An Optimistic View?

In her last days as Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev. Katherine Jefferts Schori has offered a positive view of her tenure. You can read the whole address on this link; here’s a sample of what she said:

“The Episcopal Church has come a long way in the last 10 years. We are no longer consumed by internal conflict over various social issues. We are clearer about who we are – a multinational church, with congregations in 17 nations, worshipping in countless different languages, thriving in international, immigrant, and multicultural contexts everywhere, and discovering the abundant life that comes in turning outward to love the neighbors nearby and far away.”

While no doubt an accurate assessment, Jefferts Schori doesn’t note the great decline in number of parishes, members, weddings, baptisms, etc. in the past ten years. Much of the “internal conflict” has been resolved by people giving up the fight and moving to other denominations or splinter groups.

Most important to me is the apparent dilution of the Episcopal identity into a highly politicized, left-of-center advocacy group. I realize that is a tendentious remark, and I would love to be convinced otherwise. —J. Douglas Ousley

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One Response to “An Optimistic View?”

  1. Christopher Stromee says:

    My reaction completely. This to the report on General Convention presented by Bishop Dietsche at a recent Church Club event. The accomplishments mentioned almost entirely concerned items like global warming and racism to which significant chunks of money were allocated and of course the election of the new Presiding Bishop. From what I gather, the larger issues of membership and what parishioners seek from church attendance were avoided.

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