The Compass Rose Society is a society that was started by Archbishop George Cary in consultation with The Rev. John Peterson. I know John Peterson through Iyad Kumri, our friend and pilgrimage guide in the Holy Land. John was Iyad’s mentor when John served as Dean of St. George’s College Jerusalem. After leaving the post of Dean, John moved to England and became the General Secretary of the Anglican Communion. There he developed with Archbishop Cary the Compass Rose Society as a fund to support the charitable works of the Archbishop beyond the borders of the United Kingdom. Epiphany’s commitment to the Compass Rose Society is an outward and visible way of showing our support for the Archbishop and our unity with the broader Communion.
I attended the Compass Rose Society’s annual meeting in London last October. At this meeting there were Communion members from Burundi, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, South Africa, Ireland, China, Nigeria, and the United States (Denver, Dallas, Atlanta, Austin, New York City, Virginia, Connecticut, and Seattle, to name a few). Relationships were built and renewed. Prayers where shared, including a beautiful Evensong at Lambeth Palace, stories were told, and hopes were expressed during meals. Things are not going particularly smoothly for the Anglican Communion of late, so it matters for Epiphany to step up and say, by our participation in the Compass Rose Society, that we are for belonging over believing and that we are willing to hold to uneasy friendships over precipitous breakup. The Archbishop values support from far-flung little parishes in the far off-corners of the Northern Hemisphere. I think it is important to support the Archbishop.
So what does this mean for Epiphany? Two things: First, we can continue to raise money to send to the Archbishop, and we can get more involved in the Society itself. The new Chairman is Andy Doyle, the Bishop of Texas. Within the ranks of the Society there are subcommittees that help with communications, fundraising, and outreach events. If you would like to find out more about the Compass Rose Society please let me know. And if you would like to contribute to the Compass Rose Society, please see the instructions at the bottom of the page.
Thank you for your support, prayers and enthusiasm of our partnership with the Archbishop of Canterbury and our continued work as Parish for our brothers and sisters in the Anglican Communion.
Give to the Compass Rose Society
- Click here to go to Epiphany’s giving page.
- Scroll down to the Outreach category.
- Enter the amount you would like to give in the Compass Rose Society line.
- Choose a payment option.
- Click “Continue” and follow the instructions.
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