All Saints has deep roots in a long history, but at the same time seeks to grow and respond to the needs of the world of today and tomorrow.
In our discernment process, the parish has clearly articulated at least two ways in which we believe we are being led by the Spirit. These two goals are closely intertwined.
- We are eager to build on our value of diversity as we seek to welcome new people of all identities and backgrounds into our community, with emphasis on immigrants and families with children and youth.
- We seek to enhance the Christian formation opportunities for all ages, from young children to adults. We realize the more we know about seeking the Kingdom of God, the more we will embrace ways to serve.
How we hope to collaborate with new clergy leadership
All Saints is not always quick to embrace changes, but responds well to new initiatives when the people are part of the deliberations and help develop a shared vision. Then the congregation is dynamic, faithful, and generous.
Effective leadership at All Saints, therefore, will establish a common ground for this work by building mutual trust and expecting input from all involved. The clergy can further inspire the parish through engaging preaching, and by helping all to find ways to be involved. The rector here will be prepared to extend pastoral care to individuals and families at times of special need. Our clergy leadership will also cooperate with other local Episcopal churches and faith communities, leading us in prayer and action on behalf of mercy, peace, justice and creation care.
The clergy at All Saints will find inspiration and meaning in leading a sung liturgy and will use the musical gifts that distinguish All Saints to enhance worship and programming. In our diverse congregation there also is much room to explore other forms of worship and spiritual practice, such as Taize services, quiet days, and retreats.
A great constant at All Saints is a hunger for shared worship experiences that call on all we have to give. This is what prepares us to travel the road ahead together in faith.