CLARIFICATION: I apologize for the lack of clarity in the previous update regarding the process for choosing an interim priest and a priest for St. Brigit church. I have received the following clarification for the BCC and the congregation at St. Brigit:
Regarding A Priest: Ann Fleming, Missioner for Transition Ministry, and the Bishop will work together to recruit a priest they believe would be a good fit for St. Brigit. Once they have at least one candidate to move forward, the Bishop’s Committee Community (BCC) will interview that candidate to either confirm or disconfirm that appointment. If the appointment is confirmed, the BCC, the priest and the Office of the Bishop will work together to write a Letter of Agreement.
In the meantime: While we work to complete our profile and other materials that define who we are and what we need in a new priest, we will using supply priests and an interim priest may be appointed.
Interim Priest: If an interim is appointed, s/he is also only appointed after the BCC has had an opportunity to meet and interview the interim priest. The Office of the Bishop does not ever randomly assign or appoint clergy without the confirmation and agreement of the leadership of the congregation.
Clarification: The Bishop and Ann Fleming find and vet the candidates, then the BCC either confirms or disconfirms the candidates.
Responsibilities During Transition of the BCC Wardens:
There are two Wardens on the BCC: Bishop’s Warden ( also known as the Senior Warden) Peg Nelson and the People’s Warden (also known as the Junior Warden), Susan Kirmaier. While the Treasurer is not designated a Warden, he is integral to the operation of the BCC and the church in times of transition. Your BCC Treasurer is Paul Kelly.
The Episcopal Church in Colorado’s pamphlet titled Leave Taking gives the following description:
“In the absence of a vicar(rector) or interim pastor, the wardens are canonically responsible for the worship, finance, property and administration of the mission (parish).” At our upcoming BCC meeting, we will be clarifying these roles as they impact the wardens.