The Search for a Dean

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral will soon launch the Search for a Dean. At the present time, the parish profile is under development, with an expected publication date of August 15. The Dean Search Committee has been appointed and will begin its work in August. Please join us in prayer for those who are entrusted with the responsibility of guiding the mutual discernment process that will lead to the election and call of our next Dean.

Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a Dean for this Cathedral, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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August 2 2018

Profile Committee and Dean Search Committee Update
 
The Profile Committee and Vestry are working toward completion of the parish profile and expect it to be made public before the end of August. As soon as the narrative is complete, our Communications Director, Josh Geter, will add formatting and graphic elements.

The Dean Search Committee had its initial meeting with Canon Paul Stephens on Monday, July 30. August and September will be devoted to organizing for the task ahead, preparing to review applications, and developing their plans for interviews later in the fall.

June 22 2018

Profile Committee Update
 
The Profile Committee has completed ourfinal draft of the 2018 Parish Profile and related Office of Transition Ministry (OTM) responses. The Profile Committee will present these  documents to the Wardens and Vestry on Monday night, June 25. We continue to ask for your prayers during this transition time before the Search Committee begins its search. We have appreciated your prayers and continue to ask for them. We continue to work at “the speed of trust”.

June 19 2018

Two months ago, the Vestry invited parishioners to submit names for consideration for service on the Dean Search Committee. The Vestry then added additional names to the list and established the qualifications for those who serve; members must be confirmed communicants in good standing in the Cathedral Parish and have a current pledge. The membership of the committee must also be as diverse as possible and represent a cross section of the parish. The Wardens contacted everyone who met the qualifications to determine their interest in serving.

At last month's meeting, the Vestry decided to appoint nine members to the committee, including one member of the Vestry, from the list of qualified and willing communicants. After prayerful deliberation, those to be invited to serve were identified and the Wardens contacted them once again to confirm their willingness to serve. From those names, the Vestry has chosen nine communicants for appointment to the committee.

The members of the committee are Carol Penick (convener), Linda Bass, Anne Dulske, Missye Martin, Pat McNease, Ed Oliver, John Sewell, Alex Sullivan, and Katharine Surkin.

The Dean Search Committee will begin its work right away. After a period of reviewing applications, interviews, reference and background checks, and mutual discernment with applicants, they will submit their recommendations to the Vestry, which will complete the search process and elect a Dean and Rector, whom the Bishop will then be asked to call. From the beginning, the committee and the Vestry will be in regular communication with the Office of the Bishop.

We are excited about this committee and believe they will represent us well. Read more about them below. They have a big task ahead of them, so please pray daily for them as well as the Vestry throughout the process.

Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look gra­ciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a Dean for this Cathedral, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Pray also for our Cathedral Community in our ongoing endeavor to be the people God is calling us to be.

O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Finally, thanks so much to everyone who offered yourselves for consideration in this service to our Cathedral community.

Faithfully yours,

                    
Charles Johnson              Joe Surkin
Senior Warden                 Junior Warden




Carol Penick (Convener)

When George and Carol moved to Mississippi in 1990, the first church they visited was St. Andrew’s, and they never considered another option. She is grateful for the very warm welcome! As a parishioner at St. Andrew’s Carol has served as a Sunday School teacher, Greeter, Meals on Wheels cook, Flower Guild member, Tuesday morning breakfast server, Habitat worker, and a variety of other roles.
 
Professionally, Carol has worked for many years as a teacher, a fundraiser for non-profits, and for the past ten years as the Executive Director of the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi. In January 2016 she retired. Her husband, George, worked in the world of philanthropy for about 30 years. He has recently retired from his 10-year career as Head of School at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School.
 
George and Carol have two adult children. Their daughter, Holladay, lives in New Orleans and works for General Electric, using her creative and technology skills to improve GE products. Their son, Robert, and his new wife, Anna, live in Nashville where he works for UBS and she is a therapist.
 
The Penicks have two black labs and a calico cat. With them, they moved last year into Jackson after living in Flora, Mississippi, for 27 years.
 
Carol says, “For 27 years we’ve seen good times and not-so-good times, and today it feels like we’re entering an exciting period of positive change. I look forward to the next stage in the life of our church – The vestry is strong; the congregation is ready for this search; and the profile for the next Dean will lead us in the right direction. It’s an exciting time to be a member of the St. Andrew’s Cathedral!"

