From the Rector:
This Saturday, October 27th, we, as the Episcopal Church in Colorado, will be electing a new bishop. Last year our bishop, Rob O’Neill, announced his plans to retire in March of 2019 and this began a search process that culminates this Saturday as delegates from the parishes and throughout the diocese gather to prayerfully elect the 11th Episcopal Bishop of Colorado. The two candidates for the next bishop are the Rev. Kym Lucas and the Rev. Ruth Woodliff-Stanley. You can learn more about each of the candidates and even see their responses to questions and videos of their time with us as they traveled throughout the diocese two weeks ago. Simply click on this link: https://www.bishopsearchco.org/nominee-slate/
I ask for your prayers for these two amazing priests, for their families, and loved ones as this is a time of discernment and transition for each of the candidates. Their leadership will help guide our shared ministry in Colorado, but also encourage us as an Episcopal parish in this diocese. I am deeply excited by both of them and am overjoyed that we will be electing the first female bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado. While what it means to be female or feminine is not monolithic and we should not think it is, I do believe that a community that not only recognizes, but also celebrates the leadership of women is healthier and more integrated as a whole. And, it goes without saying, that the church is and always has been a place where women have led the way: need I mention the first witness to the resurrection, Mary Magdalene, or the God-bearer, Mary the mother of Jesus, or Sarah, Hagar, Tamar, Esther, or Ruth and Naomi or nearly any church committee I have ever sat on!?
Before all else, this election fills me with gratitude for these candidates—precisely because of their vulnerability in presenting themselves for this ministry. To discern a new direction in life, to present yourself to others so publicly and openly, does risk much. For, one of these priest will not be elected and the offering of themselves to God and the people of this diocese will be met with what the world might see as a “No”. But the “Yes” that these two have offered to God and to us, is the very thing God desires. Indeed, from each of us: our willingness to offer ourselves to God and one another. It is beautiful. And it is, in fact, our shared call—to offer our life and living to God, for God’s using, and to God’s glory. So, please keep this election in your prayers and hold close this question that is at the center: How can I offer myself, in love, in trust, to God?
God bless you this week,