Church of Our Saviour

21 Marathon Street | Arlington, Massachusetts | 781-648-5962

Rev. Malia Crawford Called as COS Rector

To the Church of Our Saviour Community:

It is my pleasure to announce that on October 1, 2011, the Rev. Malia Crawford signed the letter of agreement to become the next Rector of the Church of Our Saviour.

Malia comes to us from Grace Church in New Bedford, MA where she has served as Curate since 2008. Malia received her M. Div. degree from Harvard Divinity School in 2005 and graduated from MIT with a B.S. in Mathematics in 1996. Shortly thereafter, she joined the Peace Corps. Her journey of faith is a remarkable story. Malia, her partner Amy, and newly adopted son, Isaiah, plan to live in the rectory, so COS is going to have a family in the rectory soon.

Malia is in so many important ways a great fit for the Church of Our Saviour. She is passionate about newcomers, pastoral care, children, Christian formation, and community involvement and outreach. She has read our Identity, Mission, and Vision Statements as well as our recent articles on our call of a new rector at 50% time as well as our ongoing efforts at intentional growth for COS. Malia is extremely bright, energized, and very excited about coming to COS. I want to thank the Search Committee for the outstanding job they did in bringing Malia to us. As Warden, I was privileged to bear witness to a great and spirit-filled search process.

I am sure everyone will join me in welcoming Malia, Amy, and Isaiah to the COS community. I’ve listed below the basic outline of dates during the transition:

* October 31, 2011 is Tricia de Beer’s last day as COS’ Interim Priest.

* During the intervening two weeks, we’ll have supply clergy.

* On Sunday, November 6,2011 Malia plans to visit COS after church from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. so we can begin to get to know one another in this great new chapter in the life of COS.

* Monday, November 14, 2011 will be Malia’s official start date.

* Sunday, November 20, 2011 will be Malia’s first Sunday as Rector.

Thank you all.

Allen Whitaker
Warden

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