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Episcopal Voices in Times of Crisis

By Derek Weber

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We began this post with reference to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sheltering in place has brought forth both anxiety and innovation. The church was not prepared to suspend public worship for an extended period of time. But amazing things have been happening; amazing stories were and are being shared, and surprising connections have been made. Various posts, podcasts, and articles on our site bring attention to these responses and to suggestions for more ideas.

But the virus was not our only crisis. We have also been navigating the pandemic of systemic racism in our church and in our society. We have made various attempts to respond and to help churches and communities respond to this crisis. We have also attempted to lift up those who are at work in this crucial arena with sermons and prayers designed to help us find ways to respond.

Now we have a democratic crisis. The events of January 6, 2021, the Feast of the Epiphany, are still reverberating through our government and our communities and our churches. We hardly know how to respond. Our General Secretary, the Rev. Junius Dotson, has shared his thoughts on how we as the church might respond in “Repairing the Breach.”

In such a time, we look for guidance to help us navigate these uncharted waters. Our episcopal leaders have been stepping into the breach with a variety of statements for the churches in their care. We thought it would be good to bring some of these statements together in an accessible place on our site. We began with the statements about being the church in the COVID pandemic, but we now include a variety of other statements that help us be the church together in an increasingly difficult time.

Here are the statements that we have gathered. As more are made and received, we will be updating this post. Let us listen to our bishops as they lead in a difficult time.

Rev. Dr. Derek Weber, Director of Preaching Ministries, served churches in Indiana and Arkansas and the British Methodist Church. His PhD is from University of Edinburgh in preaching and media. He has taught preaching in seminary and conference settings for more than 20 years.

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