On June 15, 2014, I was elected as the Vice Moderator of the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). It’s all a blur when I think back to the election, moderating the assembly of over 600 people from across the country and around the world, talking with people about the Church, and embodying my new role in the denomination. You can read more about the election, hopes for the future, and find some background information on me HERE. What I remember the most from Detroit as well as the weeks following is the feeling of familial connection that I have whenever I participate in something like the General Assembly. It sometimes takes an event like this to rekindle friendships, reconnect with people that I haven’t seen face-to-face in a long time, and foster new relationships. I always walk away feeling like I’ve received a gift: a reminder that I am not serving in ministry on an island but in a network of pastors, leaders and congregations from across the country that are just as passionate about heeding God’s call as I am. It is this sense of connection, hope, honesty and trust that I intend to bring to my term as Vice Moderator. I’m not sure about your families, but in my family we often disagree on a variety of things. We sometimes leave bruised, hurt from the conversation and uncertain about the future. Other times we leave in celebration, forgetting that others might be less than optimistic about what just transpired. Still others leave us in silence for a period of time until we can approach one another again (in hope that reconciliation will be possible). I look forward to this two year journey as we seek to explore God’s call to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) together!