Sunday, June 18, 2006

New Presiding Bishop Elected

As we reconvened we received the results of the earlier vote by order. The resolution for Delegated Pastoral Oversight passed overwhelmingly.

The worship resources Enhancing Our Worship was encouraged for us, including on Sundays.

A wonderful new service for Renewal of Ministry with the Welcoming of a New Rector passed. It's a great improvement to the Prayer Book Celebration for New Ministry.

We also added some fine resources and additional rites following death.

We passed a resolution of pastoral concern for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families.

We passed a resolution encourage the appointment and nomination of young persons ages 16-30 to serve in leadership.

The announcement of the election of Katharine Jefferts Schori, Bishop of Nevada who was elected by the House of Bishops on the 5th ballot. The House of Deputies is required to consent.

Bishop Jefferts Schori was on the Special Commission on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, on the board of the CDSP Seminary. She's been a college professor. Our vote whether to consent or not to consent was be a vote by orders. The vote was: Lay Order -- yes, 93 / no, 8 / divided, 7; Clerical Order -- 94/10/4

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The Rev. Lowell Grisham
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Clergy Deputy to General Convention

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