Tuesday, March 20, 2007
The House of Bishops Finds Its Voice
The bishops of the Episcopal Church have found their voice in response to the Primates' Communiqué. These "mind of the house" resolutions respect our polity, express our deep desire for shared mission in the Anglican Communion, honor our catholic and reformed heritage, and refuse to abandon our baptismal covenant. The bishops show themselves to be a mature, adult, self-differentiated body with the savvy to push back the anxiety thrust upon them by the Primates. In requesting direct conversation with the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Primates' Standing Committee they have shown the way forward for genuine reconciliation to happen. I appreciate this forthright and honorable speech, so different from what we saw at the last General Convention. Methinks our new Presiding Bishop is demonstrating some serious leadership.