Dear Congregations and Clergy of the Central East Region,
Last night’s election results are in, and we know that we are not alone in experiencing a wide range of emotions. We know that many of you are rising to this new day with more questions than answers. We do not yet know what this means for ourselves, for our congregations, for those we love, or for the vision of Beloved Community that our faith calls us to.
As you move into caring for yourself and each other, we wanted you to know that we of the Central East Regional staff awoke November 9th resolved to continue to follow the call to love, to fight bigotry and hatred wherever we find it, and to reach out to our fellow human siblings to seek connection and understanding even when that work is hard to do.
None of us can do this work alone, and we Regional staff are here to help you connect with others who make you strong. We are here to provide you with the resources you need to do the holy work of loving other human beings, not because it is easy, but because it is the only path to justice and to peace.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to your Primary Contact for support, for resources, to help coordinate your great idea, or for a listening ear as you work out how your congregation will respond. We are here to support your efforts to change the world, and we all have a lot of work ahead of us. We are in this together.
Hope to hear from you soon.
Rev. Megan Foley, Regional Lead
Rev. Evin Carvill-Ziemer
Rev. Dr. Hope Johnson
Rev. David Pyle
Rev. Renee Ruchotzke
Rev. Joan Van Becelaere