Title IV Update: Bishop Singh placed on restriction

Friends in Christ,
This afternoon, we were notified by those overseeing the Title IV inquiry into Bishop Singh that he was being placed on immediate restriction from ministry in light of the pending allegations against him. This includes his active ministry amongst us as provisional bishop. This restriction is in effect until further notice.

This news is being disseminated quickly by the Office of Public Affairs for The Episcopal Church in recognition of the uniquely public, online nature of these allegations. We regret that we did not have more time to adequately notify our parish leaders before this wider dissemination.

The Standing Committees will communicate further details of our next steps together via email tomorrow. Please continue to hold our dioceses, our leadership, and one another in your prayers.

Tonight’s pre-convention meeting for the Diocese of Western Michigan will proceed as planned. Acknowledging the difficulty of the circumstance, this meeting will be primarily focused on the agenda items related to convention, especially those essential to the continued work of this annual season and its canonical timeline. The communication sent tomorrow will include details about gatherings for clergy and senior wardens to discuss the Title IV matter.

Yours in Christ,

Barb Ilkka
President of the Standing Committee
The Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan

The Rev. Randall Warren, D.Min.
President of the Standing Committee
The Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan