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By this means, the bishop is enabled to listen to the church; and the church, represented by but wider than the bishop, begins the process of owning an ordinand. Because the bishop must take the final responsibility for the selection of an ordinand, this is an area of a bishop's ministry where the power of the episcopate is most evident for would-be ordinands. For in many ways the relationship between bishop and ordinand is a very personal one, and when it is wished for on one side, but not validated on the other, the sense of rejection can be very acute.

For I was indeed taken by surprise. My immediate thoughts were practical and pragmatic, and were for the people I was closest to, my family, for it would clearly affect them considerably, not least of all because it would entail moving to Dunedin from Wellington, where I had lived for 25 years. it also precipitated a tortuous process of discernment: I was concerned to discover whether the proceedings and the result of the electoral synod had any of the marks of the activity of the Holy Spirit, 24 Living at the edge or was it the random action of some will-o'-the-wisp?

The same awareness of Maori oppression was one of the reasons Power in the church 29 why the Bishop of Aotearoa did not attend my episcopal ordination in 1990. It took Maori until 1928 to achieve the episcopal ordination of one of their number, and it was not until 1978 that the Bishop of Aotearoa gained the status of a diocesan bishop. Some Maori quite naturally felt resentment that a pakeha woman should become a diocesan bishop within twelve years of the first ordinations of women as priests.

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