“We need each other,” said Presiding Bishop Frank T. Griswold as he welcomed bishops and deputies to General Convention, and what he called “this curious yet wonderful household we call the Episcopal Church.”
“We need the gift of one another’s perspective, one another’s way of articulating the Gospel and seeking to be faithful, because Christ is present among us all, and each of us hold within the love of God’s calling to us, some aspect of God’s truth that is seeking to be enlarged in communion with others,” Griswold told the July 29 Orientation Session.
As the Episcopal Church began what some members are expecting to be among the most contentious gathering in recent years, Griswold called on all comers to remember the Convention theme, “Engaging God’s Mission,” reminding them that the work of the church—defined in the Book of Common Prayer—is reconciliation, “to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.” He also pointed out that that the people of the Episcopal Church “are inheritors of a theological tradition born out of conflict,” and that when those conflicts are resolved it “was not because either [point of view] won over the other, but because God graced them to step beyond their positions and recognize one another as brothers and sisters in the breaking of the bread.
“This capacity of contain difference within a context of common prayer is who we as Anglicans are called to be.”
For the complete text of the Presiding Bishop’s opening remarks, visit www.epicopalchurch.org.