2019 Call to Convention

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Peace be with you.

In accordance with Article I of the Constitution of the Diocese of Albany, the Bishop of Albany has issued a Call to the 151st  Annual Convention of the Diocese of Albany to be held on June 7-9, 2019 at the Camp of the Woods in Speculator, New York, the Right Reverend William H. Love, presiding.

A proposed schedule for the convention business meetings is:

Friday, June 7

2:00 – 7:00 PM
Deputy Registration
(Purdy Center Basement)

7:00 – 8:30 PM
Opening business meeting & Bishop’s address
(Tibbitts Auditorium)

 

Saturday, June 8   

7:00 – 8:45 AM
Deputy Registration
(Purdy Center Basement)

9:00 AM -12:00 PM
Second business meeting
(Tibbitts Auditorium)

1:00 – 2:00 PM
Third business meeting (if needed)
(Tibbitts Auditorium)

The materials postedbelow contain business session information and respective forms. If you have questions, you may contact me at msive@ctkcenter.org, 518-692-9550 ext 201, or at 575 Burton Road, Greenwich, NY  12834

The business meeting registration tables will be in the lower level at the far end of the Purdy Center.  Information about accommodations and/or other convention matters will be sent from the Diocesan Office.

May God bless you.

In Christ,

The Rev. Marian M. Sive

 

Call to Convention 2019
2019 Certificate of Election
2019 Nomination for Elective Office Form
2019 Resolution Form

 

Letter from Bishop Love Regarding Presiding Bishop’s restrictions on Love’s Ministry

Please find Bishop Love’s letter to the Diocese concerning the Presiding Bishop’s partial restriction on Bishop Love’s ministry as Bishop of Albany.
Here is the full text of the Presiding Bishop’s letter which includes Bishop Love’s November 2018 Pastoral Letter to the Diocese.

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Is it possible to have meaningful conversations even if people have vastly differing opinions? Can we disagree, but still love one another? The answer to both of these questions is “yes.”
At the 2019 Parish Leadership Conferences for the Diocese of Albany you will learn how to set agreed upon guidelines that help to create an environment where your parish can have meaningful and productive conversations, even those that are potentially difficult. We will look to show how we can find common ground through our love of God and use that to show love to one another, even when we disagree.
After a presentation on this model of conversation, Bishop William Love will offer two teachings on the Great Commandment. First he will discuss what it means to Love God with all of your heart, soul and mind. Then he’ll discuss what it means to love your neighbor as yourself. After each teaching, there will be a time for discussion and an opportunity to use the conversation model presented in the morning. The discussion portion of the afternoon will conclude with an opportunity for parish leaders to discuss difficult issues they are facing in their church and network with others on potential solutions, specifically how to use the conversation model outlined in the teaching back home.
The entire program takes place in the context of the Eucharist.
There is no charge to attend. All parish leaders, both clergy and lay persons are encouraged to attend. Registration begins at 8:30 am and the afternoon will conclude by 3:45 p.m. Lunch will be provided.
This PLC’s will take place in three locations, click your choice to register

