From the desk of The Rev. Larry Holben
In these days of deep division in our nation and world, I'm sometimes asked where the Episcopal Church "stands" on particular issues of the day.
First and foremost, the Episcopal Church stands with and on the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Gospel. That Gospel tells us we are all embraced in God's limitless love and that God has expressed that love uniquely through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, God's eternal Son in human flesh. Everything else we Episcopalians stand for grows from that fundamental conviction.
We stand with the poor and forgotten who, Scripture tells us, are God's particular concern. We seek to serve them as we have opportunity and we call for more just social and economic structures to meet their needs.
We stand with those who work for peace in our strife-torn world, remembering the words of Jesus, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God."
We stand with Pope Francis and others who recognize the reality and spiritual significance of global warming, and our part in it, and with all those who work for the preservation and care of Mother Earth, the good creation which God has entrusted to us as stewards.
We stand with our Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev. Michael Curry, in opposing the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that protect youths brought to this country without documentation as infants or children. As Bishop Curry has written: "We believe these young people are children of God and deserve a chance to live full lives, free from fear of deportation to countries that they may have never known and whose languages they may not speak. In this moment, we are called by God to protect these young Dreamers from being punished for something they had no agency in doing."
We stand with our LGBTQ brothers and sisters in their struggle for full rights as citizens and we welcome them unreservedly into our fellowship.
We stand with Scripture in its call to welcome the stranger and the immigrant -- "When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt." Lev. 19:33-34a
We stand for the full equality of women in society and in the church, and are proud that women serve in all orders of ordained ministry in our church -- bishops, priests, and deacons.
We stand for offering God the very best that we can in our worship -- our prayer, our praises, our music -- and ground that worship in the historic liturgies of the Christian church.
We stand for welcome to all -- as it says on our "official" signs that hang outside every one of our congregations: THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH WELCOMES YOU!
If you're exploring this site wondering just who we are, what we stand for, come worship with us and get to know us better.
Blessings, Fr. Larry+