Saturday, 2 June 2018

New Scottish Bishops elected

We reported here on the short-listed candidates for election as Bishop of Brechin and Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld & Dunblane. The elections took place today and the Rev Canon Ian Paton has been elected as the new Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld & Dunblane, and the Very Rev Andrew Swift has been elected as the new Bishop of Brechin.

Details are here in the official press release: New Bishops elected.

Posted by Peter Owen on Saturday, 2 June 2018 at 2:01pm BST | TrackBack
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The "safer" options selected. This does show how difficult it is for a woman or gay person to be elected even in a liberal Church. Even in the C in W and the C of I, it took electoral impasse for two women elections. However under crown appointments, the women in the episcopate are full steam ahead.

Posted by: robert ian williams on Sunday, 3 June 2018 at 6:04am BST

Riw: I'm not sure you can draw that conclusion just yet. I think there is generally a preference in the SEC for candidates with experience of its particular character, which for all their other qualities Fr Chris and Fr Jeffrey lack. It will be interesting to see if Fr Kelvin makes an appearance on the shortlist for Glasgow and Galloway.

Posted by: Jo on Sunday, 3 June 2018 at 8:02am BST

I'm going to be very unpopular for saying this. Roman Catholics say "God gives us the Pope we need, not the Pope we want". I think it's the same with Bishops. The right people at the right time.

Posted by: Christopher Rees on Sunday, 3 June 2018 at 8:42pm BST

Enough with the bitching. Two incredible able people who understand the problems and opportunities of the SEC from the inside have been chosen, and the province rejoices

Posted by: Rosemary Hannah on Monday, 4 June 2018 at 12:32am BST

We all need to remember these good folk are human beings with loved ones. They have been through a rigorous examination at hustings, and by interview.
The least we can do is to assure them, their families of our prayers and support in their new ministry.
Pray also for their diocese, and the College of Bishops which they will join.

Fr John Emlyn

Posted by: Fr John E Harris-White on Monday, 4 June 2018 at 8:22am BST

Congratulations to the new appointments, chosen in free and fair elections, as all bishops should be.

While the CoE's undemocratic model's speeded the enthronement of women, it's also ensured an episcopacy of company men (and now women) who, with hive efficiency, block any move towards equality across the board. It's not preferable.

I want the best bishops to be chosen regardless of sex or sexuality.

Posted by: James Byron on Monday, 4 June 2018 at 5:17pm BST

Fr John Thank you for this important reminder.

Posted by: David Runcorn on Tuesday, 5 June 2018 at 8:25am BST
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