My Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
As we approach the end of our search process, the sense of anticipation is palpable. Following 20 months of listening and discernment we are about to elect the 10th Bishop of Kansas, whomever she may be. Then, God willing, and the dioceses and Bishops consenting, she will be ordained, consecrated, and seated March 2nd, 2019.
I wonder what this sense of anticipation feels like for you? Perhaps it is one of relief because a demanding task is behind us. Perhaps it is one of apprehension because we don’t fully know what to expect.
The sense of anticipation I am most aware of is one of excitement. Excitement that the process of listening and discernment will continue: continue to draw upon our various gifts as we incorporate this person and her family fully into this part of the Body of Christ that is the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas; and continue as we join her in imagining and envisioning the trajectory of the Jesus Movement in this place.
As I reflect upon different senses of anticipation, I realize that we are not experiencing the end of a period of transition nor the beginning of a period of tenure. Rather we are continuing along the long arc of God’s witness and work in the world. We are the transitory pieces of this story, while the story remains the continuous draw of all humankind toward God’s abiding presence.
Nevertheless, how we respond to our senses of anticipation can affect the telling of God’s story. Therefore, may we all “lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”[Ephesians 4:1-3]
In gratitude for your giftedness and grounding in the Spirit, I am …
Yours in Christ’s Love,
We, the Council of Trustees, believe in and trust the God-given gifts that abide in the people of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas. During this season of transition, we will not be fearful. Directed by the Spirit, together we joyfully walk with Jesus the road ahead. [Council of Trustees, February 1, 2017]