Standing Committee Update #11
October 26, 2017
Bishop Nominating Committee Report
Our retreat was led by the Rev. L. Ann Hallisey, search consultant, and was held at the beautiful Mission San Luis Rey de Francia in Oceanside Oct. 13-14. The Rev. Hallisey is a member of a long-standing consulting group designed to assist dioceses across the country in their search for a bishop; and she will be working with the nominating committee, all sub-committees and the yet to be named transition committee throughout the extent of the process.
The retreat was a wonderful mix of prayer, contemplation, structured team-building, organization, communication, education and preparation for the discernment process to present a diverse slate of three to five candidates by November 16, 2018; following with the election of the fifth bishop of San Diego.
The nominating committee is a diverse group of 18 people from all parts of the diocese, with gifts to match the tall task at hand. The last day of the retreat gave the nominating committee members an opportunity to self-select into sub-committees and define their roles and responsibilities.
Members of the sub-committees expressed energy and passion around each of the committees where they chose to serve. The five sub-committees formed at the retreat are:
The tasks and timelines set for the nominating committee are many; but will be accomplished through the partnership with the standing committee and our search consultant.
The first tasks on the calendar of events are: offering diocesan-wide regional listening sessions, and surveys to everyone in the diocese. The sessions and surveys will provide information to develop the profile of our diocese for prospective nominees to read, get to know who we are and what our hopes and aspirations are for our new bishop.
Work is already underway by all the sub-committees to begin with several listening sessions before the diocesan convention in November. At the convention, there will also be workshops about the listening sessions and an opportunity for leaders in the diocese to sign up to host additional listening sessions in their area. The target deadline for completing the listening sessions and surveys is mid-December.
The profile sub-committee is already working on compiling the data and pictures from around the diocese and researching history and accomplishments of the past, including where the diocese is today, in its ministries and community development. The sub-committee is also developing the website where they will post the profile.
Once the listening sessions and surveys are reviewed, the profile sub-committee will develop the profile to include the data from the sessions and survey. This will provide a clear, prayerfully-considered description of our diocese for all prospective bishop nominees to consider as they discern their call to be the next shepherd of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego.
Mr. Ed Walsh and the Rev. Pamela Rieger,
Nominating Committee Co-Chairs