If you are a candidate for our Rector search, welcome! Please click here for more information.
Update from Search Committee 3/22/20:
The Search Committee is pleased to announce that we have finished the work of interviewing candidates and discerning the best fit for St. Jude’s. We have forwarded a short list of strong candidates to the Vestry to make a final selection to be our next Rector. We are excited to have reached this milestone and look forward to learning who the final choice will be. We are confident that any of the finalists chosen by the Vestry will be an excellent Rector for our church.
As in the earlier stages of the search process, please remember that members of the Search Committee and Vestry must observe strict confidentiality and cannot answer questions about the candidates. Rest assured, though, that we have moved much closer to the day when the Vestry will be able to announce the name of our new Rector.
Update from Search Committee 1/12/20:
The Search Committee reports good progress considering candidates for our next rector. After reviewing submissions by the candidates, a number of phone interviews were conducted, and next will be in-person interviews with some candidates in their current parishes. When this part of the process is complete, a small selection will be presented to the Vestry for the final decision.
Update 12/5/19 From Scott Rotondo, Co-Chair of Search Committee:
After posting our open Rector position nationally for about two months, we have received application materials from several interested candidates. Each candidate sends us a resume, answers to a set of narrative questions, and samples of past sermons. The Search Committee has conducted a preliminary evaluation based on these materials, and we are now in the process of setting up phone interviews. Although Advent is a busy time for these candidates in their existing parishes, we hope to complete most of the phone interviews in December. We will then follow up with in-person visits with the most promising candidates in January. While we are starting to conduct interviews, we will continue to welcome submissions from new candidates until at least early January.
Below is a timeline, and further down this post is general information about the whole process.
Rector Search Committee profiles and a link to the 2019 Parish Profile can be found here.
Rector Transition–An Overview
The time needed to complete the process of calling a new rector is very dependent on the needs of the parish, but most congregations take six to eighteen months to do the work. Vestry began this work in April of 2019, after Wilma announced her call to return to South Africa.
The first starting point for the process was to build intentional ways to bring closure to our time with Wilma and to celebrate her ministry with and through our parish community.
The second starting point was to put together a current Parish Profile document that lays out our congregation’s core values, where we believe God is calling us to go from here, and to identify key attributes of the next clergy leader that can help guide us in that continuing journey. Vestry will commission two committees (a Profile committee and a Search committee) to help organize and lead this work.
A Goodbye committee organized a series of celebratory events throughout the weekend of May 4 and 5, to honor Wilma’s ministry with us. See the Facebook page for a full set of pictures of the ways in which we celebrated her.
Thank you to Goodbye Committee chairs, Mary Hultquist and Judy Bailey, as well as the many volunteers including Mason Razavi (Jazz Vespers organizer) and Mary Souza (special liturgy/ banner making organizer), Kim Adams (decorations) Mair Dundon (remembrances and Taize); Rosa Pellecer (refreshments), and countless others!
Our Parish Profile
The Parish Profile Committee was established under the leadership of co-chairs Wren Gray Reneberg and Valerie Nau. The committee’s charter from Vestry was to review and update the previous parish profile so that it best reflects who we are as a parish today.
The committee members, addition to the co-chairs,include: Steve Corriveau, LeMel Firestone-Palerm, Judy Foot, Margot Jacobsen, Noriko Kunimi, Karen LeBlanc, and Mason Razavi.
The committee organized a series of parish discussions and opportunities for input, including One-on-one conversations, group discussions, and online input. The goal was to give everyone in the parish an opportunity to participate. Click here to see the list of questions that the committee used.
The group took a broad look at the data, searching for overt and covert themes and areas of discrepancy, and strived to create a balanced and true summary. Vestry reviewed the document at our June 18 meeting and offered sincere gratitude to the committee for an exceptionally well done reflection of who we are.
This is an important step for us, as individual members of St. Jude’s and as a whole congregation, to authentically explore our strengths, areas of change, challenges, hopes, excitements, and ways to prepare ourselves to welcome a new priest.
Our Search Committee, through a months-long and intensive process, will work with our Diocese to advertise our posting, identify candidates and then meet the candidates in their current locations. The Search Committee will then forward their selections of finalists to the Vestry for the final vote. The Committee will be updating the parish on their work through updates on this page and in the weekly announcements sheet.
The complete Search Committee and their profiles can be found here.
One additional dimension of the coming clergy transition is the need for our congregation to grapple with the realities of how the high cost of housing in this area may impact our ability recruit new clergy from outside our area.
This is a good time as a parish to deliberately consider a long-term strategy to address this. Beth Leonard led a committee that did extensive research to identify options and talk with neighboring parishes about their experiences. Her committee made a recommendation to Vestry to sell our partial interest in the existing condo that we co-own with Wilma, as that unit is not versatile enough to be an adequate Rectory. But the committee also recommended that we continue to work on developing a plan to buy or build a suitable rectory as a longer-term goal.
Update: The condo has been sold and the funds have been set aside for use in providing housing for our future clergy leader.