A new priest has been called to join us on M.D.I. Please welcome The Reverend Holly Hoffmann as our new Priest in Charge, elect, at Church of Our Father, St. John’s/St. Andrew’s and St. Saviour’s. Our thanks to the Search Committee: Jayne Ashworth, Genevieve MacKenzie, Ted Fletcher, Patsy Fogarty and Bob Stanwood from St. Andrew and St. John; Tony Sousa, Kate Berry, Larry Johnston and Mike Bullard from Church of Our Father; and Linda Foster, Pat Samuel, and Buck Jardine from St. Saviour’s for all of their work and this great result!
The Rev Hoffmann comes to us from St. Alban’s in Cape Elizabeth, ME where she is currently the Associate Rector at St. Alban’s and also Executive Director of St. Elizabeth’s Jubilee Center.
The priesthood is a second career for her. Prior to entering seminary, she was a high school English teacher and Associate Dean of Academics at Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine. She attended Yale Divinity School and was ordained in 2018.
Following several months of work, the search committees of St. Andrew/St. John, Church of Our Father and St. Saviour chose The Rev Hoffmann. We all felt that the Spirit was guiding us in our discernment as she was selected on a first vote by all three unique and diverse search committees. (A truly amazing event!) The Vestries of St.Saviour’s, St. Andrew’s and St John’s and Church of Our Father, along with their congregation, all approved the calling of the Rev Hoffmann. Following this approval, Bishop Brown was notified and gave his “joyful consent” to our calling her as our priest.
If you are interested, attached below are links to some of her sermons…
Link to a sermon at St Alban’s May 3, 2020:
Holly Hoffman Sermon, St. Albans Episcopal Church, Cape Elizabeth, Maine, May 3, 2020 – YouTube
Link to the service Mother Hoffman did for the search committee: https://youtu.be/KsXiUtxtvig
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Sacred Ground: A Film-Based Dialogue Series on Race & Faith
- Winter/Spring study group on racism, racial healing, racial justice and reconciliation
- Part of the Episcopal Church Becoming Beloved Community initiative
- Documentary film and text-based learning with small group discussion twice monthly
- Open to the MDI Episcopal community (registration for the entire series is required)
Sacred Ground is an Episcopal-developed series of gatherings that are “part of the Becoming Beloved Community initiative of The Episcopal Church, a long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society. This is a race dialogue series designed for these times. It is an attempt to be responsive to the profound challenges that currently exist in our society. It is focused on the challenges that swirl around issues of race and racism, as well as the difficult but respectful and transformative dialogue we need to have with each other about them. It invites participants to walk back through history in order to peel away the layers that brought us to today, and to do so in a personal way, reflecting on family histories and stories, as well as important narratives that shape the collective American story. It holds the vision of beloved community as a guiding star – where all people are honored and protected and nurtured as beloved children of God, where we weep at one another’s pain and seek one another’s flourishing.” (Quotes are from the Episcopal Church Sacred Ground website at: https://episcopalchurch.org/sacred-ground/)
More information from the Episcopal Church about this program is available on the web by clicking on this link: Sacred Ground: Summary | Episcopal Church
Gail Leiser and Jayne Ashworth will facilitate the study for the MDI Episcopal community. Specific details (dates, time commitment, materials to be used, etc.) about the local program can be found on the MDI Episcopal website by clicking on this link: MDI Episcopal Sacred Ground Winter/Spring 2021 – mdi-episcopal.org (mdi-episcopal.org) We encourage you to visit this site as you consider your participation in the MDI Sacred Ground program.
This study is part of a journey that requires an openness and willingness to examine our histories, our current lives, and how structural racism affects everything we know, including our faith. We hope that you will prayerfully consider making a commitment to joining us. If you have questions or are interested in becoming a part of the circle for Sacred Ground here on MDI, please contact Jayne Ashworth (email@example.com, (207) 244-5985) or Gail Leiser (firstname.lastname@example.org, (207) 288-9083). Should you need financial assistance for obtaining the books needed for the study, please contact Rev. Stephen Muncie: email@example.com.
We look forward to hearing from you. Jayne and Gail
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Of Community Interest!
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The Virtual Fair has been extended until December 12, so check it out and order as often as you like!