Wednesday, February 9, 2011

ATLANTA: Bishop says he'll return to teaching

From ENS-

Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta Bishop J. Neil Alexander has announced he plans to step aside next year after 11 years to join the faculty of Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta.

According to a story posted Feb. 8 on the diocesan website, Alexander, 57, told the diocesan Standing Committee and clergy of his intentions Feb. 7. The bishop intends to resign upon the ordination and consecration of his successor.

"I believe it is reasonable to expect an election in the spring of 2012 and the ordination of the next bishop of Atlanta late that summer or early in the fall," he wrote in a letter to clergy of the diocese.

The bishop's move will return him to the academic life he left when he was elected 10 years ago as the ninth bishop of Atlanta. Alexander served at the General Theological Seminary and the School of Theology at the University of the South, both Episcopal Church-affiliated seminaries, during that time.

"I am richly blessed," he said in the diocesan news story. "These years in the Diocese of Atlanta have been a wonderful season in my vocation."

At Emory, his primary duties will be as a professor of liturgy, focusing on the practical disciplines of ministry: liturgy, preaching and pastoral theology. He also will direct Candler's Anglican-Episcopal Studies program.

The Rev. Dena Bearl, rector of Grace-Calvary Church, Clarkesville, and president of the Standing Committee, said: "We give thanks to God for having provided this diocese with such a capable and dedicated bishop. Bishop Alexander has fulfilled his vows as bishop with great devotion to the church."

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