Episcopal Diocese of Washington

To draw people to Jesus and embody his love
for the world by equipping faith communities,
promoting spiritual growth, and striving for justice

Bishop's Writings

EDOW Annual Giving Initiative: Doing What Love Requires

June 25, 2020

Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the way of Christ.
Galatians 6:2

One of the more challenging realities of leadership is that we are simultaneously called to live fully in the present, evaluate our past efforts, and set a course for the future. While you, our parish clergy and lay leaders, are courageously leaning into the particular intensity of this moment, you’re also taking stock of how dramatically your congregation has been impacted by the pandemic. As summer begins, you’re planning for the fall and laying a foundation for ministry in 2021. 

Small wonder you’re tired. But here’s a bit of good news to save you time and energy as your plan for the fall.  

The Financial Resources Committee has once again produced an Annual Giving Toolkit for EDOW congregations, with materials needed for a thoughtful, inspiring pledge campaign. They’ve identified a theme, created a timeline, and drafted templates of key communication. You’re welcome to adapt any or all of these materials to best serve your congregation.    

This year’s theme, Doing What Love Requires, invites each of us to accept the love Jesus offers and his call to live a way of love in Christian community. It harkens back to Presiding Bishop Curry’s question to all who seek to follow Jesus: what would love do? It creates space to have pastorally supportive conversations with those who are unable to support their congregation financially and inspire those who are able to give more, because that, in fact, is what love requires.

As a diocese, we’ve witnessed through the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund both the intense financial need of some in our diocesan family and the incredible generosity of those who have means to help. I pray that the same spirit of mutual concern will sustain our congregations at a time when their ministries are so very important.

May this resource lighten the burden of leadership for you and give you another experience of time this summer--that of rest and renewal. 

Iniciativa Diocesana de Promesas Anual: Hacer lo que el amor requiere

June 25, 2020

Ayúdense entre sí a soportar las cargas, y de esa manera cumplirán la ley de Cristo.
Gálatas 6:2

Una de las realidades más desafiantes del liderazgo es que estamos llamados a vivir plenamente en el presente, evaluar nuestros esfuerzos pasados y establecer un curso para el futuro. Mientras ustedes, nuestros cleros parroquiales y líderes laicos, se apoyan valientemente en la intensidad particular de este momento, también están haciendo un balance de lo dramáticamente que su congregación ha sido impactada por la pandemia. A medida que comienza el verano, estás planeando para el otoño y sentando las bases para el ministerio en 2021.

No es una pequeña maravilla que estén cansados. Pero aquí hay un poco de buenas noticias para ahorrarte tiempo y energía en como planear para el otoño.

El Comité de Recursos Financieros ha producido una vez más un conjunto de herramientas para las promesas anuales en las congregaciones de la Diócesis de Washington (los materiales en español están por venir), con los materiales necesarios para una campaña de promesas bien pensadas e inspiradoras. Han identificado un tema, creado un cronograma y elaborado plantillas de comunicación clave. Ustedes están bienvenidos a adaptar cualquiera o todos estos materiales para servir mejor a su congregación.

El tema de este año, Haciendo lo que el Amor Requiere, nos invita a cada uno de nosotros a aceptar el amor que Jesús ofrece y su llamado a vivir una forma de amor en la comunidad cristiana. Se vuelve a escuchar la pregunta del Obispo Presidente Curry a todos los que buscan a seguir a Jesús: ¿Qué haría el amor? Crea un espacio para tener conversaciones de apoyo pastoral con aquellos que no pueden apoyar financieramente a su congregación e inspirar a aquellos que son capaces de dar más, porque eso, de hecho, es lo que el amor requiere.

Como diócesis, hemos sido testigos a través del Fondo de Ayuda de Emergencia del COVID-19 tanto la intensa necesidad financiera de algunos en nuestra familia diocesana como la increíble generosidad de aquellos que tienen medios para ayudar. Ruego que el mismo espíritu de preocupación mutua sostenga a nuestras congregaciones en un momento en que sus ministerios son tan importantes.

Esperamos que este recurso alivie la carga del liderazgo para ustedes y les dará otra experiencia de tiempo este verano, la del descanso y la renovación.

Supreme Court Rulings

June 18, 2020

The following statement was released by the Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, and the Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith, dean of Washington National Cathedral: 

Thanks to two rulings from the United States Supreme Court, millions of people in our land received news for which they long hoped and prayed and worked so hard to achieve.

On Monday June 15, the Supreme Court ruled that LGBTQ persons are now fully protected from workplace discrimination under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. No longer is it legal anywhere in this country to terminate someone’s employment simply for being gay or transgender. 

Today, June 18, the Court ruled that young adult immigrants known as Dreamers, brought to this country as children, need not worry that the federal government can revoke their legal status under DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Dreamers can keep their jobs and remain in school, and sleep at night knowing they are welcome and free of the fear of deportation in the only country they have called home.   

We give thanks to God for these rulings and for all those who have dedicated their lives to ensuring the legal rights and status of those previously marginalized in this country. We are a better nation when we recognize the full humanity and the gifts of all our people. We must always remember that each person is a beloved child of God and made in the image and likeness of God — no matter who they are, who they love or where they were born. 

