Holly Hollerith elected the Tenth Bishop of Southern Virginia on the Sixth Ballot

Posted by Kendall Harmon

The voting results are here and some more information on the candidate, who once served in South Carolina, is there.

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Posted September 27, 2008 at 5:20 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. D. C. Toedt wrote:

His questionnaire responses sounded pretty sensible.

September 27, 5:32 pm | [comment link]
2. flabellum wrote:

His questionnaire responses sounded pretty much like the New Episcopal Church.

September 27, 5:38 pm | [comment link]
3. Choir Stall wrote:

What’s interesting is that for YEARS under Rev. Hollerith the Bruton Parish Church website had no pictures. No friendly staff faces. No events to see. No really visitor-friendly welcome. Stale and unimaginative for years. Then…the Reverend Hollerith runs for bishop and “SURPRISE!!!!”. The website shows pictures…especially of a friendly Hollerith shaking hands.  Coincidence I guess.

September 27, 5:38 pm | [comment link]
4. Sarah1 wrote:

The most important part of Father Hollerith’s ministry as bishop will of course be . . .

Will the Diocese of Virginia win their property appeals?  ; > )

September 27, 5:46 pm | [comment link]
5. Stefano wrote:

The non suprise is that another totally lacking in vision revisionist party member will wear purple. On the positive side, he uses the word ‘passionate’ quite passionately.

September 27, 6:00 pm | [comment link]
6. Ralph wrote:

Perhaps he will allow God to equip him for their new ministry. I would pray that this would be so, and that he will be remembered in diocesan history as a healer who walked with God.

September 27, 6:26 pm | [comment link]
7. episcoanglican wrote:

He was my high school theology teacher—when he was still a seminarian. His remarks about faith in Jesus Christ planted seeds in my heart that eventually bore fruit. Sadly, he has continued in main stream Episcopalianism, even as it has moved farther and farther from its moorings. I will pray for Holly in thankfulness for his speaking about Jesus to me.

September 27, 8:14 pm | [comment link]
8. Jeremy Bonner wrote:


Thanks for that. It reveals how the agents of conversion are found in the most unlikely of places. Some shades of grey among all this black and white.

September 27, 8:45 pm | [comment link]
9. Jeffersonian wrote:

If someone told me that KJS had written these responses, I wouldn’t find any reason to doubt him.  He’ll exercise all the independence of a member of the Cuban legislature.

September 27, 9:53 pm | [comment link]
10. MargaretG wrote:

Has anyone been able to access the page on the church statistics site for his current parish. I wanted to see how he had gone as a rector, but it comes back as “The page cannot be found”

September 27, 10:20 pm | [comment link]
11. RS Bunker wrote:

Disappointed - that’s what I have to say about Holly’s answers.  Holly was my teacher for senior year theology at St. Stephen’s School.  Neither he nor his brother, my classmate, Rev. Randy Hollerith (St. James, Richmond) seem to have retained much of the teaching we received there.

God have mercy on the Diocese of Southern Virginia.

RS Bunker

September 27, 11:18 pm | [comment link]
12. New Reformation Advocate wrote:

Allow me to point out that when the official nominating committee in Southern VA came up with a slate that included five liberals of various sorts but no clear conservative candidate, the AAC chapter went into action and worked furiously to field a strong orthodox candidate (Dr. Ladson Mills).  If you check the voting results, following the link Kendall kindly provided, you’ll see that Dr. Mills never came close to challenging Fr. Hollerith; Fr. Mills came in a very distant fourth among the six.

Now there were doubtless many factors in play in this election, one of them surely being that Southern VA again chose to elect a bishop from within the diocese, as it often has in the past.  But I must admit that it was disappointing that with the liberal vote split five ways, and only one clearly orthodox candidate to vote for, that Dr. Mills did so poorly in terms of garnering votes.

To me, this is further evidence, if any be needed, that the inside strategy has no longterm prospects of viability in Southern VA.  And unfortunately, I think that’s true in most of TEC.

AS far as I’m concerned, it’s time to cut our losses and “cut bait.”  “Let goods and kindred go.”

David Handy+

September 28, 12:43 am | [comment link]
13. RazorbackPadre wrote:

Through family ties I visit Bruton often enough. I think I speak with some sense of qualification when I say this guy is as institutional Episcopalian as you can get. He is biege. Just exactly what I expect from an Ivy League divinity school grad- tired, old, unimaginitive, uninspiring, smooth, vain, verbose and liberal.

And did I mention that the tour guide bragged this summer that Bruton is the largest it has ever been? Biege is “in” at William & Mary Land.

September 28, 12:57 am | [comment link]
14. episcoanglican wrote:

Holly only taught at SSS one year. RS Bunker—as in Radford? Glad to know you’re with the good guys. R Holman.

September 28, 1:42 am | [comment link]
15. David Hein wrote:

No. 5: “On the positive side, he uses the word ‘passionate’ quite passionately.”

You neglected to tell us what is “positive” about that. Your reason is not immediately apparent. Wouldn’t anyone respond that everything depends upon what a person is passionate about?

I found this statement by Hollerith interesting:

“The consecration of the Bishop of New Hampshire has placed the issue of same-sex relationships before us, and the Church must, in time, find healthy ways to respond.  As a bishop in TEC, I would encourage informed theological discussion around the matter…. What we must not do is use the legislative process to push through a position that has not been fully discussed throughout the church.  I would strongly support the development of flexible and theologically broad-based national curricula that would assist clergy and lay leaders in presenting the issue – for discussion – on the diocesan and/or parish level.”

He might have to get a tune-up at 815. The party line is that all the necessary discussion took place BEFORE Robinson’s consecration. To say otherwise is to admit that TEC did something that it had not only failed to deduce from agreed principles but also failed even to begin to discuss adequately! Although I think that is indeed the case, I doubt that Hollerith really wants to admit that fact.

And cf. Hollerith’s next paragrah, in which he states that sex has been discussed enough.

I suspect that it’s this kind of impressive logic that is winning over so many converts to the Episcopal Church and reassuring so many of us of the essential nature of the fourth side of the historic Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral, the Historic Episcopate.

September 28, 5:07 pm | [comment link]
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