Saturday, April 16, 2005

Episcopalians and Druids, cont.

The saga of the two married Episcopal clergy who were denounced by their denomination's conservative wing for participation in Druidry has a new twist.

After resigning his pastoral post last November, the husband, William Melnyk, has decided that Druidry is more welcoming. (Registration may be required to view article.)

W. William Melnyk, former rector of St. James' Episcopal Church, has formed the Llynhydd Grove of the Druid Order of the Yew, which he is leading under his Druid name, OakWyse.

He told the Philadelphia Inquirer that his move was "a joyous occasion." His wife, Glyn Ruppe-Melnyk, who kept her parish, said she supports her husband's decision to "exercise his ministry in an interfaith context, which was not available to him strictly within the ordained ministry of the Episcopal church."

More links and a photo at the Wildhunt blog. A copy of Melnyk's resignation letter is in the comment section here, along with derogatory comments about "Episco-Baalians."


Anonymous Pacific Druid said...

This has been a fascinating story, and I hope Mr. Melnyk's new path gives him the fulfillment and growth that he seeks.

To have such a personal issue be so public is a challenge for anyone.

11:50 AM  

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