Dear St. Aidan’s family,
That word is music to my ears today. I’ve been in an online training program for six days, learning more about the tools and processes of guiding this parish through the transition period. Great information, great camaraderie with clergy of many denominations, great expectations . . . but for my back and my joints, not so great! During our breaks in this intensive course, it feels soooo good to flip over to a Jazzercise program or in some other way s-t-r-e-t-c-h my body.
Although it feels good to stretch, there are often times that I resist making the effort. It would be easier to just move from my desk chair to my easy chair and chill for the short break time. However, I am never sorry after I took the time to stretch, whereas I’m often sorry when I haven’t.
St. Aidan’s is being called to stretch right now. In this time of transition, we will be using a whole new vocabulary
words like appreciative inquiry, asset mapping, and systems theory may become part of our conversations. Some of you will be asked to serve in new ways, on a transition team, profile task force, or search committee. Everyone, we hope, will engage in reflecting on who St. Aidan’s has been and where God is calling this community to s-t-r-e-t-c-h in the future. As we take these steps, new relationships will be forged and ongoing relationships will be strengthened.
This is no “easy chair” work, and doing it in the midst of a pandemic makes it more challenging. But it will feel soooo good to get moving. You will hear more about the timetable and next steps in the weeks ahead. And when all is said and done, you and your next rector will be a stronger partnership because you have the courage, today, to s-t-r-e-t-c-h.
The Rev. Dr. Rosemary Beales