Bishop Smith nominated for election to Louisiana

June Butler (Grandmère Mimi) posted news that Bishop Michael Smith, the present bishop of North Dakota, and one of the seven bishops who recently traveled to Lambeth Palace to meet with the Archbishop of Canterbury, has been entered the discernment process for the upcoming election in the Diocese of Louisiana where Bishop Charles Jenkins is retiring.

Butler quotes Smith in a letter to the Diocese of North Dakota:

"As you know, I've enjoyed the opportunity of serving as a part-time assisting bishop in Louisiana the past two years. After Bishop Charles Jenkins announced his resignation, a number of laypeople, deacons and priests of that Diocese approached me about the possibility of being nominated. Initially, I thanked them and shared my reservations about whether God was calling me to serve in that capacity. Then other bishops from around the church with ties to Louisiana began to encourage me to accept nomination. "

Read the full article here.

Do read the comments too. Bishop Smith interacts with June on the blog in an untypical manner for those entering into bishop election processes.

Comments (3)

What can I say but "very interesting!" I have never seen a candidate for the episcopacy speaking in a manner like this. Is it good or bad? I suppose that I am pleased that he took the time to listen to an respond to a "lowly laity" person like myself. I would agree with "Grandmere Mimi" that I am a little fearful of +Bishop Michael's taking up the role of the diocesan for Louisiana, but he seems to be a "more moderate" conservative. Am I right on this?

First things first: June, you ROCK! [But I guess that kind of goes w/o saying? ;-)]

I'm still worried. +Michael Smith refers to ?Mark Lawrence as a "good and godly bishop", to which I must ask "bishop of WHAT?" Because he's sure not a good and godly bishop of TEC, w/ that ridiculous diatribe he (Lawrence) made!

Where is Bishop Smith's loyalty to TEC as it is right now, and not as he may wish it, all Covenanted-up and such? Does he understand that it is the role of General Convention to accept *OR* reject the Covenant, not the role of a diocese/diocesan?

Moreover, can we be assured he will give a possible LGBT bishop-elect his FULL CONSIDERATION (per D025), and not a pro forma rejection based upon his/her sexuality (partnered appropriately to same)? [I shudder even to ask about LGBT candidates for orders within the diocese, and "appropriate pastoral care" to same-sex couples---but that doesn't mean you shouldn't ask, June]

Keep the questions comin', June, and don't take no "Anglican Fudge" for an answer!

JC Fisher

The diocese of North Dakota has NOT been doing well under the brief leadership of Bishop Michael Smith (who moonlights as assistant bishop in Louisiana)...who pays for his recent extravagant travel to England for ¨special¨ sessions with the Archbishop of Canterbury?

It appears Bishop Smith ought stay closer to Bismark, Williston, Minot and Episcopal Church parishes that need LEADERSHIP badly before they disappear entirely! The grass may only appear greener. Bishop Smith...true, aspiring to be Bishop of Louisiana seems greener than being of service to the withering congregations, flooding and snow in North Dakota.

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