2019 GEMN GLOBAL MISSION CONFERENCE

April 3rd-5th, 2019
Bishop Skilton Conference Center
Boca Chica, Dominican Republic


“Sharing Jesus: Mutual Witness in Global Mission”
“Compartiendo a Jesús: Testigo mutuo en la Misión Global”

Conference Overview

Join the Global Episcopal Mission Network (GEMN) and members of the Iglesia Episcopal Dominicana to explore what it means to be mutual witnesses to Christ across boundaries of culture, language and faith.

This international, bilingual (Spanish and English) conference will emphasize the role of evangelism and Christian witness in global mission, reclaiming the evangelistic roots of mutual mission engagement, with particular attention to the witness of the Dominican church and its vibrant, evangelistic spirit.

Keynoting the conference will be:

  • The Rt. Rev. Griselda Delgado del Carpio, Bishop of Cuba
  • The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Stewardship of Creation

Other speakers include:

  • The Rev. Anthony Guillén, Director of Ethnic Ministries
  • The Rt. Rev. Rt. Rev. Moisés Quezada Mota, Bishop of the Iglesia Episcopal Dominicana
  • The Rev. David Copley, Director of Global Partnerships and Mission Personnel for the Episcopal Church
  • The Rt. Rev. William Skilton, retired Assistant Bishop of Dominican Republic

Global Mission Workshops

Mission workshops will give you practical tools to bring back to your diocese, congregation or mission organization:

  • Healthy short-term mission
  • Updates on places of intense Episcopal engagement, such as Haiti, Cuba, Sudan, and the Dominican Republic
  • Asset-Based Community Development
  • Sustaining mission relationships
  • Discerning a call as a missionary
  • Cross-cultural best practices in mission engagement
  • Dynamics of enculturation
  • Money and mission
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Global Mission Workshops

Gospel Enculturation Mission: Lessons from Micronesia

The Rev. Isaias Ginson, Diocese of Long Island

As with the Incarnation itself, the gospel message must be expressed through human culture if it is to be expressed at all.  This accounts for the variety of gospel expressions around the world as the good news is expressed through the languages, art forms, music and world views of local cultures.  From his mission experience of working on Guam and Saipan, Isaias Ginson will share the unique spiritual and theological insights he gained from working with Pacific islanders in the dynamics of gospel-culture interaction and social change.

The Rev. Isaias Ginson served as an Episcopal missionary priest and school chaplain on Guam and Saipan in the Mariana Islands archipelago in the Pacific from 2012 to 2016.  Born and raised in the Philippines, Ginson immigrated with his wife to the USA in 2002.  After graduation from the Seminary of the Southwest and ordination he served in the Diocese of Texas. He is currently pastor of St. Margaret’s Church in Plainview, N.Y., in the Diocese of Long Island, where he is also Protestant chaplain at Stony Brook University.  He is enrolled in GEMN’s Mission Formation Program and in the D.Min. program in spirituality at Virginia Seminary.

Called to Mission? The Vocation of Cross-Cultural Mission Service

Ms. Elizabeth Boe, Mission Personnel Officer, The Episcopal Church

In our Baptismal Covenant, we are all called to “seek and serve Christ in all persons.” We all live into this faith commitment in different ways. How do we discern where and how God is calling us? What does this process look like in our world today? Bring your stories, hopes, and questions and join Elizabeth for a conversation about discernment for mission.

Ms. Elizabeth Boe is the Episcopal Church’s Mission Personnel Officer. In this role she oversees the Young Adult Service Corps (YASC) and Episcopal Volunteers in Mission, which are the The Episcopal Church’s two missionary-sending programs. Prior to joining the staff of the Presiding Bishop, Elizabeth was as a Young Adult Service Corps missionary in the Diocese of Central Tanganyika in the Anglican Church of Tanzania. She is a former GEMN board member.

“The Way of Love” in Global Mission

The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, Presiding Bishop’s Canon for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Creation and Elizabeth Boe, Mission Personnel Officer

“The Way of Love” as initiated by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry highlights seven steps for a Jesus-centered life: Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, and Rest.  The Way of Love has become a central discipline for the evangelism initiative of the Episcopal Church, which defines evangelism as “the spiritual practice of seeking, naming and celebrating the presence of Jesus in people’s lives and then inviting them to more.”  Stephanie Spellers, the canon for evangelism, and Elizabeth Boe, the mission personnel officer, will explore the Way of Love’s implications for evangelism and everything else we do in global mission.   

