Events for January 2023

A message from Bishop Breidenthal

A message from Bishop Breidenthal 1500 1500 Episcopalians in Connection

Dear Friends in Christ,

As you know, I retired in January 2021, thus resigning my jurisdiction as Bishop of Southern Ohio, a position I was privileged to hold since my consecration in 2007. Since then Margaret and I have been focusing on the many decisions that come with retirement, not least of which is where we are going to spend it. It became clear to us early on that it is time for us to return to Oregon, which shaped and sustained us in our youth and young adulthood, and where we still are blessed with family and friends. Now, having sold our house in Cincinnati, we are moving back to Portland, where we have purchased a condominium apartment right downtown. In fact, as I write this we are newly arrived, waiting for the furniture to arrive!

I wanted to let you know about our move directly since I have great affection for you, and cherish the years we worked and prayed together. For me, as for you, the pandemic has brought isolation and in some cases an apparent loosening of ties. I regret that it has not been possible to take my leave of you without proper goodbyes, but it’s oddly comforting to know that the pain of that is a part of the hardship — and in some cases, the real loss — that no one has been spared. When this ordeal is finally behind us, I have no doubt that we will discover surprising ways in which it has bound us closer to one another than we were before. That is cause for thanks.

And so I am writing to you in sadness, but also with great hope, not only for our individual lives moving forward, but for the ministry we all continue to share, as we follow Jesus into new neighborhoods, and into old neighborhoods encountered in new ways.

You are much loved. 

In faith and gratitude,

+Tom Breidenthal