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Episcopal Election Nominations Committee

Committee from Left to Right in photo above: The Reverend James Coats, Dr Ingrid Moses, The Venerable David Ruthven, The Reverend Anna Boxwell, Mr Greg Mills, Canon Robert Arthur.

August 2018

Update from the Chair

The Episcopal Election Nominations Committee has given much time and prayerful discernment to nominating candidates to the Electoral Synod. From the resulting nominations, the desired outcome is that one person will be elected at the November Electoral Synod, as Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn.

The Diocesan Profile and the Selection Criteria were completed at the end of June, as a resource for prospective Nominees and the Committee in discerning the candidates that best fit the needs of our Diocese. These documents are available on the Diocesan website.

Synod members were invited to submit the names of prospective candidates for the role of Bishop from the beginning of July. At the closing date the Committee had received five names. On discussion with each candidate, four have agreed to be considered. As directed by the Governance of the Diocese Ordinance, the Committee approached another nine prospective candidates, of which one has agreed to be considered. The Committee will conduct initial interviews with these prospective nominees in the coming weeks.

The Committee will meet for prayer, listening for the Holy Spirit’s guidance and confirmation in late September, to determine the final list of prospective nominees that will be nominated to the Electoral Synod. Each prospective nominee who meets the selection criteria to the reasonable satisfaction of the Committee will be put forward. The Committee will then present the names to the Electoral Synod with a package on each nominee. Synod members will have the opportunity to ask questions of the Episcopal Election Nomination Committee regarding the respective nominees.

The Committee has already met 14 times (11 face to face, and 3 zoom conference calls). The generosity, diligence and commitment of each of the members has made the task fulfilling and engaging. The Committee has also been blessed in seeing the way the Holy Spirit moves through the particular gifting of its members, as we offer ourselves to discernment. The Lord has blessed our Diocese with fine people who are offering themselves for consideration as our Bishop. We are grateful for their commitment to the process of mutual discernment with us as we move towards electing our new Bishop.

A reflective piece by the Chair can be read on the toggle below.

A day of prayer for the Episcopal Election is being held on 23 August at St Mark’s from 9.30am to 3pm and all are warmly invited to attend for some, or all, of the time. Details here.

The Venerable David Ruthven
Chair

Diocesan Profile

Episcopal Selection Criteria

Proposed Candidate Submission Form

To refer to the relevant sections of the Governance of the Diocese Ordinance please click:

Part 4 – The Bishop

Schedules 1 and 2 – Election of Bishop and Balloting for Election of Bishop

Prayers for the Election of the Bishop

EENC Bible Study

 

Contact the EENC

You can contact the EENC on ContactEENC@anglicands.org.au.

Prayer Resources

The Episcopal Election Nominations Committee has developed these prayers and prayer points as a resource for churches, individuals, agencies and schools to guide you as you pray for the election of our next Diocesan Bishop.

View the document here.

What will the Bishop Promise?

Read the excerpt from the Ordinal here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to some questions you may have regarding electing a new Diocesan Bishop can be found here.

Reflection from the Chair

1 Corinthians 11:23–25

“The Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ ”

Word and Sacrament Together

One hallmark of being Anglican is that we believe in both Word and Sacrament. As the People of God, we gather to hear the promises of His Word and to receive tangible confirmation of them in the Sacraments.

The wonderful power of this struck me presiding last Sunday as emotion overcame me praying the Prayer of Thanksgiving. Fearful that something was wrong, the sanctuary party gathered around me, trying to remind me of the words, but I stood there speechless, arrested by the awesome love of God.

Moments earlier, I had preached on Paul’s wonderful prayer on love in Ephesians 3:14-16 that the Ephesians, along with all the saints, might comprehend the enormity of Christ’s love, and as I prayed, thanking the Father for the sacrifice of His Son, I began to understand the spiritual reality of that love.

From the outset, the Episcopal Election Nominations Committee has strived to honour the culture and tradition of this Diocese. We recognise that we are a people of both Word and Sacrament. Accordingly, we won’t be just asking candidates about their preaching but also how they administer the Sacraments.  As we interview prospective nominees, please pray for us that we would not only be guided by God’s Word but also by His grace.

