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From The Wardens: Transition Update

  • Elaine Morgan
  • Oct 31, 2016
  • Category: General
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To the People of Holy Innocents,

This time of transition is exciting as we look towards the future.  Bound together by a love of this place we call our church home, our shared commitment to Holy Innocents will take us far in our search for a new rector.  As previous communications have noted, the search process follows guidelines that are in place by The Episcopal Church and which will be supported by services provided by the Bishop's office.

We are pleased to provide information on the following:

  1. Nominating committee submissions
  2. November 20 at Holy Innocents



We are officially ready to accept names for consideration to serve on the Nominating Committee (formerly known as the Search Committee). We welcome you to submit names of parishioners who you believe would be of value to the larger group as representatives of our parish. (To help with the process, we suggest you contact the person(s) you have in mind to gauge their interest before submitting their name(s).)

 It is expected that the full Nominating Committee will consist of 10-16 members.  Here is some information to consider:

  • Length of service is expected to be 12-14 months but this could shift based on the process.
  • Meetings may be as frequent as several times per month at various points in the process, but will all be held at Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church.
  • Traveling over a weekend to visit candidates in their existing parishes will be required.

Holy Innocents' by-laws indicate the following restrictions for who can serve:

  • Spouses of current Vestry members are ineligible
  • Spouses of current Holy Innocents' Episcopal School Board of Trustees members are ineligible
  • Current employees as well as their spouses of either Holy Innocents Church or School are ineligible (Note that the Diocese may grant an exception for one member of the committee based on the close relationship of HIEC and HIES)
  • Individuals considered must be "current members in good standing" meaning regular attendance and current on pledging
  • One exception is that one member may be a Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School representative and not need be a  church member

With the above in mind, we welcome you to submit names with brief information of why you are recommending (i.e., specific skills or profession, service to HIEC, age group representation, etc.)  by submitting to:

Carol Johns, Executive Assistant
by phone: 404-751-2908
by email:
Deadline for nominations is November 10

Once received, Carol will vette suggested names against the by-laws noted above and provide the list for review at the November 15 Vestry meeting. Candidates will be contacted directly soon thereafter.


On Sunday, November 20, we will welcome the Rev. Canon Alicia Schuster-Weltner, Canon to the Ordinary from the Diocese of Atlanta, who will preach at all of the morning services as well as lead our Faith Forum that morning. As Bishop Wright's Chief of Staff,  Alicia works with parishes in transition and will continue her support of HIEC during this phase in our parish life.    Her deep knowledge of this process will be of great benefit to those familiar with and those new to a parish's search for a new rector.  We encourage all to attend and look forward to the information shared and discussion generated.

A note of personal privilege at this time from your Wardens.  We have signed recent communications, "with grateful hearts" which is only a small reference to the love that we have for our parish home, and community.  Having been virtual lifelong members of Holy Innocents, we love and believe in the people that bring this building to life each Sunday and throughout the week.  We have been through numerous changes in leadership in four decades, and yet the people remain committed to our life here and our service in the world.  Nothing makes us happier than a full sanctuary each Sunday with a lively Faith Forum with participation from all.  We ask that you keep HIEC in your prayers so that all who visit us for the first time know immediately that they have found Their Place for Faith even in the midst of transition.

Again, with grateful hearts,

Marie Thomas, Sr. Warden
Elaine Morgan, Jr. Warden