Linda Bass

Linda Bass is a native of Owasso, Oklahoma. Mississippi has been her home since 1972 and she has Member of St. Andrew’s Cathedral since 2009.
 
At St. Andrew’s, Linda is a member of the Holy Smokers/Smokettes, a server at the Tuesday Morning Breakfast Club, a member of the Morning Prayer Chain, an Usher, and has is a former Member of the Vestry.
 
She has been executive assistant to Leland Speed / EastGroup Properties since 1997 and also has worked in the Disaster Recovery Division of the Mississippi Development Authority since 2004.
 
Linda and her husband, Johnny Bass, Sr. are the parents of three adult children, Johnny, Jr., Nikki and Stuart. They have five grandchildren – Trey (16), Aidan (12), Lucas (8), Samantha (6) and Jagger (5).
 
In her spare time Linda enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, reading, sewing, crafting and cutting the grass on their 5 acres! Linda says, “I am excited about the positive future our parish has and being part of it!”

Anne Dulske

Originally from Oklahoma, Anne and her husband Mike moved to Jackson in 1990. She is a cradle Roman Catholic who started coming to St. Andrew’s Cathedral in 2010. Bishop Seage Received Anne earlier this year.
 
She has been serving as a Verger for a little over four years. As a verger, she often steps in as an Acolyte, a Chalice Bearer and assists with Funerals. In 2014, she began EFfM and just completed the course of study in May. Currently, Anne serves on the Liturgy and Music Commission, the Parish Life Commission, the Stewardship Commission, and is front desk volunteer every other week. She was Co-Chair of the 2018 Stewardship Campaign along with Justin Croft. 
 
Anne and Mike have four children who all graduated from St. Andrew's School: David graduated from Millsaps in 2016, Luke graduated from Rhodes College in 2018, Sarah Chase will graduate from SMU in 2019 while Mary Carol is on track to graduate from NYU in 2021. Mike and Anne will be celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary at the end June.
 
Anne says, “In a few short years, the St. Andrew's community has transformed me. The spiritual enrichment I have gained through EfM, our Lenten Book Study Group (which meets year round), our weekly services, and various other formation offerings is indescribable. The invaluable friendships I have been fortunate enough to cultivate have created a nurturing, supportive environment for me, personally and spiritually. I truly enjoy the variety of ways I have been able to serve our church community. I’m so thankful this is my church home!”

Missye Martin

Missye Martin is a cradle Episcopalian and grew up at St. Andrew’s Cathedral. She and her family, son Harrison (11) and daughter McNeil (7), returned to St. Andrews three years ago. She has served in the past as Vacation Bible School Chair, Children’s Chapel Volunteer, Lenten Study Group Leader, Small Groups Ministry Administrator, Facilitator, and Facilitator Trainer.  Missye is also a Level I trained Catechist.
 
She has served on the Board of Directors for the Junior League of Jackson as Strategic Planning Director, Community Vice President, Placement Chair and presently as Operations Vice President.
 
Missye is an attorney serving as Deputy General Counsel for The Mississippi Bar. Her practice focuses on attorney ethics. She routinely handles attorney discipline and incapacity matters.
 
Missye is grateful that St. Andrew’s is her faith community and honored to serve on the Dean Search Committee.

Pat McNease

Colin A. P. (Pat) McNease was born on June 12, 1939. Pat is a graduate of Murrah High School (1957) and the University of Missouri School of Journalism (1961). He served his country as an officer in the United States Marine Corps (1961-1965).
In his professional life, Pat was an Investment Advisor and Branch Office Manager. He is now retired.
Pat began attending St. Andrew’s Cathedral in 1967 and was confirmed in 1970. At St. Andrew’s, Pat has served three terms as a member of the Vestry member, several years as a children’s Sunday School teacher, an EYC leader, Every Member Canvass Chairman, Lector, Usher, and a group leader for the Disciples of Christ in Community.
He is married to Susan McNease. Pat and Susan have three adult children – Colin P. McNease, who lives in Long Beach, CA, Catherine Stevens, who lives in Alton, VA and Elizabeth Hays, who lives in Hillsboro, NC.
Pat is grateful for the opportunity to serve St. Andrew’s Cathedral as a member of the Dean Search Committee.

