From the Bishop Nominating Committee: Focus Groups Begin Next Week

The Bishop Nominating Committee met for the first time at a retreat at the Procter Center on October 7 and 8, where we were commissioned and charged with beginning the process of choosing a new bishop for our diocese.

We have many steps to take in the process, and our first announcement is to ask members of the diocese to register for one or more of a series of focus groups, listed below, that will take place in October and November. During these focus groups, you will have a chance to share with us your concerns and hopes for the new bishop.

Ten focus groups will be held in person and six will be held virtually, via Zoom. One Zoom session and one in-person session will be conducted in Spanish. Some of the Zoom sessions will focus on the hopes and concerns of specific groups within our diocese, but there are two general “Zoom for anyone” sessions. Any member of the diocese may choose to attend any session.

These focus groups are important to our search process. We need to hear from you so that we can better discern what qualities are needed in our next bishop.

Please join us in praying for the search for the Tenth Bishop of Southern Ohio:

Almighty God, giver of every good gift: We thank you for the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ, and for the witness of your whole church in his name. We thank you for your Holy Spirit, empowering us for ministry. So guide the hearts and minds of all those who shall choose a bishop in this diocese and those who will respond to the call, that we may receive a faithful pastor who will care for your people. May our discernment transform our spirits and draw us closer to you, Almighty God. Amen.

The Bishop Nominating Committee

Ms. Cathy Bagot
Mr. Mark Conrad
Ms. Catherine Duffy
The Rev. Jason Emerson
The Rev. George Glazier
The Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin (Chair)
Mr. Thomas Jones
Ms. Miriam McKenney

Mr. Wendell Mulford
The Rev. Joshua Nelson
Mr. Michael Newman
The Rev. Benjamin Speare-Hardy
Ms. Hannah Teetor
The Very Rev. Owen Thompson
Mr. Gayland Trim
Chaplain: The Rev. Sallie Schisler

Register to attend in-person and online focus groups.

In-Person Focus Groups

Please register to attend a focus group using the online form.

Saturday, October 29 at 10:00 a.m. Ascension & Holy Trinity, Wyoming

Saturday, October 29 at 10:00 a.m. St. Paul’s, Chillicothe

Sunday, October 30 at 2:00 p.m. St. Andrew’s, Pickerington

Saturday, November 5 at 10:00 a.m. Calvary, Clifton

Sunday, November 6 at 3:00 p.m. St. Margaret’s, Dayton

Tuesday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m. La Iglesia del Espíritu Santo, Forest Park (en español)

Wednesday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m. St. Timothy’s, Anderson Township

Thursday, November 10 at 6:00 p.m. St. Patrick’s, Dublin

Saturday, November 12 at 10:00 a.m. St. Luke’s Marietta

Sunday, November 13 at 12:00 p.m. La Iglesia de Nuestro Salvador (en español)

Zoom Focus Groups

Registration for Zoom focus groups is not required, but is encouraged. If you register using the online form you will receive the Zoom links.

Wednesday, October 26 at 7:00 p.m. Union of Black Episcopalians (UBE)

Tuesday, November 1 at 12:00 p.m. Becoming Beloved Community

Sunday, November 6 at 4:00 p.m. Youth

Friday, November 11 at 7:00 p.m. En español

Tuesday, November 15 at 12:00 p.m. “Zoom for anyone”: a session for those who were not able to participate in one of the in-person sessions or prefer to participate on Zoom.

Wednesday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m. “Zoom for anyone”: a session for those who were not able to participate in one of the in-person sessions or prefer to participate on Zoom.