St. David of Wales, Portland

St. David of Wales, Portland

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Progress Continues: 11th Bishop of Oregon Search and Transition Update

By Martin Loring, Chair, 11th Bishop of Oregon Search Committee

The process toward calling our next Bishop is well underway. The application period has closed, and we are pleased to have received 31 applications which is well above average for the 2018-19 episcopal elections. The Committee will meet soon to decide who to interview. In the months to come, the committee will interview candidates by Zoom and then semi-finalists will be invited to a discernment retreat. The final slate of three to four will be announced in early March.

In the meantime, we are very grateful for the comments, questions and support from diocesan convention. The Rev. Tim Hannon and Ms. Mary Adams presented on the process toward the creation of the profile and the profile itself. They shared that: “We [the Diocese of Oregon] are looking for a spiritual, adaptive leader who builds strong relationships by taking the time to listen, and who is able to help us find creative solutions to diocesan issues in a culturally responsive manner.”

Overall, 241 delegates reported an average of 3.8 out of 5 as a numerical score on their satisfaction with the process. Delegates also weighed in on what they would add going forward which varied from comments on process, on the summary statement, on hopes for the new bishop and other aspects of the search. The committee will read, examine and inwardly digest them to inform the search going forward.

Until March, information will necessarily be fairly confidential and the committee anticipates few updates. Please pray for us and for the movement of the Holy Spirit.

Now Accepting Applications for Diocesan Bishop: 11th Bishop of Oregon Search and Transition Update

Applications will be accepted from October 11, 2019 until 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on November 1, 2019. All complete applications submitted by the deadline will be reviewed by the search committee.

There is no formal nomination process. If there is someone you would like to nominate, please encourage them to submit an application. The application is available on the 11th Bishop of Oregon Search and Transition website.

The Diocesan Profile: 11th Bishop of Oregon Search and Transition Update

The 11th Bishop of Oregon Search Committee is pleased to present our Diocesan Profile!

Please share this with anyone you think might be interested in learning more about the Diocese of Oregon.

Applications for the position of bishop will be accepted on the profile website from October 11 to November 1.

The 11th Bishop of Oregon Search and Transition website: https://www.oregonbishopsearch.org/

Early Survey Results: 11th Bishop of Oregon Search and Transition Update

October 1, 2019 Update: our Diocesan Profile is live! Visit the 11th Bishop of Oregon Search and Transition website to read it and view information on how to apply or nominate a prospective candidate.

By Martin Loring, Chair, 11th Bishop of Oregon Search Committee

The 11th Bishop of Oregon Search Committee Survey closed August 31. It provides valuable information for building the profile and screening for a strong slate of nominees to meet the needs of our diocese, now and in the future.

The first thing I would like to say on behalf of the Search Committee is “Thank you.” That 495 people took the time to respond in this day and age, with so many other things competing for time, is impressive. It is also gratifying to note that surveys have been received from every single congregation of the diocese plus some people who identify with the diocese in other ways.

Survey results will be published in detail, but this will take some time. What is available now is descriptive data about who responded, and summary data on responses to a few key questions.

A Couple of Caveats

The first has to do with what the responses mean: since the people who responded self-selected, the sample is not random. Thus, it represents the opinions of those who responded, which may not be representative of the diocese as a whole. Nevertheless, the insights provided are interesting and valuable.

The final caveat is that while 495 people responded, only 482 responses have been entered for analysis at this time. The other thirteen are paper surveys, which were just received and are being entered for analysis.

Summary Demographic Statistics

  • Survey respondents overwhelmingly identified as white (96.1%) with 1.7% identifying as Native American, 1.1% Latinx, and 0.2% Black.
  • Respondents were mostly female (67.9%), followed by male (28.5%), with 3.6% identifying as non-binary or choosing not to respond.
  • Respondents tended to be of rather advanced age. In decreasing order of frequency, 34.6% of were 65-75 years of age; 22.6% were 56-65; 18% were 75+; 12.4% were 46-55; 5.9% were 36-45; 3.6% were 26-35; 1.3% were 25 or younger; and 1.7% preferred not to respond.
  • When asked if respondents identify as LGBTQ, 82.4% responded “no,” 12.5% responded  “yes,” and 5.1% preferred not to respond.

One Word Descriptors

The questions asking for one-word characterizations of Oregon, the diocese, and our congregations provoked interesting and varied responses. Likewise for questions about the three strengths and three challenges of the diocese, what is most important for people considering a call to know about us, and a vision of the diocese in five years. These data are being analyzed, and results will be reported as soon as they are available.

