THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF FORT WORTH
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The Rt. Rev. Jack Leo Iker, Bishop

     
         
  OCTOBER 31, 2003 — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE      
           
 

Response to Expected Consecration in New Hampshire

   
   

FORT WORTH, Texas – Despite vigorous appeals from orthodox Anglicans around the world, it now appears certain that the Rev. V. Gene Robinson, a divorced, sexually active homosexual, will be consecrated Bishop Coadjutor of the Diocese of New Hampshire on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2003.

This act, should it occur, will be the occasion of division and hurt in Christ’s Church and cannot be ignored. For this reason, the Rt. Rev. Jack Leo Iker, Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Worth, will issue a brief statement on Sunday evening from himself and the Standing Committee of the diocese. Many other statements of response and reaction are expected to be issued by Christian leaders in the days ahead. However, it will be the policy of the leadership and officers of this diocese not to issue further comment in response to the statements or actions of others.

Instead, we will reserve further response until Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003, when the clergy and elected lay leaders of the diocese are scheduled to gather in plenary session at our 21st annual Diocesan Convention. Visitors and members of the press are invited to attend this open meeting. Members of the press who are unable to attend may contact the diocesan Communications Officer for a summary of the Convention’s business.

The business meeting of the 21st annual convention of the Diocese of Fort Worth will convene at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Will Rogers Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The meeting will adjourn in the afternoon at the conclusion of all business.

Additional information is available from the diocesan Web site at www.fwepiscopal.org, or contact the Communications Officer with questions.

The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth consists of 56 congregations serving 24 north central Texas counties. The major cities in the diocese include Fort Worth, Arlington, Hurst-Euless-Bedford, Wichita Falls, Grand Prairie, Richland Hills, Brownwood, and Stephenville. The Rt. Rev. Jack L. Iker has served as the third Diocesan Bishop of Fort Worth since 1995. The diocese enjoys companion relationships with the Dioceses of Northern Malawi and Northern Mexico.

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Contact: Suzanne Gill
Communications Officer
Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth
817-244-2885 ext. 11
sgill@fwepiscopal.org

     
           
   
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