The Western Jurisdiction Inter-Ethnic Coordinating committee, in an effort to help delegates learn about episcopal candidates demonstrated competency in intercultural relationships, has crafted questions and curated responses from all 32 episcopal candidates ahead of next week’s jurisdictional conference.
“The IECC wants to make sure our episcopal leaders demonstrate competency in intercultural relationships needed to effectively lead our racially and ethnically diverse jurisdiction and conferences as we work toward an inclusive church,” said Rev. Felicisimo Cao, chair of the WJ IECC.
The WJ Leadership Team, during its spring meeting, committed to the values of decentering whiteness, dismantling racism and decolonization. They also asked IECC to work with the Committee on Episcopacy to address these values in the new discernment process. The IECC hopes the questions and responses can offer insights into an episcopal candidate’s learnings, experience with racial/ethnic communities, and plans for how they will lead as a bishop.
The candidates’ responses have been sent to delegates of the Western Jurisdictional Conference and are available now on the WJ website for public review.
The WJC begins Nov. 2, 2022 in Salt Lake City and wraps up with consecration services on Nov. 5, 2022. All proceedings and services will be live streamed on this website.