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Rector Transition Update

An update from Canon Allisyn and Senior Warden Costa.

by Allisyn Thomas on July 21, 2021

A Message from Canon Allisyn

I hope this letter finds you all well and you are having a good summer . I am writing to simply share some information and my own hopes for St. Bart’s during this time of transition. Understandably there is concern and even some anxiety about our parish and this community we hold so dear, so to the extent we can let folks know what is going on and get feedback and questions, it is most helpful.
First off, please read below the information from Costa Dillon, our senior warden. He has written about the process of bringing on our interim rector, and from there our next rector. There will be plenty of opportunities to participate in the process for calling our next rector including surveys asking for input, in-person discernment gatherings, and for some serving on either the profile committee or call committee (the names of the committees may be different but these names set out the basic responsibilities). Costa’s note also references Bishop Susan’s June letter (linked below) to the congregation if you wish to review it as well.
On a personal level, I want to thank all of you for your prayers, offers of help, understanding and patience during this time of transition. The grace shown to the staff and me has been such a blessing. And on that note, the staff has been amazing in keeping the office open, ministry happening and communications going out, sometimes imperfectly but I ask for your continued prayer, help, understanding and patience in this regard. We are all deeply committed to the mission and people of St. Bart’s. It is indeed our privilege to be a part of this community.
Transitions are seldom easy but in my own quiet time with God, I have been continually reminded this is a time to lean in and abide in God’s wisdom and love. But something I read a while back by the late Rachel Held Evans has been both a comfort and call to discernment. She wrote, “No step taken in faith is wasted, not by a God who makes all things new.”

“No step taken in faith is wasted, not by a God who makes all things new.”

For me, anyway, and I hope for you, this simple and yet profound statement can be something we can return to time and time again. Not just when things are hard or confusing but also when we see how God is being revealed in ways we never dreamed of.
If you want to talk, pray and wonder together, please know I would love to do so. For now I just again want to close with gratitude for this wonderful community God has given us.
The Rev. Allisyn Thomas

A Message From the Senior Warden

Many of you may know that the search for a new rector is specified by the rules of the Episcopal Church. This process will include hiring an interim rector and, later, a permanent rector.
In her June 12, 2021 letter to the congregation Bishop Susan explained this process for St. Bart’s.
For clarity, here are the major things to know:
  1. The ministries, programs, and vision of St. Bart’s will continue. We will remain a church where “all are welcome-no exceptions.”
  2. The Rev. Canon Allisyn Thomas is designated as the priest-in-charge at St. Bart’s. This means she assumes most of the duties of a rector including supervising staff and determining all aspects of worship.
  3. We will hire an assistant priest to assist Rev. Canon Allisyn on a part-time basis of 10-20 hours per week.
  4. We expect that by fall, St. Bart’s will be able to bring on an interim rector who will serve for approximately 18 months. A small team of people will interview candidates recommended by the bishop and will make a final recommendation to the vestry for approval. Because of the time it takes for background checks and other procedures, we do not anticipate this person will be on board before October. 
  5. During the time the interim rector is here, the leaders and congregation will consider our vision and criteria for the permanent rector. We will form a search committee and call a new rector, after careful thought and prayer. This will include a survey to the congregation to determine our collective goals and attributes for the new rector. The diocesan canon to the ordinary, the Rev. Canon Gwynn Lynch, will guide us through every step of this process.
  6. We will ask for volunteers to serve on the search committee.
  7. We anticipate a new rector may be on staff by early 2023.
If you have any additional questions about our next steps or if I missed something, please let me know. 
In service,
Senior Warden

Tags: search, transition, costa, dillon, rector, interim

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