Collaboration and interdependence are keys to the deepening of our Christian life together. We’ve given considerable attention over the course of the last decade to the idea that, as a diocese, we really are One Church. Yes, we all find ourselves in different contexts, are various sizes, and have different charisms of the Spirit, and still we are united in mission and witness that make us one—all in it together as the Body of Christ. Our challenge to bring the Good News to the world is more apparent than ever and our ability to rise to that challenge is directly related to our willingness to collaborate with strategic partners and rely more heavily on each other.
This fall we take our collaboration with the Diocese of Western New York to a new depth by sharing our Conventions with each other—we’ll take a large group to their Convention, and they’ll bring a large group to ours. We’ll have a chance to meet new people, see how another diocese works, and experience new mission horizons. We’ll also have an opportunity to share our particular gifts and richness of our diocesan community. If you are interested in attending the Diocese of Western New York’s convention, you can visit our website for more information and to sign up.
Our convention will follow a bit of a different format this year. Though we’ll conduct the necessary business of Convention, the primary focus of our time will be building relationships and having significant and high impact conversations about the future of our life together. The Convention this fall will be more important than ever, and I appeal to you as your bishop to make every effort to be present. Your voice and your perspective are a critical piece of the next phase of mission.
You’ve heard me say many times that no one is going to innovate in mission and ministry for us. There is no group ‘out there’ in the Church that is going to overcome our challenges and unlock our potential for us. This is our call—right here and right now. I have every confidence that God is about to provide for us ‘infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.’