Dean Chandler on the new PB

Centrists / General Convention / Religion

“The Anglican tradition of Christianity takes flesh seriously, and it takes local expression seriously. We are an incarnational church that respects local custom and order. Of course, we take words and doctrine and creed seriously, too. But we find our greatest authority in the Word made flesh, Jesus our Lord. We believe that God became flesh in Jesus Christ, and we believe that God continues to become flesh, in a correlative way, in men and women today.

The Episcopal Church formally realized thirty years ago our church could ordain women as priests and bishops. The Lambeth Conference of 1988 stated that “each province respect the decision and attitudes of other provinces in the ordination or consecration of women to the episcopate.” The Windsor Report’s rather incomplete summary of the women’s ordination process yet relies on that Lambeth statement. Today, the Episcopal Church benefits from the ordination and consecration of women, and we will benefit from the person of Katharine Jefferts Schori as our next presiding bishop.”

Dean Chandler wrote this note to his parish late on Sunday evening. You can read the rest of the letter here.

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