Letter: Trinity Episcopal welcomes guest clergy

Beginning this week, Trinity Episcopal Church’s much-loved rector, Jennings Hobson, will be going on sabbatical. For the congregation of Trinity, it is not just the fact that Jenks will be absent from his usual duties as rector, facilitator, friend, officiate and mentor to us all, it means that the body of the church, Trinity’s congregation, can learn and grow in a myriad of ways. From a greater opportunity of service to developing new ideas and programs such as pastoral care and prayer ministry, we will endeavor to develop a stronger and more unified and supportive church community.

The stellar group of multi-talented women clergy from around the country who will be leading morning worship services on Sundays through mid-August includes one who is a frequent Rappahannock visitor and another who has a part-time home in Sperryville.

Beginning April 10, for three Sundays plus Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services, Trinity will have with us the Rev. Carole A. Crumley of Washington, D.C. She returns for Sunday services May 29 through June 19.

Rev. Crumley was born and raised in Johnson City, Tenn. A Duke graduate with a teaching master’s from the University of North Carolina, she taught French at the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem and in Fairfax County public schools in Virginia, before seeking ordination. She was ordained to the priesthood in 1977 at Washington National Cathedral, one of the first women regularly ordained in the Anglican Church worldwide.

From 1982 to 1997, she was on staff at the cathedral, where she served as canon pastor and canon educator, and directed programs of readings, music, lectures, retreats and workshops devoted to contemplative prayer practice and the contemporary spiritual quest. She founded the Cathedral’s Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage.

Currently she serves as a senior program director at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation.

On May 1, author and educator Margaret Adah Beltz Guenther, also of Washington, D.C., will lead Sunday services. A member of Phi Beta Kappa with undergraduate and graduate degrees in Germanic languages and literature from the University of Kansas and a doctorate in the field from Harvard University, Guenther was ordained in 1984 and from 1985 to 1997 served as director of the Center for Christian Spirituality at the General Theological Seminary in New York.

She currently serves as the associate rector at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. A renowned author, her “Just Passing Through: Notes from a Sojourner” is the current selection being read by the Trinity Women’s Fellowship. Guenther will join us on April 30 to discuss the book. Of particular significance to us, she is a part-time resident of Rappahannock County, with a second home in Sperryville.

We welcome any and all community members and visitors to join us in our 8, 9:15 and 11 Sunday morning services over the coming months.

Frances Moore Krebser