It was with great joy that I greeted yesterday’s election of The Revd. Dr. Ian Douglas, as the 15th Bishop of Connecticut.
Ian and I have known each other since 1976 when I was the Rector at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Fitchburg, MA. He was then a senior in High School and with his parents, Duncan and Gladys, and his brother Craig, was a member of Christ Church, Fitchburg.
Sadly his Mom, Dad and brother have been taken from us by death.
Ian and I were always aware of each others’ career trajectories, and we were both tickled pink when in 2000 I became Rector of St. James’s, Cambridge, MA where he was already ensconced as a Priest Associate. Ian and his wife Kristin became the fountains of much rich grace to me in my six years at St. James’s.
BUT Ian’s election has a much more profound meaning than that of our personal friendship.
This is because he is more aware of all the meanings of the Anglican Communion than any other Priest in the Episcopal Church. Ian is a walking encyclopaedia of all that is bad and good in Anglicanism. He knows, and has talked and prayed with all the “leading lights” in Anglicanism.
He will have his work cut out as Bishop of Connecticut. And he will be an important and vital member of the Episcopal Church “House of Bishops” as he brings all his wisdom, knowledge and insight of matters pan-Anglican to that House.