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|Bishop Mark Beckwith, Diocese of Newark
Mark Beckwith was elected the 10th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark in September 2006 and consecrated in January 2007. Prior to his election, Mark was Rector of All Saints Church, Worcester, Massachusetts, in the Diocese of Western Massachusetts since 1993.He also served as Associate Rector of St. Peter’s, Morristown and Rector of Christ Church, Hackensack.
Mark is a 1973 graduate of Amherst College, and a 1978 graduate of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. While in the Diocese of Newark, Mark was a co-founder of Morris Shelter, Inc. and a co-founder and first president of the Inter-Religious Fellowship of the Homeless in Bergen County, now Family Promise of Bergen County.
|Bishop Ian Douglas, Diocese of Connecticut
Ian Douglas was ordained and consecrated on April 17, 2010 as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut. He previously served as the Angus Dun Professor of Mission and World Christianity at Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts and an associate priest at St. James’s Church, Cambridge, Mass.
Ian has written extensively on mission, missiology, and the Anglican Communion, and has provided expert commentary and opinion for national media, print and broadcast. He served on the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) as a priest and on the Standing Committee of the Anglican Communion from the ACC; as a bishop he continues to serve on the Standing Committee of the Anglican Communion. He also served on the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church but resigned after his consecration as bishop. Ian received an honorary degree from Episcopal Divinity School in May 2010.
|Bishop Eugene Sutton, Diocese of Maryland
Eugene Sutton has been bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland since June 2008. Previously he served as Canon Pastor of Washington National Cathedral and Director of the Cathedral Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage. Throughout his ministry in parishes and academia, Bishop Sutton has been a frequent leader of retreats and conferences throughout the nation on prayer, spirituality and preaching.
While in the nation’s capital, he founded Contemplative Outreach of Metropolitan Washington (COMW), an ecumenical network of churches and individuals committed to centering prayer and renewing the contemplative dimension of the gospel for daily living. In addition to having published several articles on prayer, spirituality and homiletics, he is one of the contributors to the book The Diversity of Centering Prayer.