On the week after Easter my old boss, the Rev. Arthur Hadley, used to take the entire week off and travel to the Trappist monastery that had been the home of Thomas Merton. But not only does the idea of being silent for an entire week sound like complete torture to me, the week after Easter finds me rejuvenated and ready to embrace the transitions that happen in Lawrence during this time. It is during the season of Easter that we begin to say goodbye to graduating seniors and “see you soon” to other students heading home for the summer vacation. I can always feel the city shift a bit in its feel as the young people depart for a few months, and can feel it in the church as well.
As such, I do ask that you let me know about our graduating seniors, so we can give them a proper send-off in the next few weeks. As a parish we should be ever mindful of those great rites of passage and find ways to celebrate them together.
I also know that many of you travel over the summer, off to camps or family venues or scenic locales, and I hope you will continue to stay in touch with us over our many communication platforms: the newsletter, Facebook, and now Twitter and Instagram. While you are away we will continue to be spreading the Gospel of God’s love and serving this community, so we appreciate staying connected to you.
Yours in Christ,