Establishing Community During Change, a Message from our Bishop leading into Convention

Establishing Community During Change, a Message from our Bishop leading into Convention

Dear friends in Christ,

I am looking forward to the annual meeting of our diocesan convention this Saturday even though we will not actually be in person. The “head table” folk will be together and broadcasting from the Oregon Episcopal School, while we depend on the convention to take place with everyone joining on Zoom. This adjustment can be added to the growing mound of events that have been adapted for the pandemic. At this point, it is probably safe to say that we are adapting without even flinching. Whereas once it was with much consternation that we made changes from an in-person event to a virtual event, now we ask even before we give an RSVP, “Are we meeting in person or virtually?”

My how times have changed. And they are changing us. It occurs to me that the question, “How is the pandemic changing us?” is a central one for the church. We have been working hard to find ways to hang onto the “us” of our faith communities. And the questions we’ve been asking have been seeking ways that we might galvanize a sense of community solidarity. How can we receive Communion and feel we are still community? How can we enjoy our music together and still feel we are community? The central questions really have been about sustaining our identity as members of the Body of Christ.

The alternate Old Testament reading for this Sunday is from Ruth. As I reflected on the verses, I noted the devotion between Naomi and Ruth – the commitment of Naomi to make sure that her widow daughter-in-law would be secure. But even more, I reflected on the women of the neighborhood who exclaimed over the birth of Ruth’s son.  Their gratitude and joy coalesced into naming him. I am struck by the power of community – the women who loved and supported Ruth, and who sought to lift up her newborn son as theirs too. It is easy to imagine the rich life little Obed would enjoy with this loving and joyous beginning.

This image of the generative and generous community brings to mind our diocesan convention as a loving and joyous community. Our identity as the Body of Christ made known in the convention of the Episcopal Church in Western Oregon is an occasion to embrace with hope and love. Despite the virtual venue, we will gather and enjoy being community – although scattered – still, we are One in Christ. Let’s reflect the joy of Ruth’s girlfriends and name ourselves “Beloved as One in Christ.”


Nominations for Diocesan Leadership Positions now open!

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Do you want to help support the mission and ministry of the Diocese of Oregon? Should you or someone in the Diocese you know help shape the future of The Episcopal Church in Western Oregon? Who is at the table matters when decisions are being made. Please stand for election or nominate someone to stand for election for one of our governing bodies:

Standing Committee

One clergy for a four-year term
One layperson for a four-year term

The Standing Committee advises the Bishop and gives consent in matters of the disposition of property, ecclesiastical discipline, the election and consecration of bishops, and in the matter of candidates for ordained ministry. The Standing Committee meets monthly online for now due to COVID-19 restrictions. The Standing Committee, Board of Trustees, & Diocesan Council meet together three times a year. 

Board of Trustees

One clergy for a three-year term
One layperson for a three-year term

The Board of Trustees act within bounds set by the Bishop, the Convention, and the Standing Committee to steward the funds and property entrusted to the diocese. The Finance Committee of the Diocese, appointed by the Board of Trustees, conducts ongoing review of all financial transactions in the diocese. The trustees meet the last Thursday of the month online for now due to COVID-19 restrictions. The Board of Trustees, Standing Committee, & Diocesan Council meet together three times a year. 

Diocesan Council

Two clergy for three-year terms
Two laypeople for three-year terms

The Diocesan Council oversees the creation of a budget each year and has authority to create and prescribe the duties of program ministries and committees in support of the mission of the Church in the diocese. Council members visit congregations. Council meets monthly online for now due to COVID-19 restrictions. The Diocesan Council, Standing Committee, & Board of Trustees meet together three times a year.  

Trinity Cathedral Chapter

One person for a three-year term

The Trinity Cathedral Chapter includes one person from the diocese elected annually. The Chapter meets three times a year in Portland to facilitate communication between the Diocese and the Cathedral, to seek alignment between Cathedral and Diocesan vision, and to ascertain ways in which the Cathedral congregation and other congregations of the diocese may relate in positive and helpful ways.

Training Requirements

All clergy and lay leaders elected to serve in leadership in the Diocese of Oregon are expected to be current in, or completed within one year of their election, the following trainings: 

  • Safeguarding God’s Children and Safeguarding God’s People: Preventing Sexual Exploitation & Harassment(both offered online, for free, must be renewed every five years)
  • Dismantling Racism Training (offered several times per year; now available in two formats: a one-day, face-to-face format, fee $25 per person; OR a four-session, online training, fee $10 per person; must be renewed every 10 years). 

Further information about these requirements is available on the diocesan website or by contacting The Rev. Canon Carol Sedlacek:

To Make a Nomination

To nominate yourself, another person, or if you were nominated by someone else for one of these positions, please complete the following form. The deadline for submission is July 8, 2021

La Candidatura para un puesto de Liderazgo Diocesano, ¡está abierta! 

¿Quiere ayudar apoyando a la misión y el ministerio de la Diócesis de Oregon? ¿Usted o alguien que conozca en la Diócesis, le gustaría ayudar a moldear el futuro de la Iglesia Episcopal, en el oeste de Oregon?  Es muy importante formar parte de los que toman decisiones. Anímese a ser candidato o nomine a alguien para las elecciones de alguno de los organismos de gobierno diocesanos:

Comité Permanente

Un Clérigo por un periodo de cuatro años
Un Laico por un periodo de cuatro años

El Comité Permanente Es Consejo asesor del Obispo y da su consentimiento en asuntos de         disposición de bienes, disciplina eclesiástica, elección y consagración de obispos y en materia          de candidatos al ministerio ordenado. El Comité Permanente se reúne mensualmente en       línea, por ahora, debido a las restricciones de COVID-19. El Comité Permanente, El Consejo de    Fideicomiso y el Consejo Diocesano se reúnen juntos tres veces al año.

