Frederick H. Borsch

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Frederick Houk Borsch (September 13, 1935 – April 11, 2017) was the Episcopal bishop of Los Angeles from 1988 to 2002, then served as interim dean of the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University and chair of Anglican studies at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Remembered particularly for the development of Spanish-speaking congregations, the founding of the Episcopal Urban Intern Program (Episcopal Service Corps), his leadership in environmental stewardship, the building of the Cathedral Center of St. Paul, and advocacy for poverty-wage workers and the living wage while bishop in Los Angeles, he also served for twelve years as the chair of the House of Bishops' Theology Committee and as a member of the design and steering teams for the 1988 and 1998 Lambeth Conferences, chairing the section "Called to be a Faithful Church in a Plural World" in 1998.[1][2] Working with the Standing Commission on Human Affairs, he helped the General Convention of 1994 to include in the church's canons sexual orientation in the non-discriminatory clauses for ordination.

Educated at Princeton, Oxford and the General Theological Seminary, his Ph.D. degree is from the University of Birmingham in England. In addition to teaching posts in England, at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary and the General Theological Seminary, he was formerly dean, president, and professor of New Testament at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. He was dean of the chapel with rank of professor of religion at Princeton University (1981-1988; again interim in 2007) where he taught in the program in the History, Archaeology and Religions of the Ancient World.

Borsch died on April 11, 2017 due to complications from myelodysplastic syndrome. He was 81.[3]

Published works[edit]

Contributor of essays, articles and poetry to a number of journal and newspapers, he has been a conference leader and given university and seminary lectures at institutions in this country and abroad. In 1985, for thirteen weeks, he was the preacher for the Protestant Hour.

Among his more than twenty books are

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "The Other Bishop". Los Angeles Times Magazine. April 11, 1999. pp. 16–19, 44–42. 
  2. ^ Biography of Fred Borsch at the Wayback Machine (archived 2012-03-20)
  3. ^ "Bishop Fred Borsch has died". Episcopal Cafe. 12 April 2017. Retrieved 2017-04-13. 

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