A Letter from the Discernment Committee

Guide us, Holy Spirit, to share our thoughts openly and honestly, respect the opinion of others, and encourage humility, patience, and joy as we search for our new rector. Help us move through our doubts until we discern your calm wisdom.

April 26, 2019

Dear Friends,

Part of the discernment process is to understand the direction we as a congregation want St. Francis Church to take and discern who should lead us in that direction.  To that end, The Episcopal Diocese of Maine has a list of questions for the congregation to answer that are the same questions each candidate will answer.  The hope is that we find similarity in values, religious views, and goals.

The answers are meant to be short, no more than 1200 characters, and should reflect what you feel is most important about St. Francis.  The Rev. Canon Michael Ambler, our guide in this process, suggests that focusing in on one event rather than listing several tends to more accurately reflect our values. Please feel free to change or adapt any questions to meet your needs.  We would like the questionnaires returned by June 9th.

The questions can seem a bit obscure, so the Discernment Committee will be holding three gatherings to discuss them together for those available and interested. The gatherings will be:

Friday, May 10th at 5:30.  This will be a potluck and Rev. Ambler will be
joining us. (This date is a correction from a previous letter.)

Sunday, May 19th after church.

Friday, June 7th at 6:00.  This will be a pizza party, with movies for the kids.

We hope you will join us for at least one if not all three events.  I’m sure we will have a few laughs as we enjoy each other’s company while tackling the questionnaire.

We welcome all questions, comments, and suggestions and encourage everyone to participate.  Thank you for your involvement and support.


Sarah Everdell, Chair

Members of the Discernment Committee are Ruth Billings, Charity Chung, Heather Ford, Peter Gilchrist, Sue Grindle, Kate Mulrenin, Robert Publicover.


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