New user? Register here:
Email Address:
Retype Password:
First Name:
Last Name:
Existing user? Login here:
News >

Gay man on the slate for Newark diocese

FOR Episcopalians who watch the diocese of Newark, New Jersey, whether as source of hope or of concern, the surprise may not have been that the dioceslast week nominated an openly gay man to become its tenth bishop, but that inominated only on
When Gene Robinson was still Canon to the Ordinary for the diocese of NeHampshire, he made his first run for bishop in 1998 in the diocese of Newarkas six people vied to succeed the Rt Revd John Spong. Canon Robinson came in respectable thir
This year Canon Michael Barlowe, who oversees congregational developmenfor the diocese of California, will feel the glare of media attention as thone gay nominee on Newark's slate. Canon Barlowe has lived with his partnerthe Revd Paul Burrows, for 24 years.
  Mr Burrows is the Rector of thChurch of the Advent in San Francisco.
The diocese considered twother gay or lesbian clergy, says the Revd Sandye Wilson, a member of thsearch-and-nominating committee and Rector of St Andrew and Holy CommunioChurch in South Orange.
Ms Wilson said that committee memberfelt that they were honouring the General Convention's will, because thConvention voted down a resolution, A161, that would have urged nominatincommittees to exercise "very considerable caution" regarding nominees "whosmanner of life presents a challenge to the wider Church
The resolution that the Convention eventually approved dropped anreference to the work of nominating committees. "We felt that we were not beindisobedient," Ms Wilson said
The committee nominated three white men (Mr Barlowe, the Revd Mark Beckwitof Worcester, Massachusetts, and the Revd William H. "Chip" Stokes of PalBeach, Florida), as well as the Very Revd Petero Sabune, a Ugandan who came tthe United States in 1969 and who was Dean of Trinity and St Philip's Cathedrain Newark from 1992 to 1998.
Two nominees have since been named bpetition: the Rt Revd Carol Joy Gallagher, who left an assistant bishop'position in Virginia and became Newark's assistant bishop last September; anthe Revd William A. Potter, Rector of St Luke's in Hope, New Jerse
The American Anglican Council quickly condemned Mr Barlowe's nominationposting an open letter to the standing committee. "If it is the intent of thstanding committee to keep us in the Communion, then they must exercise theipower under the constitution and canons to send the nominees' names back to thselection committee with instructions to begin anew," it sai
Nominees will tour the diocese in early September, and the electinconvention will convene on 23 September. The diocese expects to have its nebishop in office by 1 December.

Job of the week


London and Home Counties

WORCESTER COLLEGE CHAPLAIN Worcester College, Oxford Salary up to £25,327 per annum + benefits As Chaplain, you will join a large and diverse community of many faiths and none and you will m...  Read More

Signup for job alerts
Top feature

Singing through the tide of change

Singing through the tide of change

This month, the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland celebrates its 80th birthday. Gordon Giles looks back  Subscribe to read more

Top comment

Obstacles in the way of neighbourly welcome

Sarah Teather draws on the Bible for a forgotten insight into the blessing that can come from accepting refugees  Subscribe to read more

Fri 28 Oct 16 @ 16:03
Welsh Bishop’s nativity design minted for Christmas

Fri 28 Oct 16 @ 14:45
We speak to Bishop Treweek about her new campaign to build self-esteem in young people