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Parish Profile: Rector Search 2016

The mission of All Souls Church is to be a Christ-centered sanctuary where a diverse community worships and serves. We live this mission through faithful celebration of the eucharist, christian education, and loving nurture of both members and neighbors.
 

Introduction

Located in the neighborhood of Woodley Park in Washington, DC, All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church strives to live out our name that we might truly be a community for All Souls. All Souls is most certainly a place to pray. But it is also a place to eat, sing, laugh, cry, learn, and grow. It’s a place to be baptized, married, and mourned. It’s a place that re-charges, revitalizes and energizes so that we can, as Paul wrote to the Ephesians, return to the world “for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” With a unique blend of dignity and humor, as well as pomp and playfulness, our worship allows the Holy Spirit to lead us deeply into what the Psalms call “the beauty of holiness.”
 
 

Summary
 

All Souls is a healthy church with enormous potential. Our parish surveys indicate high levels of satisfaction with our traditional worship and active church fellowship, and our membership and pledge revenue remain robust at a time when many Episcopal churches are in decline. Our goals include attracting and nurturing new members of all generations and backgrounds, greater service and outreach opportunities, and deeper spiritual growth. Our neighborhood (and the District of Columbia in general) presents a great opportunity, with many young people moving in who might be looking for a church home. We hope to find a rector who has wisdom, scholarship, energy, mirth, and an open and welcoming heart. In short, we are doing okay now, but we want to live more abundantly, sharing the ministry and worship of Jesus Christ with our neighborhood, city, and the world. 

 


 

A Note on Surveys & Sources

The All Souls search committee has created this profile using information from:

  • a recent survey of the parish conducted specifically for the rector search;
  • several in-person discussion forums open to all parishioners; and
  • RenewalWorks, a parish survey and discernment process aimed at identifying pathways to spiritual growth for All Souls.

     

Parish Survey

The search committee conducted the parish survey during February 2016. One hundred two parishioners completed the survey. The full results of the survey are available here.

 

Open Forums

The search committee conducted three forums immediately before or after worship services. Approximately 75 people attended these meetings. During the forums, parishioners were asked open-ended questions to facilitate discussion and brainstorming regarding desired characteristics of the new rector. Although the information from these sessions was not as “hard” as the survey data, the search committee took detailed notes and found the conversations highly informative in discerning the parish’s vision for the new rector.

 

RenewalWorks

In 2014 the parish participated in the RenewalWorks survey and held three open meetings to discuss the results. We had 123 respondents to this survey, which was approximately 77% of our average weekend attendance during 2014. If you would like to review the complete results of our RenewalWorks survey, please contact Joey Rick at the Episcopal Diocese of Washington: jrick@edow.org.

The questions in the RenewalWorks survey were designed to identify (i) the priorities of the parish, (ii) its areas of success (in which satisfaction matched or exceeded the level of priority indicated by the congregation) and (iii) its needs (in which satisfaction fell behind the identified priority). 

 


 

Who is the Next Rector of All Souls?

In our parish survey, we asked what areas of ministry and what personal traits would be important in our next rector. The areas of ministry that were most often ranked as “very important” were:

  • Preaching: makes scripture relevant to people’s lives (72%);
  • Worship: services that nourish the congregation (70%);
  • Church Growth and Development: build programs and engage members in church life (43%); 
  • Spiritual Growth: leads others in spiritual growth (38%); and
  • Theology: deep biblical and historical knowledge (38%).

 

Other areas of ministry identified by many as “important” or “very important” were: administrative ability, adult Christian education, stewardship and pastoral care. The personal traits of a potential rector most often ranked as “very important” were:

  • Dynamic speaker/preacher (67%);
  • Well-read and broadly knowledgeable (50%);
  • Sense of humor (45%);
  • Good listener (43%);
  • Personable/outgoing (42%); and
  • Accessible (36%).

 

Many of the above skills and qualities were also identified as important during our open forum discussions.

