Our newly elected Bishop Paul Egensteiner is coming to visit Good Shepherd Church and wants to hear of the dreams and visions we cherish for our Southwest Brooklyn Conference. As we prepare to welcome him this coming Sunday the 10th. of November from 2pm to 4pm, we are reminded that we are connected in a single body of humanity that is global and mystical. It is a body across time and space. It is a great comfort to know that we are not alone and that we are not just a handful of people. In fact, we number in the thousands and we believe deeply in the power of the resurrection. You see, we are living in a time of unprecedented crisis on many fronts. The unleashing of violence against the most vulnerable among us is palpable as they continue to be victimized and portrayed as a problem we can simply dismiss.
How can we as a church, as God´s body on Earth, continue to witness and stand in solidarity with those who are vulnerable? How do we, as one body, acknowledge and utilize our power to be a resource to the larger community? I believe that if we are to fulfill our role and be relevant in our society today we must take a stand and become a beacon of light in this long dangerous night.
Please join us as we welcome Bishop Egensteiner and seek to become the answer to these questions and work to channel the power of the resurrection through the body of our global community. This invitation is open to all of us who are concerned with the wellbeing of our community at the Church of the Good Shepherd.
As we welcome the bishop, we will also train a host of people who will accompany some of our community members to court and legal proceedings as we prepare our space for the opening of the Saint Elizabeth Welcoming Immigrant Center.
Rev. Juan Carlos Ruiz