Our neighbors to the west -- All Saints Beverly Hills -- are rejoicing in the call to a new rector ... and so are we! From the announcement posted on the ASBH website yesterday:
February 7th, 2010
Good morning. We have wonderful news! The Rev. Canon Stephen Huber of the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. has accepted our unanimous call to be the 7th Rector of All Saints' Church.
Last month, over the course of several days packed with meals, meetings, car rides around Los Angeles, and a service preached here in the Sanctuary, the Vestry got to know Stephen Huber. And it became clear to us that this gifted leader, pastor, preacher, and organizer belongs at All Saints'. This week you all will hear directly from Steve in a letter to our parish, but today we will try to give you a feel for our next rector.
In an essay for the Search Committee, Steve wrote, "My greatest joy is being an Episcopal priest. I go home most days thinking, 'This has been a blessed day.' I'm an extrovert and draw my energy from people. I delight in the privilege of inviting others to discover the Good News of Jesus Christ in a culture of inquiry and discovery, where people of all ages are energized by the journey of faith."
Steve grew up in a large Roman Catholic family in Ohio and attended Catholic schools from first grade all the way through graduate school at Loyola University in New Orleans. He spent ten years teaching theology and working in development in private schools before transitioning to full-time development work as an AIDS fundraiser for such organizations as the Fenway Community Health Center in Boston and the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, D.C.
Read the rest here ... and give thanks for new opportunities for mission and ministry for the "other" All Saints and for ALL of us here in the Diocese of Los Angeles as we welcome a new colleague.