 

Preaching

Our parishioners ranked excellent preaching as the most important skill for our next rector to have. In our survey and during focus groups, parishioners said they prefer sermons that are biblically based, relevant to daily life and “unapologetically Christian.” We have a highly educated congregation that would be disappointed by sermons that are “dumbed down,” banal, or poorly researched or prepared. For example, we would be pleased if the new rector were familiar with the original Greek or Hebrew biblical text or cited insights from great church theologians in sermons. We hope for challenging preaching that encourages spiritual growth while recognizing the diversity of opinions and spiritual practice in the congregation.

 

Christian Formation

We are looking for a rector who is enthusiastic and skilled in spiritual formation: a “coach,” guiding us as we learn to pray and become better Christians, tapping our unrealized potential. We live in a busy and distracting world and seek greater Christian engagement to bring us peace, focus, and inner strength.

 

Worship and Liturgical Leadership

We care about a beautiful and meaningful worship service. Please see “Worship” section.

 

Pastoral Care

Again and again, parishioners have shared touching stories of times in their lives when visits from our clergy comforted them and connected them to the church. We seek a rector who finds the “lost sheep” of the church and notices our needs. The leadership of the new rector should be radically inclusive of people of all classes, genders, ethnicities, ages and sexual orientations, making room for all souls.

 

Approachable Demeanor

We recognize that the sacrifice acceptable to God is a humble spirit. We appreciate a rector with a sense of humor. We hope to find friendliness, warmth and approachability in a new rector.

 

Administrative Skills and Experience

We hope for a rector who is an experienced, organized and flexible administrator. The rector must be comfortable both providing energetic leadership when needed and delegating significant responsibilities. We have strong lay leadership and don’t expect the rector to do all the work. For example, only 3% of survey respondents thought the rector should “directly lead most activities in the parish”, with all others calling for shared leadership or delegation to the laity.

The rector should be able to communicate regularly and clearly with the diocese and larger community. Experience with growing a congregation is a plus, especially if the rector has concrete ideas about how best to do this. We are not afraid of evangelism or talking about stewardship (stewardship talks by members during the annual pledge drive are often highlights of worship), and we would like a rector to be comfortable in these areas and also have experience in church finances. 

 

Rector Preferences

 


 

Areas for Parish Improvement & Growth

Through recent parish surveys and forum discussions, we have identified several areas where we hope to improve as a congregation.

 

Grow our numbers as a congregation.

This was the number one “challenge” identified in our parish survey. Although membership and pledges have not declined significantly in recent years, we have not experienced substantial growth in either. We also have grown older as a congregation in recent years, with 80% of survey respondents falling between the ages of 51 and 80. Contained within the desire for growth is a desire for more diversity. We have a heritage of outreach to the LGBT community, but many respondents hoped we could expand our appeal to more straight people and all ethnicities. We hope to attract more young people and families to the church and believe that our location in a family-oriented neighborhood and in the fast-growing District of Columbia positions us well for this goal. Especially for Episcopalians, we are enthusiastic professors of our faith. We are happy being strongly anchored in our faith and proud to talk with others about it. We look forward to our new rector actively engaging with us in this area.

 

Provide a structured and welcoming space for spiritual growth.

We recognize that to prepare ourselves to grow the membership of the church, we must first be intentional about Christian formation. We need to better welcome and embrace those with no previous church experience. Through this effort, we will discover deeper spirituality. Our RenewalWorks survey indicated a desire for more opportunities for spiritual growth and opportunities to have the sometimes difficult conversations that lead us closer to God.

 

Provide and communicate opportunities for service and community outreach.

Both the parish survey and the 2014 RenewalWorks survey stressed this goal as important to our church. In response to the RenewalWorks survey, we started the “Serving All Souls” ministry to focus and intensify our outreach efforts. Through this process, we developed the seven areas of outreach highlighted in “Parish Ministries—Service and Outreach.” However, we do not view this need as fully solved and would welcome energetic engagement from our new rector in this area.

 

Meet emotional needs of the parish and provide a support structure for difficult times.

This was one of the parish needs identified in our 2014 RenewalWorks survey. In response to this, we developed the “All Souls Cares” program, which focuses on reaching out to parishioners in difficult times.

 

Challenges

The information presented in these charts comes from the Parish Survey which was conducted during February 2016. Approximately 100 respondents selected multiple responses when asked what the parish challenges were and what areas needed to be established, developed, or improved. Complete results of the survey are available here.

