Episcopal Bishop announces retirement
The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia held its 216th annual Council in Reston over the weekend.
In his pastoral address, The Right Reverend Shannon Johnston, Bishop of Virginia, mentioned the continuing litigation with congregations that left the diocese. A court decision favorable to the diocese is now in appeal. The Bishop, noting the cost of litigation, said an appropriate settlement is being pursued.
Johnston: But at no time has there ever been a proposal that was one that we would be willing to accept. But as our Chancellor, Russ Palmore said, it has to be a reasonable settlement and reasonableness goes both ways.
One of the issues of contention is same-sex blessings.
Johnston: The Council passed a resolution that urged the bishop to issue guidelines for a generous pastoral response to same-sex couples in our diocese. There are faithful parishes on both sides of this issue, and the bishop is very clear and committed to being the bishop to the whole diocese.
The Right Reverend David Jones, the well-liked Bishop Sufragan of the Diocese for the past 17 years, announced that he will retire at next year’s Council.
Jones: The election for a sufragen will occur in April of 2012.
John Ogle, WCVE News