By Martin Loring, Chair, 11th Bishop of Oregon Search Committee
The process toward calling our next Bishop is well underway. The application period has closed, and we are pleased to have received 31 applications which is well above average for the 2018-19 episcopal elections. The Committee will meet soon to decide who to interview. In the months to come, the committee will interview candidates by Zoom and then semi-finalists will be invited to a discernment retreat. The final slate of three to four will be announced in early March.
In the meantime, we are very grateful for the comments, questions and support from diocesan convention. The Rev. Tim Hannon and Ms. Mary Adams presented on the process toward the creation of the profile and the profile itself. They shared that: “We [the Diocese of Oregon] are looking for a spiritual, adaptive leader who builds strong relationships by taking the time to listen, and who is able to help us find creative solutions to diocesan issues in a culturally responsive manner.”
Overall, 241 delegates reported an average of 3.8 out of 5 as a numerical score on their satisfaction with the process. Delegates also weighed in on what they would add going forward which varied from comments on process, on the summary statement, on hopes for the new bishop and other aspects of the search. The committee will read, examine and inwardly digest them to inform the search going forward.
Until March, information will necessarily be fairly confidential and the committee anticipates few updates. Please pray for us and for the movement of the Holy Spirit.