Functions of the Diocesan Search Committee: Proposals for Nomination
After members of Synod and the Provincial House of Bishops have received the memorandum outlining the qualifications needed and desired in the next Bishop of Edmonton, and after they’ve had chance to read it and think about it, the Search Committee will expect to begin receiving proposals for nominations. The canon does not prohibit the Search Committee from actively soliciting proposals from those or any other sources. For example, the Search Committee might look for suggestions from the offices of archbishops and bishops outside the Province of Rupert’s Land, the directors of theological colleges and active lay members from outside the diocese and province. Lay people in the diocese who are not members of Synod may make suggestions either to their Members of Synod or to the Search Committee directly.
Before the Search Committee considers a proposal for nomination, the person being proposed must consent to being considered. Section 9.10(c) requires that the proposer state that the consent of the person being proposed has been obtained. It is enough that the party making the proposal says that the person has consented, but it will be good if the person confirms that directly to the Committee, since there is no point in assessing the qualifications of a person who does not wish to be nominated.
The Search Committee will make known to anyone who makes a proposal, what information will be needed about the potential nominee in order to make an assessment. Once the Search Committee creates its list of nominees, it will provide that information to all Members of Synod (Prov. Canon 9.10(i)).
For the election of the eleventh Bishop of Edmonton, May 16, 2021 is the last day to receive names for consideration for election and May 29, 2021 is the last day to receive CVs and any other pertinent information from applicants.