Saturday, August 4, 2018

Episcopal bishop retired to Abilene pens book that addresses church challenges

From Texas-

As a retired rector and bishop in the Episcopal Church, Claude Payne naturally is concerned about the decline in church attention among most mainstream denominations.

He’s not alone.

Plenty of current bishops, ministers and other church leaders are worried about the same thing. Payne offers an approach to perhaps reversing that trend with a new book, “Reclaiming Christianity,” which was released by Forward Movement during the Episcopal Church’s triennial General Convention held in Austin in July. The book went on sale to the public Wednesday and is available for $15 on

Payne and his wife, Barbara, both grew up in Abilene and live here in retirement. Payne was rector of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston before becoming bishop of Texas in 1995. He participated in the April 21 funeral of former First Lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin’s.

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