Episcopalians encouraged to apply for positions on church’s interim bodies for 2025-27

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Interim Bodies

The Episcopal Church’s Standing Commission on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations meets in October 2023 in suburban Baltimore, Maryland. Photo: David Simmons, via Facebook

[Episcopal News Service] The Episcopal Church’s presiding officers are looking for a few hundred Episcopalians interested in volunteering their time on what are known as interim bodies, carrying out the business of church governance and studying ministry and policy priorities between meetings of General Convention.

Interim bodies are the commissions, task forces and other committees that will follow through with the church’s priorities over the next triennium, 2025-27. There are many of them. Interim bodies are mandated by acts of General Convention, which is the church’s primary governing body and typically meets every three years.

The church announced the opening of the application period for interim bodies in a news release July 17, following the conclusion late last month of the 81st General Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. Anyone interested in being considered for appointment to one of the interim bodies should apply by Aug. 5.

Application forms are available here in English, Spanish and French. The first batch of appointments by Presiding Bishop-elect Sean Rowe and House of Deputies President Julia Ayala Harris is expected in September.

“Serving on an interim body is a vital way for Episcopalians across the spectrum of our church to actively participate in our governance,” Ayala Harris said. “We believe in the importance of diverse voices and perspectives, which is why these opportunities are open to all members of The Episcopal Church, regardless of their background or level of experience.”

The types and numbers of interim bodies have fluctuated since 2015, when General Convention sought to dramatically reduce the number of long-term policymaking bodies, known as standing commissions. Much of the work that had been done by the eliminated commissions was assigned to newly created task forces.

Appointments to standing commissions typically last two triennia, or six years. There are five standing commissions, focused on the following topic areas: Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations; Formation and Ministry Development; Liturgy and Music; Structure, Governance, Constitution and Canons; and World Mission.

Other appointments, including those to task forces, often last one triennium, or three years. Examples of those that were authorized by the 81st General Convention include a Committee on Disability and Deaf Inclusion, a Task Force for Reviewing Intellectual Property of the Church, a Task Force on The Episcopal Church-Anglican Communion Relationships, a Task Force on Senior Wellness and Positive Aging, a Task Force on Pacifism and Just War, a Task Force on Countering the Colonial Mindset and a Task Force on Affordable Housing and the Unhoused.

Each General Convention resolution authorizing the creation of the interim body specifies its make-up, such as the number of bishops, other clergy and lay people to be appointed as members. The presiding bishop typically appoints bishop members, while the House of Deputies president often is responsible for naming other clergy and lay members from the pool of candidates who apply.

Because Rowe was elected presiding bishop last month and will take office Nov. 1, The Episcopal Church Canons specify that he is responsible for making standing commission appointments for 2025-27, and outgoing Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has asked him to select members for the other interim bodies, alongside Ayala Harris.

The $143 million churchwide budget plan for 2025-27 includes $1.5 million for interim bodies’ meetings, based on estimated costs for a certain number of such bodies to meet during the triennium, both online and in person. Specific meeting schedules can vary from body to body.

The total number of interim bodies for the upcoming triennium wasn’t immediately available. They typically number in the dozens, though the church’s Office of Public Affairs said a final number likely won’t be known until the fall.

The application process allows candidates to select areas of interest and highlight relevant skills and experience.

“Whether you’re a seasoned church leader or a newcomer with fresh ideas, we warmly welcome and strongly encourage you to apply,” Ayala Harris said in the release. “This is your chance to help shape the future of our church and make a meaningful impact on its mission and ministry.”

United Methodists elect a third openly gay, married bishop

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[Religion News Service] The first two openly gay and married bishops in the United Methodist Church were elected to their positions under a cloud. The denomination’s rulebook did not allow LGBTQ+ people to be ordained, much less consecrated as bishops.

But for the first time in its history, the United Methodist Church has elected a third openly gay and married bishop — this time in the clear light of day.

