Canon Lynn Bates Accepts Appointment to Newly-formed Task Force to Assist the Office of Pastoral Development
Lynn Bates, Canon to the Ordinary of the Episcopal Church in Vermont, recently accepted an appointment to the Task Force to Assist the Office of Pastoral Development. The appointment was announced by the Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, executive officer, on behalf of President of the House of Deputies Gay Clark Jennings and Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on September 19.
The task force exists to assist the presiding bishop’s Office of Pastoral Development in its work to assist dioceses in the discernment, nomination, search, election and transition processes for bishops.
Created by Resolutions A147 and A189 at the 79th General Convention, the task force exists “to assist the presiding bishop’s Office of Pastoral Development in its work to assist dioceses in the discernment, nomination, search, election and transition processes for bishops,” as explained by reporter Sharon Tillman of the Episcopal News Service. Additionally, Tillman writes:
The new task force will assist the Office of Pastoral Development in establishing guidelines and materials for the training and evaluation of transition consultants who work with dioceses throughout the election process. And, lastly, the members will help enhance ‘guidelines for reference, background, medical, and psychological screening of persons considered for nomination for episcopal elections and guidelines for the dissemination, evaluation, and record keeping of the screening information gathered.'”
The first meeting of the Task Force will take place in Linthicum Heights, MD, from November 11-14. Canon Bates’s three-year term will end with the close of the 80th General Convention in 2021.