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7/6/2006
[Episcopal News Service]   
  • Minns election in question given Nigerian canon
  • Andrés joins office of Anglican colleges, Service Learning Partnership
  • Hatchett receives honorary degree
  • Ignatius University confers honorary degree on U.N. Anglican Observer
  • Camp named Education for Ministry director


Minns election in question given Nigerian canon

[Source: The Living Church] The Living Church magazine has reported that "the election of an Episcopal priest as a missionary bishop to the United States by the Anglican Church of Nigeria appears to be in violation of a Nigerian canon which stipulates that eligible persons to the episcopate must belong either to the Church of Nigeria or a diocese in communion with it. The Church of Nigeria broke communion with the Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Virginia after the Rev. Canon V. Gene Robinson was consecrated Bishop Coadjutor of New Hampshire in 2003." Further information is online at http://www.livingchurch.org/



Andrés joins office of Anglican colleges, Service Learning Partnership
 
[ENS, Source: CUAC and AGR] Dr. Don Thompson, general secretary of the Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion (CUAC) announced the appointment of Tracy Andrés as administrative assistant to the CUAC and International Partnership for Service Learning and Leadership (IPSL) offices.

"Tracy brings many skills in communication and organization to the work of CUAC/IPSL, and an identification with the kind of mission and ministry which motivates education, service learning, and theological education in the Communion," said Thompson.

The offices are located at the Episcopal Church Center in New York.

Andrés, who has worked with the Church Center's Office of Anglican and Global Relations (AGR) for eight years as assistant in the World Mission Interpretation and Networks Office, and website manager, began her new position July 1.

"Tracy has been invaluable to the work of all of us in AGR," Margaret Larom, director of AGR said. "I am just thrilled that she will be working with CUAC and IPSL, whose work we admire greatly."


Hatchett receives honorary degree
 
[ENS, Source: Sewanee, Tennessee] The Rev. Dr. Marion Josiah Hatchett, emeritus professor of liturgics and church music at the University of the South's School of Theology, Sewanee, Tennessee, received an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from his alma mater, Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina during commencement ceremonies May 14.

Hatchett, a 1947 graduate of Wofford, was named "one of the premier scholars and servants of the Episcopal Church in his generation." The Rev. Dr. William Stafford, dean of the seminary's School of Theology, called Hatchett the most distinguished living scholar in the field of liturgics in the Episcopal Church.

"His massive publications, including his definitive "Commentary on the American Prayer Book" have been required reading for every Episcopal priest and seminarian for years," Stafford said. "His teaching is legendary. I am delighted at this fresh, well-deserved honor to our colleague and friend."


Ignatius University confers honorary degree on U.N. Anglican Observer
 
[ENS, Source: Office of AOUN] Archdeacon Taimalelagi Fagamalama Tuatagaloa-Leota was honored on June 8 with a Doctor of Divinity honoris causa from Ignatius University. The ceremony took place just before the passing of the sign of peace at the noon Eucharist at the Episcopal Church Center in New York.

Originally from the Anglican Province of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, Tuatagaloa-Leota was the Archdeacon for Samoa Archdeaconry for eight years before taking up the post of Anglican Observer at the United Nations in August 2001. She completed her term on June 30, 2006.

At the ceremony the Rev. Dr. Anthony J. De Luca, rector of Ignatius University, read testimonial that paid tribute to Archdeacon Leota and her long-standing service for the worldwide Anglican Communion, which was recognized, valued and affirmed.

"You have met the image of the divine in all you have served," the testimonial read, "and so your life has been molded by things pleasing to divinity but you have come closest to the divinity, who creates with a lavish hand, by being mother to nine and grandmother to 29. Accordingly, Archdeacon Leota, for all these achievements, Ignatius University confers upon you the degree of Doctor of Divinity honoris causa. Congratulations Doctor Leota."


Camp named Education for Ministry director
 
[ENS, Source: Sewanee, Tennessee] The Board of Trustees of the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, recently appointed the Rev. Johnna R. Camp director of Education for Ministry (EFM).

EFM is a theological education course of study for laity. More than 65,000 participants throughout the English speaking world have been enrolled.

Camp is an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She joined EFM as assistant program director in February 2003, and accepted a promotion to interim director in April 2004. Prior to joining the EFM staff, she had a long history of service as an EFM mentor and trainer.

"Johnna Camp has proven her leadership of EFM as interim director," said the Rev. Dr. William Stafford, dean of the seminary's School of Theology. "She understands the heart and mind of EFM. She cultivates the human network that makes the program move, she sees where the printed resources need to develop, and she has vision for the future. We are fortunate to have a person of her promise in this critical position."

In 2006, EFM joined with Trinity Institute's annual National Theological Conference, offering facilitator-led discussions of Web-casted conference topics and speakers for small groups of participants across the country.

"This is such an exciting time for the EFM program," said Camp. "With 30 years of experience under our belts, we've learned a lot about how adults learn best and how that learning can be integrated with one's faith life. With technological advances and new collaborations like the one with the Trinity Institute, we are poised to reach people we've not had the opportunity to serve before. The future holds great potential for us, and we are blessed to offer our gifts to the Church."