Message from the Senior Pastor
On this day, the twentieth anniversary of my ordination to ministry in the United Church of Christ, I look back in awe at what God had in store for me. From eight years of ministry in Mexico and twelve in the US - as pastor of a local church in Rhode Island, to the position of Executive Director of BorderLinks, to Interim Minister at First Christian Church, to Senior Pastor at Rincon, I have experienced such richness and depth. My best teachers have been those with whom I have served on both sides of the border. My D. Min, studies have added another layer of academic and contextualized learning to my portfolio.
But most of all the people along the way have left their imprint on me.
I attach the Ordained Minister’s Code. You might be surprised at what ordained clergy sign on for. It’s a tall order, and one I am honored to do my best to follow. On every anniversary of my ordination I review the Code. I wish I could say that I have always followed it to the letter, but I can say that I have learned from the mistakes I have made. I am a better person and pastor for the five years I have served as you. I am so deeply grateful for these twenty years of service, in which I too have been well-served and loved. Ministry at its best is mutually beneficial between pastor and parishioners. That has been so for me.
Peace on your Lenten Way,
Read the Thursday E-letter for March 15, 2018 here.