Directly from the Diocese of Oregon a few moments ago, the Bishop Search Committee Update:
Search Committee Update
June 5, 2009
-The Rev. Sara Fischer, search committee communications sub-chair
The Search Committee invites your prayers during the coming weeks as we embark on the next level of discernment in our process. We have identified eight semi-finalists for nomination as our Tenth Bishop of Oregon. So that all sixteen members of the Search Committee can interview each of these eight semi-finalists in depth, we have invited them, in two groups of four, to gather with us for several days in a retreat setting. We will complete these two intensive interview sessions in late June, and then enter the work of discernment and reference-checking. Our final act as the Search Committee will be to present, in August, no more than four names to the Standing Committee. Please pray for the Search Committee and for each of the semi-finalists who are themselves in a process of discerning God's call.
For more information, see http://diocese- regon.org/bishopsearch or contact Paul Barthelemy (email@example.com) or Mary Cramer (firstname.lastname@example.org), Search Committee Co-chairs.
Submitted by Deirdre Steinberg, Diocesan Communications Director