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Jude Aaron Harmon

Leading Innovation to Renew the Church

Summary

Harnessing the power of prayerful creativity, cultural analysis and personal insight, I lead the Church in facing into the adaptive challenges of our time with innovative approaches to mission, evangelism and common worship

Work experience

Founding Pastor of The Vine SF / Director of Innovative Ministry

Grace Cathedral
2016Present
  • Led Bishop, Board and Dean in vision process to imagine a new way to worship and gather in the cathedral space, drawing on best practices from successful evangelical church plants, resulting in the creation of Grace's newest worshipping community, The Vine SF
  • Established Core Team to study and experience successful church plants in the Bay Area, and Launch Team to oversee multiphase launch 
  • Hired a professional band / worship team and called together a liturgical leadership team to support Wednesday worship. 
  • Create and curate social media campaign for The Vine 
  • Maintain oversight of YoL and Labyrinth Walks 

Minor Canon for Young Adult and Emerging Ministry

Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
20122016
  • Oversaw the operational, pastoral and spiritual growth of Grace Cathedral's hugely popular emerging ministries Yoga on the Labyrinth (YoL) and Candlelight Labyrinth Walk ministries (CLW)
  • 2012 - 2014, Primary pastor for the 6 p.m. Sunday Eucharist on the Labyrinth, growing that congregation by 30%, and leading the community through several major liturgical and leadership transitions. 
  • Participate in the pastoral/liturgical responsibilities of cathedral clergy.
  • 2012 co-chaired $1M stewardship campaign 

Lay Pastoral Associate

St. Mark's Capitol Hill, Washington D.C. 
20102012
  • Led Family and Young Adult Ministry .
  • Preached and compose original liturgical texts.
  • Received mentoring from the Rev. Paul Roberts Abernathy.
  • Learned Functional Education model for lay ministry.

Diocesan Intern

Diocese of Massachusetts, Boston MA
20102011
  • Preached and fundraised for post-earthquake Haiti in 5 parishes.
  • Summer Chaplain to Barbara Harris Camp and Conference Center. 
  • Evaluated diocesan parish websites for overall improvement.

Faculty of Theology 

Seminaire theologique de l'eglise episcopale d'haiti, Port-Au-Prince 
20092010
  • Raised $10,000 for Young Adult Service Corps mission fund
  • Taught courses on Christian Theology and World Religions in French to Haitian Seminarians.
  • Maintained a blog to tell my story for Young Adult Service Corps.

Experience

Pastoral, Liturgical And Teaching 
  • Create content and teaching arc for The Vine SF 
  • Primary pastor to our 6 p.m. Sunday congregation 2012 - 2014, with average attendance around 80, and as many as 400 on Easter evening. 
  • Multi-faith chaplaincy role to our yoga community 
  • Partnered with the San Francisco Opera to create a lectures series "Discovering Mary Magdalene" ahead of the world premiere of an opera about her; Created an original learning series combining interactive lectures and immersive experiences around the city as part of the Year of Sustainability: "In the Garden of God — A Once and Future History of Paradise, from Royal Garden to Sustainable Urbanism." 
  • Regularly collaborate with Artists in Residence to engage our innovative ministry communities with rich, experiential content related to spiritual practice.
  • Contributed to the 'Arts and Empathy Lectures' in 2014
  • Conducted premarital and officiated 60+ weddings; planned and officiated 10  funerals and committals
  • Create original liturgical content for special services
  • Led Forum Series and book studies on a variety of topics 
Leadership, Management & Vision
  • Founding Pastor of The Vine, I am responsible for all oversight, from budget to pastoral and liturgical roles. 
  • Supervise YoL House Manager and Yoga Instructor - weekly checkins, mentoring, planning, etc.; Supervised Music Director for the 6 p.m. service 2012 - 2014. 
  • Supervised and Mentored two young adult Summer Cathedral Interns in 2013.
  • Manage complex Cathedral relationships with the Rev. Dr. Lauren Artress, pioneer of Labyrinth Spirituality, and Darren Main, SF celebrity Yoga Instructor.
  • Manage contract workers and volunteers who support Innovative Ministry, including a roster of about 20 musicians and 40 volunteer support personnel. 
  • Guided Grace Cathedral through a culture shift challenging the Cathedral to embrace my work of Innovative Ministry as central to our mission. 
  • In concert with key board members, working toward achieving operational and cultural targets for improving experience in our innovative ministries. 
  • Clerk of the Vestry and member of Executive Committee at Christ Church Cambridge, 2007 - 2009.
Marketing and Community ReLations 
  • See "Links to Publications and Media" below
  • Work very closely with our Marketing and Communications Department on a variety of projects including conceiving and storyboarding our Pride 2017 video, PR for the Cathedral with media outlets such as CBS, National Geographic, and ABC, developing a comprehensive marketing plan for The Vine SF, etc. 
  • Act as public face and voice of Grace Cathedral each Tuesday to our 700+ yoga community, as well as at special events, and pivotal moments in our community's wider life  (Dean Shaw's resignation, 2012 stewardship launch, Year of Technology launch, Marriage Equality milestones).
  • In concert with our Director of Communications, I led Grace Cathedral's public advocacy for Marriage Equality 2012 - 2014 through a multi-pronged approach featuring an online media campaign, liturgical resource development for a celebratory Marriage Evensong, community organizing for public rallies, and print media canvassing operations aimed at advertising the Cathedral as a marriage destination.
Finance & Fundraising
  • Created launch budget for The Vine SF
  • Co-Chair of Grace Cathedral's Stewardship Campaign 2012. We raised about $878,000 from 477 pledging units in a difficult year of transition.
  • Co-Launched with Development Office "Yoga for Change,"a community fundraising effort to benefit Grace Cathedral's Community Preschool.  
  • Cultivate donor relationships with several personal and corporate sources, including most recently glassybaby to benefit our Labyrinth Ministry.
  • Worked with Canon Director of Finance to budget for growth in our musical offerings at the Sunday 6 p.m. Eucharist and to support hospitality needs in a variety of Innovative Ministry settings.
  • Increased average donations to Yoga on the Labyrinth
  • Served on the Investment Committee at Virginia Theological Seminary in academic year 2012. 
  • Vestry Clerk at Christ Church Cambridge, 2007 - 2009. As Officer of the Corporation, I participated in Executive Committee oversight of budgeting, audit and endowment management of assets in excess of four million dollars. 

