Dear Clergy and Laity of the Diocese,

Our national election will be soon and as a Church we need to be prepared to be supportive of those who are experiencing anxiety and stress about the potential results. It is inevitable that many will need spiritual comfort to deal with the sense of loss they will experience afterwards. As a community of Christ we will extend our love and understanding to all.

This video is just the beginning of our conversation going forward as we fulfill our rights and responsibilities to the body politic here in the United States of America. Know that we are there for you and please be there for one another as the body of Christ before, during, and after this political process. Finally, we believe Jesus is the one about whom the Psalmist writes,

"For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations."

In Philippians we are reminded that our Lord, Jesus, humbled himself, even to the point of dying on the cross,

"Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

This same Jesus calls us to live in love and obedience, and to trust in the Lord.


Bishop Gutierrez
XVI Bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania


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