Eastern Oregon diocese announces 3 nominees for bishop

[Episcopal News Service] The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Oregon has announced a slate of three nominees to stand for the election as bishop of the diocese. The candidates are:

  • The Rev. Patrick W. Bell, rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho;
  • The Rev. Jedediah Holdorph, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Bend, Oregon; and
  • The Very Rev. Churchill Pinder, dean of St. Stephen’s Cathedral and School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

The petition process officially closed on Nov. 3 and produced no new candidates.

The nominees will participate in a series of open “walkabout” meetings from Nov. 30-Dec. 5, allowing members of the diocese to meet and learn more about the candidates.

The election will take place on Dec. 12.

Further information about the candidates is available here.

Comments

  1. Tom eshelman says:

    Looks another Diocese with an all male slate. What is wrong with this picture folks and please don’t tell me there are no qualified women who want to be a Bishop. This has to change if we want to see our church change.

  2. Donald Lowery says:

    Dear Tom,
    Eastern Oregon is a geographically huge Diocese with only 22 parishes and I think only about 2600 parishioners. The convocation within which I live in NC has more members. I suspect, sadly, that the problem was not lack of women but lack of candidates male or female willing to serve a rural Diocese of isolated parishes. Sad, but we Episcopalians have lost our evangelistic zeal. I think God might have a plan to change that, however.

    • Derrick Wedderburn says:

      Just to corroborate with your observation about the Episcopalian population in Oregon. The State of Oregon is known to have a very high percentage of “nones”, when it comes to religion. There is therefore a need for more priests in the area
      to enhance church growth.
      .

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