Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 52 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Sunday, April 20, 2008

New Rector of parish in Dallas is a canadian Bishop!

I studied in seminary with two men (Fr. Tommy Bye and Fr. Patrick Smith) who were parishioners from the very large Church of the Incarnation in Dallas, Texas (it is one of the 10 largest parishes in the Episcopal Church). www.incarnation.org
Over the years I have known clergy who have served there as well in various offices.

Now comes word that the new Rector is the Bishop of Saskatchewan - Bishop Anthony Burton. I met Bishop Burton when St. John's hosted a meeting of a group of Bishops a few years ago, and knew of his reputation from friends who had ministered under him.
Good for Incarnation, Dallas, and Bishop Burton. And prayers for the Diocese of Saskatchewan as they get ready to have a new bishop. May they get one as faithful and loving as Bishop Burton.

Pastoral letter to be read in the Diocese of Saskatchewan
Sunday April 20, 2008
Dear friends, This is a difficult letter to write but I must let you know that I have submitted my resignation to the Metropolitan of Rupert’s Land effective September 1, 2008. I begin that day a new ministry as Rector of the Church of the Incarnation in Dallas, Texas. I cannot begin to express my gratitude for the privilege of serving with you these past 17 years, first as Dean and, since 1993, as Bishop. Our sense of call to Texas is a positive one but at the same time I felt that it would be an opportunity for the Diocese to be overseen with a fresh pair of eyes, and to enjoy the excitement and momentum a change of bishop brings. Archbishop Clarke will soon be in touch with our Executive Committee to start the process to elect a new Bishop. The person you will choose to carry this ministry forward will be greatly blessed. This Diocese is well known for the singular spirit of cooperation, good will, and thoughtfulness you bring to the challenges of the day. I have good hope and every reason to believe that God has another fruitful season in store for you. It was said that St. Paul had a thousand friends and loved each as his own soul, and died a thousand deaths when the time came for him to leave them. I suppose every departing bishop feels something of this sense of loss but I feel it acutely today because of the exceptional generosity and openness of heart with which you have consistently encouraged me. I hope to visit with many of you before we go. Anna, Caroline, Peter and I wish you God’s blessing as you continue steadfast in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers.
Yours in Christ,
Anthony Burton
Bishop of Saskatchewan