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Three candidates short-listed in vacancy for new Bishop of Glasgow & Galloway
Three candidates have been short-listed for election to the office of Bishop of Glasgow & Galloway, following the retirement of the Rt Rev Dr Gregor Duncan in October 2018, having served the Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway as Bishop since 2010.
The three candidates have been selected by a Preparatory Committee consisting of clergy and lay church members from the Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway and across the wider Scottish Episcopal Church. The next stage in the election process is a meeting of each of the candidates with an Electoral Synod (representatives of clergy and lay church members from the Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway only). That meeting will take place on Saturday 9 March with the election of the new Bishop on Saturday 16 March.
The candidates are:
The Very Rev Kelvin Holdsworth, Provost of St Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow.
The Rev Dr Michael Paterson, Director of the Institute of Pastoral Supervision & Reflective Practice, consultant in spiritual care for NHS Education for Scotland and assisting priest at St Margaret’s, Rosyth.
The Rev Canon Dr Scott Robertson, Rector of St Margaret of Scotland Church, Newlands, Glasgow.
Commenting on this stage of the process, Acting Bishop during the episcopal vacancy the Most Rev Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross & Caithness and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church says “I thank members of the Preparatory Committee for the work they have done and am delighted that three candidates are being nominated to the Electoral Synod. We hope that the discernment in the Electoral Synod will enable them to elect a new bishop who will lead the Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway in its future ministry and mission, and ask that we hold each of the candidates and the Diocese in our prayers during this process.”
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Diocesan Prayer for Episcopal Discernment
God of Grace and Glory, we give you thanks for all the blessings of our common life and ministries as the United Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway. We thank you for the faithful work of the Preparatory Committee and for all who have offered themselves to your service in this season of transition and change. May the Holy Spirit continue to infuse this process with the gifts of faith, hope and love. We give thanks and pray for Kelvin, Michael, and Scott. May they be filled with vision, courage, patience and hope as our work of discernment continues.
In Christ’s name we pray, Amen.
You are invited to hold in your prayers the candidates and all who faithfully walked this discernment journey.