New Election Season

Proposals of names for Suffragan Bishop of New York close this week. The Nominating Committee will spend the summer sifting through the suggestions, interviewing some, checking references and background, and submitting a list of five or so final candidates to be considered at the December 7 election. As the short list should only be out in October, the most intense campaigning won’t begin until then.

It will be interesting to see who is proposed–especially since the current Bishop of New York was not nominated by last year’s committee and had to be proposed from the floor. My guess would be that the nominees will be all over the diversity spectrum but that the strongest candidate will be: female (to balance male bishop),minority in some way (to balance straight white bishop), and older (so as to be retiring relatively soon if she turned out to be a problem!)

More substantially, I would bet that the winner will be someone with a track record of congregational development and church growth. Politics very definitely aside, that is what we need in this diocese. —J. Douglas Ousley

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