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House of Bishops Daily Account for the evening of March 29

March 29, 2011

The House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church is meeting at the Kanuga Conference Center in North Carolina from March 25 to March 30. The following is an account of the activities for the evening session of March 29.

  • Following dinner, the session was opened by the day’s Emcee, Bishop Victor Scantlebury of Chicago.

  • Bishop Neil Alexander of Atlanta introduced a “historic occasion” as the deans of the seminaries joined the bishops:

Bob Bottoms. Seabury-Western Theological Seminary

The Very Rev. Joseph H. Britton, Berkeley Divinity School at Yale

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Virginia Theological Seminary

The Very Rev. Robert S. Munday, Nashotah House

The Rev. Dr. Katherine Ragsdale, Episcopal Divinity School

The Very Rev. Joseph Britton, Bexley Hall Seminary

The Very Rev. Mark Richardson, Church Divinity School of the Pacific

The Very Rev. Dr. William S. Stafford, School of Theology â€" University of the South

The Very Rev. Dr. Justyn Terry, Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry

The Very Rev. Douglas Travis, Seminary of the Southwest

Bishop Peter Lee, interim dean of General Theological Seminary, is a member of HOB

  • Bishop Dabney Smith of Southwest Florida introduced the topic for the evening: Selection Recruitment and Formation of Young Leadership. HOB discussed questions in table groups:

A bishop is called to ordain priests and deacons; and to encourage and support all baptized people in their gifts and ministries.

- How do you actively recruit and form leaders? Do your diocesan staff and/or structure help you do so?

- How do the Title III ministry canons and Episcopal Church deployment practices shape and/or impede your recruitment and formation efforts?

- Do the ministry canons and your diocesan policies/practices provide enough flexibility to select and recruit people in an evolving cultural landscape?

- Do your congregational visitation practices assist in the selection and recruitment of young adults?

The bishops enthusiastically shared their discussion points and findings from their small groups, particularly noting the need for greater flexibility in formation of clergy as well as a greater sense that the church needs to be attentive to the formation of lay leaders.

Media Briefers for the evening:

Bishop Jim Mathes of San Diego

Bishop Prince Singh of Rochester

The Episcopal Church:

Diocese of Atlanta:

Diocese of Chicago:

Diocese of Rochester:

Diocese of San Diego:

Diocese of Southwest Florida:

Berkeley Divinity School at Yale:

Bexley Hall Seminary:

Church Divinity School of the Pacific:

Episcopal Divinity School:

General Theological Seminary:

Nashotah House:

Seabury-Western Theological Seminary:

Seminary of the Southwest:

School of Theology â€" University of the South:

Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry:

Virginia Theological Seminary:

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Nancy Cox Davidge
Public Affairs Officer