Person 2 Person: Bishop Scott B. Hayashi of The Episcopal Diocese of Utah

The Rt. Rev. Scott B. Hayashi with seal.jpg

(KUTV) Bishop Scott B. Hayashi is the spiritual leader of the Episcopal Diocese of Utah, which covers the entire state of Utah and a little bit of Arizona.

Hayashi has been a clergy person in the Episcopal Church since 1984.

"I enjoy the work very much, mainly because of working with people," he said.

You can imagine that his role keeps him very busy; he considers managing time as the most challenging part of his job.

"I think with any professional position, the demands can be pretty intense," Hayashi said. "And then to find the personal time that all of us need to recreate, to exercise, to read, to be with family--all of those things need to be attended to."

Hayashi's family and his staff help him maintain balance in his life. He and his wife have been married since 1981.

"Having her is very important in my life," he said. "But there's also the individual reflection and prayer time and study time as well, which I believe undergirds so much of what I do."

Being a member of the clergy wasn't something that Hayashi had always planned on doing.

He recalls having a "conversion experience" as he sat in an evangelical meeting as a young man.

"There was something inside of me that said, 'You know, I believe this,'" he said. "In that moment then, it became apparent to me that I needed to learn, well, what is this all about?"

Hayashi didn't grow up in a religious environment, so he believes he was initially probably looking for a career that would pay well.

But after his experience, he believed going down his current path was what he was called to do.

"The more I followed that, the more it led me into the work of ministry and the causes that were so important," he said.

Hayashi has since been involved in the causes of Medicaid expansion, immigration, gun violence, and the equal rights of LGBT people.

"It all goes back to the very fundamental understanding that if we're all made in the image of God, then we need to live that out," he said.

Here is how Bishop Hayashi wants to be remembered: "That people would say, 'Here is a person that tried to lead compassionately, that believed that relationships with other people and other faith traditions was of primary importance.' And that I was a person who desired that people be lifted up that needed to be lifted up."

If you want to learn more about The Episcopal Diocese of Utah, visit this website.

Web exclusives:

Bishop Scott Hayashi on religious cooperation in Utah

Bishop Hayashi's advice on dealing with differences

Bishop Hayashi believes organized religion will never go away