Ed Oliver

Ed Oliver was reared in the Roman Catholic Church but left when he was twenty years old because, as he says, “I could not reconcile my understanding of a loving and accepting God as revealed in the Gospels with the church's view of my authentic self.” After a self-imposed twenty-year exile from organized religion, Ed was Received by Bishop Gray Jr. at St. Andrew’s Cathedral on May 14th, Mother's Day, of 1991.
 
Since joining St. Andrew's, Ed has been an active member, which has included serving on several Inquirer's Classes, two Catechumenate sessions, Every Member Canvas, Chalice Bearer, Member of the Vestry, Branches Leader, Human Sexuality Committee Convener, Founding Board Member of Grace House, St. Andrew's AIDS Care Team, Breakfast Club, annual Greening coordinator, and Front Desk Volunteer, and has just become a member of the newly organized Evangelism Commission.
 
After careers in retail, the hospitality industry, advertising and mental health Ed found himself at a crossroads related to the death of his father and a call to some sort of ministry dealing with life and death issues. In what might be called a “midlife crisis” Ed went to nursing school and eventually found a career at UMMC on a GYN Oncology and Surgery unit. Caring for the sick and in some cases dealing with patients and their families in the midst of the death was rewarding, and in many cases heart breaking. He retired from UMMC in June of last year.
 
Socially, Ed enjoys a small circle of close friends and many acquaintances from various walks of life and experiences. After several relationships that did not have the longevity he had hoped for Ed currently lives alone, except for my furry four-footed dictator, in Belhaven. 

John Sewell

John Sewell was Confirmed at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral in May 1991, John and his wife, Kim, are active members of the Cathedral. He is a Holy Smoker, a past Vestry member, has sung in the Parish Choir, taught in EYC, and helped produce the Gospel Stage at the Cathedral during the Jubilee!JAM music festival in the late 1990s.
 
John attended the University of Alabama and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Millsaps College.
 
John currently serves as director of communications and marketing at Millsaps College in Jackson. He brought 25 years of experience in communications, marketing, and government to this role, having previously served as director of corporate communications at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi, deputy communications coordinator for Governor Ronnie Musgrove, director of communications for the Mississippi Economic Council, and as a speechwriter for Governor Ray Mabus. John also spent two years in Washington, D.C. as a legislative assistant for Representative Wayne Dowdy and Representative Donald Payne.
 
Acting on his belief that personal involvement is critical to building stronger communities, John is an active volunteer and currently serves on the boards for Goodwill Industries of Mississippi, the Duncan M. Gray Conference Center, the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, and a new advisory board in development for Stewpot Community Ministries. He is a past board member of the Rotary Club of North Jackson, the Mississippi Public Health Institute, the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra Foundation, New Stage Theatre, American Red Cross, Fondren Renaissance Foundation, Mississippi Opera, and Jubilee!JAM. An active runner, Sewell is a founding member of the production team for the Mississippi Blues Marathon and continues to serve as part of the team.
 
The Sewells live in Fondren with their three children, Charlie (17), Jack (15), and Maggie (13). John is looking forward serving with others in the search for a Dean.

Alex Sullivan

Alex Sullivan, a member of the Cathedral Choir at St. Andrew’s Cathedral, works as a judicial law clerk at the Mississippi Supreme Court for Presiding Justice Jim Kitchens. He graduated from Mississippi College School of Law and was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 2013. In August 2017, he was sworn in to practice before the United States Supreme Court by the Chief Justice of the United States, the Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr., in a unique ceremony at the Mississippi Supreme Court during the Chief Justice’s visit, which was in conjunction with the Mississippi Bicentennial.
 
Alex is a music lover and currently serves as president of the Mississippi Chambre Music Guild, a non-profit organization that presents performances of wonderful local and out-of-state chamber music groups. Alex is particularly fond of the Anglican music tradition and has been privileged to have been a part of the Cathedral Choir under three choirmasters, John Paul, Royce Boyer, and, Jessica Nelson. Alex also plays violin and viola. He performs regularly with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and serves as principal viola for the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, which performs at St. Andrew’s.
 
When he is not working, singing, or playing violin or viola, Alex enjoys working out, gardening, reading, and antiquing. Alex is honored to have been selected to serve on the St. Andrew's Dean Search Committee.

