2014 Nominee Biographies

 

 2014 Certified Election Results

posted October 21, 2014


TREASURER OF THE DIOCESE
Elect: 1 (any order)
Robert McCaskill

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
Elect: 2 — at least one must be lay
LAY
Douglas Roberts

SECRETARY OF THE CONVENTION
Elect: 1 (any order)
David Frangquist

STANDING COMMITTEE
Elect: 2 — one lay member and one clergy member
LAY
Jim DeMersman
CLERGY
Mark Spaulding

DEPUTIES TO THE PROVINCIAL SYNOD
Elect: 6 — two lay deputies and two alternates — one clergy member and one alternate
LAY
Dianne Audrick Smith
Ken Fuller
Agustin Guerrero

Nancy Hayes
Logan Rimel
Gabriela Strand Bruce
CLERGY
Matthew Woodward

Note: It is not the practice of the Nominations Committee to edit or correct submitted nominee biographies.


TREASURER OF THE DIOCESE

 

Robert McCaskill
St. Stephen's, Belvedere
Marin Deanery

Interests:
Nonprofit organizations, environmental protection, travel, snow skiing and water skiing.

Professional associations:
Retired CPA (past member of American Institute of CPAs and California Institute of CPAs).

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:
Diocese: Treasurer of the Diocese (2009-present), Diocesan Finance Committee (2002-present), Program & Budget Committee (2008-present), Diocesan Audit Committee (2006-present), Diocesan Investment Committee (2009-present), Diocese Board of Directors (2006-2008), Governance Review Steering Committee (2007-2008).

St. Stephen's Church: Vestry, Senior Warden (2010), Treasurer (2001-present), Co-Chair Capital Campaign (2013)

Major activities beyond diocese:
Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance (board member)
Belvedere City Council (2012-present), Mayor (2014)
Marin Clean Energy (board member)
Belvedere-Tiburon Recreation (board member)
Marin Academy (Finance Committee)

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
As the financial condition of many of our parish churches continues to suffer, we must continue to seek an appropriate balance between the financial needs of the Diocese and those of its individual churches, and work to identify innovative ways that the Diocese can give meaningful assistance to its congregations in the areas of stewardship and membership growth.

Why are you running for this position?
I am a retired CPA and have served both as a board member and as treasurer of various nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area. Having served as the treasurer of my own congregation for many years, I have an understanding of the financial pressures that many of our churches face. As a member of the Diocese's finance committee since 2002, I also have a good understanding of the accounting and financial issues of the Diocese.

Nominated by Lauran Pifke

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EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

LAY NOMINEE

Douglas Roberts
Our Saviour, Mill Valley
Marin Deanery

Interests:
Family (wife and 2 young sons), Hiking, heath, meditation, and youth mentoring.

Professional associations:
Vistage International (CEO group)

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:
Senior Warden

Major activities beyond diocese:
Spending ample time with my family, friends and parish.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church are:
In Marin, the church lacks relevancy, as people are extremely busy and prefer to spend the weekends in beautiful outdoors. Families with children – the future of our church – feel obliged to place their kids in all of the sports in which their friends participate, limiting participation in the church. We must think of innovative, meaningful ways to attract these young people and their families.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
As the financial condition of many of our parish churches continues to suffer, we must continue to seek an appropriate balance between the financial needs of the Diocese and those of its individual churches, and work to identify innovative ways that the Diocese can give meaningful assistance to its congregations in the areas of stewardship and membership growth.

Why are you running for this position?
As a 3-time CEO, I have a wealth of experience in organizational leadership, developing ideas and executing them. I have an extensive sales and marketing background. I would like to contribute these skills in helping to determine how the diocese can thrive.

Nominated by Richard Edward Helmer

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SECRETARY OF THE CONVENTION

David Frangquist
St. Aidan’s, San Francisco
San Francisco Deanery

Interests:
History, computers & com­munications, Christian voca­tion, parliamen­tary law, labyrinth design.

Professional associations:
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:
Secretary of Convention, Committee on Dispatch of Business 2007-2013, Committee on Governance 2010-2012, Standing Committee class of 2008 (Secretary 2006, Vice President 2008), Diocesan Council 2002-2004, Pacific Church News Advisory Board 2002-2005, pre­senter at Diocesan Ministry Conferences (voca­tions track), Convention Delegate, Vestry (3 times), Parish Treasurer, Congregation Vocations Committee, Senior Warden, Rector Search Committee, labyrinth builder, thespian, Mother Superior (St. Dymphna’s).

