At the November 18th meeting of the vestry, I announced my plan to retire as the rector of All Saints Church in the spring of 2016. This morning I preached about my discernment process leading up to this decision and the discernment processes both All Saints and Hope and I have entered about our futures. All Saints will be discerning the best match for our new rector. Hope and I will be discerning where we are called to live and the particular work we will be entering. If you missed my sermon this morning, I hope you’ll watch the video here.
The vestry has named two extraordinary leaders — Gloria Pitzer and Bob Long — to chair the search committee to find and call my successor. I invite you to keep that process in your prayers as it unfolds with the convening of a Search Committee and the creation of a Parish Profile — and eventually the call to a new rector. We will be using Saints Alive, our Web site, and social media to inform everyone of the unfolding of the search process. Hope and I also desire your prayers as we seek to know God’s call to us in this next chapter.
Meanwhile, during the next eighteen months we will continue to engage in the vibrant and vital mission of All Saints Church as we work together to turn the human race into the human family. I am supremely confident that the DNA of love, justice and compassion that is the essence of All Saints Church will continue to inform and inspire our work in the months ahead as it has through decades and rectors past.