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Friday, September 3rd, 2010
September 3, 2010
To: Members of The Episcopal Church
From: The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop and Primate
Dr. Bonnie Anderson, President, The House of Deputies
Rosalie Simmonds Ballentine, Esq. Chair, Executive Council D-020 Task Force
The final draft of the proposed Anglican Covenant was released in mid-December, 2009 for formal consideration for adoption by constituent Provinces of the Anglican Communion through appropriate processes. (more…)
Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010
Pentecost is most fundamentally a continuing gift of the Spirit, rather than a limitation or quenching of that Spirit.
The recent statement by the Archbishop of Canterbury about the struggles within the Anglican Communion seems to equate Pentecost with a single understanding of gospel realities. Those who received the gift of the Spirit on that day all heard good news. The crowd reported, “in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power” (Acts 2:11).
The Spirit does seem to be saying to many within The Episcopal Church that gay and lesbian persons are God’s good creation, that an aspect of good creation is the possibility of lifelong, faithful partnership, and that such persons may indeed be good and healthy exemplars of gifted leadership within the Church, as baptized leaders and ordained ones. The Spirit also seems to be saying the same thing in other parts of the Anglican Communion, and among some of our Christian partners, including Lutheran churches in North America and Europe, the Old Catholic churches of Europe, and a number of others. (more…)
Tuesday, September 8th, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
A New Partnership
Tonight I went to the deanery synod meeting of Blackmore Vale deanery in Dorset, part of the English Diocese of Salisbury, where I had the joy of witnessing their unanimous vote to join with the Diocese of Missouri and the Diocese of Lui in a three-way relationship. I am excited about the opportunity to connect with the real-live modern-day English church and to enrich our relationship with our Moru friends in this way. It’s especially important to me that the partnership means a more immediate way to practice and demonstrate transparency, and that having a third culture in the mix will give us new perspective. Our new partners hosted Bishop Bullen last summer at the pre-Lambeth Sudan conference, and he worked his magic on them as he has on us. They have already been raising money for schools and one church’s Mother’s Union made lots of stoles for Lui clergy and sent them. So I’m thrilled to say that when we officially announce the November team next week, two of the missionaries will be from Blackmore Vale Deanery.
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Wednesday, August 5th, 2009
originally published in the August 4, 2009 Angelus, newsletter of Emmanuel Episcopal Church
During 2008-2009 school year, Eden Seminary had its second Anglican priest from Tanzania as a student. In February Isaiah Chambala was elected the first bishop of the new Diocese of Kiteto. Since Bishop Smith was going to be at General Convention on the date of Isaiah’s consecration, the bishop sent Dr. Katherine Mathews and me to represent himself and the diocese.
Both before and after the consecration, we visited a congregation in each of the eight deaneries. The Diocese of Kiteto has 140 congregations within 35 parishes. We were met with such gracious hospitality and experienced such a lively faith (expressed in very lively music by more than one choir in even the smallest congregations) that it was a bit overwhelming. (more…)
Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
Monday 27 July 2009
Reflections on the Episcopal Church’s 2009 General Convention from the Archbishop of Canterbury for the Bishops, Clergy and Faithful of the Anglican Communion.
1. No-one could be in any doubt about the eagerness of the Bishops and Deputies of the Episcopal Church at the General Convention to affirm their concern about the wider Anglican Communion. Their generous welcome to guests from elsewhere, including myself, the manifest engagement with the crushing problems of the developing world and even the wording of one of the more controversial resolutions all make plain the fact that the Episcopal Church does not wish to cut its moorings from other parts of the Anglican family. (more…)
Wednesday, July 15th, 2009
July 14, 2009 — The House of Bishops and the House of Deputies of the Episcopal Church today completed passage of a revised Resolution D025, Commitment and Witness to the Anglican Communion, at the Church’s triennial General Convention in Anaheim, California.
- Reaffirms an abiding commitment of The Episcopal Church to the fellowship of churches that constitute the Anglican Communion, noting that it will seek to live into the highest degree of communion possible;
- Encourages dioceses, congregations and members of The Episcopal Church to participate to the fullest extent possible in the many instruments, networks and relationships of the Anglican Communion; (more…)
Thursday, January 22nd, 2009
Bishop Smith has recommended to us our Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori’s Epiphany letter, and the accompanying information on our Good Friday Offering 2009.
The Good Friday Offering began in 1922 after General Convention directed that offerings given that day in congregations of the Episcopal Church be designated for the church in the Middle East.
Bishop Jefferts Schori has called upon Episcopalians to continue to pray for our sisters and brothers in the Diocese of Jerusalem and the Middle East and to support the annual Good Friday Offering as an opportunity to demonstrate solidarity with Anglicans and all Christians in the troubled region.
Bishop Jefferts Schori’s letter to all congregations is available as a pdf file at: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/documents/ELO_010809_kjsLetter.pdf
The press release on the Offering is at:
The website offers a downloadable poster and bulletin shell, and a way to order envelopes.