I am writing after a long day, that is part of a long week here in Salt Lake City.
The General Convention has started its activities that look at setting the tone and direction of work within the church for the next several years. This includes the larger Episcopal Church, spanning the United States and over 15 countries. But most resolutions and programs affect the local congregations as well. How are we to be most effective in our worship? How are we to be effective in sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ in our daily lives?
Today the House of Bishops elected the Right Reverend Michael Curry to be the next Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church. He was elected on the first ballot by the bishops and the election was quickly approved by the House of Deputies. A dynamic evangelical preacher, he will bring many gifts to the church.
We also are looking at many issues that would restructure the way The Episcopal Church does business. Ultimately, this could impact how we do business at the local level as well.
In the light of many issues around the US involving race and violence, especially following the deaths of 9 people in Charleston SC as they attended Bible Study, the Convention is looking at ways to respond to racism and to violence, both locally and church-wide.
And in the light of the Supreme Court decision regarding the legal definitions of marriage, The Episcopal Church is looking at how the church can respond to those definitions of marriage and the historical understanding of marriage, while also responding with marriage rites that might address both legal and church understandings.
The Rev'd Br. Paul Colbert, CoS has served as Priest-in-Charge of Holy Trinity, Madera since 2009. He is a monk in the Community of Solitude, a dispersed ecumenical community the spirit of St Benedict and St Romuald.