The Role of Bishops in a Shared Future

Edited by C. Andrew Doyle, Foreword by Michael B. Curry

May/2022, 272 Pages, PAPERBACK, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9781640655539



Top voices highlight important changes in the role of bishop.

Compelling essays, written by bishops, other clergy, and academics from across the Episcopal Church, reflect the breadth of thinking on the history, current state, and future of the role of leadership within the denomination and the wider Anglican Communion.

Topics include the transformation of the role over the last fifty years, a review of historic documents on the episcopacy, issues of race and gender, and the definition of ministry and leadership. This volume will be of interest to leaders across denominations as well as scholars.

C. Andrew Doyle, ninth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, summarizes his autobiography in six words: “Met Jesus on pilgrimage; still walking.” He is author of Unity in Mission, Unabashedly Episcopalian, CHURCH, A Generous Community, Small Batch, The Jesus Heist, and Vocātiō: Imaging a Visible Church. Follow him on Twitter at @texasbishop. He lives in Houston, Texas.

“In Episcopate: The Role of Bishops in a Shared Future, readers will find insightful and challenging essays about how bishops can help us face the challenges before us as we draw ever closer to becoming the Beloved Community God calls us to be.”
—The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, President, House of Deputies of the Episcopal Church

“Although Episcopate is rooted in the life and history of the Episcopal Church, its reflections will be a gift to Canadian Anglicans. The diversity of voices across theology, ecclesiology, history, gender, and race offers a rich resource for facing our rapidly changing contexts for episcopal leadership.”
—The Most Rev. Linda Nicholls, Archbishop and Primate, Anglican Church of Canada

“These lively essays move from the origins of the episcopate, through American developments and crises, right up to the present. Then they venture into what the Church needs to do here and now to gain a future. Here’s just the book to think, ponder, pray, and strategize into Christ’s promised future.”
—Rev. Will Willimon, United Methodist Bishop, retired, and author of Bishop: The Art of Questioning Authority by an Authority in Question

“In these essays we look back historically on a bishop’s role, but with the writers we are given an opportunity to begin to discern together the kind of bishops we need for our times, in our cultural context, with an eye on the bishops we will need for the future.”
—The Right Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin CD, MBE, Bishop of Dover, England


Michael B. Curry


Andrew Doyle

  1. On the Episcopate

George R. Sumner

  1. The Transformation in the Role of Bishop in The Episcopal Church since 1965

Robert W. Prichard

  1. Episcopacy and “Things Done Decently and in Order”

William O. Gregg

    4. Bishop William White’s “Opinions” on Episcopacy, Race, and Ecumenism

William Franklin

    5. Episcopate, Race, and Unity of the Church

Allen Shin

  1. Women Leaders Enable Leadership by All 

Katharine Jefferts Schori

  1. Women and the Episcopacy: Insights for Ecclesiology 

Sheryl A. Kujawa-Holbrook

  1. The Beginning of Something New

Hector Monterroso

  1. The Bishop amid a Multiethnic Context

Robert Fitzpatrick

  1. The Ministry of Bishop as Leadership

Robert Wright

  1. Rejecting the Bishop as Sole Visionary

Kym Lucas

  1. Themes That Challenge Episcopal Leadership

Diana Akiyama

  1. The Authority of Episcopal Bishops and Resolution 2018-B012

Joan C. Geiszler-Ludlum

  1. The Future of the Episcopacy and Relational Leadership

Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows

  1. Learning to Think Institutionally and Lead Adaptively

Sean Rowe

  1. The Beauty Way

Cornelia Eaton



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  • Episcopal Church
  • episcopacy
  • future
  • Texas bishop
  • Anglican Communion

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