By G. Jeffrey MacDonaldThe Episcopal Church has elected Michael Curry, a charismatic African-American bishop from North Carolina, to serve as presiding bishop for the next nine years.Bishop Curry was elected by an overwhelming majority of his fellow bishops gathered in Salt Lake City for the church’s triennial General Convention. The choice took only a single ballot in the … [Read more...] about PB XXVII: Michael Curry
Archives for June 27, 2015
Praying for a Pastor
By G. Jeffrey MacDonaldThe mood at General Convention was mixed as bishops boarded four buses Saturday morning en route to elect a new Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.“I’m praying God gives us a pastor,” said Charles Lovett Keyser, assisting bishop in the Diocese of Florida, as he prepared for the ride to St. Mark’s Cathedral. “We need a pastor that can inspire with … [Read more...] about Praying for a Pastor
Election Day in Salt Lake City
By G. Jeffrey MacDonaldAll eyes will be on St. Mark’s Cathedral in Salt Lake City as the Episcopal Church goes through the elaborate, time-honored process of electing a new presiding bishop to serve a nine-year term.That’s where the House of Bishops will convene for a closed meeting to choose from among four of their own who have been nominated for the church’s highest … [Read more...] about Election Day in Salt Lake City
Video: The Primus of Scotland
The Most Rev. David Chillingworth, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, talks with G. Jeffrey MacDonald of The Living Church about the need for shared struggle among liberals and conservatives in the Church.“Sometimes people of a liberal mindset don’t quite get the hurt which people of conservative Christian principles experience,” Chillingworth said. “They genuinely feel … [Read more...] about Video: The Primus of Scotland
Does One Body = One Mind?
By G. Jeffrey MacDonaldIt’s all about the bishops — at least when the question is whether General Convention should retain its bicameral legislative structure or switch to a unicameral format.Speakers at a hearing on the issue this week focused on what would happen to the quality of floor debates if deputies were to find themselves side-by-side with bishops. Some felt a door to … [Read more...] about Does One Body = One Mind?
Structure Debates Covenant
By Zachary GuilianoThe Committee on Structure and Governance had an open hearing Friday night on the Episcopal Church’s response to the Anglican Communion Covenant.Bishop Ian Douglas of Connecticut spoke in favor of Resolution A040, which affirms the first three sections of the Anglican Covenant.“We’ve been at this work a long time,” he said. “This committee worked faithfully … [Read more...] about Structure Debates Covenant
An Easy Night for PB&F
By Zachary GuilianoThe Committee on Program, Budget, and Finance has been working through roughly 400 lines of the budget, “unpacking” each line, said Bishop Stephen Lane of Maine, the committee’s vice chairman.The committee has also been considering more than 300 resolutions that may change the budget.“It’s a balanced budget without mistakes,” Bishop Lane said. The difficulty … [Read more...] about An Easy Night for PB&F
Video: Mark Harris
The Rev. Canon Mark Harris, a visitor from Delaware who has participated in General Convention since 1969, talks about possibilities for reconciliation within the Church, and just how that might take place.In this conversation with The Living Church’s G. Jeffrey MacDonald, Mark also discusses his views on membership in the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society and how the … [Read more...] about Video: Mark Harris