Our parish takes corporate discernment seriously. In 2007 we undertook a process of discernment to create a 5-year strategic plan. This took the form of vestry research, a parish survey and, in keeping with our relational nature, small group discussions we named “Holy Conversations.” Through these spirited conversations and in-depth study a plan emerged. In truth, however, it was our discerning and wrestling together about who we are and what we most wanted to do that proved most valuable.
Since then, we have organized Holy Conversations almost yearly. In them, we focus on big questions to help us discern where God is leading us. What are we looking for spiritually? What kind of church could we be if we had more financial resources? What dreams do we have for our parish? We ask and we talk and we listen for answers from each other and from God.