E. Otis Charles

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Edgar Otis Charles[1] (called Otis; April 24, 1926 – December 26, 2013) was the eighth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Utah.[2]

Career[edit]

Charles was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania, and first served as a priest in Connecticut. From 1968 until 1982 he was a member of the Standing Liturgical Commission, which developed the 1979 edition of the Book of Common Prayer. In 1971, he was elected Bishop of Utah. He was active in the peace movement, and opposed Nevada and Utah being launching sites for the MX missile. In the House of Bishops, Charles was chair of the Prayer Book Committee and a member of the Bishops' Committee on Racism. Charles became Dean of the Episcopal Divinity School in 1985. Charles also has significant academic achievements, including a Doctorate of Divinity, and a Doctorate of Sacred Theology. Bishop Charles died on December 26, 2013, in San Francisco, California.

Personal life[edit]

Charles was married for 42 years and had five children.[3] After his retirement in 1993, Charles publicly came out as gay, the first Christian bishop ever to take such a step.[4] Soon after this he and his wife divorced. He relocated to San Francisco, where he helped to found the California branch of the Oasis Commission. He married Dr. Felipe Sanchez-Paris on September 29, 2008.[5] The two appear in the documentary film Love Free or Die, testifying about a resolution directing the Episcopal Church to create a provisional rite for the blessing of same-gender relationships at its 2009 General Convention in Anaheim, California.[6] Sanchez-Paris died on July 30, 2013.[7] Bishop Charles died on December 26, 2013, in San Francisco, California.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Free Lance-Star – August 14, 1972 – Consecration critique stirs Utah controversy
  2. ^ "Charles, Otis. Utah". Retrieved 2007-06-02. 
  3. ^ "The Battle over Same-Sex Marriage". San Francisco Chronicle. 2004-04-29. Retrieved 2011-11-23. 
  4. ^ "Profile: Right Rev. Otis Charles, DD, STD". The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Religious Archives Network. 2003-06-03. Retrieved 2007-06-02. 
  5. ^ http://www.americantowns.com/ca/sanfrancisco/news/first-openly-gay-bishop-otis-charles-and-dr-felipe-sanchezparis-marriage-134456
  6. ^ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/faith/53324531-142/robinson-bishop-church-film.html.csp%0A
  7. ^ http://www.diocal.org/pcn/news/memoriam-felipe-sanchez-paris

External links[edit]

Episcopal Church (USA) titles
Preceded by
Richard S. Watson
8th Bishop of Utah
1971–1993
Succeeded by
George E. Bates