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From the Bishop

Bishop Iker's Address
to delegates
of the Special Convention



Sept. 27, 2003
at the Church of St. Peter & St. Paul, Arlington, Texas


"Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ." (Gal. 1:3)

Greetings to all of you and welcome to this, our very first ever Special Session of a Convention. It is good to be with all of you during this troubled time in the life of our Church.

So why are we here today in a specially called Diocesan Convention? What has happened to bring this meeting about, and what do we intend to accomplish here? Allow me to set the stage by addressing these three basic questions.

First, we are here today as faithful Episcopalians who love our Church and love our Lord. We are here to take a stand for the Gospel of Jesus Christ at a time of great dissension and confusion in our Church. We are here to say that we treasure the rich spiritual heritage that we share with millions of other believers in the worldwide Anglican Communion. Along with them, we are the living witnesses in our age to "the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints." (Jude 3) We are catholic evangelicals and evangelical catholics, whose joy and privilege it is "to work, pray, and give for the spread of the kingdom of God" as loyal members of the Episcopal Church.