Virginia Episcopal Bishop Conducts Same-Sex Blessing

by (@JeffreyHWalton) 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

by (@JeffreyHWalton) 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 Jefferts Schori’s words came as Swedish Lutherans and American Episcopalians entered into an agreement on climate change in which the two […]

Bishop Spong’s “Non-Literal” Good Friday

by (@JeffreyHWalton) 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 the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia has presided over a service featuring a similarly controversial figure. In a Good Friday service at […]

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. […]

Historic Virginia Congregation to Begin Same-Sex Blessings

by (@JeffreyHWalton) 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 Alexandria, Virginia revealed in an October 26 e-mail that Bishop Shannon Johnston has granted the parish’s request to begin using the […]