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House of Deputies Chaplain’s November 2023 Reflection

In our journey through the tumultuous year of 2023, amidst global conflicts and wars, we seek solace in spiritual wisdom. This era, laden with emotional challenges such as sorrow and anger, beckons us to draw lessons from Jesus Christ and the time-honoured desert elders. Consider the story of Jesus in John 8:7, where he demonstrates…
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President’s statement to Church of Sweden

Walking Together Toward Justice and Peace Traducción al español a continuación Dear Friends in Christ: This is a joyous occasion to be here with you all today as we come together to affirm this full communion partnership, continuing to make official what has been true for centuries: that our churches’ collective witness to the world of love of…
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House of Deputies Chaplain’s October 2023 Reflection

“Mvana ka Thixo esusa isono sehlabathi senzele inceba –                             Son of God who takes away the sin of the world have mercy.” Traducción al español a continuación Dear Deputies, In this ever-changing world, we often find ourselves at the intersection of faith, hope, despair, and sadness. These heartfelt words, Son of God who takes away…
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President Ayala Harris’ October Executive Council opening remarks

Traducción al español a continuación Stepping Into the Current Good morning, fellow members of Executive Council. It’s great to be gathered together from all of our places and spaces. I must say that I am especially delighted to be following our presiding bishop in giving my opening remarks this morning. It is an answer to prayer…
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House of Deputies Chaplain’s September 2023 Reflection

Traducción al español a continuación Hope in the face of Despair. In the deep recesses of our souls, where anguish and sadness often hide, a promise whispers hope. The Psalmist captures this beautifully in Psalm 147:3, declaring, “God heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” This stands as a testament to the Creator Spirit’s…
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A Message of Hope: Reflections from the PHOD as we prepare for the 81st General Convention

Hello, House of Deputies. I am recording this video from the site of the 81st General Convention here in Louisville, and I’m so excited for this upcoming General Convention. I just did a tour of the House of Deputies, and it’s going to be fantastic. I cannot wait until you can see it and experience…
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Letter to Deputies from President Ayala Harris

Traduccion al español a continuación Dear Deputies, It is with a heavy heart that I write to share some difficult news with you. Over the last year, I have been the complainant in a Title IV case under the purview of the Disciplinary Board for Bishops.  Until today, to uphold the integrity of the process,…
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House of Deputies Chaplain’s August 2023 reflection

Traducción al español a continuación The Fire of Unity. “What does it mean to truly unite in the face of adversity?” As we grapple with this question, we must look to our roots, our shared history, and the path that lies ahead.  The Episcopal Church is a tapestry woven with countless stories of struggles, failures,…
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House of Deputies Chaplain’s July 2023 Reflection

Traducción al español a continuación In the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, I greet you from the Chapel of the Transfiguration, a place of worship in Grand Teton National Park. I find myself on the land where Shoshone, Bannock, Blackfoot, Crow, Flathead, Aaniih (Gros Ventre) french, and Pierced Nose (Nez Perce) French…
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House of Deputies Chaplain’s June 2023 Reflection

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born, I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”  Antes de formarte en el vientre,    ya te había elegido; antes de que nacieras, ya te había apartado;    te había nombrado profeta para las naciones. Avant que je t’aie formé dans le…
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President Ayala Harris’ 2023 Chancellors conference remarks

Traducción al español a continuación Creativity and Governance: A Love Story Good afternoon, colleagues!  Wow, Episcopal Chancellors you all are a wonderful group! I can honestly say that I never thought I could have so much fun while standing in front of a room full of church lawyers!  For my time with you today, I…
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President Ayala Harris’ June Executive Council opening remarks

Traducción al español a continuación Good morning, Executive Council, churchwide staff, and our distinguished guests.  Before I begin my opening remarks, I need to acknowledge that this morning is different.  I’ve joked in the past that it’s always hard to follow the presiding bishop at these meetings, and yet today I so wish that he…
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