Sunday, March 19, 2006

Two More Candidates for Presiding Bishop

Episcopal News Service
Sunday, March 19, 2006
Two more bishops nominated for Presiding BishopJenkins, Duque agree to nomination by petition

[ENS] Two more bishops have been nominated by petition for consideration as the26th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, bringing the total number ofnominees to seven.Bishop Charles Edward Jenkins III of Louisiana and Bishop Francisco Duque-Gomezof Colombia announced their intention to accept nomination at the House ofBishops meeting at the Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville, NorthCarolina.Bishops J. Neil Alexander of Atlanta, Edwin F. Gulick, Jr., of Kentucky,Katharine Jefferts Schori of Nevada, and Henry N. Parsley Jr. of Alabama werenominated in January by the Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of thePresiding Bishop.

Bishop Stacy Sauls of Lexington was nominated by petition inFebruary.All seven addressed the House of Bishops in a March 19 evening session devotedto hearing the nominees' views on the ministry of the Presiding Bishop inchurch, national and global contexts. Bishop Peter Lee of Virginia -- whoco-chairs the Nominating Committee with Diane Pollard of New York -- convenedthe two-hour session. While the session was reserved for bishops only, views ofthe nominees will be published by April 10 concurrently with release of the"Blue Book" reports to the upcoming 75th General Convention.Each nominee by petition is subject to the same background checks and screeningsconducted for the four bishops selected by the Nominating Committee, Lee andPollard said, adding that April 1 is the deadline for any other nominees bypetition. The election is set for June 18 in the House of Bishops, meetingduring the 75th General Convention.

"I had to decide last Friday night whether or not I would agree to the requestof twelve Bishops who asked me to allow them to nominate me from the floor forconsideration as the next Presiding Bishop," Jenkins wrote to his diocese March19. "As you may know, I had been previously dropped from the process by theNominating Committee. These twelve bishops who asked me were from across thespectrum of the Church and included liberal and conservative, male and femaleand are of various colors. I am humbled by and conflicted by their request."After a long night and day of struggle and wrestling with myself and with God,I decided to allow them to put my name in nomination, this time forconsideration by the entire House of Bishops.

"... In saying yes to these Bishops I am not saying that I prefer something elseover the work of 'episcope' in Louisiana. I am saying that I want to be open toserve God as I might be called. Unless and until called elsewhere, I believe Iam called to serve God in Louisiana. The Church will discern where best I mightserve God and use whatever gifts and talents God gives me at this juncture in mylife."No letter from Duque to his diocese was immediately available to reporters. A native of Louisiana, Charles Edward Jenkins III attended Louisiana schools andgraduated from Louisiana Tech University in 1973 and Nashotah House Seminary in1976. He was consecrated bishop coadjutor of Louisiana in New Orleans on January31, 1998 and was invested as the tenth bishop of Louisiana at Christ ChurchCathedral, New Orleans, on March 28, 1998. Jenkins was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Nashotah House in1992 and an honorary doctorate from the University of the South, Sewanee,Tennessee, in 1999. In his continuing education, he studied for five years withRabbi Edwin Friedman.

Jenkins was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop James Brown in 1977. His firstcall was as assistant chaplain at Louisiana State University in Baton Rougewhere he served from 1976-77. He next served as assistant rector at Grace,Monroe, until 1979. In his only tenure out of state, he was called as rector ofSt. Mark's, Arlington, Texas where he served from 1979-1985. Jenkins was calledas rector of St. Luke's, Baton Rouge, in 1985 where he served until his electionas bishop coadjutor in 1997.

As a priest, Jenkins was president of the Standing Committee from 1992-1994. Hewas elected a Louisiana clerical deputy to General Convention in 1994 and 1997.He also served on the Board of Trustees of Nashotah House Seminary from1981-1991. At the 73rd General Convention in Denver, Jenkins chaired the Houseof Bishops Structure Committee and served as a member of the church's StandingCommission on Constitution and Canons.At the 74th General Convention in Minneapolis in 2003, he served on the CognateCommittee on Evangelism and was appointed to the Presiding Bishop's Council ofAdvice.

In 2004, he was elected president of the council.In 2005 he was invited by Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold to join the delegationto address the Anglican Consultative Council's meeting as representatives of theEpiscopal Church.Following hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the fall of 2005, Jenkins partneredwith Episcopal Relief and Development to form the diocesan Office of DisasterResponse and is involved in long-range community rebuilding plans.He and his wife, Louise Hazel Jenkins, reside in New Orleans and are the parentsof two grown sons.

Francisco J. Duque-Gomez was chosen unanimously on February 2, 2001, as BishopCoadjutor of Colombia and consecrated in the Church of San Albán of Bogota onJuly 14, 2001. He is the fourth bishop of the Episcopal Church in Colombia,constituted as a Missionary Church by the General Convention in 1963.Born in Salamina (Caldas), Colombia, in 1950, he is married to Blanca LuciaEcheverry. They have three children.

He was received into the Episcopal Church in December 1967 by the first bishop of Colombia, the Rt. Rev. David Reed.Duque holds a doctorate in law and social sciences from the Universidad Libre deColombia in 1978. He is a practicing trial attorney for several companies and inthe financial sector, as well as a university professor, teaching in the area ofcivil, family and commercial law since 1978. He has studied alternative mechanisms of conflict resolution at the NationalUniversity of Colombia and participated in several symposiums and conferences onthe subject.Duque studied theology at the Seminary of the Caribbean in Puerto Rico, theUniversidad Javeriana of Bogota, and the Theological Training Center of theDiocese of Colombia (CET), where he currently serves as a professor ofconstitution and canons.Duque also participates in social work with vulnerable groups who are victims ofColombia's internal conflicts, in union with different churches and religiousdenominations.

He participates in different ecumenical forums involving thecountry's minority churches. He was the first nonstipendiary priest of theDiocese of Colombia for 12 years. From 1997 to 2003 he represented the Episcopal Church's Province IX as a memberof the Executive Council and also served as a member of its communications andinternational relations subcommittees. He also represented Province IX beforethe Latin American Council of Churches (CLAI) in Porto Alegre, Brazil. He servedon the Comite de Convenio of Province IX, regarding autonomy with the EpiscopalChurch, and participated in the writing of agreements with the Church of CostaRica and Puerto Rico.

He is president of the Province IX Court of Appeal andrepresentative of Province IX to the Ministry Development Committee of theEpiscopal Church.He served the Diocese of Colombia as Secretary of Diocesan Convention in 1972,as well as president of the diocesan standing committee and of various diocesancommittees. In 1975 he represented the Diocese before the Provincial Synod andhas been a member of the Province IX Council for 20 years. In 1978 he waselected Provincial Chancellor, a post he held for 14 years.

-- This story was reported by Bob Williams in Kanuga and Jan Nunley in New York.

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