By Kirk Petersen The Diocese of Virginia, one of the oldest and largest dioceses of the Episcopal Church, on March 28 announced a slate of four candidates to become the XIV Bishop of Virginia. They are: The Rev. Joseph H. Hensley, Jr., Rector, St. George's Church, Fredericksburg, Virginia The Rev. Canon Alan C. James, Interim Canon Missioner, Diocese of Western … [Read more...] about Bishop Roundup: Virginia, Florida, Nevada, Springfield
By Kirk Petersen Daniel P. Richards was consecrated the IX Bishop of Upper South Carolina on February 26 at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia, South Carolina. Richards was ordained in 1996 as a Southern Baptist minister, according to his biography on the diocesan website, but was confirmed as an Episcopalian the following year. He then attended Church Divinity … [Read more...] about Bishop Roundup: Upper S.C., Dallas, Ecuador, C. Fla., W. Tex.
Olympia By Kirk Petersen The Rt. Rev. Melissa Skelton has returned to the Diocese of Olympia after an extended sojourn in Canada. Bishop of Olympia Greg Rickel has appointed Skelton as assisting bishop, effective March 1, 2021 -- making her one of a small cadre of people who have carried a crozier in both the Episcopal Church and another province of the Anglican … [Read more...] about Bishop Roundup: Olympia, E.&W. Michigan, OK, Harris
Florida Bishop John Howard has announced plans to retire in fall 2023 and has called for the election of a bishop coadjutor, who would be installed as bishop diocesan after Howard retires. Howard made the announcement Jan. 30 during Florida’s Diocesan Convention. He has led the Jacksonville-based diocese since 2004 and will reach the church’s mandatory retirement age of 72 … [Read more...] about Bishop Roundup: Florida, Oregon, Wyoming, Mass.
Bishop Jeffrey Lee of Chicago, who in February announced that he planned to retire in August, has told his diocese that he is delaying his retirement and the election of his successor, which was planned to take place at a special convention in June, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lee has served as the XII Bishop of Chicago since 2008. The election of his successor is now … [Read more...] about Bishop Roundup: Chicago, Georgia, Minnesota, Oklahoma
Snook Becomes 5th Bishop of San Diego Susan Brown Snook was consecrated June 15 as the first woman to lead the Diocese of San Diego, succeeding the Rt. Rev. James Mathes. "The first woman priest I ever saw was such an inspiration to me because I didn’t know that women could do that," Snook told a local television station. "It made a difference for me to understand … [Read more...] about Bishop Roundup: San Diego, Maine, N. California, S. Virginia
Postcard from London In the United Kingdom, two seemingly unrelated topics regularly cause fractious and polarized debate, with few fresh insights into the divide between secular and religious life. The first is presence as of right of 26 bishops in the House of Lords. The second is the 2-minute, 45-second Thought for the Day heard at peak time on Today, BBC Radio’s flagship … [Read more...] about New Debates, Few Insights
Letters As committed ecumenists, we would like to thank The Living Church for its attention to the proposed full communion agreement between the Episcopal Church and the United Methodist Church [“Slightly Less than Full Communion,” June 18]. Faith and Order ecumenism is a part of our churches’ lives that continues in obscurity most of the time, but then becomes prominent … [Read more...] about A Puzzling Editorial