Kristin Stoneking, an ordained pastor and the associate professor of United Methodist Studies and Leadership at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California, was elected bishop last week in the Western Jurisdiction of the church. Her election comes three months after the United Methodists voted at their General Conference to eliminate all restrictions on the full participation of queer members.

Stoneking will oversee some 300 churches in the denomination’s Mountain Sky Conference, which includes congregations in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and a small part of Idaho. She will be based in Denver.

“We’re not done trying to make sure that the world is a welcoming and caring place for everyone, and that includes LGBTQ persons,” Stoneking said.

Following the departure of 25% of its U.S. churches who left over disagreements over LGBTQ+ inclusion, the United Methodist Church agreed at its General Conference it would not add any more bishops over the next four years. But in the weeks following the convention, one bishop decided to retire and another took long-term disability, leaving two unexpected vacancies.

The Western Jurisdiction of the church had two already planned bishop retirements in need of replacement and had hoped for a transfer of two bishops from other regions. But when it became apparent the denomination was down two additional bishops, the Western Jurisdiction decided to elect two new bishops:  Stoneking and Sandra K. Olewine. Olewine will serve the California-Nevada Conference. Stoneking will replace Bishop Karen Oliveto, the denomination’s first openly gay married bishop, who, at age 66, is retiring.

Oliveto was elected to the Western Jurisdiction in 2016 in defiance of denominational rules that did not allow LGBTQ+ ordination. Then, in 2022, the Western Jurisdiction, the most liberal in the denomination, once again defied church rules and elected an openly gay married bishop — Cedrick D. Bridgeforth. He serves the Greater Northwest Conference that spans Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and small parts of Montana and Canada.

At April’s General Conference meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, United Methodists voted to repeal their denomination’s condemnation of homosexuality from its rulebook. For 52 years, the rulebook had stated that the practice of homosexuality was “incompatible with Christian teaching.”

At that same meeting, it dropped a ban on the ordination of gay clergy and eliminated a provision that forbade its ministers from officiating at same-sex marriages.

Stoneking is among the first to benefit from the lifting of all those restrictions. An estimated 324 UMC clergy or candidates for ordination are gay. Of those, about 160 are in same-sex marriages — many of them performed outside the church and in private because of the restrictions.

Stoneking is married to Elizabeth Campi, and they have two children. The two met at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, and have been together as a couple for 32 years.

She has served as a local church pastor, district superintendent and campus minister. Most recently, Stoneking taught United Methodist students at Pacific School of Religion the denomination’s history, polity and doctrine. From 2013-2107, she was the national executive director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the oldest interfaith peace and justice organization in the United States.

Now as bishop, Stoneking said her first priority is to help the church restructure the worldwide denomination to give each region greater equity in tailoring church life to its own customs and traditions, a plan known as regionalization.

Regionalization would allow equal standing to its worldwide regions, including Africa, Europe, the Philippines and the United States to set their own rules on various issues, including LGBTQ+ rights.

Each conference or region must ratify the new regionalization plan in the coming year for it to formally pass. Many in the church believe regionalization is the last and best option to avoid further schisms on matters of same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBTQ+ people.

“There is a tremendous spirit of openness and possibility in the United Methodist Church right now,” Stoneking said. “I am very excited about that.”

General Synod in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia approves youth audit

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[Anglican Taonga] General Synod has approved an audit of young people’s participation in the decision-making bodies of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, as part of a move to increase the number of young people involved in church leadership.

The mover of Motion 7 on youth representation, Etienne Wain of the Diocese of Wellington explained how in 2018 General Synod began a review of young people involved in church boards, commissions and committees, but six years on, little has changed to make youth membership of those bodies more equitable or accessible.

Synod, also known as Te Hīnota Whānui, passed Motion 7 unanimously, which now establishes a research project to run between 2024-2025 that will scan Hui Amorangi and diocesan boards, committees and three Tikanga commissions to identify and report how many young people they are supporting to take part in church governance.

