After a two-month period, the application deadline for the 10th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas closed on Jan. 19, 2018.
The Search Committee spent the next three weeks individually reviewing and scoring all application packets, which included essay questions, Office of Transition Ministry profiles, CVs (resumes) and three letters of recommendation.
The committee met last weekend, Feb. 16-17, at the Bishop Kemper School for Ministry in Topeka, to discuss the application materials and discern which individuals would move forward in the process.
The Rev. Ann Hallisey, the consultant assisting the diocese in its bishop search, facilitated a lively, prayerful and intense day-and-a-half of discussion and decision-making. Search committee co-chairs have now notified all applicants of the committee’s decision regarding their application.
The applicants moving forward in the mutual discernment process will be interviewed by a team of three or four committee members. All interviews will be recorded so that the rest of the committee may view them before the group gathers again on March 17.
During the March 17 meeting, the Search Committee will select applicants to invite to the discernment retreat, taking place June 8-11. At the end of this retreat, the committee will discern which candidates should be proposed to stand for election as the 10th bishop of the Diocese of Kansas. The Council of Trustees will receive and approve the slate at its meeting on June 20.
If you have any questions about the search process, please contact Ms. Diana Waddell-Gilbert (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Rev. Casey Rohleder (email@example.com), search committee co-chairs.