Episcopal House of Bishops September 2019:
A Message of Love and Solidarity from the Bishops and Spouses to The Episcopal Church
(September 30, 2019)
Aloha my Siblings in Christ Jesus,
I write to share the following “Message” with you from the recent meeting of the House of Bishops. I also write to let you know that Bea and I have decided to attend and fully participate in the Lambeth Conference 2020. I think it important to share with you our reasons.
I voted for the “Message.” I regret that the Archbishop of Canterbury failed to issue invitations to select spouses. Bishop Mary Glasspool is in my Bishops’ Colleague Group. Mary and Becky are regularly part of our lives. I interviewed the Bishop-elect of Michigan, the Reverend Bonnie Perry, for a position in this Diocese (she had to withdraw because of illness). The exclusion of three spouses from the Episcopal Church and one from the Anglican Church in Canada is hurtful.
I learned at the 2008 Lambeth Conference that our presence made a difference. In 2008, Bishop Gene Robinson was not invited to attend. This year, all Bishops have been invited, which is an improvement. More importantly, the Bishops of the Episcopal Church offered witness to both inclusion and ongoing dialogue. I was interviewed on the radio in Manchester, and afterward, I was embraced by the interviewer for speaking to and for a Church that could include him. We were able to advocate for basic civil protections for LGBTQ people around the world. The spouses engaged one another and the unofficial stories were shared. Our presence was important. READ MORE
Bishop's Reflection on Gilroy, El Paso & Dayton
(August 9, 2019)
The Bishop shares his thoughts and reflections on the recent mass shootings that have shaken the nation. Read the special announcement HERE.
A Teaching from the Bishop on Mauna a Wākea
(July 21, 2019)
(The Bishop shares his thoughts and a statement prepared by two kānaka maoli clergy in the Diocese, about the issues taking place on Maunkea. Visit the special webpage of that message and statement HERE.)
Earlier messages can be found on the archive page HERE.
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