of the Special Convention
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)
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.
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
three basic questions.
we are here today as faithful Episcopalians who love our Church
and love our Lord. We are here to take a stand for
of Jesus Christ at a time of great dissension and confusion
in our Church. We are here to say that we treasure the
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
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.