As we begin our search for the next bishop of the Diocese of Oregon, we have compiled facts, data, history, and our thoughts about this place that we call home. We have grappled with difficult questions about how to describe our history, our diocese, and ourselves. We have reached out to members of the diocese to hear their hopes and dreams, and given them space to share their concerns.
In this process, we have been reminded of many things we love about living and serving in Oregon. Our state is beautiful, livable, and makes it easy to enjoy the great outdoors. Our region has wine country and berry picking, mountains and coastline, theater (with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland) and music (with the Oregon Bach Festival in Eugene), and so much more. Our churches are dedicated to and creative about being Christ’s hands and feet, especially in serving the most vulnerable among us.
We believe in our core values of love, worship, justice, and community, yet we have learned during this process that we have very real divides and contradictions. We want our next bishop to lead us as a partner who will walk alongside us. We want someone who will help us fight against injustice, but who can navigate wide differences of opinion and meet people where they are. We want someone who will recognize and value our independence, but who will also bring us closer together as a community. We want someone who will bring ideas and energy to help us reach new members, but who will value and preserve the traditions that make us who we are.
Like most dioceses in the Episcopal Church, we have challenges and difficulties. But we are a place that inspires deep love and a passion to always do better. We welcome you to explore the information we have compiled, and consider whether you are the right person to join us as we begin our next chapter.