To the Eighth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California:
Greetings and peace!
From the very beginning of this search process we have sought to be guided by prayer and the Holy Spirit. We pray for you and your ministry. We pray that you may be led to discern a call to serve as our next bishop; just as we pray that we may be led to affirm that same call in your election.
We seek a “chief priest and pastor” who will “encourage and support all baptized people in their gifts and ministries, nourishing them from the riches of God’s grace, pray for them without ceasing, and celebrate with them the sacraments of our redemption.”
In our prayer and study, we were mindful of how often the Holy Spirit is likened to water, in both our scripture and liturgies. As we began the introspective work of preparing this profile, we recognized how profoundly the presence of water shapes our diocese. The crashing waves of the Pacific have carved our rocky shores; glacial lakes dotting the Sierra Nevada mountain range provide breathtaking natural beauty, while lakes and rivers offer numerous recreational activities as well as supplying our bountiful farms and vineyards. God has lavished many gifts of creation on our diocese, but it is the countless brooks, streams, creeks, and rivers that most powerfully recall to us the spirit-filled waters of baptism, which draw us together as disciples of Jesus Christ.
It is within, around, and above these waters where we pray to find you as our next bishop. In as much as we seek a bishop to draw us to the water, we also seek a bishop to help us bridge the waters that separate us. We seek a bridge builder.