11TH BISHOP-ELECT TO THE DIOCESE OF DELAWARE
GOING FORWARD TOGETHER!
“Kevin, we welcome you into the household of God. Confess the faith of Christ crucified, proclaim his resurrection, and share with us in his eternal priesthood.” Holy Baptism, The Book of Common Prayer, p. 308
These words from our liturgy for Holy Baptism, words proclaimed to the newly baptized and their family by all the people gathered to join in the journey of God’s love by faith, feel so right to welcome our newly-elected bishop to the Diocese of Delaware, the Reverend Kevin Brown. These are words of covenant moving forward as the Delaware branch of The Jesus Movement, together … BUT not quite yet!
While we stand together “on the tiptoe of expectation,” to quote St. Luke, our newly-elected bishop will not be in the diocesan office tomorrow, or next week, or for a while. There are still “things to do” in the episcopal call and election journey for him and for us, such as …
- A medical and psychological evaluation is to be scheduled and completed, with results sent to the Presiding Bishop. Once completed and affirmed, THEN …
- We send our Letters of Consent to the all diocesan Standing Committees in the Episcopal Church, and the Presiding Bishop seeks consent from the bishops of our Church. THEN we await receiving consents from a majority of the Standing Committees and the bishops. Once this has been completed and confirmed, THEN …
- We receive notification from the Presiding Bishop that the ordination and consecration scheduled for Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Delaware State University is to be planned, and THEN …
- The Transition Committee teams go to work on all the elements necessary for worship and celebration on this day, all the while working with Kevin and family in preparing for their move to Delaware and their new home at Bishopstead, completing details of the Letter of Agreement, and all those myriad of things needed to share radical hospitality in helping them to make their place at our table easy and joyful to join us.
So, with all this considered, it is our HOPE that Bishop-elect Brown will be officially with us on or before All Saints Day, November 1. Now here is where our mutual radical hospitality joins together.
I suspect we all have our desire to welcome our new bishop to the diocese and our First State. Maybe a few of us, just a few, would like to share about our ministry, our needs, and maybe, just maybe, be the VERY FIRST APPOINTMENT on their calendar for Monday, December 11. I am going to invite us NOT to do this, but simply to offer a welcoming stance to Bishop-elect Kevin Brown, his wife Caroline, and their daughters. Send your notes of welcome to their attention at the Diocesan Office, 913 Wilson Road, Wilmington DE 19803. If you need to email your greetings, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org without expectation of response. Simply offer the gift of grace and hospitality in welcome and share with us in Christ’s eternal priesthood. We will have many days, weeks, months, and years ahead in forming, shaping, and sharing this ministry as our part and place in The Jesus Movement.
So, welcome Bishop-elect Kevin Brown, and to quote a favorite theologian in my life journey, Dr. Seuss … Oh, the places we will go!
Grateful always, your servant in Christ,
The Reverend Paul W. Gennett, Jr.
President of The Standing Committee
The Diocese of Delaware