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Katharine Surkin

Katharine Surkin was baptized at St. Christopher’s, Jackson in 1977, and Confirmed at St. Paul’s, Newport, Arkansas in 1990. She has been a member of St. Andrew’s Cathedral since 2001. She is involved with the Holy Smokers/Holy Smokettes, serves as a Chalice Bearer, and recently completed service on the Vestry.
 
Katharine attended Millsaps College and graduated with a BS in Psychology in 1999. She attended The University of Mississippi Law School and was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 2002. She is also licensed to practice law in Alabama. Katharine is currently the Senior Law Clerk for Presiding Justice Michael K. Randolph of the Mississippi Supreme Court, after working in private practice for ten years.
 
She is married to Joe Surkin and they have three children, Adam (31), Mary Kate (21), and Joseph (18). Adam is married to Leian and has two daughters Shelby (12) and Evelyn (6). Katharine’s Dad was an Episcopal Priest, serving the dioceses of Mississippi, Arkansas, and Alabama, and would have celebrated his forty-sixth anniversary to the priesthood this past May. Her mom currently lives in Madison, and her sister, Helen, is a social worker with the V.A. in Little Rock, Arkansas.
 
Katharine looks forward to serving on the committee charged with conducting the process that will lead to the call of a Dean for St. Andrew’s Cathedral.

June 17, 2018

   After editing multiple drafts, the Profile Committee is nearing its goal to produce a final draft to present to the Vestry on Monday night, June 25.  Information compiled from the parish wide survey, the Focus Groups, the Sunday morning Round Table discussions, and individual interviews are being compiled to write the profile document.

    A Town Hall meeting involving the Cathedral’s city-wide community outreach partners and their St. Andrew’s volunteer counterparts was held on June 13 in the Parish Hall. In addition to the Profile Committee, about 30 people attended. We hope this is the beginning of more coordination and brainstorming among the commissions. The purpose was to gather information for the profile document about the Cathedral’s outreach interests and efforts. A member of the Mayor’s staff presented a short overview of the City’s Strategic Plan as a backdrop for our work in meeting the needs of all citizens.  The commissions represented were:  the Angel Tree; the Breakfast Club; CONTACT, the Crisis Line; the Good Samaritan Families in Crisis; Grace House; Habitat for Humanity; Harbor House, Honduras Medical Mission, Meals on Wheels, the McLean Fletcher Center; Mississippi Food Network; Mississippi Light Collaborative; Mission Mississippi; Operation Shoestring; Refill Cafe; Springboard to Opportunities; Stewpot Community Services; and Working Together Jackson.

    We have been meeting several times per week, and are “working at the speed of trust”, our mantra. We ask for your prayers as we reach toward our goal to produce a well-documented and accurate portrayal of our beloved Cathedral.


June 8, 2018

We are presently engaged in the actual writing of the first rough draft . We are collating and organizing responses to the electronic and written survey, the pew cards, and the interviews with clergy, staff, and parishioners. The rough draft will be presented to the Vestry on Monday, June 25. Other drafts will follow after suggestions are made. We are working toward the goal of having the final draft ready by mid July. 
We continue to work “at the speed of trust” and ask for your prayers during this critical and important process of absorbing and interpreting the data that we have collected. We are still available for comments or questions. Please email questions to the Profile Committee: Elizabeth Bush, Kelly Allin Butler, Noel Didla, Nan Graves Goodman, Henderson “Hinky” Hall, Bill Nation, and Sarah Stripp at profile@standrews.ms.

May 25, 2018

The Profile Committee wishes to thank those communicants who attended the panel discussion in the Parish Hall last Sunday. We appreciate the support, as well as the questions and comments.
We are presently engaged in the actual writing of the first rough draft . We are collating and organizing responses to the electronic and written survey, the pew cards, and the interviews with clergy, staff, and parishioners. The rough draft will be presented to the Vestry on Monday, June 25. Other drafts will follow after suggestions are made. We are working toward the goal of having the final draft ready by mid July. 
We continue to work “at the speed of trust” and ask for your prayers during this critical and important process of absorbing and interpreting the data that we have collected. We are still available for comments or questions. Please email questions to the Profile Committee: Elizabeth Bush, Kelly Allin Butler, Noel Didla, Nan Graves Goodman, Henderson “Hinky” Hall, Bill Nation, and Sarah Stripp at profile@standrews.ms.

