Good News from a colleague in the Diocese of California:
At a Special Convention in the Diocese of California this weekend, Bishop Andrus introduced the new ethnic and multicultural missioner called to the diocese in fulfillment of a resolution passed by Diocesan Convention in 2007.
The Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston was selected to fill this position after a nationwide search ...
Charleston will also serve the diocese as assistant bishop. Charleston is the president and dean of Episcopal Divinity School, a post he will be leaving this summer before joining the Diocese of California.
A citizen of the Choctaw Nation in his home state of Oklahoma, Charleston has been national staff officer for Native American ministries in The Episcopal Church, director of the Dakota Leadership Program, diocesan bishop of Alaska, and assistant bishop of Connecticut. He is widely recognized as a leading advocate for justice issues and spiritual renewal in the church.
In what he called "a refreshing spirit-filled moment," Charleston spoke briefly to the special convention, saying "I'm coming here full of enthusiasm and with an open heart to work with all of you because I believe this is a great diocese and you're on the verge of doing some really exciting things that will be excellent for the whole church." Charleston will begin his work with the Diocese of California this summer.