Qualities of a Bishop

Summary statistics are available for two important survey questions asking people to chose the most and least important qualities to look for in a new bishop. To the question, What five qualities…are most important in the new Bishop of Oregon?, a wide variety of responses was received; but there was also substantial agreement. Two qualities were supported by more than half of respondents and four by more than a third. These top six, “most important qualities” are as follows:

Relationship Builder57.6%
Spiritual57.4%
Social and Political Activist43.7%
Culturally Responsive37.6%
Listener35.3%
Adaptive Leader35.1%

Similar, but slightly lower, levels of agreement were found in answers to the question, What three qualities…are least important in the new Bishop of Oregon? Only one quality received majority support, but another four were selected by from 22% to 38% or respondents, as follows:

Prophet56.1%
Social and Political Activist37.6%
Experience at the Diocesan and National Levels 36.1%
Manager23.5%
Liturgical22.4%

Interestingly, one quality appears on both lists. For Episcopalians responding to these survey questions, social activism is both the third most important, and second least important, quality needed in a new bishop. This means that social activism may be a polarizing issue within the diocese. It certainly is deserving of additional through, prayer, and discussion.

Follow-up

There is one more thing about the survey worthy of mention. The final question asked if you wanted to speak with a member of the Search Committee. Fifty three respondents (11%) said, “yes” and provided contact information. We have completed most, but not all of the call backs. These lead to many good and informative conversations, the results of which are being compiled for the survey report.

Again, the 11th Bishop Search Committee owes a debt of gratitude to the many members of the clergy and laity who took the time to provide us with this valuable information. Thanks again. As the process continues, please feel free to contact us at any time with additional questions, comments or concerns.

More People Speak: Portland and Corvallis Diocesan Listening Sessions

October 1, 2019 Update: our Diocesan Profile is live! Visit the 11th Bishop of Oregon Search and Transition website to read it and view information on how to apply or nominate a prospective candidate.

By Martin Loring, Chair, 11th Bishop of Oregon Search Committee

Diocesan Listening Sessions continued Saturday, August 17 at two locations. In the morning, some 53 people from greater Portland area congregations came to St. Barnabas, Portland to hear from the Vision Committee, the Relocation Committee and the 11th Bishop of Oregon Search Committee. We were blessed with the participation of a group of Latinx congregants and clergy, and the services of an interpreter were made available. Short overviews were provided on the work of each committee. Then people broke into small groups to discuss the three topics in greater depth. Great hospitality was provided by parishioners and clergy of St. Barnabas.

In the afternoon, the same process was repeated at the Church of the Good Samaritan in Corvallis with 31 people from Mid-Willamette Valley congregations. Again, the hospitality provided by the clergy and parishioners of Good Samaritan was outstanding.

At both sessions people interested in the bishop search joined one of several table conversations with members of the Search Committee. Each participant was asked to commit to post-it notes their ideas about the bishop search in three areas; 1) hopes, 2) concerns, and 3) one word describing the Diocese of Oregon. Feedback received in Portland and Corvallis is as follows:

What we heard at St. Barnabas, Portland

HOPES (expressed in English):

  • I hope our next bishop sees the need and answers the need to form our children
  • I hope for a bishop who is accessible
  • A bishop who tries to be on first name basis with many of us, across the diocese
  • A bishop who is steeped fundamentally in prayer
  • Hope for openness to new ways of being “church”
  • Hope for REAL inclusion and social justice
  • We need a woman bishop
  • Women on the slate
  • People of color on the slate
  • Openness to diversity in action: genuine and inquiring
  • Open to various music options
  • Likes diverse music and types of worship
  • Ability to make decisions for the best, despite opposition
  • A bishop who can govern effectively, delegate, be firm, be encouraging
  • People will be allowed to minister, not banned because of past associations
  • Approachable and supportive of female priests and deacons
  • Flexible
  • Engage the next generation in the life of the church
  • I hope the bishop can see and tolerate complex questions and issues
  • Will allow successful ministries to continue
  • Bishop to be more connected with parishioners
  • Open Table (i.e. for communion)
  • Views our mutual work with joy in following gospel: Matthew 25
  • Interested in caring for Spanish-language concerns
  • A vision that is different from the past; inspired by the gospel
  • A person willing to work outside the box, to encourage growth in all areas of diocese through different thinking
  • Willing to travel and visit all parishes
  • A bishop who walks humbly, but does so prominently; an example for all
  • A bishop who will bring a deep understanding of intersectionality
  • A bishop who will name injustice and oppression using clear language and concrete examples
  • Not conflict avoidant – willing to address conflict
  • A person who can see the kingdom come now! Not waiting for some future event/time.
  • Compassion
  • Gospel centered diocesan mission, values and inclusiveness
  • A bishop who will be a visionary and an administrator, balancing the two in new, innovative ways
  • My hope is the people of the Diocese of Oregon has a mission/vision that reflects the people – so the search for a new bishop will reflect our mission/vision
  • A person sensitive to our Latinx members (Their place as equal)
  • Kind and theologically trained

