March ’21 Enews – mOVING fORWARD

(Written as the editor’s letter for the March 2021 GOL E-News. Read the full newsletter here.) Or is that supposed to be “Moving Forward”? I don’t know if you feel the same way, but a year into the pandemic I often find it hard to complete a coherent sentence let alone lead, strategize, or innovate. Even writing…

February ’21 Enews – Enough Milk & Honey?

(Written as the editor’s letter for the February 2021 GOL E-News. Read the full newsletter here.) As I look out upon the landscape ahead of the GOL clergy, it is one of continued pivoting due the pandemic, deep and often painful conversations over racial injustice and political unrest, and now Ash Wednesday and the season…

January ’21 Enews – How Was 2020 Like Friends?

(Written as the editor’s letter for the January 2021 GOL E-News. Read the full newsletter here.) I never in a million years thought I would be writing a letter to hundreds of Episcopal clergy that featured the immortal words of Ross Gellar from Friends — “PIVOT!” What a year! I have watched as our congregations have…

December ’20 Enews – Leadership for What?

(Written as the editor’s letter for the December 2020 GOL E-News. Read the full newsletter here.) I know not every non-profit leader can say they leave an annual board meeting more energized, creative, and motivated than when they arrived, and for that I count myself lucky. The Gathering of Leaders’ Board of Directors held its…

November ’20 Enews – A Critical Point for a Changing Church

November ’20 Enews – A Critical Point for a Changing Church

(Written as the editor’s letter for the November 2020 GOL E-News. Read the full newsletter here.) We have all been called into ministry at this time, in this world, and to our specific roles for a reason. I am dwelling uncomfortably in this liminal space and churning over the most recent parochial report data for…

May ’20 Enews – Life: An Ever-Moving Target

(Written as the editor’s letter for the May 2020 GOL E-News. Read the whole newsletter here.) Whoever said that change is the only constant must have had a crystal ball showing them the year 2020. During a recent GOL Board Meeting we reviewed minutes from a prior meeting and we couldn’t help but joke that…