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  • A Special Easter Message from the Bishop

      Dear Friends in Christ, A few months ago, we were gathered to celebrate Christmas. In that Season, the prayer of the Church was one of profound thanks that God, who wonderfully created the dignity of human nature in the beginning, has even more wonderfully restored that dignity in the Incarnation of God in Jesus Christ. We were not celebrating some theological abstraction, a mere change of metaphysical status.

  • Fire Relief & Message from the Bishop

    Dear Friends in Christ, Grace and peace to you. I am deeply grateful for your very generous response to the fire crisis in Northern California. Your many gifts to the Bishop's Discretionary Fund will enable our diocese to continue supporting ministries and relief efforts in the impacted communities.

  • A Pentecost Message from the Bishop

    Dear Friends in Christ, Grace and peace to you, as we enter a new Season together. Pentecost comes again, and with it a renewed emphasis on the reality that we have been given power to live, ever more completely, into that fullness of life that Easter taught us about. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we are now able to participate more fully in the life of God, and grow in the beauty of holiness.

  • An Easter Message from the Bishop

    Dear Friends in Christ: We have recently prayed that God might help us to “enter with joy upon the contemplation of those mighty acts whereby you have given us life and immortality;” and so we entered Holy Week. Through the Church’s traditional liturgies, we are helped to enter more fully into the Paschal Mystery, and to embrace the reality that Christ is risen. We again come to know how, in the power of the Resurrection, God is at work in our lives and in our world to restore His image in us, a...

  • A Christmas Message from the Bishop

        Dear Friends in Christ: Grace and peace to you. Archbishop Rowan Williams describes waiting as "the boring bit before the exciting bit." I hope that your Advent has been more than simply boring; I hope that it has helped to awaken hope for you, a hope that Christmas now comes to fulfill. These may not seem to be hopeful times.

  • Message from the Bishop

    Below is the letter written from the Bishop to the clergy in the July edition of the Aurora. Grace and peace to you! This is a profoundly important time of transition in the life of our diocese, as we say goodbye to one Canon to the Ordinary (CTO) and prepare to welcome another.

  • A Pentecost Message from the Bishop

    Dear Friends in Christ: We have been celebrating the realities of Christ rising and ascending, and what it means to be such a community. Now comes the season of Pentecost, Christ's promise fulfilled, and the further unfolding of God's agenda in our lives. Gerard Manley Hopkins says of one of the fruits of the Spirit, Peace, "He comes with work to do...".

  • An Easter Message from the Bishop

    Dear Friends in Christ: At last Lent has ended. The events of Holy Week will reach their climax, and, “Alleluia” will return to the Church. Of course, it did not go far.

  • A Lent Message from the Bishop

    Dear Friends in Christ: Once again, we enter the season of Lent hearing the Church’s invitation to us to make it an intentionally holy time. Basically, that means a consecrated time, time set apart, and dedicated to the work of deepening our relationship with God. There are many ancient spiritual practices associated with this season, to assist us with that work.

  • A Christmas Message from the Bishop

      Dear Friends in Christ: Grace and peace to you. God help us all to find the peace promised to us, the peace that surpasses understanding, in this time of deep sorrow and mourning. The recent senseless murders of so many, including so many little ones, in Newtown, Connecticut leave us praying hard for such peace.

  • An Advent Message from the Bishop

    Dear Friends in Christ: Black Friday. Cyber Monday. The relentless commercial countdown is well underway.

  • A Sabbatical Update from Canon Britt

    Following is a recent update as sent by the Rev. Canon Britt Olson, currently on sabbatical from her duties as canon to the ordinary. Additional updates to follow as received...

  • Bishop Sends Message of Thanksgiving

    Dear Friends in Christ: This week, many of us will pray together the Collect for Thanksgiving Day. In that prayer, we do what one would expect on such an occasion: we give thanks for God’s providence to us, realized especially in “the fruits of the earth“ and “the labors of those who harvest them.” But this great prayer doesn’t stop there. It goes on to ask God’s assistance in making us faithful stewards of what God has provided, and helping us to take special care to provide for the poor in tur...

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