Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Candidates For Diocesan Bishop

The Rt. Rev. James E. Curry, 60, current position: Suffragan Bishop of Connecticut

The Rev. Mark Delcuze, 50, current position: Rector, St. Stephens, Ridgefield

The Rev. Dr. Ian Douglas, 50, current position: Angus Dun Professor of Mission and World Christianity at Episcopal Divinity School Cambridge, Massachusetts and Associate Priest at St. James's Church Cambridge, Massachusetts

The Rev. Beth Fain, 57, current position: Rector, St. Mary's Parish, Cypress, Texas

If you wish to meet these folks, please read the following:

October 2, 2009 7 pm
Town Hall-style meeting with nominees
Central Connecticut State University auditorium, New Britain

A Town-Hall-style gathering is being planned for Friday October 2, beginning at 7 pm. This approach will allow all nominees to be on one stage, with a skilled moderator asking pre-submitted questions. (Opportunities for members of the Diocese to submit questions will be communicated as the time draws near.) Not only will all participants engage with the same questions and answers, but the format lends itself to the possibility of being videotaped. Finances permitting, the tape can be linked through the diocesan website and made available for viewing at home or in parishes.

October 3, 2009 1 pm
Traditional Walk-About meeting with nominees
Trinity Church, Southport

A traditional Walk-About has been planned during the day at 1:00 pm Saturday, October 3. Traditional walk-about meetings are organized so that groups of people meet with one nominee at a time, ask questions, and listen to their positions on pertinent topics. Nominees then move to a different room until they have the opportunity to meet with each group. This is an effective process that allows small group interaction. But this process runs the risk of becoming quite grueling for the nominees who have to repeat themselves over (and over) again. And the different groups will hear answers to different questions.

Receptions will follow both events. The gift of hospitality and the opportunity for personal interaction between nominees and members of the Diocese is of paramount importance in our mutual discernment.