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Monday, February 12, 2007

Grassroots Oppose Division of Episcopal Church

Under the banner of The Consultation the grassroots organizations listed meet to converse about our interests in the life of the Episcopal Church and to support each other. We agree on a range of concerns which are urgent for the mission and witness of the Church. We are:


Episcopal Urban Caucus

Episcopal Peace Fellowship

Episcopal Women's Caucus

Union of Black Episcopalians

Episcopal Ecological Network

National Episcopal AIDS Coalition

Province VIII Indigenous Ministries

Episcopal Church Publishing Company

Episcopal Network for Economic Justice

Episcopal Asiamerica Ministry Advocates

Associated Parishes for Liturgy and Mission

Grassroots Oppose Division of Episcopal Church

In response to the request from seven dioceses of the Episcopal Church for alternative leadership to Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, 913 lay and ordained Episcopalians from all corners of the church have signed a letter opposing the action, calling it “a grave danger to the Anglican Communion.”

The letter also calls upon the Archbishop of Canterbury to widen the conversation about the request by including clergy other than the primates of the provinces of the Communion, as well as lay leaders.

Citing the Anglican Communion’s long history of living with diversity, the letter strongly opposes the division of the Church saying, “it is our fervent prayer that we continue to grow more deeply into the unity and the truth that are Christ’s gift.”

The letter was delivered to the Archbishop of Canterbury in advance of next week’s meeting of the Primates (the leaders of the provinces of the Anglican Communion) in Tanzania. The letter was coordinated by The Consultation, a coalition of justice and peace organizations of The Episcopal Church.

The full wording of the text is available at


Marge Christie,
Episcopal Women’s Caucus,

Robert Brooks,
Associated Parishes for Liturgy & Mission,

Diane Pollard,
Episcopal Urban Caucus,


Nasty, Brutish & Short said...

You guys need to have someone help you with your logo for The Consultation.

The first thing the eyes see are the words "THE CON."

It doesn't inspire much faith in what comes next. I'm on the conservative side of things--but I thought I'd point this out.

"The Con"... do you know how much fun we can have with this?

Elizabeth Kaeton said...

I didn't have anything to do with the logo design, but see a fisherman's hook, bringing us all in to conversation with each other.

I guess it's just a matter of perspective.

And, I hope, even though you call yourself, "nasty, brutish and short," that you are enough of a Christian not to ever have fun at someone else's expense.

Jesus did say, "Love your enemies," not "poke fun at them."

Courageous Grace said...

As a graphic designer, I do agree with N,B & S about the fact that the word "Con" is the first thing that pops out at me. I asked my husband and he said the same thing. I don't mean my commment to be rude, just an observation. I realize you did not design the logo, and do not mean this as a critique towards you, Rev. Kaeton. Merely an observation.

We graphic designers usually appreciate it when someone points out how something in our design can detract from the overall effect we wish to convey. Perhaps you might know of someone in The Consultation who knows the designer and can point it out to them.

Elizabeth Kaeton said...

Thanks. I'll take your observations to them.