Hello my fellow gentle, angry people.
I want to begin by saying how grateful, honored and humbled I am to have been asked to take on the role of President of the Board for the coming year.
I’ve never been President of anything before – so I’m feeling mildly intimidated by the task. I keep thinking of the 1993 movie Dave, starring Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver, in which an ordinary person is thrown into an official position and must learn how to do the job on the fly. To paraphrase the main character, “I was hired to do a job for you and it is just a temp job at that.”
I couldn’t have asked for a better mentor than Jaime Castle. Her boundless energy and incredible creativity have taught me a great deal about leadership. In doing so, she has also set the bar pretty high, but I promise to always work my hardest to do the best job I can.
Under Jaime’s leadership, we were given the mission of “Recharging our Individual and Collective Energies.” She also provided for us an anthem in Sade’s “By Your Side.” For this coming year, my goal is to build upon what Jaime achieved and to guide us all into putting that renewed energy into action.
In Physics, Velocity is defined as Speed with a Direction. Similarly, by action, our individual and collective energies can do so much good in the direction of our church, our community and into the wider world.
For the next week or so, I would like us all to reflect upon what skills we have and what we would like to contribute to putting energy into action.
Are you good with tools? Can you cook? Do you like to read to kids? Can you plant and maintain a garden? Do you play an instrument? Can you lead and organize a group? Are you good with computers? Or – do you have time to offer where you can watch, lend a hand and learn a new skill? All of these – and more – will prove to be so valuable in maintaining the future of our church and its mission.
I can’t think of another Sade song to share to motivate you to action – but might I offer James Brown’s classic “Get Up Offa That Thing?”
Or, to take another quote from the movie Dave:
“You don’t really know how much you can do until you, stand up and decide to try.”
I look forward to putting energy into action with you all in the coming year.