Thursday, May 24, 2012

Bishop Nominees announced

The nominees for the next Bishop of Lexington were announced this week.  They are...

The Rev. Ronald Abrams, Rector, St. James Parish, Wilmington, NC
The Very Rev. Dr. Douglas Hahn, Rector, St. Thomas, Columbus, GA
The Rt. Rev. Santosh Marray, Bishop Assisting, Diocese of East Carolina
The Rev. LaRae Rutenbar, Interim Rector, St. Peter’s, Rome, GA
The Rev. Nigel Taber-Hamilton, Rector, St. Augustine’s-in-the-Woods, Freeland, WA

A complete profile of each of the nominees can be found here.

The petition process for additional nominees will be open until June 5th.

Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a bishop for this Diocese of Lexington, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Bonnie Anderson says No to another Term

My response to the news that Bonnie Anderson will not seek another term as President of the House of Deputies of The Episcopal Church was, "Thank God."

I do not intend to be rude or mean spirited, but what I say next will probably sound like it.

The years of leadership under both President Bonnie Anderson and Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori have been a disaster.  Rather than focusing the Church on mission and evangelism, they have spent their time, in private and recently in public, bickering and fostering an attitude of distrust among Episcopalians far and wide.  It is sad.  For all the good they have done, and the great good they could have done not only for the Church but for women in leadership, their disputes over power and control and who should or should not speak for the Church is how they will both be remembered.  Shame on them and one us for allowing it to continue as long as it did.

This might be a time for Bishop Katherine to consider what Bonnie has announced she will do...Step aside.