INTO THE DEEP END
I have never been one to enjoy a wading pool. Even as a small child, I couldn't wait to jump into the deep end of the pool. I loved being able to not just float on the surface, but dive deep, deeper still, into the watery depths. Funny, it is the way I like to live life as well.
Saturday, July 15, 2017
One Bishop's Reflection on the First Anniversary of Her Election
Trust in the Lord with all
your heart, and
do not rely on your own insight. (Proverbs 3:5)
One year ago today, I was elected a bishop
in The United Methodist Church in the midst of what was the closest experience
of Pentecost I have ever had. Delegates and episcopal nominees of the Western
Jurisdiction entered into a time of deep discernment and prayer. Truly, there was a profound sense of the
presence of the Holy Spirit.
There are some who have said we in the West
were drunk with new wine. But as Scripture and history show, that is often the case when those who weren’t
present try to dismiss the movement of the Holy Spirit, which seeks to make all
We were simply trusting in God with all our
I continue to lean into that trust.
I lean into that trust as I bring my gifts,
skills and experience to this new ministry.
I lean into that trust as I surrender my life to God, who will guide my steps.
I lean into that trust as I sit at the
Council of Bishops table, bringing a voice that has never been present to our common life and work.
I lean into that trust as I listen to those
who are angry about my election and commit myself to remain in relationship with
I lean into that trust as a vision emerges
for our denomination’s future.
I lean into that trust as we sit at Cabinet
meetings and seek God’s guidance as we make appointments.
I lean into that trust as we in the
Mountain Sky Area commit to the vision of Beloved Community, God’s desire for
I am so thankful for new and old companions--both within the Mountain Sky Area and throughout my life--who have enriched my life, sustained my soul and informed my ministry during this past year. I am
especially thankful for my colleagues on the Western Jurisdiction College of
Bishops who have generously welcomed me and offered me their wisdom and
insights, as well as the members of the Mountain Sky Area cabinet, as we have
sought to care for and equip the clergy and laity of our area so our churches’
ministries might be vital and transformative.
It is humbling to have been entrusted with
May Your will be done, O God, in all I say and do.