An invitation by Dean Edward Salmon to Katharine Jefferts Schori to be the guest preacher at Nashotah House’s historic seminary chapel has resulted in at least two resignations from that seminary’s board. A memo from Bishop Jack Iker of the Diocese of Ft. Worth (confirmed by his staff) says he has resigned in protest as a trustee from the Nashotah House Board where he has served for the past 21 years. Bishop William Wantland (Diocese of Eau Claire, ret.) who presently serves as Assisting Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth has also distanced himself from the Nashotah action.
This action was taken in protest of the Dean’s invitation to the Presiding Bishop of TEC to be a guest preacher in the seminary’s chapel. Citing the lawsuits initiated by her against this Diocese, Bishop Iker notified the Board that he “could not be associated with an institution that honours her.” Similarly, Bishop Wantland sent notification that he “will not take part in any functions at Nashotah” nor will he continue “to give financial support to the House as long as the present administration remains.” He is an honorary member of the Board (without vote) and a life member of the Alumni Association.”
I took flak for my adverse opinion of Salmon’s performance in the All Saints Pawley’s Island fiasco. In my defence I noted the following:
Salmon reminds me of Colonel Nicholson in The Bridge on the River Kwai. Nicholson insists on building a top-flight bridge, irrespective of the fact that it is for the enemy, and resists its destruction. Nicholson does this because it is the “proper” thing to do, and shows that he and his men are superior to their captors. But the end result is that the enemy has a bridge.
The enemy has another bridge, thanks to Bishop Salmon once again doing the “proper” thing. Fortunately this time some of his colleagues have shown that experience is a hard teacher and that they plan to learn from it.