A Word from Bishop Mariann
Dear Diocesan Family,
It is poignant to look back on our common life in the early days of 2020. Remember that in January, we welcomed Presiding Bishop Curry, hosted a revival, and launched a strategic plan with such hope, not knowing the upheaval that would visit our communities less than two months later. Yet throughout this year of intersecting crises, our diocesan focus on Jesus and his love held steady. The God-given dreams and our intentions embedded in our strategic plan gave us a framework from which to respond to the events that changed our lives. Yes we adapted, and yes we stayed the course.
- Grounded in our strategic commitment to congregational revitalization, we responded to the impact of COVID-19 by immediately redirecting diocesan resources and staff toward crisis management. Our goal was and remains to see our congregations through the pandemic and its ramifications.
- Grounded in our strategic commitment to spiritual formation and leadership development, we quickly established the School for Christian Faith and Leadership in order to provide opportunities for learning new skills, offering prayer and liturgical resources, and creating forums for pastoral care. Our goal was and remains to inspire our people to grow spiritually and equip our leaders to lead well.
- Grounded in our strategic commitment to strive for justice, we responded to the profound pain, social outcry, and demand for racial reckoning that coalesced in our communities over the summer months. Our strategic goal to clarify our justice priority was answered for us by the events of this year and the collective response of our congregations.
Throughout this Annual Report, you can read of the efforts made to serve and strengthen the congregations and people of the Diocese of Washington, how precious resources entrusted to us are invested in our common life, and the ways we strive to serve Jesus and follow in His way of love.
As we turn our collective gaze toward 2021, may God bless and guide us all.
The Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde
Bishop of Washington