ECP Consecrates and Installs two new Diocesan Bishops

ECP WELCOMES TWO NEW VOLUNTEERS

Two volunteers from the Young Adult Service Corps (YASC) of The Episcopal Church have come to join in the ministries of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines (ECP) for one-year terms of service.

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Ben having Thanksgiving Dinner with community members

Ben Hansknecht, a graduate of Wildlife Management, will be working on tree planting and other ecological restoration projects in the Visayas Mission Area, a program established by ECP’s E-Care Foundation after Typhoon Yolanda in 2013.  Ben will be based in Sabang Bao, a housing development and community for victims of the typhoon.

 

 

Caroline Sprinkle, a graduate of Wake Forest University in North Carolina, will be working in t

Caroline
Caroline with her Kalinga costume

he Episcopal Diocese of North Luzon (EDNL), where she will be a staff of our E-CARE Foundation, doing community development work and also working in the area of carbon reduction.

ECP has been receiving YASC volunteers for several years already, and we have greatly benefited from their energy, thoughtfulness and commitment to the work of the Church.

Follow Ben and Caroline thru their blogs:

Ben Hansnecht’s Blogs

Caroline Sprinkle’s Blogs

ECP GENERAL SYNOD CONDEMNS EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS, CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

The General Synod of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines (ECP) met in session from May 9 – 11, 2017 at Trinity University of Asia in Quezon City, Metro Manila.  Among several business-related resolutions, the Synod passed resolutions related to legal and social issues current in the nation at this time.

 

Extrajudicial Killings

Among these, one resolution “express[es] grave concern over these killings and the atmosphere of impunity that now pervades our land and call on the government to put a stop to such killings, investigate the perpetrators and ensure mechanisms for accountability.

 

Legal Issues

Two resolutions express opposition to proposed changes in the legal system, one is a proposal to reinstate capital punishment and the other is a proposal to lower the age of criminal responsibility from 15 to 9 years of age.

Both of these resolutions call on the government to focus on strengthening and improving the criminal justice system of the country with a view to emphasizing restorative justice and making criminal proceedings transparent and just.

 

Peace Process

The General Synod also expressed its “full support to the peace talks between

the government of the republic of the Philippines and the national democratic front.”

 

As per its long-established stand on these issues, the Synod reiterated that the ECP is a strong advocate for genuine and lasting peace and believes that this can be attained through sincere and honest dialogue among all contending parties and with the active participation and prayers of the Filipino people;”

Each of these resolutions, besides being commended to all parts of the Church for prayer and action has also been forwarded to the appropriate authorities within the Government as part of the ECP’s ongoing witness to the Kingdom of God in our midst.

LOOKING BACK AND BRACING FOR A NEW YEAR

National Cathedral of St Mary and St John, Quezon   City2017 has been a very fulfilling year for the ECP. We have intensified our gains towards Vision 2018 while positively addressing emerging challenges and obstacles.

As we step into the last year of Vision 2018, it is reported that as of 2017, we have admitted in union with their respective diocesan conventions a total of 80 full-fledge parishes. Ten years ago, we had only 27 parishes established in 106 years or from 1901 to 2007. Part of Vision 2018 then was to enable all our congregations to mature into full parish-hood so they can enjoy the privileges of a self-governing and self-reliant congregation fully entitled to and exercising responsibility for the proclamation of the good news of the Kingdom of God, nurture of New Believers, a loving service response to human needs, transformation of unjust structures of society and safeguarding the integrity of creation. Recent reports also indicate that the dioceses will be able to finish 2018 with a total of 99 full-fledge and about 30 aided parishes. While this will not meet the number targeted in 2008, it would still be more than 3 times the base figure when Vision 2018 was crafted. In 10 years, we would have built twice the number of full-fledge parishes that we established in 106 years. The number of congregations that are either full-fledge, aided or provisional parishes will far surpass those of mission stations and outstations, unlike in 2007 when parishes were almost the exception to the general classification of ECP congregations.

For 2015-2016, membership growth rate was recorded at 5% or from 133,891 to 144,094. Since population growth rate in the Philippines for the same period stood at 1.5645%, it is inferred that the increase in ECP membership went beyond mere population growth. Certainly, there were cases of double [or maybe even triple] registration, but there were also cases of non-registration of some members. The improvement of our recording system is a work in progress.

Per capita giving has been increasing over the years. There was a time in recent ECP history when giving was averaged at less than P50. As of 2016, per capita giving was recorded at P568.98.

The ECP has been performing very well in its investments. For 2017, investment targets have been surpassed and an extra-ordinary income [derived from the trading of fixed-income treasury bonds] of P1,102,900.70 was generated. It should be noted that there is now a total of P14 million real estate fund that was derived from extra-ordinary income in recent years, which is now designated for the purchase of real assets.

We toast the champagne glass for meeting the target P10 million Scholarship Fund of St. Andrew’s Theological Seminary [SATS] at its feast day celebration last 30th of November. Four years ago, the fund stood at less than half the target after several years, prompting retired Prime Bishop Renato M. Abibico to comment that it seemed as if we will complete the amount at the second coming of the Lord. SATS Board set the completion date on 30 November 2017 and everybody worked hard for it. The realization of the target was a clear testament to what ECP members can do if they pool their efforts and resources together.

We had a smooth leadership change when The Rt. Rev. Joel A. Pachao was installed as the 6th Prime Bishop of the ECP on 26th October 2017. This allowed Bishop Abibico to finally take the retirement course, just in time for escaping the age-related physical pains that often visit even a stallion working beyond 65 years.

