Update (3/28/20): Holy Conversations Postponed
As you know, the first Holy Conversation was scheduled to take place on April 22nd with sign-ups to begin March 30th. Given the dangers posed by the COVID-19 virus and the extreme social distancing recommended by public health officials to contain its spread, the Discernment Committee has made the decision to postpone the Holy Conversations until such time as it will again be safe for us to come together in large groups.
On a positive note, the CAT survey was very successful. A total of 301 parishioners completed the survey—a number that represents 97% of our average weekend services attendance (310). Good work, St. James! To all of you who participated in the survey, thank you very much. The Discernment Committee will continue to work on other aspects of the search process.
This is a difficult time. We are confident that as we care for each other in the weeks ahead we will find countless acts of heroism and generosity and grace that will bring us closer together as a community. With regard to the rector search, Christie has this message for the parish: "Welcoming a new rector will certainly be in God's time and not ours, which for us control freaks is almost impossible to accept! We are right where we are supposed to be. So grateful for your faith and your work and I miss you all so much!" The entire Discernment Committee concurs with Christie's words of patience and thanks, and promises to keep the parish posted on search developments as they occur.
The Discernment Committee: Bill Medina/Chair, Bill Brotherton, Connie Cooper, Trini Fares, Kristin Huntley, Alex Kealy, Carey O’Cain, Gil Rainey, and David Simler