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St. Andrew’s has been a loving community in the historic Pine Hills neighborhood for over 100 years.
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Sunday at 9:30 a.m.: Holy Eucharist
Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.: Services of Evening Prayer, Holy Eucharist, or Compline (alternating)
Statement of Wardens and Vestry in response to Bishop Love’s Resignation
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Albany, NY, seeks the inclusion of all people in the sacraments and the life of the Church of Jesus Christ. This is a decided matter for The Episcopal Church and for us.
We have sought and we continue to seek to walk in faith, hope, and love with all our sisters and brothers. The General Convention of The Episcopal Church is guided by the Holy Spirit and rooted in the Anglican ethos which relies on Scripture and reason, as well as tradition, in understanding and living into God’s truth. In 2018, the General Convention responded to the need to provide marriage rites for all its members in enacting Resolution B012. This neither mandates the performance of any particular marriage nor removes the oversight of bishops in the case of couples where one or both members have been divorced.
It has been a long time and difficult time of waiting and discernment for the Right Reverend William H. Love, Bishop of Albany, and for all. We know that he has sought to be a faithful priest and bishop of the Church. We wish him and his family God’s abundant blessings as he enters a new phase of his life and ministry.
We have felt only sadness that the unity Jesus intends for us has been broken. There were no smiles or celebrations when our congregation learned the news of Bishop Love’s resignation as we participated in the Episcopal Diocese of Albany’s Convention on October 24, 2020, and worshipped together the next day. We are glad for Bishop Love’s commitment to foster a healthy transition for the Episcopal Diocese of Albany. We pray that in revising its Canon 16, our Diocese will adhere to the canons of The Episcopal Church related to marriage, specifically those articulated in Resolution B012.
St. Andrew’s renews our commitment to carry on the work of the Gospel in this time of so many challenges and changes. We grieve for all those who have long been excluded from the fullness of the sacraments and especially for those who have left with great sadness a denomination in which they have felt excluded from the fullness of life in Christ offered to others. We pray for healing for the Episcopal Diocese of Albany, for its members, clergy, and congregations, recognizing that it is a process that will take time, prayer, effort, and love. We give grateful thanks for the leadership of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Bishop William H. Love, Bishop W. Nicholas Knisely, and the members of the Hearing Panel. We will continue to pray in humility and hope for the “healing, reconciliation, and mutual flourishing across deeply held theological differences” commended to us by Presiding Bishop Curry.