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eRISEN: 11/3/2011 issue
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Progress is accelerating in the search for the 13th bishop of Rhode Island.
The Transition Committee has arranged to hold the special Diocesan Convention to elect the next bishop at St. Luke’s, East Greenwich, on Saturday, June 2, 2012. Registration for the convention will begin at 8 a.m., followed by Eucharist at 9 a.m. Balloting will take place in the church beginning at 10:30 a.m. If necessary, additional ballots will follow until a candidate achieves the required majorities in both the lay and clerical orders. Bishop Wolf convenes and chairs the electing convention. More details will be communicated closer to the event.
Cathy Iacobucci, chair of the Transition Committee, says the committee also is making good progress in selecting a site for the ordination service for the 13th Bishop of Rhode Island, which will take place Nov. 17, 2012.
While the Transition Committee is finalizing site details, the Search & Nomination Committee is preparing to begin considering potential candidates for bishop.
“I am very encouraged by the quality and quantity of nominations,” says Lora MacFall, chair of the Search & Nomination Committee. “We received more than 40 nominations, from all over the country — including our diocese. We don’t know if all of those individuals will complete the application process and ultimately be considered by the committee, but so far it appears to be a very strong group. We have received a diverse group of names — men and women, from many locations, with various kinds of experience, etc. Now we await their materials and continue to pray that we discern what God has in mind for our diocese.”
Once the committee received a nomination, that triggered an e-mail response confirming receipt and requesting that the individual who was nominated complete and return several specific items:
- Application Form, with complete contact information and answers to four short-essay questions developed by the committee.
- Up-to-date curriculum vitae or resume.
- Names and contact information for three references: one member of the clergy of the Episcopal Church, one lay member of the Episcopal Church and any other individual who is not a spouse, relative, under the nominee’s direct supervision or nominator. The committee will contact those references and ask for specific comments.
- Up-to-date Office of Transition Ministry (OTM) form — multipage form from the national church that details an individual’s work history, compensation expectations, additional reference information and answers to nine short-essay questions.
- Signed Consent and Authorization form to confirm that individual’s interest and to obtain consents and releases concerning actions or events that may develop during the nomination and election process.
- A 500-word autobiographical statement.