I want to report out some good work by your House of Bishops. As you well know we have been dealing privately with the issue of brokenness between members of our house (see ENS article found here: http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/ens/2012/07/06/fort-worth-quincy-bishops-want-statement-on-churchs-hierarchical-character/). We have done this work in our private time. I was personally moved by the reconciling character of our time and the true desire to mend our common life on this matter. We have made a mind of the house statement that may be found on ENS and our Website as soon as it is posted.
I am very proud of our house. In my opinion the House of Bishops, over the last 20 years, has now reached a profound and new moment of life together. While I know this work has kept many of our readers and followers waiting because much of it has been done privately while the blogosphere marched on. It has been important for us to do so as the matter before us was very much about the personal, pastoral relationships and loving relationships of your bishops.
Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle, D.D.
IX Bishop of Texas
Sent while out of office.
- "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