Every Methodist Counts…
A Call for Immediate Resolution and
Courageous Commitment to Truth, Justice, and Sobriety
A Statement from the District Superintendents
of the Baguio Episcopal Area
January 7, 2009
By this time, the United Methodist Church in the Philippines is divided and disappointed because of the divisive and disappointing developments precipitated by the widespread circulation of a letter signed by ____________.
This letter was addressed to Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan, President of the College of Bishops, Philippines Central Conference. It was dated June 18, 2009. One thing followed another. Since documents for and against the main protagonists in this controversy are now widely circulated, we do not want to discuss them again in this statement.
But we must now declare that we are deeply distressed and spiritually wounded by this state of affairs. The seemingly irreconcilable positions of opposing camps threaten to irreparably damage our connectional and personal relationships as well as our reputation as a Church.
There is an atmosphere of distrust and loss of mutual respect and understanding. There are accusations everywhere—breach of confidentiality, back stabbing, violation of the UMC Book of Discipline, immorality, sexual misconduct, and libel. Legal cases had been filed, both in church and civil court settings. We are either sidetracked or diverted from urgent mission and ministry concerns in order to deal with this controversy.
The suspension of Bishop Tangonan is a major concern. We stand on the conviction that the purpose of the suspension is to make sure that there is going to be no reason to doubt that he is truly innocent because he did not exercise the powers and privileges of the Episcopal office to unduly influence our disciplinary processes in his favor.
With the diverse interpretations and perspectives of lay and clergy members who are following this case, we know that our Church is hurt and our members are anguished. What can we do?
We, the District Superintendents of the Baguio Episcopal Area, call on our lay and clergy members to:
1) pray for God’s grace and guidance so that all of us will think and act with a courageous commitment to truth, justice and sobriety for the sake of the Church and for the honor and glory of God;
2) pray for Bishop Lito Tangonan, Bishop Solito Toquero, Bishop Rodolfo Juan, Bishop Leo Soriano, Bishop Emerito Nacpil, Bishop Jose Gamboa, Bishop Daniel Arichea, and Bishop Benjamin Justo – may God-given discernment unite them in thoughts and acts of sobriety, maturity and decency, to the end that all of us follow their leadership in seeking an immediate, lasting, just and peaceful resolution of this unfortunate controversy;
3) pray that our Bishops whom we have trusted and elected to model the highest standards of Christian leadership and integrity fulfill their calling by going back to their “Episcopal table” and validate the forgiving spirit and reconciling love that we believe and uphold as Christians, not merely by precept but primarily by example;
4) pray that God will forgive all of us if in any way we have contributed in making this controversy blown out of proportion – magnified enough to polarize if not destroy the whole Church;
5) think and act in accordance with our Christian faith and UMC Book of Discipline for the purpose of uniting us once again to move on and focus on our mission and ministry, fulfilling our calling “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world” (Paragraph 120, 2008 UMC Book of Discipline).
Let us do everything we can to protect and uphold the Church we dearly love and the Christian faith we sincerely confess.
Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you. (Ephesians 4:31-32, NRSV)
If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. (Philippians 2:1-4, NRSV)
God bless our Church! To God be the glory!
Schedule of 2010 Annual Conference Sessions
Tarlac Philippines AC March 19-21 Tarlac UMC, Tarlac City
Northwest Philippines AC April 7-10 Teachers Camp, Baguio City
Northern Philippines AC June 3-6 Tallang UMC, Baggao, Cagayan
Central Luzon Phil. AC April 30-May 2 San Jose City UMC, Nueva Ecija
Northeast Luzon Phil. AC May 13-16 Oscaris UMC, Oscaris, Isabela
North Central Phil. AC May 17-19 Mabini UMC, Gamu, Isabela
Northeast Philippines AC May 20-23 Bintawan UMC, Villaverde, Nueva Vizcaya
Pangasinan Philippines AC May 27-30 Dagupan First UMC, Dagupan City, Pangasinan
In: Featured15 Oct 2009
Warm greetings of peace and love from the Baguio Episcopal Area!
I believe that you have seen the extent of the damages brought by Typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng in our beloved country. We are indeed saddened by the devastations in Ilocos and Cagayan, including the floods in Pangasinan and Tarlac, which brought distress to many of our brethren there. Many lost their loved ones in massive landslides in Benguet and La Union. Millions worth of livestock and crops were destroyed.
It is during these trying times that we plead for your unceasing prayers for us to be able cope from this tragedy. May our people continue to be resilient and be able to move on by His grace!
We also covet your support. It was just last Thursday (October 8) when I led my DSs, Disaster Response Team (DRTs) and lay leaders in distributing relief goods in Cainta and Angono, Rizal. Now, our people in the north need the same assistance.
It is my prayer that you will be able to extend help to our church members and kababayans affected by the typhoon and floods/landslides by joining in our Relief Operations or giving cash amounts.
Thank you so much. God’s abundant blessings be upon us all!
The District Superintendents of BEA convened for a three-day Retreat, Meeting, Consultation and Fellowship last June 22-24 at the Methodist Mission Center, Baguio City. Bishop Rudy Juan led discussions on the BEA Strategic Plan that climaxed in his sermon on the theme “Sustaining our Gains, Pursuing our Goals.”
The Retreat introduced three new district superintendents who preached during the 3-day activity: Rev. Roderick Rimando, Rev. Marcos Tamega Jr., and Rev. Max Aguinaldo. It was also an opportunity for two new BEA Persons-in-Mission, Mr. Jimmy Samonte (Health Ministries) and Rev. Ferdinand Valdez (Cooperative and Livelihood Programs) to present their programs for the quadrennium.
