Dear Emerson members,
This week, with my heart in my hand, I gave official notice to Rev. Michelle, and through her the church Board, that I will be resigning from my position as your membership coordinator. In fact, I’m leaving the Houston area altogether, heading back up the river to Fort Worth. I’m moving to my birthplace to attend to mental health and autoimmune struggles. After a surgery to remove a tumor from my thyroid at the end of this month, I will go be with my biological family, so that we can walk through it all together.
My last day will be 10/26, sooner than I’d like. Many of yall will see me this Sunday! If not, no worries: you can reach me at my personal email, firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to stay in touch. The decision to move from H town, where I’ve put down roots, feels vulnerable, bittersweet, and necessary. I feel the same way about leaving this community of faith. In the past weeks several of you, dear people of Emerson, have reminded me that it is okay for me to accept care, to depend on my folks, and to go where I can find the most ease and support. Thank you.
And yet part of me wishes I could stay if only to be part of the sacred work – your work of midwifing this community as it gives birth to itself again, and again, and again. This is a uniquely important time in Emerson’s life thus far. I’ve been with you as you adapt to hurtling, uncomfortable, inexorable change. New staff, new systems, new questions, new formats, new accessibility requirements, new questions around safety and social justice – and a new minister out there waiting to be called. We’re riding so many different waves at once, as a species and a faith and a congregation. Yall, you, the members, are spinning new and true and challenging stories.
As I step out of the story, know you have my best wishes. Emerson can be a wacky place: please lean into silliness and play. Emerson has such potential in our crew of artists, students, teachers, bakers, caregivers, activists, thinkers, and worshippers: please keep bringing your gifts into the circle. Please listen to the kiddos, listen to the outsiders, listen to the church members you can’t even begin to understand or whose names you can’t remember yet. There’s wisdom there. And please internalize these adapted words from Jill Rose: the day we do it perfectly is the day we’ll stop trying for good.
Audrey Gale Hall
AUDREY – WE SEND YOU OUR WISHES FOR A REWARDING JOURNEY TO HEALTH. YOUR INTERESTS, INSIGHT AND DEDICATION HAVE MADE EMERSON A BETTER AND MORE INTERESTING ENVIRONMENT. YOU WILL BE MISSED, BUT I KNOW WE WILL SEE YOU AGAIN.
WITH LOVE AND HOPE,
Oh, I’m so sorry to see you leave! I’ve only been coming to Emerson 5 weeks, but from day one I found myself looking forward to your smile and joyful nature. I wish you the best as you address your medical issues and settle into your new home.
You will be missed. I hope your journey brings you healing and a return to Emerson, even if only to visit!. Thank you for sharing yourself with us.
Holding you in my heart.
Thank you for the reminder to laugh, play, and be joyous as we reimagine our community. Yes, wrap yourself in ease and support knowing that it is also being sent to you from here and all the lives that have been touched by you.
I will miss your happy spirit. Glad you are going to a supportive place as you work through your issues.
I just want to wish you well and assure you that change can be not only OK but delightful.