 


 

Parish History

Building Expansions

 

On March 5, 1911, 15 men and women gathered in a house at 2628 Garfield Street in the District of Columbia, convened by the Rev. James MacBride Sterrett. Rev. Sterrett had decided to found a parish to help define the new neighborhood developing around the intersection of Connecticut and Cathedral Avenues, well beyond the then-northwest edge of downtown Washington. And it was Rev. Sterrett, our first rector, who first declared, “[t]his is to be neither a broad church nor a narrow church, neither a high church nor a low church, but a church of All Souls.”

On October 25, 1914 the growing congregation of All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church gathered for the consecration of a permanent home—a Gothic Revival building with a nave that could seat 230 and an undercroft that could accommodate Sunday school, as well as parish suppers and congregational meetings. The years following World War I were a period of rapid growth for Washington and the parish, and in 1924 the church building underwent a major expansion and reorientation 90 degrees onto its present east-west axis.

In 1951, All Souls added its administration wing along Woodley Place, laying the cornerstone in a ceremony with Thomas Clark, a Justice of the Supreme Court.

Rectors of All Souls

In 1992, the vestry took the risk of calling a young, relatively inexperienced priest who had served as a volunteer associate in the parish under a prior interim rector. The Rev. John David Van Dooren became All Souls’ sixth rector, but only after he, at the urging of the senior warden and the bishop, made public his sexual orientation and committed relationship with a long-term partner, becoming one of the diocese’s first openly gay rectors. Father Van Dooren was a deeply spiritual priest committed to the liturgical and pastoral dimensions of the Christian ministry. 

Under Father Van Dooren, average Sunday attendance gradually grew to nearly 250, and the church became more diverse with respect to both age and sexual orientation. Pioneering openness to the LGBT community combined with traditional worship, made All Souls an unusual, if not unique, parish in our diocese, and both of these remain important to the church.

When Father Van Dooren left in 2005, All Souls was in much better shape in terms of membership and finances compared with previous rector departures. At that time, however, All Souls had historically been a rector-centric parish with a downside propensity for cycles of serious declines in attendance and contributions following the departure of beloved rectors.

When the parish called its most recent rector, Rev. John Beddingfield, in 2007, it broke the pattern of disarray during transitions, building on positive changes made during Father Van Dooren’s time and by increasing leadership from the laity. Father Beddingfield’s tenure at All Souls was characterized by relative continuity with the prior period. Like Father Van Dooren, Father Beddingfield was openly gay, with his partner attending regularly. Father Beddingfield continued and expanded the parish’s traditional worship, but his leadership style was more hands -off, which encouraged lay leadership to take a more active role.

With a spirituality deeply informed by that of St. Francis of Assisi, Father Beddingfield preached contemplative, intellectual and pastoral sermons. Father Beddingfield was active on social media and many parishioners followed his posts on weeks when they were not able to attend mass. He brought a sense of humor to all aspects of parish life, performing a blessing of the animals for St. Francis’ Day and a blessing of the seersucker at the beginning of summer (similar to the kirking of the tartan in high Presbyterian traditions). Father Beddingfield actively encouraged parish fellowship, but did not place himself at the center of it.  

We mention our two most recent rectors as a framework for discussing our parish history but are not looking for a clone of either of these men. Our lay leadership has taken significant responsibility in recent years and we no longer view ourselves as a "rector-centric" parish. Likewise, we are proud of our pioneering outreach to the LGBT community and would never want to cover it up, but we are much more than a "gay church." We do not expect or desire a gay rector over a straight one.

 

All Souls Forward

Our effort to completely address wheelchair accessibility—All Souls Forward: Living Up To Our Name—has been the major feature of the past six years, culminating in the dedication of our handicap accessibility extension in September 2015. Prior to this effort, members in wheelchairs or scooters could only get to the sanctuary and the upper level of the Administration Building (by way of the sanctuary); none of our restrooms were accessible.

With the completion of the accessibility extension, there is now an elevator which gives easy access to the entire facility and two beautiful wheelchair-accessible restrooms. Before the most recent effort began, All Souls had been discussing accessibility for at least a quarter of a century. In late 2012, All Souls engaged a capital campaign consultant. He determined that by focusing on accessibility, the church could raise $1.2M. The subsequent capital campaign raised over $1.3M.

