davidould.net has learned that there are at least three potential candidates for the position of Bishop of Newcastle (the position being vacant since the early retirement of Bishop Greg Thompson).
Archdeacon Arthur Copeman is the Archdeacon of Newcastle in the Diocese of Newcastle.
John Stead is currently the Bishop of Willochra.
Peter Stuart is the current Bishop Administrator of the Diocese of Newcastle and has served as assistant bishop under Bishops Farran and Thompson.
Readers will be seeking some analysis of the candidates. While, no doubt, in days to come various comments will be made we make the following observations:
- Copeman is an evangelical. We understand the diocese would be expected to elect someone regarded as progressive and thus Copeman is unlikely to be elected. There are not enough conservatives in the diocese to influence the election.
- Bishop John Stead is a known progressive.
- Bishop Peter Stuart may be unable to garner sufficient support across the diocese.
Here at davidould.net we don’t advocate gambling, but if we did our money would be on Bishop Stead.
The bishop discernment process is set out by the diocese here, including a helpful diagram.
Update: The Election Synod has been scheduled for Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 November.