Springfield gears up to chose a new bishop

The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Ill., reports:

The Rev. Christopher Ashmore has pored through reams of material and watched hours of DVDs on the 14 nominees for the office of bishop for the Springfield Episcopal Diocese. And he has his own personal thoughts about his top four candidates.

Asked how he expects Saturday’s nominating synod to play out, Ashmore, rector of Trinity Church in Jacksonville and secretary of the standing committee, which has ecclesiastical authority in the diocese in the absence of a bishop, was at a loss for words.

“I’m not really sure (of the outcome),” admitted Ashmore. “And that’s the end product of a lot of thought.

“It could come out any number of ways. I’m completely mystified.”

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