Yours in Christ

The Venerable David Ruthven
Chair

Update from the Chair - June 2018

June 2018

Dear friends in Christ,

The Episcopal Election Nominations Committee (EENC) has now completed the consultation phase and the Diocesan Profile and Episcopal Selection Criteria.

During the consultation phase we conducted eight workshops across the Diocese, in Canberra South, Cooma, Bega, Batemans Bay, Canberra North, Goulburn, Young and Wagga Wagga. 294 parish members participated and at each workshop members of the Committee were present. In addition, an online survey was available to all parishioners from 20 April to 14 May to which 444 people responded. The Rev’d Sandy Jones who is acting as a consultant to the Committee, facilitated the workshops and the survey and provided a summary of the outcomes.

We most gratefully acknowledge the time and thoughtfulness which all participants devoted to this consultation process. The outcomes, together with interviews with Diocesan leaders, Diocesan agencies and retired and serving bishops have been used to prepare the Diocesan Profile and the Selection Criteria. We have earnestly and prayerfully evaluated the many and wide-ranging opinions and messages, carefully taking note of whether particular views were expressed by a small minority or by a range of respondents. We believe that the result fairly represents the input given and will prove helpful to all parties involved in this process.

The Diocesan Profile and Selection Criteria have been circulated to members of Synod. On 2 July 2018 we will be inviting Members of Synod to propose the names of persons for consideration as Prospective Nominees.

We are thankful for your prayerful support for the Committee in its work and encourage you to continue to pray for the Committee, the Synod and Prospective Nominees as we work together towards a successful Electoral Synod in November.

I close with one of the prayers prepared by the EENC:

Heavenly Father, We thank you for your steadfast care of your people.
Guide us by your Holy Spirit as we seek our next Bishop,
One who should be, as your Word teaches us, above reproach, hospitable, self-controlled, prayerful, and eager to seek your will.
We pray for one who holds firm to your Word and to the doctrines of your church.

We thank you for each ministry unit of this Diocese
Thank you for the people of our church and in our local communities.
Let us be prepared to partner with our new Bishop in proclaiming the gospel in word and deed.
Help us also to love each other and, together, seek lives and communities transformed by Jesus’ love.
In whose name we pray, Amen.

Yours in Christ

The Venerable David Ruthven
Chair

Update from the Chair - April 2018

April 2018

Dear Friends in Christ,

As a key part of our work in preparing for the election of our next Diocesan Bishop, the Episcopal Election Nominations Committee (EENC) are running a number of regional consultation workshops as well as an online survey to consult with people around the Diocese.

The purpose of this consultation will be:

  • To offer an interactive consultation forum
  • To inform and contribute to the shaping of the Diocesan Profile and Episcopal Selection Criteria
  • To inform the Episcopal Election Nominations Committee of views held across the Diocese.

Workshops will be held at the following locations:

1. Canberra South 5. Canberra North
Friday, 20 April, 7pm - 10pm
Venue: St Mary in the Valley, South Tuggeranong (Calwell)
Thursday, 3 May, 7pm - 10pm
Venue: St John’s, 45 Constitution Avenue, Reid
2. Monaro and Alpine Region 6. Goulburn and the Southern Tablelands
Saturday, 21 April, 10am - 1pm
Venue: St Paul’s, 136 Commissioner Street, Cooma
Friday, 4 May, 7pm - 10pm
Venue: Christ Church West Goulburn, 130 Addison St, Goulburn
3. NSW South Coast – Bega 7. Western - Young
Saturday, 21 April, 7pm - 10pm
Venue: St John’s, 12 Church Street, Bega
Saturday, 5 May, 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Venue: St John’s, Cloete Street, Young
4. NSW South Coast – Batemans Bay8. Wagga Wagga
Sunday, 22 April, 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Venue: Church of the Ascension, 6 Herarde Street, Batemans Bay
Sunday, 6 May, 2.00pm - 5.00pm
Venue: St Paul’s, 31 Fernleigh Road, Turvey Park

All people involved throughout the Diocese are encouraged to come to a workshop and/or complete the online survey.
Workshops have been scheduled across a variety of days of the week and times of day so as to suit as many people as possible. During the workshops we will together be considering where we have been over the past decade, where we are now, where we would like to be in the future, and what kind of Bishop we hope and pray for in this season of our church.