HOPES (expressed in Spanish)

  • Tengo el deseo de que nuestro nuevo obispo sea sensible a lost problemas de las minorías y sea comprensivo en las necesitats (I hope our new bishop deals with sensitivity to the the problems and needs of the minorities)
  • Comprensión (Understanding)
  • Te tenga un espíritu misionero Abierto al reto del ministerio en español. (To have a spirit of mission open to the challenge in regard to the Spanish-language ministries)
  • Que sea conprensiuo que nos. Sepa escochar ques sea umilde. (I hope the bishop understands, listens to us and is humble.)
  • Un obispo que este dispuesto a escuchar y ayudar prioridades del pueblo. (I hope the bishop will listen and help with the priorities of the community)
  • Un obispo que es te dispuesto a ay u darnos con problemas de migración. (I hope the bishop can help with the immigration problems)
  • Me gustaeia ole toda la información en varios idiomas. (I’d like for all information to be in multiple languages)

CONCERNS (expressed in English):

  • An idea to ponder: would it change the candidates process if the bishop’s compensation package were the same as the median clergy package in the diocese?
  • A person who doesn’t/can’t listen to all people, but only hears the voice of the rich/big congregations
  • A person who is part of the “old boys club,” chosen because they are a comfortable choice.
  • How is the new bishop expected to react to what seems will be a “fait accompli” in regard to the outcome of the present committees?, ie, Vision and Relocation
  • “New” focus will be maintaining the status quo
  • That our bishop doesn’t reach out effectively to the world but focuses on just the USA
  • Postulants already in the process but not yet a candidate
  • My concern is the lack of having a strong statement of faith on the diocesan level will make calling a new bishop more of a challenge.
  • Valuing consensus more than our commitment to justice and equity
  • A holy person who says his/her prayers!
  • Identity politics becoming infused with church polity
  • That some of us become unthinking or unfeeling impediments to the bishop’s work
  • Concern that people will gravitate to a candidate who would uphold the status quo (i.e. racial, economic, cultural, etc.)
  • Concern about all parishes being treated equally
  • Not hearing concerns of parishioners
  • Concern about someone who might to play “politics”
  • Concern about someone with no understanding of Christian Oregon
  • Concerned we may choose another monolingual bishop
  • Vetting of clergy prior to application to a position as parish priest
  • Transition for those of us who are postulants but not yet candidates

CONCERNS (expressed in Spanish):

  • Me preocupa que el nuevo Obispo tenga la sensibilidad de comprensión con las minorías de todo tipo
  • Que se oluide el ministerio Latino/Hispano
  • Que hable o Entienda Español
  • Un obispo Abierto a la unidad

ONE WORD DESCRIPTIONS OF THE DIOCESE (expressed in English):

  • Family
  • Unity
  • Diverse Communities
  • Community helpful
  • Caring
  • Kind
  • Diverse
  • Love
  • Diverse
  • Loving
  • Love
  • Knows Jesus
  • Anxious
  • Anxious
  • Adrift
  • Disconnected
  • Disconnected
  • Devastated
  • Brittle

ONE WORD DESCRIPTIONS OF THE DIOCESE (expressed in Spanish):

  • Dispersada
  • Igualdad
  • Unida
  • Tristerza
  • Unidad

What we heard at the Church of the Good Samaritan, Corvallis

HOPES:

