Chaplain Lesley M. Adams was recently elected to lead the eight-person deputation from the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester to the denomination's General Convention, July 8-17, 2009, in Anaheim, Calif. The group includes four members of the clergy and four lay members.
Adams was also elected secretary for the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Rochester, which also consists of four clerical and four lay members, each elected to a four-year term.
This committee acts as a Council of Advice for Bishop Jack McKelvey and serves as the Ecclesiastical Authority in his absence. The committee gives consent to the ordination of deacons and priests in the diocese and the election and consecration of bishops throughout the church; gives parishes permission to buy and sell property or to incur debt, oversees ecclesiastical trials and the process for electing a diocesan bishop. Historically, the bishop of the Rochester Episcopal Diocese is a member of the HWS Board of Trustees.
Since 1995, Adams has been leading the Hobart and William Smith Community in interfaith celebration, reflection, and guidance. Arranging and leading the spiritual component of all ceremonial campus events, she strives to make such events accessible yet meaningful to people of all beliefs, often incorporating language and images of many faiths.
Ordained an Episcopal priest in 1988, she earned her B.A. at Smith College, and her M.Div. from Harvard. She is a former dean of students and director of the Doctor of Ministry program at Colgate Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, N.Y.