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Awarded the Bishop Cross in the 2014 Diocesan Convention.

Presentation of the Bishop Cross by The Rt. Rev. Andrew M. L.Dietsche Sixteenth Bishop of New York

“A lifelong Episcopalian of the Diocese of New York, and third generation parishioner of the Church of the Holy Innocents in Highland Falls, Carla has exercised every position of parish responsibility and leadership: warden and vestry person and treasurer; lector and eucharistic minister; chair of stewardship, finance and outreach; and a teacher of the Christian faith to children and young people. She was a forty-five year school teacher and librarian, and an advocate for literacy programs, reading promotion, and the children of incarcerated parents. In all this, she has evidenced strength of character and purpose, and the compassion of a true disciple of Jesus; she has left a legacy of lives enlarged and minds awakened and souls enriched by the witness of a life of selfless service.

But it is her commitment to work on behalf of racial justice and reconciliation that has earned her the particular gratitude of her diocese. Carla has been an inspirational leader of the diocesan Anti-Racism Committee and the Reparations Committee. She has demonstrated a conviction that it is in education and honest dialogue, and in faithful listening to one another, that we may uncover and understand the truths of our lives as a people and a hard oppressive history, and that it is in understanding truth that we come to conversion, and that it is in the conversion of the human character that we may yet overcome the hatreds and prejudices which have divided the human family. Recognizing that the completion of the Christian character must be modeled from the top, she has been a tireless advocate for the fullest participation in anti-racism training among the leadership of the church.

Therefore, in recognition and gratitude for her service to justice, to reconciliation and to the unity of all people, offered to the glory of God, we, on this 15th day of November 2014, in the third year of our consecration, do award her the Bishop Cross.”

[Published Winter 2020]


Carla Burns Bishop Cross