An Update from the Standing Committee Regarding the Bishop Diocesan Search Process

 

From:           Standing Committee of the Diocese of Virginia
To:                Members of the Diocese of Virginia
Re:               Update on the Bishop Diocesan Search Process

Since the annual convention in November, in addition to its regularly scheduled first-Thursday-of-the-month meetings, the Standing Committee has been steeped in learning about—and taking action on—the early responsibilities associated with the Bishop Diocesan search.  We are grateful for the support provided by The Rt. Rev. Todd Ousley, Bishop for the Office of Pastoral Development and a member of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s staff. 

Among these early responsibilities is to hire an election consultant, whose role is to navigate the Search Committee through the myriad details of the search process—and, when the time comes, to serve as a guide to the Transition Committee through their process, as well.  The Standing Committee interviewed four consultants for this role—two Virginia-based consultancies and two individuals referred to us by Bishop Ousley.  We have hired The Rev. Dr. L. Ann Hallisey—one of the consultants from Bishop Ousley’s Office of Pastoral Development.

The next step in our process will be to hear from those of you who are interested in serving as a member of the Search Committee.  We are committed to ensuring that this Committee reflects the full diversity of the Diocese.  Watch for a communication soon with a link to an online application, which will be offered in English, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese.  We look forward to hearing from many of you.

An application process for the Transition Committee will be launched later this Spring or Summer; and, likewise, we are committed to ensuring that this Committee also reflects the full diversity of the Diocese. 

Thank you for your prayerful support as we continue this important work in the life of the Diocese.  If you have questions or comments, please contact us at standingcommittee@thediocese.net.

Direct us, O Lord, in all our doings with your most gracious favor, and further us with your continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in you, we may glorify your holy Name, and finally, by your mercy, obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.