Delegates to the 121st Diocesan Convention, taking place November 19-21 at the Eugene Hilton, will have the historic duty of electing the Tenth Bishop of the Diocese of Oregon. The convention begins with an evening Eucharist at Central Lutheran Church in Eugene, followed by a business meeting in the church. Sandy Hampton, diocesan assisting bishop will preside and Bishop Jerry A. Lamb, provisional bishop of the Diocese of San Joaquin, will preach….The theme of this year’s convention is “Jubilee,” chosen to reflect the joy and celebration of this time in shared diocesan life in anticipation of the election of a new bishop.
Meet the candidates
After more than a year of contemplation and discernment diocesan leadership has recommended three finalists for the position of Tenth Bishop of Oregon. They are (in alphabetical order): The Rev. Michael Joseph Hanley, rector of St. Christopher Episcopal Church, Roseville, MN; the Rev. Andrew Jeffrey MacBeth, rector of Calvary Church, Memphis, TN, and the Rev. Britt Elaine Olson, canon to the ordinary, Diocese of Northern California.
Hanley was educated at the University of Oklahoma and has a D.Min. from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL. He has served parishes in Oklahoma, Missouri, and Minnesota. He is known as a supportive mentor to people of all ages and stages of life, with a deep spiritual center. In a recent sabbatical he completed the 500-mile walking pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella, Spain, with his daughter. He is married to Marla Martin Hanley, an associate academic dean at St. Catherine University in the Twin Cities. Michael and Marla have two adult daughters.
MacBeth was educated at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA and has a D.Min. from Virginia Theological Seminary. He has served churches in Florida, Ohio, Massachusetts, and Virginia. Shared ministry, justice, outreach, and growth are threads woven throughout his experience. Sabbatical study has taken him to St. George’s College in Jerusalem and to a small parish on the Yukon River in Alaska. He is married to Sybil MacBeth, author of “Praying in Color: Drawing a New Path to God,” and they have two sons, one of whom lives with his wife in Seattle.
Olson was born in Alaska and settled in Oregon with her family as a child. She was educated at the University of Oregon and has an M.Div. from Church Divinity School of the Pacific. While in seminary, she also studied at Ripon Theological College in Oxford, England. She has served parishes in Oregon and Nevada. In 2006 she began her ministry as Canon to the Ordinary in Northern California. She has travelled extensively, and led pilgrimages to England. Olson is married to Bryon Hansen, a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Auburn, CA.
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