What do we need in a new Presiding Bishop?

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At 12 Noon, Eastern Time, the nominees for our next Presiding Bishop will be announced. Scott Gunn has been thinking about the qualities the next PB will need to take on a nearly impossible task.

Seven Whole Days:

A visionary leader. We need a leader who can cast a large, inspiring vision for the church and who knows how to work with strategic thinkers to make it happen. We do not need a maintenance or caretaker PB right now. We need a bishop who is a person of big ideas and who gets people on board. How can we know if this is true? Look at the bishop’s track record.

Leader for change. We need a leader who is skilled at leading through times of change and who can change readily herself or himself. The status quo is melting before our very eyes, and our church is going to look very different at the end of a PB’s nine-year term. We need a bishop who has a history of navigating change, especially organizational change….

Brilliant communicator. We need a presiding bishop who is a natural communicator, who can articulate complex, difficult ideas with clarity and grace, especially under pressure. The next PB should be facile with social media (though, like Pope Francis, may delegate this to others, so long as the point of it is understood). Watch out for posers who suddenly have a Twitter account now that their campaign is picking up speed….

Read the rest here. Before we find out who the nominees are, what would you like to see in the next Presiding Bishop?

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Paul Woodrum
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While Pope Francis is very personable and I don't doubt his sincerity, I'm not convinced he should be held up as a model for the Primate of the Episcopal Church. He has a considerably larger stage on which to act. His charm offensive may have obscured, but still has not changed, the Roman denomination's position on clerical celibacy (the root of sexual molestation), nor the second class position accorded women and gay people, nor recognition of the orders of sister churches, nor any number of dubious dogmas not rooted in scripture.

I would suggest more modest and more justice centered criteria mold our expectations.

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David Murray
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David Murray

We need a leader who as the Presiding Bishop will both lead and listen, but knows that this may not please all. Frankly, we in TEC have faced the tension of being true to the best of the past as well as face the present issues with the understanding that the future awaits it. I hope the next Presiding Bishop can understand that the position is one of leadership, and also one of honoring the work of others in the past. However, this person ought to not to imprisoned.

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From Scott Gunn: "Watch out for posers who suddenly have a Twitter account now that their campaign is picking up speed…."

Based on this, the contest is between +Curry and +Douglas, who each have a record of hundreds of tweets going back years.

Adiaphora, but interesting.

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Leonardo Ricardo
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True, the bishop of Rome has opened hearts, minds, and ¨talked turkey¨ while being a person of the people as well as a great leader too...yes, the people! Imagine great hospitality, the welcoming and gleefilled possibilities when we have a people person who prays WITH the people. MIXES IT UP with the regular folks at all levels of LIFE! Being a responsible leader would include being able to ¨manage funds prudently¨ (but not be a greedster or a piker) file lawsuits¨ if needed or work out alternative solutions as the need for them present themselves! Yes, a respected friend, a realist, a ¨regular¨ and wise human being and a person who believes in a God who continously reveals more to us (it's clear the ¨answers do come if we want them¨). Reality just takes some getting used to and I would WELCOME and embrace any upfront person and joyfilled leader who is not terrified of REAL! (which might even include their very own vulnerabilities, saying yes, saying no, saying maybe and changing their mind all together) The times insist on someone at the top who has the ability to embrace, everyone, personally and pastorally. No one less gifted, por favor!

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Sergio Laurenti
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Sergio Laurenti

A believer in Jesus Christ that will put prayer before action and action as consequence of prayer.

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Paul Woodrum
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Reads like we need +Katharine for another nine years.

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Philip Snyder
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Philip Snyder

What we need in a PB is someone who will work to heal and bring unity to the Church and by unity I don't mean "Drive all the Conservatives out so only the people who agree with me are left." We need someone who will not look the other way when bishops of his/her "party" are violating or allowing the violations of the C&C (e.g. Communion without Baptism is very common in many circles and expressly against the C&C.)

We need a PB who is a person of prayer and who engages in and supports evangelism. We need a bishop who has been a Rector of a broken congregation and brought healing and growth to that congregation or who has lead a turn around in his/her diocese by turning decline into growth.

Above all, we need a PB who will not give the wealth of TEC to trial lawyers.

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Donald F Gerardi
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Donald F Gerardi

From your description it seems the person you're looking for already has a job in Rome.

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Christopher Arnold
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Above all, a prayerful person rather than a political person. Sure, yes, the office is political and some things can't be avoided. I want someone who will consistently point the whole church back to the heart of our creedal Christian faith but spur us on to evangelism. I want someone who loves the BCP, Constitution, and canons as the inscribed will of the people. I want someone who isn't a cynic. I want, frankly, someone not inclined to file lawsuits. Above all, I want to hear about Jesus more than anything else.

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Daniel Francis
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Daniel Francis

I agree mostly with this. Inevitably, our PB is going to have to be political, as the Church is political in its way. But a person who has a deep love for the Gospel, a deep love for Evangelism, and a deep love of the Episcopal Church is the kind of person I'd like to see as well. 🙂

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Philip Snyder
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Philip Snyder

There are two meanings of "political." The first is to work together to solve problems - to compromise on non-essentials to get the essentials done. We need a PB who can be a politician in this sense.

The other is to put "party" over the good of the whole because you believe your party to be right and the other "parties" to be wrong (at best) or straight out evil. This is what politics has come to mean in TEC and the USA as a whole. We need less of this meaning of "politics."

Remember the roots of "politics" - Poly (meaning many) and "tics" - blood sucking arachnids. 🙂

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