A month ago we spotted the erstwhile Secretary of the Anglican Communion Office hanging out in the Philippines for a spell, thanks to a local blogger who had breakfast with him. Now it looks like he was just doing the pre-op work and here comes the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, off to have a walk about in a country where there are two – count ’em two – Anglican Provinces on the same soil. Yep. Borders, shmorders.
“Officials of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines and Iglesia Filipina Independiente expressed their appreciation to the Presiding Bishop for her leadership and consistent support and solidarity,” gushes the breathless Episcopal Life. “National staff of the ECP and representatives from the various sectors of the IFI feted her with warm welcome, fellowship meals and mementos.” Well isn’t that special. Guess she’s got their votes wrapped up.
It appears that Episcopal Life wants very much to have this photo sent about – they helpfully offer instructions on how to download the photo as well as offer two version, high test and low test. We’ll oblige. Here’s the specs: From left to right, Peter Ng, the Episcopal Church’s partnership officer for Asia and the Pacific; Episcopal Church of the Philippines Prime Bishop-elect Edward Malecdan; Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori; U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Kristie Kenney; Obispo Maximo of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI), the Most Rev. Godofredo David; and the Rev. Dr. Winfred Vergara, the Episcopal Church’s program officer for Asian American Ministries.