For 125 years the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil has been building the reign of God through its pursuit of mission across what is the largest country in South America, with the help of both local partnerships and strong, historical ties with the U.S.-based Episcopal Church in a spirit of “oneness.”
“This Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil has the same vocation of oneness that Jesus asks for his disciples,” said Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, during a sermon delivered June 7 at Most Holy Trinity Cathedral in Porto Alegre, the southern city where the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil was established in 1890 by two missionaries sent by Virginia Theological Seminary.
“Your history here has been a long process of drawing people together in ways that bless them. Your gift has been the conviction that oneness in the Church is supposed to bless the wider community as well. Becoming one begins in sharing the good news of God’s love for all and teaching people how to live together as friends – friends of God and one another. We see that oneness happen in congregations and in the ways in which their members are present in the wider community – feeding, teaching, healing and seeking justice,” she said.