So that all views can be considered during the workshop, please reflect and prepare in advance.

A copy of the workshop instructions and pre-work activity are available here.
We’ve designed an interactive process to enable all views to be considered.  To help us to do this well, we request you respond to the questions on page 2 before you arrive.
(Hard copies of this document should also be available within your Parish/Ministry unit, Agency or School)

 Would you please also promote the workshops in your notices/newsletters and through your other communication channels.  You can access the various promotional resources on the following links:

The online survey is available from Friday 20th April until 9.00am on Monday 14th May. You can access the online survey by clicking on the pink link button at the top of the page.

Thank you for your support and prayers.

Yours in Christ,
The Venerable David Ruthven
Chair
Episcopal Election Nominations Committee (EENC)

Update from the Chair - March 2018

Dear Friends in Christ,

The members of the Episcopal Election Nominations Committee (EENC) were elected by Synod on 3 March 2018.

Since this time, regular meetings of the EENC are being convened and the EENC is actively working to discharge its functions as described in Schedule 1 of the Governance of the Diocese Ordinance.

Workshops across the Diocese are being organised to help prepare a Diocesan Profile. Synod members, as part of this process, are encouraged to reflect on the qualities and experience needed for a new Diocesan Bishop. The profile will help members to decide between likely nominees, and it will ensure that suitable information on the Diocese is provided to them.

Full details of the workshops will be communicated in due course and all people involved throughout the Diocese are encouraged to participate.

The committee will also be preparing a list of selection criteria for prospective nominees, building on information gathered from the workshops and other mandated sources. After the Diocesan Profile and the Selection Criteria have been completed they will be circulated to all Synod members. Once members have had the opportunity to become familiar with this material we will then invite Synod members to propose suitable candidates.

Mindful of our own inadequacies, and that none of this is possible without the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the EENC would be grateful for your continual prayers that together with God’s guidance we might find a shepherd that loves Jesus and his sheep. The following prayer from our Prayer Book might be helpful:

At the time of choosing a bishop:

Eternal God, shepherd and guide,
in your mercy give your Church in this diocese
a shepherd after your own heart
who will walk in your ways,
and with loving care watch over your people.
Give us a leader of vision and a teacher of your truth.
So may your Church be built up
and your name glorified;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen  

(APBA)

The Venerable David Ruthven
Chair

Where and when were the regional consultation workshops held?
1. Canberra South 5. Canberra North
Friday, 20 April, 7pm - 10pm
Venue: St Mary in the Valley, South Tuggeranong (Calwell)
Thursday, 3 May, 7pm - 10pm
Venue: St John’s, 45 Constitution Avenue, Reid
2. Monaro and Alpine Region 6. Goulburn and the Southern Tablelands
Saturday, 21 April, 10am - 1pm
Venue: St Paul’s, 136 Commissioner Street, Cooma
Friday, 4 May, 7pm - 10pm
Venue: Christ Church West Goulburn, 130 Addison St, Goulburn
3. NSW South Coast – Bega 7. Western - Young
Saturday, 21 April, 7pm - 10pm
Venue: St John’s, 12 Church Street, Bega
Saturday, 5 May, 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Venue: St John’s, Cloete Street, Young
4. NSW South Coast – Batemans Bay8. Wagga Wagga
Sunday, 22 April, 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Venue: Church of the Ascension, 6 Herarde Street, Batemans Bay
Sunday, 6 May, 2.00pm - 5.00pm
Venue: St Paul’s, 31 Fernleigh Road, Turvey Park

EENC Elected at Synod

March 3, 2018

Committee elected by Synod.

Diocesan Profile and Selection Criteria Completed

June 20, 2018

Synod Members Invited to Propose Names of Prospective Nominees

July 2, 2018

Nominee information distributed to Synod members

October 25, 2018

Window for Synod Members to submit questions

October 25, 2018

Synod Members are able to submit questions from 25 October to 1 November.

Episcopal Election Synod

November 8, 2018

To be held in Goulburn from 8-10 November (Thursday to Saturday). More details to come.