The Rt. Rev. Dabney T. Smith, Bishop of the Diocese of Southwest Florida, is one of four candidates to lead The Episcopal Church as her Presiding Bishop. The election will be held this summer at General Convention.
The list also includes The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry of the Diocese of North Carolina, The Rt. Rev. Ian Douglas of the Diocese of Connecticut, and The Rt. Rev. Tom Breidenthal of the Diocese of Southern Ohio. To compile the slate, the committee culled through 165 nominations representing over 60 dioceses. The nominating committee is composed of a lay member, a priest or deacon, and a bishop elected from each of the nine provinces of the church, plus two youth representatives.
The General Convention is the church’s bicameral governing body. It comprises the House of Bishops, with upwards of 200 active and retired bishops, and the House of Deputies, with more than 800 clergy and lay deputies elected from the 108 dioceses and three regional areas of the Church. The House of Bishops elects the Bishop, who is then sent to the House of Deputies to confirm or not confirm the election.