Jeffrey Walton

Jeffrey Walton

Jeff Walton is Communications Manager for the Institute on Religion & Democracy and directs the Anglican program. He graduated in 2001 from Seattle Pacific University and is a member of Restoration Anglican Church in Arlington, VA.
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Duke Chapel Forum

Chapel Controversy Prompts Duke Panel to Examine “Sacred Space”

February 27, 2015

A panel of religious leaders at Duke University examined the role of “sacred space” following a controversial decision – later reversed – to permit use of the chapel bell tower as a minaret.

Derrick Harkins

Former NAE Board Member Headed to Union Seminary

February 26, 2015

Pastor Derrick Harkins is joining the seminary as Senior Vice President for Innovations in Public Programming.

Reverend Canon Gina Campbell (left) to preside over January 25 Eucharist, becoming the first United Methodist to do so at Washington National Cathedral, Dr. Kim Cape (right) to preach. (Photos: GBHEM)

United Methodists and Episcopalians Mark “Waystation” to Full Communion

February 6, 2015

United Methodist and Episcopal Church officials recently joined together at the National Cathedral to mark an agreement bringing the two denominations closer.

A delegation of 12 Anglican bishops, led by Archbishop Foley Beach (center) joined a larger group organized by Anglicans for Life leader Georgette Forney (right) for the annual January 22 march.

Anglican Bishops March Proclaiming “Every Life is a Gift”

January 23, 2015

The theme of this year’s march is intended to counter the perception that some lives are not worth living.

Parishioner Tom Syvertsen and grandson Jack Dinnie sign wooden boards before flooring is installed in the new sanctuary of Restoration Anglican Church in Arlington, Virginia on June 18, 2014.

Anglican Building Boom Quietly Underway

January 21, 2015

In a denomination in which school cafeterias and storefronts have been regular places of worship, the construction of new Anglican church spaces establishes a physical footprint in the communities these churches serve.

From left, Maryland Bishop Eugene Sutton, newly ordained Maryland Suffragan Bishop Heather Cook, and Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori following the Sept. 6 ordination and consecration service. (Photo: Richard Schori/Episcopal Digital Network)

Maryland Bishop Charged in Baltimore Hit-and-Run

January 9, 2015

The second highest ranking official in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland will be charged with manslaughter in a December 27 crash that killed a cyclist, according to a Baltimore prosecutor.

Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, president and dean of Episcopal Divinity School, testified at a House hearing on March 8, 2012 against a bill that would make it a federal crime to transport minor girls without parental consent across state lines to get an abortion. (Photo: CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

“High Priestess of Abortion” to Exit Episcopal Divinity School

January 5, 2015

Katherine Ragsdale’s infamous rallying cry “abortion is a blessing” declared in front of a Birmingham, Alabama abortion clinic in 2007, raised her profile beyond Episcopal Church circles.

Pope Francis blesses Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim and her daughter in Rome following her release from prison on charges of apostasy from Islam. Photo: OSSERVATORE ROMANO / HANDOUT / EPA

IRD’s Top Church News Stories of 2014

December 30, 2014

A Sudanese woman sentenced to die for her faith, church disputes and friction between religious freedom and LGBTQ causes made news throughout 2014.

Liturgical dancers move around the baptismal font while bishops enter during the 2006 investiture service of Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori at Washington National Cathedral. The denomination has posted significant declines in baptisms since the early 2000s. (Photo: Episcopal News Service)

Episcopal Church Baptisms Dry Up

December 19, 2014

As Episcopal Church officials struggle with how to re-organize an unwieldy bureaucracy and legislative body formed for a much larger church, more bad news is dripping out.

Christian ethicist David Gushee of Mercer University (photo: Wheaton College)

Ethicist Gushee Speaks against Death Penalty at Wheaton Forum

November 24, 2014

A Christian ethicist and Evangelical Left figure recently critiqued use of the death penalty at a leading Christian college.

Muslims bow in Friday prayers at the Washington National Cathedral on November 14, 204 (Photo Credit: Washington National Cathedral)

National Cathedral Hosts Muslim Friday Prayers

November 14, 2014

For the first time, the Episcopal Church’s Washington National Cathedral has hosted a Muslim service of Friday prayers at the landmark national church.

Episcopal Diocese of Washington Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde recites prayers at the
first Way of the Cross station March 25 in Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C. Diocese of Connecticut Bishop Suffragan James Curry, left, and Connecticut Bishop Ian Douglas
listen. (Photo Credit: Mary Frances Schjonberg/ENS)

Episcopalians Chime in against Redskins, Guns

November 8, 2014

The Vikings were not the only Minnesota-originating opposition piling on the Washington Redskins last weekend.