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Great Report of 42nd EAM in Seoul

EAM at Ganghwa church

Articles and Photos courtesy of The Rev. David H. Blanchett

The Journey – October 2015 Special – St. Mary of Mo’ili’ili 

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EAM Consultation in Seoul Information

Dear EAM Consultation Registrants:

Below take note of the information below regarding the EAM Consultation in Korea.

If you have any questions, please contact the Rev. Dr. Winfred Vergara at; 646-510-6918 or the Rev. Bayani Rico at; 415 797-2240.

We have contracted two hotels:  The New Kukje Hotel and the New Seoul Hotel .   These hotels are attached to each other with different entrances.  The contracted dates are September 30 as check-in date and October 5 as check-out date.  If you plan on arriving before September 30 and/or departing after October 5, please make arrangements directly with the hotel at the link provided above.

Meeting Venue
 The Conference will be held at the Cathedral with address below.  A business-like card is attached which you can print out and carry with you always.  In case you get lost, you can take a cab and show it to the driver and he will know where to take you.

The Anglican Church of Korea
Seoul-Si, Joong-Gu, Jung-dong 3
02-735-6157(Bishop’s Office/) 02-730-6611(Cathedral)

 Schedule Through this link

FAQ Through this link

Ground Transportation

The use of fast/regular rails to/from Seoul Station (Union Station) and the pick-up buses are recommended.  These are the fastest and cheapest means of ground transportation from the airport to the hotel and back.  The rails and the buses operate between the airport/Seoul Station and the hotels.  The fare for the regular train is $3.50 and $7.50 for non-stop.  The regular train travel time is approximately one hour and the non-stop is 45 minutes.  For more information for the fares and the schedule, please check at the airport upon arrival.

This link for Seoul Subway website

You can also take the Korean Airline Limousines which will take you to Koreana Hotel which is right across the New Kukje and New Seoul Hotels.  Travel takes normally one and a half hours including a few stops. From Customs, walk to gates 4B or 11A at the arrival level. Ticket costs 15,000 Korean Won and you can get tickets at the ticket booth outside the gates or on the bus.  After you get off at the Koreana Hotel, cross the street through the underground passageway to go to your hotel. Please note that there are no escalators nor elevators.

There will be volunteers at the airport and the Seoul Station, and the hotels will have signs to guide the participants.  This same service is offered for those leaving on October 5th.

If you have not sent your payment yet, please do so immediately either by credit card or by check.  Checks should be written to “DFMS” and sent to my attention at Episcopal Church Center, 815 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10017.  Payment should be received before August 15 which is the day rooming list is due.

As soon as you arrange your travel, please send me your itinerary before August 15, if possible.

Post Conference Tour Program
For those staying a few days after the Consultation, attached is a post tour program where you can choose from.  The fee includes hotel accommodation.   There should be a minimum of 10 for a program to proceed.  If you are interested, please contact the Rev. Aidan Koh at aidankoh@msn.comn or at 818-653-5793.

This link for tour information

More information will be sent as the date gets closer.

Thank you for your kind attention.

Angeline Cabanban  ASSOCIATE  Mission | The Episcopal Church | 212-716-6186

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Letter from Missioner for Asiamerica Ministries – July 2015

Dear EAM:

I just would like to thank Fr. Bayani Rico, president of the EAM Council and all the EAMC-Executive Committee who were present at the General Convention,  as well as other EAM leaders who came to support Canon Peter Ng and me. Our Asiamerica Luncheon Conversation was so well organized and so well attended with guests both in the USA and in Asia. As Peter said to me, our partnership has become a model to other groups.

The programmatic aspect of the Asiamerica Ministries Office was also helped by the testimonies of the EAM leaders and our advocacy in the liturgical event (July 1) assisted in securing the place of the first Asian American priest in the Episcopal Church Calendar of “Holy Women, Holy Men,” the Rev. Hiram Hisanori Kano. The late Fr. Kano figured as an immigrant farm advocate, gospel preacher and pastor to the Internment Camps and a practical theologian in the ministry of racial reconciliation. He would be one of our inspirational icons in our mission and ministry.

