Los Angeles Bishop Jon Bruno has refused to seat delegates from St James, Newport Beach, to this weekend’s diocesan convention.
Greetings and best wishes during this Advent Season from the congregation of St. James the Great in Newport Beach. We hope that you had a blessed Thanksgiving, which gave you time to prepare and discern the decisions before us at Convention this weekend.
Unfortunately, this year St. James the Great, after three years of full participation in convention, has seen our privilege of representation revoked by the bishop’s office—we have not been allowed any delegates. Thus we are not able to enter the discussion and vote on any resolutions or canon amendments of vital interest to us, or the election of a bishop coadjutor who may likely decide our fate.
So, we humbly offer ourselves into your hands and ask that you consider us as you vote this convention. We are true and proud Episcopalians, your brothers and sisters in Christ, in need of your help to facilitate a resolution and reconciliation in the midst of our difficulties. We have prepared a video for you to view and share regarding our 18 month journey.
We continue to be very grateful for the prayers and expressions of support we have received from many of you during our lockout. May you have a blessed convention that illuminates the way forward for our diocese and our church.
The men, women, and children of St. James the Great Episcopal Church
P.S.—We joyfully invite you to worship with us as we gather at 10 a.m. each Sunday in the Community Room of the Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.