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Bishop Transition

Prayer for the Discernment Process for the 11th Bishop of Vermont

Loving and gracious God, we pray for your Holy Spirit’s guidance as we seek new leadership for the Episcopal Church in Vermont. Give listening hearts and receptive minds to those appointed to search for candidates, and inquiring and open hearts to those discerning a call to serve as Bishop of Vermont. May we all share the gift of joy and wonder in all your works. May we be united in our desire for your will for this Diocese, that the love of Christ may be evident to all; for it is in Jesus’ name that we pray. Amen.

New: Walkabout Details Now Available!

This article includes the schedule, guidelines and expectations for the four Walkabouts in Vermont that will be held from April 28-30.

Meet the Candidates!

The Standing Committee of The Episcopal Church in Vermont has announced a slate of three candidates for the 11th bishop of the diocese.

Petition Process Forms

Please note that the following forms can also be found on the Bishop Search Website under “Petition Process & Forms” in the main menu.

Bishop Search Profile & Official Website

The Standing Committee & BDNC have launched a Profile and dedicated website to facilitate the search for the 11th Bishop of The Episcopal Church in Vermont. Please share with clergy, bishops, and others you know who can help spread the word to potential applicants. And check the site regularly for updates to the Timeline of Activities.

Consider Making a Donation

The Standing Committee is asking each congregation to make a donation before February 1, 2019, to help cover some of the costs for the election of the next bishop. Learn more about what we are trying to do. 

Anticipated Timeline

The Standing Committee has provided an anticipated timeline of activities leading to the election of a new bishop for The Episcopal Church in Vermont. (This page will launch in our official Bishop Search Website.)

The Standing Committee

Bishop Ely has announced his intention to resign as Bishop of Vermont no later than the end of September 2019. The Standing Committee is charged with the responsibility of leading the diocese through this time of transition.  

The Bishop Discernment & Nominating Committee

The BDNC is charged with helping discern the best way to move forward vis-à-vis the Episcopate, determine what gifts and strengths are required in our next Bishop, and present a slate of candidates matching that profile.

The Transition Committee

The Transition Committee exists to assist the Diocese in bidding farewell to Bishop Thomas Ely and his wife Ann; helping to pastor bishop candidates; supporting the election process; and welcoming the new bishop.

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