June 17, 2021: Annual Meeting Recap

By Kevin LeGrand, Senior Warden

The All Souls 2021 Annual Meeting took place on Sunday, June 13 with approximately 50 participants. Out-going senior warden, Dale Lewis opened the meeting with a prayer and introduced the meeting officials: himself as Meeting Chair, Heidi Rasciner as Meeting Secretary, and Ryan Burwinkel as Parliamentarian.

Following voter certification, Check-in Captain Barry Huber affirmed a quorum. Elections for Senior and Junior Warden as well as for 6 vestry seats then took place, with candidates saying a few words about themselves. Senior and Junior Warden positions went to myself and Daniel Callis, respectively, via voice acclamation. Eligible voters then completed their ballots for vestry positions; these were collected by tellers who then exited the room to tally the votes.
Business proceeded with reports by the Treasurer and Junior and Senior Wardens, which can be found on the All Souls Governance Page. First, new Treasurer, Kathleen Scholl gave an extensive report. Key items she noted:

  • Pledging for 2021 declined (both number of pledges and amount pledged)
  • A Rectory Fund withdrawal of over $140,000 is needed if contributions don’t increase
  • Parishioners who plan to give more have been unable to update their pledge in Realm
  • If you plan to give more than your current 2021 pledge amount, please email Kathleen at treasurer@allsoulsdc.org.

As Junior Warden, I highlighted parts of my report focusing first on our response to the pandemic. Much time and talent went into producing high quality video services with excellent music and compelling homilies. We are deeply grateful to those who made these services possible. Additionally, we offered real-time services twice per week over Zoom and transitioned many fellowship and formation activities to online formats.

We offered occasional in-person services in our nave starting in early March. Vestry members and volunteers called all parishioners at several points during the pandemic to keep our community intact. 

Our reconciliation process expanded parishioners’ awareness of experiences and perceptions different from their own. Story telling forums were compelling, and Fr. Martin Smith’s discussion of liturgical experimentation helped open our collective mindset. We are thankful to Bishop Mariann for talking with us in depth about past diocesan decisions regarding All Souls and answering questions with empathy, kindness, and transparency. The reconciliation process, now focused on discerning our mission and vision, will continue with our new interim rector.

I noted progress on recent building and garden challenges. The parish is grateful to those who give of their talent to follow up with a contractor or cut the grass. Much work remains, so please volunteer to building and garden committees or wherever your talent can be used.

Through this tough past year, a bright spot has been the anticipation of a new digital organ. Our former organ literally surrounded meeting participants. It had been disassembled and moved to the undercroft the prior week to make way for installation of the new Walker organ. The Outreach Committee has been another bright spot in All Souls recent life as we expanded the set of organizations we support to include Food & Friends and Bishop Walker School.

Finally, I asked everyone to welcome our new parish administrator, Elijah Mills, who started at All Souls on
June 9th.

Next, Senior Warden Dale Lewis spoke of efforts to continue the operation of the parish absent full-time clergy and the involvement of the vestry in decision-making. He is pleased that the Rev. Dr. Julianne Buenting will become our Interim Rector this summer noting that she will bring “strength of leadership and caring pastoral presence to foster ongoing healing in this parish.”

Dale noted that our reconciliation process involved work on prayer and healing, eucharistic practices, honest communications, and mission focus. He cited the diocese’s support of our calling an Interim Rector as a reflection of our substantial progress in reconciliation but added that the work is not done. It must continue and transition to the Rev. Julianne.

Significant stone restoration and waterproofing along the east side of the administration building was successful. Next, the waterproofing will be extended up to the church nave. A significant opportunity for All Souls is the largely unused part of the administration building’s lower level. An effort to establish a day care facility there ended due to the pandemic and a lack of funding from DC. MTFA Architects completed a Pre-Design Concept and a feasibility study for a facility-wide HVAC system.

Dale is rightfully very proud of the accomplishments of Scout BSA Troop 248, which now has about 40 girls. Within the past month, he has approved our first two Eagle Scout applications.

To conclude, Dale advised us to find ways to include people. He noted that our reconciliation efforts and virtual gatherings had allowed us to break down some communications silos. 

Tellers gave election results to Meeting Secretary, Heidi Rasciner. Cynthia Evans, John Longstreth, and Art
Warren were elected to the 3-year 2021-2024 terms. vEnessa Acham, Tony Domenico, and Stef Vestal were
elected to fill the remaining 2 years of the 2020-2023 terms.

On behalf of the vestry and parishioners, I presented a certificate of appreciation and gift card to Dale for his dedicated service to All Souls. Representatives of the Episcopal Men’s Fellowship group then presented a gift and plaque of appreciation to Dale. The meeting was then closed with a prayer.

Kevin LeGrand, PhD
Senior Warden

Last Published: June 19, 2021 8:21 AM
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