July E-News ’23 – The Privilege of Responsibility

The Privilege of Responsibility I’ve been stumped on what to write for this letter, not because there is nothing to say, but because there is so much taking place within and through GOL that I don’t know where to focus.  The Presiding Bishop attended his first Clergy Gathering last April, our ECF Partnership continues to…

May ’23 ENews – Playing for the Same Team

  Our May Enews is packed with updates from our Kanuga clergy Gathering, info on upcoming Gatherings, and the Episcopal Church Foundation’s pre-Pride month work from a variety of voices in the church.  Playing for the Same Team The Rev. Jane Gober attended our North Carolina Gathering at Kanuga and offered a beautiful reflection to…

April ’23 ENews – The Table is Spread

The Table is Spread Alleluia, Christ is Risen! Easter greetings to you all from my cafe office on a beautiful morning in April. As I multi-task away this morning, working on the GOL Annual Report, our Enews and my parish’s final confirmation class, I’m pondering all of the ways that resurrection is happening around us….

March ’23 ENews – Epic Hospitality

  Epic Hospitality Haley and I are in Jacksonville this week at the Episcopal Parish Network Conference. Day 1 was filled with planning, brainstorming and setting up our table. Days 2 and 3 are flying by, and so far we’re meeting old friends and making new ones, so many of you have stopped by to…

February ’23 Enews – A Vessel to be Filled

A Vessel to be Filled Haley Bankey told me, at my first Gathering in San Antonio last fall, that we provide a vessel to be filled. The Leaders pour into that vessel all of their experience, their expertise, the amazing ideas, and the radical hope that so infiltrates who we are. Our shared knowledge grows…

January ’23 ENews – Ripples of Hope

As cliché as it sounds, January is the time of year that we catch our breath, re-focus our energies, and take stock of the world around us. It is also the time every year when I get to thank God for the blessings that Gathering of Leaders has brought to my life. GOL is so…

December ’22 Enews – Advent Hope & Christmas Greetings

As The Gathering of Leaders Enews lands in your inbox each one of us is squaring up to celebrate the fourth Sunday of Advent. I wonder then, where this finds you. Are you in a place of hopeful anticipation, head full of glorious images of bears and cows grazing peacefully? Are the desert roses blooming…

November ’22 Enews – Good News Proclaimed

Good News Proclaimed Gathering of Leaders’ Participants are currently engaging in conversation around our annual theme of “The Missionary Church After Christendom,” and as I read through the e-news below I see the Good News that these conversations are proclaiming. Last month at the Oregon Gathering we were challenged by many peer-presentations, and highlighted below…

September ’22 Enews – Darkness & Glitter

“Then the people stood at a distance, while Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was.” – Exodus 20:21 I’ve been reflecting on this verse for many months now ever since I listened to Jemonde Taylor’s Theological Reflection at the Philadelphia Gathering. I find such profound comfort in the image of Moses getting…

August ’22 ENews – Throwing Open the Doors

(Written as the Curator’s letter for the August 2022 GOL E-News. Read the full newsletter here.) Throwing Open the Doors When my alarm went off this morning, I noted it was just a little darker outside that I’ve grown used to. In my town we celebrate the United States Coast Guard with a week long…