Our Journey: Transition to a New Rector
updates on the transition process
CALL FOR COMMITTEE VOLUNTEERS
August 14, 2019
Dear Holy Comforter Family,
As most of you are by now aware, Mother Kim has accepted a call from our Bishop Kym to be the new Vicar and Executive Director of Cathedral Ridge, beginning in October. I am sure that you will agree with us that she will do a tremendous job for the bishop in this capacity and we wish her well in this new endeavor. Her last Sunday as celebrant with us will be September 15th.
Many of you attended the inter-service meeting this past Sunday with Ann Fleming, the Diocesan Missioner for Transition, to learn what the process will be going forward. After that meeting, the Vestry met and discussed the process with Ann in more detail and made some initial decisions. We have elected to do a traditional rector search. The steps involved are outlined below:
First, the Vestry will, with the aid of the Diocese, select an interim priest to serve until such time as we have installed a new rector. Realistically, we expect that this priest will be with us for at least a year as we go through the search process.
Second, the Vestry has begun the formation of three committees which will be vital to the successful outcome of this transition: Profile, Search, and Transition. The committee chair people will be responsible for keeping the processes moving forward and the composition of the committees will be selected by the Vestry to be as representative as possible of Holy Comforter as a whole. We invite you to put forth your name if you would like to be considered for any of the committee positions. We anticipate that each committee will have between five and ten members in total to allow for broad representation, without becoming unwieldy. As a consequence, not all who volunteer may be asked to serve. If you are interested in serving on any of these committees, please email Mike Shedd at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Profile committee will be tasked to produce the documents which will tell our story; who we are, where we have been, where we would like to go, and who do we need to help us get there? This committee has perhaps the most difficult and important job as it will define who we are to the potential rector applicants and will set the parameters of the work of the other two committees. The Vestry has appointed Lena Sewell as chairperson of this committee. You will be able to reach her at email@example.com
The Search committee will receive applications screened by the Diocesan Office of Missioner for Transition and learn as much as it can about the candidates presented. We anticipate that this education will include at a minimum structured interviews with the candidates, calling references, and site visits to home parishes, as appropriate. The Search committee will judge the candidates based on the parameters outlined in the Profile documents. In order to respect the privacy of applicants, it is very important to note that this must be a confidential committee; as Ann told us, “What happens in Search stays in Search.” The Search committee will then forward two or three candidates to the Vestry for their consideration. The Vestry has appointed Gina Shedd as chairperson of this committee. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org (As a point of order, Mike will not have access to this account; as physicians we are very aware of privacy rules and pledge not to discuss search committee information).
The Transition committee will be responsible for ensuring that Mother Kim has a smooth and joyful departure from Holy Comforter and will assist our interim priest in coming to our parish and getting our new relationship off to a good start. Once a new rector is contracted, the Transition committee will be tasked with thanking and celebrating the concluded ministry of our interim priest and welcoming and celebrating the ministry of our new rector. The Vestry has appointed Sue Carter to be the chairperson of this committee. She can be reached at email@example.com
Third, according to Episcopal Canons, the Diocese of Colorado will be intimately involved with all steps we will be taking along this road. Ann has informed us that she will be leaving her post as Missioner for Transition later this week but that her role will be covered by the Canon To The Ordinary until such time as a new Missioner is called.
Fourth, be not afraid. As Ann told us, quoting Julian of Norwich “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.”
Yours in Christ,
Jamie Rumsey, Senior Warden
Mike Shedd, Junior Warden
A Letter from Mother Kim and Your Wardens
August 9, 2019
Dear Holy Comforter,
Many of you know that Cathedral Ridge, our Episcopal Camp and Conference Center in Colorado, holds a special place in my heart. It is a thin place, where creation’s beauty and gracious hospitality help me connect more deeply with God and my neighbor.
Bishop Kym has invited me to steward Cathedral Ridge into its next chapter, and I feel drawn to this call to priest in a different way. Effective October 1, I will join diocesan staff as the Vicar and Executive Director of Cathedral Ridge.
This new appointment is not without grief, because it means leaving Holy Comforter as your rector. It’s been my honor and privilege to partner with you in ministry these nine years. You have loved me and my family well, and I am a better priest for our time together. I am thankful that this new role keeps me close, where we can continue to walk in friendship and faith.
We write to you with mixed emotions as we share the news of Mother Kim's departure from Holy Comforter. We are sad to have to say good-bye, but at the same time we are excited for her as she begins her new ministry in a place so special to both her and us. We are tremendously grateful for her wise and faithful ministry alongside us these last nine years, and we will deeply miss her, Raj and Ravi. Their last Sunday with us will be September 15th, and the planning for a celebration of her ministry is underway.
With Mother Kim's guidance, Holy Comforter has grown into a strong, resilient congregation with a clear sense of mission and identity. We are spiritually healthy, financially stable, and well equipped for whatever God is calling us to next. We have seen God's goodness and faithfulness time after time at Holy Comforter, and we trust that God will call just the right people to walk alongside us at just the right times.
As we enter this time of transition together, we want you to know that the Vestry is committed to our mission and vision, and our work as a congregation will keep moving forward. Holy Comforter is blessed with many incredible leaders and members, and together we will go forth and worship together, learn together, serve together, and play together. We will continue to welcome new members into our church community, and we will keep our focus on who we are as members of the body of Christ, and members of the Broomfield community.
We have spoken to Ann Fleming, Missioner for Transition Ministry for the Diocese of Colorado, and she will be with us at 9:30 am this Sunday, August 11th to describe the transition and rector search process. We hope you will join us in the chapel for her presentation. She will be meeting with the Vestry afterwards, and we will have more specific details about this transition to share with you next week. The Vestry will also be meeting with Bishop Kym on September 7th, and we are looking forward to our partnership with her through this process.
Our rector will be changing, but our identity and our mission will not. Remember that we are not alone, and please join us in prayer and thanksgiving as we see what God has in store for us next.
Jamie Rumsey, Senior Warden of the Vestry
Mike Shedd, Junior Warden of the Vestry