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United Methodist-Episcopal Dialogue to begin next steps toward churches’ full communion

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Methodist Bishop Gregory Palmer addresses the House of Bishops June 24 after it adopted a resolution commending the goal of full communion between The Episcopal Church and the United Methodist Church. Photo: Randall Gornowich

[Episcopal News Service] The Episcopal Church is beginning work on the necessary next steps in advance of 2027, when the 82nd General Convention can vote on full communion with the United Methodist Church.

The 81st General Convention affirmed the goal of full communion with the United Methodist Church when it adopted Resolution A049, as amended,

The United Methodist-Episcopal Dialogue will meet this fall to begin work needed to implement the full communion that is called for by the document that forms the basis of an agreement, “A Gift to the World: Co-Laborers in the Healing of Brokenness,” the Rev. Margaret Rose, the presiding bishop’s deputy for ecumenical and interreligious relations, told Episcopal News Service.

Actions by the United Methodist Church’s General Conference this spring also were key to moving forward full communion with The Episcopal Church. Delegates voted to end the church’s 52-year-old anti-gay stance and removed a ban on clergy performing same-sex weddings and on clergy being in a same-sex relationship themselves.

The General Conference also adopted legislation that would restructure the denomination into four regional conferences – the United States, Africa, Europe and the Philippines – allowing each one to adapt the denomination’s policy book for its own missional needs.

A ‘game changer’ for the Diocese of Iowa

Full communion with the United Methodists is a potential “game changer” for the Diocese of Iowa, which includes 53 congregations — many very small — statewide, Bishop Betsey Monnot told ENS. For some of her bishop colleagues, she said, “small” means 50 people in church on Sunday. In Iowa, it means “six, maybe four, perhaps up to 10” people.

“We have lay people who can lead Morning Prayer, and folks can gather to study the Bible and care for each other,” she said. “But it’s the sacramental piece that is really hard.” These churches also can be miles apart from one another, making it difficult to provide a shared priest, if one even was available.

Pastors serving the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, with whom The Episcopal Church has been in full communion since 2001, have served some Iowa Episcopal churches, but the denomination doesn’t have congregations everywhere Episcopal churches need help.

Monnot said Iowa’s United Methodist bishop, the Rt. Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai, told her there are about 600 congregations in the state. “Six hundred for them, compared to 53,” she said. That difference in saturation stems from different missionary tactics that the denominations used as they spread westward in the 19th century, “but that’s what we’re inheriting,” Monnot said.

The ability to call a Methodist pastor “who could even swing by on a Tuesday evening and do a service of Eucharist – that just changes the whole picture for me as I’m thinking about how we support these congregations,” she said.

These Episcopal churches often are the only inclusive expression of Christianity for miles around, Monnot said. “And that’s huge. If a congregation winds up closing, then there’s nothing for those folks in that place. And that’s just awful.”

She added, “In a lot of ways, we have that kind of obligation to do our best to be there, especially for folks who will not be served by any of the other denominations.”

Rose expects Episcopal members of the ongoing dialogue to be appointed soon, and then they and their United Methodist counterparts will begin work on critical elements, including a document for the orderly exchange of clergy – allowing clergy to serve in congregations of either church – as well as an implementing document that might include a liturgy that would mark the beginning of full communion.

This time will be an opportunity for good and strategic work, she said. “There’s no sitting around,” she said. “We’re not just talking.”

The committee also will explore ways that Episcopal and Methodist bishops, as well as members of their dioceses and conferences, can get to know each other in the next three years, Rose said.

At its meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, this summer, General Convention also adopted a full communion agreement with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria. That brings to eight the number of churches with which The Episcopal Church is in full communion.

The others are the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada; the Moravian Church-Northern and Southern Provinces; the Mar Thoma Syrian Church of Malabar, India; the Old Catholic Churches of the Union of Utrecht; the Philippine Independent Church; and the Church of Sweden.

— Melodie Woerman is an Episcopal News Service freelance reporter based in Kansas.

