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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

An announcement from Bonnie Anderson, President of the Episcopal Church House of Deputies

The Episcopal Church
Office of Public Affairs
May 23, 2012 (All day)
Episcopal Church House of Deputies Bonnie Anderson has issued the following letter to Deputies and First Alternates.
The following is the text of the letter:

May 23, 2012

Dear Deputies and First Alternates,

I write to you for two reasons:  to thank you for your support, friendship, prayers, challenges, brilliance and love that has inspired and humbled me during these 6 years and second, to let you know that I do not plan to stand for election as President of the House of Deputies for another term.

The reason I am not seeking re-election is a simple one: I want to spend more time with my family. My husband, Glen, is retired. I want to be with him more. Our amazing son, Justin, lives with us and reminds us every single day, by his very existence, that God is a generous miracle maker. I want to celebrate Justin’s life by being with him every day. I want to bake cakes with my grandchildren and go to all their band concerts, soccer games and school plays. I want to have leisurely phone conversations with my daughters. You get the picture.
By tomorrow, you will receive information on the process for electing a President and Vice President while we are in Indianapolis...
(full text at link)

Later in the day Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori wrote,

"I am grateful for the service Bonnie Anderson has given to The Episcopal Church over many, many years. She has been tireless in her advocacy for lay persons in the life and governance of this Church--a distinctive part of our identity. I understand something of the personal cost of her ministry, and pray that her retirement from this office will be a source of deep blessing for her and her family. Well done, good and faithful servant."

1 comment:

  1. This is a Very Big Deal. It's akin to the U.S. Speaker of the House deciding not to stand for re-election despite a likely majority. The President of the House of Deputies guides one of the two legislative houses during General Convention and has a great deal of power and influence between our every-three-year General Convention.

    So far, one person -- the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings (of Ohio) -- has expressed her willingness to stand for election. You can read the news story at or


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