Dear Deputies and First Alternates,
Greetings and Peace to you in the Name of Jesus Christ.
I am writing to you again after, what I perceived to be, a very holy conversation this morning with Deputy John Burwell.
I believe that my letter of yesterday to you may have been misunderstood. I can see how that would be the case. Please let me clarify my intention in writing to you as you approach the special convention in the Diocese of South Carolina.
It is my practice as President of the House of Deputies to write to all deputations as they approach their diocesan conventions and special conventions. I familiarize myself with the content and theme of their convention, and comment upon it, always wishing deputies well and thanking them for their continued service.
The special convention in the Diocese of South Carolina focuses in some measure on whether you or your successors will continue to participate in the councils of the Episcopal Church. Your departure would be a significant loss to me personally, as I deeply value the relationships we have begun to build. It would also be a deep and significant loss to the Episcopal Church as a whole. My desire to keep you within the councils of the Church was at the heart of my letter.
I also felt that it was important, in the spirit of open dialog and mutual accountability, to let you know that my interpretation of the constitution and canons of the Episcopal Church, are quite different than the interpretations which inform the resolutions that will come before your special convention. After talking with Deputy Burwell, I can see that discussing this point at such length may have obscured my primary purpose for writing, and for that, I am truly sorry.
I do pray that you and your diocese will continue to send a deputation to the General Convention. I pray, too, that our common call to mission partnerships across God’s church throughout the world will be lived and enacted together as members of The Episcopal Church.
In Jesus we walk together because it simply is so. Thank you for all that you are and for all the gifts you so freely give on behalf of our Beloved Savior.
Bonnie Anderson, D.D.
President, The House of Deputies