The Rev. Elizabeth Bonforte Gardner, of Christ Church-Georgetown responded with
1 Corinthians 13:4 Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful (RSV). “The Episcopal Church is where the gospel is read with love and where that love is demonstrated each and every day—inside and outside of the sanctuary. The Episcopal Church is where we understand that forgiveness of our sins does not mean forgetting what comes next—restitution, reconciliation, and renewal. But the only way we can do that is by offering a safe and sacred place where engaging in conversation leads to deeper understanding.
Civil discourse is essential to a well-informed church and nation. My prayer is [that] our beloved church can be a beacon for others as we live our lives with love in our hearts, love in our words, and love in our hands. We must trust that God is bigger than us. We must believe that everyone is a beloved child of God. We must live knowing Jesus is Lord.”
Let Us Pray
O God our Father, whose Son forgave his enemies while he was suffering shame and death: Strengthen those who suffer for the sake of conscience; when they are accused, save them from speaking in hate; when they are rejected, save them from bitterness; when they are rejected, save them from bitterness; when they are imprisoned, save them from despair; and to your servants, give grace to respect their witness and to discern the truth, that our society may be cleansed and strengthened. This we ask for the sake of Jesus Christ, our merciful and righteous Judge. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, p. 823)
“Be on God’s side; … trust in the Lord with all [your] heart and … strive to be more like him every day.” –The Rt. Rev. Carl Walter Wright, Bishop for the Armed Forces and Federal Ministries
“…Those with whom we disagree are also bearers of Christ with whom we are called to reconcile.” –Sarah Lawton, a member of St. John the Evangelist in San Francisco
“Our tradition of the via media—the middle way of Anglicanism—offers this country a desperately needed model of what public discourse might become.” --The Rt. Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee Bishop of Chicago
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