Major activities beyond diocese:
Carleton College Alumni Association, Colorado River runner.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
Restructuring our Church to present the Gospel of Christ in new and relevant ways. We must learn to refashion our institutions and use our resources effectively to communicate our true excitement about Christ to a skeptical people. We need to convey the importance of Christian com­munity and corporate action to a society where religion has become private and personal for many people. We must mobilize the power of the Holy Spirit embodied in all our members. In this time of economic, environmental and political crisis, the world needs Christ more than ever. (Same thing I said last year, and the landscape hasn't changed much.)

Why are you running for this position?
I was first called to this work when the Rev. Channing Smith asked me to run after I had served as Secretary of Standing Committee and led the organization of the Special Convention that elected Bishop Marc. I have found the work to be interesting and rewarding. I believe there is still more I am called to do. There is much to do to promote transparency and communication in our diocese and to improve the effectiveness of Diocesan Convention. I am pleased to serve Christ in this way.

Nominated by Cynthia Clifford

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STANDING COMMITTEE

LAY NOMINEE

Jim DeMersman
Holy Cross, Castro Valley
Southern Alameda Deanery

Interests:
Travel, food and wine, hiking, museums and other cultural arts organizations, non-profit management and organization development.

Professional associations:
California Association of Museum, Western Museum Association, American Alliance of Museums, Exhibit Envoy, National Trust for Historic Preservation

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:
Parish: Lay Eucharistic Minister: team leader, Reception team: co -leader, Finance team, Labyrinth team co leader, Altar Guild, VBS team, Deanery delegate. Previous: Vestry, Rector’’s Warden, Search Committee Chair

Diocese: Congregation Development Committee; Deanery Treasurer; Previous: Diocesan Council, including Diocesan Council Chair

Major activities beyond diocese:
As the Executive Director of the Museum on Main in Pleasanton, I am involved in a multitude of professional activities including: President, Board of Directors, Exhibit Envoy, Panelist, Institute of Museum and Library Services (a Federal agency), Field Reviewer for Museum Assessment Program for the American Alliance of Museums; multiple leadership positions with the Western Museum Association and the California Association of Museums, including President of the Board of Directors.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
Growth and vitality. The major challenge is creating vibrant congregations that attract new people because of the strong Christ-centered ministries that reach beyond the four walls of a parish, exceptional parish programs that create a buzz and a commitment of creating a parish culture that “All are Welcome - without exception.”

Why are you running for this position?
We are called as part of spiritual journey to give of our time, talents and treasure. For me that includes being active on the parish, Deanery and Diocesan level. With over 35 years of non-profit management experience, I feel that I have the organizational, management and leadership experience that could assist me in doing the important work of the Standing Committee. While we have made much progress in the Diocese over the past several years, we still have work to do. I would like to be a part of that effort. Lastly, I firmly believe that all of the Diocese, be it large or small, needs to be represented in the Councils of the Diocese. My election would allow the smallest Deanery in the Diocese a place at the table.

Nominated by Richard Patenaude

 

CLERGY NOMINEE

Mark Spaulding
Holy Cross, Castro Valley
Southern Alameda Deanery

Interests:
Vacation Bible School, Web development, riding motorcycles, movies

Professional associations:

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:
Rector, Holy Cross. Committee for Congregational development, deanery president and vice president, department of communications, department for youth ministry, commission on ministry, department of education.

Major activities beyond diocese:
National and regional youth ministry training conferences.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
Maintaining our primary focus on congregational vitality. The congregations are the backbone of our polity, if they do not thrive, our diocese and national church will not thrive.

Why are you running for this position?
Primarily, because I was asked to run by a trusted colleague. I have never served on Standing Committee and since I am part of a strong team ministry, I can afford the time to participate in this “counsel of the Church.”

Nominated by Rob Droste

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DEPUTIES TO THE PROVINCIAL SYNOD

LAY NOMINEES

Dianne Audrick Smith
St. Augustine’s, Oakland
Alameda Deanery

Interests:

— Identifying financial and educational resources. An excellent education has allowed me to the freedom to make choices in my life.
— Working toward the inclusion of youth and adults in the work of the church. Mentoring young people.
— Working to overcome the effects of racism and sexism in all communities.
— Assisting new caregivers in acclimating to their responsibilities and helping them to identify resources.
— Remaining present in all that I do.
— Family in all of its extensions.
— Travel, murder mysteries.