UN Human Rights Council adopts resolutions on child safety, digital justice and health

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[World Council of Churches] The recently concluded 56th United Nations Human Rights Council adopted 25 resolutions related to children, climate, health and more.

One resolution gives the U.N. the mandate to begin work to draft a new treaty aimed at extending the right to secondary and pre-primary education. Resolutions also were adopted on the safety of the child in the digital age,” recognizing while the digital environment offers new opportunities for the realization of the rights of the child, it also poses risks of the violation or abuse of those rights. 

Two resolutions addressed climate and environment-related concerns – one which stressed the importance of pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. 

Resolutions were adopted on human rights in the context of HIV and AIDS, and on menstrual hygiene. Both resolutions expressed deep concern at the lingering impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the realization of human rights.

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Churchwide celebrations planned around July 29 to mark 50 years of women’s ordination to priesthood

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Philadelphia Eleven

July 29 is the 50th anniversary of ordination of the Philadelphia Eleven — the first women ordained priests in The Episcopal Church at Philadelphia’s Church of the Advocate. Photo: Archives of The Episcopal Church

[Episcopal News Service] July 29 will mark 50 years of women’s ordination to the priesthood in The Episcopal Church, and Episcopalians across the church are preparing this month to celebrate those initial 11 trailblazing women, who are remembered fondly today as the Philadelphia Eleven.

The 11 were Merrill Bittner, Alla Bozarth-Campbell, Alison Cheek, Emily Hewitt, Carter Heyward, Suzanne Hiatt, Marie Moorefield, Jeannette Piccard, Betty Bone Schiess, Katrina Swanson and Nancy Wittig. They were ordained to the priesthood on July 29, 1974, at Philadelphia’s Church of the Advocate, paving the way for the churchwide authorization of women’s ordination two years later.

Several dioceses are promoting screenings of “The Philadelphia Eleven” documentary to coincide with the anniversary, and special worship services are planned.

In the Diocese of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral has committed to a yearlong celebration of women in the church, starting July 28 with its Holy Eucharist. Heyward, as one of the Philadelphia Eleven, will preach. A screening of the documentary will follow.

In the Diocese of Easton, Episcopalians are invited to view the documentary on July 28, followed by a discussion with the Rev. Marianne Ell, who was the first women ordained in the coastal Maryland diocese. Other screenings and discussions include events planned in the dioceses of Alabama, the Central Gulf Coast, Chicago, Los Angeles, West Texas and Western Oregon.

“Women in many parts of the Christian church have struggled for full inclusion in the sacraments and leadership since the beginning of organized religion. But in 1974 a dramatic breakthrough of the so-called stained-glass ceiling took place that gave hope to Christian women everywhere,” the Diocese of Wisconsin said in promoting its July 28 screening at Saint John’s on the Lake in Milwaukee.

The filmmakers also will make the documentary available for viewing online July 26-29 for $11, with proceeds supporting efforts to expand the film’s distribution.

Other events will highlight contemporary women’s leadership in the church. The Diocese of Arizona is organizing a clergy processional on July 28 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of women’s ordination. All clergy women are invited to vest and process for the afternoon service at Trinity Cathedral in Phoenix.

Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis, Missouri, has scheduled several hours of commemorative events on July 28, starting with Evensong featuring music by female composers. After a screening of the documentary, a panel discussion will include four women who were ordained priests in the 1980s. Robust festivities also are planned by the Episcopal Church in Minnesota on July 26, with Washington Bishop Mariann Budde to preach at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Minneapolis.

The documentary’s premiere was held last September at Church of the Advocate in Philadelphia. Six of the Philadelphia Eleven are still living, and the filmmakers interviewed each of those six for the documentary, as well as Schiess, before she died in 2017, and Cheek, who died in 2019.

This image from the documentary film, “The Philadelphia Eleven,” shows the eleven women who were ordained as priests on July 29th, 1974. Photo credit: Nikki Bramley

In 1974, no canon specifically forbade women from becoming priests in The Episcopal Church, but to that point diocesan standing committees and bishops had almost uniformly rejected women’s requests for ordination to the priesthood. Only one of the Philadelphia Eleven had received the backing of her standing committee, and their bishops refused to ordain them.

