Magazine article Anglican Journal

Buckle a Welcome Visitor in Alaska

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Buckle a Welcome Visitor in Alaska

Article excerpt

While questions of alternate episcopal oversight--bishops ministering to disgruntled parishes in dioceses that are not their own--continue to plague the church, a conservative Canadian bishop has been invited to oversee a parish in Alaska that disagrees with the election of a gay bishop in the U.S. church.

The Canadian bishop involved--Terrence Buckle of the Yukon--was recently involved in another alternate episcopal oversight controversy, but the Alaska situation has so far been marked by an absence of open conflict.

On May 2, Bishop Buckle performed a confirmation and an ordination at All Saints' church, Anchorage, with the permission of Bishop Mark MacDonald of Alaska.

Last November, Rev. James Basinger, rector of All Saints', met with Bishop MacDonald. Three months before, the bishop and the Alaskan delegation had voted at the Episcopal Church of the United States' General Convention to approve the election of Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire. A poll of All Saints' leaders showed most were in favour of seeking out another bishop, said Mr. Basinger.

Bishop MacDonald, who is on sabbatical, was agreeable, said the parish priest. …

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