As an interim minister, I accompany congregations through their middles. These are the times between ministries, between sizes, between buildings or identities. Middles are marked by change, an alteration, a variation, or modification that leaves something or someone different. Middles are usually not the most comfortable places to be, whether we are there by choice or by chance. Being in any middle requires patience, awareness, and appreciation for not knowing. This is where I come in. I am here to walk with you, be your witness, your confidant, your cheerleader, and your advocate. I will not tell First Parish what to do. I will listen. I will offer feedback when asked. I will be a resource and a comfort. So, we begin. Like the cream in the Oreo, this is a very rich time. Sandwiched between a beginning and an ending, it comes, like most middles, with a wide range of individual and communal reactions. Know that we will stay in the excitement, the changes, the disappointment, the anger, the confusion, the hurt and the hope, right smack in the middle, until you are not. -Rev. Elaine Peresluha
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May 22| 10 am
Rev. Elaine Peresluha & Toben Cooney-Callnan
May 29| 10 am
Portland’s Complicity in African Enslavement
June 5| 10 am
Appreciating What Is II
Rev. Elaine Peresluha