New Diocese in Formation

Rev. Cliff WarnerCliffNotes

Dear Christ Church,

I have an update for you on our place within the unfolding movement of Anglicans in North America. One of the reasons many of us cherish this stream of God’s church is that we are in relationship with other Anglicans of “every tribe, tongue and nation,” as well as across our continent and locally in our own city and region. We have a shared history, mission and a “common worship.” The first level of such association with other parishes is the diocese.

Christ Church has been in conversation with Archbishop Duncan, Bishop Todd Hunter and a group of other parishes about the formation of a new diocese, which would include clusters of parishes in Texas, Kansas and California. Bishop Hunter, who performed confirmations and Peter’s ordination with us in February, would serve as our first diocesan bishop. Two steps remain before this is final: a meeting tomorrow for the ratification of the proposed Constitution and Canons and approval at this summer’s meeting of the Council of Bishops of the Anglican Church of North America. I am grateful for the Lord’s guiding hand and the leadership of godly bishops as Christ Church pursues our mission to “build a community of fully devoted followers of Christ with a heart for the city and the world, to the glory of God.”

On another note, the Church of England recently released a report entitled “Men and Women in Marriage.” I commend it to you for your reading, and am glad to see the Church of England and the new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, hold on to a theologically grounded view of marriage.

God’s grace and strength to you this weekend!

Cliff