Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
By now, many of you have had a few days to sit with the interim report from the Boundaries Commission. For some, what is being suggested is more than was expected, while for others it is less. Still others are wary of change, whatever may come. For many within the Maritime Conference, the possibility of brothers and sisters in faith being divided by the line drawn by the commission, is not a future toward which many are eager to walk.
Let us take time to breathe. Let us also take time to imagine what might yet be in the regions that are proposed, and along with that look at what can continue, what can’t continue, and what might have to take new shape and may gain new life.
Whether what we have been given is what the shape of the church ends up being, or just an iteration on the road of who we will become, we have been asked to reflect. What are the pitfalls? What are the possibilities? The more that we can offer back as authentic reflection and feedback, the better equipped the commission will be in finalizing their work.
In the midst of all our reflecting, let us also make room for the Holy Spirit to move within us, to inspire us to look at who we can be in a new way. And whatever may come, wherever the road may take us, God is already at work finding new ways to break into our lives, calling us to service and the sharing of our gifts. The shape of the church may change how we are called, but it won’t change the fact that we are called.