Where is our bishop going?
Bishop Ousley has accepted a call to join the Presiding Bishop’s staff as Bishop for Pastoral Development. In this new role, he will have oversight for bishop transitions and elections, bishop disciplinary matters, and general pastoral care to the House of Bishops and their families.
The position will be based in Saginaw, Michigan where Bishop Ousley and his wife, Ann, currently reside.
Why is he leaving?
After almost sixteen years of serving on diocesan staff – first as Missioner for Congregational Development and then as Bishop – he has discerned that this is the right time for both him and the Diocese of Eastern Michigan to enter into a new phase of discovery about what the future may hold.
When will the bishop depart?
Bishop Ousley concluded his ministry in Eastern Michigan in mid-June.
Who is in charge when Bishop Ousley leaves?
Just as a vestry is in charge when a priest leaves a congregation, our Standing Committee becomes the ecclesiastical authority, assuming most bishop responsibilities in accordance with the canons of the Episcopal Church.
Who makes up the Standing Committee?
The Standing Committee President is the Rev. Dan Scheid of St. Paul’s, Flint. The other members include Vice-President Stephanie King (St. Alban’s, Bay City), Secretary Beth Barkley (Trinity, Lexington), the Rev. Lydia Speller (Grace, Port Huron), Bill Thewalt (St. Christopher’s, Grand Blanc), and the Rev. Sue Rich (Trinity, Bay City).
Email the Standing Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How will we find our next Bishop?
Over the next few months, our Standing Committee will work with the Office of Pastoral Development, which supports bishop transitions. They will guide us through the transition and make recommendations for our next steps.
Wait, I thought Bishop Ousley will lead the Office of Pastoral Development?
Yes, Bishop Ousley will be taking responsibility for this ministry, However, his involvement with our transition will be largely administrative and canonical in nature. Bishop Ousley’s predecessor in this office, Bishop Matthews, will be supporting the Standing Committee in the immediate stages of transition.
What will happen with parish visitations?
All visitations through the end of 2017 have been cancelled. There is a possibility that there could be visitations beginning again in 2018 if there is an assisting or provisional bishop in place.
How can I stay connected to news about the transition?
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Can I give a going away present?
Bishop Ousley, Ann, Ian, Dae and Josh have requested no tangible gifts. If so moved, however, they have prayerfully requested that any gifts in honor of his past ten years of ministry as Bishop and sixteen years as a member of the diocesan staff be given to Camp Chickagami to support its ministry with current and future leaders of the Church.
Gifts can be made online by clicking here or by mail, to The Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan Attn: Camp Chickagami 924 N Niagara Street Saginaw, MI 48602. If you need help making a gift, please contact the diocesan office at 877-752-6020.