November 21, 2019
Volume 10, No. 13
Not Humbled and Honored, but Stunned and Terrified
Transcript of the Rev. Canon Frank Logue's address to the 198th Convention following the announcement that he is the XI Bishop-elect for the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia:

There are two words one is supposed to say when elected bishop. What one says is, "I am humbled and honored." It's just us in the room so I will tell how I actually feel. I am stunned and I am terrified.

I am stunned because the Search Committee did very fine work. There were four excellent candidates on the slate with me. When the five of us were together we prayed for holy clarity. I believe in this ballot, we see that is what happened. Having not been elected bishop before I know what that is like and I know that the numbers of votes for them do not reflect our warm feelings for them or our sense that these are very fine priests who may well have a call to be a bishop even if not on this day for this diocese. Victoria and I loved meeting Rob and Sandra. I got to spend more time with Jennifer and meet her husband Ken, we were in seminary together. It was good to meet John as he and I have worked together some, but all by phone and so I got to know him better and meet his wife, Jeri. And I love Lonnie like a brother. I think the world of Lonnie, Jay, Mary Grace, and Kendall. So I am stunned.

I am terrified because if you pursue a dream and you get it, then you actually have to do the work. The Standing Committee told me just a moment ago that I would have to say something and my first thought is that it is just like the diocese tossed me the keys and said, "You drive." [Looking to Bishop Benhase] Not yet bishop. There is only one Bishop of Georgia and I work at his pleasure. Seriously, as soon as I had that thought I realized that this is not like being tossed the keys of a Ferrari and being asked to drive the Blue Ridge Parkway. As soon as I thought of the image of being tossed the keys, I remembered a time when Victoria and I were working with youth at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Rome, Georgia. We were at an event at Camp Mikell in the North Georgia mountains as a snowstorm was moving in fast. Diocesan youth leaders wisely decided to end the event early as the roads were already icing from rain that had previously fallen before the temperature dropped. That image of a 15-passanger van full of teens with icy roads ahead was what I saw with the words, "Frank, you drive." This election feels like that level of trust being placed in me. I thank you for that level of trust.

But here is the thing I know-I don't have it in me to do what you need to be bishop and that is a right, good, and joyful thing. I am terrified like the women were terrified when they found the tomb empty and like them we are together with Jesus at the center, working together. Because of that, I know we are not just going to survive, we are going to thrive. I am grateful for a diocese that consistently puts Jesus at the center and for serving with a bishop and a diocesan staff that are a true joy and delight to work with and for having a diocese so well represented by a Search Committee and a Transition Committee that I felt proud to be on this team no matter what happened in this election today. So thank you.
Becoming a Bishop for the Church
The 198th Convention of the Diocese of Georgia elected the Rev. Canon Frank Logue to serve as the 11th Bishop of Georgia. That vote was attested by the clergy and delegates to convention who all signed a testimonial to the election as required by the Canons of the church. The required next steps are in process now. A medical examination took place as required. A psychological examination of the bishop elect will take place soon. Any person elected by a diocese to serve as bishop must obtain the consent of the majority of bishops of the Episcopal Church and, in a separate step, also obtain the consent of more than half of the bishops of the Episcopal Church. While these consents have only very rarely been withheld, the step is a critical one as this process is how the 11th Bishop of Georgia becomes a bishop of the whole church.

The consent process can take up to 120 days. Once the consents are in from the majority of Standing Committees and bishops, the Presiding Bishop and General Convention office will certify the election. At that point, we can move from Save The Date announcements to formal invitations to the May 30 consecration.
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PENTECOST
Christ the King
Track 1
Jeremiah 23:1-6
Canticle 16
Colossians 1:11-20
Luke 23:33-43

Track 2
Jeremiah 23:1-6
Psalm 46
Colossians 1:11-20
Luke 23:33-43


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The search timeline concludes with the consecration of the Rev. Canon Frank Logue as XI Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia! Be sure to reserve the dates, May 30 for the Consecration at Johnny Mercer Theater, Savannah, and May 31, Eucharist with the Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry in Forsyth Park, Savannah.
198th Convention Prayers by the Youth
There have been many requests for copies of the prayers written and led by diocesan youth Saturday morning. Here they are: 

We thank you God for Bishop Benhase and the many wonderful ways he has served you through the Diocese of Georgia. Bless him as he gets ready for his retirement, with overwhelming joy and great love. May Bishop Benhase know that the impact he has had on the Diocese of Georgia will always be appreciated and honored. We ask that you bless Bishop Benhase with happiness and health for him and his family. May he continue to serve you and show your love through his actions, words, and way of life. Amen.

