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.