To the Members of the Congregation of Kenilworth Union Church,
It’s easy to look back on 2020 and say, “Good riddance.”
The challenges we faced as a world, as a country, as a community and as individuals were unprecedented, and the pandemic has left a wake of death, suffering, loneliness, and financial ruin for many of our fellow citizens.
But maybe the woes of 2020 were part of God’s plan as we were forced to reset our lives and activities, and in so doing found space to reexamine our priorities and to strive to be better Christians. Maybe the cacophony of discord and division have finally helped us to listen for new ways to unify. We spent countless hours in our homes, more hours with our family, and more Zoom calls than we ever could have imagined as we desperately sought personal connectivity when we could not be together. We watched many events with horror and renewed our personal vows not to be bystanders in our own lives. Maybe the pandemic, quarantine, and events of 2020 helped to remind us what truly matters in life—our health, families and friends, and living an authentic life fulfilling our Christian duty as servants of Christ—to seek justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God.
I was amazed and inspired by our Staff during the pandemic, who all rose to new heights to keep our church family together, to bring us joyful music, to ground us with strong sermons, and above all to help those in need. I am honored to serve on our Board and truly grateful for the service of my fellow Board members and other church members who did and continue to do so much to help others during these difficult times.
With the optimism of a new year and the miracle of a vaccine, I pray for a peaceful and healthy 2021 for all of you. Please feel free to reach out to our Staff, Board members or Executive Committee members with any thoughts, ideas, concerns, or prayers you have for our church community. We are here for you and look forward to being with you all soon in 2021.
In the wise young words of Amanda Gorman, “If we merge mercy with might, and might with right, then love becomes our legacy…”
In your service,