Florida Episcopal Church Rejects Bishop Coadjutor for Being Unwoke

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The Episcopal Diocese of Florida faced controversy when the majority of bishops and standing committees rejected Rev. Charlie Holt as its bishop coadjutor, citing concerns he wasn’t “woke” enough. Holt, who won two elections to succeed the retiring Bishop John Howard, faced opposition due to his past statements on LGBTQ+ and racial issues. While he previously expressed traditional views on marriage, he later stated he would permit same-sex marriages. Additionally, he faced criticism for his surprise at being invited to speak at a black church in protest of the Trayvon Martin killing. Despite winning the elections, Holt’s confirmation was denied, leading the diocese to ask for prayers for a way forward for him and his family.