News for Week Ending 5/28/2012
Anderson not running for re-election as HoD presidentIn a surprise move, President of the House of Deputies Bonnie Anderson announced in a May 23, 2012, letter that she will not stand for re-election at the upcoming General Convention. She was first elected in 2006, replacing the Rev. Canon George Werner. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori issued a statement the same day expressing gratitude for “the service Bonnie Anderson has given to The Episcopal Church over many, many years.” Anderson has set out the schedule for filling the offices of president and vice-president of the House of Deputies. (The latter office is now vacant.)
Anderson has maintained a high profile as President of the House of Deputies and has often clashed with Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori. In an article from The Living Church, Derek Olsen suggests that conflict between the leaders of the two houses of the General Convention is inherent in the polity of The Episcopal Church.