Dear People of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri:

PageLines- bishopsmithpreaching_opt.jpgI want to let you all know some exciting news related to our Diocese. The Episcopal Diocese of Missouri and St. Stanislaus Kostka in St. Louis are in discussions that could lead to the church coming into union with the Diocese, should both parties agree that this is in their best interests and in best service to Christ.

I am asking the Standing Committee of the Diocese to pursue this matter with me in order to discern the best course of action. A next step will be an informal gathering that I will set between the Standing Committee and the board of St. Stanislaus. I had the opportunity to meet with the board and the parishioners at St. Stanislaus on August 25 and found it to be a rewarding experience. Developing these relationships will be important as we begin to explore this matter further. Should our Diocese and St. Stanislaus determine that a union is the proper course, I would then make an application to the Presiding Bishop on behalf of St. Stanislaus.

Many steps must be taken together as we pursue the possibilities of a new relationship. I am confident that with open hearts and minds, the proper path will be revealed. The members of the Standing Committee and I welcome your thoughts on this potential union. In the meantime, I invite you to read a more detailed letter that I sent to our clergy on these discussions on the Diocesan website, diocesemo.org.

Yours in Christ,
The Rt. Rev. George Wayne Smith
10th Bishop of Missouri

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