Thursday, January 1, 2015

Spirit moves...

I announced this past Sunday during services that I have decided to accept a call to be the next Rector of St. Paul's Church in Salt Lake City, Utah.
While the Spirit has led me to saying “yes” to St. Paul’s, it is a bittersweet moment, for in doing so, I will have to say goodbye to the wonderful people of All Saints’ Littleton. 
Before making this announcement, I talked individually with all of Littleton’s vestry leadership. All of them were wonderfully gracious in expressing their joy for me, even while saying that they did not want me to go. There is one thing I am compelled to share. Liz Carter told me that, upon hearing this news, that she is “proud”: of what we’ve accomplished the last six years, of my moving onward in my career to a church like St. Paul’s, and in what she knows is to be a wonderful future for the community of All Saints’.
This type of “proud” is what the people of All Saints’ should feel. This community has committed itself to the faithful all-around care of each other and our neighbor: sacred gathering celebrating God as Episcopalians, service to the community, spiritual growth in small group conversation, and lots of fun and good food!
I will be present throughout the month of January, including the Annual Meeting, with my final Sunday being February 1st.
I am grateful for the honor of having the opportunity to serve you these last six years as your Rector.