A Pastoral Address to the People of God of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe
Dear People of God in the Convocation of Church in Europe, I am writing to you as we begin our annual convention. It is an obligation, as the canon law of The Episcopal Church requires bishops to make an annual Address to their conventions and synods. But for six years now, since the Waterloo Convention in 2008, I have refrained from reading the address to the delegates, in favor of a Pastoral Letter to be distributed to all the members of the Episcopal Churches in Europe.
Bishop Whalon’s official, annual Pastoral Letter takes the form of an Address, a practice that he instituted six years ago. The address is delivered each year, in written form, to the delegates at Convocation’s annual Convention. Following the Convention, the Letter is made available to all of the congregations. The canon law of The Episcopal Church requires all bishops to make an annual Address to their conventions and synods to inform the church about 'episcopal acts' since the previous year's convention.