Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota Flips on Same-Sex Marriage

Jan 16, 2021 by

by Jeffrey Walton, Juicy Ecumenism:

Another Episcopal Church diocese appears poised to enact same-sex marriage rites following the announcement of a change in leadership.

The Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota will be led by retired Bishop of Vermont Thomas Ely, a long-standing advocate of same-sex marriage rites. Ely will serve first as Assisting Bishop and, following an expected vote of approval by the diocesan convention on February 6, as Provisional Bishop according to a January 2 announcement made by the diocesan standing committee. Ely will be the only nominee on the ballot. Provisional Bishops are customarily retired diocesan bishops that serve in a transitional capacity until a new diocesan can be elected.

According to the diocesan newsletter The Sheaf, Ely was asked to interview for the position by Bishop Todd Ousley, who serves on Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s staff.

“I’m a person who tries to be open to the working of the Holy Spirit, even when she confuses me with unexpected invitations,” Ely said in an Epiphany video greeting to the diocese. “As I prayed about this and talked with members of the interview team, my discernment became clear.”

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