Sunday, May 31

This post was provided by Phoebe Lydia Bailey, PhD



The Work of the Church Is Essential 

by Bishop-elect Deon K. Johnson (The Episcopal Church)


The work of the church is essential.

The work of caring for the lonely, the marginalized, and the oppressed is essential.

The work of speaking truth to power and seeking justice is essential.

The work of being a loving, liberating, and life giving presence in the world is essential.

The work of welcoming the stranger, the refugee and the undocumented is essential.

The work of reconciliation and healing and caring is essential.

The church does not need to “open” because the church never “closed”.

We who make up the Body of Christ, the church, love God and our neighbors and ourselves so much that we will stay away from our buildings until it is safe.

We are the church.


Bishop-elect Deon K. Johnson will become the 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri on June 13, 2020.