As a diocese, we have embarked upon the beginning of a number of potential clergy transitions. As it is in our Episcopal Tradition, clergy are sometimes called to different positions and different dioceses, moreover clergy do retire. The impetus of this brief article is to acknowledge transitions and forecast potential transitions, to give thanks to those who have given caring and faithful service, and to anticipate what God is doing and will do in those places where transitions occur.
Last December in this E-Communication, I informed you that The Rev’d Michele Racusin accepted the position of Chief Financial Officer in the Diocese of Los Angeles. In addition, I acknowledged and celebrated Michele’s good work particularly in a context (diocese and local community) which has seen substantial transition and all the challenges which accompany said transition.
In this space, I wish to acknowledge and celebrate the good work of The Rev’d Dr. Tim Vivian. Tim has retired as the Priest-in-Charge of St. Paul’s, Bakersfield. As it was with Michele, Tim walked alongside Faithful Episcopalians in Bakersfield in such thoughtful, compassionate and inviting ways. Tim encouraged and modeled a “way of inclusivity” which was unquestionable and infectious. And Tim’s example of Church being far more than what occurs within the confines of a physical plant will have a lasting impact. St. Paul’s, Bakersfield is positioned to continue to engage in extraordinary work and service in the days before us and The Rev’d Dr. Tim Vivian absolutely had something to do with that.
I trust you, our Sisters and Brothers of the EDSJ, will wish Tim and Miriam well in retirement and continue to hold them in prayer.