March 27, 2015
Sunday, May 3 – 2 to 4 p.m. Christ Church and St. Michael’s, Philadelphia
Wednesday, May 6 – 7 to 9 p.m. Gloria Dei, Philadelphia
Monday, May 11 – 7 to 9 p.m. St. Thomas Church, Whitemarsh
**Special Gathering for ALL Diocesan Clergy**
Saturday, April 25 – 9 a.m. to noon Philadelphia, Cathedral
(On April 25th, there will be complimentary parking for the first 40 cars at the lot at 38th and Walnut Streets, just a block away. Attendees should bring their parking ticket to the Cathedral in exchange for a complimentary voucher.
|March 2, 2015Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,We pray that you are well and are finding this season of Lent to be a time of renewal and redirection in your life with God as persons and as communities.We are writing to inform you that the Standing Committee has gathered in prayer and with a commitment to consensus to appoint the two committees that will take on the responsibilities for coordinating the multiple tasks needed for the Diocese to elect and welcome our next Bishop Diocesan.There are two committees responsible for this important work:1) The Search/Nominating Committee is responsible for calling us together as a community to listen to God and one another about who we are and who God is calling us to be so that we may develop a profile of the Diocese and our expectations about the gifts and talents of nominees. This committee will then conduct the search for nominees who possess these same gifts and talents required to be a pastor to us and lead us in accomplishing the work we share in God’s name. They will ultimately present nominees to the Standing Committee and to the Diocese for an election at which point their work is completed.2) The second committee that we are naming is the Electing/Transition Committee which is responsible for setting up the processes and actions that will enable us to meet the nominees, hold an electing convention, plan for the ordination, plan the celebration of Bishop Daniel’s ministry, transition our new Bishop to the Diocese, and pastoral care for the nominees that were not elected, all the while providing pastoral support to our diocesan staff and Bishop Daniel and his wife, Anne.We invited all members of the Diocese who felt called to serve on one of these two committees to submit their name and references to the Standing Committee so that we could put together committees that represent the diversity of our diocese and work together effectively. We received dozens of names from a remarkable group of prayerful, committed, talented persons who were willing to offer themselves in service. The quality and number of capable applicants was remarkably strong for both committees. Such a strong pool of candidates made our selection process wonderful and challenging, since we had to leave off persons who would have served excellently. The Standing Committee prayed together and worked to reach consensus as to who could best serve in this ministry in a meeting that we all felt was guided by the Holy Spirit.The Search/Nominating Committee includes the following members of our diocese:
The Electing/Transition Committee includes the following members of our diocese:
The next step in the process as laid out by the Episcopal Church, and in accord with our Bishop Search Consultant, is for the two committees to meet together with the Standing Committee and our consultant this Friday evening, March 6. We will gather together to come to know one another better, to share in the Holy Communion, and for the Standing Committee to formally charge them with their task. On Saturday, the Search/Nominating Committee will meet again with our consultant to plan and to begin their work. The Electing/Nominating Committee will step aside for a time and begin meeting closer to the time that nominees will be announced to the Diocese. Both committees will communicate regularly with the Diocese so that we are all well informed.
This is an exciting time in the life of our diocese and we can be confident that God will guide us and redirect us when needed. As this work unfolds we invite all of us to pray, to participate, and to be purposeful about our mission and ministry in the world, in our parishes and worshiping communities, and in the Diocese, all in the grace and presence of our Lord and God.
Grace and Peace,
The Standing Committee of the Diocese of Pennsylvania
The Rev. W. Frank Allen The Rev. Kathy Andonian
Ms. Deborah Brown The Rev. Kirk Berlenbach
Ms. Jane Cosby Mr. Norman “Mac” McCausland
The Rev. Hillary Raining Ms. Patricia Smith
The Rev. Deirdre Whitfield Mr. Paul Yaros
January 16, 2015
Dear Diocesan Sisters and Brothers,
May the light of Jesus Christ shine brightly in your lives during this blessed season of Epiphany!With prayer and a commitment to consensus, the Standing Committee is working with our Bishop Search Consultant, Lynn Schmissrauter, to keep the search process for our next Bishop Diocesan moving forward. On January 11, we met to plan the critical task of appointing the two committees that will have significant responsibilities from now until the ordination of our next Bishop Diocesan.The Bishop Search/Nominating Committee will be comprised of approximately 12-16 people. Some of the committee’s tasks will be to gather information from throughout the Diocese to create a profile of the Diocese of Pennsylvania, receive the names of potential candidates, undertake a thorough process of interviews, discernment, and background evaluations, and present a slate of nominees to the Diocese for an election in 2016.
The second committee, the Electing/Transition Committee, will be tasked with the responsibilities of introducing the nominees to the Diocese, preparing for the election, and conducting several post-election tasks, including the ordination and the transition of the new Bishop and his/her family to the Diocese. This committee will be somewhat larger than the Bishop Search Committee due to the wide scope of its responsibilities.
