Saturday, September 12, 2009

NAVAJOLAND: Convocation planned for October 17

From ENS-

The Episcopal Church in Navajoland is poised to, at an upcoming October 17 gathering, vote on its own leadership.

That selection, of an interim canon to the ordinary to be put forward to the Presiding Bishop for her appointment, would bring the Episcopal Church in Navajoland (ECN) a step closer toward its eventual goal of selecting a Navajo or Diné bishop by 2013, according to Anna Fowler, of Farmington, New Mexico.

"I am very excited," said Fowler, a member of the design team that helped to craft a proposal for developing Navajo leadership, to be considered at the October convocation.

"In the past we've had interim bishops appointed by the Presiding Bishop's office, and we've appreciated the appointments of those bishops that have helped us. But this time, we're going to do it. We are excited. We have challenges, yes, but we will come together and be proud that we have done this work."

The Presiding Bishop has asked for the input of the people of Navajoland, which is an area mission of the Episcopal Church, not a diocese. At the invitation of the Presiding Bishop's office, the Rt. Rev. Rustin Kimsey, former Assisting Bishop of Navajoland, has agreed to convene the convocation. Delegates attending that meeting will choose between two candidates; each has longstanding relationships with the ECN.

"We're very fortunate to have him [Kimsey] because he was interim bishop here and Navajoland knows him," Fowler said. "He helped Navajoland in a lot of ways as a leader," she added.

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