Instead, three retired bishops agreed to ordain the 11 women on July 29, 1974, even though doing so without the approval of diocesan leadership could be seen as violating canonical law and church tradition. Church leaders debated the validity of the women’s ordinations for two years until General Convention approved a new section of the church’s ordination canons in September 1976 saying its provisions “shall be equally applicable to men and women.”

An updated interactive timeline on women’s ordination, produced by Episcopal News Service in 2014 for the 40th anniversary, can be found here.

“The journey towards ordination required a brave and visionary group of women and their allies to stand firmly in their beliefs and their faith, following the Holy Spirit where it led them,” Washington National Cathedral said in promoting its celebration of the anniversary. “The challenges did not stop with ordination as women priests faced hurdles and pushback as they strived for equal footing in the church.”

National Cathedral has scheduled a Festival Holy Eucharist at 11:15 a.m. July 28, with a sermon by New York Assistant Bishop Mary Glasspool. The livestreamed service will be followed by an in-person screening of “The Philadelphia Eleven.”

The 81st General Convention, at its meeting last month in Louisville, Kentucky, also passed several resolutions recognizing the Philadelphia Eleven and the 50th anniversary of their ordination. Resolution D055 invites commemorations over the next three years, marking an anniversary triennium.

“General Convention encourages and supports churchwide events and programs commemorating the 50th anniversary of the ordination of women to the priesthood and the 50th anniversary of the first time a woman priest presided at the Eucharist,” D055 says. “In doing so the church celebrates both the historical and contemporary significance of increased gender diversity in the three ordained orders, more closely reflecting that of the church overall.”

Cheek was the first woman to celebrate Eucharist as an Episcopal priest, on Nov. 10, 1974, at St. Stephen’s and the Incarnation Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. That milestone, “launching the public ministry of Episcopal women priests,” is also noted in A188, a courtesy resolution adopted by the House of Deputies.

And General Convention’s passage of Resolution C023 was a first step toward adding a feast commemorating the Philadelphia Eleven to the church’s official calendar. It is expected to be taken up for final adoption in 2027 when the 82nd General Convention convenes in Phoenix.

– David Paulsen is a senior reporter and editor for Episcopal News Service based in Wisconsin. He can be reached at dpaulsen@episcopalchurch.org.

Kara Wagner Sherer ordained and consecrated 9th bishop of Rochester

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[Diocese of Rochester] The Rt. Rev. Kara Wagner Sherer was ordained and consecrated as the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Rochester on July 13 at Asbury First United Methodist Church in Rochester, New York. Wagner Sherer, the first woman to serve as Rochester’s diocesan bishop, leads more than 5,000 Episcopalians across the Finger Lakes region.

“In Kara, you have one who will bring you a prophetic voice, a commitment to transparency and accountability, and a love for this church and for this ministry that she takes on,” said the Rev. Bryan Cones, priest-in-charge at Trinity Church in Highland Park, Illinois. Wagner Sherer served as rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Chicago for 19 years before her election to the episcopacy.

The Rt. Rev. Kara Wagner Sherer was ordained and consecrated as the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Rochester on July 13, 2024, at Asbury First United Methodist Church in Rochester, New York. Photo: Diocese of Rochester

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry served as the chief consecrator. Co-consecrators were Chicago Bishop Paula E. Clark, Central New York Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe, retired Chicago Bishop Jeffrey Lee, retired Maine Bishop Chilton R. Knudsen and Bishop Lee Miller II of the Upstate New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane, also a retired bishop of Maine who served as bishop provisional in the Diocese of Rochester until Wagner Sherer’s ordination and consecration, was also a co-consecrator.

Wagner Sherer’s spouse, John W. W. Sherer, served as music director for the ordination and consecration. He is now the organist and music director of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Rochester.

