Diocese Gathers at Convention
Bishop Gutiérrez began his convention address by reflecting on words that came to him in prayer: “The blood that runs through the body of Jesus Christ runs through each person on earth.”
That is a beautiful insight that describes how closely we are all related to one another. The compassion of God flows through our veins. A prayer for mission in the prayer book goes, “O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace…”
(Continue reading…)The Bishop went on to talk of peace, issuing a call “to care for the most vulnerable, to heal the sick and to bind up the brokenhearted. We must redouble our commitment to the poor, meeting their needs and addressing the systemic causes of poverty. We must care for those suffering from addiction, including their families, and provide support for those in recovery. And as followers of Christ, we must address the issue of gun violence. This is more than just a matter of politics. Jesus taught us to love our enemies. We must listen, engage the problem at its roots, and show that there is a better way to resolve our differences.” This is a hard conversation that the convention did not address. Perhaps a church convention is not the place to face issues of such challenge. It may not be fair, but one hopes after Sunday’s shootings in Sutherland Springs, Texas that another venue will be found.