House of Bishops spring 2014 retreat meeting daily account

Day 1, Friday, March 21

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church is meeting in retreat at the Camp Allen Conference & Retreat Center in Navasota, Texas (Diocese of Texas) from March 21 to March 26.  The following is an account of the activities for Friday, March 21.

The theme for the fall meeting of the Episcopal Church House of Bishops is How Shall We Sing The Lord’s Song in a Strange Land?

The day began with Morning Prayer, followed by a retreat time. A reflection was offered by Bishop Lloyd Allen, Diocese of Honduras.

The emcee for the day was Bishop Dean Wolfe, Diocese of Kansas. The afternoon started with announcements and the opportunity for bishops to have conversations at their tables.

Visitors to HOB include Bishop Raul Tobias of Iglesia Filipina Independent; Bishop Jonathan Hart of Liberia; Bishop James Tentgatenga of Southern Malawi.

The Rev. Brian Taylor of  Rio Grande and Joan Geiszler-Ludlum of East Carolina presented the work to date of the Task Force on the Study of Marriage. The bishops dedicated time to talking about the proposals from the Task Force, and provided input to the wider conversation of the church.

Bishop Andy Doyle of Texas, Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves of El Camino Real, Bishop Sean Rowe of Northwestern Pennsylvania/Bethlehem and Bishop Michael Curry of North Carolina presented the work to date of the Task Force for Reimagining The Episcopal Church (TREC). The bishops reviewed suggestions and presented their thoughts following discussion at their tables.

The day concluded with Eucharist. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori presided and preached.

Following dinner the bishops gathered for a private discussion session.

Media Briefers for Friday, March 21:

Bishop Adams, Diocese of Central New York
Bishop James Waggoner, Diocese of Spokane


  1. Robin Hollis says:

    Thank you for sharing this update. Is there somewhere that explains more about the inspiration behind the theme: “How Shall We Sing The Lord’s Song in a Strange Land?” It would be helpful to learn more of the context. Thank you.

    Rev. Dr. Robin Hollis, Deacon

  2. Susan J Zimmerman says:

    …when I read it I am reminded of Psalm 137:2 …how the faithful hung their harps in the trees…as their captors asked for songs….in a strange land…as imaginative Episcopalians we too are singing the Lords’ song in the new era of the Holy Spirit…finding our steps with רוה and שכינה (both feminine by the way) is a new land for all of us…

    …the Jewish connection has been with us since Henry VIII, finding no help from the self-righteous magisterium and pious Protestants on the mainline…lift every heart and sing let earth and heaven ring…

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