By Neva Rae Fox Correspondent Clergy who retired during the pandemic are not necessarily taking it easy. Rather, many are facing busy schedules, often turning their well-honed talents and experiences to new prospects and ministries. C. Curtis Ritter, head of corporate communications for Church Pension Group, said the number of clergy retirements has not been affected. “It … [Read more...] about Pandemic Shifts Clergy Retirement Plans
By Kirk Petersen The Rev. Harold Knight, who at 108 was believed to be the oldest living Episcopal priest, died in November in Mesa, Arizona, where he lived. He graduated from seminary in 1937 and retired from full-time ministry at the age of 65 in 1977, and thus has the distinction of living through a retirement that lasted longer than his career. In a letter to the … [Read more...] about Oldest Episcopal Priest Dies in Arizona at 108
By David Paulsen Episcopal News Service The Diocese of Springfield’s Standing Committee is in mediation with Bishop Daniel Martins to settle a disagreement over the bishop’s retirement, with Martins planning to retire in June 2021 and the Standing Committee insisting he step down sooner. In documents obtained by Episcopal News Service, the Standing Committee has informed … [Read more...] about Springfield Bishop in Dispute Over Retirement
By G. Jeffrey MacDonald, Correspondent Episcopal clergy are more knowledgeable about personal finances and more likely to live within their means than comparable peers in the general population, according to a survey released May 14 by George Washington University and the Church Pension Group (CPG). But researchers also identified disparities among clergy groups and … [Read more...] about Clergy: Good on Finances But Need Better Habits
The Religious Lives of Older Laywomen The Final Active Anglican Generation By Abby Day Oxford University Press. Pp. 272. $70.00. Review by Richard J. Mammana In this vitally important new book, the University of London’s Abby Day examines the religious lives of English women born in the 1920s and 1930s — now in their 80s and 90s, many of them still considered the … [Read more...] about The Church of England’s Vanishing Matriarchs
By Philip Turner Our society really does not know what to do with its elderly citizens, and in consequence we are not sure of what to do with ourselves. To my mind, failure to provide a place for the wisdom of age is a gap in the fabric of our lives that exposes a terrible moral failure. Hubert Humphrey once said that the moral quality of a society can be measured by the way … [Read more...] about Retirement: What Might That Be?
The Diocese of El Camino Real reports in its newsletter, Along the King’s Highway, about a generous gift from parishioners to their retiring rector: Congratulations to the Rev. Blaine Hammond, who retired as rector of St. Andrew’s Ben Lomond at the end of June. As part of his farewell the congregation built him a boat, the Madida, which they christened and launched at the … [Read more...] about Rowing into Retirement
Twenty Minutes with Mary Kate Wold Mary Kate Wold is the CEO and president of the Church Pension Group, a financial services organization that serves the Episcopal Church. A former finance and corporate executive and law-firm partner, she now draws on her fiduciary, legal, and finance experience, as well as her love of the church, to help clergy and lay employees enjoy the … [Read more...] about Meeting Clergy’s Financial Needs