May 6, 2022
Dear Diocesan Family,
We appreciate the people who participated in the petition process, and respect all those who supported petition candidates. The Standing Committee has done its due diligence, as required by the petition process, and the majority of the Standing Committee has decided to not advance any further candidates to the slate.
We encourage you to take the opportunity to meet the slate of four nominees by attending one or more of the Meet and Greet events being held throughout the Diocese, May 20-24. You may attend in person or via livestream. You can also learn more about the nominees by viewing their profiles and video addresses at www.virginiabishopsearch.org. The Electing Convention will be held June 4, 2022 and will also be livestreamed.
A Prayer for the Search for a New Bishop
Almighty God, Shepherd and Bishop of our souls, who calls, guides and empowers us as your Church: Create in us discerning minds as we seek to elect a bishop in this diocese. So many issues are open before us; so many wounds that need healing; so many gifts that need celebrating. Bless and continue the good work begun in your name and open our ears to the hurts and hopes around us; broaden our vision to see what we do not want to see; and enliven our hearts with honesty and compassion to do the hard work that lies before us. Guide us as we seek an inspirational leader and willing advocate to help us meet the challenges and lead us to become the people you have equipped us to be in your service. All this we pray through Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever. Amen.