A STATEMENT FROM INTEGRITY PRESIDENT, THE REV. DR. CAROLINE HALL, ON NOMINEES FOR BISHOP-ADJUTOR OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
Today the Bishop Search and Nomination Committee of the Diocese of New Hampshire joyfully announced their nominees for a Bishop Coadjutor to succeed the Right Reverend V. Gene Robinson, Ninth Bishop of New Hampshire:
The Rev. Penelope Maud Bridges, Rector, St. Francis Episcopal Church, Great Falls, Virginia;
The Rev. A. Robert Hirschfeld, Rector, Grace Episcopal Church, Amherst, Massachusetts; The Rev. Dr. William Warwick Rich, Senior Associate Rector for Christian Formation, Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts.
Integrity USA congratulates all the nominees and applauds a search process that is open to all candidates.
In 2003 the people of New Hampshire searched for and elected the person they felt could best lead them as their Bishop. We were,of course, delighted that they elected our friend Gene Robinson and that his election was confirmed by the wider church. Now they are once again engaged in the process of selecting a new bishop. Integrity has every confidence that they will choose the best person whom God is calling to lead them into the future, regardless of his or her gender or sexual orientation.
Our prayers are with all the candidates who have courageously offered themselves to participate in the vital but arduous process of Bishop selection.