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[Update] Bishop Arichea, Bible scholar, dies at 87 (UM News)

Update:  A memorial service will be held at Ventura First United Methodist Church on Dec. 11 at 4 p.m. PST. The church also plans to livestream the service.

Kindly RSVP whether you will be participating in-person or virtually to by Dec. 3 if possible. A reception at the Poinsettia Pavilion (3451 Foothill Rd, Ventura, CA 93003) will follow after the service.

All current public health and safety recommendations as regards COVID-19, including wearing masks indoors and encouraging physical distancing, will be followed.

Processing clergy are suggested to gather by 3:30 p.m. and those with speaking parts in the service to arrive by 3 p.m. Clergy who attend the service may choose to wear a robe and white stole and process in together.

Bishop Arichea is survived by his wife (Ruth), children (Miriam, Stephen, and Michael), and grandchildren. Condolences can be sent to Dr. Ruth Arichea c/o Ventura First UMC at 1338 E Santa Clara Street, Ventura, CA 93001.


by Heather Hahn
June 1, 2021 | UM News

Bishop Daniel C. Arichea Jr. — a Bible scholar who championed full inclusion of LGBTQ people in church life — died June 1 in Taguig, Philippines, of complications related to COVID-19. He was 87.

As a Bible translator, Arichea helped make Scripture more accessible to people in multiple countries, including his native Philippines.

“Bishop Arichea was a courageous voice for justice for all of God’s children, especially LGBTQ persons,” said Council of Bishops President Cynthia Fierro Harvey, who also leads the Louisiana Conference.

The Rev. Amy Valdez Barker described Arichea as a visionary leader. When she was the top executive of the Connectional Table, the denominational leadership body in 2014 invited Arichea to speak on a panel about the Bible and homosexuality.

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