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STATEMENT from The Falls Church and Truro Church in response to Bishop Lee's Letter of December 1
BabyBlueOnline, 12/02/2006

Saturday, December 2, 2006

We have read with profound disappointment and sadness Bishop Lee’s December 1 letter to our churches, which has been published on the Diocesan website. This letter appears to undermine months of hard work and prayerful efforts by his own leadership and our congregations to reach agreement on a civil and charitable process by which our differences might be amicably resolved. This grieves us deeply.

The Diocese of Virginia has a long and distinguished history of finding a gracious way through difficult issues in ways that honor our Christian witness to the world. We hope and pray that Bishop Lee, members of the Standing Committee, and other leaders of the diocese will remember that heritage, and will step back from the tragic course they have set for themselves.

We desire to continue to act consistently with the process and protocol of the Special Committee Report, which does not provide for any intervention from the national church, and urge the bishop to meet personally with us at his earliest convenience.

We are communicating our concerns in greater detail to the bishop directly.

NOTE FROM BB: Bishop Lee's Dec. 1 Letter is posted at the Diocese of Virginia website here.

1 posted on 12/02/2006 2:56:15 PM PST by sionnsar
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2 posted on 12/02/2006 2:57:01 PM PST by sionnsar (?|Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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As a member of one of the six churches participating in 40 Days of Discernment, I am not surprised.

IMHO, Bishop Lee is scared. He's caught between a rock and a hard place. The Falls Church, Truro, and the other churches will probably leave.

If Bishop Lee lets us go, the Diocese loses a very noticeable chunk of money (not that it makes a difference, since at my church, we stopped giving money to the Diocese years ago). Then, he gets to answer to Jefferts Schori, et al.

If Bishop Lee does not let us go, the fight will get very ugly, very quickly. Neither the Diocese nor the churches can afford the legal bills.

It's time to choose, Bishop Lee. Will you stand with The Lord or with the world?

4 posted on 12/02/2006 6:49:45 PM PST by rabscuttle385 (Sic Semper Tyrannis * Allen for U.S. Senate in '08)
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