. His Son shed his blood for us all. We find our meaning and value in his death, resurrection, and ascension for us, which both humbles and exalts people of all ethnicities. Christ is the source of our reconciliation with God and each other. White supremacy, therefore, is an affront to the gospel because it speaks against the Anglican (and wider Christian) doctrines of creation, salvation, and ecclesiology (the one people of God called from all the ethnicities of the earth). Racism and white supremacy have no place in Anglicanism.

 

We confess that as Anglicans we ourselves have a long way to go in reflecting in our churches God’s vision for his multicolored Kingdom and addressing the concerns of communities of color, but we are committed for the long haul to seek the fullness of God’s purposes in all these things. We ask you to pray for Charlottesville and North America—that racism would be overcome and that we might live together in harmony. We also ask that you pray for the Church—that God might grant us the wisdom to be salt and light during these challenging times.

 

Yours In Christ,

The Anglican Multi-Ethic Network (A.M.E.N.) Leadership Team

 

For more information about A.M.E.N:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Anglicanmultiethnicnetwork/

https://anglicanmultiethnic.org

https://twitter.com/anglicanME