My bishop, Mark Sisk, writes an excellent letter. Note a few things you will never find in a reasserting essay. First, he acknowledges he might be wrong. He also points out that hatred of homosexuals is wrong also. Here it is....
Dear People of the Episcopal Diocese of New York,
I write these reflections following our recent General Convention in Columbus, Ohio. This was an exceptionally important Convention for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the Reflection, by the Archbishop of Canterbury, on our work. It seemed, therefore, worthy of some extended commentary.
The Convention itself did three things: (1) it elected a new Presiding Bishop; (2) it wrestled with the requests of the Windsor report and associated requests from The Anglican Consultative Counsel and the Primates of the Anglican Communion, and (3) everything else.
The third of these achievements “everything else” is easily over-looked in all the energy over the first two, but this third was extraordinarily important. Found here is a new focus on our faithful participation in the Millennium Development Goals (something this Diocese has been working on for some years), a commitment to our continuing focus on youth and young adult ministries (again something quite familiar here in New York), and a renewed attempt to help this Nation wrestle, in a constructive way, with the burden of the sin of slavery (once again something that the Diocese of New York took the initiative on in presenting before General Convention – it having been dropped in 2003). We approved interim Eucharistic sharing with the United Methodist Church. There were as well a plethora of liturgical measures considered, including the adoption of The Revised Common Lectionary (though a proposal to begin preparation for a new revision of The Book of Common Prayer was rejected – happily from my personal view). A number of additional commemorations for Lesser Feasts and Fasts were moved forward or authorized, notably including Thurgood Marshall. As an indication of the actual importance of these items, as appropriate, they each found an appropriate place in the National Church budget for the next triennium.
The Election of the XXVI Presiding Bishop
The second major achievement of the Convention was the election of Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori from among a strong field of well qualified nominees. Though much attention in the popular press has been devoted to the fact that Bishop Jefferts Schori will be the first woman to serve as Presiding Bishop and the first woman Primate in the Anglican Communion, it needs to be said that she was nominated and elected based upon her capacities for that demanding office. She brings to it a brilliant mind, a centered personality, and her gifts as an evocative speaker. I believe that our Church will pleased with this election.