At the recent meeting of The Episcopal Church’s Executive Council in Helena, Montana, the theme of “reconciliation” was much in evidence. Work continues on the Council’s formal response to the St. Andrew’s Draft of a possible Anglican Covenant which the Archbishop of Canterbury believes is the best chance we have for deeper reconciliation across the Anglican Communion.
The Executive Council re-committed its time, talent, and treasure to assist loyal members of the Episcopal dioceses of San Joachin and Pittsburgh in rebuilding those dioceses now that significant numbers of ordained and lay leaders have left The Episcopal Church for an overseas diocese and Province. And there was also a proposal to enter into serious conversation (without “preconditions”) with the “Common Cause” partnership of disaffected Episcopalians in this country to see what can be done in cooperation and common mission in the future.
“Irreconcilable differences” are often cited as reasons for folks leaving The Episcopal Church (or a troublede marriage!) these days. “That is a deeply un-Christian concept,” Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold once said and our current Presiding Bishop agrees. “Reconciliation is the foundation of our participation in God’s mission,” Bishop Katharine declared.
For Christians, there are no “irreconcilable differences!”