Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Reality Check

If you attend a service at All Saints' on the second Sunday of Easter, you heard me speak about the continuing situation at our mission of St. Michael and All Angels in Cincinnati. I spoke about the anger members expressed in the closing of the mission. I then made the comment that if they expressed as much energy in doing ministry as they have in trying to grab headlines things would be different at St. Mike's.

Here is the original article--SPIN ALERT!

And here is the Op-Ed from Bishop Tom in today's paper. He makes the point here that goes to the heart of what is going on at the mission.

As some know, the parish of St. Michael & All Angels has been closed, owing to dwindling numbers. This is understandably a sad time for those who are losing their accustomed weekly gathering for worship in a place they love. But this is not the whole story. The Episcopal Church is not leaving Avondale. On the contrary, we are convinced that now, more than ever, we are called to stand with those who seek peace and justice and the possibility of common life in the inner city. God has provided us in St. Michael's with a strategic location for such a ministry, and we intend to move forward as quickly as possible to make this a reality.

Hope this sheds a little light on what is going on in Avondale.

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