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.
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: