The Bishop's Letters
Articles from May 2016
In the Anglican Church in North America and in our Diocese, we believe that the fundamental agency for mission is the local congregation. We feel so strongly about it that we put it in our Constitution. One of the implications of this principle is our commitment to limit the size and role of our diocesan staff. We keep our staff lean. We don’t try to hire an expert in every area of ministry, but rather rely on our churches to offer leadership by sharing their gifts and experience with one another. A key element of this strategy is the formation of networks among those engaged in particular ministries in our churches. The Healing Ministry Network, led for several years by the Rev. Kathleen Christopher of The Falls Church Anglican and now by the Rev. Sue Hardman of Truro Anglican Church, is a great example. Those engaged in healing ministries in a number of our churches usually meet on a Thursday each month over lunch to share and learn and support one another.
Our retreat theme was joy, based on Paul’s Letter to the Philippians. John Yates of The Falls Church Anglican gave a powerful keynote address, and then nine clergy and spouses offered short talks on different facets of the theme: joy in the spiritual life, joy in the midst of pain, joy in a broken world.