The election of the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry as the first bishop of color and evangelist to be our next Presiding Bishop is also significant. We will hear more of him after his installment on November but as of now, he is already inspiring us to the task of a renewed evangelism and discipleship. We hope to be working under his leadership as we have with our current Presiding Bishop, The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori.

As we prepare for our EAM Consultation in Korea, I also ask your prayers for our brothers and sisters from Canada who are forming ACAM (Anglican Canadian Asian Ministry), patterned after EAM. We are thankful for the work of the Holy Spirit in inspiring our colleagues here and abroad by the work and relationship of EAM.

God bless you, your families and your work

In Christ,  Fred+

The Rev. Canon Dr. Winfred Vergara
Missioner for Asiamerica Ministries/The Episcopal Church
(646) 510-6918

Please check out The Missionary Society’s Report to the Church

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Letter from EAM Council President – July 2015

Dear EAM Council Members,

Greetings in the Name of the Risen Lord!

The EAM Council’s Executive Committee, except for Inez Saley, were at the 78th General Convention that recently met at Salt Lake City.  We were there to bolster the Asian presence, to greet our fellow Christians from across Asia and to lend support to The Rev. Fred Vergara and Canon Peter Ng.  We also did great networking with some of those who were in attendance.

I had some serious conversations with Fr. Fred on how our Council’s relationship with his office could be further improved. We will very soon issue a joint letter containing suggestions coming out of those conversations.

Your Executive Committee also took the time to meet face to face to plan for the Korea Consultation and the Council’s Annual Meeting that will meet there in conjunction with the Consultation.  We have a revised schedule for the Korea Consultation and The Rev. Irene Tanabe, our Secretary, will send you that.

I am taking this opportunity to inform you that earlier, The Rev. John Sewak Ray has expressed his intention to step down as Co-Convener of the South Asian Convocation. Thank you so much Fr. John for your work with EAM.  With John+’s stepping down, Fr. Anand is now the lone Convener for the South Asian Convocation.

I am also informing you all that Ms. Inez Saley, EAM Treasurer, and Warren Wong, EAM Advocate have resigned from their respective positions:

Inez intends to continue with her duties as Treasurer until a new Treasurer is elected at the meeting in Seoul.  She has served us for so many years but now realizes that she needs a real retirement!  Thank you so much Inez for all your years of dedicated service and ministry.  You will be hard to replace!

Warren Wong submitted his resignation as Convener of EAM Advocates while we were at General Convention, following his election to Executive Council of the TEC.  He is going to be one busy man and we are confident that he will continue to advocate for us in his new position.  Thank you so much, Warren, for all your years of service past, and future! You are now a Super-Advocate!

On a different note, we have reviewed our By-laws and the Annual Meeting is the time when we elect (or re-elect) our council members. The Rev. Dr. Ada Wong-Nagata has agreed to chair the Nominations Committee. You will be hearing from her shortly as she will be forming a committee that is representative of EAM convocations to prepare a slate for positions on Council.  In the meantime, please consider nominating members to the various positions.  Names can be submitted to Ada+ starting immediately.  If you are nominated, we ask that you prayerfully discern whether you are called to serve on EAM Council and the office to which you are called.

And if I may add, the Executive Committee, having identified Advocacy and Congregational Development as the core work of EAM, while in Seoul, will discuss with you proposals to create Vice Presidents to oversee standing committees with representatives from the various convocations.

As always, I invite your input.

This is all for now and I look forward to hearing from you as we continue to prepare for the Korea Consultation

In HIs Service,

Fr. Bayani


The Rev. Bayani D. Rico
President, EAM Council
2420 Tuolumne St.,Vallejo, CA 94589
Office: (707) 644-5505


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