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Petition Process

 Petition Process


The Petition Period has closed.

The Petition Process allows for the addition of candidates after the Search Process is concluded and a slate of candidates is presented to the diocese. A Petition Candidate will undergo the same degree of background and reference screening as the announced slate of candidates. The Petition Process shall remain confidential until the Standing Committee certifies a petition candidate as part of the final slate of candidates. Any Episcopal priest in good standing may become a petition candidate provided he or she meets the criteria set forth in the Canons and by the Standing Committee.

The Petition Process has three phases: 1) Identification of a candidate; 2) vetting of a candidate; and, 3) completion by a candidate of Standing Committee requirements. A total of eight items are due by the end of the third phase.


Phase One begins on September 1, 2019  at the same time as the announcement of the Slate of Candidates by the Standing Committee. Submissions due as part of Phase One include the following five items:

1.   a petition form naming the candidate and signed by (i) at least six clergy canonically resident in the Diocese of Georgia and (ii) at least six adult lay communicants of congregations in the Diocese of Georgia, and provided further (iii) that those twelve persons signing the petition shall include at least one clergy and one lay member from each of the six Convocations of the Diocese of Georgia. No person may sign more than one petition. The candidate may not be a signer of the petition.  

2.   a current resume, including current address and other contact information.

3.   an updated OTM profile.

4.   a current photograph.

5.   at least three references, with at least one from a member of the clergy.

These items must be submitted via email to by 5:00 PM EDT on September 11, 2019. This timing is necessary as nominations from the floor of the electing convention will not be allowed due to the screening and background checks now required for all episcopal elections.


After meeting the requirements of Phase One, petition candidates will undergo the required background checks by Oxford Documents, will meet with the Chancellor of the Diocese, and will facilitate rapid responses from all references.


When all Phase Two requirements are underway or scheduled, petition candidates will be asked to complete the following three items:

6. a letter from the petitioning candidate of no more than one page describing why he or she feels called through the Petition Process to be the Bishop of Georgia.

7. responses to the initial questions asked of the announced slate.

8. an mp4 video of not more than three minutes introducing the candidate to the diocese.

Phase Three items are to be submitted via email to