Day: May 23, 2012
The principal reasons given by people who leave the church to become Protestant are that their “spiritual needs were not being met” in the Catholic church (71 percent) and they “found a religion they like more” (70 percent). Eighty-one percent of respondents say they joined their new church because they enjoy the religious service and style of worship of their new faith.
16 of the 20 African countries which have had detailed surveys of living conditions since 2005 reported falls in their child-mortality rates. Twelve had falls of over 4.4% a year, which is the rate of decline that is needed to meet the millennium development goal of cutting by two-thirds the child-mortality rate between 1990 and 2015.
I write to you for two reasons: to thank you for your support, friendship, prayers, challenges, brilliance and love that has inspired and humbled me during these 6 years and second, to let you know that I do not plan to stand for election as President of the House of Deputies for another term.
It’s not easy to live in a world with other people. Only in a context of humility, gentleness and patience will we be willing to “maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
With disappointment, I report to you that we have been unable to reach a final settlement with the CANA congregation now known as the Falls Church Anglican. Their leadership has made it clear that they plan to pursue their appeal before the Supreme Court of Virginia unless the Diocese (with the Episcopal Church’s approval) pays them a significant sum of money; we both are unwilling to do so.