I commend to your reading this excellent sermon at #gc78 (the 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church) by our current Presiding Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Katherine Jefferts Schori. She addresses the “hemorrhaging” this church body has suffered over the last 12 years in light of our reading from Mark 5:21-43. Here’s a taste:
Like the unnamed daughter and the shunned and bleeding woman, this church will find new life by crossing old boundaries and exploring new territories. . . . Mother Church will continue rising from the dead if we keep crossing into new territories, in our back yards, prisons, city parks, and pockets of despair, here and across the globe. If we believe, if we’re faithful, we know that the ancient truth remains, and resurrection is always emerging from death. That healing may cost plenty of blood, sweat, and tears – but it is rooted in the firm belief that God does enlighten, heal, and deliver.
Read more at: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/posts/publicaffairs/78th-general-convention-episcopal-church-june-28-sermon-presiding-bishop
This excellent article by Diana Butler Bass in the Washington Post reflects on Bp. Schori’s tenure as Presiding Bishop (which ends when the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry is installed on Nov. 1st of this year. It will give you some of the background to Bp. Schori’s remarks:
The quote below, from Associated Press reporter Rick Bowmer, describes our new Presiding Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Michael B. Curry. It appeared with this delightful photo in this morning’s email from The Daily Office:
The Rt. Rev. Michael B. Curry
The Bishop of North Carolina, Michael Curry, has been elected the next Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church in a historic, landslide vote. A charismatic, media-savvy preacher, he will be installed this fall as the first African-American to hold the post. He’s considered a social justice liberal who is unabashedly committed to Jesus Christ. (Rick Bowmer/Associated Press)
Our Ministry at Holy Trinity is being featured in the first of a two-part podcast this week about Church Planting on The Collect Call. As the 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church prepares to consider devoting further resources for planting churches, such discussions are particularly timely.
As its intro says:
The Collect Call is a podcast that unpacks and reflects upon the meaning of the collect of the week – that prayer at the start of the service that changes every week. Hosts Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale and Holli Powell challenge themselves to learn a little about the history of the prayers, reflect on their spiritual meaning and application to daily life, and, inevitably, reduce them to tweets. The Collect Call is a founding member of the Via Media Collective. – See more at: http://www.acts8moment.org/the-collect-call/#sthash.SJm7v58V.dpuf
The Collect Call also occasionally focuses in on particular topics such as prayer in general, mission in its various forms, etc. That’s where we come in!