The Rev. Dr. James R. Harrison, Gilson's former pastor at First Congregational Church of Woodstock, honored Gilson's passion and convictions. "She has rattled cages that needed to be rattled. She has spoken up when others have failed to speak out," said Harrison. "She has befriended other who are different in all kinds of ways. And although she has been warned, and although she has been given an explanation, nevertheless she has persisted."
The Rev. Gordon Bates, a former Conference staff member, referred to Gilson as a trusted "confident," a title echoed by Former Conference Minister The Rev. Davida Foy Crabtree and Conference Minister The Rev. Kent J. Siladi.
Noting that he thought Gilson was the only Commissioned Minister to Conference Ministry in the United Church of Christ, Siladi said, "She is a trailblazer, has been a trailblazer, and I believe will continue to be a trailblazer."
Gilson's last day is August 4. You can learn more about her time in the Connecticut Conference and her plans for retirement here.
Drew Page is the Media and Data Manager for the Southern New England Conference, and a member of the Conference's Communications Team. He writes and edits news, blogs, and devotionals, produces video, and spends a week each summer as a Dean at Silver...