Due to the continued threat of COVID 19, and out of an abundance of concern for the health of our Candidates and the entirety of the diocese, the Standing Committee has directed the Transition Committee to create both Walkabout and Electing Convention plans that abide by distancing guidelines, including limiting number of individuals gathering in one place. That has been done and the plans have been approved by both the Standing Committee and the Board of Trustees.
Walkabout – Aug 9–15
Candidates will appear in five “Q & A” sessions in different venues throughout the diocese. Each of these sessions will be live–streamed as well as available for later viewing. In-person attendance at Walkabout events will be limited to no more than 10 people for indoor events and 20 people for outdoor events. Simultaneous Spanish translation will be offered for one session. The current Walkabout schedule is attached. In addition to these “Q & A” sessions, each candidate will be interviewed at length regarding emerging topics in our church and world. These interviews will be available for later viewing. Finally, the candidates will visit a number of churches in various locations in the diocese for informal “Conversations” with local leadership.
Questions for the Walkabout events are being drawn from the pool of questions submitted by the people of the Diocese of Oregon.
Electing Convention – Aug 29
Our Electing Convention will be remote. We will gather simultaneously throughout the diocese on an electronic platform to worship, invoke the leading of the Holy Spirit, and vote for our next bishop. Elections will occur electronically and will be securely communicated to the ‘head table’ which will, in turn, inform the candidates and then the delegates and clergy of the results of the ballot. We will ballot in this manner until our next bishop is elected.
At the successful conclusion of voting, we hope to be greeted by the newly elected bishop electronically.
All delegations must be registered and certified by the diocesan office three days prior to the Electing Convention (by 5pm on Tuesday, August 25).
All delegates and voting clergy must be able to connect with the convention on an individual device.
Voting delegates, alternates, and clergy will receive further instructions, including secure login information for Electing Convention, by email as the dates of these events draws near.
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