Best Divine Guest on Capitol Hill (2002)
The Archbishop of Canterbury
St. John's Episcopal Cathedral
St. John's Episcopal Cathedral is a Capital Hill institution, but even longtime churchgoers were wowed by their guest in January. The Reverend George Carey, better known as the Archbishop of Canterbury -- spiritual leader of 92 million Anglican Christians around the world -- had come to town to preside over the installation of the Reverend Peter Eaton as the ninth dean of the 142-year-old congregation. The stately processional inside the cathedral was led by a church member swinging an incense-filled censer, but with a Western twist: Lakota and Kiowa Indians in full regalia joined the procession, along with representatives from the Catholic church and a local mosque. Parts of the celebration were even in Spanish. Denver may be a long way from England, but we still have a connection to the sceptered isle.