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