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An Update on the Bishop Search and Transition Process

Bishop Search logo - CopyThe Search Committee has already begun their work of listening to the people of
The Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee in order for them to develop an
accurate profile of our Diocese. This is a vital step in discerning the
qualities and gifts we are seeking for our next Bishop, and the Search
Committee wants as much data as they can gather.

 The Online Survey

The first way the Committee will gather data will be through a detailed online
survey about the Diocese and our hopes for our next Bishop. The survey will
take about 30 minutes to complete and must be completed in a single session. We
hope you will set aside half an hour to share your perspective. To start, please click here to take the survey.

If someone is not able to access the survey on a computer, we can provide a
paper copy. The Search Committee really does want to hear from everyone possible!


Holy Listening
Sessions — Save the Date!

In addition to the online survey, the Search Committee will also be gathering
data by hosting eight Listening Sessions throughout the Diocese during Lent.
You are encouraged to attend one of the following sessions to provide your

Monday, February 19,
2018:  Grace-St. Luke's, Memphis, 5:30-7:30 PM

Saturday, February
24, 2018:  St. Luke's, Jackson, 9:30-11:30 AM

Tuesday, February,
27, 2018:  All Saint's, Memphis, 5:30-7:30 PM

Wednesday, February
28, 2018:  Emmanuel, Memphis, 5:30-7:30 PM

Saturday March 3,
2017:  St. Mary's,  Dyersburg, 9:30-11:30 AM

Sunday, March 4,
2018:  St. George's, Germantown, 1:30-3:30 PM

Thursday, March 8,
2018:  St. Matthew's, Covington, 5:30-7:30 PM

Monday, March 12,
2018:  Grace, Paris, 5:30-7:30 PM

The Website

The Search Committee is building a website to share news and other information
about the Search and Transition process. There’s not a lot of content yet, but
over time, you will find everything you need to know at:

We hope that you will take the time to get involved and make your contribution.
On behalf of the Search Committee, thank you in advance for taking the time to
make a difference in this critically important decision in the life of our


Gayle McCarty+ and
Lavonnie Perry Claybon, co-chairs, Search Committee

Room in the Inn 2016 - 2017

Room in the Inn

St. George’s supports this community-wide ministry by helping to provide transportation, meals and supplies for up to 13 of our neighbors who are without shelter during the winter months (November through March). A dedicated space is provided by Germantown United Methodist Church, with whom we partner for this ministry. Contact Mother Dorothy (  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) if you would like to know how you can help.

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St. Clare Silent Retreats

St. Clare Silent Retreats is a proram of monthly half-day silent retreats on the First Friday of each month at St. Columba Episcopal Conference & Retreat Center. 4577 Billy Maher Road, Memphis, Tennessee 38135.  Attendees gather at 8:30 a.m. for welcome and breakfast snack.  At 9:00 am The Venerable Deacon Mimsy Jones, of the Diocese of West Tennessee, (or guest facilitator) leads the group in Holy Eucharist which is followed by silence until 11:45 am when it is followed by moments of reflection and lunch.  The Episcopal Bookshop from St. Mary's Cathedral offers books and gifts for silent sale, and attendees are encouraged to read, knit, draw, journal or do whatever helps them enjoy this period of silence and communication with God.

Cost is $25, cash or check, payable at the door.  Reservations are required, preferably by the preceding Monday, to  // This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to Mary at

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