Homework for Dean Gary Hall

by (@JeffreyHWalton) August 8, 2013

Fogged in? Recent comments in a Washington Post profile of National Cathedral Dean Gary Hall indicated that visibility of area churches might be limited from atop Mount Saint Alban’s. (Photo Credit: The Washington Post/Getty Images) If you haven’t read it yet, Mark Tooley has a good read on Washington National Cathedral Dean Gary Hall and […]

National Cathedral Dean Slams “Filthy Enactment” of Voting Rights Ruling

by (@JeffreyHWalton) July 2, 2013

By Jeff Walton (@JeffreyHWalton) A recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court “essentially gutted” the Voting Rights Act (VRA) and recalls the infamous Fugitive Slave Act of the 1850s, according to the dean of the Washington National Cathedral. In a Sunday sermon celebrating recent Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriage and lamenting a ruling on […]

National Cathedral Celebrates Supreme Court Rulings with LGBT Service, African Drums

by (@JeffreyHWalton) June 27, 2013

By Jeff Walton (@JeffreyHWalton) Washington National Cathedral officials hosted a special service for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) persons the day of U.S. Supreme Court rulings that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and effectively overturned California’s voter-approved Proposition 8. Advertised as “a service of thanksgiving celebrating an increase in compassion and equality,” […]

National Cathedral Rings (Same-Sex) Wedding Bells

by (@JeffreyHWalton) January 9, 2013

The Dean of the Washington National Cathedral has announced that the Episcopal Church’s flagship congregation will begin solemnizing same-sex marriages immediately. The move by Cathedral Dean Gary Hall will come as a surprise to few. The Episcopal Diocese of Washington was one of the first in the church to offer blessing of same-sex unions, beginning […]

Episcopal Church: I’ve Got 99 Problems but a Priest Shortage Ain’t One

by (@JeffreyHWalton) December 27, 2012

On a Saturday morning earlier this month a gathering of 900 supporters from across the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia crowded into the main sanctuary of the Falls Church Episcopal (won from departing Anglicans in May through a court verdict). The special service celebrated nine transitional deacons ordained to the Episcopal priesthood by Bishop Shannon Johnston. […]

Interfaith Officials Call for Restricting Gun Ownership

by (@JeffreyHWalton) December 21, 2012

A gathering of religious officials from across several religious traditions called for stricter gun control measures this morning. Speaking in the Bishop’s Garden at the Washington National Cathedral, whose dean advocated gun control in a sermon this past Sunday, the officials touted their own history of gun control advocacy and rededicated their faith groups to […]

National Cathedral Dean Pledges to be “Counterweight” to Gun Lobby

by (@JeffreyHWalton) December 20, 2012

The newly-installed dean of Washington National Cathedral dove headfirst into the firearms debate on Sunday, calling upon the cathedral to be the “focal point” of gun control advocacy in a sermon about the Newtown, Connecticut school shootings. In what might be a first for the Episcopal cathedral, Dean Gary Hall’s sermon was touted in a […]

Post-Retirement, Robinson Bound for D.C.

by (@JeffreyHWalton) November 27, 2012

Religion News Service has an informative new article this week about homosexual partnered Bishop Gene Robinson and his plans after his January 5 retirement. Unsurprisingly, the New Hampshire bishop plans to relocate to Washington, D.C., where he already serves as a senior fellow with the liberal Center for American Progress. Robinson’s partner will remain in […]