The Profile Committee, consisting of Laureen Chang, Kimberly Schugart, Cynthia and Larry Shulte, Bill Youngblood and Michael Harrigian, is working on the parish profile. The goal is to have a draft of the profile available for Vestry review at its February meeting, then submit it to the Diocese for approval and publish it for prospective candidates by April 1st. The profile will be posted on the parish website at that time as well.
The profile will include written information and photographs about the parish, the community and the Diocese. The committee is working closely with Fr. Bill to identify those aspects of St. Edmund’s that we might take for granted but would be highly attractive to many clergy – and, thankfully, there are many! The profile authors are developing stories highlighting specific recent activities or accomplishments that speak to the many strengths upon which the right candidates can build. Fr. Bill has also been clear that we need to be open in the profile about any challenges that a new rector may face so that we attract candidates who have gifts and experience suited to meet those challenges.
The parish website will be updated in the next three months to align with and supplement the information contained in the profile, since we realize that most candidates will investigate us further by visiting the saintedmunds.org website as well as on social media. The website will be used to present more detailed information about our parish facilities, staff, ministries and congregation than what can be included in the profile.
Questions have been raised about when a search committee will be formed. Since that committee can’t begin its work until the parish profile and related materials are approved by the Diocese, the search committee will be formed probably sometime in March. We will announce more about the process of forming the search committee closer to that time.
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