Bishop Bud Cederholm writes:
Bishop Bud Cederholm in the House of Bishops yesterday
“I realized these two weeks how much I feel at home in the Episcopal Church, the Anglican Communion. It’s not always a comfortable home, but it is where I am loved and accepted by all. It is the strength and gift of the Episcopal Church to be a haven and home to all people, including those we disagree with.
“During the conversations regarding blessing same-sex marriages and unions, bishops on either side spoke passionately about making room for each other when we disagree. I go home knowing we have sincerely sought to listen to each other and sought to have our resolutions reflect that roominess. I like that in our congregations but am heartbroken when people with different agendas do not make room and engage in power struggles (overt and covert) leading to conflict. I go home knowing our call continues to make room for all people. Every congregation and diocese, like every home, is charged with making sure there is generous hospitality and room for all. How roomy does it feel in your home? Your home congregation? Our diocese? Admittedly, we all have work to do in making room for all. Continue reading
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Tagged 350 campaign, Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center, Bud Cederholm, environment, Epiphany School, Episcopal Camp and Conference Centers, Esperanza Academy, Genesis Covenant, public education, Sam Gould, same-gender marriage, Steven Charleston
Bishop M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE writes:
Bishop Shaw briefs the media covering the General Convention on July 9.
“Today’s program theme at General Convention is ‘God’s People.’ Yesterday I experienced a hearing on B012, a piece of legislation that wants to include all of God’s people in the life of the church. It’s about marriage equality and how the church is going to respond to marriage equality in six states. I think it’s an important piece of legislation that will allow us to pastorally care for people. It is also a tool for evangelism.
Posted in Evangelism, Massachusetts Bishops, Massachusetts Deputies, Massachusetts Resolutions, Presiding Bishop
Tagged Bonnie Anderson, Gale Davis Morris, Katharine Jefferts Schori, M. Thomas Shaw, Public Narrative, Sam Gould, same-gender marriage, SSJE
07/08/09: Bishops from the six states where civil marriage of same-gender couples is now legal are asking the General Convention for “generous discretion” that would allow clergy in affected dioceses to adapt the church’s prayerbook services “for use with all couples who seek the church’s support and God’s blessing in their marriages.”
The resolution, B012—proposed by Bishop Stephen Lane of the Diocese of Maine and cosponsored by the Diocese of Massachusetts’ three bishops, along with the bishops of Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont and Iowa—was the focus of a full-house hearing before the Social and Urban Affairs Committee this afternoon. Continue reading
Ian Douglas testifies for MDGs funding
07/07/09: With General Convention’s official start still a day away and legislative committee work barely underway, Massachusetts voices were heard early and often today among those advocating reinstated funding for the Millennium Development Goals—support for which seemed to be building on several fronts.