Please help our Bishop-Elect, Frank Logue, as he embarks on this new journey that you have set for him. Help his wife, Victoria, and their daughter Griffin adjust to this change. Help him to continue to lead our diocese in your way. Keep Frank safe as he travels from church to church. Help keep him strong in his faith during this transition and keep him in your eye. Amen.

Watch over our diocese as we adjust to our new bishop. We pray that our hearts may be open to his new way of leadership. May we not be hasty to criticize his new ways. May we show our Bishop support and offer our work and our guidance that there may be a smooth transition for him and for our whole Diocese. Amen.

This time may be challenging for us and our communities, and so we pray for those communities, asking you to ensure a positive future for us all. We pray that this change does not get the better of us, and that our communities remain intact. We pray that our congregations will remain faithful and free from the sin of resentment. Above all, Lord, we pray that good will come out of this change and that our communities will be blessed with new ideas and ways to bring a positive difference in our world. Lord, we pray that we will all remain good stewards in your name.  Amen.
     

Bishop Commits 3% of Endowment to Racial Reconciliation & Healing
In his final address as Bishop to the 198th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia, the Right Rev. Scott Anson Benhase, 10th Bishop of Georgia, announced that he is committing 3% of the diocese's unrestricted endowment to help form the St. Anna Alexander Center for Racial Reconciliation & Healing.

Benhase noted that Virginia Theological Seminary recently committed approximately 1% of its endowment toward racial reparations. Also recently, the Diocese of New York committed 2.5% of its endowment to that goal. In addition, Bishop Benhase urged all congregations in the Diocese of Georgia who have endowments to commit their own 3% toward racial reconciliation and healing.

Bishop Benhase said: "As I wrote to the Diocese last week, every person's life is an unspoken sermon that is constantly preaching to others. That is true not just of individuals. It is also true for the church as a whole and for a diocese in particular. What we do as a diocese speaks volumes. What we are beginning is not reparations. No amount of money can do that. What we are doing is committing significant resources to the long, slow work of racial reconciliation and healing."

The Diocese of Georgia has formed a Resource Team for Racial Reconciliation & Healing to work through the new St. Anna Alexander Center. Referencing the text for his address ("The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few" - Matthew 9:37), Bishop Benhase stated: "Our team leaders are ready and equipped for a very Jesus-like harvest of racial reconciliation and healing."
Results of 198th Con vention Elections
Board of the Corporation

Edward Field, St. Peter's, Savannah, left; Mary Willoughby, Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle, Savannah

Disciplinary Board

From left: Neal W. Dickert, Good Shepherd, Augusta; the Rev. Becky Rowell, Christ Church, St. Simons and the Rev. Jim Said, St. Augustine of Canterbury, Augusta

Diocesan Council at Large

The Rev. Ashton Williston, Christ Church Frederica, St. Simons Island

Sewanee Trustee
 
Isabella Stuart Reeves, Christ Church, Savannah

Lay Deputies to the General Convention
From left: 1. Cissy Bowden, Good Shepherd, Augusta;  2. Dade Brantley, St. Mark's, Brunswick;  3. Molly Stevenson, Christ Church, Valdosta;  4. Jody Grant, Our Savior, Martinez. 

Alternates: 1. Elizabeth Williams, St. Thomas', Thomasville; 2. Katie Easterlin, Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle, Savannah. Not shown: 3. Sarah Riggle, St. Barnabas', Valdosta

General Convention Deputy, Deacon or Priest

From left: 1. The Rev. Kelly Steele, St. Peter's, Savannah, Chair of the Deputation;  2. The Very Rev. Ted Clarkson,  St. Andrew's and St. Cyprian's, Darien:  3. The Rev. David Rose, St. Luke's, Rincon:  4. The Rev. Cynthia Taylor, Holy Comforter, Martinez

From left: 1st alternate) The Rev. Tom Purdy,  Christ Church Frederica, St. Simons;  2nd alternate); the Rev. Leeann Culbreath, Deacon, St. Barnabas', Valdosta, and  3rd alternate) the Rev. Dee Shaffer,  St. Paul's, Jesup

Standing Committee

From left: The Very Rev. Tar Drazdowski,  Christ Church, Cordele;  Pat Leslie,  St. George's, Savannah

Canonical Changes
Convention Votes to Amend Canons
The 198th Convention voted to amend Canon I.13.2-3 to further spell out with great specificity the composition of the Commission on Ministry including both the interview committee and the examining chaplains. The clergy and delegates voted down the proposed change to Canon I.13.4 which would have replaced the Worship Committee described by canons with the ability for the bishop to create additional ad hoc groups with the consent of Diocesan Council. The 2019 Canons as revised by convention will be posted online soon. The changes approved are found online here 

Around the Convention

The two newest deacons in the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia, the Rev. Nathan Wilson, left, and the Rev. Kevin Veitinger.
Jody Grant, left, was this year's recipient of the Bishop's Award.






