"Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Paul to the persecuted at Philippi (2:5-11)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

More on the election


UPDATE: Dorsey McConnell elected on the sixth ballot.
I think he'll be able to work well with all sides, at least comparably.  Congratulations to TEC-Pittsburgh.  

 Old stuff:
The new Blogger is making this less than simple....

It looks like the third ballot was utterly predictable, as will be the fourth.  We've closed in on a grudge match between McConnells (the somewhat conservative from a liberal diocese) and Runnels (the liberal same-sex-blessing advocate who looks kind of boring, personally).    I'm expecting both Quinn and Woodliff-Stanley to withdraw at this point.

McConnells has momentum, that's something.  It may be that he can manage to get elected if there is anyone willing to swing so widely across the huge gap between him and Runnels.  Maybe a few pragmatic voters and the three who voted for Quinn in the laity.  Hmmm.... three, though, isn't enough to elect him just yet.

Awaiting ballot four, I doubt it will be interesting.  We're probably going to five on this.

 Note: The balloting was more interesting when I was watching Korean historical dramas in which a wicked queen was attempting to usurp and kill the king.  Is this commentary on the PGH election... you decide.

Ballot #4


Clergy Votes Lay Votes
Needed for Election 22 43



The Rev. Dorsey W. M. McConnell 29 37
The Rev. Canon Michael N. Ambler, Jr. 0 0
The Rev. R. Stanley Runnels 13 48
The Rev. Canon Scott T. Quinn WD WD
The Rev. Ruth Woodliff-Stanley WD WD
 Okay, well now we're down to the final round, folks.  Will they elect or stalemate?

Good showing for my friend Scott Quinn.  Best possible outcome for him, if you ask me.  He held strong, got to run for bishop and make a good showing... and not get elected to a post I wouldn't wish on my enemies.  Huzzah.  I know he'll never read this, but I think he did great.



Ballot five is in... agonizingly inching toward a bishop:
Ballot #5

Clergy Votes Lay Votes
Needed for Election 22 43



The Rev. Dorsey W. M. McConnell 30 42



The Rev. R. Stanley Runnels 11 43






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