Announcements & Inserts
October 7, 2007: [Parish Bulletin
Editors: Upcoming Sunday bulletins are the last opportunity to call
your congregation's attention to the electing convention for our next
Bishop. Please run the following announcement in your Sunday Bulletin.
If you can add the names of your parish delegates within the announcement,
that would be a help. (wardens, elected delegates--both adult and youth--and
clergy). Thanks - The Bishop Search Process committees]
PLEASE PRAY for our delegates and the work of Nevada's Diocesan Convention, which begins at 10am this Friday, October 12. Meeting at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas, delegates will be naming the next bishop for our diocese -- beginning at 11am on Friday. Live reports from convention will be available on "THE DESERT SHALL REJOICE" blog to be found at the top of "WHAT'S NEW" on< www.nvdiocese.org> . Participate in our convention by staying connected!
September 30, 2007: [ Please
continue bulletin and worship announcements about the
September 23, 2007: A Bulletin insert .pdf file was sent entitled "IS IT DISCERNMENT OR POLITICS?"
[POST WALKABOUT announcement:]
September 2 , 2007: WE NOW OFFICIALLY HAVE 6 candidates for Bishop of Nevada! The Rev. Jeff Paul (St. Peter's, Carson City), our lone petition candidate, was officially announced by the Standing Committee this week. Material on all 6 candidates is posted on our Diocesan Website <www.nvdiocese.org> and will appear in the Desert Spirit newspaper which is arriving in you home in the next few days. Additional copies can be obtained in our parish office. Please read about all our condidates and plan to participate in one of the walkabout "stops" September 14-21.
August 26, 2007: THE CANDIDATES for our NEXT BISHOP will be here to meet us and answer our questions about their leadership, skills & gifts September 14-21. Elsewhere in this bulletin, you wil find the schedule of "stops" on the walkabout tour. EVERYONE is welcome at every stop, regardless of location. This is a Diocesan-wide event. Your convention delegates need to know your preferences and your recommendations so plan to attend and participate in at least one walkabout "stop." Mark your calendar now and be included in this major event in our Diocese. [Schedule Insert large] [Schedule Insert small] [Schedule backside (FAQ) large] [Schedule backside (FAQ) small]
12, 2007: NEW DIOCESAN
BLOG LAUNCHED: "The Desert
August 5, 2007: The period for Petition Candidates to enter the BISHOP SEARCH PROCESS as nominees for our next Bishop has closed this past week. Those additional persons will be announced as soon as their background checks have been completed later this month. At that time, additional information on ALL our candidates will be mailed directly to your home and available here at the Church. Please begin to study the material provided on the initial nominees which is posted on the Diocesan website <www.nvdiocese.org> & make note of questions you would like to ask when all the candidates come to visit us September 14-21.
July 29, 2007: THE BISHOP SEARCH PROCESS continues this week as we receive Petition Nominations through August 1 to be added to those which were announced on July 18. Meanwhile, please prayerfully consider the 5 current nominees whose information can be easily found on our Diocesan Website <www.nvdiocese.org> . When all the nominees’ materials are received, the first week in August, the answers each candidate has given to 3 important aspects of leadership which face our next bishop, our Diocese and the Episcopal Church, will be available as well. Keep our deliberations and discussions in your prayers and please discuss your thoughts with the delegates from our parish who will be determining our next Bishop at Convention, October 12.
July 22, 2007: NOMINEES FOR THE NEXT BISHOP of Nevada have been announced
by the Standing Committee this week. They are The Rev. Dr. Susan Burns,
Rector of Church of the Redeemer, Bethesda, Maryland; The Rev. Dr. Cathy
L. Deats, Rector of St. James Church, Hackettstown, N.J.; The Very Rev.
Dan Thomas Edwards, Rector of St. Francis Church, Macon, Georgia; The
Rev. Dr. Charles Eric Funston, Rector of St. Paul's Church, Medina, Ohio;
and The Rev. Albert John Keeney, Rector of St. John's Church, Canandaigua,
July 15, 2007:
BISHOP SEARCH COMMITTEE plans to announce their nominees for the next
Bishop of Nevada this week, on Wednesday July 18. The names, pictures and
biographies will be posted on the Diocesan Website
May 20, 2007: Your prayers are requested on Monday for the members of the Bishop Search Committee who will be reviewing and considering the telephone interviews held this past week with some of the nominees for our next Bishop of the Diocese of Nevada. The Committee expects to announce a slate of Candidates in Mid July. Election will take place on Friday, October 12 at the beginning of our Diocesan Convention. Those voting will be all the elected delegates from our parish and Diocesan clergy.
The Rev. Richard Sims has reluctantly resigned from the Search Committee to care for his wife, Paula, undergoing serious cancer treatment. Please also pray for Paula and “Red” and for her healing.
April 1, 2007: Bulletin Insert:
NEVADA’S NEXT BISHOP
The Profile presents our Diocese to prospective candidates and everyone
is encouraged to read and see pictures of the many ministries that make
up our Diocesan mission. We are a Statewide community, called to transform
our communities through the vitality of our worship and living out our
baptismal vows. Witness who we are and all the work we are doing together,
as we prepare to call and welcome our next Bishop.