The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers serves as the Presiding Bishop’s Canon for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Creation, helping Episcopalians to follow Jesus and foster loving, life-giving and liberating relationships with God, each other and the earth. The author of Radical Welcome: Embracing God, The Other and the Spirit of Transformation and The Episcopal Way (with Eric Law), she has directed mission and evangelism work at General Theological Seminary and in the Diocese of Long Island; founded The Crossing, a ground-breaking church within St. Paul’s Cathedral in Boston; and led numerous church-wide renewal efforts. A native of Frankfort, Kentucky, and a graduate of both Episcopal Divinity School and Harvard Divinity School, she makes her home today in New York’s Harlem neighborhood.

DDG in the DR: Model Companionships in Mission

Mr. Bill Kunkle, Executive Director, Dominican Development Group

Sharing years of experience in companionship with the people of the Dominican Republic and members of the Dominican Episcopal Church, Bill Kunkle will present the various models of engagement used by the Dominican Development Group.  What has this companionship meant to both the Dominican Church and to those who have accompanied them?  What have the challenges and the successes been?  How do we create strong relationships that foster development and mutuality without slipping into dependence or paternalism?  Bill shares his perspective on the significance of these companion relationships and their promise for the future.

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Mr. Bill Kunkle has decades of experience as both a successful contractor in the Tampa area and in mission leadership.  In October 2012, the Dominican Development Group Board of Directors unanimously chose Bill Kunkle to follow Dr. Bob Stevens as its Executive Director. For many years, Bill had traveled to the Dominican Republic with the Tampa Deanery mission teams, helping build churches and schools in Mozoví, Montellano, Santana, San Pedro de Macorís, Barrio Las Flores, and Ingenio Santa Fe, and with the San Simón project supported by the Dioceses of Michigan. Besides these mission trips he has made many other trips to the DR and served on the DDG Board for a number of years.  He has been instrumental in fostering companion relationships with the Diocese of the Dominican Republic.

Lots of Knots: Money’s Relation to Mission

The Rev. Canon Dr. Ted J. Gaiser, Rector, Grace Episcopal Church, Bath, ME; Former Missioner to Colombia

One of the greatest challenges of global mission engagement lies in the role of money and its subtle or not-so-subtle impact on cross-cultural relationships.  This workshop will take you through an examination of some of our own assumptions about money and its implications in the dynamics of relationship.  We will examine ways that financial resource imbalances and cultural biases about money can be identified and mitigated, as we explore accompaniment and mutuality across cultural boundaries.

Ted

The Rev. Dr. Ted Gaiser has been an entrepreneur, management consultant, online researcher, adjunct faculty member, and missionary. He is currently Rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Bath, Maine. He has traveled throughout North, Central and South America and Europe, and has participated in, led, or co-led, several mission delegations to the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East. He has lived in Paraguay, Bolivia, and Colombia. Dr. Gaiser has been a volunteer for the Center for Development in Central America (Nicaragua), served three churches in the Diocese of Massachusetts, served on diocesan staff supporting the development of parish-based global mission programs, served as the Director of Development in the Diocese of Colombia, and was the past President of GEMN. He is a Canon in the Diocese of Colombia and holds graduate degrees in theology, business administration, and sociology.

Hope amid Anguish: Mission Today in the Sudans

The Rev. Dr. Richard Jones, American Friends of the Episcopal Church in the Sudans (AFRECS)

With about 3.5 million members in South Sudan and 1 million in Sudan, the Anglican presence in the Sudans has been one of the most evangelistic and fastest growing regions of the Anglican Communion.  This has occurred amid decades of brutal civil war, humanitarian crises and the Muslim-Christian conflict that led to the separation of South Sudan from Sudan in 2011.  Many Episcopal Church USA dioceses, congregations and organizations have been companions with Sudanese Episcopalians despite the challenges that constant unrest has posed for mission.  Long active in Muslim-Christian relations and in the American Friends of the Episcopal Church in the Sudans, Richard Jones will bring us up to date with the opportunities and obstacles to mission companionship with Sudanese Anglicans.

