A Letter from Lindy May 13
What an overflowing week of promise and joy! Monday and Tuesday, I had the privilege of participating in supervisor training for our Duke Divinity School Intern, Kayla Keller. Kayla comes to us out of the Lutheran tradition (ELCA) where she is preparing for ordination as a minister of Word and Sacrament. She will join us May 27 for a 10 week journey of learning and discovery. The possibility of how might God use her, and us, is brimming with hope and expectation. And thus, we have work to do to receive her with God’s grace and hospitality. Not only will I walk alongside Kayla this summer helping her stretch and grow, but so to will you. Our relationship will be grounded by a learning/serving covenant which we will birth together. The congregation will also be represented by a lay mentoring team, who will help shape Kayla’s pastoral identity and voice. Duke Divinity School is overjoyed to have Pilgrim back as a supervisory site. Let us prepare to welcome Kayla into our embrace!
This week, we have also been invited to consider receiving items from O’Kelly Chapel, which for those of you who attended “Soup and Stories,” remember is our foundational location. There has been prayer and discussion around what items we might receive, and truly use, that will honor our history and heritage, and not become more “stuff” that collects dust, neglected somewhere on our campus. To open us to our visual history, we have rearranged the chancel somewhat to bring attention to our existing historic items that come from Pilgrim’s downtown era. As you center yourself in worship, pray with these visuals to see if they draw connection or distract from the beautifully long arc of being Pilgrim.
Finally, when you look around the sanctuary are there people you do not know? Faces you do not recognize as fellow members or first time visitors? Do you spend fellowship time with folks whom are not part of your posse? We think saying yes to any or all of these questions happens to many Pilgrims, and we want to do something about that! Katie McCarthy and Pastor Lindy are stealing a page from Katie’s company to organize “Randomized Coffee Trial (RCT).” What’s that? Well, if you are willing, and sign up, we will match-make you with a fellow Pilgrim whom we suspect you do not know (or know well) for randomized coffee. We will supply name and contact info, and leave the two of you to set a place and time. Our hope is to have three such “coffees” for all who participate throughout the summer (June, July, August), believing such one-on-one connection will help Pilgrim cross pollinate and maybe just catch a glimpse of seeing each other as God sees us. You game? We hope so. More to come…..