  • Growing the church
  • Real support for congregations & local ministries
  • Inclusive of all parishes: Yes!
  • Has a heard for social justice and empowering our parish communities to be active
  • Youth programs
  • Centering prayer
  • From Bishop: Pastoral care/ vision shared with rectors & parishes
  • Direction to parishes on how to get involved in the diocesan vision
  • Promoting inclusiveness, (as does our current bishop)
  • Music Camp for both adults and youth
  • Inter spirituality
  • Spanish speaking and acculturated in Latin ways
  • Help us to be less ”polite” and able to proclaim God’s justice courageously.
  • Prayerful and pastoral voice
  • I hope for someone who will be able to see which way the wind is blowing and be able to get ahead of the curve because our culture is in a period of dramatic and prolonged change. I want a bishop who can identify what will WORK for people. What will be effective will built community
  • Bringing Northern & Southern parishes together in understanding and doing things together
  • Unity (of) the Episcopal community in Western Oregon
  • Engagement on all levels
  • We grow the church by sharing our faith and traditions better
  • Disciplined prayer life and the encouragement of such
  • Bridge builder: north/south/coast; other faith traditions for common cause; tradition/innovation

CONCERNS:

  • Financial struggles with smaller parishes/missions
  • Declining church membership
  • How to encourage small congregational ministry
  • Experienced at parish level
  • Transparency and communication
  • Cutting funding to programs
  • Western Oregon is more than Portland
  • Focused inward and not outward
  • Financial struggles combined with the need to relocate and shrinking numbers

ONE WORD DESCRIPTIONS OF THE DIOCESE

  • Heart
  • Servant
  • Listener
  • Flexible
  • Facilitator
  • Community
  • Godly
  • Compassion
  • Outreach
  • One
  • Prayerful
  • Open
  • Humble

While the three formal Diocesan Listening Sessions are now complete, all three of the presenting committees continue to want to hear from the people of the diocese throughout their ongoing processes. Click here to view video of one of the Diocesan Listening Sessions and provide feedback online.

If you are interested in helping with the Transition Committee, please click here to learn more and apply to join the committee by the August 29th deadline. Additionally, if you have not already done so, please complete the Survey on the Bishop Search available on the diocesan website. Finally, please feel free to contact me, or any member of the Search Committee at any time with your comments and concerns.

Input Wanted: 11th Bishop of Oregon Search and Transition

October 1, 2019 Update: our Diocesan Profile is live! Visit the 11th Bishop of Oregon Search and Transition website to read it and view information on how to apply or nominate a prospective candidate.

The 11th Bishop Search Committee is seeking your input through three listening sessions and a short survey.  Our goal is to ensure many diverse voices throughout the diocese are being heard.  We value your input. If you were not able to attend a listening session, it is even more important that you fill out this survey.

This survey will allow the Search Committee to develop an accurate Diocesan Profile that reflects who we are and captures our hopes and dreams.  Your insight will help us discern where we would like to go as a diocese and what kind of bishop we are calling to our diocese.  Please help us by filling out this survey by 08/31/2019.

The results of the survey will be aggregated and can be shared by the Search Committee but all identifying information will be kept confidential.  At the end of the survey, there is an option to include your contact information if you would like one of the Search Committee members to contact you.

On behalf of the 11th Bishop Search Committee, we thank you for your input.

Online Survey (English):  http://bit.ly/bishopsearchsurvey

Online Survey (Spanish):  http://bit.ly/busquedaobispo

Accepting Transition Committee Applications: 11th Bishop Search and Transition Update

October 1, 2019 Update: our Diocesan Profile is live! Visit the 11th Bishop of Oregon Search and Transition website to read it and view information on how to apply or nominate a prospective candidate.

The application period is now closed.

Dear Friends in Christ,

It has been slightly more than three months since Bishop Michael announced his desire to retire upon the ordination and consecration of the eleventh Bishop of Oregon. Since that time your Standing Committee has contracted with a consultant from the Presiding Bishop’s Office of Pastoral Development and appointed a Search Committee, which has been hard at work developing a diocesan profile, as they also work on other responsibilities.

Now it is time to appoint a Transition Committee. Their official responsibilities include educating the diocese about the role of bishop, conducting the walkabout, supporting the electing convention, and coordinating the many facets of the ordination and consecration of the new bishop. As announced last spring, the Rev. Beth Mallon has graciously agreed to serve as Transition Committee chair. Beth will meet with Standing Committee on September 5 to review applications in order to select the Transition Committee.

Transition Committee Member Responsibilities and Desired Skills

Given the range of responsibilities the Transition Committee will have, committee members with a variety of skills will be needed.

