The Rev. Molly Elizabeth Haws

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The Rev. Molly Elizabeth Haws
Joins Trinity + St. Peter's as Priest Associate.
 


Reverend Molly brings exciting and wide ranging experience to our congregation. 

Prior to joining TSP, she served a variety of Episcopal Churches and service organizations, including, most recently, the Diocese of California (in Canonical Residence and as a member of the Diocesan Disaster Preparedness Committee); St. Clare's Episcopal Church in Pleasantan (as Assisting Clergy);  Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in San Rafael (as Priest-In-Charge); and Sojourn Chaplaincy at San Francisco General Hospital (as Volunteer Coordinator and Training Assistant).   In addition to her positions with the Episcopal Church, Pastor Haws has secular experience with Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics, where she specialized as a Career Resource Center Coordinator, and the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, where she was employed as Education Outreach Coordinator.

Reverend Molly received her Master of Divinity from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific and her Bachelor of Arts in Drama from the University of Texas College of Fine Arts.

Please give her the warmest of welcomes as she settles into her new role as TSP Priest Associate.

A special event just for Seniors

At  Trinity † St. Peter’s Episcopal Church

1620 Gough Street (at Bush) 

An afternoon of

History * Music * Refreshment

August 15, 2017      2-4pm

Program

·      The history of the oldest Protestant church in California: Trinity Episcopal

·      The treasures of the main sanctuary

·      Organ recital on what is considered the finest organ in San Francisco

·      Afternoon tea

 

Free will donation will benefit the fund for seismic strengthening and stained glass repair

 

 

From pilgrim’s path to parish leadership...

By Pastor Trish

It is my privilege to have been invited by the vestry to continue to lead Trinity St. Peter’s as your permanent clergy leader - probably in the role of Vicar. Those of you who were in church last Sunday will understand my deep sense of humility, gratitude and joy for the wonderful outpouring of love and appreciation that David and I received in both the musical tribute and in the written proclamation, in the form of a beautifully illuminated scroll. The entire event from the choir performance, to the Junior and Senior Wardens’ invitation, to the celebratory cake afterwards was a complete surprise. However, after months of discernment, in particular as a pilgrim on the path of medieval sites in France, I know that God is calling me to continue my ministry with you.

The Holy Spirit has been hard at work through us all at Trinity St. Peters. There is an inspirational core of dedicated souls who make serving you an absolute delight for me. You know who you are! The dream that I carry in my heart is that more of you will become activated and involved in our ambitious work to shine the transcendent light of love and reconciliation in these discouraging times. Join me in visioning and living into a glorious future! I am one person, and it will take many to make TSP the powerhouse parish that God is calling us to be.

God has worked through many of us over the past three years, and I am convinced that the breath of the Holy Spirit sent me on a pilgrimage to the sacred portals of medieval Christianity in France. The fact that Vezelay was the first stop is no coincidence. Initially unaware that the abbey was an ancient site of pilgrimages to venerate the relics of Mary Magdalene, it made perfect sense to me once I learned this. Mary Magdalene is the (unofficial) patron saint of our new, combined congregation. I lit a candle in her chapel, at Vezelay Abbey, and asked her to pray for us, as we embark on a mission to provide a portal to the sacred here in San Francisco.

On that note, the vestry and I are hopeful of reopening the red doors again soon. In the meantime, your wardens, Patrick Andersen and Terry Speiker, with design help from Terry Wertheim, have been busy creating a fresh and functional base for my family and me in the old St. Peter’s rectory. Without the East Bay commute, I envision an expansion of my ministry, to include an increase in worship and educational offerings. From our pilgrimage worship at Taize and with the Community of Jerusalem, I am inspired to add to our liturgies in ways that transport us to an encounter with the holy in old/new ways. I look forward to opening a conversation with you about what God is calling us to offer to all in our community who are in need of solace and strength.

The new rectory will also bring a revival of House Church, the young adults group. We plan to meet every Sunday evening for a simple liturgy, time of sharing and supper, from 5-7pm. All are welcome between the ages of 21-35. Stayed tuned also for an invitation from the wardens, for everyone, of all ages, to visit the rectory, prior to our moving in. We will bless the house and celebrate the amazing work overseen by the Speiker-Brumfields, and the Andersens to rehabilitate and repurpose the house. You can also expect an invitation around Christmastime to share some holiday cheer with the Cunningham family in our new home.

I am so very grateful to everyone who has expressed their love, appreciation and excitement about our mutual ministry at Trinity St. Peter’s. I speak for David and the girls also, in thanking you for your loving kindness. You are a very special group of people and it is our honor to continue to live and ministry among you. 

Rebirthing God... what can we learn from Celtic Christianity??

Christ as the Light of the world is reflected in all Creation. JP Newell writes, " We are invited to pay attention, to see the Light that is at the heart of this moment and every moment, to know that we are full of Light, and can shine."  Poet Mary Oliver says we are to love the Light, and keep giving ourselves to it: 

When it's over, I want to say: all my life

I was a bride married to amazement. 

I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms. 

I don't want to end up simply having visited this world. 

(Rebirthing God: Christianity's Struggle for New Beginnings) 

I invite you to observe a Holy Lent....

I read these words from the prayer book on Ash Wednesday at the Next Door Shelter on Polk Street and I repeat them here to invite you to enter a time of self-reflection in the forty days leading up to Easter. In this age of interminable access through electronic communication, are you able to unplug for a few minutes each day to reconnect with God and with yourself? The Christian walk is all about training the heart to follow Jesus' example and teaching. But we don't have to go it alone. Check in with God on a daily basis and surrender your life to God's will. This is all that is required for transformation to occur. 

Perhaps you have a morning ritual that you practice before you start your day. Some of my favorite Lenten companions for a quiet morning reflection are Martin Smith's "A Season for the Spirit: Readings for the Days of Lent," "Lent and Easter Wisdom from Henri J. M. Nouwen," and "Wondrous Encounters, Scriptures for Lent," by Richard Rohr. A new favorite resource of mine is the "Pray As You Go" app for smartphones. Each day there is sacred music, a Scripture reading, and a guided reflection on the passage. 

Here at Trinity†St. Peter's we are reading a book for Lent that challenges us to move our attention away from the shifting sands of traditional mainline Christianity to embrace a new vision. "The Rebirthing of God: Christianity's Struggles for New Beginnings," by John Philip Newell is rooted in ancient Celtic Christianity yet it addresses realities that are immediate to us. In particular, care and advocacy for the environment and our relationship with the multiplicity of faith traditions in our globalized society are addressed. The Celtic love of the natural world and prioritizing of praxis above dogma lead us to new insights that can help us to find God in confusing times. 

---Faithfully, Pastor Trish+