April 2018

“Sabbath observance invites us to stop. It invites us to rest. It asks us to notice that while we rest, the world continues without our help. It invites us to delight in the world’s beauty and abundance.” ―Wendell Berry

A Message from Rev. Reed

For a while now, the congregation and the Vestry have granted me sabbatical time that has been accruing in the background of other priorities. I’ve not yet seen a workable interval to claim but opportunities have come that I wish to pursue this spring. Accordingly, I plan to exit the church year early, and take sabbatical time as precursor to my usual summer worship break. A sabbatical is not merely time off, but time set aside for reflection and renewal. I do not mind acknowledging that the past few years have been eventful, and in some instances, complicated. We’ve experienced and addressed security concerns, both in the community and on our property. We’ve had transitions in membership and staffing, that while inevitable, can still be demanding. And through it all, we’ve tried to live the message and mission of our beloved and historic church. So I’m hopping off the train for a few weeks, so that I might soon resume our journey with renewed focus and perspective. I expect the time to be fulfilling but also to pass quickly. Of course, I will miss you and wonder what’s happening on Archdale Street, but I am ever grateful for the generous gift of professional sabbatical.

Thank you, Rev. Danny Reed

  • I will preach Easter Sunday, April 1, and then be away April 2 – June 30 on sabbatical leave.
  • During this time, I aim to have minimal / no contact with church matters. This also applies to my family.
  • I will resume work on July 2 during the usual summer slow-down.
  • Our Worship Services Committee will coordinate Sunday services, featuring diverse and engaging guest speakers, through the summer.
  • In the event of a significant pastoral need or member death, I will make every effort to be available. This is a traditional expectation of clergy sabbaticals.
  • I will honor existing wedding commitments.
  • It would be hard to miss the April 30 CAJM Nehemiah Assembly. I plan to attend, but may avoid a public role.
  • I ask that committee leaders and members still include me in usual email correspondence, though I plan to utilize an automatic away response and “park” messages during sabbatical time.
  • We are fortunate to have mature and self-directed staff members. I have no anxiety regarding their success in my absence. When consultation is called for, our staff will seek out appropriate Vestry or other church leadership.
  • Ministers on sabbatical often send brief congregational updates. I can foresee a short check-in or two to reassure the congregation of whereabouts and well-being.