Transition Committee Call for Nominations Now Through July 15
It is the pleasure of the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Church in Vermont to call for names of individuals for consideration to this vital ministry. The transition from one bishop to the next can be summed up by two simple words: farewell and welcome. Within this framework of bidding goodbye to Tom and Ann and welcoming a new bishop into our midst come many tasks and responsibilities well beyond the capacity of the Standing Committee.
The Standing Committee is, therefore, charged with building a Transition Committee to focus on these two aspects of electing a new bishop for the Episcopal Church in Vermont. Nominations are now being accepted through July 15, 2018. The names of newly-selected Transition Committee members will be announced on August 1, and their work will conclude with the consecration of the next bishop on September 28, 2019.
Role and Responsibilities:
The Transition Committee will first assist the diocese in bidding farewell to Tom and Ann for their faithful ministry among us with celebrations around the diocese. Secondly, the committee will work closely with the Standing Committee and the Bishop Discernment and Nominating Committee in pastoring the bishop candidates, supporting the election process, welcoming the bishop-elect, and planning the consecration of the 11th Bishop of Vermont.
Gifts and Skills:
Though wide-reaching, the needed gifts and skills include highly organized individuals with knowledge of event planning and execution. The Transition Committee members should have knowledge of the state of Vermont and the Episcopal Church in Vermont. Members will need to have flexible schedules and the ability to work within tight deadlines. The ministry, however, will need a larger number of people beyond the total membership of the committee, therefore members will need to invite fellow parishioners and other people to assist in the carrying out the many required tasks. Finally, the members of the Transition Committee need to possess listening ears and open hearts.
To apply for membership on the Transition Committee, or if you have any questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As stated earlier, nominations are open until July 15, 2018.
Please announce the selection process in your parish newsletters and Sunday bulletins.