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Inclusiveness Chapel

 

Campo Grande, capital of the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, is one of the few capital cities in Brazil where you can still see toucans and blue macaws flying in parks and squares and where urban development seeks harmony with nature.

 

 

 

 

 

Campo Grande is one of the fastest growing capitals in the country. As the gateway to the state’s tropical wetlands known as the Pantanal, the city was planned to preserve the region’s natural vegetation. In addition to the locals, the city now has residents from various other parts of Brazil and neighboring Paraguay. It is also the home of the country’s only indigenous village in an urban setting and boasts a museum of indigenous culture.

 

 

 

 

 

Here, yet another Episcopal/Anglican community is being born: Inclusiveness Chapel, a place of celebration, faith, and solidarity. The chapel, a mission station of the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil (IEAB) is located in the neighborhood of Jardim São Lourenço, near the Itatiaia Lake, in a home at Rua Itápolis, 559 (559, Itápolis Street).

 

 

 

 

 

Our first celebration of the Eucharist in the city of Campo Grande, capital of the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, was held on March 14, 2010 and attended by 14 people. This is the IEAB’s first mission station in the city, which is the gateway to the state’s tropical wetlands known as the Pantanal.

 

 

 

 

 

First Baptism and Confirmation:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

First Episcopal Visitation (Bishop Almir dos Santos):

 

 

 

 

 

Social Activities (Diakonia)

 

 

 

 

 

  

Mission Statement

 

The Church’s purpose, first and foremost, is to praise God through the liturgy and solidarity for his redemptive acts, since God created humans for the praise of his glory. Liturgical celebration is the core from which mission flows, and this happens through the proclamation of the gospel (preaching, homilies, sermons, witness), diakonia (solidary social engagement aimed at promoting human dignity and the integrity of creation), koinonia (fraternal and constant communion among the members of the Church), and didaskalia (Christian teaching, education and catechesis for all age groups, so we may all grown in the knowledge of the love of Jesus Christ). All these actions are born of the liturgy, are fed by it, and focus on it. It is the regular celebration of the liturgy and the continuou receiving of the body and blood of Chrit in the Euchrist that keeps us is mission, with faith, hope, and love. We believe that these elements working together and harmoniously are able to construct and build a healthy Christian community for our times.

The real catholicity is in inclusiveness

(Campo Grande, October 23, 2010)

See also in Portuguese with photos:

http://paroquiadainclusao.com/site/2010/03/27/diario-de-um-sonho/

History – The Pantanal (Mato Grosso)

 

In these 200 years of Brazil’s political existence, the Anglican Church has never had an organized mission in Mato Grosso. Initially, there were no English pilgrims in this region; in the early years, the missionary work of the Anglican Church was concentrated in the country’s south, coastal, and northeast regions.
In the 1960s the city was visited by Rev. Kenzo Ono, who made contacts with Japanese immigrants from Okinawa. Rev. Ono made some four trips to Campo Grande, but he passed away at an early age and the missionary work did not continue.
In the past few years, a strong missionary awakening has led the church to expand to the north (where we already have the Anglican Diocese of the Amazon Region) and, lately, to the central-west region, which is part of the “Missionary District.”

In 2008, after a missionary experience in Vitória, state of Espírito Santo, Rev. Calvani traveled twice to Campo Grande and made contacts to evaluate the city’s potential. In 2009 two more survey trips were made. At the end of 2009, the Executive Council of the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil authorized Rev. Carlos Eduardo Calvani’s move to the capital of Mato Grosso do Sul, with the support of the National Board of Theological Education (JUNET). From Campo Grande he will continue to coordinate the Center for Anglican Studies and will carry out his missionary work.
 
Inclusiveness Chapel, a mission station of the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil, is located in the neighborhood of Jardim São Lourenço, near the Itatiaia lake, in a home at Rua Itápolis, 559. Since it is a residence, we do not yet have a sign out front. But the doors are open on days when celebrations are held.

What will you find in the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil? (Inclusiveness Chapel)

 

- First of all, you will find a group of people of various ages that believe in God and in his son Jesus Christ, and seek to be faithful and coherent in their faith.

 - You will also find normal people, who are not perfect and have various problems and defects, but who try to deal with these problems without moralizing and strive for God’s help by praying and reading the Bible.

- You will find people wanting to serve their neighbor, especially those most in need, as an expression of gratitude for the blessings they receive from God.

 

 

 

 

 

 - You will find people who respect each other and who know how to live with differences in a space where everyone is welcome.

