Ahead of Assembly 2012, members of the Anglican Church in North America College of Bishops gathered in Ridgecrest, N.C. The meeting began with Morning Prayer and a time of Bible study and was undergirded by the theme of spreading the transforming love of Jesus Christ.
The bishops in attendance prayerfully considered and approved the election of a new bishop, The Rev. Stephen Wood, rector of St. Andrew’s Church-Mount Pleasant, S.C. Wood has been serving as vicar general for the Diocese of the Carolinas, a diocese in-formation within the Anglican Church in North America.
Among the other items on the agenda was a discussion of the intent to form new dioceses, plus updates from the Prayer Book & Liturgy Task Force, the Catechesis Task Force, and Anglican 1000. A formal statement was also adopted on the rules of the College of Bishops and a protocol relating to PEARUSA and the Anglican Church of Rwanda was adopted unanimously.
Officers were elected for the upcoming year, including The Rt. Rev. Donald Harvey, who will continue to serve as dean of the College of Bishops, and The Rev. John Cruikshank, who will continue to serve as secretary.
We thank you for your prayers for our leaders as they gather and ask that you continue to lift up the meetings taking place this week in Ridgecrest. The next meeting of the College of Bishops will take place in January.
Photo caption: The Rev. Stephen Wood Credit: Alan Hawes of the Post and Courier