The rumours have been swirling for days. And now they are confirmed: a petition has been filed with the Chancellor of the Diocese for The Very Reverend Dr. Philip C. Linder to be added to the list of candidates for Bishop. Dean Linder was previously a nominee for Bishop, but withdrew his name from consideration. Since the petition was filed within the required short time frame, Dean Linder will join the other candidates for the “walk-abouts.”
Curiously, the Search Committee has told one of the petitioners, the Reverend Fred Walters, that Dean Linder’s responses to their questions will not be posted on the Bishop Search website. So, I guess that means that I have to do their work for them again. I’m glad Bishop searches don’t come along very often, since I would never get anything else done.
The Dean’s responses will be examined along with the rest of the nominees in the days ahead.