San Joaquin poised to take unusual step in bishop election

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Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH March 3, 2017 at 12:41 pm It is commonplace for parishes to have a slate stand for election to Vestry, Delegate to Diocesan Convention, and so on, and to have the same number of candidates as positions to fill. Although nominations ‘from the floor’ are possible, they are rare, and ordinarily reveal a serious rift within the community. The slate is elected by acclamation at the Annual Meeting and that is that. Is that also a Soviet-style phony election? March 2, 2017 at 5:49 pm I am a fairly conservative Episcopalian in the Diocese of San Joaquin. Therefore, I am part of a very small minority and my views differ sharply from those of the Bishop on several practical and theological matters. However, I am grateful for the leadership of Bishop Rice. He is a kind, thoughtful, caring, dedicated and energetic leader whose sincerity and commitment cannot be questioned. We are blessed to have him here. PJCabbiness says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Smithfield, NC House of Bishops AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI George Wade says: Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Pittsburgh, PA Bishop Elections, March 2, 2017 at 10:43 pm I am a newer member of the church, and was confirmed last year by Bishop Rice. I am impressed by his dynamic personality and believe that he is the right person to walk along with our diocese on our pilgrimage to become what God hopes us to be. Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest center_img San Joaquin poised to take unusual step in bishop election Convention will meet March 4 to elect Bishop Provisional David Rice as its diocesan Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Tags Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Comments (6) Submit a Press Release [Episcopal News Service] When the Diocese of San Joaquin meets in convention March 4 to elect a bishop, the path Episcopalians took to get to that moment – and the choice they will make – will be symbolic of the way they are rebuilding their diocese.In addition to the ecclesial challenges Bishop David Rice has faced with the people of the Diocese of San Joaquin, he also faced a medical challenge. Rice spent more than a month recovering from valley fever, a rare fungal infection endemic to the San Joaquin Valley. Photo: Diocese of San Joaquin via FacebookIt has been nearly 10 years since an earlier San Joaquin convention voted to disaffiliate with the Episcopal Church. Then-Bishop John-David Schofield, at odds with the Church over the ordination of women and gay clergy and issues of biblical authority, led the Dec. 8, 2007, action by the Central California Valley diocese.The intervening years have been marked by what Cindy Smith, the current chair of the diocesan standing committee, described as, first, scrambling to recover and trying to heal and then, in the last three years, a change of focus toward moving forward.The March 4 convention will elect the diocese’s bishop provisional, the Rt. Rev. David Rice, as its diocesan bishop, marking the first time in recent memory that a bishop will make that transition. The election will come without the typical bishop search involving multiple nominees and what diocesan officials estimate would have cost upwards of $50,000.The diocese paved the canonical way for Rice’s election in October when the annual convention amended its rules (Title I, Section 1.05 here) to allow such an election by a supermajority and only after a bishop provisional has been serving the diocese for at least 18 months.While such an election may seem unusual, Smith said it feels like the logical next step for the diocese. Diocesan leaders spent 18 months exploring with the presiding bishop and other church authorities the option of making Rice the diocesan bishop, explaining the possibility to Episcopalians in San Joaquin and listening to their reaction.“We made every effort and we took the temperature of the diocese as we did this,” Smith told Episcopal News Service. “We wanted it not to seem to be something being pushed through by the standing committee but the standing committee responding to the will of the diocese.”Smith said the only questions she and others encountered in deanery meetings held to broach the issue were procedural. “The other question was why we waited so long,” she said.A majority of both the Church’s diocesan standing committees and bishops with jurisdiction will have to agree to Rice’s election as diocesan, as is required in all bishop elections. The San Joaquin standing committee will include a letter about the election process in the documentation sent with the consent request, Smith said.Most of the other bishops provisional who have helped the Church’s five reorganizing dioceses have been retired bishops not interested in a long-term job. Rice, on the other hand, “has years ahead of him in the bishop business,” Smith said.When the diocese elected him in March 2014 as the diocese’s third bishop provisional, Rice had since 2008 been the bishop of the Diocese of Waiapu in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. Born and raised in North Carolina, Rice was a Methodist pastor for eight years prior to his ordination in the Anglican Church in New Zealand.Rice brought “enthusiasm and motivation and commitment to the diocese,” according to Smith, who added that the diocese wants to reciprocate Rice’s commitment and solidify the relationship that has been growing for the last three years.“This road map for election may seem slightly odd for some people in the church,” Rice told ENS. “All I would say about that is we’re different. We’re simply doing what we think is consistent with our narrative, how we’re emerging.”Rice and Smith say the diocese leadership believes that, instead of the normal bishop election process, in which candidates travel the diocese together to introduce themselves, San Joaquin has had a three-year “walkabout,” and the bishop and the diocese have really gotten to know each other.Retired Diocese of Northern California Bishop Jerry Lamb and retired Los Angeles Bishop Suffragan Chet Talton, Rice’s predecessors, worked with Episcopalians to reconstitute the diocese. That work included both litigation over church property and pastoral work over pain the split caused.“We acknowledge full well that there have been monumental attitudinal, behavioral, cultural shifts in this place over a very short period of time, given the past,” Rice said. Before the 2007 vote to leave, Episcopalians experienced tactics that kept them divided. Now, he said, they are “working together, being in this together, and far more consultative, collaborative and collegial than, certainly, this place ever imagined.”Those changes came as the diocese reconfigured where and how it operates, and began discerning to what mission God is calling local Episcopalians. Rice said he had been talking since before he became a bishop about the church needing to “travel far lighter, to de-accumulate to minimize, to purge” itself.“What I discovered upon arrival was, all those things I’d been talking about, they’d actually been living here for some time,” he said. Thus, Rice added, he thinks that San Joaquin’s experience can be a template for the rest of the church.“We’re here through particular circumstances. I believe that most if not all this Church will be in a similar place, albeit through different circumstances, before we know it.”– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is senior editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Tampa, FL Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Washington, DC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI March 3, 2017 at 3:03 am I have been a member of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin for about 45 years. Over that period of time I have seen the Diocese grow in its ability to deal with contemporary issues. I personally feel the church has come out of its shell in the service of ALL peoples… members or not, and of course this is what Christ wanted of us. Bishop David Rice is a unique individual dealing with very unique issues of which his personality, style and understanding make it look easy. We have all traveled through some rough waters, but thank the Lord we are home again! Laura Thewalt says: Rector Martinsville, VA Alan Peasley says: Featured Events March 3, 2017 at 10:20 am “The March 4 convention will elect the diocese’s bishop provisional, the Rt. Rev. David Rice, as its diocesan bishop, ” How is it an election when the outcome is a foregone conclusion? Makes me think of Leonid Brezhnev’s election. 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