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Virginia Bishop Shannon Johnston (center) presides over a same-sex blessing ceremony in November for Leslie Hague (Left) and Katie Casteel (Right).

Virginia Episcopal Bishop Conducts Same-Sex Blessing

December 4, 2013

One year after Shannon Johnston authorized the blessing of same-sex unions in the Diocese of Virginia, the Episcopal Church Bishop has presided over a ceremony for a clergywoman in the diocese.


Episcopal Bishop: Reflect “Divine Glory in Fully Alive-ness” on Climate Activism

May 3, 2013

By Jeff Walton (@JeffreyHWalton) The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church encouraged a church climate change gathering to stand firm “in the face of those who would destroy God’s reflection in creation.” Bishop Katharine…


Bishop Spong’s “Non-Literal” Good Friday

April 2, 2013

Follow Jeff Walton on Twitter. Less than a month after sponsoring an event for Virginia Episcopal clergy featuring a speaker who denies both the afterlife and unique divinity of Christ, Bishop Shannon Johnston of…


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

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…


Historic Virginia Congregation to Begin Same-Sex Blessings

November 8, 2012

A historic Episcopal parish that counts President George Washington and Confederate General Robert E. Lee among its past congregants will soon begin performing same-gender blessings. Rector Pierce Klemmt of Christ Church in Old Town…