Bishop Shaw was consecrated a bishop in 1994 and became the 15th bishop of Massachusetts in 1995. A life-professed member of the Society of St. John the Evangelist, a religious order of priests and lay brothers in the Episcopal Church, he is in demand nationwide as a preacher and retreat leader. His writings include the recent book, Conversations with Scripture and With Each Other.
He is a former chair of the Episcopal Church’s Standing Commission on National and International Concerns and member of the Advisory Council for the Anglican Observer to the United Nations. He currently serves on the program planning committee for the Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops and its formation program for new bishops.
Bishop Shaw is an active witness and voice for peace with justice in Palestine and Israel. He travels frequently and leads groups to the Holy Land, Africa and Central America, developing and strengthening mission relationships within the Anglican Communion and partnerships to further the church’s work of reconciliation and service to the world, with a particular focus on eradication of poverty and disease.
The completion in 2003 of the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center in Greenfield, N.H., is the result of his vision and leadership toward building strong lay and ordained leadership and ministering to children and youth to bring about their full inclusion in the life of the church, as is his 2008 initiation of a relational evangelism program with young adults.