Consejo de Fideicomiso

Un Clérigo por un periodo de tres años
Un Laico por un periodo de tres años

El Consejo de Fideicomiso es un organismo que toma decisiones dentro de los límites establecidos por el Obispo, la Convención y el Comité Permanente, para administrar los fondos y bienes confiados a la diócesis. El Comité de Finanzas de la Diócesis, designado por el Consejo de Fideicomiso, realiza una revisión continua de todas las transacciones financieras en la diócesis. Este Consejo se reúne el último jueves del mes, en línea por ahora, debido a las restricciones de COVID-19. El Consejo de Fideicomiso, el Comité Permanente y el Consejo Diocesano se reúnen juntos tres veces al año.

Consejo Diocesano

Dos Clérigos por un periodo de tres años
Dos Laicos por un periodo de tres años

El Consejo Diocesano este organismo supervisa la creación del presupuesto Diocesano Anual y tiene la autoridad para crear y prescribir los deberes de los ministerios y comités de programas para el apoyo de la misión de la Iglesia en la diócesis. Los miembros del consejo visitan a las congregaciones. El consejo se reúne mensualmente, en línea por ahora, debido a las restricciones de COVID-19. El Consejo Diocesano, el Comité Permanente y El Consejo de    Fideicomiso se reúnen juntos tres veces al año.

El Capítulo de la Catedral de la Trinidad

Una Persona por un periodo de tres años

El Capítulo de la Catedral de la Trinidad este organismo incluye una persona de la diócesis elegida anualmente. El Capítulo se reúne tres veces al año en Portland para facilitar la comunicación entre la Diócesis y la Catedral, para buscar continuidad entre la visión de la Catedral y la Diocesana, y para determinar las formas en que la congregación de la Catedral y otras congregaciones de la diócesis puedan relacionarse de manera positiva y útil.

Requisitos de formación

Se espera que todos los líderes del clero y laicos, elegidos para servir en el liderazgo en la Diócesis de Oregon, estén al día o que terminen durante el primer año de su elección, las siguientes capacitaciones:

  • Salvaguardando a los hijos de Dios y salvaguardando al pueblo de Dios: prevenir la explotación y el acoso sexual (ambos se ofrecen en línea, de forma gratuita, deben renovarse cada cinco años)
  • Capacitación sobre el desmantelamiento del racismo (ofrecida varias veces al año; ahora disponible en dos formatos: un formato presencial de un día, tarifa de $ 25 por persona; o una capacitación en línea de cuatro sesiones, tarifa de $ 10 por persona; debe ser renovada cada 10 años).

Para más información sobre estos requisitos, que están disponibles en el sitio web diocesano, puede contactar a la Rev. Canóniga Carol Sedlacek:

Para Nominar a un Candidato

Para nominarse a sí mismo, a otra persona, o si ud. fue nominado por otra persona para uno de estos puestos, complete el siguiente formulario. La fecha límite para enviar su nominación es el 8 de julio de 2021.

Prayer and Process: 11th Bishop of Oregon Search and Transition Update

October 1, 2019 Update: our Diocesan Profile is live! Visit the 11th Bishop of Oregon Search and Transition website to read it and view information on how to apply or nominate a prospective candidate.

The Search Committee met for the second time on Saturday, July 13 at St. Thomas in Eugene. As a result of that meeting, we would like to share an update on our process, and ask for prayers and input from everyone in the diocese. 

Process Update

Our first major milestone, and our current primary focus, is to draft and publish an electronic profile of the Diocese of Oregon by October 1.  The profile will be presented to the diocese at the 131st Annual Diocesan Convention October 25 and 26.

We will then begin to receive and process applications.

By March 6, 2020 the Search Committee will discern a slate of three to four people, any of whom we believe would be a good Bishop of Oregon. After the slate is published we will also manage the process for dealing with any nominations by petition. 

Then the Transition Committee takes over under the leadership of the Rev. Beth Mallon. This yet-to-be-appointed group will organize opportunities for people around the diocese to get to know the slate. 

The Transition Committee will also present the slate to the June 2020 Electing Convention. Delegates to this special convention will include clergy and lay delegates elected by all parishes and missions at their 2020 annual meetings (or otherwise selected as provided in bylaws). 

After selection of a bishop-elect, the Transition Committee will continue leading in organizing the bishop’s January 2021 ordination and consecration as well as managing the many details attending a major move.  

Prayer Request

Please remember the Bishop Search Committee, the Transition Committee, and delegates to the Electing Convention in your regular prayers and in the prayers of the people each week until we are able to celebrate the ordination of the 11th Bishop of Oregon with the Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church in January 2021. 

Dearest Lord God, please grant that all involved in the process of calling the 11th Bishop of Oregon be guided by the Holy Spirit in properly discerning who God wants to lead us in the Way of Love in Western Oregon’s Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement. 

Request for Input

Please share any insights, ideas, concerns, or questions about the process. It could be as simple as sharing your three hopes and two worries about the diocese or a new bishop. The best way to communicate is by sending an e-mail at an account I have set up for this process. I will do my best to answer questions within five days.

Martin Loring, Chair
Bishop Search Committee