Our grief is real, but so is our hope – Bishop Stephen T. Lane’s Convention Address

This morning Bishop Stephen Lane addressed the 192nd Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine.  He said in part,

Whatever the ultimate shape of this regional approach to ministry, every congregation will need to address its sense of God’s call to mission. What is the work of reconciliation that God is asking you to do, now, in Aroostook, in Houlton, in Dover-Foxcroft, in Rockland, in Rumford, in Bangor, in Portland, in Sanford? What is the essential work that you are doing that must continue for Christ’s sake?

Our grief is real, but so is our hope.

All of this is a reminder that we have work to do of far greater importance than preserving what is comfortable and comforting. Our job is to bring Christ’s love to all the poor and suffering persons in our communities and to claim that love for ourselves in our own poverty and suffering. It is to work with our neighbors because they are God’s children and our brothers and sisters, without regard to their denomination or affiliation. We are to be places of welcome and refuge where every person will know that he or she is loved and safe – just as they are. Just as we are…

Read it all here.  A video of his address will be posted soon later today.

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