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31 October 2018

Dear Friends,

After a lot of behind the scenes work, we‘re thrilled to distribute to members of Synod a fine list of Nominees. The Epsicopal Election Nominations Committee, throughout its work, hasn’t forgotten that we are a diverse church. Accordingly, we have sought to bring a generosity of spirit and grace to all our decisions and interactions. Likewise, we’ve tried to avoid being too narrow in our work while still being faithful to our core beliefs and values.

I am grateful, notwithstanding the diversity of our views, that a generosity of spirit has remained and for the sake of unity we have all strived to find areas of agreement. As Paul’s words in Ephesians urge us:

… walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1-3

As we move into the electoral phase, it’s my hope this spirit of generosity will also be displayed by Synod members.

Likewise, we’re aware that this process isn’t about the Committee but rather about who God is calling to be our bishop. Our role therefore has only ever been to present the Nominees to the Synod and for us to recede into the background. With this in mind, we have tried to allow the Nominees and their references to speak for themselves. The confidential material presented to Synod is therefore without filter or censor. It’s the Committee’s hope therefore that Synod members will focus their attention on the nominees, rather than the work of the Committee.

As we approach the end of our work it is our prayer that, as imitators of God and his beloved children, we will walk together in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself us for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

May all we say and do be for the glory of God.

Faithfully,
The Venerable David Ruthven
EENC Chair