Good afternoon Pilgrims,
I hope this note finds you all well as we cling to the last few weeks of summer. I was reading the email trail responding to the trustees meeting on Sunday and I lost count as to how many Pilgrim trustees are on vacations–how I envy the places we will go 🙂
Felix and I are both gone for the next few days at two different training. Felix will be gone from Friday through Sunday afternoon learning to lead the OWL (Our Whole Lives) Lifespan Sexuality Curriculum designed in collaboration between the UU and UCC denominations. Since before I arrived, I have heard of Pilgrim’s desire to explore and/or host such conversations and grateful to learn training was available in Raleigh this month. I will be excited to learn from Felix how Pilgrim might engage in such an important conversation in our life together.
I will be in Goldsboro engaging in Disciple-hosted anti-racism training which is required for my standing. This important work is a new requirement for Disciple clergy standing, work that feels important, timely and challenging, not only for my ministerial journey but to live life intentionally in this day and age. At the Southern Conference Annual gathering, I participated in a similar such presentation/discussion and learned that the Conference will be teaming up with the Christian Church in NC to offer and engage in such work together. My prayer is that as we move into this next year, we will embark on such courageous conversations as a beloved community.
As for our life in worship together, the music committee has been meeting and talking and dreaming with Roman to imagine how God is calling each of us as we commission each other forward. Roman’s time with us is dwindling, much to my regret. He will be with us this Sunday, the following driving a truck with his belongings to FL and then on September 1, we will surround him with love and blessing as he leads his last worship service. My hope is that at Church Council next Tuesday, they will endorse the Music Committee’s recommendation for an interim director, who, if approved, will also join us on the 1st.
So much ministry and emotion are on our hearts! I am grateful we weave this safety net together.