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Dear Friends,  

The Meet & Greet sub-committee is soliciting questions from the diocese from which we will formulate a series of questions that address the issues of interest and concern to you. Please know that we value your input and hope to have candidates answer as many of your questions as possible.  Please submit your questions by Friday, September 16, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. using this link.

As you know, the Search Committee announced three nominees for the 12th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio on August 15, 2022. The petition process, which takes the place of nominations from the floor, ran from August 15 to August 30, 2022. Once the final slate of nominees is confirmed, we will hold a series of in-person visits (Meet & Greets), including three intended for clergy only. The Meet & Greet list of dates and locations is at the end of this letter.   

To ensure that a variety of questions are asked and that the time is as productive as possible, the Meet & Greet sub-committee is soliciting questions in advance from members of the diocese.  The Meet & Greet sub-committee will review and consolidate the submitted questions into a set of questions that will be used throughout the Meet & Greet week. We plan to have the candidates answer as wide a range of questions as possible. 

All are invited to attend the public Meet & Greet sessions.  Upon arrival, every attendee will be offered the opportunity to write a question on an index card. These cards will be collected and reviewed and given to the moderator, and the moderator will ask as many as time allows. 

Each of these moderated sessions will follow the same format with each nominee separately being asked the same questions. The moderator will manage the time allotted for each candidate and ensure that the candidate is allowed time to fully answer each question. Given time constraints, we will not be able to entertain questions from the floor. 

The Wilma Ruth Combs Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians and the Transition Committee of the Diocese of Ohio are collaborating on a meeting for People of Color in the Diocese to engage with the nominees for Bishop Coadjutor. This hybrid event will focus on an in-person gathering of all people of color throughout the diocese but will also make the meeting available by Zoom. It will be held from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 27 at Trinity Cathedral. Questions will be solicited prior to the event and it will include questions from the floor. Attendees will be encouraged to remain for the second Meet and Greet that evening at the Cathedral from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. which will include a reception. All members of the Black, Asian, LatinX, and Indigenous communities throughout the diocese are invited and encouraged to attend and bring questions so that you may have an opportunity to engage the nominees. Wendy Wilson Walker, UBE Midwest Regional Director, will serve as the host for this event. If you have any questions please contact her.

Our Meet & Greet time together will also include prayer led by our hosting clergy and a reception with refreshments. 

Please submit your questions using the Meet & Greet Candidate Questions form. In order for the Meet and Greet committee to organize the questions we ask that all questions be submitted by Friday, September 16, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

With anticipation, 

Meet and Greet Subcommittee

Patty Roberts; Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland, Chair

Peter DiMezza; St. Paul's, Akron

Carol Franklin; Christ Church, Shaker Heights

Richard Pryor; Christ Church, Kent

The Rev. Jessie Dodson; St. Paul's, Cleveland Heights (Chair, Transition Committee)

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