June 3rd, 2010 Posted in News |

Pentecost continues
A Pastoral Letter to The Episcopal Church from Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

by Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori
June 2, 2010

Bishop Katharine Jefferts  SchoriPresiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has issued a pastoral letter to The Episcopal Church, Pentecost continues.

The following is the Presiding Bishop’s letter. The letter is also available in audio on the home page of the Episcopal Church website: www.episcopalchurch.org

Pentecost is most fundamentally a continuing gift of the Spirit, rather than a limitation or quenching of that Spirit.

The recent statement by the Archbishop of Canterbury about the struggles within the Anglican Communion seems to equate Pentecost with a single understanding of gospel realities. Those who received the gift of the Spirit on that day all heard good news. The crowd reported, “in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power” (Acts 2:11).

The Spirit does seem to be saying to many within The Episcopal Church that gay and lesbian persons are God’s good creation, that an aspect of good creation is the possibility of lifelong, faithful partnership, and that such persons may indeed be good and healthy exemplars of gifted leadership within the Church, as baptized leaders and ordained ones. The Spirit also seems to be saying the same thing in other parts of the Anglican Communion, and among some of our Christian partners, including Lutheran churches in North America and Europe, the Old Catholic churches of Europe, and a number of others. Read the rest of this entry »

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