The vestments were a gift from the people and clergy of the Diocese of Rochester. They were designed and created by the Rev. Georgia Carney, a deacon and founder of SewGreen@Rochester, a sewing ministry for community, creativity and sustainability. The vestments coordinate with Kara’s chasuble from her presbyteral ordination. The Rev. Kate Spelman and the Rev. Jess Elfring-Roberts presented Wagner Sherer with a matching mitre, a gift from the clergywomen of the Diocese of Chicago. The consecration bulletin artwork is a copy of an original piece by Patrick Palsgrove, a member of St. John’s, created for the occasion.

Lay leaders bearing banners of diocesan congregations began the first of five processions, which also included kite bearers, vergers, ecumenical and interfaith representatives, civic leaders and diocesan clergy. Presenters were the Rev. Julie Cicora, retired priest associate of St. Mark’s & St. John’s Episcopal churches in Rochester and co-chair of the discernment and nominating committee; the Rev. Donald Schranz, rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Clifton Springs, New York, and transition committee chair; Julie Gedro, a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Rochester; and Carolyn Mok, a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Rochester.

In a letter included in the service bulletin, Wagner Sherer wrote, “This ordination and consecration service is a celebration of a new ministry—my call to be your leader, pastor, and servant of your joy—your call to work together to discern how God is calling us in our particular communities to live our promises of baptism and community. Please fill this place (virtual or physical) with your presence, your prayers, and, most of all, your joy. God loves us, calls us in love, and makes us agents of that infectious love.”

Wagner Sherer was elected bishop of the Diocese of Rochester on Feb. 24. A video of the ordination and consecration is available on Asbury First UMC’s YouTube channel.

New ‘halo’ heating chandeliers will help take the chill off Australia cathedral

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[The Melbourne Anglican] St. Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne, Australia, with its soaring ceiling, is not known for its warmth. However, that is about to change. The cathedral will trial United Kingdom-designed radiant chandeliers known as “Halos” in August-September.

Dean Andreas Loewe explained this was part of the cathedral’s strategic commitment to sustainability. “This investment in greener technology in sustainable heating is a significant milestone in the chapter’s ambition to reduce our carbon emissions by 2030,” Dean Loewe said.

The Halo heaters, designed by U.K. engineers Herschel Infrared, were first successfully used to heat the nave in a local Bristol, England, church in 2022.

As well as reducing heating costs, the Halos are designed to blend with the cathedral’s overall aesthetic. The infrared panels are integrated into a classic octagonal chandelier, and will not compromise the visual integrity of the cathedral.

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Anglican Alliance announces appointment of new executive director

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[Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican Alliance has announced the appointment of its new executive director, Robert Dawes. He will take over the leadership of the Anglican Alliance when the Rev. Rachel Carnegie steps down in October 2024. He will be working with colleagues in the global Anglican Alliance team, along with partner churches and agencies across the Anglican Communion.

The Anglican Alliance serves to connect, equip and share learning and resources among Anglican churches and agencies across the Anglican Communion in responding to human need, promoting justice and peace, and safeguarding creation.  The organization also convenes various relief and development agencies in the communion and collaborates with ecumenical partners and other actors in international development and humanitarian spaces. The Anglican Alliance is based at the Anglican Communion Office, with a secretariat in London and a staff team across the communion.

Dawes comes to the Anglican Alliance with long leadership experience at Mothers’ Union. Serving as director of development at Mothers’ Union, he has led the team’s work in enabling Mothers’ Union members worldwide to live out their Christian faith by helping to create sustainable, holistic change in their communities. He has worked for two decades in community development in the U.K., Tanzania, Zambia, Honduras and globally across the Anglican Communion. For the last 12 years he also has served as a visiting lecturer at the University of East London, teaching project design and management to masters level, enabling students to implement best practice in their own careers.

Dawes has been a very active participant in the Anglican Alliance since its earliest days. Over the years he has played a key role in the Alliance’s journey, helping to shape their focus on Asset-Based Church and Community Transformation as well as serving on their Covid-19 Global Task Force.

