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Bishop Mariann’s Blog
Thursday, February 09, 2012
Many thanks to all who have written to me or posted on the diocesan Facebook page in response to my Washington Post On Faith essay in support of marriage equality. We are not of one mind on this and other important issues, and I am grateful for your honesty and thoughtfulness. Forgive me if I do not respond to you each personally; the volume of response has been both gratifying and humbling.
The public voice of my office is a sacred trust, and I pledge to use it with care and full consideration of the impact on those who disagree with my decisions. I also will tell you in advance of my public positions, so that you hear first from me.
Yet I will not shy from the public realm of ministry. It is, in the scriptural mandate given to us by the prophets and Jesus’ example of engagement with the political and religious authorities of his day, a non-negotiable dimension of our call as Christians. Our baptismal covenant includes a promise to “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.”
We in the Episcopal Church have a particular vocation in the public arena in this era of intensely polarized and often demeaning civic discourse and when the word “Christian” is often associated with views that do not reflect the gospel imperatives of Jesus. We need to be present, all of us.
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