Concerning the ordination: A message to the diocese
by Kurt Greenbaum,
Bishop Transition Committee
As we have communicated now on the diocesan website and emails to members of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri, the bishop's transition committee is committed to proceeding with the ordination and consecration of Deon Kevin Johnson as our 11th bishop on June 13.
As a committee, we are compelled to assure our diocesan brothers and sisters of the high priority we place on the health and well-being of all guests and participants in the administration of this holy rite. Indeed, there is no higher priority.
The conversation about health and safety is continuous; the transition committee views this as a form of stewardship. Be assured: We will respect the requirements for physical distancing, sanitizing, masking and any guidelines imposed by public health authorities. Further, we hold deep respect and deference for invitees who, for their own health and well-being, must decline to attend.
We have instituted a number of measures as we approach the date of the ordination.
Christ Church Cathedral will be thoroughly cleaned before and after the service. Assuming physical distancing norms remain in place, we will help people do so successfully. Hand sanitizer will have a visible presence and will be used by everyone before and after the laying on of hands and at any other point—by any attendee—as needed during the service.
As the ordination approaches, we will have a better sense of what is appropriate for the June 13 service, scheduled for 11 a.m. at the cathedral. We will livestream the service on the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri’s website, Facebook and the diocesan YouTube channel.