Today’s post is another in a series of reflections and impressions from members of the Search & Nomination Committee and Transition Committee. This post is from the Rev. Bob Brooks, a retired priest in the diocese and a member of the Search & Nomination Committee.
I’ve served on several search and calling committees over the years. There’s always a distinct and logical set of tasks and steps the group must accomplish, but in this particular search there is also an interesting and important process going on at the same time that’s more subtle and less obvious. That process is informed and empowered by the Spirit, forming and shaping the group, informing and guiding our work.
We’re fortunate to have a group of chaplains from the Bethany House of Prayer in Massachusetts working with us. Their ministry with and for us is sacramental. They provide a quiet and prayerful context for each of our meetings. They encourage us to pause, to reflect, and to be attentive and aware of ourselves and of God’s presence with us. To me, the work we do with our chaplains makes serving on this committee a powerful and joyful experience. I am convinced that the outcome of our work will be immeasurably improved as a result.
Thursday, September 15
Wednesday, September 7
Grace Church in Providence will host a diocese-wide service observing the tenth anniversary of 9/11 at 5 p.m. on Sunday September 11, with a special Evensong led by the Right Reverend Geralyn Wolf, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island.
The commemoration service will be enhanced with the beauty and choral music of the traditional evensong service; the Reverend Canon Jonathan Huyck, rector of Grace Church, will preach.
The public is invited to join this service of meditation and worship and to share the fellowship at the reception that will follow. Grace Church is located in downtown Providence at the corner of Westminster and Mathewson Streets. http://gracechurchprovidence.org/