Saturday, February 7, 2009

Fort Worth-area Episcopalians elect provisional bishop

From the Ft. Worth Star Telegram-

Delegates of a convention reorganizing Fort Worth's Episcopal diocese elected the Rev. Edwin F. "Ted" Gulick Jr. as their provisional bishop on Saturday afternoon.

During the convention at Trinity Episcopal Church, 80 of 81 lay and clergy delegates voted in favor of Gulick. One delegate abstained.

Gulick, 60, has a master of divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary. He will serve Fort Worth part time and continue to serve as the bishop of the Diocese of Kentucky.

The election of Gulick as a temporary bishop was the latest development in a bitter split between two groups in the diocese.

Earlier Saturday, in a sermon to area Episcopalians, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori told those gathered, "Your task is to avoid any response that looks like revenge.

"I want you to be thinking about how to practice peace even if you have to bite your tongue or count to 10," she said in a sermon at Fort Worth's All Saints' Episcopal Church.

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