Living the Gospel

Day of the Dead 2016 5928

We interviewed Rev. Bonnie Perry ‘88, the Bishop-elect of the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan, and the first openly-gay woman to be elected to that post.
You’re stepping into a new position, which gives you the opportunity to think about the future direction of the church and what you would like to bring. What do you think are some of the biggest challenges facing the church today? 
While I have a lot of ideas, I know there are people who have been in Michigan for far longer than me and know so much more. I’m hoping to spend a lot of time listening and figuring out what people are wanting to do. With that said, I think the church writ large has allowed ourselves in many cases to be sidelined from the public discourse. I long for all of our congregations to be places where people know what gospel values are: including people, caring for people, working against racism, and really looking at the structural inequalities in our political system and saying this does not fit with what we are called to do as followers of Christ. 
Photo by Charlie Simokaitis
You’ve stressed the importance of local parishes and local communities. Could you say a little bit more about how you see it as your role and calling as you step into the Bishop role to work with local congregations? 
I think ministry is absolutely everywhere and never limited to just our churches, and to think that it’s only happening in our churches and not out

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