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Video Interview: Bishop Steenson Comments on Yesterday at the HOB Meeting

Friday, September 21, 2007 • 5:25 pm

Yesterday evening before supper I was able to sit down and chat with Bishop Steenson, Diocese of the Rio Grande. I had never met him, and it was such a pleasure getting to know him a bit better.

Our conversation was wide ranging and covered a variety of topics: the day’s schedule, the tone of this meeting compared to prior meetings of the House of Bishops, what he thought of the divisions amongst institutionalist and idealistic progressives, how the Camp Allen bishops were holding together, the “Episcopal Visitors” plan from Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori, and Bishop Steensons interesting history as a Christian believer.

I found so much of the conversation to be a fascinating insight on the workings of the house. Quite interesting were his perspectives on the 8 bishops who have agreed to serve as ‘Episcopal Visitors.’

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Thank you Sarah. That is the +Jeffrey I know and love.

[1] Posted by Bob Maxwell+ on 09-21-2007 at 05:57 PM • top

This is a Bishop straight from central casting.  He’s perfect!

Also: At the end when he says of Stand Firm, “What you’re doing with your team is just awesome in terms of opening up the truth of what is going on to a lot of lay people in the Church” he is so right.  Thanks to all of you at Stand Firm, and of course, THANK YOU Bishop Steenson.

[2] Posted by Nasty, Brutish & Short on 09-21-2007 at 05:58 PM • top

I love my bishop.  I truly hope and pray that he can find a way to be faithful to Christ in the leadership of his diocese.

Pax Christi vobiscum,

[3] Posted by Eluchil on 09-21-2007 at 06:06 PM • top

Sarah you’re a gem - Thanx.

[4] Posted by DaveB in VT on 09-21-2007 at 06:42 PM • top

That was a very good interview, well done>

[5] Posted by Martin Reynolds on 09-21-2007 at 06:50 PM • top

What a wonderful interview.  What a wonderful man.

[6] Posted by wildfire on 09-21-2007 at 07:03 PM • top

He seems to be the embodiment of Christian kindness and forbearance. 

He actually seems Christlike.  Thank God for this kind gentleman of the faith!

[7] Posted by Tom Dupree, Jr. on 09-21-2007 at 07:16 PM • top

Sarah, this was an awesome interview. I was so glad to get to hear Bp. Steenson talk so candidly about the state of the Church.  Great questions.  Thanks!

[8] Posted by Connie Sandlin on 09-21-2007 at 07:58 PM • top

I loved every minute of this interview Sarah -questions as well as his responses.  Thank you so much and my prayers are with all of you.

[9] Posted by Bill C on 09-21-2007 at 09:14 PM • top

What an incredible, powerful pastor.  I have known plenty of bishops in my time, but he stands out in his ability to speak clearly and crisply—and honestly.  He would be a wonderful primatial vicar under the Dar scheme.
  My wife and I are very much east coasters, but we had the opportunity recently to visit New Mexico and Bishop Steenson’s diocese—a wonderful place in the Anglican world. 
  Thanks for this excellent interview.

[10] Posted by Dick Mitchell on 09-21-2007 at 09:53 PM • top

Thank you so much Sarah!!! The last part of the interview was the best. What a gracious and grace-filled leader.

Since we didn’t have a Friday afternoon palate cleanser, might I suggest John Rutter’s Psalm 23 in honor of the good bishop.

[11] Posted by rob-roy on 09-21-2007 at 09:53 PM • top

God Bless you Sarah for this wonderful interview.  It is Bishop’s like Bishop Steenson who give me hope for the future of Anglicanism!
Tom of San Joaquin

[12] Posted by tom on 09-21-2007 at 10:42 PM • top

A good, holy and learned Bishop and friend to the Church.  The whole Church.  Thank you Bishop.  Canon Herrmann, SSC

[13] Posted by Dallas Priest on 09-22-2007 at 12:19 AM • top

Thank you for seeking out the bishop.  He looked like he enjoyed responding to your questions, especially the questions “his heart” and of getting up at night.
I found him pretty sympatico with me, particularly in how he relates to his fellow bishops on a personal level and then on the practical level of faith in Jesus and its expression in their lives.
We also agree on the PB’s EV “plan” - the only useful part of the plan is being willing to be available to congregational and diocesan reasserter refugees (and others) after the next round of departures.
Really - why not?!  But, as the good bishop said, without implying their very endorsement of the overall “plan” - if you can even call it a plan.

Nice work.

[14] Posted by Rob Eaton+ on 09-22-2007 at 01:02 AM • top

I absolutely loved this interview and getting to see Bishop Steenson “in person.”  Thank you for this.
I have to admit, it was VERY hard to get over his confession of “putting out of his mind by God’s good grace” [paraphrased] KJS’ “sermon.” 
If nothing else, can he imagine how this sounds to those who are so committed to “listening”?  Honestly, this added nothing to his credibility. 
Fortunately, the rest of the interview was stellar—-both your [excellent] questions and his thoughtful and honest answers.

[15] Posted by HeartAfire on 09-22-2007 at 09:26 AM • top

A diamond in the ..

No, a diamond.

[16] Posted by J Eppinga on 09-22-2007 at 11:14 AM • top

” In all good conscious, I just can’t go there.”  Thank you Bishop Steenson…......

Very good interview Sarah.  Thank you….

[17] Posted by Dee in Iowa on 09-22-2007 at 12:21 PM • top

Thank you, Sarah and Bishop Steenson! Wonderful interview. After watching this I have a strong sense of God being on the move in what is playing out with TEC and the Anglican Communion. A good reminder to remain faithful and put my trust in God. Thanks also for the beautiful Psalm 23 video…

[18] Posted by Janis on 09-22-2007 at 12:53 PM • top

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