Friday, February 27, 2009

Episcopalians Elect Ordained Zen Buddhist as ECUSA Bishop

Northern Michigan's Episcopal congregations and delegates overwhelmingly elected the Rev. Kevin Thew Forrester at their convention on Saturday [2/21/09].

-- From "New Episcopal Bishop Is A Zen Buddhist" Associated Press 2/24/09

The diocesan Web site says Thew Forrester "has practiced Zen meditation for almost a decade," and the Buddhist community welcomed his commitment by granting him "lay ordination."

-- From "Northern Michigan Elects ‘Christian-Buddhist’ Bishop" The Living Church News Service (Anglican) 2/23/09

Fr. Forrester, the only candidate on the slate, was elected on the first ballot, receiving 88 percent of delegate votes and 91 percent of congregational votes, according to a diocesan news release.

The bishop-elect has served the diocese since 2001 as its ministry development coordinator and more recently as rector of St. Paul’s Church, Marquette, and St. John’s, Negaunee.

Assuming sufficient consents are received from a majority of standing committees and bishops with jurisdiction, Fr. Forrester will be consecrated Oct. 17 in Marquette.