On July 9, the Vestry met with Canon Hunn to learn more about the search process for an interim Rector. As you know, the Vestry will act as the search committee for the Interim Rector. Next week, I expect the Vestry to approve a salary line for the new Rector. (We will offer the same salary to the Interim, on the advice of Canon Hunn.)
Heather Benjamin and the Personnel Committee have been gathering information about salaries and benefits from the national church and the Diocese of North Carolina for the last several weeks. She has been in communication with Ann Craver, the chair of the Finance Committee, to make sure that what we propose is financially doable.
Once the Vestry has approved an amount for salary and benefits, we shall communicate that to Canon Hunn. Things should begin to move rapidly after that. Canon Hunn has already been in preliminary communication for possible candidates for our position. He has been in conversation with Bishop Curry about individuals who have served successfully in parishes of similar size and complexity. He has already been in touch with several possible candidates to gauge their interest. They are developing their list for us.
I anticipate that Canon Hunn will recommend two, or at the most, three candidates for us to consider for Interim Rector. The Vestry will hold two-day interview sessions with each of the candidates through the month of August. These interviews will be conducted in an atmosphere of prayer and a framework of total confidentiality. We will not reveal the names of the persons being considered to anyone, including our own staff. We will ask each of the candidates to celebrate a Eucharist and preach a sermon for the Vestry during this interview period. We will share a meal with them, show them the building and the town of Chapel Hill.
Some of you have approached members of the Vestry with suggestions for persons who should be considered for the Interim Rector position. Please know that you may communicate directly to Canon Hunn at firstname.lastname@example.org. He suggested that if you know of priests who may want to be considered for our position, you should advise them to be in direct touch with him. The Vestry will consider only candidates nominated by Canon Hunn on behalf of Bishop Curry.
Let me assure you that the Vestry is approaching this task with humility and in a spirit of prayer, that we may discern God’s will for us and our church.
Please pray for the Vestry and pray for those who may be hearing God’s call to serve as the Interim Rector for the Chapel of the Cross.
Stay updated on our Rector transition
The transition to a new Rector comprises three distinct parts: celebration, interim, and search. Click here for a link to YouTube videos of the meeting with Canon Hunn on June 14. Throughout the summer vestry members will be available after the 10 am service for informal conversations about the rector transition process. Click here for a link to James Moeser’s transition Q&A; you can see his most recent email by clicking here. You can stay up to date any time by going to announcements on the home page or using the Cross Roads blog and searching for rector transition. We want you to know everything about our celebration of Stephen Elkins-Williams, the selection of an interim rector, and the new rector search process. For more transition information, check the kiosk in the Great Hall!
You will want to be part of the parishwide events we are planning for the summer and fall:
- August 23 — Dinner on the Grounds in conjunction with our annual Outreach and Engagement Fair
- August 30 — Clergy and staff speak about Stephen Elkins Williams — pot luck supper after the 5:15 service
- September 13 — Church School Kick-off and skit
- September 27 — Parish BBQ with music from the Pentecost Pickers and farewell presentations to the Rector
- October 4 — Blessing of the Animals at 9 am followed by cake; special music at 11:15 am; preaching at both services by Stephen Elkins-Williams
- October 11 — One combined service at 10 am with special music; Stephen Elkins-Williams to preach and celebrate; farewell reception in the Great Hall following