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This page contains information and resources for the clergy of the Episcopal Church in Western Oregon. Please contact the diocesan office with any questions on these resources or to request other resources to be added.
Congregations in the Search Process
Here is the current listing of the congregations in Western Oregon that have openings for priests and where they are at in their search process. This list is updated on a regular basis.
Customary for Bishop's Visitation
Diocesan Bishop Michael Hanley regularly visits all the congregations of the Episcopal church in Western Oregon. This document will help familiarize you to thethings he does when he comes to visit and the things the congregation might do to prepare. The Bishop's visitation schedule is available by contacting his Executive Assistant, Marie Bagwell. Congregations are notified far in advance of his visitation and al congregations are visited every three years minimum.
Canon Neysa Ellgren, Canon to the Ordinary, serves as the Deployment Officer. Please contact her with questions.
Marie Bagwell serves as Vocations Coordinator. Please contact her with questions. The Ordination Manual as well as individual forms for the ordination process are here.
This manual is prepared for use in finding the most basic and general information about our common life as clergy in the Diocese of Oregon.
Licenced Ministries Manual
One of the purposes of this manual is to aid baptized persons who wish to serve in one of specific ministries requiring a license to discern and describe their ministry, in prayerful collaboration with their clergy.
Blessings for Same Sex Couples
All Non-parochial and Retired Episcopal priests and deacons who live in Western Oregon are required by canon to report in to Bishop Michael Hanley at the end of each year. Non-parochial clergy are those who do not serve in a parish or mission, or are 72 years of age or older, or are retired from active service, or reside in or are officiating in another diocese, or are canonically resident in another diocese. Retired clergy who may be assisting in a parish need to report if they do not submit a parochial report. This form makes it easy to comply and gives these clergy a chance to inform the bishop of the ministry they have done over the past year and update him on significant life events. Yearly deadline for completion of this form is December 31st.
Policies and Procedures Manual
This manual is intended to serve as a resource to all congregations in the Diocese of Oregon. Its contents combine guidelines, procedures, best practices and Diocesan policies, all offered to congregations as helpful sources of information on a wide range of church matters. One goal of this manual is to maintain a level of administrative consistency in congregational practices across the Diocese. It is also recognized that congregations have unique needs and cultures. When an individual congregation experiences a specific need different from or unaddressed in this manual, a draft of the intended procedure or guideline should be forwarded to the Bishop's Office for review. The Bishop then has the option of forwarding the proposed procedure or guideline to the Diocesan Personnel Committee for possible inclusion in this manual. In this manner operational best practices can be communicated across the Diocese.
Process for Discerning Baptismal Ministry
The Process of Discerning Baptismal Ministry is designed as a flow chart to indicate the dynamic process baptized Christians experience as they discern and identify their call, enter into formation, and develop their ministry within the community of faith, the Church. This is an ongoing, life-long process during which each person grows in and through their ministry or ministries, often moving into new challenges and opportunities.
Sermons That Work
The Episcopal Church welcomes many different points of view, and sermons offered during an Episcopal service may vary greatly from congregation to congregation. Although there is no “typical” or one-size-fits-all sermon for Episcopal congregations, the sermons in this series are selected for their universal qualities so that they may be useful to a wide variety of small congregations without full-time priests on staff, where lay leaders often shoulder the responsibility of delivering the sermons on Sunday.