Saturday, March 07, 2009

Bishop Hampton of Oregon: Remember the Holy Land

The interim bishop of Oregon, +Sandy Hampton, has once again written to us in the diocese, this time about providing help to our "family" in the Holy Land. Here is his letter that I share with you, especially those of you outside of the diocese.



A Message from Bishop Hampton

Dear Sisters and Brothers:

In her Epiphany letter to all congregations, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori asked Episcopalians to continue to praying for our sisters and brothers in the Holy Land and to support the Good Friday Offering as an opportunity to demonstrate our solidarity with Anglicans and all Christians in that troubled part of the world. The Diocese, and particularly its hospital, has been unusually stressed by the recent violence between Israel and Hamas and the needs are enormous, as you might imagine. For the past 87 years The Episcopal Church has taken up a Good Friday Offering to be sent to The Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East, symbolizing unity with and passionate concern for those who witness to Christ throughout the region. We all realize that we live in very uncertain times, economically for sure, but by "keeping the main thing, the main thing" as the saying goes, I'm confident that your good folks will respond to this appeal generously.

A Holy and Blessed Lent to you all.
+Sandy Hampton

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