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  THE PROFILE: Then What?. . .

TThe Rev. Sandra Oetjenhe window of opportunity called the nomination/application time frame closed on April 19th. If the Profile did its job, we will have received applications from enthusiastic candidates who truly understand the dynamics of the Diocese of Nevada. The submitted materials and our interviews that will follow are there to confirm these things. If the Profile is intended to clearly define who WE (the Diocese) are, then its importance can not be ignored. It is the culmination of many, many long hours of work - research, interviews, information gathering, document writing, conference calls, proof reading and presentation design.

The Profile is the result of the passion of six people for their state, their Church, and the collective humanity known as our Diocese. We are grateful to those who have contributed to this project and been willing to share in the passion. Let us pray that our passion shows and is contagious. Let the Profile be a place where Bishop candidates tasted our state and wanted more and where those within the Diocese got to know one another and the collective US better. You have looked at it, haven’t you?[If not, click here now]

As a participant in the construction of the Profile I found the experience exciting. The publication date arrived, final distribution was accomplished and then...”The Wait”.

THE WAIT

“The Wait” - not basic waiting, such as waiting for dinner or waiting for American Idol to start, but intense, anticipatory, anxious WAITING. This process was like a drag race - Profile construction was the top fuel dragster hurtling down the track at in excess of 300 miles per hour. When “the wait” kicked in it was like the dragster’s parachute opening at the end of the race - the change in pace and focus was appropriate and necessary but sudden and startling, none the less.

During “The Wait” there were the questions and concerns. Did the Profile do its job? Have people in the Diocese looked at it? Did the notification process work? Are potential candidates looking at it? Will there be any applications? Will the applicants be credible? The questions went on and on and on...

We know about waiting. Our faith includes times of waiting. Advent is the beginning. It is the season of preparation and expectation and yes, waiting, waiting for the celebration of the coming of Christ. We know Christ will come and we read the stories that help us understand what this will mean to the birth of our faith. Each year our journey begins again, we know what the stories will be and what to expect at the end of each Season, but there remains a sense of adventure and of waiting. Will each of us somehow find something new along the way? As we wait will we also discover?

The application/nomination wait is over. The Search Committee is reviewing applications and will soon be interviewing and evaluating responses. The dragster will be back out on the track. Another race will begin. We will be engaged in discovery and analysis. Each phase of the process is like another race. The dragster takes off again and as the chute opens at the end of each race, we will have met our goals and we will continue to move forward toward the final “event” in October..

For the Search Committee
The Reverend Sandra L Oetjen