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Meet the Editor
Donn Mitchell is the editor and publisher of The Anglican Examiner. Baptized
in the Methodist Church, Donn began worshipping in the Episcopal Church at St.
Barnabas' Mission in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, in the fall of his freshman year at
Kutztown State College, where he studied history and political science in
preparation for a career in journalism. During this time, he served on the editorial
board of the Bethlehem Churchman, the newspaper of the Diocese of Bethlehem,
and produced a nightly newscast for the college radio station.
On Easter Eve of 1971, he was confirmed at the Church of the Holy Trinity in
Lansdale, Pennsylvania, where he taught church school and served on the parish
liturgical commission, while beginning his career as a newspaper reporter with a
specialty in environmental affairs. During this time, he represented his parish in
the diocesan convention and served on a prison reform task force for the Diocese
of Pennsylvania, and was licensed by the bishop as a chalice bearer.
Four years later, he moved to Philadelphia to begin a new phase of his career as a
public interest activist and freelance writer. He became an active member of St.
Mary's, Hamilton Village, serving on the Parish Life Council and the Hunger
Action Task Force.
During this time, he staffed a clean water campaign for the Pennypack Watershed
Association in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, which won national recognition
from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Clean Water Action
Project, and he also worked in the education program of Planned Parenthood of
Southeastern Pennsylvania under the direction of Winifred Kempton, the
world-renowned specialist in sexuality and disability.
In 1977, he was named to the national board of Integrity, the ministry created by
gay and lesbian Episcopalians and their friends and supporters, serving at the same
time as co-chair of the program development effort for the Gay and Lesbian
Community Center of Philadelphia. In this work, he was successful in obtaining
the center's first grant and in persuading United Way of Southeastern
Pennsylvania to achnowledge responsibility for funding social services in the gay
and lesbian community.
In 1980, he transferred to St. Mark's, Locust Street, and created the Integrity
Institute for Pastoral Development, which offered continuing education
workshops on pastoral counseling and homosexuality to more than 500 clergy,
nurses, and social workers throughout the U.S.
In 1985, he moved to New York to pursue a master's degree in theology and
church history at the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church.
During this period, he worked for the Mission Funding Unit of the national
headquarters of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and later developed a gay rights
project for the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility at the National
Council of Churches.
Upon graduation, he joined the Church of the Holy Apostles in Manhattan, which
operates the largest soup kitchen in New York City. In 1995, he chaired the
Frances Perkins Memorial Conference on the Church and Labor at the Cathedral
of St. John the Divine, which commemorated the sixtieth anniversary of the
passage of the Social Security Act.
In 1998, he joined the staff of the Episcopal Church Foundation, where he spent
the next seven years developing theological education faculty and promoting
scholarly vocations in the church.
Since 2005, Donn has resided in Princeton, New Jersey, where he has served as
adjunct faculty at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is currently Professor of
Religion and Ethics at Berkeley College in New York and edits academic and trade
books on a freelance basis..
|The editor at home in Princeton, New Jersey.