Sunday, July 26, 2009

Episcopal Bishop in Texas Monthly

He sports a grey goatee, hip glasses, and funky contact lenses. He's 42, his name is Andy, and he is the new Episcopal Bishop of Texas.

I bring up the Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle, consecrated earlier this year, because there is a lengthy interview with him in the current edition of Texas Monthly. You have to have an account with the webpage to read it, but registration is free. An excerpt:

Each and every one of us is on a journey of becoming who God is inviting us to be, and that journey isn’t different today than it was before I became bishop. You, as editor in chief of Texas Monthly, are continuously discovering who you are, and the people reading this interview are discovering who they are. What’s interesting is that a new vocabulary has inserted itself into the dialogue I have with God and the larger community...

Human beings have an amazing tendency to split up into like-minded camps with incredible efficiency. The reality is that not just the Episcopal Church but every church has been divided over the years. Here’s the thing for me that seems important: On the night Jesus was taken into custody, he prayed that his followers would be unified. So difficult is the task of a healthy, thriving community that our Lord had to actually pray for it. We can spend a lot of time talking about every issue that divides us, but what about the challenge that we’ve been given to be one people in the midst of our great diversity? I’m not sure that wholeness and unity isn’t exactly what we’re supposed to be aspiring to.

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