Standing Committee Update #12
January 25, 2018
Transition Committee Announced
The standing committee is pleased to announce the formation of the transition committee as part of the search team for our next bishop. The members of the transition committee selected this week are:
Brother John Charles Westaway, St. Paul in the Desert, Palm Springs
Ms. Diane Jones, St. Dunstan's, San Diego
Ms. Pamela Wade, St. Mary's in-the-Valley, Ramona
Ms. Megan Callan, St. Peter's, Del Mar
Mr. Geoffrey Pack, St. Paul's Cathedral, San Diego
Mr. Scott Crispell, All Souls', San Diego
Ms. Maryl Weightman, St. James by-the-Sea, La Jolla
Ms. Gillian Campbell, St. Andrew's, Encinitas
Ms. Sandi Lanzarotta, St. Peter's, Del Mar
Mr. Patrick Grannan, St. Thomas of Canterbury, Temecula
The Rev. Andrew Green, St. Paul in the Desert, Palm Springs
Ms. Donna Morales, St. Andrew's, La Mesa
The Rev. Martha Anderson, St. Peter's, Del Mar
Ms. Meredith Hardy, St. Paul's Cathedral, San Diego
Mr. Marshall Moore, St. Paul's Cathedral, San Diego
The Rev. William Zettinger, St. Bartholomew's, Poway
The transition committee will meet for a retreat on Friday - Saturday, March 9 - 10 and its work will begin in earnest as soon as the nominating committee submits its slate of candidates this fall. The transition committee will be responsible for: planning and carrying out the bishop candidates' walk-abouts in early January 2019, the logistics for integrating the new bishop and her/his family into San Diego and the diocese, and for the consecration celebration on Saturday, June 15, 2019. We are happy to have this new and diverse group of volunteers to help ensure the success of our search.
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Let Your Light Shine Into the World
Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you!!!
The nominating committee is so grateful to all who participated in the recent listening sessions and the online survey.
287 laity and clergy, representing 31 congregations, participated in the 12 listening sessions. There was lots of energy and excitement at each session. You shared your hopes and disappointments, dreams and anxieties. The nominating committee truly appreciates you taking time during the busy ramp-up to Christmas, and in the midst of wildfires, to join with other members of the diocese in sharing who we are and who we hope to become.
A total of 914 people, representing all but one of our diocesan congregations, responded to the online survey. This is an excellent response rate. An interpretation of the data has been presented to the nominating committee and the standing committee. The data shows that we are a “transformational” diocese with both high energy and high satisfaction. We communicate well and our parishioners are engaged in the ministry of the diocese.
The goal of both of these processes was to gather information to create our diocesan profile. The diocesan profile is the snapshot we will present to the world, and especially to those who are discerning if they are being called to be our bishop. This profile is our opportunity to brag on our strengths, candidly admit our limitations, and describe the qualities we seek in our next bishop. The profile will include not only the information gathered at the listening sessions and through your responses to the survey, but also diocesan history, financial overview, demographics, institutions, governance structures, mission statement, and ministry highlights. This information will be supported by pictures of communities at work throughout the diocese. The profile will be posted online by the end of February.
Once again, thank you for your participation. To keep abreast of what's going on in the nomination process, visit the diocesan website.
With our sincerest gratitude,
Bishop Nominating Committee
The nominating sub-committees have been working diligently over the last month and here is their latest progress updates as of 31 December 2017.
Educating and Communicating: we continue to support other committees in sending diocesanwide announcements and letting folks know what we're up to. We've also been working on the web pages adding more FAQs and committee member information.
Listening and Surveying: we scheduled ten open listening sessions (laity and clergy) geographically disbursed throughout the diocese. In addition, two clergy-only sessions were held. 191 people (laity and clergy) participated in the open sessions, representing 31 of the 44 congregations in the diocese. 27 clergy participated in the clergy-only sessions. A synthesis of the information gathered during these sessions was handed on to the profiling subcommittee.
The online survey closed on January 6. As of December 31, 906 people completed the survey in English and 6 completed the Spanish-language version. These individuals represent all but one of the congregations in the diocese. The results will be presented to the nominating and standing committees on January 16.
Profiling: we have solicited photographs from around the diocese and worked with diocesan staff to go through existing photos, reviewed numerous examples of diocesan profiles, worked to obtain existing histories of the diocese, reviewed graphic designer candidates and engaged a designer to work on both the print and electronic versions. Our next step is to meet to review the listening session summaries.
Nominating and Screening: we are creating the application package, which will include standard information such as a resume and updated Office of Transition Ministries (OTM) profile, and we are developing essay questions appropriate for this diocese at this time. In addition to the survey and profile, resources we will include examples of essay questions from other diocesan searches, going back a decade or more. It is interesting to see how the focus of the questions can shift over time, depending on what is going on in the church as a whole. We are also working on appropriate behavioral screening questions, based on existing instruments and requiring approval from the Episcopal Church's office of pastoral development. The sub-committee will have a first face-to-face scheduled on January 11 for further planning and process details.
Interviewing and Discerning: we are waiting for input from the listening sessions, surveys and profiling to start drafting the interview questions. We have planned the discernment retreat for October 2018.
We now have more nominating committee biographies published which can be accessed here. We continually add to the Frequently Asked Questions.
Calendar of Key Milestones