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    New Episcopal Chaplain a Role Model

    By Rich Barlow, BU Today - November 18, 2011

    You probably aren’t aware that November 20 is the national Transgender Day of Remembrance. Cameron Partridge is. The observance began after the 1998 murder of a transgendered Boston woman.

    November 20 also happens to be Partridge’s birthday (he turns 38 this year), and BU’s new Episcopal minister, the University’s first openly transgendered chaplain, once shuddered at a birthday that reminded him both about his own mortality “and that you could be killed.” [Read Full Story]

    Photo by Kalman Zabarsky


    Walter C. Righter dies; Episcopal bishop played role in gay rights in church

    By Josef Kuhn, Washington Post - September 12, 2011

    Walter C. Righter, an Episcopal bishop whose victory in a 1996 heresy trial played a key role in the push for gay rights in the church, died Sept. 11 at his home in Export, Pa. He was 87.

    He died of heart and lung ailments, said his wife, the former Nancy Tolbert. [Read Full Story]

    Photo by Rodney Curtis, Associated Press


    US bishop ends ban on blessing of same-sex couples - June 9, 2011

    By Riazat Butt

    A bishop in the US Episcopal church has authorised the use of blessings for same-sex couples, breaking a ban on one of the most divisive issues affecting the Anglican communion.

    Chester Talton, from the diocese of San Joaquin, in California, has told clergy they may perform blessings of "same-gender civil marriages, domestic partnerships and relationships which are lifelong committed relationships characterised by fidelity, monogamy, mutual affection and respect [and] careful, honest communication". [Read Full Story]

    Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images


    Episcopal AIDS ministries evolve along with the epidemic

    Episcopal News Service - May 9, 2011

    By Sharon Sheridan

    Bruce Garner says his spiritual life was profoundly changed during an AIDS healing service in 1986 at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.

    "I felt the presence of God so strongly it was like I could reach out and physically touch the Holy Spirit," the Atlanta resident recalled. "As I watched people go up to the altar rail to be anointed, every one of them walked as though they had the weight of the cathedral on their shoulders."

    Returning to their seats afterward, "their faces had lighted up. They were standing straight, and you could tell that they had been healed. They had not been cured, they had been healed, and that was a very important point in my life."

    The service occurred during an Episcopal Church-sponsored conference, the first national AIDS-related faith gathering ever, Garner said. About 300 people involved in HIV/AIDS ministry attended. [Read Full Story]


    Episcopal Head Talks Conflict, Diversity, Immigration