In just over a month, our synod will elect a new bishop. There has been an ongoing process of discernment that has attempted to hear the yearnings of our people and God's leading for us as a church body. In that spirit, I came across this post from Jay Vorhees in Nashville, commenting on the divides preventing the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee from electing a bishop. I don't know the entire backstory to this process, and I don't see the same kind of division in our body. Still, Jay's wise words about clergy and lay listening to each other, and about hearing God's call being the heart of the process, are worth reading and reflecting on as we approach the election process. May we be open to the nudgings of the Spirit now, and always.