Citing coronavirus, Presiding Bishop changes House of Bishops meeting to…

first_img The following letter was sent to The Episcopal Church House of Bishops earlier today.March 4, 2020Ember DayMy sisters and brothers in Christ,Earlier this week, I wrote to let you know that I have been in conversation with members of the HOB leadership, my senior staff, and others, regarding the planned gathering next week at Camp Allen. Our discussions have been focused on developing the most appropriate way forward, given the serious and rapidly changing situation surrounding the COVID-19 virus.In light of these conversations, I have decided to change and relocate our meeting from a physical gathering at Camp Allen to a series of virtual gatherings to be held within the currently scheduled time period. You should therefore plan not to travel to Camp Allen but hold the days for a virtual gathering of Bishops via computer.My decision is limited to this unique context. If we were a smaller group traveling from a few locations, I might well have decided otherwise. But given what we know and what we don’t yet know about the spread of this virus, I have determined that the benefits of an in-person meeting do not clearly outweigh the potential public and personal health risks that could arise from gathering 130 people from around the U.S. and multiple other countries — who would travel through multiple airports, interact with personnel at the Camp, then travel again home.The decision was made easier because we have an alternative way of meeting. The virtual meeting will not be perfect. The quality of in-depth community that happens when we gather face-to-face will not be possible. But some of the other core tasks that are part of our spring meeting can be engaged, and in my judgment that makes a virtual meeting worthwhile.I will advise you of more details and logistics of this change as well as the adjusted schedule and content in the coming days. The planning team will do our best to be sensitive to the wide variation of time zones among our members. Again, specific details will be sent to you soon, but I do ask that you continue to hold open the original schedule on your calendars.In these times of insecurity regarding healthy and safety, we turn to the One who provides peace and grace to all who seek it.“Now may the God of peace, who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, make you complete in everything good so that you may do his will, working among us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.” (Hebrews 13:20-21)Your brother in Christ,+Michael Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Submit a Press Release Episcopal Office of Public Affairs, Rector Tampa, FL Episcopal Church Office of Public AffairsPosted Mar 4, 2020 Submit an Event Listing Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Health & Healthcare, Featured Events Rector Bath, NC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Washington, DC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET COVID-19, This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Knoxville, TN Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Tags Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Citing coronavirus, Presiding Bishop changes House of Bishops meeting to ‘virtual gathering’ Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Submit a Job Listing Rector Belleville, IL Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Smithfield, NC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA House of Bishops, Rector Martinsville, VA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Collierville, TN Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Featured Jobs & Calls Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY Youth Minister Lorton, VA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Pittsburgh, PA Back to Press Releases New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Press Release Service Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis House of Bishops Spring 2020, Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NYlast_img read more