All posts filed under: World Mission

The mission of education in Taiwan

Travel / World Mission

Today, my first full day in Taiwan as part of the House of Bishop’s meeting, was spent taking a tour of St. John’s University. The university was originally planted in Shanghai by the then bishop of Shanghai – The Rt. Rev. Samuel Isaac Joseph Schereschewsky, one of my favorite heroes on our Episcopal Church’s calendar of saints. I found this plaque in English describing the work of Bishop Schereschewsky and his role in founding the […]

Fall 2014 House of Bishops meeting

General Convention / Travel / World Mission

Tomorrow we will begin this year’s Fall House of Bishops meeting for the Episcopal Church. We’re meeting this year in Taipei, in the Diocese of Taiwan, a diocese of the Episcopal Church. As I mentioned this to people in Rhode Island, there was some surprise that Taiwan was part of our Church – but over the years, as our mission work in the Episcopal Church in the US took us further and further afield, we […]

The App you ought to have

Current Affairs / World Mission

Do you have an iPhone? An iPad? Do you support the One Campaign? I spent time in Swaziland. Many of my friends are either from the Sudan or work with people in the Sudan. Here in Phoenix we have a number of cathedral members who work on the southern Mexican border with Guatemala. In all those places the situation is dire because an epidemic of preventable diseases, lack of basic infrastructure and extreme poverty. The […]

It’s time to rethink America’s policy on nuclear weapons.

Current Affairs / World Mission

There’s an article in the Wall Street Journal today by a number of former Cold War leaders (including George Schultz, Sam Nunn and Henry Kissinger) that calls for the U.S. to rethink its M.A.D. nuclear weapons policy. Not a dove among the lot. While you can’t access that article without a subscription, you can read the open letter at the Here are some of the key paragraphs: “Today, the Cold War is almost 20 […]

Swazi government threatens torture against “foreigners”.

Swaziland / World Mission

I haven’t written much about Swaziland recently as the situation in that small country in Southern Africa hasn’t changed very much. But I received this article from the primary English language newspaper this morning. The short version appears to be that the Swazi King is becoming increasingly frustrated with the low level unrest in the populace. There have been increasing calls for governmental reform as the economic and public health situation has deteriorated. Rather than […]

Learning to listen to the locals

Swaziland / World Mission

What follows is an essay I just wrote for a Diocese of Arizona project which is collecting reflections from people who have been involved in various MDG projects over the past. Our diocesan MDG committee is going to publish these both in hope that other in the diocese might be inspired to get involved, and also so that local parish and mission committees might use them to guide their own decision making process. (I’ll try […]

Violence and persecution increasing in Swaziland

Swaziland / World Mission

A few years ago I traveled to Swaziland as part of an effort of my then parish (Trinity in Bethlehem PA) to support the work of Swazi Hospice at Home. You can read my travel diary and see pictures from the trip here. During the trip, especially during my journey to the southern parts of the country, there were hints that the government was beginning to prepare for a period of civil unrest. Around the […]

Cinco de Mayo 2010

World Mission

 Just back from our Cinco de Mayo party at the Cathedral this afternoon. The various services of the Cathedral family joined forces at noon, with Mariachi's and Folk dancers to celebrate our Mexican American Heritage. The weather was unusually windy and cool – a real Spring this year in Phoenix – but we managed anyhow. Here's hoping that someone will share a movie of the dancers so you can get a better sense of what […]

The situation in Haiti

Current Affairs / World Mission

There was some good reporting about the heroic ministry of the Episcopal bishop of Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake on Friday. The Wall Street Journal talked about the “island of organization” in the midst of chaos that he had managed to create. Kendall Harmon points to this video from the WSJ this afternoon: The Episcopal Cafe has this letter from the bishop calling for help to be delivered through Episcopal Relief and […]

Craig Uffman: Where Was God in the Earthquake?

Religion / World Mission

There’s a helpful piece up on Craig’s blog that sketches out an answer to the question that I think will be on the mind of many this weekend as they sit in Church. If God does not will evil upon us, then how can God abide such horror such as we see today in Haiti? “Theologian David Bentley Hart offers the best answer I know in his book The Doors of the Sea: Where Was God […]