A memory because of “Operation Gridlock” rally in Michigan

I used to work as a Chaplain at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan. A fact I was reminded of when the State Capitol was flooded with protestors as reported by WXYZ, Detroit:

“A protest against Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders caused delays at a Lansing hospital on Wednesday.

Sparrow Hospital Spokesman John Foren said staff were delayed at their shift change because of the protest.

Those delayed were caregivers trying to get in for their shifts. Some staff had to stay longer to cover until they arrived, Foren said.”

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog
Bishop of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog is an Anglican Bishop in good standing with the Apostolic Communion of Anglican Churches and the leader of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola. A pastor and evangelist at heart, Dr. Jack Lumanog has planted, revitalized and pastored churches, traveled internationally to teach pastors and church planters and was a denominational leader for 7 years with executive level oversight for over 1,000 congregations in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The current crisis triggering past ministry experiences

Seeing President Trump dealing with this COVID-19 crisis in real time has certainly reminded me and triggered me of vocational ministry “leadership” I’ve been a party to in the past.

Quick leadership lessons:

– The tough decisions need to be made, come what may.

– Be a non anxious presence and lead.

In vocational ministry, I have worked alongside and directly under people who simultaneously act with total authority and are not willing to take responsibility for their actions. And if it was the wrong call, will shift the blame at all costs. It is the most demoralizing and exhausting kind of “leadership” there is to be a part of.

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog
Bishop of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog is an Anglican Bishop in good standing with the Apostolic Communion of Anglican Churches and the leader of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola. A pastor and evangelist at heart, Dr. Jack Lumanog has planted, revitalized and pastored churches, traveled internationally to teach pastors and church planters and was a denominational leader for 7 years with executive level oversight for over 1,000 congregations in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Celebrating Resurrection Sunday while sheltering-in-place

Even though it’s shelter in place, still celebrating Holy Communion on this Resurrection Sunday!

Almighty God, who through thine only-begotten Son Jesus Christ hast overcome death and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by thy life-giving Spirit; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog
Bishop of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog is an Anglican Bishop in good standing with the Apostolic Communion of Anglican Churches and the leader of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola. A pastor and evangelist at heart, Dr. Jack Lumanog has planted, revitalized and pastored churches, traveled internationally to teach pastors and church planters and was a denominational leader for 7 years with executive level oversight for over 1,000 congregations in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Re-locating our humanity in the midst of a pandemic

photo by Bishop Jack Lumanog / from Choral Evensong at The Cathedral of St. Philip’s, Atlanta GA

We must re-locate our humanity in the political solutions to this pandemic. Practically speaking, the solution being proffered is to sacrifice the most vulnerable among us for the sake of the economy.”
– Bishop Jack Lumanog

For more on this, read this well written piece from The New Republic which says it better than I ever could:

“Set aside the moral bankruptcy of American conservatives who have spent decades lecturing the country about abortion rights, stem-cell research, and right-to-die laws, only to demand our elders be sacrificed for a few points on the Dow Jones Industrial Average. What’s truly galling about their ghoulish actuarial calculus is that it’s a totally false choice between the ‘cure’ of a partial economic shutdown and the ‘disease’ of a dangerous pandemic.”

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog
Bishop of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog is an Anglican Bishop in good standing with the Apostolic Communion of Anglican Churches and the leader of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola. A pastor and evangelist at heart, Dr. Jack Lumanog has planted, revitalized and pastored churches, traveled internationally to teach pastors and church planters and was a denominational leader for 7 years with executive level oversight for over 1,000 congregations in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Bishop Jack Lumanog’s 20th anniversary of his Ordination as a Deacon

Today is the 20th anniversary of my Ordination as a Deacon back in Kansas City.

I have never felt particularly worthy, but God in His faithfulness has been so good to me in these 20 years.

