Hold Kentucky Bishop Terry Allen White Accountable for the Forced Resignation of Reverend Jonathan Erdman
On December 23, 2015, Reverend Jonathan Erdman, Rector of Calvary Church in Louisville, Kentucky, informed his congregation that he was resigning his position at the church effective January 10, 2016. The vestry of his parish had been trying to force him to leave since the Episcopal Church authorized priests to perform gay weddings and Father Jonathan informed his church that he could not in good conscience do so, nor could he allow same-sex blessings to take place in his parish.
When the General Convention of the Episcopal Church decided to allow gay marriages, it also stipulated in an approved resolution that it would honor theological diversity, and specifically: "that no bishop, priest, deacon or lay person should be coerced or penalized in any manner, nor suffer any canonical disabilities, as a result of his or her theological objection to or support for the 78th General Convention's action contained in this resolution."
It was left to the bishops to enforce this resolution in their respective dioceses; however, Bishop Terry Allen White of Kentucky not only did not enforce this resolution, he was complicit in the forced resignation of Reverend Jonathan Erdman from his position as rector of Calvary Church over the gay marriage issue. The persecution and removal of a faithful parish rector over his stance on gay marriage is against the canons of the Episcopal Church and the aforementioned resolution adopted by General Convention. The inaction and complicity of Bishop Terry Allen White in the issues resulting in the resignation of Reverend Jonathan Erdman have no doubt betrayed the trust of the Episcopal Church USA in fostering an atmosphere of theological diversity.
Reverend Jonathan Erdman's resignation letter can be found here: http://myemail.constantcontact.com/From-the-Rector.html?soid=11182630533...
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Petition to: Bishop Michael Curry - Episcopal Church USA