special messages from the synod and bishop katherine finegan
Dear Friends in Christ, We are now in about the 4th week of lockdown, depending on when your state started.  For most of us, we have not gathered in person for worship for at least three weeks.  While we are still in the midst of a pandemic, it seems to me that we are getting a little more used to being in crisis.  Whether or not that’s a good thing, I’m not sure.  The adrenaline flow is less, but there is still an urgency, an underlying anxiety as we brace ourselves for what may come next – more bad news, an increase in cases, a loved one who is sick and we feel helpless.   But know this, there are good things happening too.  God is at work creating something new, as already, we see signs of God’s creative work.

  • People are being intentional about staying connected.  Phone calls, Zoom, online devotions and worship, cards and letters – congregations are doing what is necessary so that no one feels alone.
  • We are learning about how to use technology in new and useful ways.  Bible study has become, in many ways, more accessible.  People are taking more ownership of their own faith life with worship at home and using devotional resources.  The challenges of our present time are driving people to pray harder, think and reflect more deeply, and wrestle with questions of faith.

  When I chose the theme “Be Thou My Vision 2020”, I wrote to you what I thought that might mean when the year 2020 began.  I thought that in this year, we would not be able to see much beyond the next step.  I didn’t realize then, how true that would be.    But even if we can’t see even to the end of the month, God does give us what we need for today, for this step, for today’s challenges.  For now, that is enough.  Be gentle with yourself, and find blessing in this time of waiting, of pausing, of having time slow and our routines adjust to new rhythms.   In the words of Julian of Norwich, “All will be well.  All will be well.  All manner of things will be well”.   Yours in Christ, Bishop Katherine Finegan