We live in the midst of an ever escalating volatile season of normalized racial tension manifested in various forms of violence. We stand at the crossroads of these violent times with prayer and an abiding faith in Christ who calls us to see and respect the face of God in each other.
While we are disappointed that Presiding Bishop-Elect Michael Bruce Curry is not able to join us for this Diocesan Convention, we are extremely joyful that he is coming to our next Diocesan Convention on November 5, 2016. We are thrilled to our bones that he wants to spend a week with us during that visit giving us several opportunities to be blessed though his presence and ministry among us. The Anti-Racism Committee and I have discerned that the Spirit is leading us to use the time between our 2015 Convention and the 2016 Convention as a pilgrimage of racial reconciliation through prayer, teaching, engagement and action.
We could use your help, your ideas and your leadership to join the Anti-Racism Committee and me as we prayerfully and thoughtfully plan and live into this pilgrimage year of repentance, reconciliation and healing that will culminate in an amazing Diocesan Convention liturgy of 2016. To this end, Marlene, Kit and I invite you to a brainstorming session on Sunday September 27, from 4-7 PM at St. Peter's in Henrietta. If God is calling you to be a part of actualizing this pilgrimage please let us know. I would like to give a shout out to the extremely dedicated work of our Diocesan Antiracism Committee and the Task Force for their unwavering faith that our Diocese will indeed reflect the diverse and vibrant face of our amazing God in our common life.
In Christ there is no East or West!
Marlene, Kit+ and +Prince
(Image from The Migration Series by Jacob Lawrence.)