Bishop Jennifer is coming to CCC this Sunday (and why it’s a faux pas to “welcome” her)!
SUNDAY, SEPT. 26 AT 10AM AND 1PM
Please make sure to be with us this Sunday as the Right Reverend Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, Bishop of Indianapolis, makes her official parish visitation to Christ Church Cathedral at our 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. liturgies, with a conversation time after each service in the Cathedral. (I will preach and preside at our 8 a.m. liturgy.)
As a Cathedral, we’re quite used to and grateful for Bishop Jennifer’s regular presence with us for high Holy Days, Strawberry Festival, and other public events. But this visit is particular: She is here to be with us as a congregation and as our chief priest and pastor. In this capacity, our Bishop is not a guest to be “welcomed” but rather is here as our primary spiritual leader, as our source of unity with the larger church, as our primary connection to our sister congregations in the Diocese of Indianapolis, and as our bridge to the larger Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion. She is here to confirm and receive new members, to celebrate the Holy Eucharist with us, and to ask us how things are going, to answer our questions, and to attend to our common spiritual life, all while connecting us with the wider Body of Christ throughout the world.
So, greet her with “Good morning, Bishop!” and “We’re so glad you’re here!” Ask her questions about our Diocese and about our siblings in the larger Episcopal Church in the Anglican Communion throughout the world, and share with her your concerns, hopes and dreams not only for Christ Church Cathedral, but also for the larger church. And make sure to snap a selfie with her and share online.
The Bishop’s visit is truly an “all come” event. See you Sunday!
—The Very Reverend Gray Lesesne, D.Min.