Our Transition

Our Transition

On February 17, 2019, The Rev. Cara Spaccarelli announced that she had accepted the call to serve as Rector to St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Carmel, Indiana.

As we move forward in the search for the 29th Rector of Christ Church, please visit this page for updates.

Read Cara’s letter here

Read Senior Warden Anne Curry’s letter here

Listen to Cara’s last sermon on Sunday, March 31 here

Listen to The Rev. Canon Paula Clark’s sermon on transition on April 7

Transition Update— April 10, 2019

On April 7th, the Rev. Canon Paula Clark, the Canon to the Ordinary and Canon for Clergy Development, Multicultural Ministries and Justice, from the Diocese of Washington, lead a discussion about the Rector transition and search process.  You can find copies of the handout she shared, Standard Process for Transition of Parish Clergy, on the Welcome table in the Parish Hall or here.  Over the next several weeks, the Vestry will develop a series of resources to keep the congregation fully updated on the status of the search process, including a dedicated page on the website and written materials to be shared, such as a frequently asked question (FAQ) page.  Currently, there are two primary activities being pursued.  First, the Vestry is embarking on a process to identify and hire an Interim Rector who will serve Christ Church + Washington Parish until a permanent Rector is hired.  Second, the Vestry is working to identify and appoint a search committee that will play a primary role in the identification of potential candidates to serve as the next Rector. 
We are seeking to establish a search committee of seven people that is broadly representative of the congregation, including parishioners who attend the 9 AM service and the 11 AM service, represent newer and more long-term members of the parish, and who are engaged in a broad variety of ministries. It is expected that the work of the search committee will last for roughly one year, and will consist of regular meetings over the course of the year throughout the different phases of the search process.  Duties will include engaging with parishioners and reviewing data about the parish demographics and activities to develop a parish profile, recommending updates to the website to best convey the spirit of the Christ Church + Washington Parish community, reviewing candidate packets, conducting interviews, visiting candidate parishes, checking references, and discerning a final set of candidates to present to the Vestry.  If you have any questions about the search committee, are interested in being part of the search committee, or if you have suggestions for individuals who you think would solid candidates for the search committee, please contact Senior Warden Anne Curry or any member of the Vestry by Friday, April 19th.