Petition 80350

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Vacancy (80350-SU-¶408)

Amend ¶ No. 408     
A vacancy in the office of bishop may occur due to death, retirement (¶ 409.1, .2, .3), resignation (¶ 409.4), judicial procedure (¶ 2712), leave of absence (¶ 411.1), or incapacity (¶ 411.4). In case assignment of a bishop to presidential supervision of an episcopal area is terminated by any of the above causes, the vacancy shall be filled by the Council of Bishops on nomination of the active bishops of the College of Bishops of the jurisdiction or central conference concerned, after consultation with the jurisdictional or central conference and annual conference committees on episcopacy and the cabinet(s); or, if the vacancy should occur within twenty-four months of the episcopal assumption of presidential supervision of that area, the College of Bishops of the jurisdiction or central conference concerned may call a special session of the jurisdictional or central conference as provided in ¶ 519.2.  It is recommended that the previous bishop serving the vacant episcopal area not be appointed to serve in the interim.

Rationale

A need has been identified to permit input from the relevant committees on episcopacy and the cabinet(s) in the annual conference(s) where the new bishop will exercise supervisory responsibility during the process of identifying the appropriate candidate to fill a vacancy, similar to the role the committees fulfills in the...