Other speakers during the Retreat were Mrs. Epie Acosta (Team Building), Dr. Ruth Arichea (KAGAWAD update), Mrs. Merlyn Sebastian (APMCI update), Mrs. Veronica Teaño (National Health Insurance ID System), and Mrs. Ciony Ayo-Eduarte (UMCOR).
The District Superintendents presented their 6-month accomplishment report and shared highlights of their mission and ministry. They focused on “critical issues of leadership and administration that produced meaningful and tangible results.”
In: Announcement27 Sep 2009
October 1-2, 2009 – CLPAC CODS Spiritual Retreat at Baguio City
REPORT TO THE COORDINATING COUNCIL, PCC-UMC
August 21, 2009
Wesleyan University-Philippines, Cabanatuan City
By Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan
The Episcopal journey is not a bed of roses. If it is, then maybe because roses have thorns. But it is replete with wonderful lessons and evidences of God’s constant love and boundless compassion. The great truth of God’s faithfulness is even more powerfully affirmed when we endure the heat of spiritual testing at the helm of leadership.
I can truly identify with the Apostle Paul when he said, “No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13, NRSV).
As I greet you and account for the work of the Church in the Baguio Episcopal Area today, may God’s presence unite us in our common journey of faith, mission and service. Amen!
Our report will address the four key result areas encapsulated in my first report to you entitled “BEA With A Great Future.”
Developing Principled Christian Leaders for the Church and the World
Christian leadership training is one of the hallmarks of Methodism. Our Methodist heritage in this task is an interesting story. For his PhD dissertation, Dr. James L. Garlow analyzed the journals of John Wesley in mentoring others. He discovered that the capability of Methodism’s founder to empower others increased with time and experience. He concludes: “Secure leaders release power to others. Wesley did. So can you.”
So far, since January until July this year, we have conducted three (3) Encounter God Retreats and three (3) Lay Congress activities. Lay Speaking Seminars and Church Council Officers’ Seminars are continuing education programs. The UMYFers held Summer Institutes and District/Annual Youth Conferences all over the Baguio Episcopal Area. The UMYAF held Caravans and training seminars while the UMM and UMW held their own versions of leadership development exercises in the District and Annual Conference Levels. These programs are primarily intended to serve the Laity.
We are now geared to pay attention to our more than 1,318 Church Workers as we gather them to our much-awaited BEA Church Workers Convocation next year. Training principled Christian leaders must integrate serious actions to help them in their financial needs.
For instance, 122 church workers who receive salaries equivalent to Php3,000 below are among our priority concerns (1 Corinthians 9:11-12, 14). Hence, we have our MSF (Mission Support Fund) program. Hospitalization and medical assistance for church workers will continue. In addition, 37 UTS and 35 WDS ministerial students and 69 student deaconesses from BEA are beneficiaries of our “modified” BAGAS program. (Sharing of BAGAS gifts is now done at the start of the school year and at Christmastime.) We visited them and provided rice and a little love gift for each of them to supplement their allowance. The amount may not be much in our inflation-plagued economy but at least we can stretch our resources to assure them that we care.
He was born on April 9, 1961 in Santor, Baggao, Cagayan as the youngest son of Angel A. Juan and Basilia Alfonso. Bishop Rudy is married to Dr. Lurleen Lapuz and blessed with two children: Rudolph James (14 years old) and Rachel Lei Pearl (7 months old)
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Philippine Christian University, 1981
Master of Divinity, Union Theological Seminary, 1985
Doctor of Ministry, Columbia Theological Seminary, USA, 1991
ADVANCE LEADERSHIP TRAINING AND OTHER MINISTRY INVOLVEMENT
Haggai Institute, 1993
National Institute of Church and Finance and Administrator (NICFA), USA, 1998
Technical Service Advanced Officers’ Course, 2003 (graduated no. 1)
Basic Advanced Clinical Pastoral Education (Silliman University and Emory University, USA)
Pastor at mission churches of Philippines Annual Conference (1981-1989)
Pioneered work in Calamba, Laguna; Binakayan, Kawit, Cavite and Parañaque Central.
Pastor of Knox United Methodist Church (1981 to 1994)
“Ministry Developer” UMVIM and NAFAUM, South Carolina, USA, 1989-1990
Instrumental in the establishment of Diamond Evangelical School, Cagayan De Oro City
Chaplain and Instructor, Philippine Military Academy, 1997-2002. Built the PMA Chapel in 1998
National President, Philippine Haggai Institute (4 terms)
International Faculty and Resident Coordinator, Haggai Institute, Maui, Hawaii and Singapore
Part-time professor of Doctor of Ministry program of Union Theological Seminary
Chaplain of Armed Forces (with rank of Major) now serving the Army Church, Fort Bonifacio (Previously in the Air Force)
Spiritual Adviser of Military Christian Fellowship
Lecturer of Evangelism Explosion (EE) and Condensed World Mission Course (CWMC)
Hello people, welcome to the online home of the Baguio Episcopal Area of the United Methodist Church. As you can see, this site is under construction. Please visit our Multiply site for now as we migrate the content and fill this up.
Welcome to the website of the Baguio Episcopal Area, one of the three (3) episcopal areas of the Philippines Central Conference of the United Methodist Church. The area of responsibility extends from Tarlac Province in the south to the Basco, Batanes in the north and includes mission works in the country of Nepal.