Magazine article The Christian Century

Episcopal Bishops Seek `Oneness'

Magazine article The Christian Century

Episcopal Bishops Seek `Oneness'

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In a vaguely worded pastoral letter to their 2.3-million-member flock, bishops of the Episcopal Church acknowledged the deep divisions within the church but did not provide specific steps to bridge the divide between liberals and conservatives. Wrapping up their March meeting at a North Carolina conference center, the bishops said they were "humbled" by the task of bringing unity to the divided church.

"Our unity does not mean we are in agreement about all of the difficult and complex questions before us," the bishops wrote in a letter which was to be read in all churches on April 1. "It means we have claimed our oneness in Christ."

The Episcopal Church is deeply divided on the issue of homosexuality. Liberals want the church to bless same-sex unions--a step it was unwilling to take at last year's General Convention meeting--and conservatives want an end to the "local option" policy that allows some liberal bishops to permit such blessings. …

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