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Update #1, March 20, 2018

Search and Nomination Committee is Commissioned


The Search & Nomination Committee

On March 16 and 17 the Search and Nomination Committee met for their opening retreat in Ypsilanti.  The retreat was led by the Rev. Kim Jackson, Search Consultant, who will be helping to guide the process over the coming months. The committee will collect information about the diocese to create a profile and call for nominations. After reviewing nominations, including interviews and background checks, and guided by prayer and consultation, the committee will raise up three to five candidates for bishop to be sent to the Standing Committee.

The Rev. Karen Lewis has been appointed as chaplain to the committee.

At the retreat the committee selected its officers. The Rev. Eric Williams was elected as Chair, Ms. Christine Modey, Vice-chair, and the Rev. Dcn. Tim Spannaus, Secretary.

The Search and Nomination Committee received their charge from the Standing Committee which included the following canonical elements:

  • No qualified candidates shall be excluded “because of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disabilities, or age.” (Title III, Canon 1, Section 2)
  • The Search and Nominating Committee will create and publish a diocesan profile prior to September 30, 2018.
  • The committee will also present a slate of candidates no later than February 27, 2019.
  • While their deliberations will be held in strictest confidence, the committee will communicate regularly with the Standing Committee and with the diocese through the Director of Communications.

The Search and Nomination Committee will meet regularly over the coming weeks to design and implement a process for gathering information to be used to create the diocesan profile, which will help candidates understand the Diocese of Michigan. The process will include holding listening sessions in locations throughout the diocese and conducting a diocese-wide survey.  The committee encourages all members of the diocese to participate fully in this process. Please watch diocesan communications for information about locations, dates and times. Please also continue to hold this whole process in your daily prayers.

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