A Prayer of Bishop Barbara Harris   Leave a comment

Above:  A Mitre

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Prayer Source = A Bookmark from 2003

Words by the Right Reverend Barbara Clementine Harris, Suffragan Bishop of Massachusetts (1989-2003), the first female bishop in The Episcopal Church and the larger Anglican Communion.

Her election created a major ecclesiastical controversy, unfortunately.  We have moved on, however, for now the Presiding Bishop is a woman.

I recall an editorial cartoon from 1993.  The General Synod of  The Church of England had just approved the ordination of women to the priesthood and the question of homosexuals serving in the U.S. military was a prominent political issue. The scene was a confessional booth.  On one side was a soldier, who could not see the female priest on the other side.  The soldier said,

I don’t take change well, Father.

I chuckled then.  I still do.

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O God, you have bound us together in a common life.

Help us, in the midst of our struggles for justice and truth,

to confront one another without hatred or bitterness,

and to work together with mutual forbearance and respect,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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