We formally broke ground in September 2013. The cornerstone was finally laid on Sunday, May 31, 2015 (when the building was substantially complete) and the construction company completed work on the final punch list items in October 2015.

Throughout the process, everyone associated with All Souls Forward exercised considerable discipline to keep the effort focused on accessibility. However, we did take advantage of construction to address critical needs. Our entire facility is now protected by a state of the art fire alarm system. A beautiful portico was added above the church’s main doors. Excavation for the accessibility extension offered us the opportunity to lower our rear garden and to open and brighten our undercroft by installing French doors to the garden. Also, the church’s out-of-date sign was replaced.

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Parish Demographics

All Souls has 270 members, communicants, and communicants in good standing, with Sunday attendance averaging 145. As previously mentioned, the search committee developed and conducted a survey to collect input from our parishioners, and the demographic information below reflects the results of that survey. Age Pie Chart

 

Age, Race, and Gender

The vast majority (80%) of the respondents falls between ages 51 and 80, but with prominent groups of young adults as well. It is a goal of the church to attract more young families and children to ensure the future of the congregation. The racial composition of All Souls is 89% white followed by 4% African American, 3% Hispanic and 2% Asian. 3% listed themselves as “other.” Unusual for almost any church, men make up the majority (55%) of our congregation. 

 

Race Chart

 

Family, Education, Income, and Location

53% of our parish is married or partnered, followed closely by 47% who are single. The vast majority (93%) have no children living at home.

We are a well-educated congregation—64% of us have post-graduate degrees, 26% hold college degrees, and 6% attended some college.

We are also a wealthy congregation, generally speaking. A majority (68%) of households in our congregation has annual income of $100,000 or more, and 30% of our households have annual income exceeding $250,000. Only 13% have annual household income less than $50,000.

We are a neighborhood church to the 30% of parishioners who live within one mile of All Souls. The largest segment of our population (35%) lives between one and five miles away, many of whom live along the Connecticut Avenue corridor in Northwest DC, and 23% live between 5-10 miles away. It is our impression that our members travel a higher than average distance to attend All Souls than other churches of similar size in the area. 

Income and Education

 

Faith Journey and Spiritual Growth

Years AttendingOur worshippers come from a wide church background with 32% who have been Episcopalians all their lives, while another 36% became Episcopalians before joining our parish family. However, about 27% became Episcopalian after joining All Souls. Many denominations are represented in our faith journeys to this congregation—Catholic (Roman Catholic and Orthodox), Protestant (Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian and Lutheran), as well as Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Wicca, among others. By far the most prominent prior denomination is Roman Catholic, with 34% of respondents having history with this church.

We have a healthy mix of recent and long-term members. Almost half the respondents joined within the past 10 years, with another 19% joining within the past 10-15 years. 

 

Our Neighborhood

All Souls Church is in Woodley Park, an affluent neighborhood in northwest Washington, lying along both sides of Connecticut Avenue a mile or so north of the downtown. Most of the neighborhood residences are apartment buildings, condominiums, and townhouses, which increase population density, but there is no lack of refreshing green space, including the National Zoological Park and Rock Creek Park along the neighborhood’s eastern edge. The church is within walking distance of two Metro stations and several stops accessing multiple bus routes.

Although many walk to services, All Souls cannot be characterized as a neighborhood parish. Less than a third of our congregants reside in Woodley Park, with the majority coming from other parts of northwest Washington and the near suburbs of Maryland and Virginia. We consider the neighborhood a largely untapped resource for us, with many young families, many of whom have recently moved to DC and might not have a church home. 

Click here to view a demographic report for the neighborhood within a half mile circumference of the church.

All Souls is part of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, which includes the District of Columbia and Montgomery, Prince George’s, Charles, and St. Mary’s Counties in Maryland. Under the leadership of the Right Reverend Mariann Edgar Budde, the diocese has claimed that its first priority is the renewal and revitalization of our congregations and core ministries, in service to Christ’s mission. As a diocese, we feel called to engage a changing world with an enduring faith in Jesus Christ so that more may know the love of God. The diocese is blessed with rich racial and cultural diversity, including six Spanish-speaking congregations, numerous rural congregations, and a variety of urban parishes. The diocese includes in its mission the support of several international partnerships as well as seventeen Episcopal schools.

