30 May 2020—Eve of Pentecost


I am thrilled to announce that Tammy Hobbs Miracky will be joining us as curate and Family Minister starting this summer. Tammy brings with her a wealth of personal gifts, a lifetime of skills, and a passion for the Gospel, and I can’t wait for you meet her. She will start officially at All Saints in early July, but will be available to meet with parents and other parishioners in early June. As we continue to discover new ways of connecting we will find ways for you all to get to know each other. For starters, the video below is an introductory interview that I did with her; it runs about 20 minutes. You can read more about her below.

Watch an introductory video with Tammy.
The Search Committee and I agreed that Tammy is an ideal choice for All Saints because of her experience in Christian Education, her experience as a parent, and her compassion and heart. She says, “Parenting my own three sons has helped me understand the full range of emotions and experiences that come with being in relation with children and young people. I know what it is to be a parent. I know what it means to dream for our children.”

As a soon-to-be ordained person (more on that below), Tammy will help us continue shaping All Saints into, as she puts it, “a place of worship, nourishment, and healing in a world that can seem hard and uncertain, especially these days.” In her role as Family Minister she will be a companion to parents and families helping all of us invite children into a lifelong journey of faith and meaning. 

Prior to coming to All Saints, Tammy served at St. Stephen’s Church in the South End, where she was the Director of Christian Education for both the Sunday and after-school programs—coordinating the Sunday School teaching team, designing and leading the Communion Education program, Confirmation Program, and Sunday School for Middle and High School students. She also planned and led worship services for elementary students in the after-school program. She says her experience there, “honed skills that contribute to supporting families and young people in their faith journeys. It also offered a unique experience in creatively adapting prayer and liturgy into forms that appeal to children and youth.” She has also served as the seminary intern at Trinity Church, Boston; Trinity Church, Newton; and most recently Trinity, Concord.

Prior to her call to ordained ministry she worked as a business strategy consultant, where years of professional leadership experience equipped her with the communication, interpersonal, planning, and organizational skills required to manage a complex program and ever-evolving set of relationships. 

I am deeply grateful to the Search Committee (Meg Bridge, Danielle Dong, Rusty Fenton, and Elinor Horner) for their faithful and dedicated work, even through the difficulties imposed by the pandemic. I’m grateful to the Executive Committee and Vestry for consistently acting in faith and hope, and for affirming the investment in the Family Ministry program that has enabled this call. The work to call a Family Minister began last fall, and although covid-19 has impacted all of us in myriad ways, it has not diminished our need for a Family Minister, nor altered our commitment to having a thriving and vital Family Ministry. 

We all recognize that this is a fraught time in the life of our community and our world. Much is uncertain, and much remains unknown; however we are people of faith and our faith teaches that when God leads a community through a period of trial—wandering in the wilderness, or huddled together in fear because Jesus has departed again—the community that emerges from that time of testing is always better able to carry out God’s work in the world than before. As I write this on the eve of Pentecost, this is abundantly clear to me. Tammy’s gifts, presence, and ministry with us will help us strengthen our families and enable us to live into the future God is calling us to build together.

Tammy will be ordained to the Transitional Diaconate along with 8 others on June 5 and 6. All are invited to participate online. The Liturgy of the Word will take place on Friday, June 5, 7:00 pm via Zoom, the examination and laying on of hands for the 9 ordinands will take place sequentially to accommodate physical distancing protocols on Saturday June 6. All will be webcast live, and Tammy’s ordination time is scheduled to be 2:30 pm. Details here. We anticipate her ordination to the priesthood sometime in December 2020.

I will be in touch soon about ways for you to set up safe, physically distant meetings with Tammy. Until then please join me in extending your thanks to the Search Committee, Executive Committee, and Vestry, and please keep Tammy in your prayers as she prepares for ordination.

In faith and hope,
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