The Episcopal Church Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop has provided the following information after its inaugural meeting November 12-14.
The Members of the Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop (JNCPB) were elected at General Convention 2012. JNCPB is comprised of a bishop, a priest or deacon, and a layperson from each of the nine provinces of the Episcopal Church. House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings appointed two youth representatives to the 29-member committee, which is charged with presenting no fewer than three nominees to stand for election to the office of Presiding Bishop at General Convention 2015.
The members are listed here: http://www.generalconvention.org/ccab/roster/387
Setting its work in the context of prayer, Bible study and the Eucharist, the committee elected Sally Johnson of the Diocese of Minnesota and Bishop M. Thomas Shaw of the Diocese of Massachusetts to be co-chairs. The Rev. Ruth Kirk of the Diocese of Delaware was elected secretary.
Johnson explained, “It is a strong group, broadly representative of the church and fully and passionately engaged in important work for the future of the church.”
Tasks tackled during the three-day meeting included reviewing the reports from the 2006 nominating committee, developing a preliminary time line, and gathering in three exploratory sub committees: Communications, Profile, and Process. The conversation and work helped members to get to know each other in order to build community moving forward.
Shaw added, “It is amazing that the Holy Spirit has brought together this uniquely gifted group of people to do this work. Already we are forming strong community that will pray and work together over the next two and a half years for the service of the church.”
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