A Charter Between The Episcopal Church in the Philippines (ECP)and the Episcopal Church (TEC) (Amended)
In obedience to the cause of Christ in mission, the Episcopal Church in the Philippines (ECP) and The Episcopal Church (TEC) celebrate the communion we share with the Provinces of the Anglican Communion. We rejoice in our common history and heritage, recommitting ourselves to the principles of interdependence and unity in Christ. Likewise, we renew our commitment to the apostolic mission of God as we pray and worship, as we live and proclaim the Gospel, and as we bear witness to God’s justice, peace, and love within our respective Provinces and throughout the world.
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE TWO PROVINCES
The Episcopal Church in the Philippines (ECP) and The Episcopal Church (TEC) hereby renew a common commitment to full companionship in mission as equal, interdependent, and autonomous partners.
- Each partner province will respect the culture and social context in which the
other lives and ministers.
- Each partner province will be to the other a resource for program and mission, by sharing experience and hope, and by collaborating in ministry.
- Each partner province will respect and consider, as occasions for shared learning, the other’s liturgy, catechism, music and song, governance, mission priorities, theological perspectives, and actions of synodical councils.
Each partner province will maintain a panel of up to four persons appointed in a manner consistent with its own internal guidelines, to constitute a Joint Committee on Provincial Companionship (ECP-TEC). The Joint Committee will:
- periodically review the Charter to ensure that it accurately reflects the current and
evolving vision for the partner province relationship;
- develop, monitor, and review an action plan to accompany the charter, establish goals for our common ministry; and
- meet every 24 months alternatively hosted by each partner province.
This Charter shall become effective for six years when approved by the Synod or the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church in the Philippines (ECP) and the General Convention or the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church (TEC), after which it shall be thoughtfully reviewed and reconsidered.
Proposed by the Joint Committee on Provincial Companionship (ECP-TEC) October 26, 2016, Honolulu, Hawaii
The Rt. Rev. Robert Fitzpatrick The Rt. Rev. Brent H.W. Alawas
The Rev. Robert “Moki”Hino The Rev. Fr. Constancio Abuggao
Dr. Sheryl Kujawa Holbook [absent] Ms. Bridget B. Lacdao
The Rev. James Simons [absent] Dr. Braille Van B. Reyes
Date of Action: ECP Executive Council November 17, 2016
Date of Action: TEC Executive Council _____________________
Signed this 18th day of February, 2017 at the National Cathedral of St. Mary
and St. John, Cathedral Heights, Quezon City