Election Booklet Published and Independent Nominations Announced

The Episcopal Election Committee of the Diocese of New Jersey has published the Election Booklet in advance of the Special Convention for the Purpose of Electing the Twelfth Bishop of New Jersey. Included in this Election Booklet are brief biographies, photographs, and responses to questions asked of all nominees.

Three persons have been nominated through the independent nomination process since the publication on January 28th of the Report on Nominations for Twelfth Bishop of New Jersey:

The Election Booklet is available in English and Spanish versions for viewing and downloading as a PDF at www.bishopsearchnj.org.

Print copies of the Election Booklet will be delivered via U.S. Mail to lay delegates to the electing convention via their churches and to all canonically resident clergy.

The electing convention is scheduled for Saturday, May 4, 2013 at Trinity Cathedral in Trenton, NJ. For questions about the Electing Convention contact the Transition Committee: [email protected].

A series of presentations or “walkabouts” have been scheduled around the diocese for the purpose of introducing the nominees to the laity and clergy. Please note that times and details of the walkabouts have been revised and updated since the printing of the Election Booklets as follows:

Revised and Updated Schedule of Walkabouts for Meeting Nominees for

Twelfth Bishop of New Jersey:

Monday, April 22:

At Diocesan House in Trenton, 3–5 p.m., the Nominees will meet the Diocesan Staff (this meeting is for Nominees and Diocesan Staff ONLY).

At Trinity Cathedral in Trenton (open to EVERYONE: Laity and Clergy):

  • 5:30 — 6:00 p.m. Registration (light refreshments available)
  • 6:00 — 8:00 p.m. Walkabouts (groups of nominees respond to questions)
  • 8:00 — 9:00 p.m. Social Time with nominees (light refreshments available)

Tuesday, April 23:

At Trinity Cathedral (open to CLERGY only):

  • 9:00 — 9:45 a.m. Coffee, bagels, donuts, etc.
  • 9:45 — 10:00 a.m. Introductions, ground rules, etc.
  • 10:15 — 12:00 p.m. Walkabouts

At Trinity Church in Vineland (open to EVERYONE: Laity and Clergy):

  • 5:30 — 6:00 p.m. Registration (light refreshments available)
  • 6:00 — 8:00 p.m. Walkabouts (groups of nominees respond to questions)
  • 8:00 — 9:00 p.m. Social Time with nominees (light refreshments available)

Wednesday, April 24:

Afternoon: Nominees will tour various places along the Jersey Shore affected by Hurricane Sandy.

At St. George’s-by-the River in Rumson (open to EVERYONE: Laity and Clergy):

  • 5:30 — 6:00 p.m. Registration (light refreshments available)
  • 6:00 — 8:00 p.m. Walkabouts (groups of nominees respond to questions)
  • 8:00 — 9:00 p.m. Social Time with nominees (light refreshments available)

Register to attend a walkabout: tinyurl.com/DNJWalkabouts

For more information about the walkabouts contact [email protected]

For news and announcements about the election: http://www.bishopsearchnj.org/news

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Transition Committee Prepares for Twelfth Bishop of New Jersey

In June 2012 the Standing Committee appointed a Transition Committee to plan and prepare for the leadership transition from the Eleventh Bishop of New Jersey to the Twelfth Bishop of New Jersey.

As a steering committee, the members of the Transition Committee work in a collegial manner according to their assigned fields of responsibility:

  • The Reverend Gregory Bezilla, Chair;
  • The Reverend Ron Pollock, Chaplain to Bishop George and Ruth Councell;
  • The Revernd Terry Martin, Chaplain to the Transition Committee (with the focus on guiding spiritually the TC and ministering with diocesan staff);
  • The Reverend Canon Linda Moeller, Chair for the Consecration subcommittee;
  • Canon Noreen Duncan, Chair for the Electing Convention subcommittee;
  • Ms. Clara Gregory, Chair for the subcommittee for the Incumbent Bishop (plans and oversees celebrations for Bishop Councell);
  • The Reverend Valerie Balling, Co-chair for the subcommittee for the Bishop-Elect (care for the bishop-elect and family);
  • Mr. H. Ward Dorer, Co-chair for the subcommittee for the Bishop-Elect, and Treasurer;
  • The Reverend Deacon Pete Cornell, Chair for the subcommittee on Communications.