Announcing the appointment, Archbishop Albert Chama, primate of the Church of the Province of Central Africa and chair of the Anglican Alliance Board said, “Rob Dawes brings to the Anglican Alliance a wonderful understanding of the Anglican Communion and the relationships that sustain our life together. Rob is passionate about working with members of local churches across our provinces. Through his background with Mothers’ Union, Rob brings a wealth of experience that will help our Anglican family of churches and agencies to work for a world free of poverty, inequality and injustice. He will help us raise the voice of the vulnerable, reconcile those in conflict and safeguard the earth.”

On accepting the role of executive director, Dawes said, “I am incredibly humbled and excited by this God-given opportunity to work together with the most amazing people around the world, in a way that releases people to achieve the impossible for their communities across the globe together. For the last 15 years I have been working globally for Mothers’ Union and the church, with the most inspiring people and organizations, rolling out innovative life-giving programs. I look forward to continuing to facilitate and build on the success the Anglican Alliance has already achieved.”

The secretary general of the Anglican Communion, Bishop Anthony Poggo, said, “As the Anglican Communion Office works to serve the life of the Anglican Communion, our collaboration with the Anglican Alliance is important and valuable. I am delighted that Rob Dawes will be joining the Anglican Alliance as executive director in October this year. Through his experience at Mothers’ Union, Rob has forged important partnerships with Anglican groups around the world, and as a result has a strong appreciation for the strengths and needs of diverse church communities. This will stand him in good stead as he takes up his leadership role with the Anglican Alliance.”

Poggo continued, “I express sincere thanks to the Rev. Rachel Carnegie, for her service and leadership at the Anglican Alliance since its creation following the 2008 Lambeth Conference. She has consistently developed the vision of the Alliance, to value diverse participation across the communion as they work on matters of justice, poverty and relief. She will be greatly missed, and we pray for her as she prepares to take up the next chapter in her vocation.”

Responding to Dawe’s appointment, Carnegie said, “I am thrilled that Rob has been appointed by the trustees to take over the leadership of the Anglican Alliance. Having served together for many years in the communion, I know Rob to be a person of deep faith, insight and sensitivity, with a wonderful ability to draw together and build on the vision and skills of others. I know he will prove to be an inspiring and enabling leader of the brilliant staff team and a wise and encouraging colleague to all who gather in the Anglican Alliance family of churches and agencies. I join others in delighting in this appointment and praying for Rob and the wonderful Mothers’ Union in the period of transition.”

RIP: Sanford “Sandy” Hampton, who served as a bishop in three dioceses, dies at 89

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The Rt. Rev. Sanford “Sandy” Hampton served as a bishop in the dioceses of Minnesota, Olympia and Oregon during his career. He died June 28 at age 89.

[The Episcopal Church in Western Oregon] The Rt. Rev. Sanford “Sandy” Hampton, who served three dioceses as a bishop, died June 28 in San Diego, California. He was 89.

In 1988, Hampton was elected suffragan bishop of Minnesota and was consecrated in 1989. He served there until 1995, after which he became the assisting bishop of Olympia, focusing on multi-cultural and specialized ministries. Later, he served as assistant bishop of Oregon from 2008 until his retirement in 2010.

Hampton was a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. After he graduated and spent several years in the advertising industry, he felt a call to the priesthood.

He graduated from Seabury Western Seminary and was ordained a priest in 1966. He served in parishes in Illinois, Utah, Oregon, Maryland and Washington, D.C. before being elected to the episcopacy. In retirement, he and his late wife Mari moved to San Diego to be nearer to  family.

During his years in ministry, Hampton was recognized for addressing controversial topics and their connection to the Christian Gospel. Known for his friendliness, he also had a great love for the Dodgers, a passion for Scrabble and a wonderful sense of humor.

Services will take place on Aug. 3, 2024, at 11 a.m. Pacific time at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in San Diego; it also will be livestreamed. Memorial contributions in his memory can be made to St. Dunstan’s.