  • Because the Transition Committee will oversee events that will happen in various parts of the diocese, it is extremely helpful to have committee members who are well-connected in their home areas. The Transition Committee itself will likely enlist the help of non-committee members in planning the various walkabout events, for example.
  • Likewise, those with liturgical, musical and organizational skills will be extremely important in planning the ordination and consecration.
  • Experience at event planning will also be critical given the complexity of both the walkabout week and the ordination weekend.
  • Communications skills will be a welcome asset since the Transition Committee is the group responsible for introducing the candidates to the diocese and the diocese to the candidates.
  • Pastoral care and hospitality for the candidates during what is an extremely stressful time in their lives, as well as compassion for our retiring bishop as he prepares to enter a whole new phase of his life, are also gifts needed by Transition Committee members.

How to Apply

If you feel you possess the gifts needed to be a member of the Transition Committee, we ask that you complete the application below. 

If you do not feel called yourself but know people you feel would be excellent Transition Committee members, please contact them and ask them to consider applying.

As indicated on the application form, applications will be accepted through August 29. 

With a continued sense of gratitude for the gifts God has given the people of this diocese, we ask that you keep the Standing, Search and Transition Committees in your prayers.

Faithfully,
Your Standing Committee:
Sharon Rodgers, President, the Rev. David Sweeney, Secretary, James Johnson, the Rev. Karen Tiegs, Laurea Arnoldt, the Rev. Nancy Gallagher, Toni Phipps, the Rev. Patricia Hale

Diocesan Listening Sessions

October 1, 2019 Update: our Diocesan Profile is live! Visit the 11th Bishop of Oregon Search and Transition website to read it and view information on how to apply or nominate a prospective candidate.

We want to hear from you! The Diocesan Vision and Relocation Committee and the 11th Bishop of Oregon Search Committee invite you to attend one of the following diocesan-wide listening sessions: 

Each group will provide a short presentation on their work:

  • The Vision Subcommittee will share a new mission statement, core values, proposed vision statement, and draft diocesan logos
  • The Relocation Subcommittee will provide an update on the sale of The Bishop’s Close and relocation of the diocesan office
  • The Search Committee will cover the timeline and a number of FAQs regarding the 11th Bishop of Oregon Search and Transition

These presentations will be followed by an opportunity for you, the people of the Diocese of Oregon, to ask questions and provide feedback in a variety of interactive activities and discussions.

For those unable to attend, the listening session will be filmed and shared online along with digital opportunities to provide input and commentary.

Prayer and Process: 11th Bishop of Oregon Search and Transition Update

October 1, 2019 Update: our Diocesan Profile is live! Visit the 11th Bishop of Oregon Search and Transition website to read it and view information on how to apply or nominate a prospective candidate.

The Search Committee met for the second time on Saturday, July 13 at St. Thomas in Eugene. As a result of that meeting, we would like to share an update on our process, and ask for prayers and input from everyone in the diocese. 

Process Update

Our first major milestone, and our current primary focus, is to draft and publish an electronic profile of the Diocese of Oregon by October 1.  The profile will be presented to the diocese at the 131st Annual Diocesan Convention October 25 and 26.

We will then begin to receive and process applications.

By March 6, 2020 the Search Committee will discern a slate of three to four people, any of whom we believe would be a good Bishop of Oregon. After the slate is published we will also manage the process for dealing with any nominations by petition. 

Then the Transition Committee takes over under the leadership of the Rev. Beth Mallon. This yet-to-be-appointed group will organize opportunities for people around the diocese to get to know the slate. 

The Transition Committee will also present the slate to the June 2020 Electing Convention. Delegates to this special convention will include clergy and lay delegates elected by all parishes and missions at their 2020 annual meetings (or otherwise selected as provided in bylaws). 

After selection of a bishop-elect, the Transition Committee will continue leading in organizing the bishop’s January 2021 ordination and consecration as well as managing the many details attending a major move.  

Prayer Request

Please remember the Bishop Search Committee, the Transition Committee, and delegates to the Electing Convention in your regular prayers and in the prayers of the people each week until we are able to celebrate the ordination of the 11th Bishop of Oregon with the Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church in January 2021. 

Dearest Lord God, please grant that all involved in the process of calling the 11th Bishop of Oregon be guided by the Holy Spirit in properly discerning who God wants to lead us in the Way of Love in Western Oregon’s Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement. 

Request for Input

Please share any insights, ideas, concerns, or questions about the process. It could be as simple as sharing your three hopes and two worries about the diocese or a new bishop. The best way to communicate is by sending an e-mail at an account I have set up for this process. I will do my best to answer questions within five days.

Martin Loring, Chair
Bishop Search Committee
E-mail: loringmartin028@gmail.com