March 3, 2016
The Nominating Committee met at Bray House for its second discernment. References are being contacted, and background checks will be carried out by a national company for those continuing in the process. These applicants that appear to be best suited to our diocese will meet with the committee for an in-person retreat on April 7-9. The final 3-5 candidates will be presented to the Standing Committee on April 14.
Saturday, February 6, 2016
The Nominating Committee was pleased to have received applications from very gifted and diverse nominees. The committee met for a full day retreat at Hillsboro to discern through prayer and discussion the applicants that seemed most closely matched to the needs of our diocese. The committee selected a group applicants to continue to the next phase which is phone interviews with each applicant during the remainder of the month. Following completion of the calls, the committee will meet again on March 3rd for further discernment and to choose those to invite to the Diocese for face-to-face interviews.
The following was originally published in the winter 2016 issue of the Eastern Shore Episcopalian:
A Conversation with Nominating Committee Co-Chairs Sandra Bjork and Frieda Malcolm
ESE: The search for the Eleventh Bishop of Easton is underway, please tell us a bit about the process.
Bjork: The search for a bishop for the diocese is three-pronged. The Standing Committee has overarching authority in the process and has appointed the Nominating and Transition Committees to ensure that the search and transition to a new episcopacy proceeds smoothly. The Nominating Committee was charged by the Standing Committee to present to them three to five candidates, selected from those nominated by any lay or clergy person in The Episcopal Church, and based on criteria influenced by the discernment process of the past year.
ESE: What have been the activities so far?
Malcolm: The Nominating Committee was given their charge in mid-October. It then developed and published an online profile of our diocese and issued a call for candidates. At the time of this interview, we have received about two dozen names. The Committee has decided what information we need for the first round of discernment, and is working on the subsequent questions we will ask.
ESE: What is the Nominating Committee’s timeline?
Malcolm: We anticipate that by our February 6 meeting we will have received initial responses from interested potential candidates. We will conduct phone interviews with approximately two-thirds of those people. We will then invite the semi-finalists to a two-day retreat in the beginning of April, after which we will present our best candidates to the Standing Committee for their approval.
Bjork: It is important to note that all of the work of our committee is carried out within a covenant of strict confidentiality.
At this point, the bulk of the work of the Nominating Committee is complete.
ESE When can we expect to see potential candidates?
Bjork: Once the Standing Committee announces the slate, there will be a brief period for nomination by petition, which is the equivalent of ‘nominations from the floor.’ It is no longer possible to nominate candidates at the time of the election, because necessary background checks require at least one month.
The Transition Committee will organize the introduction of the candidates to the Diocese of Easton through a series of face-to-face meetings, scheduled for late May. The election will be June 11, 2016, at Trinity Cathedral, and the consecration is scheduled for October 15, 2016, with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry as Chief Consecrator.
ESE: Where can we learn more?
Bjork: There is another article in this issue of the Eastern Shore Episcopalian about bishops in general. The profile may be found at eastonbishopsearch.org. Look for bulletin inserts and newsletter articles from our Education Subcommittee. Information about the candidates and how to meet them will be publicized on the diocesan website and through a special edition of the ESE, as well as through mailings to the various congregations.
October 16 & 17, 2015 – Initial Retreat
Members of the Nominating and Transition Committees of the diocese met with the Standing Committee last weekend to take the next step toward the Election of the 11th Bishop of Easton. Meeting over two days at Trinity Cathedral, Easton and the Retreat Center in Hillsboro, these committees met with the Rev. Canon Rick Callaway of Atlanta who has been engaged by the Standing Committee and Diocesan Council as consultant to assist the diocese during the various phases of the search & election process.
The Nominating Committee organized itself into sub-groups which will prepare a profile, interview questions and a process leading to the gathering of prospective nominees. Those names will be announced in April 2016. Potential Nominees will be invited to the diocese in late May in preparation for a Special Electing Convention on a Saturday in June where we will select our next bishop. The date will be announced by Bishop Parsley. A tentative consecration date of October 15, 2016 has been submitted to with the Office of the Presiding Bishop.