A prayer for the bishop search in the Diocese of Oregon
“For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
Eternal God, our times are in your hands. We trust in your providence and care for each of us and for the Diocese of Oregon. Guide us by your Holy Spirit that in all our praying, planning, discerning and decisions for the election of our new bishop that your plans unfold with grace and power through the work you have given us to do. Unify the diocese in love and strengthen our faith in Jesus Christ. It is in his Name we pray. Amen.
Dear Friends in Christ,
Since Bishop Michael announced his desire to retire upon the ordination and consecration of the eleventh Bishop of Oregon, your Standing Committee has been taking the initial steps in the process of identifying the person who will become our next bishop. This is a lengthy process which technically began on May 6, 2019, and will continue until the ordination and consecration of our new bishop in January 2021.
While it is the responsibility of the Standing Committee to oversee the search process, Search and Transition Committees carry out a great deal of the work. In a change since the last time our diocese carried out a bishop search, The Episcopal Church Office of Pastoral Development recommends that a Search Committee be appointed as soon as possible, but that the Transition Committee, whose work begins later, be appointed later.
It is important that everyone understand that these two committees carry out different sorts of tasks, and therefore people with different skills are needed.
Among other things Search Committee members need to be good listeners, able to conduct surveys, interviews, and listening sessions and then organize and synthesize what they have learned from a variety of sources. (For a more complete description of desired attributes click here to see the application form.)
The Transition Committee is responsible for the walkabout and the ordination and consecration, as well as welcoming the new bishop and organizing farewell events for the bishop who is retiring, among other things. Consequently Transition Committee members need to be hospitable individuals skilled at organizing events and able to draw in others, such as the Music and Liturgy Committee, when that is appropriate.
With these parameters in mind, please read the introduction to the Search Committee application, and if you feel called to apply for this committee, please do so. Applications are due by the end of the day Monday, June 3. If you feel you are better suited to the Transition Committee, please watch for the Transition Committee application which will be available in September.
Your Standing Committee:
Sharon Rodgers, President, The Rev. David Sweeney, Secretary, James Johnson, The Rev. Karen Tiegs, Laurea Arnoldt, The Rev. Nancy Gallagher, Toni Phipps, The Rev. Patricia Hale