All Souls is a member of the DC North Region, one of eight geographic regions into which the diocese is divided. This region’s Episcopal communities are ripe for innovation and collaboration, and its clergy are encouraged to engage with one another not only for fellowship, but also for joint outreach, special services, and congregational development projects. 

 

 

Parishioner Testimonials

 

 


 

Worship

Worship Banner

All Souls celebrates the Eucharist twice on Sunday, at an 8:30 a.m. said low mass and at an 11:00 a.m. high mass with music and choir. Our parish also offers two mid-week low masses, on Wednesday at noon and Thursday at 7:30 a.m., with morning prayer preceding the Thursday mass. Our parish prayer life also includes special services during Holy Week, Lenten Stations of the Cross, and a blessing of the animals for St. Francis’ Day.

 

Liturgy

In our worship services, we recognize the ongoing mystery of salvation through which Christ offers us eternal life, and we seek to offer praise and thanksgiving in response to that gift. Our approach to both the liturgy of the Word and the liturgy of the Sacraments derives from this belief in God’s use of these liturgies to reconstitute his living body, his church. Through our entrance rites, processions, liturgical movements, use of incense, sound, music, vestments, and our use of seasonal-specific prayers, litanies, and liturgies, we strive to give back to God our praise and thanksgiving while maintaining the ancient liturgies of his church.

While we take these liturgies seriously, we try to take ourselves less seriously and welcome humor and a joyful spirit in our celebration. In recent years, we have used a modified Rite I for high mass, with much of the liturgy chanted by the celebrant. However, we asked specifically about a rector’s ability to chant in our parish survey and this was not identified as a priority. In the parish survey, 83% of respondents said the current worship service fits their preferences “extremely well” or “quite well.” However, as the church grows we would be open to an evolution in worship style and format. We value reverence, sacredness, depth, dignity, rhythm, and awesomeness: this is what we mean by traditional worship.

 

Choir

 

Music

The Choir of All Souls is a mainstay of the parish. The choir includes four professional staff singers, three choral scholars and 24 auditioned volunteer singers. The choir sings for services from the Sunday following Labor Day through Corpus Cristi Sunday.

During the 11:00 a.m. high mass on Sunday, the congregation normally sings four hymns, the Gloria or Kyrie, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei, and various liturgical responses. The choir sings two additional anthems, the psalm, introits, and other liturgical components.

Choral highlights of the liturgical year include a service of Advent Lessons and Carols on Advent 2, a service of Christmas Lessons and Carols at 7:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve, choral mass on Christmas Eve, Maundy Thursday, and Easter Vigil.

The choir features works from a variety of time periods, languages, and genres. In 2013 and 2015, the choir hosted a “Festival of Sacred Music” during the month of July. On each Sunday at the 11:00 a.m. mass, the choir sang a choral mass and anthems from a particular style: jazz, gospel, modern, classical, etc.

The parish owns a small organ, a sevenfoot Steinway grand piano, a harpsichord, a set of Schulmerich hand bells, an electronic keyboard, and three cast bronze bells in the church tower. 

Click here to listen to the All Souls choir singing Psalm 23.

 


 

Parish Ministries

Our parish supports a rich offering of programs inside our doors for spiritual nourishment. We are challenged to expand ministries outside our walls and neighborhood. Our programs of worship, pastoral care, finances, and fellowship help our church fulfill its mission “to be a Christcentered sanctuary where a diverse community worships and serves.”

 

Worship

AcolytesWorship plays a central role in our parish, and many activities revolve around maintaining and improving our beautiful worship services.

  • Altar Guild ensures that the altar is prepared and beautifully adorned.
  • Greeters and Ushers welcome guests and parishioners each Sunday morning.
  • Acolyte Guild, Choir, Oblationers, and Lectors assist during the service.