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
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As Christmas approaches, I find myself thinking about the journey Mary and Joseph found themselves on — starting with Mary’s visitation by the Angel Gabriel in which he told her that she “had found favor with God,” and that “the Holy Spirit would come upon her” and that she would “conceive and give birth to a son” who would be “called the Son of the Most High…the Son of God.” (Luke 1:26-35).
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Joseph as well, received a visitation by an angel of the Lord, to reassure him that Mary, his betrothed, had in fact told him the truth and not to be afraid to take her home as his wife. The Angel assured him that “what is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit” and that “she will give birth to a son” and that Joseph was to “give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.”(Matthew 1:20-21).
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Trusting in the truth of God’s Word, Mary and Joseph stepped out in faith and obedience to the Lord, knowing very well that many of their family, friends, neighbors, and the society at large would not believe the Word of God revealed to them through the angel of the Lord. In being faithful to God, they risked being misunderstood, ridiculed, judged and attacked by the people around them. They risked their reputation, their livelihood, and their very lives. Despite the risks and possible consequences they would face from their very own people, Mary and Joseph remained faithful and said yes to God.
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Continuing to act in faith they began the 80 mile journey on foot and donkey from Nazareth in Galilee to Bethlehem in Judea in response to Caesar Augustus’ decree that a census must be taken throughout the entire Roman world, requiring every man to return to his home town to be registered. As Mary and Joseph began this 7 to 10 day journey, traveling over dusty, difficult and dangerous roads, Mary was near the end of her pregnancy. I can only imagine the sense of anxiousness and uncertainty she and Joseph must have felt, not knowing what the future would hold, whether they would even make it to Bethlehem before the child was born? Where would they stay; how would they provide for the child – this very special child – the Son of God; who would ever believe them?
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It would not be an easy or risk free journey; there would be challenges and hardships to overcome; there were so many unanswered questions and yet, it was a journey they had to take, for Mary had been chosen by God to bring His Son into the world – Jesus, the long awaited Messiah, the Christ, the Savior, Immanuel, the Prince of Peace, the Lamb of God, The Way, the Truth, the Life, the Word, the Lord of Lords and King of Kings, the Alpha and Omega.
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What a difference, saying “Yes” to God, can make. While you and I can never bring Jesus Christ into the world in the sense that Mary did, or to care for Jesus in the sense that Joseph did, we are called by God to bring or share the “Good News” of Jesus in this broken and hurting world in which we live, and to care for those in need, remembering the words of Jesus: “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for Me.” (Matthew 25:40).
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As Christmas approaches and we prepare to celebrate our Lord’s birth and the faith journey Mary and Joseph undertook in response to God’s call on their life, what do you hear the Lord saying to you? What message has He put on your heart to share? Who is He asking you to reach out and minister to? As individuals and as a Diocese, how much are we willing to risk in answering God’s call on our lives? What price are we willing to pay as we share the Gospel of Jesus Christ — the greatest news the world could ever receive? Are we willing to speak God’s “Truth in love” to a people who are in desperate need of hearing it, even if it is not comfortable or politically correct to do so? Are we, like Mary and Joseph, willing to risk our reputations, our relationships, our jobs and livelihood? How far are we willing to go to be faithful and obedient to God and His Word? Do we have the faith and courage to trust God and to be faithful and obedient to His Word even when we don’t know where it might lead, or what it might ultimately cost us in this world? These are very real questions that each of us need to ask ourselves and wrestle with?
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These are the very questions that I recently found myself struggling with as I tried to discern God’s will in knowing how best to respond, as the Bishop of Albany, to General Convention Resolution B012. After much thought, prayer and wrestling not so much with God, but with myself, I issued the Pastoral Letter which I believe the Lord called me to share. It has spread throughout the world touching the hearts and minds of people in ways that I never would have imagined. For many it was seen as an inspiration and encouragement, upholding the faith; for others, unfortunately, it was seen as a personal attack – something I never intended or wanted.
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As I write to you now, I don’t know what the future holds. There is a strong possibility that I may be facing Title IV disciplinary proceedings for my unwillingness to abide by General Convention Resolution B012. As I stated in the Pastoral Letter, it was “not out of mean-spiritedness, hatred, bigotry, judgmentalism, or homophobia” that I have taken the actions that I have, “but rather out of love – love for God and His Word; love for The Episcopal Church and wider Anglican Communion; love for each of you my Brothers and Sisters in Christ, especially love for those who are struggling with same-sex attractions.” Whatever the outcome, I trust and believe that God will use it for His purposes and the benefit of His Church and people.

K
Trusting in God above all else, Mary and Joseph, by God’s grace, acted in faith and obedience to the Lord’s call on their life. Through their faithfulness, God the Father has given the world the greatest gift we could ever hope for – His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. May God find in each of us, that same sense of faith as we answer His call to share the love and Good News of Jesus Christ in our generation. May the Lord bless you as you go forth in His Name.
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Merry Christmas!
+Bill

This Christmas the Episcopal Diocese of Albany invites you to celebrate the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. There are many parishes located throughout the Diocese that offer Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services.  All are welcome!

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Message Following General Convention

