Rev. Dr. Diana Akiyama Elected 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon

The 11th Bishop of Oregon Search and Transition Committee is pleased to announce the election of the Rev. Dr. Diana Akiyama as the 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon.  In her own words, Bishop Akiyama said:

I am honored and truly humbled to be amongst those you are considering to be your next Bishop of the Diocese of Oregon.  Throughout my discernment for the vocation of Bishop of Oregon, I have become increasingly energized and drawn to the innovative ministries currently underway in the Diocese.  I believe this growing connection is rooted in my diverse experiences as a priest, and in my longstanding belief that the Church is being called to respond to a changing world.

My roots in Oregon are deep.  I was born in Wheeler, Oregon and grew up in the Japanese-American community in Hood River.  My mother was drawn to the Episcopal Church through her experience at Good Samaritan Hospital’s Nursing School.  My father was baptized in the Methodist Church in response to the internment of Japanese Americans. I was baptized and grew up at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Hood River.

I was ordained to the priesthood by The Rt. Rev. Rustin Kimsey in 1989 and since that time I have continually been inspired and nurtured by the ways my ministry has evolved and deepened.  The call to serve as dean of religious life in two different higher education settings allowed me to combine my love of learning with my curiosity about those who do not identify with a religious tradition.  The spirit of Christ always came alive when I was able to voice or demonstrate radical love and inclusion in spaces where great suspicion about Christians was the norm.

Here is my dream, were I to become your next bishop:  to walk alongside the faithful and diverse people of the Diocese of Oregon with joy and hope as we explore how God is moving in our neighborhoods, and to embrace the unique qualities of Oregonians in creative and innovative ministries.