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A former missionary in Ecuador, the Rev. Dr. Richard Jones is professor emeritus of mission and world religions at Virginia Theological Seminary and lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife Christine. Long active in mission networks, he is past president of American Friends of the Episcopal Church of the Sudans and has been involved in Christian-Muslim relations for 30 years. He is the author of How to Talk with your Muslim Neighbor (Forward Movement, 2004) and a life of Jesus for young Muslim readers entitled Jesus, Son of Mary.  He holds a B.A. from Oberlin, M.A. from Johns Hopkins, M.Div. from VTS, and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto.

A New Day for Challenges Old and New: Evangelism and Mission in Cuba Today

The Rt. Rev. Griselda Delgado del Carpio, Diocese of Cuba

Christians and Anglicans have suffered government pressure since the Cuban Revolution of 1959, but evangelism has nevertheless flourished, with significant outreach today among youth and young adults.  The Episcopal Church in Cuba was cut off from the Episcopal Church USA in 1967 and for decades ministered on its own within the Anglican Communion, with oversight from the Anglican leaders in Canada, the West Indies and the USA.  The 2018 General Convention voted to readmit the Diocese of Cuba to the Episcopal Church.  As the first woman diocesan bishop of Cuba, Bishop Delgado del Carpio will share how evangelism and mission have been reenergized among Cuban Episcopalians. 

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Bishop Griselda Delgado was born in Bolivia and belongs to the Indigenous Aymara people, whom she describes as quiet and slow to speak.  She emigrated to Cuba in the early 1980s, studied at Matanzas Evangelical Theological Seminary, and was one of the first two women ordained in the Cuban church.  For 22 years she pastored a congregation and led community development at Itabo, 175 kilometers east of Habana.  In 2010 she became the first woman diocesan bishop of Cuba.  She is married and is the mother of two grown children. 

Jerusalem and Beyond: Interfaith Reconciliation on the Ground with Youth

The Rev. Canon Nicholas Porter and Mr. Jack Karn, Jerusalem Peacebuilders

Inter-religious conflict is one of the major challenges of the 21st century.  Founded after the 10th anniversary of the September 2001 attacks, Jerusalem Peacebuilders (JPB) is an interfaith organization that partners with Jewish, Christian and Muslim educators to provide youth in the Middle Eastern and beyond with the skills, relationships and support they need to be effective leaders and change agents.  Since 2011, Jerusalem Peacebuilders has steadily expanded and now operates programs in Israeli, Palestinian and American schools as well as five intensive summer programs. Integral to its mission is the belief that the future of Jerusalem is the future of the world.  Nicholas Porter and Jack Karn will share from their experience with young adults promoting transformational, person-to-person encounters among the peoples of Jerusalem, the United States, and the Holy Lands.

Nicholas Porter

Canon Nicholas Porter, is the founder and executive director of Jerusalem Peacebuilders.  Former international chaplain to the Anglican bishop in Jerusalem, Porter serves on the board of the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, which supports 36 hospitals, schools, orphanages and training centers in Jerusalem, Israel, Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon.  He is a member of the Order of St. John, the largest provider of ophthalmic health care in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza. Porter holds advanced degrees in Middle East studies, theology, war studies, and conflict transformation.  A two-time graduate from Yale, he served on the board of the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. He served at St. George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem, the American Cathedral in Paris, Emmanuel Church in Geneva, Switzerland, and Trinity Church in Southport, Conn. Currently he pastors St. Mary’s Church in the Mountains in Wilmington, Vermont. 

Jack Karn

As regional director of Jerusalem Peacebuilders, Mr. Jack Karn leads the development of JPB programming in Houston.  An experienced educator with a passion for service, Jack has spent much of the last three years overseas in the Holy Land teaching leadership and peacebuilding courses in Israeli and Palestinian high schools.  He served as a volunteer in Jerusalem and Nazareth, 2016-18, with the Young Adult Service Corps of the Episcopal Church.  Jack has also worked as a program assistant with World Learning’s Youth Programs and the Contact Program of the Graduate Institute of the School for International Training.  He holds a B.A. in history from the University of Maine and an M.A. in peacebuilding and conflict transformation from SIT Graduate Institute. Jack is a postulant for ordination in the Diocese of Vermont.