May 20, 2018

On Sunday morning, May 20 (today), the Profile Committee invites you to join us in an open discussion during the coffee hour in the Parish Hall. An update will be given as well as a question and answer time. Please join us as we continue to make progress toward writing a profile for the new dean.

We continue to work “at the speed of trust”. You may email the Profile Committee at profile@standrews.ms or ask a member if you have questions: Elizabeth Bush, Kelly Allin Butler, Noel Didla, Nan Graves Goodman, Henderson (Hinky) Hall, Bill Nation, and Sarah Stripp. The Profile Players will present a drama later this summer to shed light on the process by which we have gathered information and written a profile.

May 11, 2018

The Profile Committee wishes to thank those parishioners who completed the electronic or paper survey. Over the next two weeks, we will be interviewing members who requested an interview or who are unable to come to church. Once this process is completed, we will start writing the profile which will be used to search for a new dean.
   

If you have any questions, please contact a member of the committee: Elizabeth Bush, Kelly Allin Butler, Noel Didla, Nan Graves Goodman, Henderson “Hinky” Hall, Bill Nation, and Sarah Stripp, directly or at profile@standrews.ms

The play originally scheduled for the adult formation hour on May 20 is being postponed until the time the profile is completed. Instead, on May 20 in the Parish Hall between services, we will have an extended coffee hour and an update by the Profile Committee, including a review of the data that has been collected through surveys, focus groups, and interviews.
Stay tuned for further Profile Committee events which will take place on Sunday mornings.

May 4, 2018

The Profile Committee has an important request: Please take the on-line survey by midnight tonight (May 6). An email containing a link to the survey was sent to email addresses this past week. Also, the survey can be found on the St. Andrew’s website: www.standrews.ms/profilesurvey. Paper copies are available in the Rotunda, but should be completed and put in the Comment Box today to be counted. We need every parishioner’s input in order to produce a written profile for the new dean.
 
Other upcoming Profile Committee events are:
 
  • May 20 during the Sunday school hour: a drama will be produced by the Profile Players in the Parish Hall to shed light on the process being used to write the profile for the new dean.
 
  • Join us June 3 immediately after the 10 a.m. church service (new summer church hour): Art & Pot Luck in the Parish Hall will focus on involving Cathedral children, their parents, grandparents, and friends in the search for the new dean. Bring a dish to share with your Cathedral family and come have fun making art focused on our wonderful parish family.
  • It’s not too late to fill out the survey card inserted in the service bulletin today. Please share your thoughts there, and insert into the Comment Box in the Rotunda.
 
  • Contact a member of the Profile Committee (Elizabeth Bush, Kelly Allin Butler, Noel Didla, Nan Graves Goodman, Henderson “Hinky” Hall, Bill Nation, and Sarah Stripp) at profile@standrews.ms to ask questions or request a personal interview.
 
Thanks to all parishioners who attended a Profile Focus Group and have taken the electronic survey. With the information and data collected, the writing of the profile will begin next week!

April 27, 2018

The Profile Committee needs your help to gather information to be used in the written profile for the search for a new dean of St. Andrew’s. Please contact a member of the committee if you have questions: Elizabeth Bush, Kelly Allin Butler, Nan Graves Goodman, Henderson “Hinky” Hall, Bill Nation and Sarah Stripp. We need input from every parishioner. Options for involvement are listed below:
 
  • Join a Round Table Discussion Group happening today (April 29) in the Parish Hall during the Sunday School hour.
  • Take the fifteen minute On-line Survey at (standrews.ms/profilesurvey)which has been sent to every member’s email box. Paper copies are available upon request.
  • Complete a short survey, found in the pews and insert into the Comment Box which is located in the Rotunda.
  • Attend the fun performance of the “Profile Players” in the Parish Hall on Sunday, May 20.
  • Email the profile committee at profile@standrews.ms if you desire a Personal Interview or have any questions.

April 20, 2018

The members of the Profile Committee, elected by the Vestry: Elizabeth Bush, Kelly Allin Butler, Noel Didla, Nan Graves Goodman, Henderson (Hinky) Hall, Bill Nation, and Sarah Stripp have been working hard each Monday night for two months to prepare the written profile which will be used in the search for the new Dean of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral. The profile will describe the unique and wonderful makeup of the St. Andrew’s community as a Diocesan Cathedral, and will also reflect specific desires for attributes, abilities, and gifts to be found in the new Dean. Numerous opportunities have been designed for parishioners to be involved and to contribute information for the written profile:

 1. All parishioners have been invited to sign up for Focus Groups, scheduled to meet in members’ homes between April 24 and May 4. Day and night meetings are offered. Identical questions will be presented in each group, which will be led by a trained facilitator. Focus Group content, which will be gathered by a recorder from the Profile Committee, will be used in the compilation of the written profile itself. Sign up sheets can be found in the Rotunda, as well as on-line at standrews.ms/thesearchforadean. Please get involved by joining one of these groups.
 
