Thursday, September 15, 2011
TEC HOD VEEP & C-FL BP
This entry is about three TEC clergymen that I have known personally -- two who made ecclesiastical news by their presence and one by his absence today. The Very Rev H. Scott Kirby, Dean of the Cathedral in the TEC Diocese of Eau Claire, was named today as the interim Vice President of the TEC House of Deputies by Bonnie Anderson President of the HOD. I served with Scott on the TEC HOD Evangelism Committee at GC-1994 in Indianapolis and he was an active supporter of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew when I worked for the Brotherhood in the 1980s and early 1990s. He is a very nice man.
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And the Rev. Gregory Brewer, rector of Calvary/St. George's in NYC today was listed as a candidate to become Bishop Co-Adjutor in the TEC Diocese of Central Florida. He is one of a slate of seven. Six of the seven are currently priests in Central Florida and Greg served as a rector in Central Florida until he was called to TSM in about 1990. It's interesting that all are "in house candidates" although Greg is 20 years removed and many members of the current Diocese of Central Florida probably don't know him. Greg and his family worshiped at Church of the Savior in Ambridge as did the Wilson family and he was on staff at TSM along with Gale and was my professor of liturgics while I was in seminary. I can't help but wonder how an election next March in TEC-Pgh with seven "in house candidates" would turn out? You know, they might have to include a part timer or two to get a full slate.
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And the newsmaker by absence is none other than TEC-Pgh priest, Dr. Jim Simons, DMin. When the Rev. Brian Pryor was elected a bishop and had to resign as HOD Veep and Bonnie Anderson announced she would appoint a replacement some time within a year of GC-2012, I had predicted that it would be none other than, you guessed it, Dr. Jim who would wrangle the appointment. I was wrong, it was Scott Kirby who was named.
What I hadn't realized, however, was, as a condition of appointment, the interim has agreed not to stand for election as the permanent Veep at GC-2012.
My new prediction is, as sure as the sun rises in the East, that good old Dr. Jim will run for the permanent Veep slot at GC-2012 . Mark my words and remember, you heard it here first!