April 2018 Message from the Bishop

April 2018 Message from the Bishop

Dear Friends in Christ:

Grace and peace to you, and Easter blessings. (My Easter Vigil sermon is available here.)

I have just returned from a brief time with our latest College for Congregational Development gathering. This program, the people who lead it, and the people who participate in it are a clear expression of the health and strength of this Diocese.Like you, I have found that the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King has been an occasion for some deep and difficult reflection. I have been aided in that work by a recent re-reading of his last book, "Where Do We Go From Here?" The subtitle describes our most urgent challenge: "Chaos or Community?"

CCD is helping us to answer those questions by helping us to build communities that are transformative, communities that are more truly reflective of the restorative and renewing power of Easter, and less an embodiment of the chaos of the world. I am very grateful to Canon Andrea for bringing CCD to us, grateful to the Board of Trustees for funding it, and grateful to all the clergy and congregations who are engaged in it. (If you and your congregation are not participating in CCD, please give me a call and we can discuss how to get you involved.) To find out more about the program, click here.

It is great to have so readily available John Bogart's histories of the three previous episcopates. There is much to learn in them, and this time of transition is an excellent time for such learning. I commend them to you. Thanks to my executive assistant Jacqi Seppi for her special efforts to put these before us. (And please speak kind words of encouragement to Harry Allagree, who is busily trying to complete a history of my episcopate - even while I am still trying to make it interesting enough to want to write/read about!)

Finally, I want to express gratitude for all of you who prayed with me on the March 14 Day of Lamentation, and marched with me (or supported the marchers) in multiple locations around the Diocese on the 24th. Such solidarity in such a time is a very great blessing.

Yours in the Risen Lord,

Photograph by Lori Korleski Richardson

Bishop Barry gives his blessing to the celebration of new ministry of the Rev. Doyle Dietz Allen at St. Patrick's, Kenwood, on April 7, 2018.

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