Episcopalians can meet bishop candidates this weekend

HARTFORD – The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut is seeking its 15th bishop and on Oct. 2 and 3 Episcopalians across the state will have the opportunity to meet the four candidates at town hall-style meetings.

The candidates are Rev. Mark Delcuze, rector of St. Stephen’s Church in Ridgefield, Rev. Dr. Ian T. Douglas, professor of Mission and World Christianity at Episcopal Divinity School and associate priest at St. James Church in Cambridge, Mass., Rev. Beth Fain, rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Cypress, Texas and dean of the San Jacinto Convocation of the Diocese of Texas, and Rev. Jim Curry, suffragan bishop of Connecticut. The Suffragan Bishop Process nominated Curry.

Bishop Andrew Smith has served as the Diocese’s leader since 1999. Earlier this year he announced his plans to retire.

The Town Hall meetings begin Friday at 7 p.m. in New Britain at Connecticut State University. Two meetings will be held on Saturday. The first will be at 9:30 a.m. at Grace Episcopal Church in Old Saybrook.

The Town Hall meetings will feature a moderator and candidates will answer pre-determined questions.

The meetings will conclude at 2 p.m. with a walk-about at Trinity Church in Southport.

According to the diocese Web site, at the walk-about members of the diocese will be assigned to a room at the venue and the individual candidates rotate or “walk-about” to a new group of people every 30-40 minutes. Members of the diocese will come to the event prepared with questions, which they will hand to a monitor at the beginning of the session. A moderator and a timekeeper assure that a reasonable amount of time is allowed for the candidate’s response to each question. After the walk-about concludes, delegates are invited to celebrate the Holy Eucharist with the candidates.

For information visit www.ctbishopelection.com.



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