From the President: Happy Spring!

by K Stone, ECRDUMW President

Happy spring!

It is still spring.  I feel a season of renewal, resurgence and rebirth.

Although, we grieve for the many family, friends, colleagues we’ve lost during this time of the pandemic.  We understand better the scope of this deadly virus, yet our hearts are broken.  From health, we’ve been made to look at our politics, hate crimes, our diversity, communities and Justice for All.  When thinking of the scope of injustices, for our environment, our climate, our earth that we pass on to our children.   Oh my….so much hardship we’ve experienced.

Although our world is still not completely stable, nor back to “normal”, we are starting to hear about coming together, a stepping back into socialization, a reopening of our churches, restaurants and schools.  Unmasking, eating together…whaaat, really???

Yet, we do have lessons learned.  Technology, for sure, has given us a new way to connect families, friends, co-workers from across the globe!  We’ve learned of our ownership to discriminations and injustices.  We’re learning how to connect across the divides, with a renewed activism for Justice.

It starts with me (us), to be aware of our feelings, knowing where & what I can do to change my community. I learn when I’ve been given the chance to attend my granddaughter EmmaJames’s high school graduation in Nixa, MO. 

In the speech at my granddaughter’s graduation, Reagan Thomason, a graduating senior, said, “one of life’s great forward looking ceremony; continue to grow in the following days; as tomorrow is when we can be special….be special.”  In the same thought, continue to build on lessons learned, rely on our own intuitions, courage and commitment to fight for justice, for our communities and women, youth and children across the globe.

A prayer from The Upper Room Disciplines:  Come Holy Spirit; illumine our minds with the light of faith.  Draw us past perplexity so that we are led to ponder our personal calling and be enkindled by your love.  Amen

K Stone
ECRD UMW Leadership Team