North Carolina adds two bishop candidates by petition

Posted Jan 5, 2017

[Diocese of North Carolina press release] The Standing Committee of the Diocese of North Carolina is pleased to announce the addition of two petition candidates to the slate of nominees for the 12th bishop diocesan of the diocese.

The additional nominees are:

  • The Rev. George Adamik – St. Paul’s, Cary, North Carolina
  • The Rev. Canon Michael Buerkel Hunn – The Episcopal Church, New York, New York

The petition process is allowed per Resolution 201-1 of the 200th Annual Convention, as amended by the 201st Annual Convention, and provides that following the announcement of nominees for the 12th bishop chosen by the Nominating Committee, the Standing Committee accepts nominations by petition for a two-week period.

“Two petition nominations were received,” said Joe Ferrell, president of the Standing Committee. “The Standing Committee certifies these nominees have had the same background checks as were done with respect to the nominees of the Nominating Committee and that each nominee passed the same.”

With the addition of Adamik and Hunn, the full slate of nominees for the XII Bishop Diocesan is:

  • The Rev. George Adamik – St. Paul’s, Cary, North Carolina
  • The Rev. Charles T. Dupree – Trinity Episcopal Church, Bloomington, Indiana
  • The Rev. Canon Michael Buerkel Hunn – The Episcopal Church, New York, New York
  • The Rev. Samuel S. Rodman, III – Diocese of Massachusetts, Boston, Massachusetts

The election of the 12th bishop diocesan will take place at a special one-day Convention scheduled for Saturday, March 4, 2017 in Greensboro.

Before the election, however, every person in the Diocese of North Carolina has multiple opportunities to become acquainted with the candidates. Materials provided by the candidates will continue to be shared on the bishop search website throughout January and February, and a series of online, one-on-one “town hall” conversations will take place Jan. 19 – 31. A full week of in-person “whistle stops” and walkabout gatherings are scheduled for Feb. 13-18.

The full schedule of events is available here.


Comments (10)

  1. Tom Eshelman says:

    Ok so where are the women in this slate? What is wrong with this picture? Oh my. So I have to wonder in this huge Episcopal world of ours there was not at least one woman who put her name forward. How can our church change if all the slates look like this one?

    1. Essby Slinger says:

      You took the words right out of my mouth. At first glance this looks sad.

    2. Canon Flagler says:

      Yep, the all white male lineup again. Glad Indianapolis choose wisely!

    3. The Rev Susan E Speir says:


  2. Tod Roulette says:

    I am heartened that there are so many women currently in seminary, but the real
    Shame is the dearth and non-urgency about seminary students who are not Caucasian. If you think that won’t have major repercussions in the next 10 years in a nonwhite USA then I’m afraid you do t be in change!

  3. Laura and Fred Patdee says:

    Aye, aye to all of the above.
    Laura and Fred Pardee

  4. Paul Lebens-Englund says:

    Yes, we’re right to be disappointed that, for whatever reason (and, sad to say it, the Holy Spirit may be involved), the slate doesn’t represent the wonderful diversity of the Church, but even more disappointing is the utter disregard for the feelings of these four faithful nominees who’ve made no small risk in offering themselves up for our public review, ridicule, and scorn — simply because of how God created them. Seems we’ve not yet taken the deeper learning of these last forty years to heart. Surely we can advocate for a more diverse episcopacy without falling prey to the allure of dualistic, zero-sum thinking. Let’s be tender with each other, friends, lest we be mistaken for the world around us.

  5. Ann Fontaine says:

    Wasn’t there another nominee? Did he drop out? As to the Holy Spirit – I think bishop hunts are the least likely place to find her.

  6. Fr. John Farrell says:

    Looks like a good slate of competent and godly candidates to me. I was a little concerned when there were only two, but it seems the grassroots (or Holy Spirit) saved the day. I shall be praying for the diocese.

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