Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

A Call to Action

Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

A Call to Action

Article excerpt

Although my colleagues and I are designated in the program for this dedication ceremony as "respondents", I have to say that Bishop Thompson's eloquent address does not so much require a response as a need to sit quietly and reflect on such a deeply felt and far reaching statement. However, historian that I am, I shall at least comment briefly on some historical dimensions of Bishop Thompson's remarks and their implications for the collection that we are today inaugurating.

In a somewhat lengthier version of his remarks that I was privileged to read, he provided us, first of all, with a succinct but incisive summation of the often troubled history of African Americans in the Episcopal Church from the first days of the colonial era to the eve of our own day and the beginning of the first halting efforts to incorporate loyal African Americans fully into the life of the church.

Then, proceeding to an account of his own remarkable life history, he has, in effect, employed autobiography as a means of encapsulating the broader history of that sometimes painful effort in more recent years to bring about a transition to true equality and inclusiveness in the church. …

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