Update (10/5/2020): Holy Conversations to Begin Soon

We are delighted to report that we are now able to resume the discernment process for our new rector. Our Vestry made this decision, with the blessing of Bishop José and Canon Augusta, about two weeks ago. As you may recall, the next step in the process is the “Holy Conversations.” These are small group discussions intended to develop a shared vision of where we as a parish are going, of what God is calling us to do. These discussions will help identify the attributes and skills of the priest we need to minister among us as we strive toward that vision. Bishop José believes very strongly in the importance of the Holy Conversations.

Because of the pandemic, we will need to change the format of these discussions. Each meeting will be limited to 24 participants plus a facilitator. There are three ways in which you can participate: an in-person indoor meeting (probably in the parish hall), an in-person outdoor meeting (perhaps in the courtyard), or a Zoom meeting. In order for us to make plans, please let us know by October 14th if you plan to participate and which type of meeting you prefer. You are requested to attend only a single meeting of your choice. Note that masks will be required at the in-person meetings, and social distancing will be necessary.

We are collecting your preferences by Survey Monkey. If you have any problems, please contact Alex Kealy (551-8107), Connie Cooper (674-8363), Trini Fares (674-7493) or Bill Medina (674- 4335). Click here to reach the survey.  Survey Monkey

We hope to hold the Holy Conversations over a period of a few weeks in late October to early November. The meetings should last no more than 90 minutes. Once we know the number of participants and the preferred type of meeting, we will schedule the meetings and ask that you sign up for the meeting of your choice. You will receive another email in 2-3 weeks with a link to the online sign-up sheets on the eventbrite website.

Before you take the survey, there are a few things to think about. Would you prefer to participate in-person or by Zoom? If in-person, would you prefer indoors or outdoors? (We’re hoping for beautiful Indian summer days). If you choose Zoom, you should have reliable internet service. Do you feel comfortable with Zoom? The survey will ask if you would like a practice session with Zoom in advance of the Holy Conversation.

These are difficult times for all of us, but your participation is a vital part of the discernment process. Please, please take part in these Holy Conversations. We want you to “talk amongst yourselves” as we continue along the path to the next stage in St. James’s journey. Thank you.

The Discernment Committee (Bill Medina, Bill Brotherton, Connie Cooper, Trini Fares, Kristin Huntley, Alex Kealy, Carey O’Cain, Gil Rainey, and David Simler)