My work on the Committee on Structure has kept me pretty busy. I apologize to my readers and thank you for the reminder to do a journal entry.
Yesterday afternoon I did do several video pieces that you can see on the Diocese of Texas web site. And, a reminder that you can get up to date information on what is happening through a variety of media by going to: http://www.epicenter.org/gc2012 The twitter feed is an excellent way to keep up.
A couple of items to report.
First is the wonderful work that Mary MacGregor did with the ECW Triennial meeting. She coached and guided them through a rethinking of their life and ministry. I, and I think we, can be very excited and proud to have leadership like Mary's affecting the ministry of the church. We have a strong presence here in Indianapolis at ECW, Altar Guild, and Daughters of the King.
In the House of Bishops: Yesterday we elected the House of Bishops representatives to the discernment committee for the Presiding Bishop.
In the House of Bishops: We sent over to the House of Deputies a resolution to leave dollars on the ground level of ministry by decreasing the percentage of giving to the Episcopal Church from 19 to 15. The resolution also allows for people a process to deal with the fact that not all diocese give their full asking.
Today we passed a resolution encouraging everyone to read the bible in a year. You can find a great program here: http://thecenterforbiblicalstudies.org/bible-challenge-invitation/
I will write a separate blog entry on yesterday's action by the House of Bishops on Same Gender Blessings and another on the allegations regarding the 9 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