Office of Public Affairs
Episcopal Church House of Bishops Fall 2011 meeting:
Daily Account for Tuesday, September 20
The House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church is meeting in Province IX in
, Quito (Diocese of Ecuador Central) from September 15 to September 20. The following is an account of the activities for Tuesday, September 20. Ecuador
The September 20 session began with Morning Prayer. Bishop Carol Gallagher of Diocese of North Dakota read the Gospel in Cherokee.
Emcee for the day was Bishop Sean Rowe, Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania.
In the morning session, Bishop
, Chief Operating Officer of the Episcopal Church, gave a presentation about structure of the Episcopal Church, "Becoming A Domestic And Foreign Missionary Society: An Adaptive Moment." The presentation sparked much conversation among the HOB. Stacy Sauls
In the afternoon:
- Bishop Jim Curry of
reported on the activities of Bishops Working for a Just World. Connecticut
- Archbishop Albert Chama, Primate of Central Africa, offered his reflections and thanks to the HOB
Katharine Jefferts Schorichaired the business session, during which:
- HOB had a moment of silence for Bishop Robert Anderson and Bishop Walter Righter, who died since the last HOB meeting.
- Bishop Luis Ruiz of Ecuador Central addressed the HOB about the current conflict in the diocese. He said that he and the diocesan leadership have been working with the Presiding Bishop and Bishop Clay Matthews. He announced his intention to resign and expressed his thanks for the solidarity he received from the HOB. Also the diocesan leadership will resign from their respective positions. Bishop Victor Scantlebury was named by the Presiding Bishop as interim bishop for the Diocese of Ecuador Central.
- HOB elected Bishop Lloyd Allen of
, Bishop Andy Doyle of Honduras and Bishop Texas Dean Wolfeof to the board of the College for Bishops for three year terms. Kansas
- Accepted Bishop Santosh Marray as a Collegial Member of HOB. Formerly the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the Seychellles, he currently serves in the Diocese of East Carolina.
- Approved and accepted A Pastoral Teaching from the House of Bishops on the topic of the environment, presented by the Theology Committee.
The Fall HOB meeting ended with Eucharist, celebrated by Bishop
. Preacher was HOB chaplain the Rev. Stephanie Spellers, Diocese of Massachusetts. Stacy Sauls
Media Briefers for Tuesday, September 20
Bishop Brian Prior, Diocese of
Bishop Lawrence Provenzano, Diocese of
The Episcopal Church: www.episcopalchurch.org
Diocese of East
http://www.dioceselongisland.org/ Long Island
: www.diomass.org Massachusetts
http://episcopal-nd.org/ North Dakota
Diocese of Northwestern
Anglican Diocese of
Province of Central
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Last HOB Daily Account for Tuesday, September 20
- "Christianity is not a theory or speculation, but a life; not a philosophy of life, but a life and a living process." Samuel Taylor Coleridge
- "Most people are willing to take the Sermon on the Mount as a flag to sail under, but few will use it as a rudder by which to steer." Oliver Wendell Holmes
- "Perfection, in a Christian sense, means becoming mature enough to give ourselves to others." Kathleen Norris
- "Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can." John Wesley
- "The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried." G. K. Chesterton
- "One of our great allies at present is the Church itself. Do not misunderstand me. I do not mean the Church as we see her spread out through all time and space and rooted in eternity, terrible as an army with banners. That, I confess, is a spectacle which makes our boldest tempters uneasy. But fortunately it is quite invisible to these humans." C. S. Lewis
- "When we say, 'I love Jesus, but I hate the Church,' we end up losing not only the Church but Jesus too. The challenge is to forgive the Church. This challenge is especially great because the church seldom asks us for forgiveness." Henri Nouwen, Bread for the Journey
- "Christians are hard to tolerate; I don't know how Jesus does it." Bono
- "It's too easy to get caught in our little church subcultures, and the result is that the only younger people we might know are Christians who are already inside the church." Dan Kimball