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Episcopal Church and alcohol abuse

After the recent well publicized death of Thomas Palermo in a hit and run by former bishop Heather Cook while under the influence of alcohol, the church asked General Convention to address the policy on the use of alcohol. Last revised in 1985, the convention issued A158, a new policy that churches might consider. The convention also strengthened background checks on aspirants, postulants and ordinands to discern issues around use of substances that might impair clergy and called upon churches and […]

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Priest arrested for DUI

Officers allegedly found the open container of Absolut on the center console, as well as vodka inside a water bottle, 31 Lorazepam pills prescribed in someone else’s name, and 22 packets of Tramadol, a high-potency pain killer. Cops also said she failed a field sobriety test.

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Letter from President Jennings on the death of Tom Palermo

The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, President of the House of Deputies, has written a letter addressed to deputies and alternate deputies about different actions the Church has decided to take following Tom Palermo’s death.

The letter is reprinted below, from the House of Deputies website:

A Letter from President Jennings: The Death of Thomas Palermo
February 9, 2015

Dear Deputies and Alternate Deputies:

Like many of you, I was deeply saddened by the news that bicyclist Thomas Palermo had died on December 27 after he was […]

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Alcohol and the Episcopal Church: Updated

In the past few days, a number of commentators have begun to wrestle with some of the questions raised by the sad case of Heather Cook and Thomas Palermo in Baltimore, Maryland.

In today’s Speaking to the Soul, the Revd William Doubleday reflects on these questions through the lens of his experiences as hospital chaplain, pastor, church historian, and educator.

On the blog Angels in the Alley, the Revd Dr Hilary Smith posts with the subtitle, “I Never Felt Peer Pressure to Drink Until I Joined the […]

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