Important Transition Dates:

  • May 4 — Electing Convention at Trinity Cathedral in Trenton, NJ
  • August 1 (tentative) — Beginning of employment for bishop-elect
  • October 13 — Holy Eucharist in thanksgiving for Bishop George and Ruth Councell at Trinity Cathedral in Trenton, NJ
  • November 2 — Consecration of the Twelfth Bishop

Questions, concerns, ideas, and suggestions are very welcome!

Contact the Transition Committee:

The Reverend Gregory Bezilla, Chair

Petition Period Closed and Election Booklet Scheduled for Publication

The period for independent nominations by petition for Twelfth Bishop of New Jersey closed on February 27, 2013.

Biographical information and photographs of all nominees for Twelfth Bishop of New Jersey will be published in the Election Booklet on March 15. Digital copies of the Election Booklet will be available for viewing and downloading from this website. Print copies of the Election Booklet will be sent via U.S. Mail to all clergy and lay delegates to the Electing Convention.

The Rules of Order for the Electing Convention will be outlined in the Election Booklet. Rule III(b) states the following procedures for nominations from the floor for Twelfth Bishop of New Jersey:

No one may be nominated from the floor unless such person has completed a standard fifteen-year Background Check through Oxford Document Management (to be viewed only by Bishop George Councell) prior to the opening of such convention. All such nominations shall be made from microphones, must have a written nomination form identifying the nominee and the nominator’s parish or ministry affiliation, and such form must be delivered to the Secretary and verified before proceeding. In addition, the nominator must distribute to all members of the Electing Convention: the nominee’s Ministry Portfolio (in the latest version updated July 2012) from the Office for Transition Ministry, résumé, and answers to the four questions asked of nominees in the Election Booklet. All persons nominated from the floor must consent to such nomination. Nominations shall not be seconded, and no nominating speeches or laudatory addresses shall be made on behalf of any nominee.”

For questions about the Election Booklet, please contact the Episcopal Election Committee: [email protected]

For questions about the Electing Convention scheduled for May 4, 2013 at Trinity Cathedral in Trenton, please contact the Transition Committee: [email protected]

Walkabouts Scheduled for Nominees for Twelfth Bishop

Walkabouts” are scheduled for April 22–24 around the Diocese of New Jersey. The Walkabouts are an opportunity to introduce the Nominees for Twelfth Bishop to the Diocese and for the people of the Diocese of New Jersey to meet the Nominees.

Please note that information has been revised — read carefully. The schedule of the walkabouts is as follows:

Monday, April 22:

At Diocesan House in Trenton, 3–5 p.m., the Nominees will meet the Diocesan Staff (this meeting is for Nominees and Diocesan Staff ONLY).

At Trinity Cathedral in Trenton (open to EVERYONE: Laity and Clergy):

5:30 — 6:00 p.m. Registration (light refreshments available)

6:00 — 8:00 p.m. Walkabouts (groups of nominees respond to questions)

8:00 — 9:00 p.m. Social Time with nominees (light refreshments available)

Tuesday, April 23:

At Trinity Cathedral (open to CLERGY only):

9:00 — 9:45 a.m. Coffee, bagels, donuts, etc.

9:45 — 10:00 a.m. Introductions, ground rules, etc.

10:15 — 12:00 p.m. Walkabouts

At Trinity Church in Vineland (open to EVERYONE: Laity and Clergy):

5:30 — 6:00 p.m. Registration (light refreshments available)

6:00 — 8:00 p.m. Walkabouts (groups of nominees respond to questions)

8:00 — 9:00 p.m. Social Time with nominees (light refreshments available)

Wednesday, April 24:

Afternoon: Nominees will tour various places along the Jersey Shore affected by Hurricane Sandy.

