Throughout our clergy transition, we have spoken of how we all are the church. You and I are Good Shepherd. Well, we are part of a wider church as well – The Episcopal Church in Colorado, our diocese.
As many of you know, we elect a bishop here about every nine to ten years. This is a very important event in our church life, both at Good Shepherd and in our diocese. The bishop will not only lead us spiritually but also set the tone for who we are, and what we are collectively. The bishop is our religious representative and embodies the Episcopal Church here in our state. We will be front and center at a magnificent celebratory service on May 18, 2019 when the new bishop is consecrated in Colorado by Presiding Bishop Michel Curry.
The election is the culmination of a search process, including listening and feedback sessions throughout the region and candidate retreats and interviews, to find the best slate of nominees. We have two women candidates and their resumes, video and written statements, and other information can be found here.
Colorado’s next bishop will be elected by both clergy and lay delegates at the Annual Convention on October 26-27 at Saint John’s Cathedral and we strongly urge you to learn about the nominees and participate in events prior to election, as well as pray for the delegates and candidates. You are cordially welcome to attend any of these events:
October 7 and 8: Denver-local “Walkabout” meetings to personally meet the candidates and see them in action.
Click here for details and to RSVP.
Wednesdays, October 3, 10, 17, 24 from 7:00-8:00 pm in Good Shepherd’s Parish Hall.
The delegates will meet for discussion, questions and a short Compline Service.
Good Shepherd’s lay delegates are Deb Sampson, Becky Beall-Moore, Karin Elsen and Donna White. Alternate lay delegates are Mike Marfia, Nan Behringer and Doris Truhlar. Jim Wolfe is a voting member of the Bishop’s Standing Committee. All active and retired clergy in Colorado will vote. We want to hear your opinions. Please talk to us or leave feedback here:
More information can be found at this website:
Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a bishop for this Diocese, and those in discernment with us, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen