Vestry Calls Pastoral Leader

March 29, 2019

Dear Parish Members:

It gives us great pleasure to announce that the vestry has unanimously called the Rev. Dr. Melanie A. Duguid-May to serve as our parish’s pastoral leader on a half-time basis. Melanie was recently ordained to the transitional diaconate and is eligible for ordination to the priesthood in late August.

A photo of the Rev. Dr. Melanie Duguid-May.

Melanie will begin working in the office on April 1. Her first Sunday with us will be April 7. She will continue to work with us until she is priested. Once Melanie is ordained to the priesthood, we will conduct a mutual ministry review and may call her to be our priest in charge.

Melanie is also a professor at Colgate Crozer Divinity School but is on sabbatical until late August.

As the half-time pastoral leader, Melanie will work 2.5 days, which includes Sunday activities. Melanie will consult with the wardens and vestry to determine her regular office hours.

While Melanie is a transitional deacon, she will officiate and preach during Sunday services, but a supply priest will celebrate Holy Communion. Once Melanie is ordained to the priesthood, we will no longer need a supply priest unless Melanie is on leave.

As our pastoral leader, Melanie will have many of the rights and responsibilities of a priest in charge; this includes working with the Minister of Music to plan liturgies, approving building use, supervising staff, providing pastoral care, chairing vestry meetings, and serving as an ex officio member of parish committees.

Below is a biographical sketch of Melanie.

Please join us in warmly welcoming Melanie to our parish. We encourage you to wear your name tag so that Melanie can learn your name.

Sincerely in Christ,

Mary Paddock, Senior Warden
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John Clinton Bradley, Junior Warden


Biographical Sketch for Melanie Duguid-May

Melanie is passionately committed to the dignity of all persons, the ministry and mission of the church, and the care of the earth and all its creatures.

Melanie was ordained a (transitional) deacon in The Episcopal Church on February 23, 2019, at her home parish, Trinity Episcopal Church, in Greece.

Since 1992, Melanie has been a member of the faculty at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, including ten years as Dean of the Faculty. Throughout these nearly 30 years, she has taught courses in Christian theology, women in Christianity, gender studies, and the social witness of the church. In May, she will co-lead, with her colleague who is a professor of Old Testament, a fourth study pilgrimage to Israel/Palestine that pays particular attention to the daily realities of Palestinian Christians living under military occupation, as well as to the Holy Sites.

Melanie studied for the Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Peace Studies at Manchester College (now University) in North Manchester, Indiana. Her graduate studies were completed at Harvard University, having earned the M.Div., A.M., and Ph.D. degrees in the Study of Religion (Christian Theology).

She lives with her spouse Deborah, who is Rector at Trinity Episcopal Church, on 20 acres just north of Naples, in the heart of the Bristol Hills. Their household includes two beloved miniature puddles, four dairy goats, 16 ducks, and five guinea fowl. She loves reading historical murder mysteries and novels, gardening and food preserving, hiking and swimming in their spring-fed ponds, movies, and international travel, including to South Africa to visit Debs’ family.

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