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WESTERN LOUISIANA: Diocese plans reconciliation and healing gathering



[Episcopal News Service]  Following up on a promise he made during the 27th annual convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana October 13-14, Bishop D. Bruce MacPherson has organized a group to plan a "gathering that would enable us to begin a process of reconciliation and healing in the ministry we share."

"Through the process leading to this, we would both explore and plan a way in which we as a diocese could together live out that which God has entrusted to us, and to do this to his glory," McPherson said in a message posted on the diocese’s website.

MacPherson said during his convention address that he would call such a gathering of clergy and laity to begin a diocesan-wide process of reconciliation and healing.

Noting differences of opinion in the diocese, MacPherson urged reconciliation rather than "public attack" and criticized those who pass along rumors.

"My brothers and sisters in Christ, we must not let our differences tear the fabric of this diocese nor our community of faith," he said during his address. "We must not let our differences destroy that which God has called us into, and this being a ministry of reconciliation."

The full text of MacPherson's convention address is available here.

The Diocese of Western Louisiana comprises about 12,270 Episcopalians worshipping in 48 congregations.