Professional associations:
Union of Black Episcopalians
NAACP
National Urban Fellows Alumni Association

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:
Parish: Vestry, former senior warden; search committee for the rector; deanery representative

Diocesan: Bishop’s Search Committee, Governance Committee (currently), Diocesan Nominating Committee, Chair of the Afro-Anglican Commission, Executive Council
Lay Deputy to the Province VIII Synod

Major activities beyond diocese:
Recruitment/Admissions Director, CDSP—retired; Member of Diversity Committee at CDSP which developed an overall diversity plan
National VP, Secretary—Union of Black Episcopalians
Mentor—high school age women, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Former Fundraiser—Episcopal Church Foundation
Recruiter/Interviewer Brown University

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are

  1. The continued lack of inclusion of “the other” which leads to smaller numbers and an inability to live into our expressions the love of Christ that we could share as Episcopalians. The “others” are people of color, people whose sexual preference is different, people who may have immigrated to the US from other countries, people who are poor and disenfranchised, young people.
  2. At the next General Convention the HOD and the HOB will likely be asked to address issues of reorganization. Significant care will need to be given to insure that we don’t create an even greater lack of transparency and representation of all of our communities.
  3. All of our dioceses (thus all of our parishes) should provide support to the overall structure of the Episcopal Church. It is increasingly difficulty to provide significant ministries when some say that they support the church but don’t provide their fair share of dollars and use their lack of financial support to hold hostage TEC.
  4. And one final key issue—the status of our seminaries. We must find a way to help them be mutually supportive and fiscally partnered.

Why are you running for this position?
The current structure of the Province can afford us a vehicle to join our ministries, partnering to strengthen the work of the church. I look forward to working toward build a forum for greater communication across dioceses and ministries. My experiences in the church and the lay world have equipped me with the skills to work effectively to strengthen the current structure or to help implement a new structure if that is the will of the body at General Convention. The Church continues to need the voices of those with experience in administration, governance, and the development of partnerships to complete its tasks in the spirit of building community with love and respect. I have taken the leadership in other organizations in the church and beyond. That leadership is particularly needed at this juncture in the church’s work.

Nominated by Dianne Audrick Smith

 

Ken Fuller
St. John’s, Oakland
Alameda Deanery

Interests:
My interests include being a good neighbor, being a good listener, and being able to accept help when offered. I also like to start my 1957 T-bird up once a month to keep the fluids moving, and maybe once a year driving it to church. Remembering to start this car is similar for me to remembering to get out and exercise now and again; life isn’t just about the brain and sitting on the computer; it involves taking care of what we have, our bodies and brain, our environment, and our fellow occupants of Mother Earth.

Professional associations:

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:
congregation / diocese    
Since 2008 I have been a leader at St. John’s Oakland, participating as finance catalyst, operations catalyst, vestry member, and clerk to the vestry. I have also been sub deacon, lay reader, alter guild member, usher, and deanery delegate. In 2012 I was elected by the Alameda Deanery to the Executive Council of our Diocese. I have participated in Alameda County Sacred Space, and also volunteered at the St. James Oakland food pantry.

Major activities beyond diocese:
I support my neighbors through Neighborhood Watch and CORE. Being reading for the next emergency is vital to ourselves as well as our community. One of the keys here is to get out and know who your neighbors are by name, and the names of their pets. I have been involved in writing the articles of incorporation for my university as well as for the alumni at my high school. I am a founding member of the Oakland Museum of California. I continue to support the education system and the art world.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
In my opinion the major issues facing the Episcopal Church today include dwindling membership, lack of interest, declining revenue, and lack of participation coupled with centering on the small versus larger overview. Many times we Episcopalians wait with open arms for those who have not yet arrived to walk through our doors; we are not active about sharing with others outside our church doors that which we have found. We do not evangelize; it is now time to leave the church building and share our time and talents with all the folks in our communities and beyond. Before we ask people for money to support the church we need to show by example what the Episcopal Church does. We need to do our work globally as well as in the streets of our separate communities. Each parish and each deanery need to reach outside the box not only with a check but with bodies both volunteering and speaking out regarding the inhumanities we see every day. A strong base financially is needed which includes leaving a legacy to our parishes and Dioceses, because in the future there will be parishes which have endowment funds and parishes which used to exist. 

