I write about two things you may not even be aware of.  First, I am in the Holy Land, Israel/Palestine on our seminarian and new priest pilgrimage.  Second, there has been a Primate Meeting of the Anglican Communion going on in England and it ended today with a few changes and a statement from our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry was was in attendance.

But, first, today in the Holy Land.  There are 33 of us on this trip.   We come from Northern California, Arizona, and Olympia.

Holy Land tour 2016 bus

We are right now in the Galilee by the Lake known as a Sea.  Today we visited the site of ancient Sephoris, Megiddo (known as Armagedden)

and to Mt. Tabor and the traditional site of the Transfiguration.  The trip is starting off very well.  Please keep us all in your prayers.

Now to the Primates Meeting.  Basically, in an attempt at keeping the Communion together the Episcopal Church has been placed in a three year moratorium on some participation in the committees and structures of the communion.   While this is regrettable, the move falls short of taking us out of communion, and at the same time keeps in some who threatened to walk out.  As our Presiding Bishop so wisely says the Anglican Communion is really about our relationships and not about our structure, and those remain intact.  He also wisely and eloquently reminds us that this may be a time and a call for us to live into helping move the Communion to a new place for full inclusion. For my part, I said this morning to someone who asked me about it, it is almost like telling someone they can be a full member of the church, but they cannot serve on the Vestry.   To some that might be great news!  The truth is reconciliation is difficult work and it is work that takes sacrifice to make a reality.  In the hopes of it, and yet also not giving in to the principles of inclusion we have moved to, this is acceptable to me. We agree to disagree, we stay in relationship, albeit in a lessened place at the table, and we work on this matter.  Like the Presiding Bishop, I wish it were different, but for now, it is not.  I encourage you to read and/or watch the Presiding Bishop’s Video message here

From the Land of the Holy One,

+Greg