Over the last few weeks, the Search Committee has taken significant steps forward in its discernment process.
Over a two-week period in late February and early March, the committee interviewed all remaining applicants using Zoom videoconferencing technology. Each applicant interviewed with a team of three or four committee members. The team asked six standard questions of all applicants, along with two questions particular to the applicant’s packet. Applicants also had the opportunity to ask questions of the interview team.
Because the interviews were recorded, all committee members then watched and evaluated every interview.
On Saturday, March 17, the Search Committee met at Bishop Kemper School for Ministry for the next phase of group discernment. The Rev. Ann Hallisey, the search consultant assisting the diocese, joined the meeting via Zoom from her home in California. Over a five-hour period, the team discussed each applicant, prayed and then decided which applicants to invite to the discernment retreat in early June. All of the selected applicants have now agreed to continue with us in this process of mutual discernment.
Prior to the June meeting, the team will be busy with reference checks, background checks and designing the retreat. Additionally, each applicant will be assigned a shepherd from the team to remain in regular contact over the next few months.
The slate will be announced on June 21. The petition process will be open from June 21-30. Walkabouts are scheduled for Oct. 2-5, and the election will take place during Diocesan Convention on Friday, Oct. 19 at Grace Cathedral.
Please keep your Search Committee and the discernment process in your prayers. If you have any questions, please contact the Search Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.