Evangelism in God’s World: Reflections from a Lifetime in Mission

The Rt. Rev. William Skilton, Retired Assistant Bishop of Dominican Republic

Bishop Skilton shares his perspective, experiences and learnings gleaned from many decades of cross-cultural witness, both domestically and abroad.

Bishop Bill Skilton served two periods as a missionary in the Dominican Republic. As a pastor and educator, 1965-72, he founded the high school, Liceo Episcopal Todos los Santos, which continues today.  Later, 1985-88, he was vicar of Epiphany Episcopal Church in Santo Domingo, pastor of the Union Church of Santo Domingo, Chaplain to the Convent of the Order of the Tranfiguration, and Chaplain the Center of Theological Studies (CET).  A graduate of the Citadel and the University of the South School of Theology, he is retired suffragan bishop of South Carolina. He served as chair of the Standing Commission on World Mission, convener of the joint Covenant Committee of the Episcopal Church USA and the Anglican Province of Central America (IARCA), chair of the Board of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (SPCK), and international chaplain of the Daughters of the King.  The Diocese of the Dominican Republic named its conference center in Boca Chica, site of this year’s Global Mission Conference, in his honor.

Church as Koinonia and Church as Mission: Triangulating Lambeth 1920, Anglican Congress 1963, and Lambeth 2020

The Rt. Rev. George Sumner, Diocese of Dallas, and Member of the Lambeth 2020 Design Group

Church unity and Christian mission have a close relationship in our Anglican tradition. We will reflect on this relationship as we review key moments in our history over the past century.  Participants are encouraged to read in advance the “An Appeal to all Christian People” of Lambeth 1920, the Manifesto of the Anglican Congress of 1963, and advance descriptions of the upcoming Lambeth Conference in 2020, all of which are available online.  What practical conclusions might follow from such reflections on church and mission?

Bishop of Dallas since 2015, the Rt. Rev. George Sumner has served as principal of Wycliffe College, an Anglican seminary in Toronto, and a missionary teacher in east Africa. In earlier ministries, Sumner served in a variety of capacities: youth minister, curate in an inner-city Anglo-Catholic parish, vicar on a native American reservation in New Mexico and Arizona, and rector in a small town. Sumner has a Ph.D. in theology from Yale.  He has written a book about priestly calling and a commentary on Daniel. He holds an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School and a B.A. from Harvard College. He and his wife Stephanie have two adult children.

“To the Nations”: Mission Among the Least Evangelized

The Rev. Tad de Bordenave, Anglican Frontier Missions

Global mission beyond our cultural and national borders is often in companionship with Anglicans and other Christians around the world, but we are also called to evangelism with the many people who have never heard the gospel.  Tad de Bordenave will discuss outreach to the least evangelized people groups from the perspective of Anglican Frontier Missions, a US-based group which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2018.  Topics include New Testament foundations in Jesus, Peter and Paul; British and US American mission leaders such as William Carey, Cameron Townsend, Robert Morris and Allen Gardiner; and current research on evangelization.  Particular people groups will be highlighted: the Qashqa’i of Iran, the Marwari of Rajasthan in India, and the Dolpo of Nepal.  Tad will emphasize AFM’s church-planting principles of collaboration with indigenous leaders, prayer and the three L’s: loving, learning and listening with respect.

The Rev. Tad de Bordenave was rector of St. Matthew’s Church in Richmond, Virginia, when he resigned to found Anglican Frontier Missions (AFM) in 1993.  AFM channels our church’s mission to parts of the world that do not have their own church and where over a quarter of the world’s population has not yet heard the gospel. AFM recruits, trains, and sends missionaries and raises the church’s awareness of these unreached areas.  Earlier de Bordenave served as board chair of the South American Missionary Society-USA, so he also appreciates mission where the church is already established.  Since retiring from AFM in 2007 he has studied St. Paul and his advocacy for the church’s call to the nations. He has authored The Global Gospel of St. Paul and The Year of Paul’s Reversal, and edited Shadows of Light Unapproachable, which marks AFM’s 25th anniversary. De Bordenave and his wife Constance live in Richmond and have three grown children.

