Watch: Liturgy of Listening at General Convention
Responding to the #MeToo movement, the House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church created a powerful service at the church’s General Convention in which laypeople and clergy from a variety of backgrounds shared their personal stories of sexual harassment and exploitation in the Church.
Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe of Central New York chaired the planning team for the service, which begins with hymns sung in English and Spanish and prayers of lamentation and repentance. Bishops then read gut-wrenching stories of sexual abuse and harassment that took place in the Church. Many of the stories highlight the obstacles survivors encountered when seeking honesty, justice and reconciliation.
Update: Episcopal News Service reports that the House of Bishops followed up on this liturgy by adopting, on July 8th, a covenant that commits bishops to seek change in their dioceses to combat abuse, harassment and exploitation.
Image above: Central New York Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe, left; Central Pennsylvania Bishop Audrey Scanlon, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Olympia Bishop Greg Rickel and House of Bishops Vice President and El Camino Real Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves pray July 4 during the House of Bishop’s “Liturgy of Listening” session at General Convention in Austin, Texas. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service