A Pastoral Letter of Bishop Peter Elder Hickman
Greetings in the Spirit of Christ to the Sisters, Brothers and Friends of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion!
In the opening pages of the Book of Genesis we encounter the great song of creation in which we are told
that the Divine Spirit hovered over the primordial waters from which God, by means of the Word, called forth the whole of creation.
Through the activity and power of the Holy Spirit, the universe was born in all its
entirety, complexity, and potentiality.
In the story of the Garden of Eden we are told that God formed humanity from the dust of the earth, and, by the breath (ruah) of the Holy Spirit, humanity became a living being in the image of God. Somehow
, however, humanity, along with the whole of creation, became alienated from God; we lost the Divine Spirit. We were made subject to the reign of death.
Nonetheless, God did not abandon us. By the power and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, God was revealed to us through the words of the ancient Hebrew prophets. God's self-disclosure to humanity in the prophetic word was for the purpose of calling humanity back into relationship with the Divine, which is the life
of the Spirit.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
There is something uniquely moving about walking
the cobble stone streets that would have been
familiar to Christ Jesus. I remember the first time
I stood on the banks of the Sea of Galilee, touched
the same olive trees as our lord in the Garden of
Gethsemane, and saw with my own eyes where our
faith tradition was born over 2,000 years ago. It was seminal moment
in my spiritual life and a place I promised to return to again.
I am privileged to have that opportunity again as we lead a group
through Israel and Jordan in the Spring of 2015. Please join me on an
expertly guided tour of the Holy Land from a uniquely ecumenical
and catholic perspective. Together we will walk the path first taken
by a poor carpenter from Nazareth. I look forward to celebrating
mass together and sharing this experience with you!
Bishop Peter E. Hickman
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Here Am I Among You as One Who Serves
Reflections on the role and function of a diocesan bishop within the ECC
by Rev. Thomas Altepeter
The Ecumenical Catholic Communion (ECC) has experienced significant growth since its founding over
10 years ago. As a result, there has been an emerging need to evolve a somewhat different form of organization - in essence away from one national diocese under the pastoral leadership of the Presiding Bishop, to a network of semi - autonomous dioceses across several continents, each having their own synodal structure and episcopal leadership, while each remains in meaningful relationship with one another. This is the model that was envisioned and intended by the founders of the Communion. Within the Communion's constitution, and other key documents, there are some principles and parameters
to help guide this development.