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3 Nominees in Montana

The Diocese of Montana has announced a three-member slate in the search for its 10th bishop:

The Rev. Mary Caucutt, rector of Christ Church, Cody, Wyo.

Ignatian spirituality insists that God is active in our everyday lives, providing me a pathway to deeper prayer, good decision-making guided by faithful discernment, and an active life of service to others. Ignatian prayer equips me to use imagination with scripture, end each day in reflection, and freely seek God in all things.

Casey and Miriam, my husband and daughter, help rein in my tendency to hover. I garden in arid, alkali soil and cook with fresh produce. Our family finds the Wyoming landscape more suitable to hiking and camping than growing, and we experience God in the beauty of creation.

The Rev. Nina Ranadive Pooley, rector of St. Bartholomew’s Church, Yarmouth, Maine

I was raised in a secular home, choosing Christianity intentionally, being baptized my first year in college. (My father was born and raised in Mumbai, India; my mother is from Methuen, Massachusetts.) My upbringing affords me perspective and entry to interfaith and ecumenical collaborations, and has helped me stand in the threshold place between the church and the world, translating for, and welcoming those who are unchurched. Much of my life has been spent working with youth and young adults in Episcopal school communities, first as an athletic trainer and teacher, and eventually as a chaplain.

For the past 12 years I’ve had the privilege of serving as the rector of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Yarmouth, Maine. St. Bart’s, known for genuine welcome and creative approach to liturgy, often serves as an entry point for many who are unchurched. With 12 years of experience in shaping responsive liturgy, I’m enthusiastic about serving as Vice-Chair of the Task Force for Liturgy and Prayer Book Revision (an Interim Body of General Convention).

The Rev. Marty Stebbins, rector, St. Timothy’s, Wilson, N.C.

I am a cradle Episcopalian from a family of multiple denominations and faith traditions. I have been an ordained priest for thirteen years. I am also a licensed veterinarian and board-certified epidemiologist, having worked mostly in academia and industry before following my call to ordained ministry. My greatest joys as a veterinary professor were equipping veterinary students in their ministry to our society and helping form the careers of future veterinary researchers. This is very similar to my current calling as a parish priest: equipping people in their call to Christ.

I began my ordained life as a Cluster Missioner in the Diocese of North Carolina. These small and vital churches and worshipping communities formed me as a priest. Their worship of God drew in their broader community, and their outreach ministries were, and are, extremely important in their rural communities. They taught me that the Episcopal voice is desperately needed and appreciated in these small communities. In my work through the diocese, I continue to look for creative ways to help strengthen their ministry.

… There are two ministries that combine my ministry love of Christ and animals: the first is the annual pet blessing, to which both pets and livestock are invited. It celebrates the role they have in our lives. The second is still in development: the exploration of experiencing the Holy while working with horses, which validates people’s transcendent experiences with this part of creation.

The diocese will receive nominees by petition until May 15. The election is scheduled for July 26.

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