General Convention 2000

Articles

August 1, 2000

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

I write this letter to the church now in the first weeks after the Denver General Convention. Many of us who took part in the Convention would say it was both figuratively and literally a mountaintop experience, as Episcopalians by the thousands...

July 14, 2000

I must confess that I am tempted at this point to say what one of the Desert Fathers said when he was told that an important visitor had come to interview him in the hope of receiving a word of life. He said, "If he will not be edified by my silence, neither will he be edified by my words."...

July 13, 2000

Jesus "went up the mountain: and after he sat down his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak to them, and he taught them saying…" And what is it that he taught them? First of all, he taught them out of the deep interiority of his own life and prayer. He shared with the disciples the...

July 12, 2000

In the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatious of Loyala, who appears in our calendar at the end of this month, there is an exercise, a meditation, called the Two Standards. In it the person making his or her way through the exercises, which have to do with deepening our companionship with Christ...

July 11, 2000

Obsculta, listen: so begins the rule of St. Benedict who is considered the father of Western monasticism, and whose memory we call to mind today. "Listen … with the ear of the heart," he instructs his followers. "Let us open our eyes to the light that comes from God, and our ears to the voice...

July 8, 2000

"Do not fear, do not be afraid … there is no fear in love but perfect love casts out fear… we love because God first loved us." The Cistercian writer Guillaume de Saint Thierry wrote many centuries ago, "Lord, you command us to love you, not because you need our love, but because we cannot...

July 7, 2000

"There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set us free from the law of sin and death." And again, further on in the same letter, "who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies, who...

July 6, 2000

Leviticus 25:8-12 Luke 4:16-30

Note: Bishop Griswold’s meditation was not delivered from a printed text. The following is the transcription of an audio tape.

What I’d like to do with you now is share some thoughts that I hope will stimulate your own reflection, and invite you...

July 5, 2000

"The spirit of the Lord God is upon me," says the prophet, "he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed…to proclaim the year - not just any year but the year - of the Lord's favor." The same Spirit is lavished upon us in our baptism when we are sealed by the Spirit and marked as Christ...

July 4, 2000

I'd like to add my welcome to that of Mrs. Chinnis and Rosemari Sullivan and thank you for your willingness to be part of this great deliberative body we call the General Convention of the Episcopal Church. I also need to thank you for your sacrifice, realizing that this is the Fourth of July...

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