Support the Café
Search our site

The gift of friendship

The gift of friendship

As is by now well known, last month the Anglican Primates gathered in London issued their communique

requiring that for a period of three years The Episcopal Church no longer represent us on ecumenical and interfaith bodies, should not be appointed or elected to an internal standing committee and that while participating in the internal bodies of the Anglican Communion, they will not take part in decision making on any issues pertaining to doctrine or polity.

We have asked the Archbishop of Canterbury to appoint a Task Group to maintain conversation among ourselves with the intention of restoration of relationship, the rebuilding of mutual trust, healing the legacy of hurt, recognising the extent of our commonality and exploring our deep differences, ensuring they are held between us in the love and grace of Christ.

Later that same day, a church on the west side of London decided that it could help restore relationship, heal hurt, and recognise the extent of our commonality whilst reaching out in love and grace to its cousins in The Episcopal Church by sending abundant gifts of friendship.

This project began on the day that the Primates of the Anglican Communion applied sanctions to the Episcopal Church of the USA. The Primates did this because they disagreed with the Episcopal Church’s stand on the full equality of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning people.

Many members of the Episcopal Church of the USA clearly value the Anglican Communion and the historic link with the Church of England. Here in the Church of England many members value the Episcopal Church for its dynamic commitment to the Gospel and social justice.

We couldn’t stand by and see our brothers and sisters hurting. This is why we are sending friendship bears.

Friendship bears from St Laurence, Cowley, have now arrived and are spreading their love all over the States. Not all of the bears, however, are grizzly. This little lamb arrived at the Church of the Epiphany, Euclid, Ohio over the weekend, and is sending bleating greetings back to its friends in London, especially since the Facebook page for the parish has recently requested prayers for their priest, Fr Steve Hardwicke, in the wake of a serious illness.

WIN_20160223_18_42_58_Pro

Has your church had a hug from St Laurence?

Dislike (0)
0 0 vote
Article Rating
Facebooktwitterpinterestlinkedinmail

Café Comments?

Our comment policy requires that you use your real first and last names and provide an email address (your email will not be published). Comments that use non-PG rated language, include personal attacks, that are not provable as fact or that we deem in any way to be counter to our mission of fostering respectful dialogue will not be posted.

1 Comment
Newest
Oldest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Lesley Adams

Yes! Christ Church, Willard, NY was delighted to welcome Larry (short for St. Lawrence) the dragon on last Sunday. We plan a "blessing of the dragon" for Sunday, March 6 (the same day we will pray for the Archbishop in our cycle of prayers.) You can find pictures of Larry on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=878672566291&set=pcb.878673928561&type=3&theater

Like (0)
Dislike (0)
Facebooktwitterrss
Support the Café
Past Posts
2020_001

The Episcopal Café seeks to be an independent voice, reporting and reflecting on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican tradition.  The Café is not a platform of advocacy, but it does aim to tell the story of the church from the perspective of Progressive Christianity.  Our collective sympathy, as the Café, lies with the project of widening the circle of inclusion within the church and empowering all the baptized for the role to which they have been called as followers of Christ.

The opinions expressed at the Café are those of individual contributors, and, unless otherwise noted, should not be interpreted as official statements of a parish, diocese or other organization. The art and articles that appear here remain the property of their creators.

All Content  © 2017 Episcopal Café