[Episcopal News Service] The Standing Committee of the Diocese of Michigan announces a preliminary slate of candidates who will stand for election as the 11th bishop of Michigan.
The candidates are:
- The Rev. Grace Burton-Edwards, rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Columbus, Georgia.
- The Rev. Paula Clark, canon to the ordinary and canon for clergy development, multicultural ministries and justice, Diocese of Washington.
- The Rev. Bonnie A. Perry, rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Chicago, Illinois.
- The Rev. Ruth Woodliff-Stanley, canon to the ordinary, Diocese of Colorado.
Information about the candidates, including each candidate’s photo, autobiographical sketch, resume and answers to the five essay questions asked by the Search and Nomination Committee can be found here.
The Standing Committee also announced the opening of a petition process by which nominees may be added to the preliminary slate of candidates. As explained in the material that can be found here, the petition process is akin to the prior practice of having “nominations from the floor” with two major differences: 1) there is time for a background check of petition candidates; and 2) there is time for petition candidates to become known to the diocese through the required published information and participation in the walkabouts. The deadline for nominations by petitions is 5 p.m. March 18.
The final slate of candidates will be announced by the Standing Committee after the close of the petition process. Members of the diocese will have the opportunity to become acquainted with all candidates on the final slate of candidates during the walkabouts to be held May 17-19. The special convention will be held on June 1. The ordination and consecration of the new bishop will be held Feb. 8, 2020.
The priest elected will succeed Bishop Wendell Gibbs Jr., who in January 2018 announced his plans to retire at the end of 2019.