O Lord my God, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; yet you have called your servant to stand in your house, and to serve at your altar. To you and to your service I devote myself, body, soul, and spirit. Fill my memory with the record of your mighty works; enlighten my understanding with the light of your Holy Spirit; and may all the desires of my heart and will center in what you would have me do. Make me an instrument of your salvation for the people entrusted to my care, and grant that I may faithfully administer your holy Sacraments, and by my life and teaching set forth your true and living Word. Be always with me in carrying out the duties of my ministry. In prayer, quicken my devotion; in praises, heighten my love and gratitude; in preaching, give me readiness of thought and expression; and grant that, by the clearness and brightness of your holy Word, all the world may be drawn into your blessed kingdom. All this I ask for the sake of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
(The Book of Common Prayer 1979, Celebration of New Ministry, page 562)

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog
Bishop of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog is an Anglican Bishop in good standing with the Apostolic Communion of Anglican Churches and the leader of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola. A pastor and evangelist at heart, Dr. Jack Lumanog has planted, revitalized and pastored churches, traveled internationally to teach pastors and church planters and was a denominational leader for 7 years with executive level oversight for over 1,000 congregations in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

20th anniversary of the consecrations of Bishop Chuck Murphy and Bishop John Rodgers

Bishop Jack Lumanog with Bishop John Rodgers

I am so very grateful for the witness of Bishop Chuck Murphy and Bishop John Rodgers. 20 years ago today, they were consecrated as Bishops in Singapore. They have had an enormous impact on my life and ministry.

As I have been blessed to be part of leading and shaping Anglicanism in North America for a season that has now passed, it is still a great sadness to me today that Bishop Chuck Murphy was not acknowledged more for his significant role as a pioneer in the movement. Not while he lived in 2014 when other notable leaders were rightly honored for their service and certainly not acknowledged by the larger movements that grew out of the Anglican Mission in America once he went on to be with the Lord in 2018.

For those who consider themselves to be orthodox Anglicans in North America, we stand on the shoulders of Bishops Murphy and Rodgers and those archbishops and bishops who risked so much in consecrating them to the episcopate – especially Archbishop Moses Tay of Southeast Asia and Archbishop Emmanuel Kolini of Rwanda.

“AMiA [Anglican Mission in America] not only epitomized the network approach to global accountability, it pushed the wider transnational orthodox movement in the same direction.” – Dr. Miranda Hassett, Anglican Communion in Crisis, writing about the Singapore consecrations in 2000.

Even though Dr. Hassett was not a fan of our work in the Anglican Mission in America, she still had to acknowledge the enormous impact of Bishop Chuck Murphy and Bishop John Rodgers.

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog
Bishop of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog is an Anglican Bishop in good standing with the Apostolic Communion of Anglican Churches and the leader of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola. A pastor and evangelist at heart, Dr. Jack Lumanog has planted, revitalized and pastored churches, traveled internationally to teach pastors and church planters and was a denominational leader for 7 years with executive level oversight for over 1,000 congregations in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Bishop Jack Lumanog at 2020 Anglican Joint Synods in Atlanta

Bishop Jack Lumanog attended the 2020 Anglican Joint Synods in Atlanta as an Observer. He was joined at the closing banquet by Bishop Alphonse Vascaniat Ndutiye of the Diocese of Cameroon.

Also, he caught up with Father Gene Geromel of the Diocese of the Holy Cross. Bishop Lumanog previously served as church planter and first rector of Christ the King Anglican Church in Lansing, Michigan near where Father Geromel still serves, St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church in Swartz Creek, Michigan.

Bishop Jack Lumanog with Bishop Alphonse Vascaniat Ndutiye of the Diocese of Cameroon
Bishop Jack Lumanog with Father Gene Geromel, Rector of St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church in Swartz Creek, Michigan

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog
Bishop of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog is an Anglican Bishop in good standing with the Apostolic Communion of Anglican Churches and the leader of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola. A pastor and evangelist at heart, Dr. Jack Lumanog has planted, revitalized and pastored churches, traveled internationally to teach pastors and church planters and was a denominational leader for 7 years with executive level oversight for over 1,000 congregations in the United States, Canada and Mexico.