A Letter to Clergy and Lay Deputies from the Standing Committee
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
As we enter into this new year, we look forward to the election of our new bishop at the special convention that will be held in person on Saturday, April 30th, 2022, at St. Stephen’s Church, Sewickley, PA. We will, of course, be taking all necessary health precautions in line with guidance given at that time.
In preparation for this critical meeting in the life of our diocese, we have enclosed a copy of the relevant rules of order for the conduct of the meeting (see below for a link to download these references).
We would like you to confirm the names of all those who are planning to participate – both clergy and lay deputies. It is our expectation that these individuals will usually be the same individuals who served as deputies to our regular convention in November 2021. Please be sure to include the names (with email and phone number) for any newly assigned deputies and/or designated alternates and provide this information to Sarah Kwolek in the Diocesan Office no later than January 31, 2022. These can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Search Committee has developed a short list of candidates for the position and, in line with Provincial protocols, is conducting a careful assessment and background check on each one. It is anticipated that this process will be completed by the end of January, at which time the proposed slate of names will be released.
You will note that the rules of order make provision for ‘nominations from the floor’ but such nominations will need to be able to provide the same certified clearances as used for the candidates offered by the Standing Committee. This is a complex, time-consuming process and so it is essential that, if any such nominations are contemplated, notice be given to the Standing Committee as early as possible - it is strongly recommended that this be accomplished by mid-February 2022.
Finally, this entire process will require ‘grace and peace’, and, to that end, we remind you of the need for persistent prayer and commend the regular use of the following:
Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a Bishop for this Diocese that we may receive a faithful pastor who will preach the Gospel, care for your people, equip us for ministry, and lead us forth in fulfillment of the Great Commission; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Collects & Occasional Prayers, The Book of Common Prayer, 2019, ACNA )
The Rev. David Grissom
References for the Election of a Bishop
Click HERE to download the Select References from the Constitution & Canons regarding the Election of a Bishop.