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 O LORD, you promise to be with your Church until the end of the age: continue this good work as you raise up the next Bishop of Dallas. Prepare this person to be the pastor and spiritual leader who will lead us forward to glorify you. We also ask that you send your Spirit upon the committees and convention given the task of calling our next bishop. Give them prayerful, open and discerning hearts that they may hear your voice and do your will to fulfill your purpose for this diocese. We ask all this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

The Diocese of Dallas is called at this time to choose its seventh diocesan bishop, an occasion that requires concerted prayer, deep reflection, and careful discernment on behalf of all members of our diocese. The Standing Committee has called for the election of a bishop on or around May 16, 2015. The following is the Standing Committee’s charge to the Search Committee in which specific expectations and duties are set forth.

The Search Committee will present a slate of nominees for bishop, not less than four and no more than seven, to the Standing Committee by February 1, 2015. Included with the slate will be each nominee’s photograph, biographical information, and written responses to questions. 

The Standing Committee asks the Search Committee to keep in mind the heritage of our diocese and the legacy of the six bishops who have faithfully served us in the past. We are a Catholically-minded diocese, committed to sacramental ministry, the Apostolic Tradition, and grateful for the Christian theological and moral vision that we have inherited.We are an evangelistically-minded diocese, with our allegiance to Scripture and our commitment to proclaim Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord to all people. The values and priorities of the candidates chosen for the slate should reflect these deep commitments, originally brought to the frontier by Bishop Charles Alexander Garrett and still definitive of our diocese today.

The Standing Committee further commends the selection of nominees whose experience and manner of life especially commend them to the office of Bishop for the Diocese of Dallas: years of experience in Holy Orders, living by a Rule of Life built around Scripture and prayer, an ecclesiology that understands the diocese as the basic unit of the Church, a solid understanding of the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church, a demonstrated commitment to marriage and the sanctity of life, a commitment to the Anglican Communion and preserving our longstanding relationships with Anglican Christians around the world.

In meeting the foregoing deadline, we charge you to observe the following calendar throughout the search process:

  • August 22-23, 2014: Conduct an organizing retreat for the members of the Search Committee
  • October 1, 2014 – Officially open the nominating process
  • December 20, 2014 – Complete semi-finalist candidate list
  • February 1, 2015 – Present the slate to the Standing Committee.

After this intensive period of work, the Standing Committee will publish the slate and begin the petition process on February 3, 2015. On February 16, the petition process will close and petition candidates will be announced no later than April 6. Meanwhile, a Transition Committee, which will be appointed by the Standing Committee, will carry the work forward.

Above all else, the search and nomination process must be guided and structured around an intentional process of prayer and discernment. The Search Committee’s work must be grounded in seeking the presence of the Holy Spirit for guidance, for protection from false choices and self-interest, and for the successful discernment of God’s will for the Diocese of Dallas. 

The Committee must on one hand commit to clear communication and transparency with the people of our diocese. On the other hand, the Committee must maintain the strict confidentiality due to each nominee who engages in the search process. This pledge is a sacred trust and any breach of this trust will compromise the work of the committee and the validity of the process. We charge the Search Committee to make a focused, full, and coordinated effort to communicate with the people of the Diocese, reporting regularly on the status of its work.

We charge you to listen carefully to the voices of your brothers and sisters in Christ in the Diocese of Dallas by providing formal opportunities for public comment and discussion.

We charge you to deal respectfully and conscientiously with all nominees, especially in communicating clearly to those who do not make the final slate.

The committee should develop a comprehensive set of rules to govern, and insure the integrity of, its proceedings. These rules should address such matters as: attendance requirements, confidentiality of the proceedings as discussed above, prohibitions on electioneering by committee members, participation in the petition process, and the like.

Members of the Search Committee must recuse themselves from votes relating to any nominee from their parish or immediate family.

The Standing Committee will provide the Search Committee with a budget within the next month.

The Standing Committee will retain a consultant who will be available to the Search Committee, as well, for counsel and advice.

Please be assured of our prayers as you engage your work.

Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20,21

Yours in Christ

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 09:32

Presiding Bishop calls for prayer

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop calls for prayer for Iraq

Sunday, August 17

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has urged Episcopalians to observe Sunday, August 17, as a day of prayer for those in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East living in fear of their lives, livelihoods, and ways of living and believing

Her call for prayer is in response to violence in Iraq that has included the slaying of Christians, Yazidis, and other Iraqi religious minorities; the destruction and looting of churches, homes, and places of business; and the displacement of thousands under the threat of death.

“Pray that all God’s children might live in hope of the world of peace for which we were created,” she said.

The following collect, which may be used as part of the Prayers of the People or elsewhere in the liturgy, appears on page 815 of the Book of Common Prayer:

Eternal God, 
in whose perfect kingdom 
no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, 
no strength known but the strength of love: 
So mightily spread abroad your Spirit, 
That all peoples may be gathered 
under the banner of the Prince of Peace, 
as children of one Father; 
to whom be dominion and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

Questions about how best to support the Christian community of Iraq may be directed to the Rev. Canon Robert Edmunds, Middle East Partnership Officer for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 09:55

Interim Canon to the Ordinary

Bishop Paul Lambert has appointed Rene Somodevilla to serve as interim canon to the ordinary for the Diocese of Dallas. 

"Canon Rene comes to us with many years of pastoral care experience both as a parish priest and as a canon to the ordinary in the Diocese of West Tennessee," Bishop Lambert said. "He is also a son of the Dallas diocese having served 12 years as rector at St. Barnabas in Garland. Canon Rene also served with me as well on the nominating committee for the 6th bishop of Dallas." 

Canon Somodevilla said he looks forward to helping with clergy development, clergy deployment, clergy wellness, the process for ordination and any other task assigned by the bishop. 

"I will work with the Commission on Ministry as it continues its work, guide those who feel they have the calling and help to make the best use of their gifts as possible," he said. 

Canon Somodevilla said he will also work with the bishop to develop clergy growth by organizing conferences and retreats. 

"I pray the clergy will welcome him and draw upon his skills and expertise during this time," Bishop Lambert said. 

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