Bishop Message: Change in Diocesan Staffing

Bishop Message: Change in Diocesan Staffing

Dear friends in Christ,

I write to announce a change in the staffing at the diocesan office. Effective May 14, 2021, the position of Canon for Administration will be dissolved. A search for an Executive Assistant to the bishop is currently underway, and an announcement of a hire will be shared publicly once the process is complete. We are also re-imagining the formation of deacons, along with the best way to support the work of deacons in this diocese. Therefore, effective the same date, the role of Archdeacon will also be dissolved. New models for organizing and supporting deacons will be a priority for the diocese moving forward.

Please join me in thanking the Rev. Dcn. Carter Hawley who has served in both these capacities for the past 3 years. She has utilized her strengths and gifts to serve ably under Bishop Hanley, and we look forward to her continued ministry as a deacon in this diocese.

For assistance with matters related to appointments with the bishop, please contact me via email, bishopakiyama@diocese-oregon.org. For assistance with other administrative needs or questions, please contact Alli Gannett, allisong@diocese-oregon.org or Canon Neysa Ellgren Shepley, neysae@diocese-oregon.org.

Blessings,
+Diana

The Rt. Rev. Diana Akiyama
Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Oregon