While we give thanks for these rulings, events of the recent months make clear that our work for equity and justice continues. We celebrate and carry on.

 

DECLARACIÓN sobre las resoluciones de la Corte Suprema de los Estados Unidos

June 18, 2020

La siguiente declaración fue publicada por La Reverendísima Mariann Edgar Budde, Obispa de la Diócesis Episcopal de Washington, y El Muy Reverendo Randolph Marshall Hollerith, Deán de la Catedral Nacional de Washington:

Gracias a las dos decisiones judiciales de la Corte Suprema de los Estados Unidos, millones de personas en nuestra tierra recibieron noticias por las que esperaban y oraban durante mucho tiempo y trabajaron tan arduamente para lograrlo.

El lunes 15 de junio, la Corte Suprema declaró que las personas LGBTQ están ahora completamente protegidas contra la discriminación en el lugar de trabajo dentro de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964. Ya no es legal en ningún lugar de este país terminar el empleo de alguien simplemente por ser gay o transgénero.

Hoy, 18 de junio, la Corte dictaminó que los jóvenes inmigrantes adultos conocidos como Dreamers ("soñadores") , traídos a este país cuando eran niños, no tienen por qué preocuparse de que el gobierno federal pueda revocar su condición jurídica bajo DACA, Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA, por sus siglas en inglés). Los soñadores pueden mantener sus trabajos y permanecer en la escuela, y dormir por la noche sabiendo que son bienvenidos y libres de miedo a la deportación en el único país que han llamado hogar.

Damos gracias a Dios por estas decisiones y por todos aquellos que han dedicado sus vidas a asegurar los derechos legales y la condición de los anteriormente marginados en este país. Somos una nación mejor cuando reconocemos la humanidad plena y los dones de todo nuestro pueblo. Siempre debemos recordar que cada persona es un hijo amado de Dios y hecho a la imagen y semejanza de Dios -- sin importar quiénes son, a quiénes aman o dónde nacieron.

Aunque damos las gracias por estas decisiones, los acontecimientos de los últimos meses demuestran claramente que nuestro trabajo por la equidad y la justicia continúa. Celebramos y seguimos adelante.

Summoned to This Moment

June 18, 2020

Then I hear the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” 
And I said, “Here am I. Send me.”  
Isaiah 6:8

Standing before a multi-racial, interfaith gathering outside of St. John’s, Lafayette Square on June 14, Bishop William Barber reminded us of our history. At the center of every social movement for greater freedom and justice in this country, he said, there have always been people of all faiths and skin color, all backgrounds and social status motivated by their deepest values to stand up and change the world.  

The movement to abolish slavery was made of enslaved people, free African Americans, Quakers, white evangelicals, Lincoln Republicans and radical abolitionists. Both blacks and whites were part of the anti-lynching movement of the late 19th/early 20th century. People of all races and religions joined Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1965 for the Civil Rights March in Selma. The struggle for equity and inclusion for LGBTQ persons has involved heterosexual persons. The struggle for equity and inclusion for those with physical disabilities has always included those more able-bodied.

So, too, now, we see people speaking out and standing together for justice across a vast spectrum. George Floyd’s death struck a collective nerve. His cry expressed the pain of so many who cannot breathe under the weight of racism and the glaring inequities in our land. Now is an opportunity to address long-standing wounds and fissures, and the current manifestations of our nation’s deepest sin. 

As Bishop Barber spoke, I felt the familiar sense of being summoned by God to show up and do my part. There are so many reasons why I feel unprepared and inadequate for this moment. But how I feel could not be more irrelevant. The summons--the call--is to show up, take my place among others, and make my offering. I can do that, and so can you.  

No matter who we are or where we come from; no matter what we know or what we have to learn; no matter what we need to take on or let go, there is a place for us now, an offering we can make to change our nation for the better. 

There is a sense of urgency not merely to speak out, but to act. The reality is that many in our diocesan community and beyond have been taking action for years, in all realms of justice. Others among us are waking to this particular moment with a sense that God is summoning us to join in good work already begun, or to go deeper in our commitments, both personally and as a church. If this is, indeed, a kairos moment, pregnant with the possibilities of God, we all want to show up. We don’t want to miss this moment. 

We’re also taking time to prayerfully listen to one another, especially to our rising generation of leaders in the church, as we consider what following Jesus’ way of love looks like now. Across the diocese, we are showing up in our communities, joining the much wider manifestation of the Spirit stirring in our land. For the summer, we had already planned a review and recasting of our diocesan strategic plan in light of COVID-19. Now that work will include a clearer focus on our commitment to justice, not as one priority among three, but as a lens through which all our efforts will be measured going forward.    

If you’re wondering how and where you are being called, summoned by God to this moment, rest assured that you are not alone. We’re all wondering, and praying, and listening, and showing up as best we can. History teaches us that there won’t be one answer, but many; not one way to be faithful; but many. We aren’t the only voices that matter, but our voices do matter, and they are sorely missed when we are silent. Ours isn’t the only presence that matters, but our presence matters and we're missed when we don’t show up in whatever way we can. 

Thank you for answering the call and for showing up. I’m honored to stand with you. 

 

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