Update from the Transition Committee: Walkabouts Announced!

The dates for the walkabouts are almost here. We are excited to meet the candidates for bishop and would like you to meet them with us. During the week of walkabouts, the candidates for bishop will travel the diocese and meet with the people each night. Here is a reminder of the schedule for the week of January 21.  

  • January 21, 2019 - Church of The Incarnation, Santa Rosa, 6:30-9:00 PM

  • January 22, 2019 - St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, Chico, 6:30-9:00 PM

  • January 23, 2019 - Christ Episcopal Church, Eureka, 6:30-9:00 PM

  • January 24, 2019 - Episcopal Church of St. Martin, Davis, 6:30-9:00 PM

  • January 25, 2019 - Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Sacramento, 6:30-9:00 PM

The purpose of these meetings is for clergy, delegates and members of the church to meet and hear from the candidates in person. The format each evening will be question-and-answer. The transition committee has worked diligently to gather questions from the diocese, but there will also be an opportunity to submit questions at the event as well.  Look for a greeting table and write your question on a card. It will then be submitted for the possibility of being asked that evening.

Many people are asking about the walkabouts and who should attend. Here are a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that may help.

Walkabout FAQ

  • What is a Walkabout?

    • A walkabout is a visit with the candidates for Bishop, who will answer questions and tell us about themselves.

  • When and where will they happen?

    • Jan 21 - Incarnation, Santa Rosa

    • Jan 22 - St. John the Evangelist, Chico

    • Jan 23 - Christ Church, Eureka

    • Jan 24 - St. Martins, Davis

    • Jan 25 - Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento

  • What time will the walkabouts happen?

    • The walkabouts will start at 6:30 each evening.

  • Who can come to a Walkabout?

    • Anyone can visit with and hear from the candidates. That means you.

  • What questions will be asked?

    • The transition committee has solicited questions from the people of the diocese, and has prayerfully discerned those questions that best represent those submitted.

    • Do you have a question? Bring it with you and write it on a card at the greeting table. It will then be submitted for review and may be asked that evening.

  • Will the walkabouts be live streamed?

    • We are working on live streaming one event and making it available online afterward.  More details will be coming in the 1/15 eNews and on the website.

  • When will the election take place?

    • There will be a Special Electing Convention on February 9, 2019, 8:30 am, at Faith Episcopal Church, Cameron Park, CA.  The clergy and delegates will gather together and share the Eucharist, then they will begin a series of balloting to elect the new bishop.

  • Who will elect the bishop?

    • Each congregation has representation at the Special Electing Convention through their clergy and the lay delegates that were elected to serve at the Diocesan Convention in November.

    • All clergy who are both canonically and physically resident in the diocese will be voting in the election.

    • All delegates who were elected to the Diocesan convention will be voting in the election.

  • Do clergy and lay delegates need to register for the Special Electing Convention?

  • Can I attend the election if I am not a delegate or clergy?

    • Anyone can attend the Eucharist that opens the convention, but only registered delegates and clergy can be on the floor during the balloting.  There will be an area for non-delegates to gather and watch the proceedings via a monitor. Seating will be first come first served and will be limited.

  • How can I be involved if I’m not involved in the election?

    • Pray and come to a Walkabout.

    • Read the Diocesan Profile on the website and pray about which candidate fits the needs of the diocese.

    • Talk with your clergy and your lay delegates about your impressions and who you’d like to see as the next bishop.

If you have further questions about the walkabout process or the election, please contact us at walkabouts@norcalepiscopal.org.