Discussing Next Steps
Dear fellow travelers at Trinity,
I write with a bit of an update about the current moment in Trinity’s interim period. Over the past month or so, members of the vestry and I have been discussing next steps in this process. Our conversations have been built around a document I created sketching three broad paths for Trinity’s future: 1) a restart with a new rector called within the next year or so; 2) a carefully discerned closure over the next two or three years; 3) a longer interim period, perhaps up to three years, that would focus on setting a new course for Trinity, which would delay a new call of a settled rector. (You can find the document at the link below.) By and large, Trinity’s members have expressed preference for some combination of options 1 and 3.
In our vestry meeting on July 18, parish leaders discussed plans for a parish-wide conversation in late September or early October. Its primary purpose is to come to a decision about which path to take and what to emphasize. It will be modeled on a process called “Holy Conversations,” which invites reflection on a church’s strengths, any hurts or disappointments, and hopes for the future. It will likely include a Friday evening and a Saturday morning and afternoon. (Don’t worry—we will have food!) We will get that time scheduled as soon as possible because it will be key to have as many of Trinity’s members and friends present to come to a good decision.
In the meantime, I hope you will all reflect on both the hopes you have for Trinity and the work we can do together to allow God to lead us into the future.
I look forward to seeing where the Spirit might move this church.