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From Texas’ Bishop Don Wimberly

2/25/2005
[Episcopal News Service]  "While I voted to adopt the statement written by the House of Bishops in January in Salt Lake City, I did not feel it went far enough in addressing the terms of the Windsor Report.

I continue to seek to lead our Church and the Diocese of Texas to remain unified with the worldwide Anglican Communion and active in ECUSA. We are stronger and more able to seek the transformation Christ calls us to as One Church. The actions taken by our General Convention have caused great stress within our communion and because we are part of the Anglican Communion, we must be willing to accept the recommendations of the Windsor Report directly and without reservation.

We live in a world that needs to hear and to experience the healing message of Jesus Christ. Our Primates have considered many things beyond the Windsor Report at their recent meeting in Ireland, including the 6 million people who die each year from AIDS, TB and malaria, the poverty and hunger that afflicts people throughout the world. Our Church, within ECUSA and the Anglican Communion, must pursue the alleviation of this suffering with all its heart, and in order to do that, we must conclude the issues before us and move ahead with the mission and ministry to which Christ calls us.

I remain grateful for the opportunity to lead a part of the Church during these challenging times and give thanks for the leadership of the Primates as they have provided a way forward for our mutual ministry and witness. Their work affirms our own diocesan vision and calls us into relationship while we struggle with divergent views. There remains much work to be done, but I believe that we do not walk this path alone and that we will find the clarity needed to continue Christ's mission in the world together.

The Rt. Rev. Don Wimberly,
Bishop of Texas