The Diocese of Easton has posted its profile is receiving names in the search for its 11th bishop. Names are due Jan. 15. The diocese has scheduled the electing convention for June 11.

“We are seeking a Bishop who will lead us as we come together in our common mission to help people experience God’s presence in the world, and who is passionate about rethinking church and reimagining faith formation,” said one page of the diocese’s web-based profile.

“The Diocese of Easton is actively facing the challenge of understanding its mission in the world as we fast approach the year 2020. We have engaged in an extensive period of discernment and concluded that the status quo is not an option. We need to move into the mindset of the emerging diversity of people, lifestyles, and cultures that now surround us. We will continue to explore issues of sustainability and viability and collaborative mission and ministry with a neighboring diocese. We are deeply committed to finding new ways and, with the encouragement and support of the 11th Bishop of Easton, a new energy with which to go into the world spreading the good news of Jesus and working for the common good.”

The Rt. Rev. James Joseph Shand, 10th Bishop of Easton, served from 2003 to 2014. The Rt. Rev. Henry Nutt Parsley, Jr., became Provisional Bishop of Easton in 2014.

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