We celebrated Cornelius Hill, Episcopal priest and the last hereditary chief of the Oneida nation, who used his Christian faith to help his people deal with the changes they faced and the authority of his ordination to be a bridge between the Oneida and white culture.
The Rev. Cathlena Plummer of Navajoland told the powerful story of her family raising sheep and hearing the voice of her deceased father call to her by her Navajo name to save the sheep. That call to save the sheep also led her to become a priest, combining her Christian and Navajo spiritual identity.
Jesus tells us in the gospel of John today that the good shepherd not only gives his or her all to save the sheep of the fold, but also to gather up the sheep that do not belong to the fold, so there will be one flock, and that all will be saved.
The service began and ended with Native American music of flute and drums.
The Rt. Rev. Michael Bruce Curry was elected by the House of Bishops on the first ballot, with 121 votes out of 174. This the vote tally:
Breidenthal – 19
Curry – 121
Douglas – 13
Smith – 21
A deputation from the House of Bishops, the Rt. Revs. Wayne Wright and Todd Ousley, brought word of the election to the House of Deputies, but the name was not announced.
Committee 19 for Confirmation of the Presiding Bishop then stepped forward and the Chaplain prayed for them; they left to deliberate on their recommendation to the House about whether to confirm or reject the House of Bishops’ election.
When the committee left the room, it was suggested by the Secretary that the House take a break so people could eat, but this was vehemently rejected by the deputies. They were determined to wait and stay in session until the committee came back with its decision.
When the committee returned, they made a motion to approve resolution A153 to confirm the House of Bishops’ election of Curry as Presiding Bishop.
The House of Deputies then voted on the motion, confirming Curry’s election with a vote of 800 to 12. When President of the House of Bishops Gay Jennings announced the results and banged the gavel, the House of Deputies was on its feet, singing and clapping.
The House of Deputies then sent word to the House of Bishops, informing them of their decision, and they brought Bishop Curry back, with his family and his deputation from North Carolina, to welcome him to the House of Deputies as the newly elected Presiding Bishop.
Bishop Curry is introduced to the House of Deputies
At 1:50 pm, The Rt. Rev. Wayne Wright and the Rt. Rev. Todd Ousley brought word from the House of Bishops:
“On behalf of the House of Bishops, we bring you greetings and announce that we have elected, by majority vote, the 27th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church.”
The President of the House of Deputies then called for Committee 19, Confirmation of the Presiding Bishop, to come forward, with Chaplain Lester McKenzie offering prayer for the committee as they deliberate about whether to confirm the election or not.
The name of the person elected by the House of Bishops will not be announced until after the committee for the Confirmation of the Presiding Bishop has reached a decision whether or not to confirm that election.
Click here for a live stream of the House of Deputies, which is in session still until the committee returns with a decision.
Up early to head over to a Church Pension Fund Committee meeting, worship then off to St. Mark’s to join with my sisters and brothers to elect the next PB of the Episcopal Church. Have been praying for the nominees, and I have confidence we will elect the person God will lead. Continue to pray for us…Had a wonderful dinner with the Northwest Deputation and our group from Fort Worth.