Wednesday, March 18, 2015

House of Bishops concludes meeting with eye towards Convention

From ENS-

Near the end of its annual spring retreat meeting of The Episcopal Church House of Bishops, representatives of the house said that the bishops have agreed to write a new pastoral letter to the church on the sin of racism.

The letter, expected to be adopted at the spring 2016 meeting, will be “the most lasting response of this house to that issue,” Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said during a midday press conference on March 17, the final day of the bishops’ meeting.

The letter would follow on one adopted by the house in April 1994 and another one issued March 22, 2006. The 2006 letter noted the 1994 pastoral statement said a new letter was needed because the “pervasive sin” of racism “continues to plague our common life in the church and in our culture.”

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