On Thursday, October 31, 2019 - on the day of the remembrance of the Protestant Reformation - Bishop Kevin Strickland released the following letter and resources:
Over the past year, bishops in Region 9, have been working to utilize our positions to address systemic issues facing women rostered ministers. Guided by the work of a core team of women leaders, in May 2019 all Region 9 bishops gathered to begin work on a “Bishops’ Relational Agreement for Candidacy, Call Process, and Boundaries.” We are thankful that in July 2019 this agreement was adopted and we are eager to share it now with leaders throughout the
region. On this day when we celebrate the Reformation, we continue to be reformed in our work alongside women leaders.
When the social statement “Faith, Sexism, and Justice: a Call to Action” passed at the recent churchwide assembly, it was accompanied by implementing resolutions. This relational agreement and our work together is a very clear way that we are living into this call for action and to be a church of gender-equitable leadership.
Please read the attached press release and relational agreement. Know this is only the beginning of our work. The “Bishops’ Relational Agreement…” is a dynamic document which will be reviewed, adapted, and affirmed annually in July. Join me in praying for the Spirit’s continued move in our region and throughout this church.
I look forward to walking together with you in this important work. This is important work and God has called us for such a time as this; to respect, honor, and uphold the whole Body of Christ.
The Rev. Kevin L. Strickland,
Bishop of the Southeastern Synod