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ACNS - Commitment to World Mission marks Dean's installation

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Date Fri, 06 Dec 2002 18:09:07 -0800

ACNS 3219     |     USA     |	  6 DECEMBER 2002

Commitment to World Mission marks Dean's installation

The Very Revd Titus Presler was recently installed as the sixth dean and
president of the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest, USA, in an
internationally flavoured service noted by commitment to World Mission.

Reflecting Dean Presler's advocacy of world mission and his experience as a
missionary in Africa, the installation service - a Festival Eucharist for
the Mission of the Church - featured five languages: Spanish, Dakota (Native
American), Shona (Zimbabwe), Bengali (India) and English.

The Rt Revd Mano Rumalshah, general secretary of the London-based United
Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (USPG) and former bishop of the
Anglican Diocese of Peshawar in Pakistan, preached during the service. The
Rt Revd Claude Payne, chair of the seminary board of trustees and bishop of
the Diocese of Texas, presided at the installation.

Reflecting on the United States' current role in Afghanistan and now Iraq,
Bishop Rumalshah said during his sermon, "This country seems to have lost a
sense of its common humanity living under a common God with others It is
your role both to be a light to this nation, and to require in turn that
this nation should light the way for other nations."

(The seminary's news page ( has links to Bishop
Mano's sermon, a PDF file of the service's eclectic program, and photos of
the service.)

Prior to the service and continuing the world view theme, the seminary
hosted an on-campus discussion of "Religion and Mission After 9/11." Panel
participants were: Bishop Rumalshah and his spouse, Benita; the Rt Revd Leo
Frade, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida and former
bishop of Honduras, and his spouse, Diana Dillenburger-Frade, director of
the Little Roses Ministries in Honduras; and the Revd Jane Butterfield
Crosby, mission personnel director of the Episcopal Church and spouse of
Dean Presler, who moderated the panel.

Beginning his fourth year as head of the USPG, Bishop Rumalshah is a deeply
committed ecumenist who has encouraged a multi-faith dialogue throughout the
world. His interests include world religions, especially Islam, missiology,
and community and cross-cultural relations.

Dean Presler has stressed spirituality, leadership and mission as major
themes for the seminary community since arriving in Austin in June from St
Peter's Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Scholar, author, former parish
priest and long-time advocate for world mission, Dean Presler is chair of
the Episcopal Church's Standing Commission on World Mission. He and his
wife, Jane, served with their four children - all under 11 years of age at
the time - in Zimbabwe in the mid-1980s with the Domestic and Foreign
Missionary Society. Born in India to missionary parents, Dean Presler spent
his first 18 years there before coming to this country for college.

Specialising in the interaction of gospel and culture, Dean Presler is the
author of two books, Transfigured Night: Mission and Culture in Zimbabwe's
Vigil Movement and Horizons of Mission.

Further information about Dean Presler may be found at:

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