Dear Friends,

After reviewing what we heard in the listening sessions and what we read in your thoughtful emails, the Vestry decided last night to spend a month in thought, prayer, and reflection before voting on the presence of the plaques in our historic church on October 24. The Vestry understands the gravity of this decision and its impact on our beloved church. We take this process very seriously.

We are deeply grateful to everyone who took the time to participate in this process of discernment. Everyone who participated in the listening sessions and wrote to the Vestry did so in a manner that was respectful, thoughtful, and loving - a true manifestation of Christians in community.

In that same loving spirit of Christian community, we ask that you give the Vestry the time and the space we need to prayerfully consider the decision before us. And we especially ask that you join us in daily prayer during this month of discernment.

O God, by whom the meek are guided in judgment, and light rises up in the darkness for the godly: Grant us, in all our doubts and uncertainties, the grace to ask what you would have us do, that the Spirit of wisdom may save us from all false choices, and that in your light we may see light, and in your straight path may not stumble; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  

Amen.

  

Faithfully,

The Rev. Dr. Noelle York-Simmons

Rector

 

Emily Bryan

Senior Warden

 

Dave Riggs

Junior Warden