- You will find people who like to have fun in a healthy way and who value different cultures.
 
- You will find people concerned with offering children, teenagers, and young people a solid spiritual moral, and cultural formation;

 - You will find people willing to share their happiness and hardship and grow together in faith, love, spirituality, and service to others.

- You will find a chapel whose center is the altar, where the Holy Eucharist is celebrated with traditional hymns and contemporary songs in an environment of serenity, joy, and respect for liturgy and the sacraments.

 
- You will find honest Bible study without prepackaged answers and support in the form of prayer, and if you wish, a pastoral visit for counseling and prayer.

 - You will find ordained and lay people willing to pray with you and ask for a blessing for health.
 
 - You will find a church that offers the sacraments of Holy Baptism and the Holy Eucharist to anyone who wants them, through prior pastoral instruction, as well as the sacramental rites of Confession (Penance), Confirmation (Chrismation), Matrimony, Anointing of the Sick, and Holy Orders.

In the majority of Anglican parishes, children participate at the meaningful time of communion, because not only are they part of the body of Christ, theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
 
 
- You will find normal people like yourself, willing to live in a fellowship, as children of God in one family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

To read:  The Myth of Anglican Communion

Our missionary project:

Read it here: CampoGrandeLetter

In order for this missionary endeavor to be successful, we are asking people and parishes interested in supporting this ministry to pledge a monthly contribution for three years that will go towards meeting start-up costs and the ongoing needs of the  mission plant.  In the past, a similar strategy was used by missionaries who came to Brazil from the Episcopal Church and received support from their parishes and friends abroad.

All expenses will be justified in the most transparent way possible.  The mission’s webpage will have a link called “Partners in Mission”, which will be updated monthly and show how donations are being used.  There is also the intention of saving money to secure land or a house for  a future church, and also for acquiring a vehicle which will help with transportation for missionary trips in the State.  Of course one-time donations are also welcome.

Prospective supporters are asked to consider one of the following:

Individual Support – US$ 10.00 to US$ 15.00 per month (or a yearly contribution of US$ 120.00 to US$ 160.00);

Parish Support – US$ 50,00 to US$ 100.00 per month (or a yearly contribution of US$ 600.00 to US$ 1,200.00).

Contributions should be sent directly to the Provincial Offices.

The IEAB’s International Account is:

Citibank, NY

153 East 53rd Street/ 16th Floor

New York, NY 100432

Holder: Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil

Account: 10213501

Swift Code: CITIUS33

Please notify us of your contribution each month or year so that your gift will be fowarded to the work of the Campo Grande Mission.  Unfortunately, there is no way to know the contribution is for the mission unless you send an email indicating the intention of your gift.  Please send notification of your gifts to  acavalcanti@ieab.or.br, ccalvani@ieab.org.br and cecalvani@hotmail.com  (each time you make a contribution)

We understand that it is very hard to do mission alone.  Jesus himself recommended that mission should be done in partnership, in groups of two, twelve or seventy.  The Church in Antioch, when it started its missionary work, sent St. Paul and St. Barnabas.  Isolated initiatives have the tendency of not prospering or having individualistic characteristics.  Because of that, we understand that this project should be in the heart of the whole Church, hoping that similar missionary endeavors start in other unreached cities in Brazil.

2 Comentários »

  • Wellington Mattos disse:

    sr.(a)
    Gostaria de realizar uma cerimÔnia entre eu e meu parceiro que ja vivemos a algum tempo juntos, tenho este desejo e gostaria de realizar e vendo anuncios em sites de grande cirulação vi que que hà em CG, uma capela da inclusão, e gostaria de saber quais são os procedimentos para realizar esta cerimônia e se hà quais são os custos?, gostaria de saber tambem se a pesoa que realiza a cerimonia só realiza no local próprio, ou a a possibilidade de realizar tal em outro local o qual eu preparar… AGUARDO RETORNO. Grato pela sua atenção

  • admin disse:

    Caro Wellington,

    A paz do Senhor seja contigo!

    Vamos conversar sobre esse assunto por email ou telefone, certo? Preciso saber em qual cidade vocês moram.

    Não há ainda na IEAB previsão para cerimônia pública de matrimônio. Porém, gostaria de conhecê-los, conversar com vocês, deixar nosso bispo ciente da situação e, a partir daí conversarmos sobre a possibilidade de realizar um culto e uma bênção sobre vocês.

    abraços

    rev. calvani

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