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Growing into Our Authentic Selves

Our deepest calling is to grow into our authentic selfhood,
whether or not it conforms to some image of who we ought to be.
As we do, we will not only find the joy that every human being seeks;
we will also find our path of authentic service in the world.
—Parker Palmer

This past Sunday, during our Board meeting, I sat around a table looking at the faces of the others in this group. Some were anxious, some were pensive, some were overwhelmed, but all were focused on doing the very important work that had been handed to them. We made reports on our activities and the year-end budget. We made sure that we were following our policies and procedures for hiring nursery staff so that we can ensure that our youngest children are safe and well cared for. We discussed how we will care for our buildings and grounds in the absence of a Board Member to oversee these concerns.

All of these are important fiduciary responsibilities of the Board; however, the Board has other very important responsibilities. We also have strategic and generative responsibilities. We have responsibilities to lead the congregation in developing strategic plans and articulating what matters most for the future. We also have responsibilities for thinking retrospectively and helping us all to understand the story of our congregation.

In the coming months, we will be reflecting honestly and developing strategic plans together. We will reflect on our vision and mission, led by our deepest values. We will determine our way to move forward as a congregation, many different people coming together in one body to find our path of authentic service in the world. This will involve lively and meaningful conversations, maybe even a few challenging ones, but it will allow us to grow into an authentic community and to find the joy we seek. So, as you are taking or preparing for your personal journeys this summer, take time to reflect on the new roads ahead here in Jackson that we will take together.

Joy, peace, and love,