From the Albany Times Union:
A proposed rule change would eliminate a special Profile and Search Committee that seeks candidates in the diocese and from the national church and conducts a vetting process. Instead, the diocese’s Standing Committee, which advises the bishop, would administer the process relying on nominations from within the diocese.
“It’s like President Obama or President Bush using their cabinet to pick the next president,” said Jonathan Pearson, a delegate from St. George’s Church in Schenectady to the 145th annual diocesan convention.
The maneuvering at this meeting this weekend in Speculator plays out against the national debate over sexual issues involving the recognition and sanctioning in the church of gay marriage. Bishop William Love and the diocese have taken a position opposing this, leaving more liberal parishes to seek pastoral oversight from the bishops of neighboring dioceses in Syracuse and Vermont.
As a point of clarification: Albany is not currently look for a bishop. The Rt. Rev. William Love has not announced his retirement.