At the 2017 Provincial Synod, we made some significant changes in our Constitution and Canons which is now becoming uniquely cognizant of our particular context. We re-affirmed our basic principles on the sacredness of human life when we spoke out against the death penalty, the lowering of the age of criminal responsibility, manifested our support to the anti-drug campaign but expressed serious concern over the killings and the atmosphere of impunity that has engulfed the country and also expressed support to the peace talks. We approved the creation of a new diocese out of the current Diocese of North Central Philippines.

On the negative side, we lost The Rt. Rev. Esteban G. Sabawil in early 2017, after serving just a little more than a year as Diocesan of Northern Luzon. We also lost a number of clergy and lay leaders. May they all rest in eternal peace.

We continue to be challenged by the shortfall of financial resources in our Diocese of Davao. Our Council of Bishops and Executive Council are working towards enabling the diocese to meet this challenge.

Finally, the 2017 Synod has set the period from June 2017 to May 2020 as a Mission Re-invigoration Triennium to give particular focus, energy and resources to the following:

1] The mobilization of the ECP constituency during the next 18 months towards completing the targets for Vision 2018;
2] The conduct of a visioning process that will include diocesan consultations and a national summit to build into the accomplishments of Vision 2018 and craft the vision of this Church for the future;
3] The comprehensive review of the Constitution and Canons of this Church in order to open up its structures and canonical framework to a more dynamic and vibrant mission work.

Let us now brace ourselves and dive into full participation in the mission re-invigoration ahead!

(Written by Atty. Floyd Lalwet, Provincial Secretary of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines)

Pasikan Installed as Fifth Bishop of Diocese of North Luzon

HILARY A. PASIKAN, JR. CONSECRATED AND INSTALLED EDNL BISHOP

Hilary Ayban Pasikan, Jr. was consecrated as Bishop of the Church and installed as the fifth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Luzon in a joyous but solemn liturgy at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Bulanao, Tabuk, Kalinga province on 14 September 2017. The consecration and installation service was presided over by the Prime Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines, The Most Rev. Renato M. Abibico, with all the seven diocesan bishops Continue reading “Pasikan Installed as Fifth Bishop of Diocese of North Luzon”

PB: A PASTORAL STATEMENT ON THE PEACEFUL TALK BETWEEN THE GRP AND THE CPP-NDF-NPA

EDCP

EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN THE PHILIPPINES
NATIONAL OFFICE

 

A PASTORAL STATEMENT ON THE PEACEFUL TALK
BETWEEN THE GRP AND THE CPP-NDF-NPA

The Episcopal Church in the Philippines welcomes with joy, earnest prayer and high hopes the decision of the Duterte Administration and the Communist Party of the Philippines, its military arm the New People’s Army and the National Democratic Front to come to the table to talk about peace and to address the roots of the decades long insurgency war.

For almost half a century, we Filipinos have been pitted against each other in a long drawn war that has weighed Continue reading “PB: A PASTORAL STATEMENT ON THE PEACEFUL TALK BETWEEN THE GRP AND THE CPP-NDF-NPA”

PB: A PASTORAL LETTER ON THE GENERAL ELECTIONS OF MAY 9

EDCP

EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN THE PHILIPPINES
National Office

 

A PASTORAL LETTER

ON THE GENERAL ELECTIONS OF MAY 9

 

As the May 9, 2016 General Election quickly approaches, we call upon the faithful of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines to fulfill their duty and moral obligation to cast their votes.  Indeed, to participate in the democratic processes Continue reading “PB: A PASTORAL LETTER ON THE GENERAL ELECTIONS OF MAY 9”

3rd ECP Prime Bishop passes away

The Most Rev. Ignacio C. Soliba, 3rd ECP Prime Bishop, passes to the heavenly realm!

The Most Rev. Ignacio C. Soliba, former Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Luzon [EDNL] and 3rd Prime Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines, passed away at 9:05 pm on 29th March 2016 at St. Paul’s Hospital in Tuguegarao, Cagayan. He has been in intensive care unit following a severe infection that made him comatose since Friday. He is survived by his three children: Theresa, Ali and Abanay Grace. Continue reading “3rd ECP Prime Bishop passes away”

Sabang Bao: A Gospel Reincarnation Story

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A GOSPEL REINCARNATION STORY:
30 houses inaugurated and turned over;
Partner communities grant-back P1.5M
by: Floyd Lalwet

Everyone, literally or figuratively, shed a tear of joy and of love – the kind that falls when seemingly insurmountable odds are surpassed. This was at the solemn service presided over by the Prime Bishop, with all bishops concelebrating, as the ECP joined its partner community in Brgy. Sabang Bao, Ormoc City in inaugurating and blessing the first 30 housing units which were then turned over to the first batch of participating households as their very own. The event Continue reading “Sabang Bao: A Gospel Reincarnation Story”

PB’s Sermon during the opening of CCEA (Council of Churches of East Asia): “Behold, I make all things new.”

via the Anglican Communion News Service


The Sermon by the Most Rev. Renato Mag-Gay Abibico, Prime Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines, at the opening of the Council of Churches of East Asia Full Assembly, October 2015

Good evening brothers and sisters in Christ!

First, as the host Province of the Council of the Church in East Asia and with our ecumenical partner, the Iglesia Filipina Independiente, I welcome you all to this 2015 CCEA Full Assembly. I pray that our coming together for worship, fellowship and business will further strengthen the bond that unite us as a Council. Continue reading “PB’s Sermon during the opening of CCEA (Council of Churches of East Asia): “Behold, I make all things new.””

PB’s Report on the ECP Centennial Endowment Fund

As we are celebrating Centennial Sunday on 11th October 2015, the National Office is presenting a report on the ECP Centennial Endowment Fund [CEF] which was set up in 2001 as a major capital funding mechanism for Church self-support.  It was designed to Continue reading “PB’s Report on the ECP Centennial Endowment Fund”