I’ve rushed over to Starbucks with a quick update. Both Bishop Martyn Minns and Bishop John Guernsey were on the stand this morning, explaining to the court the division that has occurred in the Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Virginia. They were followed by Dr. Paul Julienne, member of the Truro Vestry and member of the Diocese of Virginia’s Reconciliation Commission where he testified that the Commission reported that there was a Level Five (the most severe) division in the Diocese of Virginia.
Another highlight was that Bishop Minns was made the official agent of Truro Church in the courtroom. This was objected to by the Diocese of Virginia saying that he has no official connection to Truro. Bishop David Jones is sitting in the front seat of the gallery in his purple shirt throughout the trial. The Diocese of Virginia/815 had said that there was a remote possibility that Bishop Minns would be called to the stand by the Episcopal Church (which would have kept him out of the courtroom until he testified, if he ever testified). Since the Diocese admitted that the possibility was “remote” and Bishop Minns is Truro’s bishop, Judge Bellows overruled the objection and Bishop Minns is now also in the courtroom.
Paul Julienne will return to the stand after lunch.
UPDATE: Here is the Diocese of Virginia Reconciliation Commission Report that talks about the Level Five conflict. You can find it here.