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Episcopal Diocese of Alaska

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Headquarters  Fairbanks, Alaska
Rite  Episcopal
Number of members  7,146
Congregations  49
Phone  +1 907-452-3040
Bishop  Mark Lattime
Episcopal Diocese of Alaska
Deaneries  Arctic Coast, The Interior, South Central, Southeast
Address  1205 Denali Way, Fairbanks, AK 99701, USA
Ecclesiastical province  Province 8 of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America
Similar  St Matthew's Episcopal, Immaculate Conception Parish, Sacred Heart Cathedral, Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks, Journey Christian Church

The Episcopal Diocese of Alaska is the diocese of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America with jurisdiction over the state of Alaska. Established in 1895, it has the largest geographical reach of any diocese in the Episcopal Church, with approximately 7,000 members spread across 53 congregations. It is in Province 8. It has no cathedral and the diocesan offices are located in Fairbanks.


Bishop of Alaska

Following the resignation in 2007 of Mark MacDonald, Bishop of Alaska, to become the first National Indigenous Bishop of the Anglican Church of Canada, the diocese embarked on a lengthy discernment process about its future leadership. Recognizing that the vacancy would likely be lengthy, the diocesan convention elected as assisting bishop, Rustin R. Kimsey, retired Bishop of Eastern Oregon and former assisting bishop for Navajoland, to exercise episcopal functions pending the election and installation of a new diocesan bishop. In 2009, the diocese announced a process for election of the 8th Bishop of Alaska, and the 35th Diocesan Convention, on April 10, 2010, elected Mark Lattime, Rector of St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Geneseo in the Diocese of Rochester (New York), as the 8th Bishop of Alaska. His episcopal ordination took place on September 4, 2010, at the First United Methodist Church in Anchorage.

Resolutions of the 2007 Diocesan Convention

The 33rd Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Alaska, held in 2007, adopted several resolutions that may, in due course, markedly influence the ministry of the diocese. These resolutions included:

Resolution 2007-01 – Indigenous Suffragan

  • Therefore, be it resolved that the 33rd Convention of the Diocese of Alaska supports the Interior Deanery in calling upon the next Bishop of Alaska to call for the election of an Indigenous Suffragan Bishop to serve the Native peoples of Alaska within eighteen months of consecration. Be it further resolved that the Indigenous Suffragan Bishop will provide pastoral and spiritual care for our Indigenous Congregations.
  • Resolution 2007-02 – Suffragan Bishop Task Force

  • The 33rd Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Alaska encourages our next Diocesan Bishop to consider a Suffragan bishop for Indigenous Ministries. Be it further resolved The 33rd Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Alaska establish immediately a Suffragan Bishop’s Task Force to develop a plan for implementation of this resolution, to be acted upon by our newly elected Diocesan Bishop, within 12 months of his or her consecration.
  • Historic parish churches

    Several parish churches are listed on the National Register of Historic Places:

  • Holy Trinity Church (Juneau, Alaska)
  • St. Peter's Episcopal Church (Seward, Alaska)
  • St. Philip's Episcopal Church (Wrangell, Alaska)
  • (St. Peter's by-the-See Episcopal - Sitka, Alaska
  • References

    Episcopal Diocese of Alaska Wikipedia

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