Priest professing Islam deposed by Episcopalians

Ann Holmes Redding
An Episcopal priest who professed two years ago that she was also a practicing Muslim has been defrocked by the Episcopal Church.

Rhode Island bishop Geralyn Wolf informed Ann Holmes Redding, who lives in Seattle, of the decision April 1. Although she lives outside the diocese, Redding was ordained in Rhode Island and had remained under Wolf’s authority.

“Bishop Wolf found Dr. Redding to be a woman of utmost integrity, and their conversations over the past two years have been open, honest and respectful,” the diocese said in a statement. “However, Bishop Wolf believes that a priest of the church cannot be both a Christian and a Muslim.”

The diocese learned in June 2007 about Redding’s Muslim profession. She was removed from ministry temporarily and told her to spend a year on “discernment of her faith commitment.”


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