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Push in US for third ‘gay’ bishop: The Church of England Newspaper, April 16, 2010 p 7. April 23, 2010

Posted by geoconger in Anglican Church of Canada, Church of England Newspaper, Human Sexuality --- The gay issue, Southern Ohio, Utah.
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Bishop Thomas Breidenthal of Southern Ohio waiting to address the House of Bishops

First published in The Church of England Newspaper.

The ‘gay agenda’ in the US and Canada continues to pick up steam, as approval for gay blessings spreads and another diocese shortlists a gay priest to stand for election as bishop.

At its 93rd annual synod the Diocese of British Columbia adopted a resolution authorizing same-sex blessings. While the focus of last month’s meeting was on closing 19 of its 52 congregations in response to a drastic decline in membership, the synod also approved a motion requesting Bishop James Cowan “grant permission for clergy whose conscience permits to bless duly solemnized and registered civil marriages between same-sex couples, where one party is baptized,” and further asked him to authorize rites for gay marriage.

Last month’s vote reverses the decision taken at the 2008 British Columbia synod not to “entertain motions related to the approval of same-sex unions until the matter has been considered and decided upon by General Synod.” The Canadian General Synod is expected to take up the matter at its June meeting in Halifax.

On April 10, the Diocese of Southern Ohio celebrated its first official same-sex blessing, when Michael Harbin (56) and Warren MacPherson (59) exchanged vows at St. Stephen’s Episcopal

The next day two women exchanged vows at Church of Our Saviour in Cincinnati. For the Church of Our Saviour congregation, where the two women are “a wonderful presence and a blessing to the community” because of their active involvement and ministries, the blessing was a time of great joy and celebration, said the Rev. Paula Jackson, rector, who officiated at the Spanish-English bilingual service.

“It was an evangelical moment,” the Rev. Paula Jackson told the Episcopal News Service. The two women were “deeply moved by the blessing. They are people who believe in God but who have been hurt by the church and who are not in church. But they were grateful that the Episcopal Church recognized and blessed godly unions.”

At the diocese’s November convention the Rt. Rev. Thomas Breidenthal announced he would lift the ban on same-sex blessings after Easter. The bishop told the convention that the decision by General Convention last July to lift the ban on same-sex blessings and gay clergy permitted the diocese to proceed.

On April 9 the Diocese of Utah announced that four candidates had been short listed to stand for election as bishop on May 22. Among the four is Canon Michael Barlowe, canon for congregational ministries of the Diocese of California.

A partnered gay priest, Canon Barlowe has had two previous runs for episcopal office in the dioceses of Newark and California. If elected, he would be the church’s third openly gay bishop.

Concerns over the fallout of electing further gay bishops in contravention to the requests of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the primates, and the Anglican Consultative Council is slight among American church leaders.

At a press conference held at the close of last month’s House of Bishops meeting in Texas, The Church of England Newspaper asked whether the bishops had discussed the election of Canon Mary Glasspool as suffragan bishop of Los Angeles, or the Archbishop of Canterbury’s letter warning of consequences for this action.

The Rt. Rev. Kenneth Price, interim Bishop of Pittsburgh, said there had been no discussion, as this had not been on the agenda and had “not come up” in the bishops’ conversations.

Bishop caught in prostitution sting in USA: CEN 10.09.09 p 8. October 23, 2009

Posted by geoconger in Church of England Newspaper, Church of Nigeria, Crime, Southern Ohio.
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A former Nigerian bishop serving in the Episcopal Church has been arrested for soliciting the services of a prostitute.

On Oct 1 the Rt. Rev. Benjamin Omosebi was arrested by police in Ohio for offering $15 to have sexual relations with a prostitute. He was released from jail shortly after posting bond and will appear before a magistrate on the misdemeanor charge on Oct 16.

A spokesman for the Diocese of Southern Ohio, Richelle Thompson, told The Church of England Newspaper that Bishop Omosebi held a license to officiate as a supply priest in the diocese. The license had been suspended pending the judicial proceedings, Ms. Thompson said. However, for several years Bishop Omosebi had conducted Episcopal visitations on behalf of the Bishop of Southern Ohio across the diocese.

A spokesman for Convocation of Anglican Churches in North America (CANA) told CEN Bishop Omosebi left the Church of Nigeria in 1998 when he immigrated to the United States and was not currently affiliated with CANA or the Church of Nigeria. From 1990 to 1998 Bishop Omosebi served as Bishop of Kano in Nigeria’s Plateau State.

Spokesmen for the Church of Nigeria in Abuja declined to comment on the allegations.

The Bishop of Southern Ohio: TLC 7.14.09 July 15, 2009

Posted by geoconger in 76th General Convention, Anglican Album (Photos), Living Church, Southern Ohio.
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Bishop Thomas Breidenthal of Southern Ohio waits to speak during the House of Bishops' July 13 debate on Resolution D025.

Bishop Thomas Breidenthal of Southern Ohio waits to speak during the House of Bishops' July 13 debate on Resolution D025.