A Message From Bishop Love Regarding the Upcoming Hearing
January 21, 2020
To the Clergy and People of the Diocese of Albany,
Several of you have been asking about the status of the Title IV Disciplinary proceedings directed against me in regard to B012. I have been notified that a Hearing, headed by The Rt. Rev. W. Nicholas Knisely, (President of the Hearing Panel) is scheduled to be held at the Desmond Hotel in Albany on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. The subject of the Hearing is “The Matter of Allegations Concerning the Rt. Rev. William H. Love, Bishop of Albany.”
It is alleged by the Intake Report and Investigator’s Report that I have “violated Canon IV.4.1(c) by failing to abide by the promises and vows made when he [I] was ordained, specifically the Declaration he [I] signed at his [my] ordination as bishop in which he [I] promised to ‘conform to the doctrine, discipline, and worship of The Episcopal Church.’ ”
The above charge is the result of my unwillingness to abide by Resolution B012, passed by the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, which if followed, would allow for same-sex marriages to occur in the Diocese of Albany.
The Hearing Panel convened for this case is made up of the following five individuals:
The Rt. Rev. W. Nicholas Knisely, Convener
The Rt. Rev. Herman Hollerith
The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Brooke-Davidson
The Rev. Erik Larsen
Ms. Melissa Perrin
In accordance with the Canons, the Hearing is “open” to the public however, under the control and direction of the Hearing Panel. Space will be limited. While the exact starting time has not yet been released, I anticipate it will begin by mid-morning and will most likely take only a few hours. Both sides have agreed that there are no contested facts regarding my actions and neither side will be presenting witnesses. Instead, the attorneys will be making arguments as to what the canon law requires.
I want to thank all of you who have been holding me and my family and the Diocese of Albany up in your prayers these past many months. It is greatly appreciated. Whatever the outcome of the Hearing, I pray God’s will and purpose will be accomplished.
Faithfully Yours in Christ,
(aigned) William Love
Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples), He left Judea and departed again to Galilee. But He needed to go through Samaria. John 4:1-4 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help us go through places where people may be hostile to us.
So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour. John 4:5-6 (NKJV)
Jesus, thank you for sharing in our weakness and in our humanity.
A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give Me a drink." For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. John 4:7-8 (NKJV)
Father, help me know when Jesus asks something of me.
Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, "How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?" For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. Jesus answered and said to her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, 'Give Me a drink,' you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water." 4:9-10 (NKJV)
Jesus, I ask for your living water.
The woman said to Him, "Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?" John 4:11-12 (NKJV)
Jesus, I keep focusing on what I can’t do rather than on what you can do. Help me turn to you in all my needs.
Jesus answered and said to her, "Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life." John 4:13-14 (NKJV)
Spring up, O Well. Let rivers of living water flow out from me to others.
The woman said to Him, "Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw." John 4:15 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help me ask for what Jesus is offering to me.
A Word Received: Come to me and I will refresh you. I Am the well of living water - drink deeply of me.
Jesus said to her, "Go, call your husband, and come here." The woman answered and said, "I have no husband." Jesus said to her, "You have well said, 'I have no husband,' for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly." John 4:16-18 (NKJV)
Thank you, Lord, that you put your finger directly on our sin and call us to acknowledge it.
The woman said to Him, "Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship." John 4:19-20 (NKJV)
Father, when we appeal to our traditions as an excuse, we miss the point of what Jesus is saying to us.
Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. John 4:21 (NKJV)
Jesus, bring us all to the place where we worship your Father.
You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." John 4:22-24 (NKJV)
Father, help us worship in Spirit and truth.
The woman said to Him, "I know that Messiah is coming" (who is called Christ). "When He comes, He will tell us all things." Jesus said to her, "I who speak to you am He." John 4:25-26 (NKJV)
Jesus, help us come to know you as you are.
A Word Received: I have provided for you. Keep looking to me for help in your hour of need.