Calling a New Bishop – Dates, Voters and Encouragement


Updates from the Call / Transition Committee

On January 26th, 2015, the Search Committee will present to the Standing Committee their list of names for consideration as candidates for the call as Bishop Diocesan. After prayerful consideration, the Standing Committee will present their choice to the Call/Transition Committee. After a time of reflection and prayer, the Call/Transition Committee will announce publicly the slate of candidates.

The slate of names will be listed on the Diocesan website and probably through local media outlets. Please visit the diocesan website on or after 27th January to see the list of candidates and a little information about them.

The candidates will be in the Diocese from Wednesday February 17th until Saturday February 20th (with snow dates exactly a week later). There will be four meetings at which convention delegates and any one from the Diocese will be able to hear from these candidates. We encourage congregations to send their youth to participate.

Please ensure that you and the other people from your parish and deanery who are responsible for issuing a call to our new bishop attend one of these meetings. Put the meeting you will attend in your schedule today.

The meetings will be as follows:

  •   Thursday, February 18th, Church of Good Samaritan, Paoli, 6pm – 10pm
  •   Friday, February 19th, Trinity, Ambler, 6pm – 10pm
  •   Saturday, February 20th, African Episcopal Church of St Thomas, 8am – 12 noon
  •   Saturday, February 20th, All Saints, Torresdale, 3pm – 7pm

    Who gets to vote on March 12th?

    If you were a lay delegate to the 2015 Diocesan Convention, you are a delegate to the Call Convention in March, unless your parish elects a new delegate prior to the call convention.

    A word of encouragement

    We’re very excited about the opportunity that we are given as a Diocese to call a new bishop. Can we encourage you to engage prayerfully and thoughtfully in this process of discernment? Some quick thoughts in that process:

    •   Please make sure that your parish is praying for this process in prayers of the people
    •   A Bishop is not a Rector – please make sure you read and think about the Diocesan

      profile, so that you know what you are calling someone to, and so you can wisely and

      prayerfully discern which candidate best fits our needs.

    •   The call of a new bishop is not like a secular election – God calls us to pay attention first

      of all to the Spirit’s voice in our prayer as we seek to discern God’s will for us. With prayers for our whole diocese at this exciting point in our common life,
      The Call / Transition Committee
      December, 2015