Bishop Chane files lawsuit against Central Union Mission, home of CANA mission

Don’t blink. The Episcopal Church is fast replacing its former motto “The Episcopal Church Welcomes to You,” with “The Episcopal Church Sues You.”

Bishop John Chane’s lawsuit is here.

Central Union Mission is a highly-respected mission outreach to the homeless of Washington, D.C. Where other city outreaches to the homeless fail, Central Mission remains a crucial component to the church’s commitment for justice and compassion for all. You can read more about the amazing work of Central Mission here.

I first became engaged in Central Union Mission when I assisted on an Alpha Course that was sponsored jointly by Central Union Mission and Christ the Redeemer Church in Virginia.

To better serve the city and it’s people in crisis, Central Union Mission plans to relocate to the former Gales School which it is all ready renovating for the move. You can read more about that here.

That the Bishop of Washington – with the backing of his allies – would seek to destroy this model for mission in the city is one thing.

But it’s far, far more personal than that. La vengeance est un plat qui se mange?

UPDATE: SF has some interesting comments here.