Last night, our superintendent gave his keynote address at our denomination’s annual session, which we so creatively name “Yearly Meeting.” Colin Saxton is just completing his first year in that role, and it was further confirmation to me that he is the one to be in this role. He’s got a wonderful ability to paint a picture of what we as the church could become, and to make everyone feel like they belong and are a part of that future.
From a leadership standpoint, I really admire what he did. He simply told his story; but in doing so, he painted a clear picture of why he loves Quakers in the Northwest, articulated a vision for wholistic followers of Jesus, spoke of his gratefulness and love for the people in our churches who have loved and discipled him and his family, and forthrightly addressed our divisions and disunity.
From a personal standpoint, I’m further in crisis after what he did. He spoke of his joy in what he’s doing. He spoke of loving what he’s doing so much he’d do it without pay. He asked us to consider what unique part of the puzzle we offer to Northwest Yearly Meeting.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to ask one’s self: Where’s my joy? Where’s my passion for what I do? What in the world is my place in our puzzle?