December 15, 2009

Seminary professor Ian T. Douglas, a member of the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council and a representative on the global Anglican Consultative Council, has been elected bishop of the Diocese of Connecticut. Douglas, 51, who holds an endowed chair in mission and world Christianity at Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, was elected on the second ballot on October 24. Douglas is the first priest from outside the 224-year-old diocese to be elected bishop. He will succeed Bishop Andrew Smith. Douglas, who holds a Ph.D. from Boston University, has served as an associate priest at St. James Episcopal Church in Cambridge

Patriarch Pavle, 95, who headed the Serbian Orthodox Church during the wars that marked the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s, died November 15 in Belgrade after suffering for two years with heart and lung problems. Pavle took over the church in 1990 as the collapse of communism ended years of state repression of religion. Pavle decried the violence in ethnic wars that the Orthodox Serbs fought against Bosnian Muslims and Catholic Croats. In 1999, the Serbian church under Pavle called for the resignation of Yugoslavia’s president, Slobodan Milosevic, after NATO forces ended the Serbian crackdown on ethnic Albanian separatists in Kosovo. The church’s demands aided a popular revolt that ousted Milosevic in October 2000, who died in 2006 during his war crimes trial before a UN tribunal at The Hague, Netherlands.