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www.ube.org – Union of Black Episcopalian

www.voorhees.edu – Voorhees College

www.ststephensnmb.com – St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, N. Myrtle Beach

www.anglicannews.org – Anglican Communion News Service

www.episcopalmigrationministries – Episcopal Migration Ministries

www.tlcafrica.com – TLC  Africa

www.liberianembassyus.org – Embassy of Liberia

www.theperspective.org – The Perspective

www.allafrica.com – All Africa

This week in LECUSA

Events of April 8 - 14, 2018

A weekly update bulletin from the desk of The Rev. Dr. Dee Wellington Bright, LECUSA CHAIRMAN 

Congrats to all on a successful LECUSA 13th Gathering


It is my hope that by now everyone has safely returned to their homes and families following what was a well implemented Gathering and a memorable sending home of our mentor and LECUSA patriarch, Dean Johnson.

Allow me to take the time, once again, to express my heartfelt thanks for your election of us as the incoming administration, with much gratitude to Dr. James Yarsiah for a job well done. Dr. Yarsiah and his administration served LECUSA sacrificially, for which we are grateful!

At the close of our Gathering, we had a preliminary officers’ meeting during which we set in motion the process of leadership transition which is currently in progress. You can look forward to receiving notices from our secretary, Fr. Edward Thompson, regarding the new administration’s initial upcoming meetings. For now, you may mark your calendars as follows:

  • May 3rd at 8:00pm Central and 9:00pm Eastern: Officers Meeting: (The elected officers)
  • May 24th at 8:00pm Central and 9:00pm Eastern: Executive Meeting (includes elected officers, heads of committees, past chairs, heads of Chapters, etc.)
  • General meeting-TBA: (includes everyone)

These meetings will set the pace for generating our way forward by first giving consideration to matters arising from the just ended Gathering and also by considering some of my own visions and priorities as the incoming Chairman.

Overall, I look forward to having us “Advance the Ball” by building on the solid foundation that has been put in place to move LECUSA to the next step or next level in membership growth, in partnership, in networking, in resources building, in seeking a renewed relationship with our home diocese and through strengthening bonds and ties among ourselves. These efforts will call for some new initiatives.

Accordingly, I ask that we proceed with all hands on deck, with prayer and with a united front for, “in unity strong success is sure”.

Grace and Peace to all,

Fr. Dee Bright, LECUSA Chairman)
As pineapples, “let’s show our juice” by giving back adequately to our home diocese.


Fr. Dee Wellington Bright, Chairman,
Mrs. Marie Hayes, Vice Chairperson,
Fr. Edward Thompson, Secretary,
Mr. John Mellish, Treasurer,
Mr. David Henson, Financial Secretary
The Rev. Dr. Matilda Dunn, Parliamentarian


CONTACTS: In my capacity as the new incoming Chairman, I have spent this week reaching out and making a number of one-on-one contacts and holding conversations with individuals and groups that are important to the transition process. Everyone that I contacted proved very helpful.

PHOTOS OF YEAR: The photos of our 13th Gathering have been posted. Many thanks to Mr. Benoni Grimes and others for the professionalism that went into this work

Our website: In the coming week, all of the necessary updates will be made to our website to reflect changes in leadership, etc.

FR. THOMPSON: Fr. Thompson and his wife Vashti will be traveling to Liberia this coming Monday for the burial of his mother. Prayers for safe travel are appreciated.

Emily Benjamin: Sister Emily has asked that I reiterate her regrets again for her absence from this year’s Gathering due to the death of her sister-in-law, Mrs. Magdalene Gbenyon McClain

Please Keep Georgia in Mind for LECUSA’s 14th GATHERING, April 26-28, 2019.

REMEMBER: “With God, all things are possible!”

LECUSA National and LECUSA - MN Chapter “Chairs Project” for 5 Episcopal Church of Liberia Schools!
Benefiting schools are: St. James, Hoffman Station, Harper, Maryland (Southeastern Archdeaconry); St. John’s Buchanan (Bassa Archdeaconry); St. Martin on the Mount, Yekepa (LOBONI Archdeaconry); St. Stephen, Mambo & St. Andrew’s, Mbaloma (Southwestern Archdeaconry). Each school will receive 50 Armchairs!


Updates on Post LECUSA 12th Annual Gathering - Gratitude and best wishes!
“Strengthening LECUSA – Redefining/Reshaping our Relationships and Partnerships” Isaiah 40:10

