The Episcopal Church Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop (JNCPB) has issued the Call for Discernment and Profile for the 27th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church.
The Call for Discernment and Profile is located here.
Between now and September 30, any member of The Episcopal Church may submit a name of a bishop to JNCPB whom they believe should be considered for nomination through the email listed in the Call for Discernment and Profile. JNCPB will inform bishops whose names have been presented and advise them that if they wish to engage the discernment process, they must submit their materials as specified in the Call for Discernment and Profile between October 1 and October 31. The JNCPB will announce its nominees in early May 2015.
The election will take place during the 78th meeting of General Convention June 25-July 3, 2015 in Salt Lake City. The current draft of the convention schedule shows the election taking place on June 27.
According to JCNPB, the Call for Discernment and Profile is intended to paint a picture of the skills, qualities and gifts the church seeks in its next presiding bishop in light of what the church may look like in the next decade, to assist bishops, deputies and prospective nominees in discerning which bishops may be called to the ministry of presiding bishop and to assist the committee in discerning potential nominees. To assist in that process, last year the the committee crafted and circulated a church-wide survey. The synthesis of the more than 5,200 responses helped develop the profile.
The committee 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, 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. The current members are listed here.
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Due to an editing error an earlier version of this story contained an incorrect date (July 27) for the presiding bishop election. The correct date is June 27, 2015.