     

 

Christian Education

The parish offers activities for the Christian formation of children and adults. Both clergy and lay members lead Adult Forum at 10:00 a.m. each Sunday, which covers a wide range of topics. Although we offer children’s Sunday School each Sunday, we have struggled with attendance and programming. Because of the small number of children in the parish, we have a “one room schoolhouse” model of Sunday School, which makes it difficult for the instructor to pick developmentally appropriate lessons for all ages. Our parish survey indicated a strong interest in attracting more families and children to the parish and in having a more vibrant Sunday School. Woodley Park and nearby Cleveland Park have diverse and multigenerational populations. We hope that our new rector can help us act to engage these populations.

 

Christian Fellowship

  • Coffee Hour following the 11:00 a.m. Sunday mass, where we greet newcomers and strengthen friendships, is well attended.
  • The Breakfast Guild prepares breakfast for worshippers between services.
  • In the recent past, organized Foyer Dinner groups for Christian fellowship. Parishioners who signed up were randomly assigned to dinner groups, which rotated to the homes of each of the group members.
  • The Episcopal Men's Fellowship meets every other month over a meal in the church under croft and features a presentation along with an occasional singalong.
  • Similarly, Women’s Fellowship meets once per month for prayer, book discussion, and fellowship.
  • Garden Guild. We delight in the beauty of God’s creation, and part of that is keeping a colorful garden. Many of our parishioners find joy in working the earth.
  • The Wise & Mature Ministry consists of monthly luncheons following the Wednesday noon mass. They are specifically tailored toward our older members, but all are welcome.
  • The 20s and 30s Group gets together for brunch and Christian fellowship with young adults after church. This group is under new leadership and may expand its scope in the coming months.
  • The Internet Prayer Circle is a way for people to communicate requests for prayer and for the congregation to keep abreast of the needs of fellow parishioners.
  • The Wednesday Night Prayer group meets every week to pray over the needs of the church guided by the daily office.
     

Fellowship

 

Evangelism

The parish survey indicated strong interest in growing the size and diversity of the church and we would welcome energetic, creative proposals from the new rector towards that goal. We are not afraid of evangelism. Our Communications Committee organizes well-attended outreach booths at community festivals (Adams Morgan Day, Cleveland Park Day) and at the annual DC Gay Pride celebration. Recently, we celebrated a short outdoor mass at these events (complete with smells and bells) that has drawn a crowd and facilitated good discussions.

 

Service and Outreach

Serving All Souls is our umbrella ministry which focuses on supporting seven selected ministries: 

  • Christ House, the first 24-hour residential medical facility for homeless men and women in the U.S., is the only facility of its kind in the Washington metro area.
  • Transitional Housing Corporation provides housing and support services to homeless and at-risk families so that they can transform their own lives.
  • Cleveland & Woodley Park Village helps our senior neighbors live safely and confidently in their homes and engage in community events through the support of a network of dedicated neighborhood volunteers.
  • Heifer International's mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the earth. The Heifer Brigade at All Souls conducts one activity at least every other month to educate, invite, and encourage donations to Heifer International. Events include speakers, visits to a Heifer Farm, movies, Christmas gifts, and Heifer gift catalogues and other activities.
  • Ending Hunger in Washington D.C. We are discerning how we can be most effective in addressing hunger; in the meantime, we take donated food to the Capital Area Food Bank or Martha’s Table.
  • Samaritan Ministry helps improve the lives of more than 1,000 people in the Washington metro area who are homeless or otherwise in need.
  • Support to the Episcopal Church in Cuba is provided to support neighborhood groups that work to ensure food security.

The programs listed above were developed after prayerful consideration of our 2014 RenewalWorks survey, which identified the lack of opportunities for service as a way that the church was not meeting the spiritual growth priorities of the congregation. However, our recent parish survey indicated strong continued interest in greater service, and we would welcome ideas and leadership from the new rector towards creating a culture of service at All Souls. 