Why are you running for this position?
I believe that I am the best candidate for this position of lay deputy to Province VIII. I will bring my talents and communication skills to share and serve the dioceses and area mission in their ongoing work which brings together “diverse peoples and cultures, and share the Pentecostal vision of unity.” As your representative to the House of Deputies I will communicate your thoughts to the best of my abilities for our diverse communities. I believe that my past speaks for itself as a leader in education and our Episcopal Church. I make myself always available by phone and email to each of you. Collaboration is a key to continue to do the work which God calls each of us to do. If you believe that I am your best candidate then I ask first for your vote, and should I win I ask for your support and involvement both locally and nationally.

Nominated by Brian Marion

 

Agustin Guerrero 
Resurrection, Pleasant Hill
Contra Costa Deanery

Interests:
Community outreach, political activism, socialism, photography, and instrumental music.

Professional associations:
Happening, Episcopal Youth Event, Youth Immersion Trips, Camp St. Francis.

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:
Youth Immersion Trip 2013 and 2014, Happening 30 and 31(staff) 2013-2014, Camp St. Francis (counselor) 2014, Episcopal Youth Event 2014.

Major activities beyond diocese:
Involvement with a radical community center, Qilombo, in Oakland.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
Budget and funding/sources of investment/overall membership of the church/homophobia/outreach to minority populations.

Why are you running for this position?
I chose to run for this position because of my perspective. I believe I can offer― as a teenage Latino― a new way of perceiving things inside the church.

Nominated by Jennifer Snow

 

Nancy Hayes
St. Mark’s, Berkeley
Alameda Deanery

Interests:
Since retirement, I am happily reading, attending lectures at art museums and going to Book Club meetings. I have a season pass to Berkeley Rep and San Francisco Symphony. A large amount of time is spent with activities at my Daughters of Norway lodge where I run the book club (what else?) and at a Scandinavian arts organization, Nordic 5 Arts.

Professional associations:
University of California Alumni Association
American Public Health Association

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:
I have been very active in my local parish for over 25 years: Sunday School teacher, Vestry Clerk, Elder Care committee, Hot Meals program and Deanery Delegate, where I served on several committees, By-Laws, Grant writing and Nominating committee.
I started a Parish Nurse Ministry at St. Mark’s. I served as Secretary of the diocesan-wide Nominating Committee.

Major activities beyond diocese:
While starting the Parish Nurse Ministry at St. Mark’s, I discovered a network of programs in other Bay Area parishes. I represent St. Mark’s at these monthly interdenominational meetings of parish nurses which is held at Summit Hospital, Oakland. We have traveled to Sacramento and Ashland, Oregon also. I have given classes for this group in Geropsychiatry and Advanced Directives.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
The major issue to me is staying relevant in our interconnected world. This goes beyond the usual topic of recruitment or the “graying of the church.” We need a structural reform that includes outreach and is inclusive.

Why are you running for this position?
I have a strong desire to bring my skills and my voice for use in the wider church governance. From the beginning, over 50 years ago, I considered my nursing to be a ministry. During the many years in Public Health, I have cared for the poor, homeless and immigrant populations of Alameda and Contra Costa counties. I have “seen it all,” and I think I can bring a valuable perspective to Province VIII.

Nominated by Leonard Johnson

 

Logan Rimel
St. Paul’s, Oakland
Alameda Deanery

Interests:
A self-identified “church nerd,” I find my interests of late skew into theology, with an emphasis on radical politics, queer theology, and identity formation. My running joke is that my main form of “fun” is going to church. I believe in a God who gently, but firmly, compels me to “do,” and so I seek to learn and grow in ways that will further the doing. Most recently, this has involved studying up on gardening and hot composting as ways of feeding and serving the intentional community in which I live.

Professional associations:
I’ve spent the past two years cultivating my relationship with the Diocese of California, first through a year in the DioCal Interns program, then through an affiliation as a mentor to the most recent crop of interns. Beginning in September, I will begin a year as the Discipleship Ministries intern. Over the past year, I’ve also worked as a respite caregiver, a parish administrator, and freelance technical writer. I’m a hard worker, willing to do what’s needed, even in unfamiliar situations.

