O God, we pray for the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe as we discern and elect a Bishop to serve your people, build up your Church and proclaim boldly the Gospel to the world. Send us, we pray, an apostle who is a wise counsellor, a merciful pastor, filled with your joy and grace. May your servant have the abundant gifts needed to lead your flock and the strength and courage to administer them. And may we renew and rededicate our lives to your will and service. All this we pray in the Name of our Great High Priest and Servant of the servants of God, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Paris, October 2, 2018 - The nominees for Bishop and their spouses are now home after visiting the Convocation for what some have been calling the "talkabout” weekend! And they certainly did a lot of talking, not only when answering your questions during the Town Halls, but also at all the receptions and social events. We - the nominees, their spouses and us - know each other a lot better now.
Over 250 people took part in the weekend. The Transition Committee would like to say a big thank you to the three hosting parishes -- the American Cathedral, Paris; Church of the Ascension, Munich; St. Paul’s Within the Walls, Rome -- for their hospitality. The only impression the nominees can have taken back must have been a good one! Many other people helped behind the scenes - shepherds, city companions, moderators, video operators ...... and last, and not least, Janet Day-Strehlow and her team from the Walkabout subcommittee. Thank you all!
Each town hall was recorded so everyone who wants can get to know the nominees and their responses. A number of parishes are organizing events and forums at which the videos of the town halls can be watched together and your viewpoints, thoughts and preferences gathered. But please don't forget that the delegates to the Electing Convention only vote according to their conscience and as guided, in prayer, by the Holy Spirit.
Here is the link to the videos, each lasts about 2 1/2 hours!
Also, each nominee has recorded a short video statement, you can watch them here:
The next big step in the process is the election during our Annual Convention in Waterloo from October 18 - 21.
Please pray for all the delegates, lay and clergy, for the Bishop who presides over Convention, and for the nominees and their spouses. If you have questions on any of these topics, or generally about the process, please send them to the Transition Committee email, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks, The Transition Committee
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