J. Edwin Bacon, Jr.

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Ed Bacon "has been the rector of All Saints Church since 1995. During his tenure All Saints has continued its reputation for energetic worship, a radically inclusive spirit, and a progressive peace and justice agenda.

"Under Ed’s leadership All Saints has created New Vision Partners, a non-profit resource center to create innovative, collaborative partnerships for 21st century social action and urban ministry with interfaith colleagues, and Transformational Journeys, physical journeys of faith which transform participants through challenging encounters with other local and global communities.

"His energies focus on leadership in anxious times; integrating family, faith and work systems; healthy spirituality; interfaith relations; economic justice; resistance to war; the abolition of the death penalty; eradicating varied expressions of bigotry, including genocide, and articulating the Christian faith in non-bigoted ways. He is a founder of Beyond Inclusion and Claiming the Blessing (gay & straight Episcopalians organized on the parish and national levels to realize justice for gays and lesbians) and a co-founder of ICUJP: Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace. He serves on Human Rights Watch California Committee South and on other national and community boards. In 2005 the Islamic Center of Southern California gave him their Peace & Compassion Award for his interfaith work. In 2006 the ACLU of Southern California gave him their Religious Freedom Award.

"In 1999 his alma mater, the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, named him their Whiteside Distinguished Preacher. His undergraduate school, Mercer University, conferred on him an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree in May, 1999; and in May, 2005, Church Divinity School of the Pacific conferred on him an honorary Doctor of Ministry degree.

"Prior to coming to All Saints, Bacon served as Dean of the Cathedral of Saint Andrew in Jackson, Mississippi; Rector of St Mark’s in Dalton, Georgia; and Dean of Students and Campus Ministry at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.

"He is married to Hope Hendricks-Bacon." [1]

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  1. Welcome, All Saints Church, accessed January 27, 2009.