As I write this there is a stack of empty boxes in my living room, waiting to be filled with books and dishes and things I might need during the next two years in Chapel Hill. I’m leaving the Asheville area because I’ve accepted an invitation to become the Interim Pastor at University Presbyterian Church, which is right across from the campus, on Franklin Street. I’ll be joining a wonderful staff and congregation as they navigate a transitional time. Their senior pastor has retired after a 26-year ministry in Chapel Hill and so the congregation is entering a season of discernment, in which they will ponder what God might be calling them to do in the next chapter of their community’s life. It will be a privilege to walk with them through this threshold, but how I will miss the rhythm of life at Haywood Street. I have learned so much from you and been so blessed by the sharing of stories and meals and ordinary days. Thank you for welcoming me into the holy chaos. I will carry you in my heart, daily giving thanks that each of us, and all of us, are God’s beloved children.
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