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Standing Committee announces candidates for XI Bishop, opens Petition Process

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The Standing Committee

NEWARK, March 5, 2018 – The Standing Committee of the Diocese of Newark is pleased to announce a slate of candidates who will stand for election as XI Bishop of Newark at a special convention on May 19, 2018.

The candidates are:

  • The Rev. Carlye J. Hughes, Diocese of Fort Worth
  • The Rev. Lisa W. Hunt, Diocese of Texas
  • The Rev. Canon Scott G. Slater, Diocese of Maryland
  • The Rev. Canon John T. W. Harmon, Diocese of Washington, D.C., withdrew his name on March 9, 2018.

The Bishop Search/Nominating Committee, after careful and prayerful discernment, recommended these candidates to the Standing Committee, which voted to approve the slate.

"We believe these individuals possess the skills, qualities, experience and spiritual grounding necessary for the office of Bishop, and we are excited to commend them to the Diocese of Newark," said the Rev. Joseph Harmon, President of the Standing Committee.

The Standing Committee also announces the opening today of the Petition Process by which nominees may be added to the slate. The Petition Process closes at 5 PM on March 15, 2018

Following are introductions of the candidates in the form of brief bios and answers to three questions posed by the Standing Committee. Members of the diocese will have the opportunity to meet the candidates in person at "walkabouts" to be held around the diocese on May 3-6, 2018, before the May 19 electing convention.

The Service of Ordination and Consecration is scheduled for September 22, 2018 with the Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, Presiding Bishop, officiating.

The Episcopal Diocese of Newark comprises the northern third of New Jersey with 98 congregations in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Sussex, Warren, and Union counties. The Rt. Rev. Mark M. Beckwith has served as X Bishop of Newark since January 2007.

The Rev. Carlye HughesThe Rev. Carlye J. Hughes
Diocese of Fort Worth

The Rev. Carlye J. Hughes has served as rector of Trinity Episcopal, a program sized church in the continuing diocese of Fort Worth, TX, since 2012. She has guided Trinity to expand spiritual practices, promote strong relationships with neighborhood schools, increase outreach activity, repair infrastructure, and complete a successful capital campaign. Previously, she was rector at St. Peter’s Episcopal Peekskill for five years, a small multi-ethnic parish in the Hudson Valley. Her first call was at St. James’ Church, a large parish on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Read more.

The Rev. Lisa Hunt, Diocese of TexasThe Rev. Lisa W. Hunt
Diocese of Texas

Lisa Hunt is the rector of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, which she has led for the past 11 years. She serves as the president of the St. Stephen’s Episcopal School Board, a pre-K-8 Montessori day school. She is also the vice president of the Faith Leaders Coalition of Greater Houston, an interfaith association of progressive clergy and is a member of the Montrose Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Board for the City of Houston. She formerly served as rector of St. Ann’s Episcopal Church in Nashville, Tennessee. During her 17 year tenure in Nashville she was elected to the Metropolitan Nashville Board of Public Education. Prior to that, she worked as the interim assistant chaplain at University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Read more.

The Rev. Canon Scott Slater, DIocese of MarylandThe Rev. Canon Scott G. Slater
Diocese of Maryland

Scott has served as Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of Maryland since 2010. Raised in a small town in Florida, Scott came into the Church as a teenager. While pursuing a career in architecture, he was also heavily involved with youth ministry as a young adult. He met his future spouse Becky on a church retreat and six years later they were off to seminary. Two sons came along and they settled into life in the D.C./Baltimore metro area. Read more.