Preparing for the Election of Our New Bishop

The Bishop Discernment and Nominating Committee (BDNC) and the Transition Committee are hard at work preparing for the election of our next bishop.

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT

Later this month the BDNC and the Standing Committee will announce the list of nominees for Bishop of Vermont. Additional nominations will be accepted by petition until March 29. Significant information about the candidates will be available online at https://bishopsearchvt.org including biographical summaries, their resumes, responses to essay questions from their applications, and brief videos.

In late April the candidates will be available to answer questions in four Walkabout events, the exact details of which will be announced later this month when the candidates are announced. We encourage you to attend one of the in-person events but recorded sessions will be available online shortly after the events.

Eligible delegates will gather for the Electing Convention at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul on May 18. The convention will be broadcast live so consider organizing a local event to watch together and celebrate with other Vermont Episcopalians.

WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW

We encourage everyone to read (or re-read) the Profile for the 11th Bishop of Vermont that was prepared by the BDNC after conducting 38 listening sessions across the diocese. This document is guiding their selection of final candidates and is likely to be a topic of discussion in the Walkabout events.

In light of this profile and your own perspective, we invite you to suggest questions that could be asked of the candidates during the Walkabout events. Please send your questions to Robert Barton at rbarton88@outlook.com. We encourage all Vermont Episcopalians, not just the clergy and lay delegates, to share your questions with us.

In advance of the Walkabouts, please send your questions for the candidates to Robert Barton at rbarton88@outlook.com

And you can pray. Please pray for the candidates who are giving generously of themselves in this discernment process. Please pray for the BDNC and the Standing Committee as they finalize the list of nominees. And please pray for the Transition Committee and others working to prepare for the Walkabout events and the Convention.

You can contact the Transition Committee at TC@diovermont.org.

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