DALLAS: Diocese Elects Orthodox Anglican to be next Bishop DALLAS: Diocese Elects Orthodox Anglican to be next Bishop Canon George Sumner opposes same-sex marriage Theology cannot follow the dictates of the surrounding culture, he says By David W. Virtue DD www.virtueonline.org May 17, 2015 A self-described “conservative Episcopalian” on the issue of same-sex marriage, the Rev. Canon George Sumner has been chosen to lead the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas following the retirement of Bishop James Stanton. He will become its 7th bishop. Sumner was chosen bishop-elect of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas after 77 votes from clergy and 107 votes from laity on the fourth ballot during a Special Convention on May 16, 2015 held at the Episcopal School of Dallas. Sumner, 60, is currently the Principal of Wycliffe College in Toronto, Canada, and was one of four nominees on the ballot. “I am humbled and grateful to God for my election,” Sumner said. “It will be a great privilege to share in the ministry Christ has given us all together in the Diocese of Dallas. I would like to express my appreciation for my fellow candidates and the remarkable transition team. I ask for your prayers and help in the days to come.” Canon Sumner, an American, is currently Helliwell Professor of World Mission and principal of Wycliffe College, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Anglican Diocese of Toronto). He has also served in Africa and the Navajoland. From 2008-2011 as member of the Episcopal Church Committee on the Theology of Marriage he debated the conservative side of the marriage question because he believed as a “loyal churchman” to take part in deliberations which resulted in the House of Bishops document: “Same-Sex Relationships in the Life of the Church.” He helped pen the conservative traditionalist viewpoint “Same-Sex Marriage and Anglican Theology” along with John E. Goldingay, Fuller Theological Seminary; Grant R. LeMarquand, Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry; and Daniel A. Westberg, Nashotah House. The progressive liberal perspective “A Theology of Marriage including Same-Sex Couples” was authored by Deirdre J. Good, General Theological Seminary; Cynthia B. Kittredge, Seminary of the Southwest; Eugene F. Rogers, University of North Carolina, Greensboro; and Willis J. Jenkins, Yale Divinity School. However he is committed to seeing that the Diocese of Dallas has an open door to “everyone” and an open door to “gay and lesbian Episcopalians” and an open door for “gay and lesbian people who are searching for God.” “The Gospel applies to everyone,” he said. “And that is incumbent upon people who are of the more conservative opinion to say.” However for reasons of conscience and theology, as bishop, he could not approve of same-sex blessings or same-sex marriage under any circumstance. “The theology of the church and the view of society do not always coincide” he said, however he explains that the church must be cognizant of societal norms and think about them while listening sympathetically as a part of the goal of evangelizing the Gospel message in the world while realizing that theology cannot follow the dictates of the surrounding culture. Sumner holds a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College, a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and a Ph.D., in theology from Yale University. He is married to wife, Stephanie, and has two children. The Rev. Dr. Robert Munday has known the bishop-elect for a number of years and speaks highly of him. [This is] good news about George Sumner winning election as Bishop of Dallas on the fourth ballot. “George is a fine scholar with a pastoral heart who will make an excellent bishop,” he told VOL. The election must also be approved through a majority of consents from the bishops and standing committees of the dioceses in The Episcopal Church. If Sumner receives the majority of consents, he will be consecrated as bishop on Nov. 14. Bishop Suffragan Paul E. Lambert has been serving as bishop pro-tem since Bishop James Stanton retired May 2014 after serving 21 years.

Canon George Sumner opposes same-sex marriage
Theology cannot follow the dictates of the surrounding culture, he says

By David W. Virtue DD
www.virtueonline.org

A self-described “conservative Episcopalian” on the issue of same-sex marriage, the Rev. Canon George Sumner has been chosen to lead the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas following the retirement of Bishop James Stanton. He will become its 7th bishop.

Sumner was chosen bishop-elect of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas after 77 votes from clergy and 107 votes from laity on the fourth ballot during a Special Convention on May 16, 2015 held at the Episcopal School of Dallas. Sumner, 60, is currently the Principal of Wycliffe College in Toronto, Canada, and was one of four nominees on the ballot.

“I am humbled and grateful to God for my election,” Sumner said. “It will be a great privilege to share in the ministry Christ has given us all together in the Diocese of Dallas. I would like to express my appreciation for my fellow candidates and the remarkable transition team. I ask for your prayers and help in the days to come.”

Canon Sumner, an American, is currently Helliwell Professor of World Mission and principal of Wycliffe College, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Anglican Diocese of Toronto). He has also served in Africa and the Navajoland.

From 2008-2011 as member of the Episcopal Church Committee on the Theology of Marriage he debated the conservative side of the marriage question because he believed as a “loyal churchman” to take part in deliberations which resulted in the House of Bishops document: “Same-Sex Relationships in the Life of the Church.”

He helped pen the conservative traditionalist viewpoint “Same-Sex Marriage and Anglican Theology” along with John E. Goldingay, Fuller Theological Seminary; Grant R. LeMarquand, Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry; and Daniel A. Westberg, Nashotah House. The progressive liberal perspective “A Theology of Marriage including Same-Sex Couples” was authored by Deirdre J. Good, General Theological Seminary; Cynthia B. Kittredge, Seminary of the Southwest; Eugene F. Rogers, University of North Carolina, Greensboro; and Willis J. Jenkins, Yale Divinity School. However he is committed to seeing that the Diocese of Dallas has an open door to “everyone” and an open door to “gay and lesbian Episcopalians” and an open door for “gay and lesbian people who are searching for God.”

“The Gospel applies to everyone,” he said. “And that is incumbent upon people who are of the more conservative opinion to say.”

However for reasons of conscience and theology, as bishop, he could not approve of same-sex blessings or same-sex marriage under any circumstance.

“The theology of the church and the view of society do not always coincide” he said, however he explains that the church must be cognizant of societal norms and think about them while listening sympathetically as a part of the goal of evangelizing the Gospel message in the world while realizing that theology cannot follow the dictates of the surrounding culture.

Sumner holds a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College, a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and a Ph.D., in theology from Yale University. He is married to wife, Stephanie, and has two children.

The Rev. Dr. Robert Munday has known the bishop-elect for a number of years and speaks highly of him. [This is] good news about George Sumner winning election as Bishop of Dallas on the fourth ballot. “George is a fine scholar with a pastoral heart who will make an excellent bishop,” he told VOL.

The election must also be approved through a majority of consents from the bishops and standing committees of the dioceses in The Episcopal Church. If Sumner receives the majority of consents, he will be consecrated as bishop on Nov. 14.

Bishop Suffragan Paul E. Lambert has been serving as bishop pro-tem since Bishop James Stanton retired May 2014 after serving 21 years.

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