Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Fort Worth Episcopal group to elect temporary bishop

From the Ft. Worth Star Telegram-

A convention to reorganize the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth — including election of a temporary bishop — is scheduled for Saturday, the latest move in a heated dispute between two factions in the diocese.

A majority of delegates in the Fort Worth Diocese voted in November — behind the urging of Bishop Jack Iker — to separate from the more liberal Episcopal Church, which has members in the United States, Canada and several other countries.

Delegates who will meet Saturday did not support the decision and say the convention will be to reform what they say is the true Fort Worth Diocese.

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori of the Episcopal Church will come to Fort Worth for the convention to recommend the Rt. Rev. Edwin F. "Ted" Gulick Jr. as provisional bishop. If delegates elect him, he will be installed at the meeting. A permanent bishop is expected to be elected in one or two years, organizers said.

Iker and others who left the Episcopal Church oppose the convention. On Jan. 8, Iker sent Schori a letter saying he objected to her planned visit and urged her "not to bring further discord."


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