Our most current House of Bishops Meeting at Camp Allen, Navasota, Texas just ended was one filled with a fresh and energizing spirit, with much prayer, with good will, and intention.   It was exquisitely led by our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry who I can assure you was healthy and very much enlivened for this vision we are creating together.  It was one of the best meetings I have ever attended, and best table discussions ever as well.  That says nothing about ++Katherine’s leadership, as I have every belief, as does Presiding Bishop Curry, that it was her good and faithful leadership and work that brought us to this day.   As we focused on racial reconciliation and evangelism, and on our role as a House and as Bishops in the Jesus Movement, an overarching theme was our deep concern about the current divisive and mean-spirited political climate.  I give great thanks for the Bishops Class of 2013 who put before the House a letter, the bulk of which you will find below.   I fully support it and commend it to you all, hoping you will share it far and wide, and even more yearn to follow its hope for our communal life in this country and this church.   Blessings, +Greg

Episcopal Bishops Issue A Word to the Church

“We reject the idolatrous notion that we can ensure the safety of some

by sacrificing the hopes of others.”



[March 15, 2016] The House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church, meeting in retreat, unanimously approved the following Word To The Church.

A Word to the Church

Holy Week 2016


“We reject the idolatrous notion that we can ensure the safety of some by sacrificing the hopes of others.”


On Good Friday the ruling political forces of the day tortured and executed an innocent man. They sacrificed the weak and the blameless to protect their own status and power. On the third day Jesus was raised from the dead, revealing not only their injustice but also unmasking the lie that might makes right.

In a country still living under the shadow of the lynching tree, we are troubled by the violent forces being released by this season’s political rhetoric. Americans are turning against their neighbors, particularly those on the margins of society. They seek to secure their own safety and security at the expense of others. There is legitimate reason to fear where this rhetoric and the actions arising from it might take us.

In this moment, we resemble God’s children wandering in the wilderness. We, like they, are struggling to find our way. They turned from following God and worshiped a golden calf constructed from their own wealth. The current rhetoric is leading us to construct a modern false idol out of power and privilege. We reject the idolatrous notion that we can ensure the safety of some by sacrificing the hopes of others. No matter where we fall on the political spectrum, we must respect the dignity of every human being and we must seek the common good above all else.

We call for prayer for our country that a spirit of reconciliation will prevail and we will not betray our true selves.

The Episcopal Church House of Bishops met in retreat March 11 – 15 at Camp Allen Conference Center in Navasota, TX.

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