Letter to Episcopal Church from Presiding Bishop, President of House of Deputies
Jesus tells us to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves, and he tells us over and over again not to be afraid (Matthew 10:31, Mark 5:36, Luke 8:50, John 14:27). There’s no confusion about what Jesus is telling us, but it often requires courage to embody it in the real world. Again and again, we become afraid, and mired in that fear, we turn against Jesus and one another. This age-old cycle of fear and hatred plays out again and again in our broken world, in sickening and shocking events like the massacre targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Orlando, but also in the rules we make and the laws we pass.
Myra B. Garnes, Diocese of Long Island canon for youth and young adult ministries, left, and the Rev. Diane Higgins-Shaffer, a deacon in the Diocese of Oregon, work on a team-building exercise during a Called to Transformation Asset-Based Community Development facilitator formation workshop June 13-16. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service
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