Friday, April 20, 2012
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
hosted by the Bishop Search/Transition Committee

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with snacks provided

Discussion begins at 7:00 pm and concludes at 9:15 pm.

According to the rules of order at the Election of a Bishop (Constitution and Canons, page 34), "the evening before the election, the Transition Committee shall arrange an opportunity for discussion of the merits of the candidates to which all deputies to the electing Convention, clerical and lay, shall be invited. In addition to deputies with seat, voice, and vote, those with seat and voice only shall also be invited to attend. The meeting shall also be open to any other person from the diocese, who may attend for the purpose of observing only."

As the election on Saturday, April 21, takes place in the context of the Eucharist, this pre-convention conversation is our primary organized opportunity to talk together as a whole. If the balloting continues beyond lunch on Saturday, there will be further opportunity to talk at lunch. This evening will give us the chance to hear each other's heart and mind as we continue to discern which nominee will best lead us into our future. You are therefore strongly encouraged to attend.

In an effort to allow as many as possible to speak, the evening will be structured in the following way:

First, Dana Phillips, Chair of the Nominating Committee, will draw the names of the nominees in random order to determine their position on the ballot on Saturday.

A brief summary of the qualifications of each nominee will be presented.

Following that, the floor will be opened for general discussion.

Who may speak? Anyone with voice at the Convention may speak during the discussion. This includes clergy deputies, lay deputies, lay members of the Standing Committee, Diocesan Council, the Board of Trustees, and the Constitution and Canons Committee.

How long may a person speak? Comments will be held to two minutes.

How often may a person speak? Each person may speak once, unless everyone who wishes to speak for a first time has had the opportunity to do so.