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6/8/2006
[Episcopal News Service] 
  • Requiescant: Canon Joyce Hogg and Canon Clinton R. Jones
  • Coleen Porcher, Mary Carr join staff at 815
  • Bill Sachs resigns to pursue other ministries
  • Willis Jenkins to teach at Yale Divinity School


Canon Joyce Hogg of Episcopal Relief and Development dies at 66
Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold celebrated Holy Eucharist in her memory

[Source: Episcopal Relief and Development]

Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold celebrated the June 7 Holy Eucharist at the Episcopal Church Center in memory of Canon Jessie (Joyce) Hogg, network director for Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD), who died June 2 at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. She was 66.

He described Hogg as an "indomitable spirit" saying "nothing stood in her way."

Hogg was born June 6, 1939, in Glasgow, Scotland and attended Clover Hill Primary School and Knightswood Secondary School. After both of her parents died, she relocated to Michigan with her elder brother, Charles, where she graduated from Coby High School in Detroit.

Hogg met her husband, William (Bill) A.G. Hogg, in Kinghorn, Scotland on August 1, 1955, and she returned from the United States to marry him in 1958. In 1967, they relocated to New York City where Bill furthered his career as a naval architect and she became an active and dedicated member of the Episcopal Church.

Since the early 1970s she served as a volunteer in various capacities in the Diocese of Long Island, Province II and on the National Episcopal Church Women's Board. She was president and treasurer for the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Long Island, a member of Diocesan Council as well as vice president and treasurer of Episcopal Charities in the Diocese. She was an honorary canon of the Cathedral of the Incarnation of the Diocese of Long Island and a recipient of the Bishop's Medal for Distinguished Diocesan Service.

Hogg initially served as ERD's diocesan coordinator for the Diocese of Long Island and later as a volunteer before joining the staff in January 1997 where she was appointed director of Networks & Special Projects. In this role, she was responsible for recruiting and training ERD's "Network" of volunteers—a special group of more than 3,000 individuals who advocate, support, and promote ERD's work throughout Episcopal parishes, dioceses and seminaries around the country. She also coordinated and managed the ERD booth at the last three General Conventions and represented ERD at major conferences and diocesan conventions. Hogg had attended every General Convention since 1976.

During her most intense fight with cancer, Hogg continued to work part-time from her home in Bristow, Virginia. She was able to plan and attend the Annual Network meeting of ERD Diocesan Coordinators in May 2006 where more than 86 diocesan coordinators were in attendance.
Hogg is survived by her husband, a daughter, Janice Hogg, of Oakland Gardens, New York; a son, Neil, and his wife, Pamela, of Springfield, Virginia; two grandchildren, Graham and Isabel; and a host of relatives, friends and colleagues.

Funeral services will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church in Manassas, Virginia, on June 10 at 2:00 p.m. Priests Stuart E. Schadt and Vinnie Lainson will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, the Hogg Family requests that donations be made to Episcopal Relief and Development: P.O. Box 12043, Newark, NJ 07101; or 1-800-334-7626, ext. 5129; http://www.er-d.org



Clinton Jones, Episcopal trailblazer dies at 89

 
[ENS, Source: Hartford Courant] The Rev. Canon Clinton R. Jones, whose outreach to people on the margins of society made him a legend in Hartford's Episcopal community, died June 3. He was 89.

Born in Brookfield in 1916, Jones graduated from Bard College in 1938 and had intended to go to law school. Instead, he enrolled at General Theological Seminary in New York and was ordained in the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut three years later.

He joined the clergy staff of Christ Church Cathedral in 1946 and stayed for an unprecedented 40 years, retiring in 1986.

"He shaped the DNA of the cathedral as a place of welcome and care for all of God's people," said cathedral Dean Mark B. Pendleton.

Jones continued to be an active priest in retirement. Until recently he was part of a Sunday clergy rotation for four small churches called the Greater Hartford Regional Ministry.

Jones was perhaps best known for his research in homosexuality and transsexuality. He counseled people struggling with their sexual orientation, authored three books and numerous research articles on gender identification and helped to found a clinic for people preparing to undergo sex-change surgery.

In November 2005, his friends at Christ Church Cathedral honored him by creating an award that bears his name. The award will be given yearly to a person of faith who works quietly in the community on issues at the cutting edge of change.
 



Episcopal Church Foundation announces staffing changes

[ENS, Source: Episcopal Church Foundation] Donald V. Romanik, president of the Episcopal Church Foundation, recently announced the resignation of Bill Sachs as the Foundation's vice president of Learning and Leadership and welcomed Coleen Porcher as major gifts officer.

Effective June 30, Sachs will leave the Foundation in order to pursue other ministries. During his tenure, Sachs has been involved in research and several initiatives including the "Zacchaeus Project," an extensive study of grassroots life in the Episcopal Church, and the "Global Anglicanism Project."

"While we will miss his wit, wisdom and extensive knowledge of the church, we look forward to working with him in his future ministries," said Romanik. "I know you all join me in wishing Bill the best of luck and God's blessings in all his future endeavors."

Romanik said Sachs will be attending General Convention in Columbus, Ohio which should allow others a chance to wish him well.

Porcher, who served as director of development and public relations for Episcopal Relief and Development from 1999-2001, joins the Foundation after serving as director of communications for St. Luke's School, New Canaan, Connecticut.

She has been an institutional advancement professional in both New York and Connecticut at Lauralton Hall, the YWCA of Greenwich, and New York University (NYU.) In addition, she worked briefly as public relations manager for the former mayor of New York City, David Dinkins, while he was teaching at Columbia University.

Porcher holds a bachelor of arts in history and a minor in Spanish from Vassar College and a master's in public administration from NYU. She speaks Spanish fluently, a smattering of French and some Swahili.

"We couldn't be more pleased to have Coleen on board," said Romanik.


ERD welcomes Mary Carr as new deputy

[ENS, Source: Episcopal Relief and Development] Mary Carr has recently joined Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) as deputy to the president.

Carr will supervise the operations in the office of ERD President Robert Radtke, including scheduling, correspondence, board relations and other special projects.

Prior to joining ERD, Carr was a law clerk in the firm of Braunstein & Chase where she prepared cases for hearings and litigation. She also worked for many years at Intrepid Ship Management, Inc.

"We are very lucky to have Mary as part of our team," said Radtke.


Willis Jenkins to teach at Yale Divinity School

Willis Jenkins, who has been serving as Interim Coordinator for the Young Adult Service Corps (YASC), will begin teaching in the fall as Assistant Professor of Social Ethics at Yale Divinity School.

Jenkins worked as a youth minister at Trinity-Wheaton in the Diocese of Chicago before serving as a Volunteer for Mission with the Anglican Church of Uganda in 1997.

He was assigned as an Appointed Missionary to develop cross-cultural youth mission programs in 1999, first with the Diocese of Oklahoma and later with YASC for the Episcopal Church Center in New York City. He has also worked as a consultant for community-based sustainable development mission projects and attended the inaugural meeting of the Anglican Communion Environmental Network. He has been a member of the Standing Commission on World Mission since 2000.

Jenkins finished his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia in May 2006, with a dissertation on Christian theology and environmental ethics. His teaching and research at Yale Divinity School will focus on Christian ethics, environmental issues, and sustainable development.