"There are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit;
and there are varieties of service, but the same
Lord. . .to each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good." 1 Corinthians 12:4-7
St. Hugh is a Total Common Ministry Congregation of the Diocese of Olympia, the Episcopal Church in Western Washington. Like most Episcopal churches, we're a family-sized congregation.
However, unlike traditional Episcopal churches, our clergy are locally trained, side by side with other leaders called by the congregation to serve. In Total Common Ministry, we “unpack the one man band,” the hierarchical model of ministry. We believe that we are gathered to be a ministering community, rather than a community gathered around a minister.
This transformative model, rooted in our Baptismal Covenant, stresses that every member of the body has been given gifts for ministry, and has been called to serve God and community in a particular way.
Of our six regular preachers, four are members of the congregation who are not ordained but who have been licensed by the Bishop to serve in this way, and two are ordained priests. Having many preachers means that we have a rich variety of voices and perspectives in the pulpit. Having many clergy members is an outward and visible sign of the importance of the sacraments in our worship.
"Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of
the least of these who are members of my
family, you did it to me."
None of our members or clergy, lay or ordained, receives a salary from St. Hugh, which means we have more resources to help in outreach to the larger community. Our outreach ministries cover a wide range of community needs. If you desire to serve, you will find many opportunities here.
"Will you strive for justice and peace
among all people, and respect
the dignity of every human being?"
Baptismal Covenant, The Book of Common Prayer
Our congregation is sensitive to issues of peace and justice in the world. We dedicate one service a month to special prayers with this focus. Our study and our outreach ministries reflect an emphasis on the theology and practice of social justice issues.
We also know how to have fun.
ABOUT TOTAL COMMON MINISTRY
An article by the Rev. Jennifer Pratt, TCM priest at St. Hugh (ret.) -- read in a new page, or download in PDF format
"Introduction to Total Common Ministry"