A Joint Statement from the Anglican Church in North America and the Standing Committee of the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes
Information has been brought to the attention of the Archbishop’s Office regarding the Rt. Rev. Ronald Jackson of the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes that calls for an investigation to be conducted. To ensure the integrity of the investigation and allow for due process, Bishop Jackson is on administrative leave while a thorough inquiry into these matters is conducted.
During this leave, the Standing Committee of the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes is the ecclesial authority and, in cooperation with the Archbishop’s Office, is ensuring the ongoing mission and ministry of the diocese. Archbishop Beach has appointed the Rt. Rev. John Miller to assist the Standing Committee in its work and to provide temporary pastoral care and ongoing episcopal support to the diocese.
More information will be shared as it becomes available, and we encourage you to refrain from speculation. This statement is a call to prayer, and we ask you and your congregation to join us in lifting up everyone in the diocese:
Prayers for a Diocese
O God, by your grace you have called us in this Diocese to be a good and godly fellowship of faith. Bless our bishops and other clergy, and all our people. Grant that your Word may be truly preached and truly heard, your Sacraments faithfully administered and faithfully received. By your Spirit, fashion our lives according to the example of your Son, and grant that we may show the power of your love to all among whom we live; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayers for the Mission of the Church
O God, our heavenly Father, you manifested your love by sending your only-begotten Son into the world, that all might live through him: Pour out your Spirit on your Church, that we may fulfill his command to preach the Gospel to all people. Send forth laborers into your harvest; defend them in all dangers and temptations; and hasten the time when the fullness of the Gentiles shall be gathered in, and faithful Israel shall be saved; through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(Book of Common Prayer 2019, pgs. 647, 651)