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Third try to elect bishop

GERCINE CARTER, [email protected]

Third try to elect bishop

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THE ELECTIVE SYNOD of the Anglican Church meets today in the third attempt to select a bishop.

The meeting, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the Christ Church Parish Centre, will again bring together laity and clergy to vote for the person who will lead the denomination that boasts the largest religious numbers in Barbados.

Many are hoping that the stalemate from the two previous meetings will be broken today when the process of nominating candidates is repeated.

At the previous meetings of the synod, members of the House of Laity stood firm in their support for 45-year-old John Rogers, the younger of the two candidates nominated, while the priests who make up the House of Clergy, have twice cast their majority vote for Dean of St Michael’s Cathedral, 61-year-old Dr Jeffrey Gibson.

The successful candidate must receive at least 51 votes from the clergy and at least 58 from the laity. 

It has so far been a contentious election which some people suggest may have exposed fractures in the Anglican Church.

Diocesan administrator Canon Wayne Isaacs will again chair today’s proceedings. (GC)