Episcopalians In US To Hold 10th Anniversary

The 10th Anniversary Gathering of the Liberian Episcopal Community, USA (LECUSA), will take place at Trinity and St. Philip’s Episcopal Cathedral and Cathedral House in Newark, New Jersey, April 10-12, 2015.

The theme for this convention is “Healing, Nurturing and Growth in LECUSA – A Reflection on Ten Years of Ministry and Service.”

The three-day annual convention will bring together over a hundred Liberian Episcopalians and friends of LECUSA from across the United States. The convention attendees include members of the Clergy and Laity.

The 10th Gathering begins on Friday evening, April 10th, with Holy Eucharist. The Presider and Preacher at the Missionary Service is the Rt. Rev. Mark M. Beckwith, Bishop of the Diocese (Episcopal Church) of Newark, New Jersey. On Saturday morning, April 11th, a memorial service will be held in honor of Ebola victims and fellow LECUSA members who departed this life. The Saturday morning service will be followed by a day-long plenary session, which starts at 9:00 a.m. at the Cathedral House on 24 Rector Street.

High on the Agenda for the Plenary Business Session, are plans to pass a resolution to adapt chapters in LECUSA, beginning with the Minnesota Chapter, LECUSA’s on-going financial and moral support/partnership for the Bishop, Clergy, churches and schools in the Episcopal Diocese of Liberia, and exploring new partnerships with Liberian Diaspora organizations, as well as friends in The Episcopal Church of USA, among others. Several committee reports are expected, including that of the National Chairman, the Rev. Dr. James T. Yarsiah, the Financial Secretary, the Treasurer, and the Chairperson of the Pastoral Care Committee.

Chairman Yarsiah’s report is expected to highlight LECUSA and partners’ successful implementation of the 2014 Ebola Relief Assistance to the Episcopal Church of Liberia and the Liberian people, strategic plans for fundraising, growth and expansion in LECUSA, proposed projects for 2015 and beyond.

Saturday’s Plenary Session will be followed in the evening by LECUSA’s 10th Anniversary Awards and Recognition Benefit Dinner to be held at the Cathedral House. This event is open to all and donation is appreciated.

Prominent Episcopalians including, the Rt. Rev. Mark M. Beckwith, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, Dr. Deborah Harmon Hines-Freeman, former member of the Liberian Covenant Committee, Canon James Calloway, General Secretary of the Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion (CUAC), and former missionaries to Liberia, will be honored for their support to LECUSA and the Episcopal Church of Liberia.

Three Episcopal churches, St. Anne’s, Reston, Virginia, St. David’s, Ashburn, Diocese of Virginia and Trinity, Washington, D.C. will be recognized for their partnership with LECUSA in collecting and shipping a 20 foot container, filled with medical supplies, sanitary materials, dry food items, high energy drinks, rice, beans, oil, among others, as Ebola relief assistance to the Episcopal Church of Liberia.

Canon Annette Buchanan, President of the Union of Black Episcopalians (UBE), will be the Keynote Speaker. The Gathering is expected to conclude with a closing Eucharist Service on Sunday, April 12 at 10 A.M. at the Trinity and St. Philip’s Episcopal Cathedral in Newark.

The Rev. Cannon Dr. Sandye Wilson, Rector of Holy Communion and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, South Orange, NJ will be the preacher and Canon Gregory Jacobs, Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of Newark, will be the celebrant.

Originally, Liberian Episcopal Clergy in the USA (LECUSA) was formed by Episcopal clergy fromfrom Liberia resident in the United States of America. On August 26, 2006, the first meeting was held at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Reston, Virginia. In 2009, during LECUSA’s 4th Annual Gathering, in response to interest expressed by the laity to be part of the organization, membership was extended to non-ordained Liberian Episcopalians and friends of the Episcopal Church of Liberia, and the name was amended to the Liberian Episcopal Community in the USA (LECUSA).

Over the last nine years, LECUSA has made financial and material contributions worth more than $100,000 to the Diocesan Bishop’s office, the clergy, congregations, schools, among other, of the Episcopal Church of Liberia.

Updates and current developments on LECUSA can be found onwww.lecusa.net. Membership is opened to all Liberian Episcopalians living in the United States and friends of the Episcopal Church of Liberia.