Martin Loring, Chair
St. Paul’s, Salem
The people and churches of the Diocese of Oregon are diverse in several sense of the word. Challenges and opportunities abound.
St. Thomas, Eugene
The Diocese of Oregon includes several distinct regions, and has churches that vary greatly in both size and character. The opportunity and the challenge for our next bishop will be to understand all of our different perspectives, strengths, and needs, and to help us unify them into shared goals and support for the work we all want to do.
St. Michael & All Angels, Portland
From the shores of the Pacific Ocean to the Rogue and Willamette Valleys and the western slopes of the Cascades the people of the Diocese of Oregon are very independent. Yet we honor and respect differences, geographically and culturally, within our shared ministry which is grounded in Anglican tradition and incarnational theology.
The Rev. Sallie Bowman
Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, Portland
The Diocese of Oregon is a place where history, Anglican identity and the needs of our community come together across a wide geographic and demographic landscape. We have the capacity to be truly creative and innovative in service to our communities, given trust, encouragement and a degree of freedom.
St. David of Wales, Portland
It is an honor to serve on the Search Committee for the next Bishop of Western Oregon. I look forward to conversations with folks in this diocese as we all discern who God is calling to serve in this capacity. My hope is the Jesus Movement in the Episcopal Church in Western Oregon continues to grow and flourish with their leadership.
The Rev. Brandon Filbert
St. Timothy’s, Salem
This diocese responds to leaders who build relationships. A bishop can have real effect here by taking the time and making the effort to place true connection over titles, custom, and convenience.
The Rev. Ernestein Flemister
St. Luke’s, Grants Pass
I have been in the diocese for less than a year and I am still learning about the diocese. I would advise the potential bishop to take as much time to learn about the diocese, especially the churches and communities that are underserved.
The Rev. Timothy Hannon
St. James, Coquille
The Diocese of Oregon is small but diverse: we are traditional and progressive, liturgically conservative and experimental, politically right and left (and many things in between!). What brings us together, however, is a true love of Jesus Christ and a desire to make God’s Life more fully manifest in the world.
The Very Rev. Nathan LeRud
Trinity Cathedral, Portland
I think one of the most important things for Oregon’s next bishop to know is that the Pacific Northwest is on the front lines of a new way of being church in the United States: the purported “death” of institutional religion is, for me, some of the best news we have to share. Responding to that reality with energy and creativity also means radically re-thinking our institutional frameworks, and Oregon is ready for a bishop who will come alongside us with the energy to help us make that happen.
The Rev. Shana McCauley
St. Edward’s, Silverton
The Diocese of Oregon is unique in its expression of the Body of Christ because it is characterized by independent and pioneering spirits. As such, we have proceeded earlier into the reformation that the church in the Western world is experiencing, and we seek a bishop who will prayerfully help us channel the Holy Spirit to realize the next chapter of the church.
The Rev. Maria McDowell, Chaplain
St. Philip the Deacon, Portland
We are a diocese of independent-minded individualists who value our progressive traditions, love the beauty and creativity of our region, and struggle with sharing the good news because we are afraid to offend. We long for community that respects our uniqueness while giving us meaning and a sense of belonging to something that matters.
The Rev. Deacon Allan Miles
St. Martin’s, Shady Cove
The congregations of the diocese fall into two general groups: many small town congregations which tend to be smaller and less robust, and (possibly) more conservative; and several city/metropolitan congregations which tend to be larger, more robust, and (possibly) more liberal. Regardless of which group their congregation belongs to, Diocese of Oregon Episcopalians will be most responsive to and appreciative of a bishop who is personable and outgoing, and who feels energized by personal contact with priests, deacons, lay leaders, and lay parishioners of all stripes.
Trinity Cathedral, Portland
Oregonians are very independent people and this independent spirit has attracted many people to uproot themselves in making a life in Oregon. Our churches are geographically diverse from metropolitan, suburban and rural areas.
The Rev. Bingham Powell
St. Mary’s, Eugene
The geography of Oregon is varied and so are our people and congregations, but the Diocese is full of faithful people and congregations trying to follow Jesus and share the Good News in the particular places we find ourselves.
St. Francis of Assisi, Wilsonville
Every parish in the diocese shares God’s love with all who enter.
The State of Oregon has a complex history of racism and xenophobia focused on different ethnicities which is still reflected in the demographics of much of the state and the churches of the diocese. It is also experiencing economic and social challenges, similar to other parts of the country, arising out of developments like the decline of logging and related industries, the growth of the technology sector which mostly leaves people in rural areas out of economic progress, and threats to the fisheries. In this most unchurched state in the union, our churches are comprised of both folks who grew up with this history and many others who have migrated here, bringing their own histories.