the outset of its establishment in the Philippines in 1901
as a Missionary district of the Episcopal
Church in the USA, our church's missionary policy has been
to work with and not against other established Christian
churches in the Philippines. As such, our broad evangelical
focus has been on those who were previously unchurched,
as well as the growing expatriate population of Manila.
We have also worked in bringing the Good News of the Christian
Gospel to those who were previously neither subjected by
Spain nor converted to Christianity. Thus our Episcopal
Church is represented strongly in Mindanao and among the
tribes of the Cordilleras of Northern Luzon.
a member church of this communion and within the central
business district of Manila the focus of our own outreach
activity has been threefold: first we bear witness among
the expatriate population and offer those who are new to
Manila or living a transitory lifestyle the opportunity
for true Christian fellowship. Our church also offers special
programs for women and a home to a number of community service
groups that are not directly affiliated with our church
but which would otherwise be lacking permanent facilities
from which to work.
Secondly, we work to support other parishes within our diocese
but which have not so far become totally self-supporting.
This includes especially the parishes of Taguig and Tagaytay.
Finally we offer a Christian consciousness to the broader
community and especially those sections that bear the burdens
of the inequalities in our society. We seek to offer a voice
- and where necessary, affirmative action - on social issues
such as the rights of labor, of women and especially of
children so that all can understand personally the power
of God's love through Christ.
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