|Members of the four boards gathered together in Woodstock, CT|
|A Both/ And Moment - Lauren Lorincz
"We are waiting for God and running the race. We are in the already and not yet. So it’s not either we celebrate what will be, or we grieve what has been. We can do both, acknowledging that we are all bringing a complexity of thoughts and feelings to these gatherings."
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A Bittersweet Day - Timoth Sylvia
"in the midst of it all, I felt the all-too-familiar blend of joy and sorrow, excitement and grief experienced as we birth something new together. The day, surrounded by those whom we have grown to know and admire over these many years, was bittersweet."
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For the Healing of Our World - Kari Nicewander
"We live in a world that is in desperate need of healing, of redemption, of repentance, of change ... And we can only do this work together. We can only become more just, more compassionate, more peaceful, if we support one another on this journey. Because it is not easy, and it is not meant to be easy."
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We've Arrived - Maxwell Grant
"This has asked each conference to travel through some unfamiliar country, to be sure. In its own way, it’s asked us to imagine some major re-routing. But over the years of these gatherings, both here and in so many other places, I don’t think any of us have heard that dispiriting “clunk” warning us that we have truly lost our way, or the voice urging us to turn back and retrace our steps."
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It’s a New Thing! - Cleo Graham
"We waited for the Lord who renewed our strength and kept us dancing with the holy breath that propelled us forward, back and in the middle of our community building exercises. We are more than acquaintances we are spiritual siblings.:
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Heading into Synod, the Rev. Kent Siladi, Connecticut Conference Minister, said: "We have to continue to ask ourselves as this unfolds, what can we do to strengthen the whole church?”
In regard to concerns from delegates and visitors from other conferences at Synod, the Rev. Hannah Brown suggested asking “How could you imagine this partnership being fruitful for you?”
Conference Ministers Don Remick, Marilyn Kendrix and Kent Siladi spoke about the need for a bridge time in order to get things in place once the vote at General Synod has taken place. Stepping aside to let new leadership to come forward, they propose that they work in three areas across Conference lines based on what they are passionate about. (Read more here.)