Remembering Mary Ailes

Juicy Ecumenism | 10/15/2019 | Jeffrey Walton
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The Washington Post this weekend published coverage of the Falls Church Anglican moving earlier this autumn into their new worship space following seven itinerant years. It’s a welcome development in an ongoing story about divisions within the Episcopal Church and worldwide Anglican Communion that made national news from 2006-2012.

It likely won’t make the same national news, but readers of this blog should be made aware that a renewal lay leader and prolific communicator amidst the Anglican realignment passed away on Monday following treatment for cancer. Mary Ailes was a longtime member of Truro Anglican Church in Fairfax and an informed layperson breaking developing news in the diocese and within the wider Episcopal Church. She was quick to identify that the messages being given by diocesan officials to liberal activists were very different than what those same officials relayed to theological conservatives. Mary understood that it was our job as lay people to speak up for the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Mary’s blog, Baby Blue Online, was the go-to news source for Virginia Episcopalians during the lead up to, and eventual separation within, the Diocese of Virginia. We first worked together as credentialed media at the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) Assembly in 2009 and Episcopal General Convention the same year (Mary served across five General Conventions, in addition to the decennial Lambeth Conference in 2008).

I was impressed with the graciousness and care Mary demonstrated towards those who believed differently than she did. She was interested, engaged and comfortable chatting with orthodox Anglicans and liberal Episcopalians, including those from progressive groups like Integrity USA, the unofficial LGBT caucus within the Episcopal Church.

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“Thank you for the model you provided of loving those with whom you strongly disagreed,” wrote fellow Truro member and former IRD Episcopal Program Director Chip Webb...
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