June 21, 2020
To the Members and Friends of the Swampscott Church of Spiritualism:
I hope this letter, once again, finds you well. I can imagine that with the warmer weather settling upon us, you are venturing out and about a little. Please continue to be careful! These are challenging times and your safety and health is paramount. When we get a chance to one day come together again in celebration and worship, I want to see you with a beautiful and energetic smile (hugs will probably still be a no no).
I’m sure many of you have been wondering when we will reopen the church doors. I have wondered and thought about this quite a bit, as you can imagine. This past Sunday, during our monthly board meeting, the Board of Trustees and I agreed that in the interest of the safety of our church congregation, we will continue to remain closed for the summer. We truly do not want to ask anyone to have to make a choice between their health and attending a Sunday service. With that being said, however, please stay tuned for our first live Zoom service on Sunday, June 28th. More information will be forthcoming in the week ahead, so please be sure to check your email and the website as that information becomes available.
I would like to share a special announcement with each of you and ask you to join me in recognizing Laura Dominick. For many years, Laura has been an integral member of the pastoral team and has served in many roles at the church. Today, I am pleased to share with you that Laura has received the title of Licentiate Minister. Although she has been made aware of this some time ago, we had been hoping to make a formal announcement at the church and celebrate her major accomplishment together. However, given the months we have been away, I did not want to keep this special recognition from you any longer. Laura, I congratulate you, and I know that speaking from all of us, we appreciate you and all of your hard work. When we do have the opportunity to come together once again in person, we will celebrate Laura and this special occasion for not only Laura, but also for our church!
I am also excited to invite you to join our book club discussion beginning this Thursday. We will be reading Harriet Wilson’s book, Our Nig; or Sketches from the Life of a Free Black. Wilson’s novel is not only moving and extraordinary, but this book also features quite an astounding essay on her life and career as a Spiritualist. If you aren’t able to join us in the book club discussion, I highly recommend picking up a copy and giving it a read. I know you will find it moving and apropos.
For the past fourteen weeks I have enjoyed writing to you. In a world where everything slowed down for a few minutes in the scope of time, it felt a bit nostalgic to write you a letter each week. Nonetheless, I have enjoyed it quite a bit, and I hope that you have felt some sentiment of connection from them. As we will move our services on-line starting next week, this letter will conclude our fourteen-week connection through written word, and move us to a different medium (or media?). Sorry, I thought that was funny! I look forward to seeing you next Sunday.
Be well my friends. As always, I send my best to each of you. And an important shout out to all the Dads out there: Happy Father’s Day!