HOLY ROOD HOUSE latest news…

Our present Leader of the Community, who is also our Executive Director, is stepping down from this role in the Summer. Elizabeth will continue to be involved in the life of the community, whilst based at her home in Spittal near Berwick.

At present there is an advert in The Church Times

Executive Director vacancy in Yorkshire and Lincs (churchtimes.co.uk)

and we are writing to various groups and individuals in order to throw the net wide and see who may be out there to help us meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world, with justice and wisdom through our healing ministry. This person or these persons will become our new Leader of the Community and new Executive Director, running the Charity Centre for Health and Pastoral Care.

What kind of person/s is the community looking for?

Whilst we are an ecumenical community, we have decided that we would value an Anglican Priest, who is progressive and radical in their theology, and at ease with inclusive language and creativity in liturgy, and experienced in the pastoral care of people who are living with complex mental, physical and spiritual needs.

This person or persons (shared ministry), will live on site or very close by, and become part of the residential community and the leader of the whole community, which includes mostly volunteers in all areas of our charitable and community life. They will listen and learn from the experienced team, and bring their own skills and expertise to enrich community life and to manage the charity. They will be responsible to our Board of Trustees. They will be licenced to the Archbishop of York.

The community is seeking a person or persons who are ‘edge-walkers’ with a strong sense of vocation to this unique role and community. All who work with the community see this ministry in terms of vocation, and not as a job. Holy Rood House has a strong prophetic role, and we seek people who will represent the community in society generally and in the churches. We see healing as a justice issue and our theology and therapy inform each other.

The Leader of the Community will oversee the many aspects of community life, including The Centre for the Study of Theology and Health, The Counselling and Psychotherapy Service, The Chaplaincy Team, Creative Arts, Gardens, Hospitality and Mission both locally and further afield.

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