The People Speak

I expect to offer several reflections on the recent election in the coming days.

But first in most Episcopalians’ minds must be the fact that our bishop coadjutor-elect was first rejected by the Nominating Committee. He was then nominated by petition; he led on the first ballot; and he won by a huge majority on only the third ballot. The official system failed; the people won.

And most of us present in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine also noticed that Canon Andrew Dietsche seemed to be the least concerned of the candidates with being a spokesperson for the church in the media and on the national and international stage. Rather, he would try to help struggling parishes to survive and flourish. Many of us share this priority and we should be grateful that the election results seem to endorse this emphasis on the parish. —J. Douglas Ousley

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