The Standing Committee is delighted to announce that we have received and confirmed majority consent for the election of our new Bishop, The Rev. Diana Akiyama. In addition, we have signed a Letter of Agreement with our Bishop Elect who will start her duties on December 14, 2020 and work alongside Bishop Hanley until the Ordination on January 30, 2021 at Trinity Cathedral. At that time the transfer of Ecclesiastical Authority will occur. We give hearty thanks to God for the many long hours of work by the Search Committee, Transition Committee, Diocesan Staff and all the leadership of the Diocese for bringing about the election of the 11th Bishop of Oregon under such extraordinary circumstances.
Please join with the Standing Committee in prayer for Bishop Michael and Bishop-Elect Diana, as well as their loved ones, as the transition continues to unfold in the weeks ahead.
– Rev.Dr. Patti Hale, OPA President of Standing Committee