  2. In addition, a parish wide electronic survey has also been emailed to all communicants, and paper copies will also be available upon request. The Profile Committee requests parish wide involvement by every member on this survey which will provide specific material to be used in the written profile of the Cathedral. The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. standrews.ms/profilesurvey

  
3. A “Comment Box” is located in the Rotunda where members may insert a completed flyer with answers to five specific questions. The flyer is included with each Sunday’s service bulletin. The answered flyer may also be placed in the offering plate.

 
4. Finally, a short drama will be produced by the “Profile Players” in the Parish Hall during the Sunday school hour on May 20. The drama will creatively and humorously reflect on the work of the Profile Committee and prepare parishioners for the next step in the process of the search for a new Dean as the Profile Committee hands over its work to the Search Committee. 

April 13, 2018

We greatly desire parishioner involvement in this profiling process! Options for member involvement in the Profile work are:
  • Focus Group sign-up sheets which are posted in the Parish Hall for parishioners to choose a small discussion group to be held in a member’s home between April 24 and May 4. Three new Daytime Focus Groups have been added. Please sign up today!
  • A one-time Focus Group will be conducted on Sunday, May 27th between services.
  • A comment box which is available also in the Rotunda for parishioners’ comments.
  • A flyer, handed out with the bulletin, which provides questions for parishioners. Please insert these completed flyers in the Rotunda comment box or place in the offering plate.
  • An electronic survey which will arrive by e-mail in parishioners’ in-boxes Sunday. Please take 15-20 minutes to fill out the survey and return. A paper copy will be mailed later in the week for parishioners who would prefer to answer the questions by hand.
More opportunities for involvement will be forthcoming.
The Profile Committee meets every Monday night to continue work aimed toward writing a profile to use in the search for a new dean of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral. The committee members, elected by the Vestry, are: Elizabeth Bush, Kelly Allin Butler, Noel Didla, Nan Graves Goodman, Henderson (Hinky) Hall, Bill Nation and Sarah Stripp.

April 5, 2018

The Profile Committee wishes to keep parishioners informed about work being done and opportunities for involvement.
We want comments! The list below includes current options:
  • Sign up sheets are posted in St. Francis Hall or online at standrews.ms/thesearchforadean/#focusgroups for parishioners to choose a small focus group to attend in members’ homes. We hope all parishioners can attend one of these groups which will meet between April 29 and May 4.
  • Banners are posted in two places for responses to specific questions: in the hallway adjacent to the kitchen and stairwell, and in the youth wing downstairs.
  • A comment box in the Rotunda is available for parishioners to use for remarks.
  • A flyer will be handed out by the ushers along with the service bulletin for comments and additional information.
  • Locate a member of the Profile Committee (Elizabeth Bush, Kelly Allin Butler, Noel Didla, Nan Graves Goodman, Hinky Hall, Bill Nation, and Sarah Stripp) to ask questions. Future opportunities will be announced in the bulletin each Sunday.

March 28, 2018

We need parishioners comments!


We want to hear from you!

As the St. Andrew’s family prepares to call a new Dean for our Cathedral, all parishioners are invited to contribute thoughts and stories to help the Profile Committee convey an accurate and robust narrative of our life together for prospective candidates. 

The Profile committee is very interested in receiving your recollections and photographs—past and present, as well as your ideas, desires, and expectations for the future.  All perspectives are valued and needed for the story to be complete.  

You may choose one or more opportunities from the following options:

  • Use this form to respond to a few questions and/or to offer other comments and suggestions (see other side).

  • Complete a Pew Card (different from the Visitor’s Card), including comments on the blank side. Either of these can be placed in the offering plate or dropped in the Comment Box located in the Rotunda.

  • Respond to a series of questions posted on the Profile Committee’s banners located on the bulletin board and the wall next to the stairs in the Parish Hall, and in the Youth Space.

