Letter to the diocese 5/1/15

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

As you may have heard by now, I have been chosen by the Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop as a nominee to be put forward for nomination at the General Convention in Salt Lake City in June.

The decision to allow my name to move forward has been as long and difficult as the interview process itself. Prayer and discernment have guided me through multiple rounds of interviews as well as the background, medical and psychological screening required by the Committee. I ask for your prayers for Margaret and our daughters, and for me, as we journey through the coming weeks until the election on June 27, 2015.

So what does all of this mean for our diocese?

If I become the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, a transitional team will be put into place to oversee a smooth transition. We have already begun assessing the needs of this transitional team to ensure that it is ready and can be in place immediately, if needed. At the time of my resignation, Ecclesiastical Authority will be transferred to the Standing Committee who will also begin an immediate search for a provisional bishop to serve the diocese during the transition and until a search and election for bishop diocesan can take place. While the provisional bishop will make episcopal visitations and perform many of the tasks of a bishop diocesan, the Ecclesiastical Authority will remain with the Standing Committee throughout the transition.

If I am not elected, then I will simply continue to happily serve here as your bishop.

I am profoundly grateful to the people of Southern Ohio for the eight years we have spent together in connection with God and with each other. Whatever the future will bring, I ask for your prayers for the church in this exciting and challenging time.

+Thomas Breidenthal