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Tutu challenges Douglas to embrace all people

HARTFORD – He sat at an empty table behind closed doors, put his elbows on the surface and gently clasped his hands together as he re-read his words and prayed over the sermon he had hand-written.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu had careful instructions for Ian T. Douglas, who was about to be consecrated as the bishop of Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut.

More than 2,000 people were buzzing outside Tutu’s door, eager to see the humanitarian and hear his message, and ready to welcome Douglas as their new leader.

The hum of the crowd quieted as the choir crooned, “I want to Walk as a Child of God,” and hundreds of men and women of the cloth, including Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church Katharine Jefferts Schori, processed through the Koeppel Center at Trinity College to their seats.

Desmond Tutu prays before delivering sermon on Saturday/Tracy Simmons - CreedibleJefferts Schori served as the consecrating bishop and Bishop Michael B. Curry of the Diocese of North Carolina and Bishop Edward S. Little, of the Diocese of Northern Indiana, served as co-consecrators.

Douglas explained that it’s a tradition to have bishops from outside the diocese participate in the consecration.

“As a result, this is not about me, or the Diocese of Connecticut. These three bishops together represent the catholicy of the Episcopal Church, the breadth of the Episcopal Church,” he said.

The theme of the consecration was “unity in diversity,” which Tutu spoke passionately about.

He stood behind the podium and looked at Douglas, who was sitting in the front row.Bishop Ian T. Douglas addresses crowd/Tracy Simmons - Creedible

“A good shepherd will lay down his life for his flock. A good shepherd will go find those who are not a part of the flock,” Tutu, 78, said.

But his message wasn’t about proselytizing. It was about welcoming those who feel unwanted. Tutu’s dream, he said, is to see a unity of peace in God’s creation and a unity in the church of God.

He looked out at the crowd and reminded them that everyone is a part of God’s family.

“You and I are sisters and brothers of one another,” he said. “We, in community, pray to our father. To my father. To our father…They (the people) are God’s gift to me as I am God’s gift to them.”

He told Douglas to embrace all people – black, white, Hispanic, democrat, republic, gay, lesbian, Mulsim, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist – and, he joked, embrace the tea party too.

“Ian, God has called you to be bishop. We are all God’s children Ian, please hold the children of God. Each one of them is precious. Each one of them is held in the godly embrace. Each one of them is loved. Hold them. Hold them. Jesus loves them,” he said as he closed his notebook.

Bishops from across the globe laid hands on Douglas and prayed for him before his family presented him with the symbols of the office.

“I am humbled and I am honored to be your bishop,” Douglas said after he was consecrated. “This is our diocese….so now it begins.”,Episcopal,IanT.Douglas
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Consecration photos available on Flickr

Douglas is consecrated as bishop/Tracy Simmons - CreedibleClick image above to get our Flickr gallery of this event. We have almost 200 photos of the consecration of Bishop Ian T. Douglas on our page.

Audio of Tutu's sermon in Hartford

Click on audio slideshow above to hear entire sermon by Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the consecration of Ian T. Douglas in Hartford.

Video: Ian T. Douglas consecrated as bishop

Live: Douglas consecrated as 15th bishop of CT

Archbishop Desmond  Tutu greets people in Hartford/Tracy Simmons - Creedible

(5:03 p.m.) Bishop Ian Douglas is now officiall the bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut. Check Creedible later tonight for stories, videos, pictures and audio slideshows of the event.

(12:39 p.m.)

Tutu spoke about unity and in his sermon called Douglas to hold all people in embrace- gay, straight, democrats, republicans.  He said all people are loved by God and are of one family.

(12:00 p.m.)

Desmond Tutu is about to deliver his sermon.

(11:31 a.m.)

All clergy are now seated and priests are reading testimonies before the bishops vowing that Douglas should be consecrated.

(10:26 a.m.)

Desmond Tutu is here and is getting robed.  Clergy are finding their positions as people continue to flow into the building.Katharine Jefferts Schori  and Ian T. Douglas talk at a press conference/Tracy Simmons - Creedible

(9:37 a.m.)

Bishops from across the globe and priests from across Connecticut are here getting ready for the 11 a.m. service.  Before the bishops headed into a meeting they lined up to dip their rings in red wax sealing a document that will reign Douglas into the episcopate.

Choirs are rehearsing as people begin to wander in and find their seats.

(7:46 a.m.)

HARTFORD — At 11 a.m. Rev. Ian T. Douglas will be consecrated as the 15th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut. Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church Katharine Jefferts Schori, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Bishop V. Gene Robinson, Bishop Jean Zache Duracin and several other Episcopal leaders will at the event.

Doors open at 9 a.m.

Creedible will be reporting live from the event, which is being held at the Koeppel Center in Hartford. Check back often for updates.

Volunteers prepare for consecration


Volunteers from across Connecticut have spent the past several weeks preparing Koeppel Center at Trinity College for the consecration of Rev. Ian T. Douglas. On Saturday Douglast will be consecrated as the 15th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut.