[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori delivered the following sermons on Feb. 8 in the Fort Worth, Texas.
This diocese has known a kind of hunger that wasn’t chosen by most of you. It was a rule-bound fast, and it kept this community turned inward to ensure that the fast was maintained in a particular way. Since the end of that fast five years ago you’ve practiced another diet, one that has become far more about solidarity with the wider community – a fast that opens people up to become vulnerable to the presence of God beyond these walls. You’ve exchanged that old fast for one that’s founded on the most fundamental law of all: love God with all you are and have, and love your neighbor as yourself.