  • Post a question on-line by using the questions to the right of this message OR send us an e-mail at profile@standrews.com.

  • Sign-up for a Focus Group being hosted in parishioners’ homes between April 24th and May 4th. Sign-up sheets will be in St. Francis’ Hall on Easter and in the Rotunda on subsequent Sundays.

  • Respond to the on-line survey which will go live on April 20th. A weblink will be forthcoming; print copies will also be made available.

  • Participate in the Sunday Morning Focus Groups to be hosted during coffee hour on April 29th.

  • Participate in a Pot Luck Supper Art Night and view the Profile Players’ Comedic Sketch to be announced mid-Spring

Only the Profile Committee will see your comments.  Although we may excerpt quotes for use in the Parish Profile, these will not be attributed to a particular person.  Adding your name is optional, unless you are volunteering to host a focus group or would like for us to follow up with you individually.  In those cases, please include a good contact number or email address.

Thank you for your participation!

The Profile Committee:  Elizabeth Bush, Kelly Butler, Noel Didla, Nan Graves Goodman, Hinky Henderson, Bill Nation, Sarah Stripp

profile@standrews.ms





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March 21, 2018

We need parishioners comments!


The Profile Committee met on March 21 and will meet again each Monday night for several weeks. Parishioners, we need your comments! Many opportunities exist for involvement in creating a profile for the next Cathedral dean:

  • Answer new questions appearing each week on the banner displayed on the wall opposite the kitchen near the stairway.
  • Enter comments on the St. Andrew’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/yourcathedralinthecity. The link to the online form is pinned at the top of the page. There are several sections, so find the Section labeled “Posts” which should show up at the very top of the post section and then enter your comments.
  • Sign up's will be available soon for focus groups that will be held in parishioners’ homes.
  • A comment box will be placed in the Rotunda soon, as well, for parishioners to place handwritten comments.


March 9, 2018

Update from the Profile Committee

As the Profile Committee begins its work discerning what qualities and characteristics we hope to see in our new Dean, members of the Cathedral are invited to participate with the Profile Committee in sharing their hopes for the Cathedral moving forward. During the first phase of the process, parishioners will be invited to reflect on and respond to a series of questions that will be posted by the Profile Committee in three formats:

  • Writing an answer on the response wall located in the Parish Hall

  • Writing a response on a designated note card found in the pews. These can be dropped in the offering plate on Sunday morning.

  • Responding digitally through an online form. The link can also be found on the St. Andrew's Facebook page.
The first prompt we are asking members to respond to is describe the qualities you hope to see in a new Dean. Please take some time to reflect and respond in whichever way you are able.


February 20, 2018

The Search for a Dean


With the appointment of a Profile Committee, it is now possible to publish a timeline for the process leading to the election of the next Dean of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral. Here is a graphic that provides a summary of the process with the mileposts along the way. By clicking on the image, you can open a full size document that may be downloaded and printed.


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The major steps in the process are:
Appointment of Profile Committee
The Profile Committee will guide the Cathedral through self-examination and study to gather data about the parish and the surrounding community. They will then study and analyze the data and prepare a Parish Profile, which accurately and honestly describes the parish, its strengths and weakness, opportunities and challenges.
 
Appointment of Search Committee
The Search Committee will receive applications from qualified Priests. After review of applications, appropriate reference and background checks will take place, followed by video interviews of those whose vocational profile best matches the Cathedral’s profile. Further interviews and face-to-face visits with the candidates deemed to be the best matches will be conducted. Finally, the Search Committee will meet with the Vestry to present their recommendations for finalists. The Vestry will complete the search with final interviews and visits.

Appointment of Transition Committee
The Transition Committee will make plans for the Interim Dean’s departure and the arrival of the new Dean. They will arrange for farewell and welcome receptions, assist with moving, make appropriate introductions, and whatever is necessary to ensure a generous welcome for the new Dean and family.
 
Election & Call of a Dean
After interviews, visits, and a period of prayerful discernment, the vestry will meet in the context of worship to elect a Dean. Following the election, the Bishop calls the new Dean. When the details establishing the pastoral relationship are completed, announcements are made at the church the Dean-elect is leaving, then at St. Andrew’s Cathedral.
 
Farewell to the Interim Dean
Shortly before the arrival of the new Dean, appropriate time is taken to bid farewell to the Interim Dean.
 
