Anglican Watch thus far has been unable to obtain additional information on this case. However, we are very glad to see that the Episcopal Church finally is beginning to take clergy discipline seriously.
Meanwhile, we note that several corrupt bishops, notably including George Sumner, remain in office. Sumner’s violation of the canonical strictures against retaliation for opposing sexual harassment needs to be addressed immediately.
But the Rev. Megan W. Nickles, chair of the Wyoming, said in a message to the that it involves “an alleged indiscretion with a member of our Diocesan team, although the allegation did not come from within the Diocesan team itself.” Nickles could not immediately be reached for comment.
Chandler, born in 1964, is the third bishop known to have faced disciplinary charges in the past year, and the announcement comes in the wake of controversy over whether bishops receive a “free pass” in Title IV cases. It also comes just one business day after disclosure of significant tensions in the leadership of the church, regarding allegations that some members have treated staff with disrespect.
Chandler is the author of four books and has extensive international experience. At the time of his election in Wyoming, he was of Church of the Epiphany in Doha, Qatar, part of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East. He previously served as rector of churches in Egypt and Tunisia, and founded CARAVAN, an international nonprofit dedicated to “using the arts to further our global quest for a more harmonious future, both with each other and with the earth,” according to the organization’s website.
In 2020, honored Chandler with the ’s Hubert Walter Award for Reconciliation and Interfaith Cooperation, with a citation stating that he “has spent his life focusing strategically on the role of the arts in the context of interfaith peace building, toward building bridges of understanding, respect and friendship between the Abrahamic faiths.”Justin Welby
Title IV, the church’s disciplinary canon, applies to all ordained persons, but for priests and deacons it is normally the diocesan bishop who imposes any sanctions. The fills that role when the accused person is a bishop, but Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry is recovering at home from a major surgery. Chandler’s leave was imposed by Mary Gray-Reeves, vice president of the , who is serving as “presiding bishop-designate” for disciplinary matters.