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:
As a member of Good Shepherd in Berkeley, I served as a reader, usher, and altar server. I also had the privilege of occasionally preaching, and leading one educational forum on the construction and experience of gender identity and its relationship to violence agains transgender women. I’ve just recently joined St. Paul’s in Oakland, and am very excited to get as involved as is healthily possible.

Major activities beyond diocese:
Just a month ago, I was blessed with the opportunity to co-lead a workshop on the intersections of queer theology and youth ministry at EYE 2014. I served a year in the St. Hilda’s House program of Christ Church New Haven, an experience which formed my understanding of liturgy and tradition. These days, I’m excited and fed by my annual trip to Bay Lake, Minnesota, to serve as a volunteer camp counselor at The Naming Project, a weeklong summer camp for LGBTQ and allied high school students.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
The word that comes most immediately to mind is “integrity.” The literal meaning of the word - an integrated whole, a belief that burns so brightly that we can see it glowing through all facets of our lives. We so often lack that, and I believe that this is a problem that lies at the root of many of our “issues.”

Our church is a safe place for people of many different ideas - I love that. I love that one of our favorite phrases is “hold in tension.” What we seem to lack - on an individual basis - is a sense of what it is that we actually *do* believe, and how that belief animates us throughout the rest of our lives. If we take the Incarnation seriously, then that demands that we examine the work done in every moment of our mundane, daily lives. And if we believe that this church has something to offer the world, then that demands the scariest of e-words: Evangelism.

In short, we so often don’t know what we believe. And if we do, we don’t know how to live out that belief authentically and congruently.

Why are you running for this position?
Since finding myself almost-accidentally a weekly attendant of an Episcopal church, I’ve been gradually sedimenting layers of understanding, belief, dedication, and involvement. What I bring to the table is a deep understanding of queer communities, long-shaped by radical leftist movements and tempered by a hefty dose of Anglo-Catholicism, and an exuberance for the sanctifying power of God. I’m running for this position because it feels like the next opportunity to serve my broader community of the church militant, as a young adult who believes deeply in the future of our Church.

Nominated by Julia McCray-Goldsmith

 

Gabriela Strand Bruce
Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
San Francisco Deanery

Interests:
Church, family, walking, reading, cooking, strong interest in matters of fairness and equity, the early church and what we can learn from it, spiritual and centering practices, labyrinth, Mary Magdalene and the sacred feminine, being a member of our community, a child’s innate connection with God and nurturing that connection

Professional associations:
Society for Human Resources Management, Northern California Human Resources Association, Columbia Business School Alumni Association, U.C. Berkeley – Haas School of Business Alumni Association

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:
I am currently a member of the Deanery and take my responsibilities very seriously and joyously. I am a Godly Play teacher and member of the Jail Ministry. I have served in the following areas: Congregation Council, Stewardship Chair, Trustee, and Docent introducing our Cathedral to visitors. In addition I have been on two Holy Land pilgrimages, including one during which my husband and I married at Cana.

Within the Diocese I have served in the following areas: Executive Council, Finance Committee, Executive Compensation Committee, EfM (Education for Ministry), Passion of Mary Magdalene at St. John’s Ross (new passion play).

Major activities beyond diocese:
I have been involved in the study of spiritual practices and organization of the early church, as well as study of the sacred feminine. Most recently, I have been in a series of circles (small groups) studying the early church scriptures and spiritual practices.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
Since coming to the Episcopal Church, I have experienced outrageous hospitality, and I want to share that welcome with others. As a Church we need to find new ways to expand that welcome to others, sharing God’s love. Some of the major issues are:

  • Evangelism: As a church we do such remarkable, innovative things to care for God’s people on earth, worship God, and to study and nurture God’s presence in our lives, yet few seem to know about all of the good of the Episcopal Church. 
  • Raising up, supporting and strengthening a new generation of lay leaders, while continuing to respect and value the contributions of current leadership.
  • Embrace the demographic changes facing our church and nation, finding new ways to bring people into the church, possibly redefining what it means to be a church member. 
  • Recognize and embrace the millions of people who consider themselves “spiritual and not religious”, including them in our church in new ways, while still recognizing the innate spirituality of our historical liturgy, knowing that the message of God’s love will resound.
  • Being good stewards of all of God’s gifts, recognizing abundance, not just scarcity.

