The Episcopal Diocese of Central New York, meeting November 17-18 in its 138th annual Convention, affirmed the church's support of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and heard Bishop Gladstone B. (Skip) Adams call the diocese to a strategic planning effort.
"It will be grass roots and give the opportunity to every person of the diocese to be a voice of God's Spirit among us," Adams said of the process.
"We must be places of bold and risky mission that trust God's promise of the Kingdom present among us and its fulfillment no matter what," he said during his convention address. "To do so will enable us to be about what Archbishop Rowan Williams calls the ‘art of ordinary living.'"
Williams, Adams explained, "says that we learn to live without fear of the complexity of everyday life. He goes on to say that the Church cannot fear having the conflicts necessary for peace. Moreover, if the Church is capable of such conflict, the Church cannot help but be deeply threatening to the world's systems of power, based on the fear of each other."
Among the resolutions the convention passed were ones to:
Complete information on all the resolutions passed by convention is available here.
The Diocese of Central New York comprises 19,900 Episcopalians worshipping in 98 congregations.