A Message From Our Interim Pastor
Greetings to you all in the strong name of Jesus.
I’m looking forward to seeing all of your beautiful faces again soon. In the meantime, I know these have been a very unique two weeks in the life of Rincon (in what has already been a
very unique year!). Through thoughtful prayer and many discerning discussions, the church’s leadership canceled our service on August 25, and pressed pause on intake of new guests at our shelter for asylum-seeking migrants. These were wise choices, rooted in several serious and overlapping reasons. The reasons behind these decisions began
months ago, and became especially acute over the course of this summer.
However, we recognize that all of the news, coming with a mix of rather disturbing and/or vague details, arrived as a sudden shock for many of you within the congregation, and the
larger Tucson community. There is confusion, sadness, hurt, and anger. All of those feelings and responses are completely valid and understandable. So many of you have already
impacted so many lives through your shelter work and offerings of time and service at the church. Feeling the loss of those things is a blow, no matter what the reasons for the recent
decisions, and no matter how Rincon UCC continues to serve migrants directly in the near future. Church leadership and I hope and plan to make ourselves available for answering
questions and concerns and speaking with you as much as possible as we navigate the coming weeks and months, starting this Sunday. After this weekend’s service (9/1), our moderator Inge and I will meet and speak with anyone who would like to. A Congregational Meeting is going to be called for 9/15 to revisit all the good that was done, what we’ve learned, and what needs to be improved at the end of our initial six-month commitment to this 24/7 venture you all have undertaken. Finally, please know that I want nothing more than to get to know you all better and more deeply. I hope to reach out to all of you to set up a time, but please beat me to it if I haven’t already. Email to schedule, and let’s meet in my office, do coffee/tea/breakfast, you name it. It’s what I’m here for, and want to be here for. We can talk about these recent developments, and I’m also hungry to learn what you
love about Rincon UCC, what brought you here, where you see us needing to grow, where you dream of us going, and what it’s going to take to get us there. This is the core of interim
ministry, and it will get done in deep, committed, and transparent relationships: me with you, and you all with each other. We will listen, we will heal, we will work, we will sing, we
will pray, we will play, and we will get there. God is still speaking,
Read the Thursday E-letter for September 12, 2019 here.