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|Date Posted||June 2, 2021|
Michigan (Ellen Ekevag)
|Health Benefits||Full Family|
|Communicants in Good Standing||280|
|Average Sunday Attendance||97|
Worship is at the heart of who we are as a community of faith. We offer two options on Sundays. The 8:00 service is a traditional service, without music, utilizing familiar text. The 10:30 service is more contemporary, blending traditional format with modern variations in language and song, followed by fellowship time. With special permission from the Bishop, we have been entrusted to act as a “testing ground” for innovative worship rites. This keeps us on the cutting edge of new rites being developed for the wider church. Also, we are fortunate to be located next to “the Amp” - an outdoor amphitheater in downtown Brighton next to the Millpond. Here we can hold outdoor liturgy, weather permitting. This proved invaluable during the warmer months of the COVID pandemic, allowing us to meet safely and in greater numbers than indoors. We livestream our services on Facebook, and post them to YouTube. Sacraments are a community event at St. Paul’s. Baptisms involve all in attendance to celebrate a new member. Special events such as a Blessing of Pets, Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner, and a Palm Sunday outdoor procession are intergenerational and public celebrations of our faith.
We have been challenged with conflict in the past, most notably during a period with an interim rector. Our experience with divisive and disruptive behavior was many years ago, but painful memories of that time linger. That past haunted our current transition; when the diocese encouraged our parish to pursue an Interim Rector again, members of our parish who experienced the prior conflict were very hesitant, fearing a repeat of the past. But, communication at Saint Paul’s i s open and honest. Vestry members spoke personally with members who voiced fear of conflict, validating their fears and providing assurance that we have l earned from the past. All parish members were invited to participate in “Holy Conversations,” small group conversations designed to solicit points of pride, and points of concern, with the parish. Open communication about the search process continues to supply everyone with the way forward, hopefully easing fears and avoiding potential problems.
Guided by our newly elected bishop the Rt. Rev. Dr. Bonnie A. Perry, we are a diocese that values collegiality, creativity, and openness. We offer community organizing training, the College of Congregational Development, and ongoing collegiality and support. We invite you to come and join us as we embody the Gospel both inside and outside our church doors.
To apply for this position, please send a resume, cover letter, OTM Portfolio, and two sample sermons (in any format) to:
The Rev. Canon Ellen Ekevag
Canon for Congregational Development and Transitions
Episcopal Diocese of Michigan