St. John's Blog
My prayer is that we in the Episcopal Church will, in this and all things, follow the way, the teachings and the Spirit of Jesus by cultivating a loving, liberating and life-giving relationship with God, all others in the human family, and with all of God's good creation.
From time to time, Bishops of the Church may deliver a "Pastoral Letter," a charge to the clergy and people of the diocese on points of doctrine, discipline or worship. Issuance of such a letter ought be done only on those rare occasions when a significant matter is before the entire household of the Diocese, warranting both clarification and encouragement. We now have such an occasion.
Today, we live and move and have our being in a world characterized by division, destructive rhetoric, demonizing of the other and callous disregard for those whose opinions differ. This is not the Christian way, the Episcopal way or the American way. Let us once again be so bold and be so faithful as to set aside our fear and go into our neighborhoods to listen to one another, honor one another and love one another.