Saturday, May 4, 2013

Episcopal Diocese of New jersey to elect next Bishop

From New Jersey-

The Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey will elect its next bishop today at 9 a.m. at Trinity Cathedral in Trenton. More than 600 clergy and lay deputies representing 150 churches in the state will vote in the election. The nine nominees standing for election are: the Rev. David Anderson, 56, rector of St. Luke’s Parish in Darien, Conn.; the Rev. Dr. Joan Beilstein, 52, rector of Church of the Ascension in Silver Spring, MD; the Very Rev. René John, 52, Dean of Trinity Cathedral in Trenton; the Rev. Canon Donald J. Muller, 60, Rector of St. Peter’s Church in Medford; the Rev. Canon Dr. Francisco Pozo, 56, Vicar of Christ Church in Trenton; the Rev. Dr. Allen F. Robinson, 42, rector of St. James’ Church in Baltimore, MD; the Rev. Canon Melissa M. Skelton, 62, rector of St. Paul’s Church in Seattle, Wash.; and Canon for Congregational Development and Leadership of the Diocese of Olympia; the Rev. Canon William Stokes, 55, rector of St. Paul’s Church in Delray Beach, Fla.; the Rev. Martha Sylvia Ovalle Vásquez, 60, rector of St. Paul’s Church in Walnut Creek, Calif.

“The Bishop election is a hopeful sign of grassroots democracy in the Episcopal Church. The nine men and women standing for election as Bishop is the most diverse slate ever to stand for an election in the Episcopal Church, and we are excited to see men and women of different backgrounds and leadership experiences offering their talents for our discernment,” said the Rev. Gregory Bezilla, chairman of the Transition Committee of the Diocese of New Jersey that oversees the election. “We will be stronger because we have prayerfully and thoughtfully considered their strengths and differences.”

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