Christ Church Parish seeks to call a curate and/or director of Saint Hilda’s House beginning in Eastertide 2019.  Full-time clergy or part-time lay or ordained persons may apply.  See below for more information. The position(s) will remain open until filled.

 

BACKGROUND

The parish is an historic Anglican-Catholic parish, part of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, located in downtown New Haven, a city that economist Jed Kolko has written “looks most like the US” statistically.[1]  Situate in what was known as Poverty Square, at the intersection of Broadway and Elm Street, Christ Church sits along the border of Yale and Newhallville, working in the presence of great financial and intellectual capital alongside great marginalization, poverty, and oppression.

Founded in 1854 during the Oxford Movement to provide a more frequent celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Communion, the parish now offers daily prayer, mass each weekday,  three celebrations of the mass on Sundays, monthly Evensong & Benediction, and (during term time) an evening Compline service serving the University community.  The prayer life of the parish is supported by a host of professional musicians and volunteer guild members committed to the worship of the Lord in the beauty of holiness.  In all that we do and say, we seek to show people the love of God revealed in Jesus Christ.

The parish is host to Community Soup Kitchen, founded in 1977, offering a hot meal six days a week to hungry residents and visitors to New Haven.  Last year over 75,000 meals were served alongside medical and social services.  (csknewhaven.org)

Saint Hilda’s House (sainthildashouse.org), an Episcopal Service Corps program founded and hosted by the parish in partnership with Berkeley Divinity School at Yale and the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, enters its tenth year in 2019.  Presently five Hildans live in intentional community, engage in individual and corporate academic and spiritual formation, and serve the people of New Haven by volunteering in agencies including Community Soup Kitchen, housing initiatives, community organizing efforts, and a refugee resettlement agency.


CURATE POSITION

The Curate assists the Rector in supporting the liturgical and spiritual life of the parish, engaging in celebration of the sacraments, preaching, pastoral care, and theological formation.   The successful candidate will have a strong theological formation, a dynamic and engaging preaching charism, and a heart for pastoral ministry.  The Curate should expect to preach twice a month and may be called upon to design and lead parish formation activities and retreats.  A light portfolio of pastoral visitation is normative.  The Curate may also serve as Chaplain to Saint Hilda’s House.  This position reports to the Rector.

 

Successful candidates will have a strong grounding in personal prayer as well as a love of the corporate liturgical life of the Church.  Of particular help is an interest in the catholicity of the Christian faith and a high regard for the presence of Christ in the sacraments.  Candidates should note that the parish is not ritualist in the historical sense of that word and should be prepared to explain why serving in an Anglican-Catholic parish is of interest to them.

 

DIRECTOR POSITION

The Program Director for Saint Hilda’s House joins the Rector, the Director of Formation, and the Spiritual Directors in supporting the life, formation, and ministry of corps members within the House.  The Program Director is responsible for maintaining relationships with community partners (site placements), recruiting new community partners, recruiting new classes of corps members, and managing the day-to-day operations of the House, including leading retreats, planning and implementing the 10-month formation curriculum, and coordinating amongst various volunteer staff members.  This position reports to the Rector.

 

Successful candidates will have an interest in working with young adults and a facility for brokering relationships with government and nonprofit service agencies.  Strong theological formation and a facility in teaching and preaching are much preferred.  The ability to manage a program budget is valuable.  Candidates should be able to articulate a theological understanding of why service is important to the Christian life.

 

QUALIFICATIONS AND PARTICULARS

There is flexibility in filling this position, and the parish will consider two part time candidates (lay and ordained) with flexible hours and compensation commensurate with the duties assigned.  Together or separate, both positions offer medical coverage and pension.  Housing may be provided.  The position is a career development position, though candidates of any experience level may apply.  Cash stipend meets diocesan minimums.

Candidates should submit CV or resume along with two sermons or equivalent piece of academic writing (journal article) and three ecclesiastical, professional, or academic references to Ms Angela Shelley on ccmail@christchurchnh.org as soon as possible.  Submissions should be in Word or PDF formats.  Links to video or audio recordings are invited but not required. Candidates in Holy Orders or anticipating the same should indicate their canonical status and diocese of record.

All candidates should have (or be in process to receive) an advanced degree in a corresponding field; prior work experience will be strongly considered.  Candidates from nontraditional backgrounds, women, and minority candidates are encouraged to apply. 


[1] https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/normal-america-is-not-a-small-town-of-white-people/ (2/11/2019)