Welcome of Dean & Celebration of New Ministry
The new Dean and family relocate to Jackson. The Transition Committee ensures a generous welcome, arranges introductions and receptions, and organizes a Celebration of a New Ministry.
 


February 19, 2018

Vestry Appoints Profile Committee


The Vestry has appointed a seven-member Profile Committee to gather the data and develop the profile that will be used in the search for a Dean. After meeting with Canon Paul Stephens, who reviewed the expectations, resources, and timeline for the process leading to the election of the next Dean, the Vestry decided that the committee would be made up of seven people representative of a cross section of the Cathedral community and who possess a variety of gifts and graces that will be necessary in listening, analyzing, writing, illustrating, and publishing the profile. Fifty-two persons were considered, half of which were suggested in response to the invitation for input from the Cathedral community. From those fifty-two, twenty-one were on the final list from which the seven were chosen.

The members of the Profile Committee are:


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Elizabeth Bush

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Kelly Butler

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Noel Didla

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Nan Goodman

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Henderson Hall

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Bill Nation

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Sarah Stripp

 

In the invitation for suggestions of names to be considered, we included a description of the work of the Profile Committee and a description of some of the gifts and graces the Vestry would be looking for in the membership. CLICK HERE to read those descriptions.

The Profile Committee will have its initial meeting on Saturday, February 24. At that meeting, Canon Stephens will provide training, a convener will be chosen, and a meeting schedule will be established.

A special email address has been created, which you may use to communicate with the committee: profile@standrews.ms.

Thanks to these faithful members for answering the call to serve. Please remember them in your prayers and be prepared to participate in the survey and conversations they will soon host. Their goal will be to have gathered the necessary information by the end of May so that the finished and approved profile can be made public by late summer. Your attention and participation will help the committee accomplish their mission on schedule.




February 1, 2018

Profile Committee Recommendations


We are pleased to announce that Bishop Seage has authorized the Vestry to appoint a Profile Committee in anticipation of the Search for a Dean. Your suggestions for members of that committee will help the Vestry discern the right people for the task. Here is a brief description of the work of the committee and the qualifications we will be looking for among the potential members.

The Work of the Profile Committee

Using a variety of tools (including, for instance, surveys, focus groups, archival work, and demographic data), the Profile Committee will guide the Cathedral through a comprehensive and wide-ranging self-examination and study so that data about the parish and the surrounding community might be gathered.

The Profile Committee will then study and analyze the data, and prepare a Parish Profile which accurately and honestly describes the parish, its strengths and weakness, opportunities and challenges. The Profile, along with the Episcopal Church Office for Transition Ministry Parish Profile and Episcopal News Service Featured Job Posting, both of which will also be prepared by the Profile Committee, will be used to share information about the parish with prospective candidates.

As the Cathedral looks to the future, the focus of the Profile Committee’s work should be on describing “who the Cathedral is,” and “where it is headed,” identifying gifts and graces that the parish needs a newly called priest to possess as it prepares to enter in the next chapter of its existence, and what the parish and community have to offer the new Dean and her/his family.

Membership on the Profile Committee

Individuals possessing a variety of gifts, experience and talents are needed for the Profile Committee to successfully and timely complete its work. Those gifts include but are not limited to:

  • Strong process and organization skills – these will help the Committee keep its work moving forward.
  • Listening and communication skills – these will allow parishioners’ descriptions of their hopes and dreams to be heard, and then distilled into a coherent chorus.
  • Strong research backgrounds – these will assist in developing survey questions, and gathering and analyzing data.
  • Writing and editing experience – an essential part of the Committee’s work will be to craft and produce the Parish Profile, the Episcopal Office for Transition Ministry Parish Profile and Episcopal News Service Announcement.
  • Skills in photography, technology, graphic design, and visual media – creativity, color, and imagination will help tell the story of the Cathedral.

Most importantly, members of the Profile Committee should be dedicated to and focused upon this work, be team players and collaborators, and be responsible and accountable to other Committee members. The Committee will begin its work in March and should conclude its work by early August.

After prayerful consideration of the work of the committee and the qualifications of its members, if you or someone you know may feel called to serve on the Profile Committee, please notify us (confidentially) by using the email address below.

profile@standrews.ms

Thank you for your interest and for your continuing prayers as we enter the next stage of transition.

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Charles Johnson

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Joe Surkin