Monday, June 07, 2010

Ecclesiastical Violence...

June 4, 2010

Pentecost greetings, Church.

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori this week issued public statements on two serious matters that we want to make you aware of:

One is her response to Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams’s May 28 proposal that representatives from the Anglican provinces that have proceeded with same-gender blessings, cross-border incursions or ordination of gay and lesbian persons to the episcopate should resign from Anglican bodies involved in ecumenical dialogues.

The other is her letter to President Obama concerning the tragic results of the Israeli interception of the Gaza-bound flotilla earlier this week. She reiterates the Episcopal Church’s support for ending the Israeli blockade of Gaza. We share particular concern for and solidarity with Bishop Dawani and all in the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem affected by ongoing hardship and violence as they seek peace with justice.

We know and respect that there are differing, heartfelt views among us on these issues, but we do urge you and your sister and brother Episcopalians to read Bishop Katharine’s statements for her prayerful and thoughtful reflections. Please add your prayers to ours that Christ’s peace may dwell in our hearts and prevail through our words, witness and actions.

/s/ Bud Cederholm

/s/ Gayle Elizabeth Harris

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams's May 28 letter:

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori's June 2 Pastoral Letter to the Episcopal Church:

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori's June 2 letter to President Obama re: Gaza

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