During this ongoing pandemic, life in the Church has changed dramatically. We have heard the desire from many of you to create a space for the support, nurture and guidance of congregational life and pastors during the coming year.
The Wisconsin Conference is launching a new, periodic communication called Renewing the Soul of the Beloved Community. The purpose of this initiative is to share resources and tools, wisdom and insight, for these challenging days.
In her timely new book, How to Lead When You Don’t Know Where You’re Going, Susan Beaumont introduces us to the concept of a “liminal” season — a space in between what was and what will be. It is a place of transition and a time of waiting, with more questions than answers. The liminal space created by COVID-19 brings anxiety, fear and unknowns, yet it also prompts pause, reflection and adaptive practices. We in the Church are in the emerging stages of a transformation, but it’s too early to identify exactly what that looks like! And so, we have some prayerful discerning to do. Indeed, the Holy Spirit will lead us.
We in the Wisconsin Conference United Church of Christ share this “Renewing the Soul” space to lift up programs, writings, tools and strategies for nurturing and enhancing congregational life during this time of social distancing. Each edition will highlight a rich and meaningful article such as Bob Ullman’s Worrying, Wandering, Wondering. We will also include additional resource links and information about several support and nurturing programs available to your congregation and pastor.
Together we can strengthen each other, and together we will not merely endure this liminal season, but be transformed by the renewal of our minds and hearts!
With this Pandemic, a renewed racial justice reckoning and other uncertainties, our world and our culture are changing. So is our church. As we move into this new reality, we want to bring the best of the past into a future of transformation. Some of the Supportive Ministries of the Conference have adapted to help congregations move into that future. Consider participating in one of these strategies to support your work. Find more info here.
If you have questions or suggestions for the Supportive Ministries Team please contact Lisa Hart.
Sign up to receive Renewing the Soul, a periodic communication containing thoughtful and inspirational messages and helpful resources for individuals and congregations navigating the pandemic.
How shall we get through our uncertain days? Where do we and where will we find ourselves in the middle of this monumental time?
As our congregations and our people continue to struggle through the uncertainties brought on by the ongoing COVID pandemic, a faltering economy, a renewed racial justice reckoning and a continued and growing threat to the environment, we find ourselves betwixt and between. We are betwixt what was once familiar and a new reality coming from a distant future that remains unseen. Finish reading this article from Rev. Bob Ullman