Dear Friends,

Is it possible I’m going to write about our Annual Meeting: The Eras Tour for a third Friday in a row!?! Why, yes, yes I am, for it was truly amazing.

There was so much joy as we ate delicious era-specific appetizers (I failed to nab either the jello squares OR the pigs in a blanket), swapped bracelets, and elected good people to Vestry and as Delegates to Diocesan Convention. There was more joy as we heard good news about our health and community at All Saints, danced to “Shake It Off,” and shared where we find refugia in this good place. 

What’s refugia? “Refugia are places of shelter where life endures in times of crisis. From out of these small sanctuaries, life re-emerges, and the world is renewed” (from Refugia: A Podcast about Renewal). Great examples of refugia are pollinator gardens, Ethiopian church forests, and the Black Church Food Security Network. You can learn more by reading my Rector’s Address or this newsletter.

All Saints is a refugium where we are strengthened in our love of God and one another and to do the work God is giving us to do in the world. In a world too often cold and harsh, here we flourish, not only for our own good but for the good of the larger community. 

What a gift All Saints is. What a gift YOU are.

I give thanks to God for you and pray that we might go from strength to strength.

See you in church!

Faithfully, Suzanne+