The Long and Winding Road Ahead

  1. We are elated to be back together again; that is simply true, and no one can take that away from me, from us.
  2. We’re having to remember and relearn some of the more mundane dimensions of a community that gathers in-person: a line at the restroom, competition for use of spaces on an active campus, viruses other than Covid that still borrow our cells for replication and transportation.
  3. We’re reminded daily that you, LRA, are everywhere. Our community is connected to dozens of others dealing with the same reentry challenges we are. Our partner churches aren’t totally sure that children *will* return with the fall’s programs. Our chaplaincy peers were featured in national news for their essential work as Covid death-doulas, but now their budgets are cut, and then cut again. Conflicts and controversies swell across institutions — from families to bodies politic — as we emerge from years of distancing.

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Sarah B. Drummond

Sarah B. Drummond

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Sarah Birmingham Drummond is Founding Dean of Andover Newton Seminary at Yale Divinity School and teaches and writes on the topic of ministerial leadership.