Resignations Follow Aberdeen & Orkney Appointment

Nov 25, 2017 by

from Scottish Anglican Network:

Following the selection and appointment by four Bishops of the Scottish Episcopal Church of the Reverend Canon Anne Dyer as Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney on 9 November, there are now serious questions being asked about the process.

Following the appointment, the Rector of St Margaret’s, Aberdeen, the Very Reverend Dr Emsley Nimmo, who on account of his duty of care for the diocese immediately resigned from his role as Dean of the Diocese. The Revd Canon Ian Ferguson, Rector of Westhill Community Church also resigned from the Cathedral Chapter on Wednesday. News of these resignations has yet to be notified to the wider church.

Ian Ferguson’s resignation letter to the Primus and interim bishop states:

“Our Chapter, especially at its last meeting with you were told that you would take note and listen to the Chapter when considering the right person to become our next Bishop.

I feel that we were not listened to and neither has our own Diocese been listened to as well.

Our Diocese voted overwhelmingly against a revisionist agenda to change the marriage canon so that Same Sex Marriage would become part of the church’s understanding of marriage and that priests could register to officiate at Same Sex Weddings.

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