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A series of essays towards General Convention in 2003

TO:††††† ††††††††††† General Convention Deputies and Alternates

FROM:††††††††††† William E. Smalley, Bishop

DATE:††††††††††† ††††††††††† April 14, 2003

RE:††††† ††††††††††† Episcopal Elections that will come to the General Convention for Confirmation



The Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church prescribe that if an election of a bishop shall occur within three months (120 days in the Canons) of the General Convention, then the approval of the election shall be accomplished at the General Convention, rather than by polling the several Standing Committees and Bishops having jurisdiction of the Episcopal Church.


This is the procedure that we in the Diocese of Kansas will follow, as will several other dioceses which will elect Bishops in the near future.


So that you will be better prepared to vote at the General Convention, I am including two items.

1.                  Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution and Canon III.22, Section 3.; and

2.                  Information on those who have been nominated in the various dioceses, together with the websites that will give you further information.



No one shall be ordained and consecrated Bishop until the attainment of thirty years of age; nor without the consent of a majority of the Standing Committees of all the Dioceses, and the consent of a majority of the Bishops of this Church exercising jurisdiction. But if the election shall have taken place within three months next before the meeting of the General Convention, the consent o f the House of Deputies shall be required in place of that of a majority of the Standing Committees. No one shall be

ordained and consecrated Bishop by fewer than three Bishops.


Canon III.22

Sec. 3 (a)

When a Diocese desires the ordination of a Bishop-elect, if the date of the election occurs within 120 days before a meeting of the General Convention, the Standing Committee of the Diocese shall, by its President, or by some person or persons specially appointed, forward to the Secretary of the House of Deputies evidence of the election of the Bishop-elect by the Convention of the Diocese, together with evidence

that the Bishop-elect has been duly ordered Deacon and Priest, evidence of acceptance of election, and a testimonial signed by a constitutional majority of the Convention, and a summary of biographical information relating to the Bishop -elect; in the following words:

We, whose names are hereunder written, fully sensible of how important it is that the Sacred Order and Office of a Bishop should not be unworthily conferred, and firmly persuaded that it is our duty to bear testimony on this solemn occasion without partiality, do, in the presence of Almighty God, testify that we know of no impediment on account of which the Reverend A.B. ought not to be ordained to that Holy Office. We do, moreover, jointly and severally declare that we believe the Reverend A.B. to have been duly and lawfully elected and to be of such sufficiency in learning , of such soundness in the Faith, and of such godly character as to be able to exercise the Office of a Bishop to the honor of God and the edifying of the Church, and to be a wholesome example to the flock of Christ.

(Date) __________ (Signed) _______________

The Secretary of the Convention shall certify upon this testimonial that it has been signed by a constitutional majority of the Convention.

(b) The Standing Committee shall also forward to the Secretary of the General Convention, with the testimonial and other documents, certificates from a licensed medical doctor and licensed psychiatrist, appointed by the Ecclesiastical Authority with the approval of the Pre siding Bishop, that they have thoroughly examined the Bishop-elect as to that personís medical, psychological and psychiatric condition and have not discovered any reason why the person would not be fit to undertake the work for which

the person has been chosen. Forms and procedures agreed to by the Presiding Bishop and the Church Pension Fund shall be used for this purpose.

(c) The Secretary of the House of Deputies shall present the testimonials to the House, and if the House consents to the ordination of the Bishop-elect, notice of its consent, certified by the President and the Secretary of the House, together with the testimonials, shall be sent to the House of Bishops.

(d) If a majority of the Bishops of this Church exercising jurisdiction consent to the ordination, the Presiding Bishop shall, without delay, notify the Standing Committee of the Diocese electing and the Bishop-elect of the consent.




New Jersey, Bishop Diocesan, May 3 Election

                      The Rev'd George Edward Councell, Rector of Holy Spirit, Lake Forest, Ill.

                      The Ven. Mark Hollingsworth, Archdeacon of Massachusetts

                      The Rt. Rev'd Rodney Rae Michel, Bishop Suffragan of Long Island

                      The Rev'd Dr. Ladson Frazier Mills III, Rector of Ascension, Knoxville, TN

                      The Rev'd Petero A.N. Sabune, Vicar for Community Ministry, Saint James', Madison Avenue, NYC


Nebraska, Bishop Diocesan, May 9 Election

                      The Rev. Joe Burnett, D.Min.

                      The Rev. Canon Paul Lawson, D.Min.

                      The Rev. George Martin, D.Min.

                      The Rev. Steven Mues, D.Min.


Florida, Bishop Coadjutor, May 16 Election

                      The Rev. Samuel Johnson Howard, Vicar, Trinity Church, Wall Street, New York

                      The Rev. Kevin Martin, Director of Vital Church Ministries, Christ Church, Plano, Texas

                      The Rev. John Palarine, Rector, Church of Our Saviour, Mandarin, Florida


Montana, Bishop Diocesan, May 17 Election

                      The Rev. William P. Baumgarten - Kalispell, MT

                      The Rev. C Franklin Brookhart, Jr - Wheeling, WV

                      The Rev. Christopher M F Brdlik - Summit, NJ

                      The Rev. Richard R. Burris - Norman OK

                      The Rev. Warren C. Murphy - Cody, WY



Oregon, Bishop Diocesan, May 17 Election

                      The Rev. Howard Anderson, Rector, St. Paulíís Church, Duluth, MN,

                      The Rev. William Ellis, Rector, Trinity Episcopal Church, Bend, Oregon

                      The Rev. Canon Johncy Itty, Canon Residentiary, Cathedral of Incarnation, Garden City, NY

                      The Very Rev. Rebecca McClain, Dean, Trinity Cathedral, Phoenix, AZ

                      The Rev. Canon Kirk S. Smith, Rector, St. James Church, Los Angeles, CA

                      The Rev. Canon Linda Potter, Canon to the Ordinary, Diocese of Oregon (Nominated by petition)


Milwaukee, Bishop Diocesan, May 31 Election

                      The Rev. Canon Randall Chase, Jr.

                      The Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee

                      The Rev. Steven Andrew Miller

                      The Rev. Dr. Dabney Tyler Smith


New Hampshire, Bishop Coadjutor, June 7 Election

                      The Rev. Joe Goodwin Burnett, Professor of Pastoral Theology at the School of Theology, the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee

                      The Very Rev. Ruth Lawson Kirk, Rector of St. Peteríís Church, Glenside, Pennsylvania, and dean of the Montgomery Deanery in the Diocese of Pennsylvania

                      The Rev. Canon Pamela Jane Mott, Canon Pastor at Trinity Cathedral in Portland, Oregon

                      The Rev. Canon V. Gene Robinson, Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of New Hampshire

                      The Very Rev. Robert L. Tate, Rector of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania, and dean of the Wissahickon Deanery in the Diocese of Pennsylvania.


Texas, Bishop Suffragan, June 7 Election

The Diocese of Texas has traditionally handled episcopal elections through nominations from the floor, with the first & second ballots screening the number of final nominees.Whether they will do this now due to the need for background checks remains to be seen


Colorado, Bishop Coadjutor, June 21 Election

Their nominees will be released on Monday, April 21, and can be found on their web site:


Kansas, Bishop Coadjutor, July 12 Election

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