We are in the last month of Phase 1 of the search process which includes self-study and completion of the Parish profile. We again want to express our sincere thanks to all parishioners for sharing with us their thoughts and hopes for the Parish and new rector. It’s been an unbelievably rewarding experience listening to everyone and hearing what we hold most dear about Epiphany and what we hope for the Parish moving forward in this next chapter.
One sentiment that came up repeatedly throughout our listening sessions was that replacing Thomas is an impossibility and we couldn’t agree with you more! It is a subtle but important distinction to be clear about – we aren’t searching for a Thomas replacement - we are looking for the best candidate with the best fit with our Parish to help lead us forward.
As we mentioned at the beginning of our search process, while our timeline was ambitious, it was also subject to change. At this time, we plan to complete the Parish profile and submit to the Diocese for approval by the week of Thanksgiving. This should allow for the public posting of our profile by the 1st week of December. We will then begin receiving names and anticipate accepting candidates through the end of January. Soon after closing the window to receive applicants, we will establish a “long list” of roughly 8-12 candidates. This long list will be further refined through a series of phone and video-conferencing based interviews. This updated timeline is roughly a month behind our original plan; however, we do feel that selecting a new rector in advance of our next program year is still a reasonable goal.
We thank you for your continued support and prayers for our work. We leave you with the prayer we open each Search Committee meeting with:
Loving God, as we gather tonight, help us to pause and remember your presence. We have faith that you are here, within us, among us, between us. In this moment, and in all our work together, help us to remain present to each other, to listen with attentiveness and to speak with care. In this period of transition, guide us in discernment. Give us strength, courage, and wisdom that we may remain open to the call of your Spirit and to the new life that awaits our community. In the months to come, help our beloved parish family to welcome and support a new pastor and priest. In all of this, keep us grounded in your love. We pray in the name of our brother Jesus Christ, the author of our salvation. Amen.
Love in Christ,
Liz Kinchen and Michael Schrader
Co-Chairs, Rector Search Committee