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Update from the Bishop Discernment & Nominating Committee

Update from the Bishop Discernment & Nominating Committee

In the wake of ice storms, Easter and Holy Week, finally on Saturday, April 28, the Bishop Discernment & Nominating Committee (BDNC) had its first meeting since our joint retreat with the Standing Committee in March. We are coalescing as a solid group with a broad range of experience, compassion, commitment and knowledge, enthusiastic about our work.

The focus in the coming months is to have Holy Listening sessions around the state to hear your thoughts, ideas and imaginings about the future of the Diocese.

The focus in the coming months is to have Holy Listening sessions around the state to hear your thoughts, ideas and imaginings about the future of the Episcopal Church in Vermont. Geographically, roughly by mission districts, two BDNC members will cover each of the five areas. We will begin Holy Listening sessions in May, grouping parishes as feasible, making sure each parish has a nearby opportunity to be heard. As sessions are scheduled, the locations and dates will be posted in The Mountain, and parishes will receive information to share with their congregations, inviting them to participate.

In preparing the profile describing the Episcopal Church in Vermont to interested candidates for Bishop, it is paramount to be as accurate as possible. To that end, we encourage laity and clergy to begin thinking now what you would like the BDNC to note – your hopes, aspirations, and ideas. We look forward to hearing from you!

Maggie Thompson
Chair, BDNC

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