Is the West Virginia Episcopal Diocese Crazy? Jim Lewis Loses His License

I couldn’t say it any better than what the local paper has done:

Lewis also takes positions that ruffle feathers. If he thinks something is unjust, he stirs the pot. He has not always done so gently, and he has not always been diplomatic, so he has had his share of adversaries.

Now West Virginia Episcopal Bishop Michie Klusmeyer has revoked Lewis’ license to preach in churches where he was formerly pastor — not for his controversial positions, but because, the bishop said, Lewis visited the sick, prayed and even, Lord forbid, performed a funeral when a family asked him to do so.

Klusmeyer cited a church policy that says: “Clergy who have formerly had a pastoral relationship with a parish will not continue to minister in the former parish in any way.”

You can read the entire story here.

Rev. Lewis is a long time activist priest here in the Charleston area. I’ve had the pleasure of working with him for a few years (a while ago) and he was always there when I called. He was there to defend the weak and the helpless, regardless of the situation.  I suspect there is more than ‘Church Law’ behind it.

The things that the Episcopal Church insist on abiding by…

By the way, Rev. Lewis blogs here.

This Day in History: W.Va. textbook protest marked pivotal moment

At the link below, you will find the entire article, but I wanted to just point out that I know this priest – and he is still an activist. We have plenty in West Virginia. I have only heard stories about this moment in history, some from a few of those union coal miners who supported the teachers.

The Rev. Jim Lewis was a young Episcopal priest with four children in public schools in 1974. After he spoke out in favor of the new textbooks, he became seen as a clerical counterpoint to the protesters. For a while, he and his family had round-the-clock police protection because of death threats he’d received.

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