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Bishop Marc Andrus
The Episcopal Diocese of California
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“With malice toward none, with charity for all...,” so President Lincoln wrote in his Second Inaugural Address, in 1865, with the devastating American Civil War not yet formally concluded. Mr. Lincoln’s ringing words fit with the commitment of Mahatma Gandhi and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as their... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2017 at Bishop Marc
“We’re still in!” This full-throated chant was the response of hundreds of climate activists in Marrakech attending the United Nations climate change summit — the “action summit” — the day after the U.S. presidential election last November. Presiding Bishop Curry quoted our chant from Marrakech in his stirring call to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at Bishop Marc
Resources for getting involved in structural change through environmental activism MLK Series, Grace Cathedral 2017 Bishop Marc Andrus Interfaith Power and Light Interfaith Power and Light was founded by Episcopal priest and Canon for the Environment at Grace Cathedral, the Rev. Sally Bingham. IPL began as an Episcopal Church initiative,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2017 at Bishop Marc
But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2016 at Bishop Marc
Yesterday, at Grace Cathedral as we joyfully ordained five priests in the Episcopal Church we also prayed quietly and deeply for those who died late Saturday night in the disastrous Oakland fire. This morning I preached and celebrated the Eucharist with Santiago (St. James’) Episcopal Church, Oakland, the closest Episcopal... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2016 at Bishop Marc
Ten years ago, very shortly after Sheila and I had moved to California, I was talking with the great theologian, activist and educator Ruby Sales about the second Pilgrimage for Peace and a forum appearance for Ruby at Grace Cathedral. As we talked on the telephone, Ruby in Georgia and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at Bishop Marc
Turn the tap in Birmingham, Alabama, where I became a bishop in The Episcopal Church and you get grade-A water. In 2006 I was elected Bishop of the Diocese of California, and we moved from Birmingham to San Francisco. There’s a lot different between these two great American cities, but... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at Bishop Marc
Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; … You have heard that it was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2016 at Bishop Marc
“I commend the following statement by a member of our diocesan staff, the Rev. Joseph Peters-Mathews who has, in my own observation, an abiding commitment to justice related to race and poverty. He has been especially concerned with the institutionalized, legalized violence that pervades our society, embodied in our prison... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2016 at Bishop Marc
#Sacrifice holds the story together in today’s #Gospel – Luke 9:51-62. When I went to my first Opera in the Ballpark in San Francisco the opera being simulcast onto the Jumbotron, flanked by huge stacks of speakers was Lucia di Lammermoor. The inherent over-the-top drama of opera and the intense... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2016 at Bishop Marc
It was with great sadness yesterday morning that I learned of the massacre at Pulse night club in Orlando. Omar Mateen, the gunman, took the lives of 49 people and has wounded another 53. He is also dead now. As with attacks in this country in schools and theaters this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at Bishop Marc
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