Please join us again for the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity:
An Ecumenical Celebration of the Word of God
Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 at 7:30pm
“We will all be changed by the victory
of our Lord, Jesus Christ”
P R E S I D I N G
BISHOP DAVID COLIN JONES, Episcopal Diocese of Virginia
BISHOP RICHARD GRAHAM, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Metro DC Synod
BISHOP PAUL LOVERDE, Roman Catholic Diocese of Arlington
Saint Christopher Episcopal Church
6320 Hanover Street, Springfield VA 22150
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Saturday, December 10, 2011
State LARCUM Committee of Virginia
We Bishops are witnesses to two powerful experiences in our time which have impelled Lutherans, Episcopalians, Roman Catholics, and United Methodists toward church unity: the Ecumenical Movement and the Second Vatican Council. The Holy Spirit continues to use these graced events to enlighten and form God’s people as we begin the Third Millennium.
Unity is a Gospel imperative for the churches, not simply an option. We are mindful that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the night before he died prayed: "...that they may all be one. Father! May they be in us, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they be one, so that the world will believe that you sent me. I gave them the same glory you gave me, so that they may be one, just as you and I are one: I in them and you in me, so that they may be completely one, in order that the world may know that you sent me and that you love them as you love me" (Jn 17: 21-23). The Psalmist, too, reminds us: "How wonderful it is, how pleasant, for God’s people to live together in harmony" (Psalm 133).
Furthermore, it is our responsibility to "make every effort to preserve the unity which has the Spirit as its origin and peace as its binding force" because: "There is but one Body and one Spirit, ...just as there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism; One God and Father of all, who is over all, and works through all and is in all" (Eph. 4: 4-6).
We celebrate the faithful initiative of our church leaders, past and present, in fostering church unity.
Friday, December 9, 2011
Having just closed our Annual LARCUM Conference in Waynesboro, we have many developments to report with regard to resolutions made by our judicatory leaders and State Committee. Please watch here, they will follow in coming days.