Hello all –
Since this is my last “President’s Corner,” I am compelled to look back over the past year and reflect upon what has happened since I became President of the Board of Trustees.
I didn’t think I would look back fondly on a time when our biggest concern was a leaky roof and ruined carpet – but here we are.
- A new shed
- “Garden Parties”
- “Town Hall” meetings
- Political action and the 2020 election
- Rev. Bill’s sabbatical
- Jaime Castle leaving the board to run for U.S. Congress
- Incidents with a troubled individual that required legal intervention
It was already shaping up to be a crazy year before coronavirus; before lockdowns, before quarantine; before George Floyd; before the protests; before the counter-protests – before Bethel. Who knows? By the time I finish typing this, maybe some other new insanity will grab the headlines.
In a few days we will gather together (virtually) for our annual congregational meeting – a tradition that goes back for generations. We will meet, we will discuss and we will debate (maybe even argue) because we all feel passionately about both the present and the future of Heritage and what that means.
When we gather, I hope we can do so in a state that is mindful of the fact that we are part of a continuum. We will make decisions that are based on our past; but that affect the generations that come after us. Also when we gather, it will mark the end of my time as your president. I’d be lying if I didn’t say there is a bit of a feeling of relief that comes with that thought. I have no idea what the next year will have in store for us, but I can assure you that every member of the board will do their very best to address it in the spirit of our principles and our heritage.
Leadership is challenging and not something I often choose. As I’ve said before, I’m much more comfortable working in the background. But, I am so very grateful to you all for putting your trust in me this past year and I just hope that I have served you well.