Episcopal priest who embraced Islam suspended for year

Ann Holmes Redding relieved of duties
An Episcopal priest who announced that she has embraced Islam has been suspended for one year by her supervising bishop, who said the woman’s dual religious loyalties were in “inherent” conflict.

The decision by Episcopal bishop Geralyn Wolf of Rhode Island means that Ann Holmes Redding cannot “exercise any of the responsibilities and privileges of an Episcopal priest or deacon” for a year.

Redding, 55, who is based in Seattle, was ordained as an Episcopal priest in Rhode Island in 1984 and remains under the supervision of that diocese.

“I am both Muslim and Christian, just like I’m both an American of African descent and a woman. I’m 100 percent both,” Redding told the Seattle Times in an interview published in June.


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