On behalf of the Transition Committee of the Bishop Search process, I strongly encourage all clergy and lay deputies to attend and participate in the upcoming walk-abouts, and to engage in on-going prayer and conversation about the upcoming election with your fellow deputies and parishioners.
Those walk-abouts will take place in each of the diocese's four geographic districts. They are scheduled from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on:
♦ Tuesday, March 20, at St. Brendan's, Franklin Park;
♦ Wednesday, March 21, at St. Peter's, Brentwood;
♦ Thursday, March 22, at Holy Cross, Homewood;
♦ Friday, March 23, at St. Michael's of the Valley, Ligonier.
Please note that the dates for Holy Cross and for St. Peter's, Brentwood are different than the initial schedule published in earlier materials.
Each evening will follow a similar pattern. There will be a reception at the time of registration, from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m., during which people will have an opportunity to meet the nominees personally. That time will be followed by a plenary session, during which the nominees will answer two or three questions that have been prepared in advance. The same set of questions will be asked each evening. Following that, there will be break-out sessions during which the nominees will move from room to room, answering questions that people attending have written down at the time of registration. The evening will close with prayer.
The evenings are open to the public. We encourage you, just as we have asked the clergy, to make sure your fellow parishioners are aware of the evening meetings and know that they are welcome to attend and participate. It is not necessary that they attend the walk-about held in your diocesan district. For hand-out and available space planning purposes, it would be most helpful if you took a moment to pre-register using the form below.
We are also encouraging each parish and district to find ways to continue the conversation that begins at the walk-abouts. It is so necessary that we engage each other right up until the time we elect a bishop on Saturday, April 21, at Trinity Cathedral. We are seeking to discern together which man or woman God is directing to serve this diocese as our bishop. This is, at one level, a political process, but it is, more importantly, a spiritual one. Therefore it requires patient and careful listening, respectful conversation, and focused prayer. We have been blessed with five capable nominees; our calling now is, together, to seek God's guidance.
To help spur these on-going conversations, we plan to record the plenary session that occurs at the first evening walk-about and to post it on the diocesan website. We will also promptly provide every parish with a DVD copy of that session. That way, each parish may use it in a forum or adult education setting between the time of the walk-about and the convention.
The Transition Committee would also like to invite each parish to ask its prayer groups and prayer chains to pray conscientiously for the discernment process and for each of the nominees.
Your sister in Christ,
The Rev. Nancy Chalfant-Walker
Chair, Transition Committee
Pre-registration for the walk-abouts has closed.
On-site registration will be available at all four locations and attendance is open to all.
–The BishopTransition Committee/Walk-About Task Force