Now, of course, I am no Moses but as I sit down to write this final blog as your Bridge Conference Minister of our Southern New England Conference, this passage from Deuteronomy came to me. I feel as if I can see the promised land, but will not be crossing over into that new land with all of you.
It has been a long journey. When I was first asked in 2017 to join the group working on the coming together of the three southern New England conferences, I had no idea where it would lead. But I know that I felt called to that work, particularly to the work of the vision sub-committee. Being a part of the creation of the vision that now informs all the work of our new conference was for me a real blessing, one that has led to everything that has come after. That vision of actually living the love and justice of Jesus continues to inspire the conference staff and many of the churches of the conference:
- To make disciples of Jesus,
- To make God’s love and justice real,
- To bring new life as agents of change and
- To seek covenant partnerships to work together for the common good.
Today, as I prepare to leave this BCM role, the work of creating a new way of ministry for this new conference goes on. I knew that the creation of a new conference defined by the vision would continue after the end of my tenure but carrying that work forward while we are still in the throes of the twin pandemics of COVID and racism is challenging beyond measure. And yet, I am certain that the Holy Spirit has been present all along the way as we called new people to lead this work going forward. I am fairly convinced that the staff that will come together in 2021 to continue this work is just the right one for such a time as this. And so, I am leaving this role as Bridge Conference Minister confident that our new leadership and staff will indeed take us all to the promised land where living the love and justice of Jesus will be the norm. And unlike Moses, I will indeed be able to live there as well. May it be so.
The Rev. Marilyn Kendrix is Bridge Conference Minister. Kendrix, a 2013 graduate of Yale Divinity, earned that school’s Henry Hallam Tweedy Prize for exceptional promise in pastoral leadership, the highest prize conferred on a graduating student ...