 

Service

 

We also participate in environmental stewardship through All Souls Are Green. We are committed to environmental sustainability as a part of our role as Christian stewards of God's creation. In our Prayers of the People we pray: "Give us all a reverence for the earth as thine own creation, that we may use its resources rightly in the service of others and to thine honor and glory.” All Souls Are Green has:

  • Re-lamped the parish Administration wing and Undercroft with CFLs, re-lamped the Nave of the church with LEDs, and installed programmable thermostats throughout the church that have saved thousands of dollars in avoided energy costs.
  • Started a recycling program for plastic, steel, aluminum, paper, and other recyclables.
  • Installed weather stripping around doors, windows, and window air conditioners.
  • Eliminated Styrofoam cups and other plastics at coffee hour in favor of recycled products.
  • Insulated the ceiling of the Administration wing.
  • Partnered with Rock Creek Conservancy to plan a Habitat Garden in a corner of our front yard. 

 

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Parish Finances

Operating Budget

Pledges and revenue have increased or held steady over the last few years. Total revenue was $555,674, $543,283, and $572,694 for the years 2013, 2014, and 2015, respectively. Although the aggregate pledge increased from 2013 through 2016, pledging units declined from 152 to 141 over the same period, despite a robust annual stewardship campaign. This decline is attributed, in part, to the departure of Rev. Beddingfield, which occurred during the last stewardship campaign.

We have had issues recently with yield from pledges, with actual revenue falling short of budgeted revenue by approximately $30,000 in both 2014 and 2015. Also, in 2013, necessary maintenance and other higher-than-anticipated expenses caused a significant budget deficit. In 2015, the vestry embraced the challenge of controlling our costs and balancing our budget, and their efforts yielded a drastic decrease in the deficit to only $9,000. 

A summary of budgeted versus actual operating revenue and expenses for the last three years is shown below. Please see our governance page for information on parish governance, strategic goals, the current annual budget, and bylaws of the parish

 

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Endowment

All Souls is also blessed with a generous endowment, which has been managed by an endowment board since the early 2000s. As of December 31, 2013, 2014, and 2015, the endowment balance was $2.93 million, $2.95 million, and $2.94 million, respectively. However, this balance will decline by approximately $400,000 in 2016 to cover cost overruns from construction of our accessibility addition. Historically, we have used the endowment as a charitable vehicle, giving grants to local and international charities recommended by the endowment board and approved by the vestry.

 


 

Parish Leadership

Leadership at All Souls takes many forms. Like many churches, we do a lot with a little. The Rector and Parish Administrator are the only full-time staff. The Director of Music is half-time, and the Sexton and Bookkeeper only work one day per week. We are blessed to have four nonstipendiary Honorary Assisting Clergy who are kind enough to celebrate mass regularly and occasionally offer a homily.

 

Vestry

Jeff Wells, Senior Warden
Daniel Callis, Junior Warden
Melissa Barrett
Ike Brannon
Jen Catena Davis
Elaine Eaker
Barry Huber
Greg Lebel
Jonathan Nicholas
Heidi Rasciner
Rick Taylor
Terry Cain, Treasurer, Ex Officio
Linda Mahler, Registrar, Ex Officio

 

Search Committee
Click here for short biographies of our search committee members.

Lee Davis, Chair
Jan McLin Clayberg
Will Coley
Tony Domenico
Daniel E. Froggett
Embry Howell
Kevin LeGrand
Dale Lewis
Flo McAfee
Hilary Wilcox Craig

 

Clergy and Staff
Click here for photos and short bios of our clergy and staff.

Dr. Benjamin Hutchens, Director of Music
Ms. Mary Beth Howard, Parish Administrator
Mr. Moises Flores, Sunday Sexton
Dawn Hower, Bookkeeper
The Rev. Elizabeth Orens, Honorary Assisting Clergy
The Rev. Elena Thompson, O.P.A, Honorary Assisting Clergy
The Rev. Christopher Worthley, Honorary Assisting Clergy
The Rev. Cameron Soulis, Honorary Assisting Clergy

 


 

Prayer During Interim Period
Almighty and Gracious God, source of love and bold creativity, we ask your blessing on All Souls parish as we make our way into your future. Help us to discern your calling in our doing and our being for the coming years. Free us to dream and risk so that we do not shrink from the challenge that is always present when we seek to be faithful. Send to us a spiritual leader who can realize your intention for All Souls and our community life and ministries. Continue to inspire us so that all who come here will receive your welcome, your comfort, your healing, and your empowerment, both now and in the days ahead. Amen 
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