At the synod of the Diocese of the Eastern United States (DEUS) in July 2018, the Most Rev. Walter H. Grundorf, Ordinary, called for the election of a Bishop Coadjutor for the diocese. The election is to take place at the DEUS Synod to be held in Orlando, Florida, July 15-19, 2019.

Nominations for the DEUS Bishop Coadjutor are now being accepted.

All nominations must conform to the following:

  1. Nominations may be made by any clergyman in good standing in the DEUS or any lay member in good standing in the DEUS.
  2. Nominations must be made by letter mailed to the Secretary of the DEUS Standing Committee. Nominations will NOT be accepted which are transmitted by any means other than via the US Postal Service.
  3. Nominations must include a signed letter from the nominee accepting the nomination.
  4. Nominations should include a detailed description of the qualifications of the nominee, including but not limited to a Curriculum Vitae.
  5. Nominations MUST be received on or before May 19, 2019 (60 days prior to the election being held).

The address for mailing nominations is:

Deaconess Deborah Kidd, Standing Committee Secretary

Diocese of the Eastern United States

3856 Pennington Road

Greer, South Carolina 29651

Nominations not complete or not received by the deadline listed above will not be accepted.

Bishop Grundorf writes in his latest Epistle, “We need to prayerfully consider one who has the temperament, the education, the personal holiness, humility and genuine love for others as we make our choice. Some skills can be learned over time, but character and preparation are prerequisite. I ask that this be a time of prayer for all of us as we ask that the Holy Spirit guide us in choosing the right man to fill this critical role.”

The policy for the election of a Bishop Coadjutor for the DEUS is listed here in its entirety.

POLICY FOR THE ELECTION OF A BISHOP COADJUTOR

Time and Place

SECTION 1

(a)   The election shall be held at the annual meeting of the Diocesan Synod unless the Ordinary, in the exercise of discretion or at the request of the Standing Committee, shall call a special meeting of the Synod, to be held at a different date or place, for the purpose of holding such election.

(b)   Notice of such election shall be given by the Ordinary at least ninety (90) days prior to the date fixed for holding of such election.

Nominations

SECTION 2

(a)   Nominations of candidates for the office to be filled at such election shall be made only by clergy canonically resident in the Diocese, or by adult lay communicants in good standing in the Diocese.

(b)   Nominations shall be made in writing and forwarded to the Secretary of the Standing Committee. Said nomination shall also be accompanied by a letter from the candidate accepting the nomination.

(c)   Nominations shall be filed with the Secretary of the Standing Committee at least sixty (60) days before the date fixed for holding such election.

(d)   Upon receipt of such nominations, the Secretary of the Standing Committee shall forthwith determine whether the persons making such nominations were eligible to do so. If the Secretary deems that such persons are ineligible, the nominations shall be returned to them with a written statement by the Secretary of the Standing Committee, setting forth the reasons for the determination. If the Secretary of the Standing Committee deems that such persons were eligible, the Secretary shall expeditiously deliver such nominations to all member of the Standing Committee.

(e)   To be eligible for nomination, one must meet the minimum requirements established in the Provincial canons for consecration and, at the time of nomination, must have been canonically resident in the Province for at least one year.

Review by Standing Committee

SECTION 3

Upon receipt of such nominations, the Standing Committee shall make such inquiries as it shall deem appropriate. If the Standing Committee shall initially determine that the nominee meets the eligibility requirements of age and ordination, it shall expeditiously transmit copies of such nominations and of any relevant biographical data to the clergy and lay delegates of the Synod at which the election will be held. The inquiries made by the Standing Committee shall include, but not be limited to, the nominee’s physical and mental health and may require the nominee to answer relevant questions and furnish relevant information. The Standing Committee shall, in the interests of an informed election, disseminate all information so obtained to the delegates of the Synod at which the election will be held.

Nominating Speeches

SECTION 4

No speeches shall be given by or on behalf of any nominees during the Synod at which the election shall take place.

Vote by Houses

SECTION 5

Voting in the election shall be a vote by orders and concurrence of a canonical majority (2/3) at which the election shall take place.

Conflict of Interest

SECTION 6

If the Secretary of the Standing Committee is a nominee for election, the duties and responsibilities of the Secretary with respect to the election shall be discharged by a person appointed by the Ordinary with the advice of the Standing Committee.

If a member of the Standing Committee is a nominee for election, such member shall not be present at, or take part in, the proceedings and deliberations of the Standing Committee.

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