The Diocese of Western North Carolina has announced four nominees in the search for the diocese’s 7th bishop:

The Rev. Hannah E. Atkins, rector, Trinity Church, Houston • “Highlights of her ministry include deepening partnerships with homeless and immigrant populations, developing quality programming for children and youth, welcoming new Christians to the faith, heightening the connection between the church and the arts, and community building across opinions and through conflict while sharing Christ’s life-changing love.”

The Rev. Cynthia Banks, rector, St. Luke’s Church, Boone, North Carolina • “Cyndi demonstrates a passion for leading communities of faith to cultivate courage and creativity. She has a special interest in innovative liturgy, civil civic discourse, and helping congregations engage social justice as they live within the prophetic-pastoral tension of their baptismal vows.”

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The Rev. Thomas Brown, rector, Parish of the Epiphany, Winchester, Massachusetts • “He has a special emphasis on liturgy and preaching and has developed innovative practices in the area of lay ministries, congregational development, and stewardship. Faithful as a pastor and dedicated to growing the Episcopal Church, Thomas readily shares the Good News of Christ as a servant leader who strives for justice among all people.”

The Rev. Canon José A. McLoughlin, canon to the ordinary, Diocese of Oklahoma • “José assumes responsibilities for the day-to-day operations of the diocese; works with congregations in transition and those in conflict; assists vestries in strategic planning; oversees the diocesan Holy Orders Process, the diocesan IONA School of Formation and the Fresh Start program; and assists the Bishop in providing pastoral support. José is committed to youth ministry.”

The Rt. Rev. G. Porter Taylor announced in April that he planned to resign at the end of September 2016.

The electing convention is scheduled for June 25.

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