The vestry of St. Margaret's reflects St. Margaret's vibrancy and imaginative energy. We are a ragtag band of idealists. We are early risers and night owls; we range in age from our 20s to 80s; we are employed, unemployed, and retired; we are dog people and cat people; we have kids and grandkids and no kids and parents who keep asking us when we're going to have kids; we are LGBTQ and straight; we are brand-new Episcopalians and priests' kids; we are all seekers, doubters, and awestruck.
But what do we do? Well, the canons of the Episcopal Church say the vestry “shall be agents and legal representatives of the Parish in all matters concerning its corporate property and the relations of the parish to its clergy” (Canon 14). That’s it, the whole thing, canonically.
We do take our canonically-stated legal and fiscal responsibilities seriously, but we are not a board of directors for a business or a not-for-profit. Our work can be done only as it is grounded in the Spirit, and led by joy in building the Kingdom of Heaven right here in in the heart of the city. And so, in all the vestry does, we ask ourselves, "Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary?"
The vestry meets once a month, usually on the third Tuesday, and at least two vestry members are on duty to answer questions each Sunday. Feel free to talk to any of us below, or email the vestry at email@example.com. Vestry members are elected for two-year terms, and can hold no more than two consecutive terms. Elections are held at the annual meeting, with half the vestry positions up for election each year.