"We want a Bishop who sees us as an opportunity, a challenge and a gift." - Popular quote from the New Life reconciliation retreats held around the diocese as we've prepared to call a new Bishop to replace Jeffrey Steenson.
In the Standing Committee’s Charge to the Search Team, the following was emphasized:
- That the bishop is “called to guard the faith, unity, and discipline of the church; to celebrate and provide for the administration of the sacraments of the New Covenant; to ordain priests and deacons and to join in ordaining bishops; and to be in all things a faithful pastor and wholesome example for the entire flock of Christ.”
- That the bishop is called to “share in the leadership of the church throughout the world.”
- That the Diocese of The Rio Grande has embarked on a reconciliation and healing process called “The New Life Process.” Our new Bishop will envision coming along side of us to join this process of building further, a healthy family of God.
- That in light of the New Life process, working towards reconciliation, nominees are urged to express, in writing, a commitment to remain in The Episcopal Church USA, and to uphold the Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church USA and the Diocese of the Rio Grande.