other considerations and a concern:
(Current Constitution, 67.9; proposed Statutes, Guidelines for the Selection of Bishops, 3.
: “Upon confirmation of a Regional Bishop, the churches that have formed the new Region shall establish a form of governance that evidences a Regional Synodal polity that includes both Laity and Clergy and is representative of the diversity of the Communities in that Region.”
and (proposed Statutes, ECC Sacramental Guidelines): “The bishop’s role in preserving the peace of the church is a proactive one, exercised collegially with the presbytery, and the deacons, and interactively with the laity. … A church’s bishop also serves as the representative of the local church (diocese) working collegially with bishops of other churches within the Communion – sharing ideas, insights and concerns, fostering collaboration and cooperation for the benefit of all the sister churches – and interprets the church at large to the local church.”
a concern: A Suffragan Woman Bishop would need some sort of synodal connections to the people and clergy as well as a conciliar relationship with the Episcopal Council, so as not to be a bishop without the essential relationships that ground said ministry.
I’m not sure who would serve on her “Council.” I don’t think we want to say that a Suffragan Woman Bishop “represents” all women, but that she ministers “as woman” to all, making sure that that voice/perspective is heard/honored.