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Wish List for Next PHoD

Wish List for Next PHoD

The unanticipated election of a new person from the House of Deputies to serve as President has been on a lot of minds this past weekend. We posted some questions earlier in the day that you might like to ask people thinking about running. And over the weekend Lelanda Lee, a member of the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council, posted some thoughts about what she’d like to see in a candidate.

She begins by discussing the changes that are happening to the Episcopal Church and other mainline denominations and continues:

“In this context, it seems to me that we need to elect a leader for the next three years (and possibly more years if such elected leader is deemed the right one and is reelected in 2015) who is a departure from the way we’ve always done things. As a member of the Executive Council in this past triennium, I have had a front row seat in observing our President of the House of Deputies, who is also the Vice President of Council, and the challenges faced by her. We need a leader who isn’t married to the way we’ve always done things, while also having an appreciation of our history, traditions, and how we got where we are today.”

Then she lists 10 things in her “wish list”. Some of them are obvious, like needing a leader with a high tolerance for conflict, and some are reflective of her experience on Executive Council and working closely with Bonnie Anderson these past three years.

Go read the whole list and then let us know what you think about it? Realistic? Is there more that needs to be added?


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Tom Sramek Jr

One thought: Perhaps rather than making a “wish list” of qualities that we want in an HOD President as the office is currently configured we might decrease the expectations we have of that office. While we’re at it, how about decreasing the expectations of the office of Presiding Bishop? Since we’re in a search process for HOD President now, perhaps the person we should be looking for is someone who wants to serve for one term and actively reshape expectations. Since we’ll be in a Presiding Bishop search soon, perhaps some reflection on that role would be helpful as well.

Dave Paisley

That list would choke a horse. You would be lucky to get those qualities in a highly paid CEO, never mind an unpaid volunteer position.

Come to think of it, even Jesus might only get seven out of ten…

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