Fr. Dan Martins, known to many of us on the Internet as a Carioca in need of confessing, has been elected bishop of Springfield. A wonderfully erudite gentle person who none the less is able to slice and dice with the best of them, Fr. Dan presented resolution D020 at the last General Convention that worked its way through various committees onto the floor and pushed for serious consideration of the Anglican Covenant leading up to General Convention 2012. As often happens the resolution got reformed, for better or worse, in committee, but the recent request by the presiding officers that every parish consider the Covenant grew from that resolution.
Bishop elect Dan Martins and I probably don't agree about much having to do with ecclesial politics, and sometimes even good ol theology, but we do both love The Episcopal Church and want it to both prosper and be true to the Gospel. I hope he receives the necessary consents quickly. He will support those efforts he believes will serve the church in the future and I believe he will be a good pastor to the people of Springfield and the church. We may find ourselves at odds with one another - big deal. As a son of Brazil and the US both he understands that arguing through matters is a sign that we take them seriously, and that coffee together at the end of the day is still a possibility.