“Christianity is a contact sport.”  This phrase, spoken by the Rev. Ronald Byrd1 in his sermon celebrating Absalom Jones,2 at the opening Eucharist of the winter Executive Council meeting, has remained on my mind for the last week. Some of the questions raised for me are how does my contact with others reflect my intent to live out our baptismal covenant to “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being”?; how do my words and actions promote reconciliation with those who have been marginalized by the world and by the Church? How am I, in my actions, promoting the building of Beloved Community?3 While these are challenging questions, it is gratifying to know that our Cathedral family, working together, has the heart and the resources to make a difference in the lives of each other and in the wider community.


Faithfully, Diane Butler, Jr. Warden


1The Rev. Ronald Byrd is on the Presiding Bishop’s Staff as Episcopal Missioner for Black Ministries