April 29, 2007: Bulletin Insert:
SEEKING THE NEXT BISHOP FOR THE DIOCESE OF NEVADA
With last week’s closing of the Application/Nomination phase in our search process, the Bishop Search Committee is pleased to announce receipt of a comfortable number of potential candidates to move into our next phase of discernment. If the Profile did its job, we have applications from enthusiastic candidates who truly understand the dynamics of the Diocese of Nevada. The submitted materials and our interviews that follow will confirm this. . .
If the PROFILE OF THE DIOCESE OF NEVADA 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 our Diocese. We are grateful to those who have contributed to this project and have been willing to share in the passion. Let us pray that passion is contagious; let the Profile be a place where Bishop candidates tasted our state and wanted more and where the rest of us who make up the Diocese got to know one another better. You have looked at it, haven’t you? (www.nvdiocese.org/profile) 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” - 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 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, nonetheless.
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” -
Election of our new Bishop at Diocesan Convention on October 12 -The
Reverend Sandra L Oetjen
April 15, 2007: Applications and Nominations for our next Bishop will close at 5pm (PDT) on Thursday, April 19. For those to be considered further in Nevada’s search process, all parts of the application must be received by this deadline. All needed data on applications or nominations can be found on our Profile Website (www.nvdiocese.org/profile).
Shortly after the April 19 deadline, the 6 member search committee will be reading and considering the applications in order to discern those who will be interviewed by telephone during the next stage of the Search Process, which begins May 7.
If you have not visited the Profile Website, please do so, as it is a presentation of the mission work and witness of all of us working together in this Diocese. Those who do not have access to the internet at home are encouraged to visit the local library or contact the parish office to see the Profile.
March 11, 2007: The PROFILE
of our DIOCESE is now on the web at:
March 4, 2007: APPLICATIONS & NOMINATIONS
for our next Bishop of the Diocese of
February 25, 2007: The
BISHOP SEARCH COMMITTEE will open Nominations and Applications for
February 11, 2007: BISHOP SEARCH COMMITTEE
is distilling the excellent input from 18 Focus Groups held statewide,
and several other individual communications that have been received. They
send their thanks for all who have participated, and urge any who have
not expressed their
www.nvdiocese.org -- and select "Bishop Search Process
February 4, 2007: FOCUS
GROUPS gathering information to write our Diocesan Profile
January 28, 2007: " This is the last
week to participate in FOCUS GROUPS gathering Profile information about
our Diocese for those interested in becoming our new Bishop. If
you have not participated in a FOCUS GROUP, please plan to do so. FOCUS
GROUPS are for everyone. The times, places and dates of FOCUS GROUP meetings
are posted on the web:
If you can go to a group scheduled at a parish
other than ours, it will be an excellent opportunity to meet other
Episcopalians in the area and trade ideas about our Church. We
want to hear from you.
January 21, 2007: Several
FOCUS GROUPS are scheduled in the area for everyone's
Any personal support you can also provide
via a verbal announcement
January 14, 2007: Bulletin Insert
SCHEDULED GATHERINGS for DIOCESAN FOCUS GROUPS
The first step in finding a new Bishop for Nevada is creating a PROFILE
of our Diocese for those who may be interested in coming as our leader.
These FOCUS GROUPS will provide much of the input to create our Profile.
You are encouraged to participate in whichever group meeting is most
convenient for you--not necessarily in your own parish. A good chance
to get to know other Episcopalians in the area!
Central Mission District
When you attend a focus group you will be asked about your view of life within the diocese today and about your vision for the future. This information along with data and photographs describing the diocese will collectively become the diocesan profile. As you envision the collective profile of the diocese we would like you to see it as multi-dimensional. Imagine a person’s profile in a photograph.
The surface of the paper is flat, the person’s expression is frozen in time. We see the physical presence of the person, but little else. We probably can’t identify the person’s hopes, dreams, goals, experiences or concerns from the photo. We know nothing beyond the image on paper. Where the photo of a person in profile tells us little, it is our hope that by contrast the diocese in profile will tell us a great deal. We expect to learn about the hopes, dreams, goals, experiences and concerns of the individuals and parishes within the diocese. This information will be very important to those considering a call to bishop and those reviewing the applications that are submitted. This information is also vital to the laity and clergy of the diocese in preparing for new leadership and change.
The profile gathering process is a form of discernment - recognizing differences, keen perception and judgment, insight. Our goal is to identify reality, not manipulate the vision. We all should be prepared to listen as well as speak, to be respectful of ourselves as well as others and to participate from both a personal and communal perspective. Prayer, faith and God’s grace will be the tools that guide us.
It is our hope that every member of this diocese will take the time to be a part of a focus group gathering. We feel that being present at a focus group gives an individual the opportunity to not only be heard but to share in the energy, perspective and enthusiasm of others in the room. For those unable to attend any of the focus group meetings we will have the questions available on the Search Committee website. The website address is: www.nvdiocese.org/profile The questions that will be asked at the focus groups and published on the website are printed below. We want to hear from all of you. Please take this opportunity to be a part of the process to call a new bishop to the diocese of Nevada.
--The Rev. Sandra L. Oetjen, Diocesan Search Committee
THE QUESTIONS each Focus Group will address
December 31, 2006: SEARCH IS UNDERWAY for our new Bishop! Watch for all the information in the January/February issue of DESERT SPIRIT and plan to participate in FOCUS GROUPS during January at a location near you. If you have any questions, ask the Search Committee : eMail to “email@example.com” or visit our web page: “www.nvdiocese.org” -- Look for BISHOP SEARCH PROCESS buttons. -- The Diocesan Search Committee