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Go Away: Apostolic Ministry, Inclusion, and the Future of the Episcopal Church

[Sermon from the ordination and consecration of Mark Edington as Bishop of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Paris, April 6 2019]

"The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go on your way."
Au nom du pere et du fils et du saint-espirit. Amen.
Mark, those of us who have known you for some time are not exactly reeling in shock that you’re being made a bishop. If you had told us however that this would be happening in Paris, you might have encountered a bit more scepticism.
Looking out here today, and even across Episcopalian Facebook, it seems as though all America has come to Paris on pilgrimage - but so too of course have your new sisters and brothers in ministry from Italy, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland. Most of us in any case took journeys to be here, as those worshipping in this space always have; it has always been a home to the stranger an…

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