One of the most common phrases I have heard referring to Corona Virus is, “this time of uncertainty.” For quite a while we didn’t have any helpful scientific information about the virus. Once we learned more about the virus, we have tried to figure out how to live and even thrive under the social distancing guidelines. And then there has been the question of plans. What will the Summer look like?
I have racked my brain about this decision. For several months before the virus, I was planning on taking a short sabbatical this Summer. When our world was turned upside down I wasn’t so sure about stepping away from leadership, even for a short while. But now, since we seem to be in a stable holding pattern, I’m going to proceed with the plan to take time away.
I will be away from Tapestry for the months of July and August. In July I will be visiting family and, if all goes as planned, spending a couple of weeks backpacking in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In August I will catch up on some reading and writing projects.
The Worship Committee and I have arranged for some wonderful worship services including inspiring sermons from Tapestry members, some favorite guest speakers, and Tapestry’s Reader’s Theater group. Rev. Rayna Hamre and Rev. Lee Marie Sanchez will be available in the event of a pastoral emergency. You can contact them through Christine Krueger, our likely soon-to-be president, or Linda Yeargin, the chair of the Caring Committee. If you are seeking general support or conversation, please contact a Tapestry member that you know, or reach out to our Caring Committee through Linda Yeargin. The rest of my responsibilities will be shared among Tapestry members and staff.
Tapestry members who have been around for a while will remember that three years ago I took a similar, slightly longer time away. While it can be frustrating, the long-term benefits far outweigh the challenges. Time away gives me an opportunity to bring my best self to ministry. And, the process of clarifying duties and procedures helps to strengthen our organization in the long run.
Thank you for being a part of this ministry that we share. As we explore new ways of living in our personal, family, and professional lives, I have faith Tapestry will continue to grow and change to adapt the demands of a new day.
Rev. Kent will be on sabbatical for July and August and will return in September. The Minister's Seminar will resume upon his return.
“Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search For Identity”
by Andrew Solomon
Monday, September 14, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Andrew Solomon tells the stories of parents who not only learn to deal with their exceptional children but also find profound meaning in doing so. He writes about families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, multiple severe disabilities, with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, who are transgender. Drawing on forty thousand pages of interview transcripts with more than three hundred families, Solomon mines the eloquence of ordinary people facing extreme challenges. This book is longer than usual for the minister’s seminar, and will make great summer reading. To fully participate in discussion, please read the book in advance of our meeting.
For more information or to sign up, please contact Rev. Kent firstname.lastname@example.org .