With the announcement of Bishop Todd Ousley’s resignation, and as we begin to celebrate the past ten years of ministry with our bishop, the Standing Committee and I would like to offer a word about the transition.
I greet you as one whose heart is filled with the joy that comes from being “. . . convinced that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39). I also greet you as one whose heart is heavy in the midst of national division, increasing rhetoric of hate, profound misunderstandings of one another, and our inability to sustain levels of civil discourse that are fundamental to both Christian community and the continuing experiment of American democracy.