JNCPB announces no additional nominees

Posted May 13, 2015

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Episcopal Church Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop (JNCPB) has released the following statement:

On April 27, 2015, the Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop (JNCPB) announced its process for nominating bishops from the floor to the office of the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church at General Convention in June 2015.

The JNCPB is canonically charged with “establishing a timely process for any bishop or deputy to express the intent to nominate any other member of the House of Bishops from the floor at the time the Joint Nominating Committee presents its nominees to the joint session of the two Houses, and for each Bishop so nominated to be included in the information distributed about the nominees”.

The JNCPB outlined this procedure in a message to the Church on April 27, 2015.

The deadline for bishops and deputies to nominate a bishop under this procedure was May 12, 2015. JNCPB announces that no additional bishops were nominated.

Therefore, the list of bishops presented by the JNCPB will be formally placed in nomination before a joint session of the two Houses of the General Convention on June 26, 2015. They are:

Bishop Thomas E. Breidenthal of Southern Ohio
Bishop Michael B. Curry of North Carolina
Bishop Ian T. Douglas of Connecticut
Bishop Dabney T. Smith of Southwest Florida

The JNCPB will shortly release additional information from each of the nominees.  Each nominee has responded to questions about his vision for the church, which will be posted to the General Convention website soon.  Additionally, each nominee made himself available for a video interview.  These will also be made available soon.  

The JNCPB thanks everyone for your prayers for the nominees and for this election process of our Church.

The JNCPB is composed of a lay member, a priest or deacon, and a bishop elected from each of the nine provinces of The Episcopal Church, plus two youth representatives who were appointed by the President of the House of Deputies, the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings. The General Convention deputies and bishops serve a three-year term to conclude at the close of General Convention 2015 in Salt Lake City, UT (Diocese of Utah).

For more info: pbnominatingcommittee@gmail.com.


Comments (1)

  1. Erna Lund says:

    Let us pray that each candidate will include in his “Vision for the Church” the focus on “Saving Grace” (literally) of Compassionate Action for the Palestinian Christian community continuing at risk of “ground zero” given that no leaders have demonstrated the moral, political or even spiritual strength and commitment to stand up and speak out for these tragically voiceless and vulnerable indigenous citizenry under brutal seige daily. Indeed, it appears that “we” (collectively) despite our Baptismal Covenant have lost sight of the Responsibility, Accountability and Obligation of Witnessing inherent in the birthplace, origin and ministry of our Dear Lord Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Redeemer–Bethlehem, Nazareth, Jerusalem … and so many other villages(500+) and areas deliberately destroyed, families slaughtered, and continuing to this day as in Gaza (July-August 2014)–the daily reminder of the Nakba(Catastrophe May 16) suffered by the Palestinians since the early 1900’s. Please may we have New Leadership to reflect the spiritual, moral strength of His Excellency Pope Francis for international humanitarian support for equal rights and justice for the Oppressed. Certainly we can demonstrate our True Purpose in and throughout the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and throughout the Middle East which is disintegrating through both benign neglect and tactical military destruction!

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