Congregational DIscernnment Meeting
Sunday, August 29, 2021
The Story so Far ...
On Sunday, January 10, 2021, the Rev. Russell A. Griffin, Rector since 2004, celebrated his final Mass at St. Uriel's and entered into a well-deserved retirement after a long and distinguished incumbency.
The Rev. John D. Alexander of the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island began as Interim Priest on March 1, 2021 after taking up residence in the rectory in February.
The Vestry subsequently formed a Discernment Committee to work with Michael Redpath, the diocesan Transition Consultant appointed for the parish. Mr. Redpath held an initial Orientation Meeting with both the Vestry and Discernment Committee on Saturday, July 17th.
The Rt. Rev. William H. (Chip) Stokes, XII Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey, visited St. Uriel's the evening of Wednesday, July 28th for the customary Town Hall meeting to explain the transition process and answer questions. Thirty-seven parishioners attended.
On August 29th, following a single Sunday Mass at 9 am, Mr. Redpath facilitated a Congregational Discernment Conversation in the parish hall. Over fifty parishioners attended.
Next Steps ...
The Discernment Committee will now use the comments from the August 29th meeting, as well as a follow-up mailing to those who could not attend, to begin work on a Parish Profile that will eventually be posted on the Episcopal Church's Transitional Ministry website for circulation to potential Rector candidates throughout the country.
Watch this space for news of future developments as they happen! And please keep the St. Uriel's Discernment Process and Rector Search in your constant prayers.