Update From The Search & Nomination Committee

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Search and Nomination Committee

Update as of May 25, 2018

The Search and Nomination committee has been working diligently over the past couple of months. After our initial retreat March 16-17, we have held meetings of our committee on March 25, April 7 and 28, and May 12, and plan to meet at least monthly over the summer.

The Chair (Eric Williams) and Vice-chair (Christine Modey) have held regular conference calls via Zoom with each other and with the Rev. Kim Jackson, our Search Consultant.  Our various sub-committees have also been meeting regularly, often by conference call.

Our most urgent task has been coordinating and leading the listening sessions around the diocese and with key stakeholders.  The parish-focused sessions have  been held or are scheduled in a variety of locations around the diocese on May 12, 15, 20, 24, and June 2, with an additional “virtual” listening session via Zoom for people who were unable to attend an in-person session or who prefer to connect in this way.  Clergy sessions were held on May 18 and 19.  We also have met or are meeting with the diocesan staff (5/8), the Standing Committee (5/15), the Commission on Ministry (5/29), the Bishop (5/30), the Trustees (6/21) and the Diocesan Council (6/23).

The data from these listening sessions will be compiled and will help shape the diocesan profile.  We are creating a survey, which will be distributed in June, to help us gather data as well.  In addition, we are collecting information on the history and demographics of the diocese and material that can help us share the beauty, culture and diversity of our region.

We have also set the date and location for the final candidate retreat which will be held February 17-19, 2019 at Eagle Crest Conference Center in Ypsilanti.

We ask every leader and member of the diocese to assist us in our work by:

  1. Praying for this transition (Don’t forget to use the beautiful collect written by the Standing Committee.)
  2. Attending and promoting the listening sessions.
  3. Filling out and sharing the survey when it is released—and encouraging others to do so.

Respectfully Submitted,

Eric Williams, Chair of the Search & Nomination Committee

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