National Assembly 2013
This year, the Diocese of New England hosted the National Assembly.
September 19-22, 2013
Both the House of Bishops and the House of Delegates, having met jointly during National Assembly, September 19-22, 2013, are pleased to announce the following:
Acknowledging our work toward becoming an authentically Old Catholic church, such acknowledgment based upon our ecclesiological structure, our efforts to educate our clergy and laity through the creation of the Institute of Old Catholic Studies, and our purposeful growth in establishing strong parishes and ministries, the Archbishop of Utrecht, Joris Vercammen, on July 15, 2013, asked the leadership of The Old Catholic Church, Province of the United States, to submit a formal report to him on the progress of the Church’s work; and to our great astonishment and pleasure, on July 19, 2013, agreed that the Rev. Dr. Gunter Esser, Director of the Old Catholic Seminary at the University of Bonn, Germany, and Instructor of the Institute of Old Catholic Studies, will act as liaison between The Old Catholic Church, Province of the United States and the Office of the Archbishop of Utrecht.
The Second Sunday of Advent
In Matthew's Gospel 3: 1-12 John the Baptist is preparing the way for the Lord, Jesus the Christ.
How is john doing this? First John is being different in the way he lives. He is not living in a lavish home, he made his home in the desert. He is not wearing garments of fine cloth, he wore clothes made from camels hare and a simple leather belt around his waist. His food was not gourmet but simple wild honey and locust. People notice you when you dress different from others. They tend to gauge your status in society and they have a good idea from which side of the tracks you live on.
Second, John had a message that he seriously wanted to be heard by all whom would listen. The message was about something of interest to the people because this message was about their future, their freedom.
Third, John informed them that they needed to take an active part in preparing for the coming of the Lord. John not only baptized them with water and acknowledge their sins. They need to change their ways and produce good fruit.
During the weeks before Christmas, we are reminded that we too need to look within ourselves, seek where change is needed so we are prepared. Are there people who are drawn to us because they see something different about us? Do we willingly share with others our experience of a loving God of all people? Are we taking action and bearing good fruit?
Peace and Blessings this Advent Season