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St. Peter's Welcomes The Reverend Edmund Harris!
Dear St. Peter's Family,
As I hope you all know, your search committee has been working since October in the search for a new Rector. The Bishop was kind enough to offer us an abbreviated process requiring less resources and funds to accomplish. This was a blessing for our small parish. It was big responsibility and each of us felt this throughout the entire process.
After many months, we are happy to be able to announce today that our new Rector, Rev. Edmund Harris has been approved by the Bishop. Father Harris will be with us next Sunday, March 1st presiding for his first service at St. Peters. As a start, Father Harris has written a letter to you and his bio is also included to give you a little more introduction.
I am excited about the possibilities for St. Peters and this community at this time and feel that Father Harris can lead us to find new ways to be a blessing in our community and spread God's love to the people around us in new ways. I am excited to once again be moving forward. I hope you will all be able to meet Father Harris and get to know him and his partner Michael as they join our church family. Welcome Father Harris!
I would like to thank the members of the search committee for their hard work and dedication to this process and to St. Peter's. I appreciate all the support for last minute meetings and many long evenings. Thank you Ben Kodama, Kathy Cox, Katheryn Martin, Will Darnell, Jim Yoshida and Kyle Kumasaka. And special thanks to Martin Powell for and Kyle Kumasaka for all the work on the letter of agreement document.Respectfully, Rebecca Shoji, Senior Warden
Dear Members of Christ's Body at St. Peter's,
I am thrilled and humbled to be called as your Priest in Charge! My first Sunday at St. Peter's will be next Sunday, March 1. Although I know this is very soon, I wanted to be able to spend as much of this season before Holy Week and Easter with you as possible.
As I have begun to get to know you over the past several months, I have been filled with reverence, excitement, and hope - reverence at your story and the ways you have been faithful to Jesus' call in good times and difficult times, and excitement and hope at your desire to continue being faithful to this call, both now and in the future. As the search process unfolded, it was a privilege for me to wonder how our shared gifts and experiences could bear fruit for God's Kingdom at St. Peter's and in the world. Now that we have been called together as priest and people, I am delighted that we will have the chance to collaborate with God in this next chapter of your life.
Although I trust there will many occasions for us to get to know one another in the coming weeks and months, I wanted to tell you a few things about myself. I am a native of southern Virginia, where I grew up in the Episcopal Church. I come to St. Peter's from New England, where I served as Assistant to the Rector and later Priest in Charge at Church of the Epiphany in East Providence, Rhode Island. While in Rhode Island, I also founded Church Beyond the Walls, a street church community and new mission of the Diocese of Rhode Island based in Providence.
Before being ordained a priest in 2010, I served parishes in Boston, Chicago, and Virginia. I share my life with my spouse Michael, who began his first year as Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics at Seattle University in September. Michael, who is Roman Catholic, is an active member of St. James Cathedral in Seattle. He looks forward to meeting you, and to teaching adult education on occasion. Before closing, I wanted to express my deep gratitude to the search committee: Jim Yoshida, Will Darnell, Katheryn Martin, Kathy Cox, Kyle Kumasaka, Ben Kodoma, and Rebecca Shoji. They have worked diligently and prayerfully for many months to seek a new leader for St. Peter's. Our conversations have been honest, loving, and above all, hopeful. St. Peter's is enormously blessed by each one of these people, and I have felt blessed by their support.
I am very much looking forward to seeing many of you in person next Sunday! In the meantime, I want you to know that I have been praying for you daily. Rebecca gave me a copy of the latest parish directory, which has given me a glimpse of your faces, and enabled me to pray for each of you by name. I ask for your prayers for me too!
This comes with anticipation and love,
Fr. Edmund, The Reverend Edmund Harris
The Reverend Edmund Harris Biography
Edmund Harris was born and raised in southern Virginia. His first experience of church was the small Episcopal congregation that welcomed him and his mom after they moved to a new town. There, he sang in the junior choir, served as an acolyte, and became active in the youth group. It was in this community, and in the continual invitation he received to participate fully in it, that he first felt a call to the priesthood.
In high school, Edmund received a scholarship from his diocese to travel to the Holy Land for the summer youth course at St. George's College, Jerusalem. There, in addition to visiting the places where Jesus has lived and died, he became friends with the Palestinian Christian teenagers in the group. Hearing them speak with conviction about what it had been like to grow up as Christians in the West Bank opened his heart to the power of the Gospel to speak to those who know oppression.
At the University of Virginia, Edmund studied English and Religious studies, was an active member of the Episcopal congregation at the university, and a leader of the Canterbury Episcopal Fellowship. While in college, he also returned to Jerusalem two times to take part in a gathering of young theologians from around the world, and spent two summers in southern Africa in communities affected by AIDS.
As a ministry student at the University of Chicago Divinity School, Edmund served as a chaplain at a residential facility for homeless youth, including LGBTQ teenagers, returned to South Africa to live and work alongside a community of Benedictine monks, and served as seminarian intern at a congregation in the Diocese of Chicago. After graduating with his Master of Divinity, he moved to Boston to take part in the Micah Project, an Episcopal Service Corps community in the Diocese of Massachusetts. There, he lived in Christian community with other Micah interns and worked at a leadership development program affiliated with Trinity Church in Copley Square. Following the Micah Project, Edmund worked for the Society of St. John the Evangelist, and attended Yale Divinity School. There, he received a Master in Sacred Theology, a Diploma in Anglican Studies from Berkeley Divinity School, as well as the E. William Muehl Prize in Preaching.
After his ordination, Edmund was called as Assistant to the Rector at Church of the Epiphany in East Providence, Rhode Island, where he later served as Priest in Charge. In 2012, inspired by his participation in the Occupy Wall St. movement, he founded Church Beyond the Walls, a new specialized mission of the Diocese of RI seeking to build solidarity among people from all walks of life. In 2013, he was named a Transformational Ministry Fellow by the Episcopal Church Foundation to help share his work with Church Beyond the Walls with the wider church.
Edmund relocated to Seattle in July of 2014 to follow his spouse Michael Jaycox, who began as Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics at Seattle University in September. They live with their cat Madeleine, and enjoy cooking for themselves and others, hiking, camping, traveling, and getting to know their new city.