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Re: [Mgdln] Anybody wanna be a bishop?
XXXXX wrote: > My reasons for thinking as I do about bishops is that someone who > wants to be a bishop too often brings his/her own agenda to the office > when that person should have the agenda of the Church in mind in > everything they do. At http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~lcrew/nominees4bishopsince1995.html I list all who have been nominees for bishop from January 1, 1995. You can see who has been nominated in more than one race during the last 15 years. Looking at the specific persons rather than at a theoretical construct, I am not prepared to say that all those who ran and lost before later being elected wanted to be a bishop too much or brought their own agendas to the office; are you? (You cannot see those who were considered but not nominated; so many of these may have been in other races before the final cuts.) I am less concerned about a person's agenda than about how willing the person is to grow into new assignments. Many of the most important decisions a bishop will make have to be learned on the spot, not in a prior assignment. That's why "Spiritus Sanctus" is one of the most moving parts of a consecration. That's also why the joke continues that "all those bishops touching the one being made a bishop are actually removing the spine." > There's a difference, IMO, between wanting to be a bishop and being > willing to be a bishop if called. I agree that the difference is important. I have disciplined myself for over 15 years now to write or speak to people who, I think, would make good bishops, urging them prayerfully to consider whether God might be calling them . I offer to put their name in. I also offer to find someone else to submit the name lest stigmas some associate with me would reduce the welcome of the nominating committee. I have sometimes offered to kiss their opponents if that might help! (;o') Several who are now fine bishops are persons who turned me down multiple times but finally allowed their names to go forward. Do you know a person with outstanding qualifications to be a bishop whom you might urge allow you to submit her or his name? Sometimes only you will know the son or daughter of Jesse hidden in the back pasture tending sheep. At http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~lcrew/hob.html I maintain a list of all ongoing elections. At http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~lcrew/blackpr.html I maintain a directory of all black clergy so that we in the white majority will not perpetuate a system in which we do not know qualified persons unless they look like us. At http://rci.rutgers.edu/~lcrew/deputations2009.html I list all deputies to the last General Convention Louie, L1 Newark
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