To the people of the Diocese of West Missouri:
and peace in Jesus Christ our Lord.
We write to inform you of a process underway to strengthen the mission and ministry of the Diocese of West Missouri.
At the end of May, The
Right Reverend F. Clayton Matthews,
Office of Pastoral Development*
, Special Counsel, to
visit West Missouri to
listen to the bishop, clergy,
and lay persons
was in response to a
letter written by the Standing Committee
of the Diocese of West Missouri
The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop, requesting mediation of the pastoral relationship between the
diocese (pursuant to
of the Constitution and
wrote its letter having been made
among members of the
decided to seek help
as laid out in the
is a new
canon and a new
Church, the aim
of which is
in a diocese where such might be
The process provides for
mutual and careful
It is not
about finding or assigning
visit to the diocese, has spoken to
as well as
several key leaders from
Standing Committee, and
received open and honest cooperation from all parties. She will now consult with Bishops Matthews and Curry, and we await
our Presiding Bishop's desires and
recommendations for next steps.
In the meantime, if any person has
questions, any and all should
contact the bishop or the Standing Committee.
of the Standing Committee
will be away for the next several weeks for
vacation and to accompany our
cathedral's choir on
to inquire of the Standing Committee, please contact The Rev. Megan Castellan (610-209-5487 or
. To inquire of the bishop, please
this process, and with the help and good offices of
our Presiding Bishop,
move forward in the common ministry of our baptisms.
We are confident
that Christ is with us even in times of
disagreement. Even as the two disciples walked and talked with the stranger who joined them
the road to Emmaus-only to discover it had been Jesus all along-so
to recognize the lively presence
Christ among us
in new and fresh ways. To that end, we
the people and clergy of the
for your many ministries of witness and service
to the Blessed One in whom we will always
be held together in
love and care.
Faithfully in Christ,
The Right Reverend Martin S.
Bishop of West Missouri
Very Reverend Peter J.
President of the Standing Committee
*The Office of Pastoral Development serves our Presiding Bishop and the Church's House of Bishops in the areas of formation and development of bishops, of pastoral care of bishops and their families, of growing healthy diocesan systems, and of mediation according to canonical mandates.