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October Communique Letter

Dear brothers and sisters, What a tumultuous time we are in: pandemic, racial strife, economic struggle, political turmoil, and what might be called "unsocial media" frenzy. How are we as believers in Jesus to respond? First of all, we should not be surprised by all the signs of the fallenness of the world. Instead we should be always amazed that the Lord has extended h...

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Thanksgiving, Masks, and Prayers

So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding. Romans 14:19 Dear brothers and sisters in the diocese, Greetings in the Lord Jesus who reigns over all. Sadly, the pandemic is still with us. Therefore let me briefly share a commendation, a concern and a challenge in this hard season. Commendation for Faithfulness I am very thankful to the L...

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July Communique Letter from the Bishop

Dear brothers and sisters in the Diocese, One of the first choruses I learned when I was a new Christian had these words: "God is our refuge, our refuge and our strength, in trouble a very present help. Therefore, will we not fear" The words come from Psalm 46, which goes on to speak of God's faithfulness in the midst of earthquake and flood. I share these words because...

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A Helpful Overview of Churches During Pandemics

Dear brothers and sisters, I wanted to commend the following article on the history of churches facing past epidemics. It is by Robert "Budd" Kneip, senior warden of our cathedral, a dedicated disciple of the Lord Jesus whom I know well and deeply respect. He was both a major corporate and government leader prior to his retirement. Budd did extensive research for this ar...

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Sunday Live-Streaming Services

In light of the recent pandemic, you might feel it is better to worship from home, or your local congregation may not be meeting temporarily. If so, we invite you to tune into one of the following churches. These parishes will be live-streaming worship services this Sunday. Please click on the links below to visit their websites for more information. If your congregation...

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The Perfect Storm

Dear Clergy, Many of you are familiar with the book and movieThe Perfect Storm. It told the tragic story of one fishing boat lost at sea in 1991. It encountered a storm created by three converging factors: a ridge, a cold front, and the remains of Hurricane Grace. At the moment, it feels like we in this culture are facing a similar storm, a combination of a pandemic with...

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A Letter Concerning the Death of George Floyd and So Many Others

Dear brothers and sisters in the Gulf Atlantic Diocese, What a heartbreaking season we are in. We are surrounded by death as we have passed the 100,000 mark in the COVID-19 pandemic. In the midst of that tragedy we as a nation are now struggling with the horrific death of George Floyd. Therefore I commend the thoughtful letter linked below written by some of my brother b...

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May Communique Letter from the Bishop

Dear brothers and sisters, Have you ever been promised that someone would give you a present and then you had to wait for it? At his ascension, Jesus promised his disciples that ". . . not many days from now . . . you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the ea...

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To All Diocesan Clergy Regarding Holy Communion

Dear brothers and sisters,Greetings in our ascended Lord Jesus. One thing I have said continually is that we are in a season of adaptive change. Therefore, I ask that you extend grace to me because the following is a result of my adapting to input and concerns I am hearing from many of you. I am writing this to give each congregation permission to decide when it is best ...

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Timing and Leadership in a Difficult Season

[Nehemiah] said to them, "You see the trouble we are in, how Jerusalem lies in ruins with its gates burned. Come, let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer suffer derision." (Nehemiah 2:17) Dear clergy, Greetings in the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the same yesterday and today and forever(Hebrews 13:8). In this season of constant change, with ever changing...

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