This has been an incredibly challenging time for our nation and the world, and I pray that this finds you and your loved ones well. In March as the Covid 19 pandemic began sweeping through our nation, the search for the 15th Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina was put on pause. We certainly did not imagine then that five months later we would still be in such a difficult place. And it is because we have all come to the realization that we will be living in this way for some time, we have decided to move forward with our search.
Our search for candidates will be from throughout the entire Church. The early stages and interviews of this process will of course be virtual, with the latter ones yet to be determined. However, our intentions are to conduct a fair and thorough search process that ensures the safety and health of all applicants.
While present realities will necessitate a flexible timeline, we will do our best to keep candidates informed during each step of the way. Upon successful completion of this process and discernment of the Bishop Search Committee, the candidates for the 15th Bishop will be announced. It is at that time we will schedule the public discernment phase, including the date of the electing convention and the date of the Ordination and Consecration. We anticipate Consecration before the end of 2021.
We are excited to be moving forward, and hope for the careful and prayerful consideration of all who may feel called to serve as the 15th Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina.
God’s peace and stay safe,
Philip C. Linder
The Reverend Dr. Philip C. Linder
Chair of the Bishop Search Committee