Margaret Larom, a former journalist whose experience in cross-cultural and international affairs spans 25 years, has been named new director of Anglican and Global Relations for the Episcopal Church, the Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler, director of mission, announced November 11.
Larom, 59, has served as World Mission Interpretation and Networks Officer for the Episcopal Church since 1995. She has worked to ensure the partnership of the Episcopal Church with other provinces of the Anglican Communion ever since she began missionary service in the Church of Uganda in 1980.
"Margaret Larom is a seasoned leader in furthering global mission and building relationships for that mission within the Episcopal Church, throughout the Anglican Communion, and beyond," Lemler said. "She brings experience, creativity, and vision for the future at a time when there are new possibilities and new challenges for Anglican and Global Relations."
Lemler said that Larom's "considerable skills include the capacities for creating linkages and dialogue among companions in mission and for interpreting the energy of global mission within local congregations in the Episcopal Church."
Commenting on her appointment, Larom said, "I am thrilled to have this opportunity to serve my church and the wider Anglican Communion in this new capacity. In Anglican and Global Relations, we will continue our traditional pattern of working in partnership to serve the wider Communion where and when we are asked, as best we are able. We will seek new opportunities to demonstrate our commitment to helping Anglicans and Episcopalians everywhere meet the challenges that the world gives them."
Her present role, Larom explained, "has enabled me to see the rich variety of mission relationships and activities happening throughout the Episcopal Church. Every congregation and diocese seems to be engaged in the global mission enterprise in a fascinating multiplicity of ways.
"The energy is palpable. The interest in being 'companions in transformation' is sincere," she added. "We are an international church, of course, that is itself part of an international Communion, so we have a great responsibility to discern and serve God's mission in the world with strength, and courage, and singleness of heart."
Larom will succeed the Rev. Canon Patrick Mauney, present director of Anglican and Global Relations (AGR) for the Episcopal Church, who will retire March 31, 2005, after 13 years overseeing its relations with other provinces of the Anglican Communion.
"I can't think of anyone more prepared to accept the responsibility of director of Anglican and Global Relations," Mauney said. "Her experience and dedication to the church is exemplary."
Some of the priorities for Anglican and Global Relations over the past two decades have been to develop new strategies and structures through which the Church might carry out its international mission endeavors. "I have been most fortunate to be at the heart of this effort," Larom said, "helping to create and maintain the continuing life of both the Episcopal Council (now Partnership) for Global Mission and the Global Episcopal Mission Network, as well as other vital entities serving Anglican provinces worldwide."
Larom has represented the office of Anglican and Global Relations at several meetings of Executive Council, its International Concerns Committee, and the Standing Commission on World Mission, as well as serving on a number of Anglican commissions, working groups and planning teams, including the Mission Agencies Working Group, the first Inter Anglican Standing Commission on Mission and Evangelism (MISSIO), the Mission Organizations Conference Planning Group, and the Inter Anglican Standing Commission on Telecommunications.
"Following in the pathways of her able predecessors," Lemler said, "Margaret will work with others to explore and implement new visions and structures for the global mission and ministry of our Church."
Larom is married to the Rev. Canon Peter Larom, and has two children: Christopher, 26, and Daisy, 21.