Episcopal presiding bishop-elect plans simpler installation, citing ‘carbon footprint’

by | Jul 1, 2024 | Religion

(RNS) — Bishop Sean Rowe, elected Wednesday (June 26) to be the Episcopal Church’s next presiding bishop, has decided to be installed in New York in a reduced version of the traditionally elaborate ceremony for the denomination’s transition of power.In an announcement issued Friday (June 28), Rowe said his Nov. 2 installation will take place in the chapel of the church’s headquarters on Second Avenue in Manhattan instead of under the gothic arches of the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. 
“With gratitude to all involved, I have decided to begin this ministry in a new way,” Rowe said in his announcement. “With a simple service at the Church Center that will include everyone via livestream, we can care for God’s creation by reducing our collective carbon footprint.”
Rowe, 49, whose nine-year term succeeding Bishop Michael Curry officially begins Nov. 1, said he and the committees involved in the planning determined that he will be seated in later months at the cathedral.
“We in the Episcopal Diocese of Washington and Washington National Cathedral wholeheartedly support Presiding Bishop-elect Rowe in his desire for an installation experience that is accessible to all and wisely stewards technologies that are available to us,” said Washington Episcopal Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde, in a statement in response. “We look forward to the day of his seating at the cathedral, and we will celebrate that occasion with great joy.”
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“With gratitude to all involved, I have decided to begin this ministry in a new way,” Rowe said in his announcement. “With a simple service at the Church Center that will include everyone via livestream, we can care for God’s creation by reducing our collective carbon footprint.”
Rowe, 49, whose nine-year term succeeding Bishop Michael Curry officially begins Nov. 1, said he and the committees involved in the planning determined that he will be seated in later months at the cathedral.
“We in the Episcopal Diocese of Washington and Washington National Cathedral wholeheartedly support Presiding Bishop-elect Rowe in his desire for an installation experience that is accessible to all and wisely stewards technologies that are available to us,” said Washington Episcopal Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde, in a statement in response. “We look forward to the day of his seating at the cathedral, and we will celebrate that occasion with great joy.”
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