Search Committee pictured above:
Front row, left to right:
Marilyn Grant, Brianna McCarty, Sarah Davies, Anne Silver, Barbara Becker, Vivian Harrison.
Back row, left to right:
Craig Whitney, Thomas Baldwin, Chris Larson, Michael Rycheck
Dear Fellow Parishioners and Friends,
On Monday night, November 27, the Search Committee handed over to the Vestry the names of three final candidates for their consideration as 15th Rector of Grace Church Brooklyn Heights. The Committee’s work is done; the Vestry’s work has begun.
As Co-Chairs, we want to take this opportunity to publicly thank each member of the Search Committee for their hard work and tireless dedication to the process that was entrusted to us. During our 18 months together, there were major life events both joyful and sad — births, deaths, medical challenges, career milestones — but nary a bump in the road to affect our discernment work. We bonded both as friends and coworkers in our mission — and journey — of spirituality, aided by our Spiritual Guide Anne Silver, and by the daily prayers offered for our work by our Assisting Priest, Jim Hagen.
We were truly blessed to have such wonderful colleagues. Please join us in prayers of thanksgiving for each of them, as Jim offered on Tuesday:
We praise you and thank you, good Lord, for these wonderful folks who gave so much for the search of our next rector. We thank you for their rough times and for their good times, for the loneliness of this task as well as the fruits of their labor. Give them a sense of peace and rest knowing that their work is done, and done well. And give them confidence that your guiding hand will be there in the weeks to come as one of their candidates is chosen. We name them one by one. Bless them as we thank them. In Christ's name.
Thomas Baldwin Brianna McCarty
Sarah Davies Michael Rycheck
Marilyn Grant Anne Silver
Chris Larson Craig Whitney
With heartfelt gratitude,
Barbara Becker and Vivian Harrison
Rector Search Committee Co-Chairs