Frank Tracy Griswold III

The 25th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.

Frank T. Griswold

Presiding Bishop’s Christmas Message 2005

December 20, 2005

Incarnation is God’s shocking insistence that flesh and blood like ours             be the medium of God’s Word. No abstraction, no lofty vision, no finely wrought dogma, no sacred tradition can mollify the shock of this truth: As one of us             The Word comes to dwell among us                         and within us,                                     as a […]

A Theological Reflection On The Millennium Development Goals

December 1, 2005

“And I, when I am lifted up from the earth will draw all people to myself.” To Christians, these words of Jesus from the Gospel of John speak of the power of the cross to contain and enfold all the horror, pain and grief of the world in God’s uncompromising and enduring embrace of love. […]

Reflections from Asia

December 1, 2005

Having recently returned from a two-week visit to churches in Asia that was a time of discovery and a blessing, I am still in the process of sorting and sifting all that I experienced. There are reports of the trip elsewhere in this issue. Here I offer just a few reflections. In preparation for the […]

A Word to the Church in the Season of Advent

December 1, 2005

December 2005 My dear brothers and sisters: During these hectic days leading up to Christmas we are invited to pause, reflect and prepare ourselves to receive anew the One who comes among us as a newborn child. The readings appointed for the Advent season have to do with waiting and listening with expectant and hope-filled […]

'Thy will be done'

November 1, 2005

The recent controversy and conversation about evolution and “€œintelligent design”€ leads me to reflect on the question of God’€™s will, both with respect to the fullness and complexity of creation and to the pattern of our individual lives. What do we actually mean in our liturgy and in our private prayer when we echo Jesus, […]

From Hiroshima, Presiding Bishop’s recent homily at Resurrection Church

October 23, 2005

Exodus 22:21-27, I Thessalonians 2:1-8 and Matthew 22:34-46 Church of the Resurrection, Hiroshima Brothers and sisters in Christ: On behalf of my wife, Phoebe, and my fellow travelers from the Episcopal Church in the United States, I greet you. I am deeply grateful to be with your primate and your bishop, and with all of […]

Presiding Bishop’s Sunday House of Bishops Sermon

September 25, 2005

My brothers and sisters in Christ, it is a great joy for me and my fellow bishops and their spouses to be here in the Diocese of Puerto Rico. We are grateful to your Bishop David Alvarez and his wife Maryleen for their invitation. We are profoundly impressed by the many ministries and services to […]

Agreement not necessary

September 1, 2005

As I write these words, I still reflect upon a midsummer visit I made to Armenia and the ancient church of that land, which has borne the marks of suffering and martyrdom across the centuries. One of the most moving moments during my time there was a visit to the Armenian Genocide Memorial, which commemorates […]

A message from the Presiding Bishop

August 31, 2005

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ: I am sending this message by email to our bishops, clergy and congregations – insofar as is possible – so that it might be shared and that we might be a community united in prayer and service during this time. During these past days I have been contacting […]

An intimacy with Scripture

July 1, 2005

Several weeks ago, I returned to St. Paul’s School in Concord, N.H., for the 50th reunion of my graduating class. It was a great joy to reconnect with those who had been part of a very important chapter in my life. During the weekend, at odd moments I found myself drawn again and again to […]

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