Episcopal Diocese of Rochester
Joy in Christ, a way of life

Bishop's Writings

Special opportunities to strengthen our bonds of affection

Friday, February 6, 2009

Dear Friends,

Greetings! I hope you are taking care of yourself, especially during these times of stress, anxiety and general malaise accentuated by the economic depression around us.

I would like to bring to your attention the following special opportunities to strengthen our bonds of affection, which is a meaningful thing to do during this time.

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Epiphany draws us out of our parochial ties

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Dear Saints,

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Who will heal our broken world?

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Dear saints,

Hard to believe it is the year 2009. Many who began previous years with us are not with us. Many others, friends and strangers, have joined us unexpectedly; some have even blessed our journey and allowed us to bless theirs. I look back at last year mostly with awe. From the “walkabouts” in January to the election in February to the consecration in May, it all seems surreal most of the time. It is clear, however, that I consider it a privilege to succeed the good Bishop McKelvey to be your bishop in these challenging times.

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Love came down at Christmas

Monday, December 1, 2008

Dear saints,

Love all lovely, love divine; Love was born at Christmas: Star and angels gave the sign.

These precious lines, from a hymn by Christina Rossetti, are packed with wholesome meanings that point to possibilities. We are invited to wait and listen during Advent and to journey to Christmas as we consider love. We are reminded of star and angels as sign. While the DOW and NASDAQ are signs that point to market trends, stars and angels point to love.

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