Christian Witness in the Encounter with Islam

The Rev. Dr. Titus Presler, Dioceses of Vermont and Peshawar, Pakistan

Inter-religious conflict is one of the three major challenges the world community faces in the 21st century, alongside economic inequality and climate change.  While many Christians and Muslims seek understanding and reconciliation, Muslim-Christian relations are conflictual in many places, and most churches’ mission efforts are minimal in the world of Islam.  How do we as Christians relate theologically to the world’s second-largest religious community?  How can we nourish relationships with Muslims in our own communities?  What might it mean to offer Christian witness with Muslims both at home and globally?  Titus Presler will address these questions from the perspective of his experience in India, USA and as former principal of Edwards College in Peshawar, Pakistan.

Gospel Proclamation in Anglican & Episcopal Global Mission? – A Historical Perspective

The Rev. Dr. Titus Presler, Dioceses of Vermont and Peshawar, Pakistan

The recent emergence of evangelism as a major Episcopal emphasis has startled many who felt evangelism disturbs Anglican decorum and risks being condescending and coercive.  Evangelism in global mission is often caricatured as imperialistic and contemptuous of other religions.  As world Christianity matured in the 20th century, some suggested that evangelism is appropriate only within people groups, not cross-culturally.  Yet there would be no Christians around the world to be in companionship with if evangelism had not been part of global mission – nor might we ourselves be Christians!  So how has gospel proclamation been carried out in Anglican and Episcopal global mission in the past?  And what inspiration and caution can we glean from that history as we engage globally in the 21st century? 

The Rev. Dr. Titus Presler is a missiologist who specializes in mission theology and the interaction of gospel with culture.  President of GEMN, he has extended mission experience in India and Zimbabwe and Pakistan.  He coordinates Green Mountain Witness, the evangelism initiative of the Diocese of Vermont.  He has taught at EDS, Harvard, General, Pittsburgh Seminary and Seminary of the Southwest, where he was president.  He holds a B.A. from Harvard, M.Div. from General, and Th.D. from Boston University.  He is past chair of the Standing Commission on World Mission, researcher for the Global Anglicanism Project, and consultant for Anglican Indaba.  Among many publications, he is author of Horizons of Mission and Going Global with God.  He blogs at TitusOnMission.wordpress.com.  Titus and his wife Jane have four children and seven grandchildren.

Conference Schedule

Conference Accommodations

Conference accommodations are available at the Hampton by Hilton Santo Domingo Airport Hotel, located at Avenida Las Américas, Km 27, Santo Domingo 11336, Dominican Republic.  Phone: +1 809-375-4000. English and Spanish are spoken. We recommend this hotel due to its proximity to both the airport and the conference center, and for its 24-hour airport shuttle.  Website: https://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/dominican-republic/hampton-by-hilton-santo-domingo-airport-SDQAPHX/index.html

Hampton by Hilton Santo Domingo Airport Hotel is located approximately 3 miles from Santo Domingo’s Las Americas International Airport (SDQ). Free airport shuttle is available.  The rooms feature air conditioning, LCD flat-screen TV, high-speed internet, coffee maker, iron with ironing board and free in-room movie channel. Enjoy free WiFi access, free hot breakfast, two complementary bottles of water per day, free coffee and tea in the lobby 24 hours a day and 24-hour front desk message and fax service. There’s also a casual restaurant and bar. Additional amenities include a multilingual staff, foreign currency exchange, fitness center, a pool and a business center. These basic rates are exclusive of room tax:

Single RATE:    $75 per night

Double RATE:    $80 per night

To reserve, please contact the hotel directly via email at:

Please specify the following information in the email (email may be written in English):

  • Guest name(s)
  • Desired room type (single or double)
  • Arrival and departure dates
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  • When making reservations at the hotel, state that you are part of the group: “GEMN Conference”, to obtain the discounted rate.

Discount rates are available until March 29th, subject to room availability.  If you plan to share a room, please specify the number of beds at the time of booking, as well as your roommate’s name(s).  If you would like help with finding a roommate, GEMN will be maintaining a list of those who would like to share a room.

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