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290290accomplishment. But I can bring you this news of hope.Often we associate the Spirit’s presence with the ease of a task undertaken or in some brilliant performance. Certainly that may be the case, but we do well to remember other realities, equally true. Scripture says that the Spirit, for example, was the One who droveJesus into the wilderness to be tempted. During these last days of Lent, let us remember that perplexing aspect of the Spirit’s life, and our life in faith. As we enter the mysteriesof Holy Week, let us remember the Spirit’s working through cross and resurrection-both.In Christ,The Rt. Rev. George Wayne Smith, Bishop of Missouri
 Report on the Meeting of the House of BishopsMarch 21, 2005Monday in Holy Week Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus:There is precious little to add substantively to the two documents issuing from the SpringMeeting of the House of Bishops. “The Covenant Statement” details your bishops’response to the Communiqué from the Anglican Primates and to the Windsor Report. “AWord to the Church” briefly narrates the meeting, describes the tenor of it, and lists itsvarious actions.I can add little to the material in these reports, but I do want to convey to you a sense of the meeting’s character, which was nothing short of remarkable. This meeting was by far the most arduous in my three years as bishop. The Covenant Statement alone requiredfourteen hours of work during official sessions, not to mention the countless hours spenton the side and late into the night, informal meetings that made this agreement possible.Open and painful conflict also surfaced during our time together. Hard work and heavyemotion were evident in equal portions throughout the meeting.The presence of conflict and toil, however, did not signal the absence of Spirit; quite thecontrary. For me, these days were filled with a realistic hope, for it became clear early onthat most bishops arrived at Camp Allen with a desire for ECUSA to remain one with theAnglican Communion. There soon emerged a longing to find some way to share as broadly as possible the cost of what the Primates have asked from us, with the sense thatwhat touches one touches all. The hard work ensued as we sought, and eventually found,a consensus.For the first time, I experienced the whole of the House of Bishops as pulling together,whereas in the past we might have given in to the forces seeking to pull us apart. I do nothesitate to bear witness to the Spirit’s presence among us, precisely because of this. Andthe core working group, who presented the first draft of an idea that eventually resulted inthe Covenant Statement, was mind-boggling in its diversity. The spectrum of theologicaland political thought in our Church was represented in that group, and on this occasion,they spoke with one voice. I will say to you that it could not have been of their doingalone, for the One who has called us was much in evidence as we met.The strife is not over, nor is this hard season of uncertainty finished, and, as our PresidingBishop reminded us, sin lurks precisely in these moments of confidence and
The South Carolina Anglican Communion Network
 Response to HOB CovenantStatement from the South Carolina Anglican Communion Network Steering CommitteeUpon first reading the headlines that a "Covenant Statement" had been issued by ECUSAduring the House of Bishops meeting at Camp Allen, Texas, we were excited andhopeful. However, by the time we finished reading the "Covenant," the reality began todawn that we may be at the very same place where we had started in August 2003. For over one and a half years the Anglican Communion has moved forward with greatdeliberation, patience, and understanding in an attempt to prevent parts of the communionfrom deciding to "walk apart." Despite extraordinary patience and understanding, thecalls and requests of our brothers and sisters in the Anglican Communion have onceagain been put on hold or side tracked by the House of Bishops.Where do we go from here? What can we expect? We can expect there will be another wave of laity departures from ECUSA, particularly among those who believe thatECUSA's unilateral actions were wrong in August of 2003 and see the covenant asanother stall and delay tactic.For those who decide to see this fight through to its conclusion and remain faithful to thehistorical traditions of the Church, prayer and action are a necessary component tosurvival. And through prayer, and actions premised upon and inspired by prayer,anything is possible. The South Carolina Anglican Communion Network (SC-ACN) willcontinue to organize efforts to support our fellow parishioners, not only those within our Diocese, but as importantly, those outside of our diocese. We communicate daily withour fellow parishioners in North Carolina, Alabama, Maryland, and beyond and althoughthey feel totally marginalized by the past and current actions of ECUSA, we all knowthrough our fellowship there is hope.Also via this letter, we request that the Archbishop of Canterbury move forward, throughthe recently formed panel of reference and with a renewed sense of urgency, to reviewthe adequacy of pastoral oversight within ECUSA.As for our faithful orthodox brothers and sisters in South Carolina and beyond, we urgethat you remain faithful and true to our great commission. Do not give up on the hope and promise that orthodox Anglicanism will survive and flourish in North America.May God bless us, keep us, and preserve us all.

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