All Saints’ Church
Dear Members and Friends of All Saints’ Torresdale Episcopal Church:
In the summer of 2012, about four-and-a-half years ago, I began my ministry with All Saints’ Torresdale Episcopal Church. Since then we have shared many experiences in ministry together. As is the case in the church, however, pastoral relationships last only for a time, and then it is time to discern potential new ministries and leadership, with the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
Earlier this month I received a phone call from the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Most Reverend Michael Curry. He asked me to join his staff as the new Missioner for Indigenous (Native) Ministries for the worldwide Episcopal Church. I had met and gotten to know Bishop Curry while I was on the Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church. The position of Indigenous Missioner has been vacant since the summer of 2015, and following a lengthy and nationwide search, a committee of eight people, prominent in their leadership roles in the church and in Native ministries, selected me from a pool of candidates for the positon. Bishop Curry concurred with the committee. In response, I have accepted this call and will be resigning my position as Rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, effective February 18, 2017, in order to join the Presiding Bishop’s staff.
Ruth and I have mixed feelings at this time. On the one hand, we have had some wonderful times here, and there are a good number of people at All Saints’ we have grown to know well and to love. We will miss you. On the other hand, this is a dream come true for me. Working with the Presiding Bishop is a great honor. Serving in the capacity of Indigenous Missioner also provides me with the opportunity to minister to and among Native people, not just here in the United States, but around the world, including Region 9, the dioceses of Central and South America and the Caribbean. As a Native American person, this is a tremendous personal privilege. Native people are a part of who I am. I feel most at home within Native communities and cultures and the deep spirituality that is inherent within them.
I am also delighted to say that, because this new position is considered a telecommuting one, I get to live wherever I want, as long as there is a major international airport nearby. So I will be moving to the Minneapolis-St. Paul area to reside, a place where I had lived previously for almost 17 years. As you all know, Ruth has already been living there since August. Now we don’t have to live apart anymore, and we are both celebrating this.
Moving forward, our Bishop, the Right Reverend Daniel Gutierrez, and Jill Mathis of his staff, will be working with you on making the transition details happen as smoothly as possible. I want you to know that I will be praying for all of you as we go through this together, and I ask for your prayers and support as I begin the process of relocating to Minnesota and starting a new ministry in February.
Yours in Christ,
The Reverend Dr. Bradley S. Hauff