A Culture and Climate Survey was made available Monday, August 14th and so far there have been almost 200 responses. Thank you to all of those who have taken it and have encouraged others to do so.
All members of the diocese are invited to participate in a culture and climate survey about the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas, which will be open until Aug. 31, 2017.
This survey will assist the committee in developing a diocesan profile that best reflects our hopes, dreams and expectations for our next bishop. Its results will also inform the questions we ask nominees throughout the screening process.
Finally, the report will be a gift we give to the next bishop as he or she begins their call in early 2019, as it will provide rich data about who we are, what we value as a diocese, and how our own gifts and talents contribute to the mission and ministry of the church.
The survey takes 20-25 minutes to complete: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DioceseofKansas
You might think you have nothing to say, but you do. There are options to choose “I don’t know” and you might surprise yourself on how much you do have to say. The Search Committee would like to hear from all members of the diocese to help us in our search.
If you know someone who does not have access to a computer or does not feel comfortable taking the survey online, a paper option is available. Please contact the Rev. Casey Rohleder, Search Committee co-chair, at email@example.com or (785) 259-4672 for assistance.
The Bishop Search Committee would like to thank everyone who participated in the listening sessions on July 8 and July 15. We had 41 participants in Parsons, 61 in El Dorado, 50 in Lawrence and 43 in Topeka.
We had lively and thoughtful conversations about each of the six questions asked during the listening sessions. The feedback we collected will help us to construct the upcoming diocesan survey, as well as to develop our diocesan profile.
Please continue to pray for the diocese and the search committee as we continue to follow the guidance of God for the 10th bishop of Kansas.
Prayer for the search for the 10th bishop of the Diocese of Kansas
Gracious and loving God, thank you for the directing presence of your Holy Spirit upon those who have been set apart to discern your call of the 10th bishop of the Diocese of Kansas. Look graciously on your people as we lift up the search process in fervent prayer. Guide us to the faithful pastor who will nurture your people and cultivate the myriad gifts that abide in the people of this diocese. Empower this search with a spirit of joy and discernment as together we journey with Jesus the road ahead; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Theological statement from the Council of Trustees (adopted Feb. 1, 2017)
We, the Council of Trustees, believe in and trust the God-given gifts that abide in the people of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas. During this season of transition, we will not be fearful. Directed by the Spirit, together we joyfully walk with Jesus the road ahead.
The Search Committee invites all Episcopalians to participate in one of the upcoming listening sessions to discuss your hopes, dreams and expectations for the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas and our next bishop.
Your voice is needed so we may accurately represent who we are—in all our diversity as a diocese—to the Episcopal Church and prospective nominees for bishop.
Participating in a listening session will help us develop a survey instrument that will be administered to clergy and laity throughout the diocese in the coming weeks and, ultimately, will help us write the narrative for the diocese’s profile.
Saturday, July 8
St. John’s, 1801 Corning Ave., Parsons
Trinity, 400 W. Ash Ave., El Dorado
Saturday, July 15
Trinity, 1027 Vermont St., Lawrence
St. David's, 3916 SW 17th St., Topeka
Questions? Please contact Diana Waddell-Gilbert, Search Committee co-chair at firstname.lastname@example.org or (316) 200-6265
A bulletin insert about the upcoming listening sessions, to share with congregations in the diocese (PDF, two inserts per letter-sized sheet), can be downloaded >>HERE.
In a letter to the diocese sent by email on April 30, the Council of Trustees announced the names of those who will serve on the Search Committee and Transition Committee, as the search for the tenth Bishop of Kansas gets underway. They are:
The Very Rev. Rob Baldwin, Trinity, Lawrence
Ms. Jeanine Blessant, St. Peter's, Pittsburg
Deacon Oliver Bunker, St. Timothy’s, Iola
The Rev. Dawn Frankfurt, St. James’, Wichita
Ms. Michael Funston, St. Paul's, Manhattan
Mr. Tom Gossen, St. James’, Wichita
Ms. Nancy Kelley, Trinity, Lawrence
The Ven. Charles Pearce, St. Paul's, Manhattan
The Rev. Doreen Rice, St. Francis’, Overland Park
The Rev. Casey Rohleder, Grace Cathedral, Topeka (clergy chair)
Ms. Eliana Seidner, Trinity, Lawrence
Ms. Diana Waddell-Gilbert, Good Shepherd, Wichita (lay chair)
Mr. Ray Wheeler, St. Thomas’, Overland Park
The Rev. Tom Baker, Grace Cathedral, Topeka
The Rev. Sharon Billman, St. John's, Parsons
Mr. Tim Korte, St. Stephen's, Wichita
Ms. Linda Mays, Epiphany, Sedan
Mr. Mike Morrow, St. John's, Wichita
Ms. Teresa Ryther, Good Shepherd, Wichita
Mr. David Schlomer, St. Michael and All Angels, Mission (lay chair)
The Rev. Mary Siegmund, St. Luke's, Shawnee (clergy chair)
Deacon Kitty Shield, St. Jude's, Wellington
Mr. Jeremiah Shipman, Grace Cathedral, Topeka
Ms. Joy Spearman, St. Paul's, Kansas City
Mr. Charles Volland, St. John's, Abilene
The Council said these 24 people “are fully representative of the diversity of the diocese and have the skills necessary to ensure the committees’ successful work.” The letter noted that the Council received 54 nominations for these committees.
The letter also announced that the Rev. L. Ann Hallisey, D.Min., has been selected as the consultant to the search and transition processes, from among a pool of four candidates. She has been a priest for 28 years and has served as a rector and an interim, as well as an organizational consultant. She has aided two other dioceses in their bishop search processes. She soon will finish six years as the Dean of Students at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, the Episcopal Church’s seminary in Berkeley, Calif.