My dear Rezzers & friends
Some may already have heard the news that virtually all the bishops of the Anglican Mission removed themselves en mass (save one) from Rwandan oversight this past Monday. In response to accusations and ultimatums from Rwanda, our bishops chose to move together in a united action to preserve and continue the work done over the past decade by the Mission.
Bloggers and commentators are running amok with judgements and conjecture made without full knowledge of most of what has been happening over the course of the past six months. Be assured that things are not as they are being portrayed.
If you want a factual report with little commentary I invite you to look at the article today from David Virtue...
Please also know that your "place" in the Anglican communion is secure. We will pray for our leaders and wait on clarity in this situation, without proffering opinions or judgements about the actions heretofore. We pray that time will be the friend of truth and that things which are done in secret will come to the light, on both sides of the equation. I know that there are always two sides to any conflict and my experience has led me to also know that we are all broken and in need of grace. So let us give grace and prayer and time.
It may now be most appropriate for us to answer Jesus call to his disciples: "Could you not watch with me one hour?" Our leaders are in a time of great pain and the Devil is having a heyday with the media coverage and divisions that are already a part of our American Anglican landscape. I urge you to pray and wait with me as we seek God's way forward through this time of confusion and pain.
Pray with me...
O God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, our only Savior, the Prince of Peace: Give us grace seriously to lay to heart the great dangers we are in by our unhappy divisions; take away all hatred and prejudice, and whatever else may hinder us from godly union and concord; that, as there is but one Body and one Spirit, one hope of our calling, one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism, one God and Father of us all, so we may be all of one heart and of one soul, united in one holy bond of truth and peace, of faith and charity, and may with one mind and one mouth glorify thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Fr. Phil Eberhart Rector of Resurrection