The Reverend Miriam C. Gelfer, Associate Rector, will be on vacation the end of March and the beginning of April. We will miss Miriam and her wife, Lisa’s joyous presence among us, but how great for them to have time to relax and travel in Italy!
Miriam’s absence, even though it’s only three weeks, occurs during Holy Week and the early part of the Great 50 Days of Easter. It’s important to me, and I believe to many of us, for our liturgy and worship to reflect the breadth of our church, which includes the gifts of women as preachers, presiders, and leaders. During Holy Week and Easter, the Parish of the Epiphany will welcome two familiar clergy persons, and two who are new to us.
The Reverend Thea Keith-Lucas, is the chaplain at MIT. Along with her husband, Jake, and their children Renee and Dimitri, Thea is an active member of our congregation. Thea will preach at our celebration of Maundy Thursday, 29 March at 6:00pm. The Reverend Randall Chase, Jr., is returning to help us liturgically and pastorally. During my sabbatical Ran loved being here, and we loved having him! The drive from Barnstable isn’t exactly around the corner, but his willingness to be with us is a blessing. In addition to Thea and Ran we’ll welcome two clergy women, the Reverends Ann Broomell and Nancy E. Gossling. Some of you will remember Nancy because she served as a substitute preacher and presider a couple of years ago, Nancy lives in East Cambridge and most recently served as the acting dean of the Cathedral Church of Saint Paul; she’ll be with us as an assisting priest on Easter Day.
The Reverend Ann Broomell, on the other hand, is new to us, and she’ll be with us for a longer time, from 18 March until 15 April. Now retired, Ann has served as an intentional Interim Rector in parishes throughout New England and in Maryland. She has also served in parishes as rector and cathedral dean and completed a chaplain residency program. A graduate of Episcopal Divinity School with a Master of Divinity degree, Ann earned a Doctor of Ministry degree in Congregational Sstudies from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary. She currently serves as a spiritual director and mentor with students through the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, and sings with Polymnia, a local choral group.
Faithfully in Christ,