The Diocese of El Camino Real is accepting applications until Dec. 3 in the search for its fourth bishop.
The diocese has posted its web-based profile, which covers its ministry, vision, statistics, a brief history of Sargent House, its restored 19th-century office space, and links for nominating or applying.
In a “Walk with Us” section, the profile says:
We feel called to search and grow deeply in our faith as a diocese and to be a voice of change and challenge to the broader church as we seek new ways to reach all those searching for some greater purpose in their lives. As a diocese in a church still discovering and overcoming its own history (and present) of institutional racism, we feel deeply called to fully integrate and truly celebrate the diversity that makes our diocese uniquely challenged and uniquely blessed by each other in our work, play, and life together.
We feel called together to bridge the gaps still isolating those who have historically (and recently) been excluded from the church because of barriers of race, age (our youth and young adults as well as our elders), language (our non-English speakers), geography (our rural non-drivers), economic diversity (our poor, struggling, and homeless), and gender diversity and sexual orientation (our LGBTQ+ community), continuing to develop responses to issues of social justice across our diocese and beyond.
And as a diocese blessed and inspired by the Holy Spirit’s movement amongst us, blessed and inspired by one another’s creativity, by the collaborative collegiality of our clergy and lay leaders, by our willingness to look at things differently (both spiritually and intellectually), we feel called in our creative restlessness to seek out and live into a future church that is in that eschatological state of already emerging amongst us and through us, and yet still on the event horizon of our perception and understanding.