Sunday, Nov. 18, we will have a congregational meeting or Special Vestry to take our next steps in the Strategic Planning/Transition process.
Members of the Transition Team (Jo Connelly, Keith Nunn, Jennifer Henry, Rena Post and Vivian Harrower) have been working on draft job descriptions for Team Leader (one of the staff positions identified in our parish consultation process) and Animators, as well as looking at budgeting for the transition phase.
Bishop Kevin Robertson will also be paying us a visit on November 18th, and the San Esteban and Holy Trinity Communities will worship together at 1 pm.
We are all aware that we are in a process of discerning our future at Holy Trinity. The strategic planning committee has developed a process that will let us choose an operational and governance model that fits who we are going forward.
Strategic Planning next step
We’re having a community meeting on Saturday, April 28 from 10am to 1pm to present three possible staffing and governance models from the strategic review process. We hope that everyone who considers themselves a part of this community will take part if possible–whether part of Refugee Committee, Music Mondays, People Presence, Sunday worship, or any other part of our shared life.
We would also like to bring more hopes and dreams for what we do to light. This is an opportunity for you, on your own, or in collaboration with a few other people, to outline an idea for what we do or who we are. We are thinking of something bigger than one event, more like a project or direction for 3-5 years. If you wish to participate in this process of brainstorming, please share your “big idea” at this link (it’s a Google Form, so you’ll leave our site). You can submit more than one idea, don’t feel restricted. We will have a process to get a sense of which ideas have community traction. Prioritized ideas could be developed further. There is no commitment at this stage, just an opportunity to put forward what you are thinking. the deadline for submission in this process is April 20, 2018.
Homily March 18, 2018
by Jo Connelly
Fifth Sunday in Lent
“The days are surely coming, says the Holy One, when I will make a new covenant” says Jeremiah.
As Ian Sowton wrote:
“We wait on you. Do not press REWIND,
returning things to the good old days
that never were. Plant something new
And Jesus proclaimed in John’s gospel:
“The truth of the matter is unless a grain of wheat falls on the ground and dies, it remains only a single grain; but if it dies, it yields a rich harvest.”
I am here before you to declare that we, the Holy Trinity community are embarking on a new covenant. Together we are going to forge a new way forward using our Strategic Planning consultations as a guide. This won’t be easy. For each of us it will entail parts of what we dreamed about as the “ideal community” coming to light but other parts we hoped for will need to die as a grain of wheat falling on the ground. For some, there will be excitement as parts we hoped for will be reflected in what we see, for others we won’t see enough of what we hoped for. We are on a journey, and none of us will see everything we wanted. Continue reading A Grain of Wheat (Homily for Lent 5)
None of our lessons, not even the Psalm, were appointed for reading today. So, I’ll start by revealing the hidden agenda behind today’s worship: Driving our hearts and minds towards the third of our strategic planning sessions for Holy Trinity. That session begins just after today’s worship service ends. Continue reading Homily: November 18 2017