This morning marked the official start of the 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church in Austin, TX. In a rousing opening sermon, Presiding Bishop Michael Bruce Curry talked about ways the Episcopal Church can intentionally move forward in the Way of Love.
After lengthy conversations with his staff and other evangelists within the Episcopal Church, Curry came to the conclusion that we don’t need another program. The Church has plenty of good ones. The teachings of Jesus have been the resource for living the Way of Love for centuries, he remarked. Curry called for all involved in General Convention to “meditate on the life and teaching of Jesus” before stepping up to the microphone in legislative sessions, before heading into meetings and in all encounters. He also called for the whole Episcopal Church to adopt a way of living a Jesus-centered life, to commit to this life-giving Way of Love. To make this call a reality, the Episcopal Church has created resources to assist communicants in discerning how to live – The Way of Love: Practices for Jesus-Centered Life. The elements of this new “rule of life” are to turn, learn, pray, worship, bless, go and rest.