To the People of God in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles:
Canon Voorhees and we have agreed on plans for the first worship service at St. James as it takes on its work as a mission station on a trial basis: Sunday, April 8 (the Second Sunday of Easter) at 10 a.m. at 3209 Via Lido, Newport Beach. I will have the privilege of presiding and preaching. All will be welcome.
As with our Holy Week walk on the way to Easter, today we are taking an important step, but only a step, on a long road of truth-telling and reconciliation. On behalf of the Rt. Rev. Diane Jardine Bruce and the Rev. Canon Melissa McCarthy, I take this opportunity again to commend all our bishops, deacons, laypeople, and priests to the reconciliation process that Canon McCarthy and the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center have devised.
Yours in Christ’s love,
March 29, 2018
Dear Canon Voorhees and Applicant Congregation:
Under the provisions of the agreement entitled “Making All Things New,” your congregation will use the facilities of the Redeemer Center for Diocesan Ministries. To provide for collegial coordination of your use for the sake of all and the glory of God, Bishop Taylor will appoint a facilities committee, reporting to him and comprising representatives of the diocese, congregation, and ministries using the Redeemer Center.
Every congregation in the diocese is expected to share fully in the life and ministry of the broader diocesan community. Acknowledging the strain recent events have placed on relationships within the body of Christ, necessitating the current reconciliation process facilitated by the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center, it is essential that your congregation meaningfully join the whole diocesan community in this reconciliation process. You can expect that the Special Committee of Convention on the Incorporation of Parishes and the Admission of Missions will weigh this factor carefully in the event that the congregation chooses to apply for mission status.
We look forward to continuing to work with you in this work of restoration, reconciliation, and reimagining.
Together in the service of Christ,
The Right Reverend John Harvey Taylor, Bishop Diocesan