Why are you running for this position?
I am called to represent the Diocese in the Provincial Synod as I am committed to the Church and its well-being and growth and am called to be a broader voice. I will serve with commitment, integrity and discernment and will represent the Diocese well. As a Deanery and Executive Council member, I have learned of some of the amazing ministries that are taking place within DioCal and I am sure that our sister dioceses in Province VIII also have amazing ministries. By building networks we can learn from each other and leverage our work so that we can share God’s love with more people.

I bring both deep spirituality and a strong business perspective to serving the Church. I have extensive experience consulting with small and large businesses with regard to their strategic planning and business operations. I grew up in a multi-cultural, first generation American family and I know how important it is for everyone to have a voice at the table and share their experiences. I bring this understanding to all of the work that I do.

I ask you to please vote for me for Provincial Synod Deputy and I thank you for your vote.

Nominated by Julia McCray-Goldsmith

 

CLERGY NOMINEE

Matthew Woodward
Transfiguration, San Mateo
Peninsula Deanery

Interests:
I am interested in both cooking and walking. The walking helps me keep fit and in shape in light of the cooking. 

I love science fiction and particularly Doctor Who.

I am a practicing artist, engaging in drawing and painting, as well as community art projects for my parish and more widely. I love to envisage projects where a group of people can work together through process to create something meaningful.

Professional associations:
In the past I was on the board of Inclusive Church in the UK. I was the web master of this organization in its early stages of development.

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:
I am the Rector of Transfiguration Episcopal Church involved in all areas of parish life. I am particularly interested in how we can use thoughtful governance structures to bring our parish vision to life.

I am interested in growing healthy organizations that are collaborative and dynamic.

I enjoy encouraging intergenerational activities in parish life and these are thriving at Transfiguration.

I am the Peninsula Deanery President, I am the co-chair of the Deanery Coordinating Committee for this coming year, I am a member of the Diocesan Nominating Committee. 

Major activities beyond diocese:
I am a board member of Home and Hope, a homelessness charity working with families in San Mateo County.

I am a member of the Jewish Community Relations Council project that brings together Rabbi’s and Christian ministers for dialogue about the conflict in Israel and Palestine.

I am on the organizing committee of Pneuma: The Spirit of Christian Formation conference. This is an ecumenical christian education conference.

I am a participant in Assemblyman Kevin Mullins ‘coffee with clergy’ program which brings clergy from different faiths and traditions together to engage with our CA Assemblyman on issues that affect our communities.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
We need imaginative collaboration and simple, elegant but robust oversight structures so that we might be effective ministers of the Gospel in the world and a good witness to our Episcopal vision of faith.

Statistically speaking our congregations are shrinking, and perhaps also our sense of influence in the world.

This can cause discouragement and inertia. 

I believe that there are sufficient resources in our tradition, and in our congregations to tackle the significant challenges we face, and to go beyond survival through this century. We can be a church that encourages thoughtful dialogue in society, we can challenge people to engaged service, we can provide people with reflective tools for spiritual growth.

Collaboration is the first key to this. We need to find ways to work better across parishes, deaneries, diocese, provinces and nations.

In order to facilitate this we have to reflect on our systems of governance and learn to envision, oversee, implement, delegate, trust and verify more effectively and efficiently.

We are quite capable of being a transformative presence in the world: ‘salt and light’.

We need to make use of the many gifts we have to make this a reality. It is entirely possible.

Why are you running for this position?
Based on my thoughts about the challenges facing the church as outlined above, I cannot think of any more relevant body than the Provincial Synod for working on collaboration across the boundaries of diocese.

It is also a great place for reflecting on how we can develop simple, elegant systems of oversight that will help us to achieve a degree of partnership that is so necessary for the church today.

I believe that clergy and congregations are engaged in innovative ways to address the challenges of the modern world across Province 8 of the episcopal church and I would love for those innovations to be shared. 

I would also like to be involved in the ongoing reflections after TREK has reported and seek way to implement the final reports findings if they are accepted by General Convention.

This is an exciting time to be engaged as an Episcopalian as we try to reimagine how to best be the body of christ in the 21st Century.

If I am able to represent you at the Provincial Synod meeting I will seek to apply myself to building collaboration, communication and processes that help us to address the challenges of the church.

Nominated by Vanessa Glass

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