Tuesday, May 22, 2007

COLORADO: Bonnie Anderson tells Episcopalians that their church is alive and well

[Episcopal News Service] House of Deputies President Bonnie Anderson told a gathering of Episcopalians in Denver May 20 that Christianity has always been embroiled in controversy and that, while the Episcopal Church is no different, it "has the Good News of reconciliation to bring to this world and we are doing that in amazing ways."

"We walk along God's tightrope balancing our great value for diversity with our desire to speak with one voice," Anderson told the Martyn Hart Legacy Society. The organization recognizes parishioners and friends of Saint John's Cathedral in Denver who have made provisions for the future ministry of the parish through estate gifts.

Anderson spent May 19 and 20 in the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado where she spoke to three different groups of Episcopalians including the legacy society and preached at two services in St. John's Cathedral in Denver.

Noting that the Acts of the Apostles records the early controversies over inclusion of Gentiles in the early Church, Anderson said that from their earliest recorded history "Christians have failed to agree on what unites them and what separates them."

The prior evening, Anderson told another group of Episcopalians that "the Episcopal Church is alive and well and the Anglican Communion is about God's mission in the world."

She told the general meeting of the Richard Hooker Forum that "the Episcopal Church is a significant part of this work in the world."

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