By the Rev. Lyda Pierce, Candidate for Bishop
I deeply appreciate the love and affirmation that people have shared since my nomination this weekend as a candidate for bishop. What started as a creatively playful moment last year has morphed into a somewhat daunting adventure. Yet after much prayer and consultation with colleagues, I now embrace this opportunity to offer myself, with fear and trembling, as a candidate for bishop.
Elections will take place at the Western Jurisdictional Conference, to be held July 13-16 in Scottsdale, Arizona. The jurisdiction has several wonderful candidates for bishop, and I’m confident that whoever we choose will help move us as a church to more fully incarnate the beloved community that God intends for us.
It’s an honor to represent my feisty and faithful Pacific Northwest Conference in the election. I trust that this experience can be one of grace-filled discernment for our denomination in the west of the United States, and I pray I can contribute to a time of holy conferencing in which the Spirit’s work of leadership, accompaniment and vision will be made manifest among us. With God’s help, and your prayers, I am ready for this.
The Rev. Lyda Pierce serves the Pacific Northwest Conference as Coordinator of Hispanic/Latino Ministries. She was endorsed as a candidate for bishop by the members of the 2016 Pacific Northwest Annual Conference. Follow along on Facebook at Ready for Lyda!