A Message From Bishop Love Concerning
the 79th General Convention
July 18, 2018
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As most of you are well aware, the 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church ended this past Friday afternoon, July 13th in Austin, Texas. While it officially began on July 5th, in actuality, it started on July 3rd with registration and the first of multiple Committee Hearings.
All together over 400 resolutions were presented during the 10 days of General Convention, most of which will have little to no impact on the Diocese of Albany or the world around us. With that said, there were a few resolutions of great significance that will greatly impact the Diocese of Albany and the wider Episcopal Church. Some of which were positive and others I see as greatly problematic.
On a positive note, an amended version of A068 was passed, thus preserving the 1979 Book of Common Prayer for at least the near term. There had been an attempt to change the 1979 BCP at this convention in ways that would have been unacceptable to those who maintain a traditional understanding of marriage. Resolution A068 not only preserved the 1979 BCP marriage rite and preamble, but also preserved the current psalter and liturgies; the Trinitarian formularies; the Lambeth Quadrilateral; and the Historic Documents. The resolution does allow for Dioceses under the direction and approval of their Bishop, to develop new rites and new language for trial use.
There had been an attempt at the 79th General Convention to radically change the bishop election process for each diocese by including the involvement of surrounding dioceses and the Presiding Bishop’s Office in unprecedented ways. While presented in a positive light, the potential for abuse led to the overwhelming defeat of the resolution.
One other potentially positive development coming out of the 79th General Convention was the passage of A227 which calls for the commission of a Task Force on “Communion Across Differences.” The Task Force (equally manned by traditionalists and progressives), is asked to find ways that both traditionalists and progressives can work together, to the extent possible, with a sense of integrity in The Episcopal Church. Time will tell how effective this will be.
Unfortunately with the passage of B012, authorizing same-sex marriages in parishes (regardless of the Bishop’s views and diocesan policies), the Task Force’s work has become much more difficult if not impossible. Of all the actions taken at the 79th General Convention, the passage of B012, is from my perspective as Bishop, the most problematic and potentially damaging within the Diocese of Albany as well as the wider Anglican Communion.
While I know there are some in the Diocese of Albany who applaud the passage of B012, the vast majority of the clergy and people of the Diocese, to include myself, are greatly troubled by it. There is much I need to say about B012 and how it will be handled in the Diocese of Albany, but before doing so, I need more time to think and pray, as well as consult with the Standing Committee and other trusted advisors.
What is being called for in B012, not only goes against the Marriage Canons of the Diocese of Albany, but also attempts to severely limit the bishop’s role and ministry as chief pastor, priest and teacher of all the people and parishes entrusted to his or her care regarding the sacrament of marriage. More importantly, it goes against my understanding of what God has revealed through Holy Scripture and over 2000 years of Church teaching about marriage.
I hope to meet with all the clergy of the Diocese to discuss their concerns and the potential impact of B012 on the clergy and parishes of the Diocese. In an effort to accommodate for that discussion, a special Clergy Day is scheduled for Thursday September 6th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Christ the King Center. Lunch will be provided. I am asking all the clergy (priests and deacons) to RSVP by Sunday, August 26th by emailing Lay Canon Jerry Carroll by clinking one of the following options:Attending or Regrets ; or by calling him at the Diocesan Office, at 518-692-3350, x501.
Please note that none of the actions of the 79th General Convention (to include B012), go into effect until the First Sunday of Advent 2018. With that said, I am taking a few days to rest, pray and think. I am currently in Colorado visiting family and will be back in Albany on this Friday, July 20th. I pray each of you have an opportunity to rest and relax, enjoying the remainder of the summer before the business of the fall starts up.
In closing, I want to commend our Diocesan Deputation. They worked incredibly hard, putting in very long hours faithfully representing the Diocese of Albany and serving our Lord Jesus Christ and His Church, often in a very difficult, trying and less than favorable environment. Despite the many challenges and frustrations, the Albany Deputation remained positive, as they testified at various Committee Hearings and spoke on the floor of the House of Deputies. Several bishops commented to me on how professional, well prepared and well-spoken Albany’s Deputies were. They upheld and faithfully proclaimed the Gospel, speaking God’s truth in love.
Faithfully Your Brother in Christ,
+Bill

Please click here to watch Bishop Love’s address at Convention to the House of Bishops. He speaks beginning at 28:00 and ends around 37:00.

Response Following Clergy Meeting on B012

September 7, 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I met with the clergy of the Diocese of Albany on Thursday, September 6th, to discuss the recently passed General Convention Resolution B012. In order to provide a “safe setting,” enabling all the clergy to speak freely without fear of being quoted in the local newspaper, or by other clergy, the meeting was held within the context of an Executive Session. Approximately 130 clergy were able to attend.

I invited the clergy to reflect and share their thoughts regarding B012, particularly as it impacts them individually and their ministry as deacons and priests; the potential impact on their parishes; and the potential impact on the Diocese as a whole. I also asked what they would like to see from the Bishop prior to December 2nd (the first Sunday of Advent and the effective date of all General Convention Resolutions).

Overall, I found the day to be positive and helpful as I continue to discern how I, as the Bishop, will respond to B012 and lead the Diocese in the days to come. A wide variety of diverse thoughts and opinions were offered by the clergy regarding B012. All were shared in good faith.

As I mentioned in my letter of invitation to the clergy, the purpose of the meeting was NOT for me to issue a proclamation at that time on how B012 will be carried out in the Diocese of Albany, but rather for me to share with them some of my thoughts regarding B012; to clarify my understanding of what it does and doesn’t say; and to give me a chance to listen to the thoughts and concerns of the clergy.

Ultimately, as the Bishop, I will make a decision regarding my response to B012 and how it will be dealt with in the Diocese of Albany. That decision will be made thoughtfully and prayerfully and will be openly shared with the whole Diocese prior to December 2nd.

While, I know there are some who would like me to simply say today what I am going to do, it is not simply a matter of being for or against same-sex marriage. As a result of the complexity of B012, there are a multitude of implications not only for same-sex couples wishing to be married in their home parish, but also for the clergy and parishes involved; for my role and ministry as Bishop; for the Diocese of Albany and its relationship with the wider Anglican Communion and body of Christ.

Whatever decision I and or the rest of the Church make regarding B012, there will be consequences. There is no escaping that. My ultimate desire as your Bishop, is to be faithful and obedient to our Lord Jesus Christ, discerning not my will, but His will in knowing how best to lead the Diocese of Albany in such a way that He will be glorified and His Church and people be blessed. Please keep me and our Diocese in your prayers.

Faithfully Your Brother in Christ,

+William H. Love

Bishop of Albany