Dear Friends,

Congratulations to our host – the Chairman (Mr. Samuel Abdullai), Officers and Members of LECUSA – Minnesota Chapter, for the grand success of LECUSA - 12th Annual Gathering (April 21-23, 2017)! LECUSA National Executives are sincerely grateful to the Rt. Rev. Brian N. Prior, Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota, for his participation and support during our 12th Gathering. LECUSA expresses gratitude to the Priest-In-Charge, Rector, Clergy, Wardens and Members of the St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota and the Church of the Epiphany (Episcopal), Plymouth, Minnesota, respectively, for providing their buildings/facilities as venues for our worship, deliberations and fellowship. LECUSA extends special thanks and appreciation to our Presider and Preacher (Bishop Brian Prior) at the Opening Eucharist; Keynote Speaker (Rev. Ranjit Matthews) at the Benefit dinner. LECUSA also extends special thanks to our Guest Preacher (Rev. Canon Dr. Herman Browne) at the Closing Eucharist, the Presider (Rev. John Mitchell), at the Closing Eucharist, and finally, the Officiant and Homilist (the Rev. Abeoseh Flemister and Rev. Dr. D. Wellington Bright, Sr.) at the Morning Prayer, respectively. We are deeply grateful to our Presenters, Guests and all participants at the LECUSA - 12th Annual Gathering. LECUSA extends special recognition and thanks to Mrs. Theresa Witherspoon and her team for the meals and services received throughout the Gathering. Our Gathering recognized all first time attendees and was delighted to have Mr. Karsor Dennis, representing Liberian Episcopalians from Indianapolis, Indiana. Once again, we congratulate our three distinguished Honorees and the three Episcopal Parishes in Minnesota that were awarded recognition for their support to LECUSA during our Ebola project in 2014/15.

For your information, LECUSA is donating $1000.00 to Cuttington University, for the purchase of chairs for students. Effective 2017, LECUSA will partner with Partners-In- Ministry-In-Liberia (PIMIL) and donate $500.00 each year, for five years (a total of $2500.00) to support Ebola Orphans in Liberia. In 2017, LECUSA will donate $2500.00 towards School repairs in the Episcopal Church of Liberia. LECUSA will send a delegation to the Episcopal Church of Liberia Diocesan Convention in February 2018. Moving forward with our relationship and partnership with the Episcopal Church of Liberia, a strategic committee, headed by Brother Gerald F. B. Cooper was constituted to study all aspects of our past, present and future engagements with the ECL and make recommendations to the Executive Committee. Please note that the 12th Gathering voted to have all LECUSA members pay $100 as an Annual Membership due. This takes effect in April 2018. Active clergy and Lay members: $100, Retired clergy and Laity: $50. Online payment is done at: www.lecusa.net or mail check / Money Order (LECUSA), c/o Mr. David Hanson, Financial Secretary at: 32 Knoll Drive, Blackwood, NJ 08012. Blessings to all!

Finally, we express our regrets and pray for those who could not attend the 12th Annual Gathering due to circumstances beyond their control. Our next Gathering will be held on April 6-8, 2018 in Northern Virginia, at the St. David’s Episcopal Church, Ashburn and St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Reston. Please mark your calendars and make plans to attend. Please visit LECUSA website: www.lecusa.net and our face book page: Liberian Episcopal Community in the USA (LECUSA). Please email us at: lecusa2006@gmail.com and share photos of our Gathering.

Blessings and peace, The Rev’d Dr. James T. Yarsiah, LECUSA Chairman


LECUSA 10th Anniversary Gathering, Newark, NJ - Photos taken at Opening Prayer and Plenary sessions on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 24 Rector Street. We extend sincere gratitude to our hosts: The Episcopal Diocese of Newark, Trinity and St. Philip's Cathedral, New Jersey.

Click album below to view the photos taken by Mr. Benoni Tarr Grimes at LECUSA 10th Anniversary Awards and Recognition Benefit Dinner on 4/11/15. Congratulations to all of our Honorees! Enjoy! 

Photos of the distribution of the LECUSA Ebola Medical, Sanitation and Food Items
( Click here for Health and Media Advisory for Liberian Communities )

Distribution of Food Items and detergents to ECL Clergies and Staffs Distribution of Food Items and detergents to ECL Clergies and Staffs Distribution of Food Items and detergents to ECL Clergies and Staffs Clergy and ECL Staff receiving and signing for items received Clergy and ECL Staff receiving and signing for items received  Presentation of Ebola Materials to Hope for Women Health Center                                           Presentation to the Bromley Mission School Bishop Hart speaks with Nurse during presentation at Crozierville Health Center Presentation to Bensenville Hospital  Bishop Hart makes presentation to Health Center in Banjor                     Crozierville Reproductive Health Center receiving some of the medical Items        Bishop of the Lutheran Church receiving some of the Items from Bishop Hart Presentation to International Poly clinic Presentation to Bendaja Health Center in Cape Mount Presentation to Ebola Treatment Unit in Jenewale, Cape Mount jquery lightbox with slideshowby VisualLightBox.com v5.9


Active Clergy Annual Membership - $100.00

Laity Annual Membership - $100.00

Retired Clergy Annual Membership - $50.00


ECL Sustainability Fund

St. Mark's gets new roof - Harper, Liberia

The Most Rev. Jonathan BB Hart

The Rev. Dr. James T. Yarsiah,
LECUSA Chairman
Chaplain / Vicar, Voorhees College,
St. Philip's, South Carolina

Signage for The Episcopal Church of Liberia


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