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Bishop Marc Andrus
The Episcopal Diocese of California
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May 10, 2016 Dear Friends in the Diocese of California, It is with a sense of gratitude and anticipation that I share with you my plans for a sabbatical in 2017. This summer, July 2016, I will finish the coursework for my PhD in Philosophy and Religion at the California... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2016 at Bishop Marc
At the United Nations representing The Episcopal Church and our Presiding Bishop at the signing of the Paris Agreement. As the environmental officer of Morocco said, "The Paris Agreement is the beginning of a new civilization." This new civilization will understand the global commons, a reality that contains climate change.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at Bishop Marc
When we say, “You’re only as healthy as your secrets,” we almost always mean this in a negative way – we’re speaking of destructive secrets, held in the shadows so that we can pretend the reality isn’t there. At the level of society we put young people of color into... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2016 at Bishop Marc
My friend Darren Main, the yogi who leads the phenomenal Yoga on the Labyrinth at Grace Cathedral, sent me this picture post from Facebook and said it was intense. Like Darren, I am grateful for the awareness that led to this post. What I’d like to suggest that the devotion... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2016 at Bishop Marc
I’m one bishop, one Christian, one person, and I don’t presume to speak for The Episcopal Church I love and serve. I know our Presiding Bishop will make a statement soon about the Primates Meeting in the U.K., and I look forward with eagerness to what I know will be... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2016 at Bishop Marc
We entered a room that was carefully constructed to both embue the senses with beauty, but also to impress. It was a reception room in the home of the U.S. Ambassador to France, and not only was the container most impressive, with gilt-painted molding and enormous mirrors, but the people... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2015 at Bishop Marc
Paul Hawken believes the Earth has an immune system in the vast network of community-based organizations. Read about a company that ships chocolate from Dominican Republic to France by clipper ship among other examples of how people are part of the solution to climate change. Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2015 at Bishop Marc
The Episcopal Church offers worship in the Green Zone every day of COP21. A group of us puts up the Eco-Tabernacle and uses chant, silence, the Daily Prayer Cards on Spiritual Sustainability and prayer to bring our faith into this very lively area. Below is the first Sustainability Prayer Card... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2015 at Bishop Marc
Posted Dec 3, 2015 at Bishop Marc
There are many ways we can pray using our whole lives for the welfare of the Earth and all life on the Earth. Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2015 at Bishop Marc
Spiritual communities have treasures of spiritual wisdom and practice to contribute to the overall work of confronting the distorted human systems that lead to climate change. Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2015 at Bishop Marc
A prayerful walk around the monument at the Place de République provides a meditation on the relationship of climate change to world societal forces. Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2015 at Bishop Marc
Advent 1 envisions the future as a place of hopeful energy for change in the present. This is a timely message for the COP21 conference beginning in Paris. Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2015 at Bishop Marc
For many years I’ve thought about and taught the idea that it was with our space flights beginning in the ‘60s that we were given the gift of seeing the Earth as a whole. This was an idea I first learned from Joseph Campbell, in the multi-part film interviews he... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at Bishop Marc
I hear the story of Jesus “cleansing the Temple” very differently AA (After Alabama) than I did BA (Before Alabama). Veteran Civil Rights workers in Alabama taught me that they carefully prepared for non-violent actions. The first big example of this for me was the story of Rosa Parks. Often... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at Bishop Marc
A small shift in practice can cause a seismic-level shift in perception. We in the Diocese of California have been practicing being the Beloved Community – showing forth that reality which God made in Jesus Christ – for years now. A brief look back at something that happened during the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2015 at Bishop Marc
At first the use of part of the Abraham and Sarah story from the Hebrew Scriptures, and Paul’s use of that same story in the New Testament seem unrelated to the Gospel – Jesus saying that if you want to follow him you must take up your cross. Why did... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2015 at Bishop Marc
Readers of my blog know well how important praying for peace internally and externally is to me. Due to scheduling issues, Grace Cathedral will not be able to host the 5 p.m. interfaith peace service this Sunday, January 25, as I had initially hoped. Although that special service has been... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at Bishop Marc
Certainly the world had neither forgotten nor recovered from the shock and horror of the Boko Haram kidnappings and murders in Nigeria, or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) acts of terrorism in the Middle East when the violent murders at Charlie Hebdo in Paris horrified millions around... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at Bishop Marc
Convention Address, 2014 Marc Andrus “…So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation….” I bring this quote... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at Bishop Marc
Invocation for the Conclusion of the People of Faith Service People’s Climate March Sunday, September 21, 2014 New York City “Who calls the clouds of Monarch Butterflies to their annual 4,000-mile migration?” “The Earth!” “Who prompts the Arctic Tern in the air, and the Blue Whale in the Ocean to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at Bishop Marc
Darren Main, who teaches Yoga on the Labyrinth at Grace Cathedral, recently interviewed me for his podcast. Please give it a listen. Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Bishop Marc
Let us pray for the people of Ferguson, Missouri, especially for those who knew and loved Michael Brown. Let us not pray at a distance, though, and let us not stop praying as soon as the violence is stilled, for behind and below the violence is never-going-away inequality for black... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Bishop Marc
Dear People of God in the Diocese of California, I write you an Easter message this year on Holy Saturday, the moment we stop and pause, feel the losses in our own lives, in the lives of those we love, and the losses in the world. The picture on the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2014 at Bishop Marc
The Archbishop of Canterbury has made public statements that reveal at best a lamentable naiveté and at worst both homophobia and colonial thinking. Archbishop Justin Welby has claimed that the Church of England — if it marries gay and lesbian people in England — is responsible for the deaths of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2014 at Bishop Marc