Bonnie Anderson

Biography

Bonnie Anderson, former President of the Episcopal Church’s House of Deputies, is an advocate for the ministry of the laity. In the tradition of the great lay educator Verna Dozier, who called the laity “the sleeping giant,” Anderson often reminds the Church “there are 2 million ministers in the Episcopal Church and many are still waiting to use their gifts actively to help bring about the Kingdom of God.

Let’s get going.” Anderson is known in the Church as a champion for the ministry of the laity, an advocate for marginalized people, a preacher who speaks to the people in the pew, and a skilled community organizer. She is presides over the 800+ members of the House of Deputies as a fair-minded, skilled parliamentarian, grounded in love for Christ Jesus. Her advocacy for the environment and the people most directly affected by environmental degradation earned her a gubernatorial appointment in her home state to the Michigan Environmental Review Board.

To improve the quality of a badly polluted river, she mobilized 400 volunteers from more than 40 counties for a yearly clean up and continued water quality monitoring. Prior to her election as President of the House of Deputies (HOD) in 2006 and re-election in 2009, Anderson served as Vice President of the HOD; Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance; an Executive Council member; and an Executive Council elected representative to The Episcopal Church Investment Committee.

In her home Diocese of Michigan, she has held many positions including Canon to the Ordinary, President of the Standing Committee, and Chair of Constitution and Canons. Anderson is an author of articles, writer and preacher of sermons and homilies, an adjunct lecturer at the University of Michigan, and a person who takes her baptism seriously. She has been awarded honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees from the Episcopal Divinity School and the University of the South, Sewanee, and honorary Doctor of Canon Law degrees from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary and General Theological Seminary.

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May 24, 2012

[Episcopal Public Policy Network]On a recent visit to an U.S. indigenous community’s lunch program for school-age kids, I watched a small boy scoop mashed potatoes from his plate into his jean pocket. “Why did you do that?” I inquired. The...

May 24, 2012

On a recent visit to an U.S. indigenous community's lunch program for school-age kids, I watched a small boy scoop mashed potatoes from his plate into his jean pocket. "Why did you do that?" I inquired. The boy looked up at...

April 19, 2012

As a church we believe that all people are created in the image of Christ and at our baptism we pledge to ‘seek and serve Christ in all people,’ and to ‘strive for justice and peace,’ (Book of Common Prayer). In the...

January 29, 2012

Executive Council Meeting, January 29, 2012:  Closing Remarks Bonnie Anderson, President, The House of Deputies Good afternoon— The writer and prophet William Stringfellow had something to say about the situation we now find...

January 27, 2012

Executive Council Meeting, January 27, 2012:  Opening Remarks Bonnie Anderson, President, The House of Deputies Good morning— I am glad to be here with all of you. We have three days of hard work ahead of us, and I believe...

May 19, 2011

I went to Capitol Hill to talk with legislators last week, and came away with the first two lines of William Cowper's famous hymn running through my mind: "God moves in a mysterious way; His wonders to perform." The...

May 18, 2011

A message from Bonnie Anderson, the President of the House of Deputies of the Episcopal Church. I went to Capitol Hill to talk with legislators last week, and came away with the first two lines of William Cowper's famous hymn running...

March 4, 2011

Change is in the water. Our society is changing demographically and economically, the size and resource base of our church is changing and the world is changing through climate change, population change, technology and a host of other...

September 21, 2010

"On the autumnal equinox just a week ago, as the earth was tipping on its axis, congregations all across the Episcopal Church were hoping to tip themselves into the black by preparing for their annual stewardship campaigns,"...

August 12, 2010

If we look carefully, it is not difficult to find brave, courageous, faithful, and often, outrageous, disciples of Christ in God's Episcopal Church. They are the ones who go the extra mile, provide examples for us to follow, know their...

May 24, 2010

Bonnie Anderson, president of the House of Deputies, describes the Episcopal Church's "circle of ministries" in ENS Weekly bulletin inserts for June 6. Drawing from the text of Paul's first letter to the Corinthians (...

March 5, 2010

The Episcopal Church has responded to the devastation caused by the magnitude-7 earthquake in Haiti with unexpected and astonishing generosity. Building upon a partnership that began before the Jan. 12 earthquake, Episcopal Relief &...

February 16, 2010

Bonnie Anderson, president of the Episcopal Church's House of Deputies, outlines the immediate and possible long-term needs faced by the nation and the diocese of Haiti in the wake of the Jan. 12 magnitude-7 earthquake that demolished...