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Maryland’s new assistant bishop: The perspective of a “recovering person”

Maryland’s new assistant bishop: The perspective of a “recovering person”

WMAR-ABC in Baltimore is among news outlets now reporting on the Right Reverend Chilton Knudsen, the assistant bishop chosen to succeed Heather Cook in the Diocese of Maryland, and her particular perspective as a recovering alcoholic.

“Her recovery is central to her ministry,” says the report, which includes an interview with Dan Webster, diocese spokesperson, who says, “we have a lot to learn around these issues, and she’s going to really help us do that.”

“One of my commitments is to promote a clear understanding that addiction can cause people to do very terrible things,” Knudsen said.  “But addiction by itself is not an indicator of moral inferiority.”

While her experience may be similar to Cook’s, Knudsen is very open about her recovery, and is extremely active turning that part of her life into a way to inspire others.  She thinks it will be a strength in her new role.

“I bring the perspective that I have as a recovering person, but also a palette of other experience and expertise, all of which is informed by the spiritual disciplines of recovery,” Knudsen said.

More on the bishop’s appointment on Episcopal Cafe is here.

More media coverage of Knudsen’s ministry and recovery:

CBS in Baltimore

Posted by Cara Ellen Modisett


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May God Bless your every Path and keep you in the Light.

May He keep us All as His Children of The Light.

Peace & Love,

Gwen LaRose
Chapel of the Cross
Madison, MS 39110

Deacon Tom Runge

Congratulations Bishop Chilton. You are an amazing lady and a true leader. I’m sure the Diocese of Maryland will love you as we did in the Diocese of Lexington.

Deacon Tom Runge

Congratulations Bishop Chilton. You are an amazing lady and a true leader. I’m sure the Diocese of Maryland will love you as much as much as we did in the Diocese of Lexington.

Donald R. Hands

As a priest and psychologist who has worked with clergy substance abusers, I know they are powerless over alcohol but not helpless to use every means necessary, spiritual and temporal, to make sure they don’t reach for the first drink or hit. One powerful tool is frequent random urine screens whose results are shared with employers. I am surprised that this was not apparently done with the former Ass’t Bishop. I know Bishop Knudsen and she is a great choice and asset.

Margaret Shannon

I had the good fortune and great blessing to work as a legislative assistant and speechwriter for Sen. Harold E. Hughes (D-IA), a charismatic three-term governor of Iowa and a recovering alcoholic truck driver! It is because of him the NEH National Institute on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse exists. It is because of his openness (rare in the 1960s and 1970s) that, one by one, most, if not all, of the senators who had severe alcoholic problems during his tenure (1969-1975) went into recovery. Because of what I learned from him, I have been able to help friends onto he path of recovery. To learn more, get (EBay!) The Man from Ida Grove (in PB, The Honorable Alcoholic). Bishop Knudsen will be a tremendous asset in real and honest dealings with the rampant and endemic illness of alcoholism.

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