I am writing this for accountability and to ensure that everyone has all of the information on the hiring process and the connection between Metal, our Communications Specialist and Pastor Rebecca's family.
The hiring committee included Deacon Barbi, Derek O'Chui, Tom Schroeder and myself, we expanded the committee after the unsuccessful first hiring process.
We had three candidates apply for the position. During the review process of the candidates for the communications position, Pastor Rebecca made Tom and me aware of the potential for her son's partner (Metal) to apply for the position. I encouraged her to have Metal apply, as we would treat her as any other candidate for the job. To keep the process fair and not influence the other members only two of the four committee members knew about the connection.
During the review process Metal was one of two candidates moved forward for an interview and this was agreed upon unanimously by all members with Pastor Rebecca abstaining from voting. After interviewing both candidates we felt that both candidates were capable of doing the job but Metal brought a level of enthusiasm and engagement that we all felt would be an asset to our St. Paul's family. The committee agreed unanimously that she was the best person for the position. After the selection, Pastor Rebecca made the other two members aware of the connection between Metal and Wes.
Again, all the members still agreed that she was the best person for the position but we agreed to hire Metal for a probationary period to ensure she was the best fit and there would not be any relationship conflicts after working in the position.
The church's reaction to Metal's introduction video (that she took the initiative to complete) confirms that we made the right choice.
Sr. Warden St. Pauls Carondelet
So, when was the last time you drove past an intersection and saw a person holding a sign? Yesterday? Today? If you have a car and drive, you almost can’t leave your neighborhood without that experience.
Jesus was right when he said, “The poor are always with you.” Sometimes they are just more visible. As people who are called to walk in love, it’s sometimes challenging to know what to do. As a fellow pilgrim, not an expert, I offer you the advice of Scripture and experience in approaching these beloved children of God. Especially if you are walking past, it’s essential to have a plan.
As winter approaches, we’ll have many opportunities to serve those who are food and shelter insecure. The tiniest gestures that recognize someone’s need and humanity mean so much. Thank you for magnifying the magnificent love of God at the off-ramps and intersections. Together, love is shining through.
Most of the blog articles are written by our Rector, The Rev. Rebecca Ragland