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For all the saints... Bending toward justice

Joe Leidy

Perhaps it was because a dear friend and parishioner died yesterday. Or maybe it was because this is my tenth General Convention. But when we began our legislative session this morning with a reading of the necrology I found myself weeping.

I looked out over the House of Deputies – some 800 faithful Episcopalians – and thought about the amazing commitment to our church represented not only by those present here, but of those who have gone before us. There were many names of saints no longer with us that I recognized. That made me realize I'd been doing this for a long time and had made many good friends over the years, and it also made me feel my age.

One of the "giants" of both Redeemer and the Diocese of Newark was on the list of names read this morning. It was that of Joe Leidy. Joe was instrumental in moving the church forward on so many issues, including that of the ordination of women. When I think of all of the saints who have labored so tirelessly on behalf of the church for so many years, I am honored to be a part of it. I am honored to be a part of a church that embodies what I believe Rev. Dr Martin Luther King, Jr., was referring to when he said, "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."

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