Education

Master of Arts - Systematic Theology (Cum Laude)

Virginia Theological Seminary
20102012

Focused on developing core competencies in applied theology and ministry; Interned at St. Mark's Capitol Hill. Summative Project was an art installation of watercolor on rice paper entitled Days of Creation

Master of Divinity 

Harvard Divinity School 
20032006

Focused on New Testament and Early Christianity. Thesis, Alleluia Theotokos: The Deification of the Virgin Mary in the Akathistos Hymn and the Poetics of Status Determination in Early Byzantine Theology

Bachelor of Arts - Study of Religion (High Honors) 

Haverford College
19992003

Focused on New Testament and Early Christianity; Fine Arts; Romance Languages. Thesis, From Death to Life: Toward a Dialectical Model of Redemption in the Gospel of Thomas. Awarded the prestigious W.W. Smith Prize "for outstanding academic and leadership achievement." 

Certificat d'Etudes 

Institut Catholique De Paris 
20012002

Focused on religious traditions of West Africa, Afro-Caribbean Diaspora, India and East Asia. Classes all in French. 

Languages

French highly proficient in reading, writing, and speaking

Italian proficient in reading; semi-proficient writing and speaking

Spanish/Portugese/Romanian semi-proficient in reading and understanding; little speaking and writing

Greek/Coptic (Sahidic) some reading

Haitian Creole proficient in reading and understanding; some speaking

Links to Publications and Media

REferences

Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus

Bishop of California

[email protected] (415) 673-0606

 

Denise Obando

Diocesan Transition Minister

[email protected] (415) 869-7804

 

The Rev. Dr. Ellen Clark King 

Executive Pastor and Canon for Social Justice, Cathedral Supervisor 

[email protected] (415) 749 - 6319

 

The Rev. Paul Roberts Abernathy

Former Supervisor and Rector Emeritus, St. Mark's Capitol Hill, D.C.

(202) 550-9281

 

Nathan Ohm

Senior Financial Analyst with Oracle Corporation

Grace Cathedral Board Liaison to Yoga on the Labyrinth

[email protected] (267) 254-8795

 

Mike Scheu

Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Straus Family Creamery

Grace Cathedral Board Liaison to Yoga for Change

[email protected] (415) 845-8147

 

Stephanie Lynne Smith

Music Minister for the 6 p.m. Service till 2014

[email protected] (415) 794-7746

 

Darren Main 

Yoga Instructor and Entrepreneur, Yoga on the Labyrinth 

[email protected] (415) 902-4716