We are deeply disappointed that former members of the vestry at Christ Episcopal Church have chosen to use the Ridgewood Blog and other public forums to address what is clearly an internal matter involving the congregation ”“ especially when a more appropriate forum had already been provided and communicated to all members of the congregation.
The Office of the Bishop has been in conversation with the clergy and lay leadership of Christ Church, and together we have developed a process ”“ already underway ”“ to address any and all issues and concerns raised by the congregation’s members. That process was outlined in a letter from the wardens and rector to the congregation dated October 1.
At a Rector’s Forum held on Sunday, October 4, the rector and wardens discussed this process and responded to questions from parishioners. During the forum, which is held every Sunday, matters of concern to parish members are regularly discussed. In fact, a large number of parishioners who had received the letter from the rector and wardens participated fully in that open conversation.
We are confident that through patient listening, candid conversation, and the good faith efforts of the clergy, lay leadership and parishioners ”“ working together ”“ the mission and ministry of Christ Church will continue to serve the needs of the congregation, the community of Ridgewood and the wider world.
–Nina Nicholson, Director of Communications, the Episcopal Diocese of Newark