Today the Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop released the list of the four bishops who will be on the slate this summer at General Convention. Other names may be added through a write-in process. However, this group represents the Committee’s thoughts about what the Episcopal Church needs for the next five years. It is a strong group of faithful bishops: the Rt. Rev. Thomas Breidenthal, 64, Diocese of Southern Ohio, the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, 62, Diocese of North Carolina, the Rt. Rev. Ian Douglas, 56, Diocese of Connecticut the Rt. Rev. Dabney Smith, 61, Diocese of Southwest Florida. Two of the candidates, Bishop Douglas and Bishop Breidenthal, have served as academics for part of their careers.
The Episcopal Herald is focused on the future of the Episcopal Church. At first reading, it seems these candidates have emphasized reconciliation more than restructuring. Of course both gifts will be necessary to the work of the Presiding Bishop. We note that Bishop Curry did serve on the TREC task force, though it’s unclear if he supports all of the TREC recommendations. It will be the work of the House of Bishops to hear what all four candidates articulate as their vision for what the Episcopal Church is becoming.