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Q&A with the Candidates for Bishop of Springfield 11-10-21

entry to the Chapel of St. John the DivineThe Chapel will host the second (of four) Question and Answer sessions with the candidates for the 12th Bishop of Springfield on Wednesday, November 10. 

Candidates will be present for you to ask your own questions beginning at 4:30 pm.

At 5:15 pm, we will offer a service of Holy Eucharist. This should last 40 minutes or less.

From 5:45-6:30 pm will be an opportunity for you to ask candidates your own questions.

From 6:30 – 8:30 pm will be the formal time for Question and Answers from the candidates.

In it, the candidates will answer questions posted from around the diocese and selected by the search committee. The questions will be different for each night of the Q&A sessions, and each of them will be recorded so that you can view the responses of each candidate in total.

Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served both before and after the Eucharist and after the formal Q&A time. We are inviting our guests to join us in eating outside. COVID protocols will be followed. Members of the diocese are welcome to ask questions of the candidates in the informal time beginning at 4:30 pm, and before and after the formal “Q&A” time.

Following the Chapel’s COVID policy, masks are worn at all times while inside, and food will be consumed outside. We will have a table of food inside Canterbury House for you and a hospitality area between the buildings so you can join us in dining outside. Communion will be available only in one kind at the Eucharist.
You will  be asked to “sign-in” when you arrive. We will ask for your name and email address. for contact tracing. Also, we will give you an opportunity to fill out a nametag.
Parking at the Chapel can be a challenge. It is important to remember we are welcoming Episcopalians from CU, Bloomington Normal, Rantoul, Mattoon, and Danville. We encourage you to carpool if at all possible. You are welcome to park in our 28 space lot if you find a space available. Across Armory Street from the Chapel (to the south) is the undergraduate library. There are many metered spaces in that lot. Just a reminder: do not park in the spaces with the blue signs that say 24 hour reserved or you will likely get towed. There is also street parking on either side in front of Newman Hall on 6th street, in front of the University YMCA on Wright Street, and alongside both sides of Chalmers Street between Wright and 6th Streets.
If you have someone coming who has limited mobility, it is best to drop them off at the corner of Wright and Armory. There is a wheelchair access from the street to the sidewalk. Up against the Chapel, there is a ramp that will take someone from lower sidewalk level to the elevation of the Chapel.
The nursery will be available for the event beginning at 4:30 pm. It is on the main level of Canterbury House. She is vaccinated, regularly testing, and responsible.