We will soon gather in Alexandria for our 29th Annual Diocesan Convention (October 10-11) and I encourage each of you to consider being a part of this important event. The convention is open to everyone in the diocese, and for those not serving as delegates, you are invited and encouraged to attend as visitors.
The convention begins at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, October 10 with the opening Eucharist at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral (Roman Catholic) and then continues across the street at the Alexander Fulton Hotel (formerly the Holiday Inn Convention Centre Hotel). The convention will be blessed with two guest speakers, Ms. Edwina Thomas, National Director of Sharing of Ministries Abroad (SOMA), and the Rev’d Canon Dr. Gregory Cameron, Deputy Secretary General and Director of Ecumenical Affairs for The Anglican Consultative Council.
The Bishop has invited a heavy hitter indeed. The idea the Bishop will be trying to sell is that our membership in TEC won’t be a stumbling block to our continued membership in the Anglican Communion. Cameron will tell us so, and all will be well, right?
But, bishop, tell me how am I to remain in a church that promotes abortion, ignores scripture, doesn’t follow its own canons, whose clergy replace words they don’t like in the prayer book, that thinks 1% of its budget fulfills Jesus’ commands in Matthew 25, doesn’t believe Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, and who will not likely consent to the election of another bishop who does?
Why should I remain even in the Anglican Communion when its most vibrant parts are on their way out due to alienation and estrangement due to claimed liberal superiority and racism?
Why should I remain within a Diocese whose clergy couldn’t endorse the pastoral scheme from the Dar-es-Salaam communique last year at Diocesan Convention? With Cameron here, you can be sure that any resolution that calls for Western Louisiana to leave TEC will likely fail. So, what are folks in your Diocese to do who find themselves where I am – completely estranged from the national church because, frankly, the national church no longer even resembles Christianity?
In any event, Bishop, these are the questions you need to answer for the folks out there in your Diocese who have had enough and are ready to leave. I hope you will address these in your convention address. If you do not, I am sure parishes will start trying to find these answers for themselves under Episcopal leadership from elsewhere. That is not to say we don’t all love you, Bruce, because we do.