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  • Writer's pictureKyle Vath

The environmental crisis identified as critical consideration in election of 28th Presiding Bishop

Republished from the Episcopal Office of Creation Care-June 2023 Newsletter

On May 15, the Episcopal Church Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop published its “Profile for the Election of the 28th Presiding Bishop” after months of consideration that included interviews and a churchwide survey. The committee identified three important characteristics they believe the next presiding bishop should have: strong leadership; a love of preaching and the ability to effectively communicate; and, above all, a strong faith. The committee also shared its view that the environmental crisis is a critical consideration in this election:

"We have discerned that the environmental crisis is one of the most pressing issues facing our world today, and that it must be an absolute priority over the next 10 years. This is shown consistently across all kinds of demographics from our discernment work: race, ethnicity, sexuality, age, geography, and order of ministry. As the psalmist prays, God has entrusted to us the care of creation, but we have ‘betrayed [God’s] trust’ (Book of Common Prayer, p. 370), and ‘we have denied…[God’s] goodness…in the world [God has] created' (Enriching Our Worship 1, p. 19). The consequences are many: the deterioration of ecosystems, the increasing change of climate, the depletion of resources, and the lack of sustainable energy, all of which most often fall at the expense of the already marginalized communities among us. In these ways, the global climate emergency continues to be the most pressing issue facing the world over the next years. The Episcopal Church must recommit itself to the creation that God has entrusted to us."

Episcopalians are invited to submit the names of bishops for the committee to consider as nominees by the July 15 deadline.

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