-----Original Message----- From: ******** *************** Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2006 10:26 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: more statistics Came across your bishop stats at this website. Do you have statistics showing rise or decline of congregations with female priests and/or bishops? thank you, ~******* You can monitor how each diocese grew or declined in the decade 1993-2003 at http://www.andromeda.rutgers.edu/~lcrew/communicants93_03.html. See especially the chart titled "Dioceses Ranked in Growth (Decline) During the Decade 1993-2003 in The Episcopal Church USA." The following dioceses had females as ordinaries for part of that decade. The diocesan ranks are in percent of growth/loss of communicants and attendance. 108 dioceses were ranked: Indianapolis (Waynick since 1997), 12th communicants; 73rd attendance) Maine (Knudsen since 1997); 74th communicants; 55th attendance) Nevada (Jefferts-Schori since 2001); 43rd communicants; 12th attendance Rhode Island (Wolf since 1995); 64th communicants; 77th attendance Utah (Irish since 1996); 42nd communicants; 10th attendance Vermont (McLeod from 1993-2001); 62nd communicants; 62nd attendance This information cannot support any claim that a bishop caused the growth/decline rate: not one of the women served as bishop for the full decade in question; each bishop inherits entrenched patterns of growth/decline long in place at the parish level, and it would be difficult to claim that people join/attend a parish primarily because of what they think of the bishop. I do not have access to data that would let me correlate the growth/decline of parishes with the gender of the priests in charge. Best wishes. LC Louie Crew, 377 S. Harrison St., 12D, E. Orange, NJ 07018. 973-395-1068 http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~lcrew
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