At St. George’s-by-the River in Rumson (open to EVERYONE: Laity and Clergy):

5:30 — 6:00 p.m. Registration (light refreshments available)

6:00 — 8:00 p.m. Walkabouts (groups of nominees respond to questions)

8:00 — 9:00 p.m. Social Time with nominees (light refreshments available)

Please plan to arrive on time for the beginning of the program; nominees will depart promptly at the appointed end-time.

Register to attend a walkabout: tinyurl.com/DNJWalkabouts

Contact the Episcopal Election Committee for more information about the walkabouts: [email protected]

NOMINATIONS FOR BISHOP OF NEW JERSEY ANNOUNCED

The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey has announced a slate of six nominees to stand for election as the diocese’s twelfth bishop.

The nominees are:

  • The Reverend David Anderson, 56, rector of St. Luke’s Parish in Darien, CT;
  • The Reverend Dr. Joan Beilstein, 52, rector of Church of the Ascension in Silver Spring, MD;
  • The Reverend Dr. Allen F. Robinson, 42, rector of St. James’ Church in Baltimore, MD;
  • The Reverend Canon Melissa M. Skelton, 61, rector of St. Paul’s Church in Seattle, WA; and Canon for Congregational Development and Leadership of the Diocese of Olympia
  • The Reverend Canon William Stokes, 55, rector of St. Paul’s Church in Delray Beach, FL;
  • The Reverend Martha Sylvia Ovalle Vásquez, 60, rector of St. Paul’s Church in Walnut Creek, CA.

Detailed information about the six nominees is available here.

A petition process for submitting additional candidates will run until Feb. 27. The petition form is available here.

The nominees will participate in a visit to the diocese April 22–24, 2013, during which time they will meet with clergy and lay people of the diocese.

The bishop election will take place on May 4 and the ordination is scheduled for Nov. 2.

The twelfth bishop will succeed the Rt. Rev. George Edward Councell who has served as the diocese’s eleventh bishop since 2003.

About the election of bishops in the Episcopal Church: Bishops in the Episcopal Church are ordained in the historic apostolic succession by the laying on of hands by bishops themselves similarly consecrated in a succession going back by tradition to the apostles, who were witnesses to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Bishops are elected by lay delegates representing the churches of the diocese and by the clergy. Candidates for bishop are nominated by processes involving laity and clergy of the diocese.

About the Diocese of New Jersey: The Diocese of New Jersey ranks sixth among dioceses in the number of churches and tenth in the number of members in the Episcopal Church. For more information click here.

About the Episcopal Church: The Episcopal Church consist of 109 dioceses and three regional areas in 16 nations. The Episcopal Church traces its origins to the Church of England in the colonial era, and it is a member province of the worldwide Anglican Communion. For more information click here.

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Contact the Episcopal Election Committee: [email protected]

Mission and Ministry Continue After the Great Storm

In the aftermath of the great storm, churches are opening their doors and people are extending their hands to their neighbors in need around the Diocese of New Jersey.

Learn about the status of churches in the Diocese of New Jersey: newjersey.anglican.org/Sandy/index.html

Join the Facebook group for the Diocese of New Jersey, where you can keep informed, share information and communicate with other churches in the diocese – click here to join

The Episcopal Election Committee continues on schedule with the ministry of discernment of nominees for Twelfth Bishop of New Jersey. We ask for your prayers for our diocese and our discernment as we continue in our mission of proclaiming the gospel to all people:

Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?… No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35,37–39)

Updated Calendar for the Episcopal Election Committee

EPISCOPAL ELECTION COMMITTEE CALENDAR

(Revised January 28, 2013)

2012

May 9th Completion of Focus Groups
May 20th Completion of Survey
July 2nd Launched Profile/Opened Nominations
August 7th Nominations Closed
August 18th First Round of Screening Completed
September 15th Complete Second Round of Screening
October 13th Complete Third Round of Screening
November – January Face-to-face visits with Finalists

2013

January 28th Present Slate of 4–8 Nominees to Standing Committee
January 28th Open Independent Nominations
February 27th Close Independent Nominations
April 22–24 Walkabouts with Nominees
May 4th Electing Convention
August 1st Bishop-Elect Tentative Start Date
November 2nd Consecration of Bishop-Elect