On August 16th, our wardens, officers and vestry will meet in closed session with the Rev. Canon Stuart Wright, Canon for Transitions and Human Resources in the Diocese of Maryland. Canon Wright will be sharing the various processes and options available to us in selecting how we will seek a new priest to serve Grace Church. Our vestry is empowered by the canons of the Episcopal Church to select the process we will undertake.
This Sunday, August 6th, we will hold a parish forum in the undercroft between the 8 and 10 am masses to discuss this transition. We hope you will join us for this time of conversation about the transition.
The wardens and vestry are committed to conducting this transition with a balance of transparency and appropriate confidentiality. We hope our members understand that, as a personnel matter, clergy searches are confidential and our stewarding of appropriate confidentiality is crucial for the pastoral care of our congregation and for the care of the clergy person with whom we are in mutual discernment. Be assured that we will share our news with the congregation regularly as is appropriate while this process unfolds. Please keep our wardens and vestry in your prayers during this transition period and pray for the candidate whom God already knows that we may welcome them with open arms as our new priest.