Dear Sisters, Brothers, Siblings of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana,
Grace and peace be with you in Jesus, our Crucified and Risen Saviour!
Earlier today one of our Episcopal brothers, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is an active member of the Cathedral of St. James, announced his candidacy for president of the United States.
This is a unique moment and opportunity for us in the diocese to uphold Pete and his husband Chasten in prayer, as this very public journey unfolds.
"Holy Creator, you call us to live within a world that is constantly changing. Give us courage to face these dynamic challenges. Give us the skills to accomplish the tasks at hand. Remind us that in whatever work we do, we are called to be your servants."*
"God who calls us into life, we give thanks for Pete and Chasten. May they use the gifts with which you have empowered them in a meaningful way. May they meet challenges with grace and find joy in the road ahead." *
* both prayers from Celebrating at Home by Payden and Loving, copyright United Church Press, 1998