Our Bishops

Who We Are

Bishops

Bishops Ian Douglas, Mariann Budde, Doug Fisher and Rev. Ken Phelps attend the Newtown Remembrance Vigil at the Washington National Cathedral in December, 2013.

We are an ad hoc group of nearly 60 Episcopal bishops who have come together to explore means of reducing the appalling levels of gun violence in our society, and to advocate for policies and legislation that save lives.

Our group is convened by Bishops Mark Beckwith of the Diocese of Newark, Ian Douglas of the Diocese of Connecticut and Eugene Sutton of the Diocese of Maryland, and includes nearly 60 bishops from across the Episcopal Church.

See our member bishops.

What We Want

We urge our cities, states and nation to adopt policies and pass legislation that will reduce the number of Americans killed and wounded by gunfire. These include:

  • Expanding the federal background checks system to cover gun shows, internet and commercial sales
  • Making gun trafficking a federal crime
  • Encouraging the development of “smart gun” technology to reduce accidental shootings—especially among children
  • Requiring that guns be stored safely
  • Improving access to mental healthcare for all Americans.

What We Do

We work against gun violence by:
  • Forming relationships and coalitions with interfaith colleagues, fellow advocates, and families whose lives have been touched by gun violence;
  • Giving voice to voiceless gun violence victims through public liturgy, advocacy, and prayer; and
  • Supporting one another in our efforts to end gun violence in our communities.

CONVENERS — BISHOPS AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE 

 

 Bishop Mark Beckwith 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 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 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.

MEMBER BISHOPS

Bishop Skip Adams
Bishop Skip Adams
Diocese of Central New York
Ahrens
Bishop Suff. Laura Ahrens
Diocese of Connecticut
Bishop Lloyd Allen
Bishop Lloyd Allen
Diocese of Honduras
Bishop Bailey
Bishop David Bailey
Diocese of Navajoland
Barker
Bishop Scott Barker
Diocese of Nebraska
Bishop Nathan Baxter
Bishop Nathan Baxter 
Diocese of Central PA, retired
Bishop Barry Beisner
Bishop Barry Beisner
Diocese of Northern California
Bishop Charles Bennison
Bishop Charles Bennison
Retired
Bishop Fred Borsch
Bishop Fred Borsch
Retired
Bishop Breidenthal
Bishop Tom Breidenthal
Diocese of Southern Ohio
Bishop Budde
Bishop Mariann Budde
Diocese of Washington, D.C.
Bishop Curry
Bishop Suffragan Jim Curry
Diocese of Connecticut, retired
Bishop Dietsche
Bishop Andrew Dietsche
Diocese of New York
Bishop Doss
Bishop Joe Doss, Retired
Bishop Andy Doyle
Bishop Andy Doyle
Diocese of Texas
Bishop Francisco Duque
Bishop Francisco Duque
Diocese of Columbia
Bishop Dan Edwards
Bishop Dan Edwards
Diocese of Nevada
Bishop Ely
Bishop Tom Ely
Diocese of Vermont
Bishop Douglas Fisher
Bishop Douglas Fisher
Diocese of Western Massachusetts
Bishop Jeff Fisher
Bishop Suff. Jeff Fisher
Diocese of Texas
Bishop Michael Hanley
Bishop Alan Gates
Diocese of Massachusetts
Hampton.Sandy II
Bishop Sandy Hampton
Diocese of Olympia, retired
Bishop Michael Hanley
Bishop Michael Hanley
Diocese of Oregon
Bishop Gayle Harris
Bishop Suff. Gayle Harris
Diocese of Massachusetts
Bishop Dena Harrison
Bishop Suff. Dena Harrison
Diocese of Texas
hayashi
Bishop Scott Hayashi
Diocese of Utah
Bishop Hirschfeld
Bishop Robert Hirschfeld
Diocese of New Hampshire

Bishop Mark Hollingsworth, Jr.
Diocese of Ohio
Bishop Johnston
Bishop Shannon Johnston
Diocese of Virginia
Bishop Knisley
Bishop Nick Knisely
Diocese of Rhode Island
Bishop Chilton Knudsen
Bishop Chilton Knudsen
Retired
Bishop Ed Konieczny
Bishop Ed Konieczny
Diocese of Oklahoma
Bishop Steve Lane
Bishop Steve Lane
Diocese of Maine
Bishop Lee
Bishop Jeff Lee
Diocese of Chicago
Bishop Jim Mathes
Bishop Jim Mathes
Diocese of San Diego
McKelvey
Bishop Jack McKelvey
Diocese of Rochester, retired
Bishop Steven Miller
Bishop Steven Miller
Diocese of Milwaukee
Bishop Todd Ousley
Bishop Todd Ousley
Diocese of Eastern Michigan
Bishop Brian Prior
Bishop Brian Prior
The Episcopal Church in Minnesota
Bishop Larry Provenzano
Bishop Larry Provenzano
Diocese of Long Island
Bishop David Rice
Bishop David Rice
Diocese of San Joaquin
Bishop Greg Rickel
Bishop Greg Rickel
Diocese of Olympia
Bishop Nedi Rivera
Bishop Nedi Rivera
Diocese of Eastern Oregon
Bishop Sean Rowe
Bishop Sean Rowe
Diocese of NW Pennsylvania and
Diocese of Bethlehem
Scanlan
Bishop Audrey Scanlan
Diocese of Central Pennsylvania
Bishop Alan Scarfe
Bishop Alan Scarfe
Diocese of Iowa
Bishop Tom Shaw
Bishop Tom Shaw
Diocese of Massachusetts
In Memoriam
Bishop Alan Shin
 Bishop Allen Shin
Diocese of New York
Bishop Prince Singh
Bishop Prince Singh
Diocese of Rochester
Bishop Dabney Smith
Bishop Dabney Smith
Diocese of Southwest Florida
Bishop Kirk Smith
Bishop Kirk Smith
Diocese of Arizona
Bishop Chip Stokes
Bishop Chip Stokes
Diocese of New Jersey
Bishop Porter Taylor
Bishop Porter Taylor
Diocese of Western North Carolina
Bishop Cabell Tennis
Bishop Cabell Tennis Retired
Bishop Morris Thompson
Bishop Morris Thompson
Diocese of Louisiana
Bishop Michael Vono
Bishop Michael Vono
Diocese of Rio Grande
Bishop Jim Waggoner
Bishop Jim Waggoner
Waldo
Bishop Andrew Waldo 
Diocese of Upper South Carolina
Bishop Pierre Whalon
Bishop Pierre Whalon Convocation
Of Episcopal Churches In Europe
 Bishop Wayne Wright
Bishop Wayne Wright 
Diocese of Delaware