Julie Long to Shift to Part-Time Employment Status,
Effective March 5
Recently I came across this poem on the opening page of a new book (Richard Rohr’s Eager to Love, in case you are wondering):
Yearning for a new way will not produce it. Only ending the old way can do that.
You cannot hold onto the old, all the while declaring that you want something new.
The old will defy the new;
The old will deny the new;
The old will decry the new.
There is only one way to bring in the new. You must make room for it.
-- Neale Donald Walsch
As we are beginning a new chapter in our family’s life with Jody’s transition to the position of Executive Coordinator of CBF/GA, these words deeply resonated in my soul. For some time now, I have also been in the process of discerning my own changing sense of calling, of yearning for a new way of working and parenting and living and being. Jody’s transition process has opened up questions and possibilities for us, and I have decided I am ready to embrace a new way of my own.
A couple of weeks ago, I approached Scott and the Personnel Committee with the request to shift my status at the church to part-time. For a while now, I have yearned for a simpler and slower pace of life and for more time and flexibility to be with my rapidly-growing children. With the amount of travel involved with Jody’s new job, the timing seems right to make this change for our family. Professionally, I have come to a place where I am ready to step away from full-time ministry for a season. I have requested to continue working as the part-time Minister to Children and Families and to relinquish my role as Associate Pastor as well as my administrative responsibilities in the office. This role has been a gift to me these many years; it has helped me to grow in countless ways, and I treasure the breadth of experiences and relationships that it allowed me. But “there is only one way to bring in the new. You must make room for it.” This shift in my role at the church will help me to make room for the new ways God is working in my own life and will also open up possibilities for God to work in new ways in our church. I will continue working full-time through the month of February and will begin part-time status on March 5.
I am so very grateful for the willingness of Scott, the Personnel Committee and the Church Council to bless me in making this change. And I will continue to be grateful to serve among such a thoughtful, generous and supportive congregation for whom I daily say, “Thanks be to God.”
--- Julie Long