SEVEN BISHOPS are now on the list of candidates to be Presiding Bishop of
the Episcopal Church in the United States (ECUSA). The election is to take
place on 18 June at the General Convention in Ohio. All were invited to address
the House of Bishops meeting in Kanuga last week.
Four bishops were selected by the nominating committee: the Rt Revd J. Neil
Alexander, Bishop of Atlanta; the Rt Revd Edwin F. Gulick Jr, Bishop of
Kentucky; the Rt Revd Katherine Jefferts Schori, Bishop of Nevada; and the Rt
Revd Henry Parsley Jr, Bishop of Alabama.
The publication of these four names drew immediate criticism from the
American Anglican Council (AAC) that no candidate "representative of orthodox
Anglicanism" had been included. Three of the four had voted in favour of Bishop
The Rt Revd Stacy Sauls, Bishop of Lexington, then put himself forward as "a
person who believes the actions taken in 2003 were the right thing to do, but
at the same time respects those who disagree, and has worked very hard to
listen and find a way forward". He was followed by two more candidates: the Rt
Revd Charles Edward Jenkins III, Bishop of Louisiana, and the Rt Revd Francisco
Duque-Gomez, Bishop of Colombia.
Two of the seven, Bishop Alexander and Bishop Jenkins, were part of the
delegation that presented ECUSA's response to the Windsor report at the
Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) meeting in Nottingham last year. Bishop
Alexander had consented to the consecration, and remained convinced that
"honest, holy, and thoughtful conversation" across the Communion would lead to
Bishop Jenkins was the best-received speaker of the delegation. He did not
consent to the consecration, and declared that ECUSA had made a wrong move.