Dear Friends in Christ,
This morning I announced, first to my staff and then to the Standing Committee, my intention to retire as Bishop Diocesan of Oregon, effective in January 2021.
My reasons for this decision are quite simple. First, it is time for me. By the date of my retirement, I will be 66 years old and I will have served as deacon, priest, or bishop for just under forty years. I feel that God is now calling me to focus on being a husband to Marla, a father to Rachel and Jessica, a grandfather to Maeve, and a parishioner in the church.
It is also a good time for the Diocese of Oregon. We have excellent clergy and lay leaders serving in the congregations of the diocese and at the diocesan level. In addition, the diocesan leadership is currently engaged in discerning God’s future for us, which will enable the Standing Committee and other diocesan leadership to offer a clear vision of what Oregon Episcopalians believe God is calling the diocese to be and to do in the future. This may also assist the diocese in discovering the best individual to help lead the diocese as bishop going forward.
The diocese can expect that there will be an electing convention in June 2020, and that the new bishop will be ordained and consecrated in January 2021. The specific details of the search and transition will be the work of the Standing Committee. More information about this process and timeliness will be published soon.
Thank you, good people, for your help and support over these past nine years. Thank you for your prayers and, perhaps most of all, thank you for allowing me into your diocesan family. It has been an honor and privilege to serve the Church with you. I look forward to the rest of my time with you as your bishop.