THE synod election for a
new Archbishop of Sydney is not due to start until early August,
but high-profile media campaigns are already under way for two
The Rt Revd Glenn Davies,
aged 62, Bishop of North Sydney since 2001, has long been thought
to be the most likely successor to the Most Revd Peter Jensen, who
retires next month. A 49-year-old Sydney rector, Canon Rick Smith,
however, is being strongly backed by a range of Sydney diocesan
A website established by
Bishop Davies's supporters reveals that, so far, Bishop Davies has
been nominated by 80 clergy and 68 lay synod members. At least 20
nominators are required for each nomination. His nominators are
generally on the more moderate side of Sydney diocesan politics.
Listed as a "supporter" rather than a nominator is Archbishop
Jensen's son, the Revd Dr Michael Jensen, a lecturer at Moore
brother, the Dean of Sydney, the Very Revd Phillip Jensen, is also
listed as one of Canon Smith's nominators on his supporters'
website. The website indicates that Canon Smith is being nominated
by 22 members of the Sydney synod's standing committee, including
Dean Jensen; the Principal-elect of Moore Theological College, the
Revd Dr Mark Thompson; and the President of the Anglican Church
League, the Revd Gavin Poole.
The League, which
effectively controls all Sydney-diocesan elections, is not
officially endorsing any potential candidate.
The Sydney archbishopric election process is a direct synod
election, without initial sifting of potential candidates by a
nomination board. Nominations close on 24 June, and nominees can
withdraw their names until 15 July. A final list of candidates will
be released on 26 July, and the election commences on 5 August.