Since 90% of our congregation is Asian, one of our focuses is the Ministry for Asian Anglicans. In order to enrich/enhance the Ministry, we learn from and collaborate with EAM(1). We formed a Canadian version, ACAM(2), after some of us attended the 40th Anniversary of EAM held in San Francisco in 2013.
In Vancouver the EAM Japanese Convocation was held in 2016 and the EAM Filipino Convocation was held in 2017. A Youth Leadership Camp will be held in Vancouver (at Camp Artaban) in August 2020. ACAM's annual events are a Summer Picnic, a Youth Day Camp, and a Christmas Taize Service.
(1)EAM: The Episcopal Asiamerica Ministry, serving in the U.S.A. since 1973.
As a pastoral and evangelistic strategy, the EAM has grouped Asiamerica diversity into seven ethnic convocations: Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Southeast Asian (Vietnamese, Cambodians, Laotians, Hmong & Burmese), South Asian (East Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis & Sri Lankans) and Pacific Islanders. They meet annually somewhere in North America and all seven groups gather together once every three years. Some of our priests and parishioners including our youth attended the Consultations in San Francisco in 2013, Seoul, Korea in 2015 (special event to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Anglican Church of Korea) and Honolulu, Hawaii in 2018. The Youth Leadership Camp was held in Inverness, California in 2019. The next Consultation with all 7 Convocations will be held in Minesota in 2021.
(2)ACAM: The Anglican CanAsian Ministry, modeled after EAM, has served in the Diocese of New Westminster since 2013.
ACAM was formed with blessings from EAM's Missioner, The Rev. Dr. Winfred (Fred) B. Vergara (TEC, New York) and Archbishop Melissa Skelton of the Diocese of New Westminster. ACAM Meetings are held every 2-3 months at a church which has an Asian-Canadian Priest. All are welcome. Please contact The Rev. Wilmer Toyoken for details.