Springfield narrows field to three

The Diocese of Springfield had narrowed their field of nominees to three with balloting held on Saturday, August 7. Although they allowed for four nominees, a deadlock over a fourth candidate occurred. Neither Beth Fain+ nor Shawn Denney+ could obtain the necessary votes from the other order. Laity and clergy split and the convention voted to go with three.


The balloting is here:

After the eighth ballot, a motion was made to suspend the Rules of Order for the Nominating Synod and to nominate three candidates instead of four. The motion passed by the required two-thirds majority of the Clergy and Lay delegates voting. Therefore, the final three candidates for the Election of a Bishop are: The Rev. Matthew A. Gunter (Diocese of Chicago); The Rev. Daniel H. Martins (Diocese of Northern Indiana); and The Rev. Canon E. Mark Stevenson (Diocese of Louisiana).

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  1. I wish they had decided to take 5 instead of 3 – letting the 2 who could not get enough votes in the other order to be nominated. Maybe I think this because then there would be a woman on the slate.

  2. Ann, could be I suppose but I hope they simply wanted to limit the ballots at the election. This has been easily one of the more divided diocese around so the fact that they got a 2/3 super majority is arguably the good news.

    Jim Beyer (added by ed.)

  3. tgflux

    Um, one name (of the three selected to continue) above stands out . . . problematically.

    Could we be looking at another ?Mark Lawrence (South Carolina) situation, if he were elected? [I know, I know: that’s what the confirmation process is for.]

    Prayers for Springfield!

    JC Fisher

  4. Dä'ved Äyan | David Allen

    Yes, Dr Fisher, that name jumped off the page for me as well. But he could have left long ago with his friends. I fear that should he be elected he will stick around to be a pain in the assets similar to +Dallas, + Central Florida, etc. Sabbotage from within. He does it well.

  5. JC, like David, I don’t think Fr. Martins has thoughts about leaving the Episcopal Church. Rather, he has long claimed that there was a place for loyal opposition – even opposition as profound as his – and that he was in it.

    Remember, too, that the last bishop of Springfield said the he did not believe that a diocese could leave the Episcopal Church. I wonder whether there would be as much support for such “all but gone” separation in that diocese as in South Carolina.

    Marshall Scott

  6. As one who was there, I overheard one of my more conservative colleagues say to his wife, “At least we kept the woman off the ballot.” Ann, as usual hit the nail on the head.

  7. ¨Yes, Dr Fisher, that name jumped off the page for me as well. But he could have left long ago with his friends. I fear that should he be elected he will stick around to be a pain in the assets similar to +Dallas, + Central Florida, etc. Sabbotage from within. He does it well.¨Dä’ved

    That´s exactly what I think…lot´s of behind-the-scene intrigue and grandstanding at The Diocese of San Joaquin and beyond/after…now you see him now you don´t!

    Terribly troublesome and troubling and hardly a solid way to settle ¨previous controversies¨ with an expert in creating more ¨entangling alliances.¨

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