The Rev. Ed Bird (he/him)
Chaplain to Canterbury House
at Indiana University, Bloomington
About Rev. Ed
Rev. Ed was born in Pittsburgh, grew up in Memphis, and found a home in Chicago for nearly 20 years where he met and married his wife, Beth, and where Ed was ordained to the Episcopal priesthood.
He went to the University of Memphis for his Bachelor's, got an M.S.W. at SUNY Albany, and went to seminary in Chicago at McCormick and Seabury. Ed was a psychiatric social worker and also served the homeless community in Chicago before becoming a priest, where he still advocates for and serves those who are unhoused and still employs the listening ear of a social worker.
Rev. Ed has ministered in urban churches, suburban churches, a residential program for returning citizens, run a soup kitchen, and a summer day camp for Chicago youth. The theology he brings to Canterbury is that God is fully inclusive, open, and affirming; that the Church should harm no one and has many amends to make in that area; that everyone should be treated as full citizens in the kin-dom (yes, kin-dom!) of our God. Ed believes the Church should offer a healing community of faith to everyone as individuals and as parts of groups.