Early last October, I posted comments about what I called "The Minnesota Model", in which a "big city" cathedral bulks up with niche programming for the LGBT community, while congregations outside of the city become expendable.
As Minnesota proceeds with its Bishop election, it is worth noting that the three candidates currently put forward all tend toward urban, academic and bureaucratic ministry. All speak the language of "diversity and inclusion," meaning LGBT as applied in the Episcopal Church.
I was being a bit flip when I typed "Minnesota Model," but I might have perceived more than I realized at the time. It will be interesting to see if "Diocese of Minnesota" increasingly means "LGBT niche church in Minneapolis."
Here's a Minnesota Priest's take on the slate of candidates.