The Brain Trust, finishing some final details for the 198th Convention on Friday morning.
Episcopal Youth Event, July 2020
The University of Maryland, College Park Maryland

Every three years, in accordance with General Convention Resolution, the Episcopal Church convenes an international youth event so "that the energy of the youth of the Episcopal Church can continue to be utilized in active ministry as members of the Body of Christ."

In other words, every three years there is an incredible gathering of hundreds of Episcopal youth from all over the world...and you have a chance to go this summer! Approximately 1000 people will come together for worship, play, workshops, small group discussions, and presentations designed to help young people claim their call to leadership in the Episcopal Church.

This year, the Diocese of Georgia delegation will be making a pilgrimage and mission experience part of our EYE experience. Our trip will take place July 6-14, and will include EYE itself, which takes place July 7-11. After EYE we will stay in D.C. and engage in mission work before returning to Georgia on July 14.

Here are the details:
● Dates: July 6 - July 14, 2020
● Cost: Approximately $1,000. Payable in one sum, or in three payments of $350, $350, and $300. Financial Aid is available on an as-needed basis.
● Location: University of Maryland, College Park, MD
● Participant Grades: Must be currently in Grades 9-12

Registration Instructions: This is a two step process. First, register by submitting your information at http://bit.ly/EYE2020Reg. Then follow the link to http://bit.ly/EYE2020Payment in order to pay the deposit. Both of these steps must be completed in order to be fully registered with the Diocese of Georgia! Once youth are registered, the Rev. Canon Joshua Varner will register the group with the National Church.
Diocesan Office Update and News
T he Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase,  10th Bishop of the Diocese of Georgia, will make his annual visit to the Episcopal Day School in Augusta on Friday, November 22, and will make his annual visitation to Church of the Good Shepherd, Augusta at 10 AM, Sunday, November 24. To see the Bishop's complete visitation schedule, go here. 

The Rev. Canon Frank Logue will be closing the Saluda Clergy Cottage this weekend.

Diocesan Offices will be closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, November 27, 28 and 29 next week in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Very Rev. William Willoughby III, Rector of the Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle, Savannah was the officiant at the Thursday, noon service today at Saint Anna Alexander Chapel, Diocesan House. On Thursday, December 5, the Rev. Melanie Lemburg, Rector of St. Thomas' Isle of Hope, will be the celebrant.
Prayers for Weekly Liturgies
Our one-year prayer cycle combines prayers for every congregation in the Diocese of Georgia with prayers for our ecumenical partners and for our Companion Diocese of The Dominican Republic. The 52 weekly prayers are available in one document  found here. 

November 17-23
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Vidalia, the Church of the Annunciation. We also pray for our ecumenical partners in Vidalia, especially Sacred Heart Catholic Church and for St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Reidsville. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the congregations in Santo Domingo, especially St. Peter and St. Paul ( San Pedro y San Pablo).

November 24-30
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Waycross, Grace Church. We also pray for our ecumenical partners in Waycross, especially St. Joseph's Catholic Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the congregations in Santo Domingo, especially St. Ann's ( Santa Ana).

Additional Prayer Cycles
We also offer 30-day prayer cycles for those who wish to pray daily for the clergy and clergy spouses:  Diocesan Prayer Cycle and  Clergy Spouses Prayer Cycle .
The Rev. Kev
The Rev. Kevin Veitinger, newly ordained deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia, as captured by the artist Panhandle Slim on a skateboard. To see the video from the 198th Convention about the Community of St. Joseph, go here
Events  
Thanksgiving
Diocesan Offices closed November 27-29

Winter Youth Retreat
January 10-12, 2020
Honey Creek
For students in grades 6 to 12
Register here.

Happening #103
Thursday, February 20 (for staff, participants arrive Friday) to Sunday, February 23, 2020
Honey Creek 
For students in grades 10 to 12
Register  here.

Celebration of the Benhase' Ministry
Friday, April 17, 2020
Starland Yard, Savannah

Consecration of the XI Bishop, Diocese of Georgia

11 AM Saturday, May 30
Johnny Mercer Theater
Savannah, Georgia

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Preaches in Forsyth Park
11 AM Sunday, May 31
The Bandshell, Forsyth Park
Savannah, Georgia
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