Dear Christ Church,
This past week Christine and I attended the Anglican Church of North America’s Provincial Council. Think of it as our denominational version of the annual parish meeting. All the bishops are there, plus lay and clergy delegates from every diocese, for a combination of doing some business and hearing reports from different ministries around the Province.
Our Province has 5 key initiatives, including the Matthew 25 Initiative, which Christine directs. She gave a report to the all the bishops and delegates that was so inspiring and beautiful, I want to share with you for two reasons: (1) it is excellent discipleship on a nonnegotiable aspect of following Jesus, and; (2) to stay abreast of what is happening in our denomination, and how it might apply to our own context.
Christine presents in a way that is both instructive and inspiring, and even worshipful as we see the heart of God. To watch her presentation, you can view it on the Anglican Church of North America Facebook page here. Go to the 50th minute in the video to jump to Christine’s presentation. You’ll also see at the end that Archbishop Foley Beach, who prayed fervently for her after the accidents, gets up to pray again for her when her presentation is over.
Also, check out this great article commissioned by the Matthew 25 Initiative, an Anglican theological reflection on doing justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly with our God.
Lastly, this week Juneteenth was given almost unanimous bipartisan support to become a new federal holiday. More than two years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, word of freedom still had not reached slaves in Texas, until a Union General came on June 19th to bring word, liberating over 250,000 slaves. This has always been a very important day for black residents of Texas, but has increasingly been celebrated nationwide by people of all backgrounds. It is the oldest official celebration of the ending of slavery. Consider taking a moment tomorrow, Christ Church, to read an article and learn more about Juneteenth, and to pray for continued racial healing, justice, and reconciliation in our land.