The purpose of this letter is to share with you briefly the characteristics we believe will be important for members of both committees, and further, to invite you to consider whether you may be called to prayerfully offer yourself as a potential member of either of these two committees.
This committee will require a significant commitment of time. During certain phases of their work, they will likely meet weekly and be expected to do a large amount of reading and other preparatory work. Because of the importance of this work, it is necessary that each committee member is:
The specific tasks of this Committee are:
Candidates for this committee would share many of the characteristics of Search Committee members. However, this committee would be more involved in organizing specific events and completing certain specific tasks. Therefore people who enjoy planning and conducting these events would make excellent committee members.
The Standing Committee is responsible for the appointment of individuals to both committees. If you believe you have gifts that would enable you to serve faithfully and effectively on one of these committees, please review and submit the requested information on the Nominating Form. Please note that on that form, in addition to the requested information, there are also requests for references.
Please note that all nomination forms and reference forms must be received by the Standing Committee no later than February 14, 2015.
The Standing Committee expects to fill both committees no later than March 1, 2015. Both committees will be commissioned at the evening/day planning session with the Consultant and Standing Committee in March. At that time the Search Committee’s work will then begin.
We want to thank you for your prayerful consideration of whether God may be calling you to serve on one of these committees. And we also thank you for praying for our Diocese during this exciting time.
A Letter from Bishop Daniel…
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I write now to tell you that I have informed the Standing Committee of my decision to call for the election of a Bishop Diocesan. My intention is to resign as Bishop Provisional upon the ordination and consecration of my successor.
This will initiate a process coordinated buy the Standing Committee that will include forming a search committee, establishing a process for nominations, and coordination with the Rt. Rev. F. Clayyton Matthews, the Bishop for the Office of Pastoral Development of the Episcopal Church.
The Standing Committee is solely responsible for the process and any questions that you have about nominations and procedure should be directed to them.
I am honored to serve as your Bishop and will continue to support our Diocese and the Standing Committee in their important work going forward. Please keep them in your prayers as we enter into this time of transition into a new Episcopacy.
Yours in faith,
A Letter From the Standing Committee
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
The Bishop’s announcement that he is calling for the election of a new Diocesan is a magnificent sign of healing and health for our Diocese. We are deeply grateful for Bishop Daniel’s ministry among us over the past two years and the leadership and love and spiritual gifts he has shared with all of us. We are thankful, too, that he will remain with us until God ordains our next Bishop, sometime in 2016.
When a Diocesan Bishop announces that it is time to elect the next Bishop, the Standing Committee has the responsibility of appointing two committees that will direct our common work in calling the person who will be our next Bishop. The first committee is a search committee that takes up the work of listening to the Diocese to discern the kind of Bishop we need for our Diocese, interviewing possible candidates, and putting forth a slate of finalists. The second committee is an electing/transition committee. This committee is responsible for introducing the candidates to the Diocese, organizing forums with the candidates and the people of the Diocese so that we may know them and they may begin to know us, holding the election, transitioning the Bishop and her/his family to the Diocese, and planning the ordination and consecration liturgy and celebration.
The work of calling a new Bishop is not just the work of these committees, but is the work of all members of the Diocese through prayer and participation through the various stages of discernment, call, election and ordination.
Although until this week we did not know when Bishop Daniel would call for an election, the Standing Committee has been preparing for Bishop Daniel’s announcement over the past six months. We have met with Bishop Clay Matthews, Office of Pastoral Development for the Episcopal Church, to learn about the shape and requirements of the search process. We have hired a search consultant, Ms. Lynn Schmissrauter, who is the best consultant in the Church by all accounts. Lynn has significant experience, both as a member of a Bishop search committee as well as guiding many Bishop search committees throughout the Church. We have been on retreat with our consultant and have begun to shape the characteristics of the search and election/transition that we feel will be most effective for our Diocese.
In the coming weeks the Standing Committee will be discussing the size of the committees and the qualities of the persons needed to accomplish the work. Both committees will be representative of the beautiful variety present in our Diocese and everyone on the committees will need to be willing to give a significant amount of their time for this work to be effective.
As we enter this season of Advent, with all its depth of anticipation and hopefulness, we invite you to join us now in prayers of thanksgiving for our Diocese and the expanding mission of Christ’s Church in this place. We invite you, too, to join us in prayer for these next steps and for the call of our next Bishop Diocesan.
As we know more about the shape of the process, so will you.
Grace and Peace to you.
The Rev. W Frank Allen
Mr. Norman McCausland The Rev. Kathy Andonian
The Rev. Kirk Berlenbach Ms. Jane Cosby
Ms. Deborah Brown Mr. Paul Yaros
Ms. Pat Smith The Rev. Hillary Raining
The Rev. Deirdre Whitfield