Steven Charleston

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Stephen Charleston


Steven (Steve) Charleston is widely recognized as a leading proponent for justice issues and for spiritual renewal in the church in both the United States and Canada. He has been called "one of the best preachers in the Episcopal Church," leading worship services ranging from a revival style service in Texas to Lenten Services at Harvard University. A citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Bishop Charleston was born and raised in that state in a family that has had a long history of service in the Christian Native American community. Both his grandfather and great-grandfather were ordained ministers of the Presbyterian Church, serving among the Choctaw People in rural Oklahoma.

His vocation in the church has been extensive and varied. He was the national staff officer for Native American ministries in the Episcopal Church; the Director of the Dakota Leadership Program; professor at Luther-Northwestern Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota; the Bishop of Alaska; chaplain of Trinity College in Hartford; Assistant Bishop of Connecticut; and most recently, the President and Dean of the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass.[1]

Charleston has been Chair of the House of Bishops’ Justice, Peace and Integrity for Creation task force.

In 2009 Charleston, was Assistant Bishop of California.

Bishop Charleston has appeared on ABC World News Tonight, BBC World News, BBC Today Programme, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, The O'Reilly Factor, and Hannity & Colmes, and WRKO radio in Boston.[2]

Alaska

Steve Charleston (Choctaw) was consecrated as the sixth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Alaska in 1991.[3]

Native America work

Rev. Dr. Charleston was the national staff officer for Native American ministries in the Episcopal Church; he became the Director of the Dakota Leadership Program and developed alternative training models for indigenous laity and clergy on the many reservation communities of the Dakotas.[4]

DSA member

Dem. Left March 1991, page 14

In 1991, Father Steve Charleston, priest at the Holy Trinity/St. Anskar and professor at Luther-Northwestern Seminary in Minnesota's Twin Cities, accepted an appointment as Episcopalian Bishop of Alaska.

A Native American of Choctaw descent, and a self avowed "revolutionary Christian", Charleston was instrumental in reviving the Democratic Socialists of America, local in the Twin Cities.[5]

References

  1. [1] Grace Cathedral San Francisco bio, accessed July 20, 2010
  2. [2] Reznet On the Brink of destruction: Losing heritage, culture, storytellers, fighting racism, Submitted by Greg Peterson on Sun, 2008-03-02
  3. [3] Reznet On the Brink of destruction: Losing heritage, culture, storytellers, fighting racism, Submitted by Greg Peterson on Sun, 2008-03-02
  4. [4] Reznet On the Brink of destruction: Losing heritage, culture, storytellers, fighting racism, Submitted by Greg Peterson on Sun, 2008-03-02
  5. Democratic Left, March/April 1991, page 14