The Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis, meeting October 19-21 in its 169th annual convention, called for an end to the war in Iraq, reaffirmed the diocese's support for the Millennium Development Goals and asked its clergy to lead a process of study and discernment about Anglican identity.
Bishop Catherine Waynick told the convention that the Episcopal Church has nothing to fear, even from "those who have been the most critical of us within the Communion."
"The Episcopal Church is not alone; we have many friends and allies within the Communion, and the overwhelming majority of our own bishops, even in our disagreements, are determined to maintain a shared identity as Episcopalians and members of the worldwide Anglican Communion," she said. "How that identity will be articulated in the future we cannot know, but fear not -- we are secure in our identity as servants of the risen Christ."
Waynick said that her "hope and prayer is that as the crafting of an Anglican covenant proceeds the awareness of our imperfection will keep all involved humble and open-hearted."
"It will not be easy, at least in part because the constituent churches have always been autonomous. The thought of losing a sense of independence may be especially difficult for those of us whose common life was forged in the fight for freedom from foreign rule," she said. "But we must remember that independence and autonomy are not the point. Being human always includes interdependence, and being the Church always includes utter dependence on the grace and love of God. If the work of crafting an Anglican covenant is rooted in prayer and theological reflection we may find the holy patience to discern what God wants of us."
The complete text of Waynick's address is available here.
Among the resolutions the convention passed were ones to:
The completed texts of all the resolutions passed by the convention are available here.
The Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis comprises about 11,570 Episcopalians worshipping in 47 congregations.