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A Frayed Knot

Greeting WAC community,

That night the Lord appeared to Isaac and said, “I am the god of your father Abraham.  Do not be afraid, for I am with you.”

In Riverton, we have a new pastor at a church whose denomination partners with us.  This week she handed out frayed knots (see photo of mine) as a reminder that scripture tells us to be “afraid not.”  The sentence “Fear not.” comes before “Be bold.” in my closing mantra for good reason.  We simply cannot be bold if we are afraid to take risks!

Summer ending and autumn beginning is transition for many of us, which involves change and perhaps a bit of anxiety and fear.  Summer vacations are over.  Guests who came for the Eclipse and/or to visit us and our beautiful western state have returned home.  It’s back to school season.  It’s back to work for some.  Congregations have posted fall schedules for new studies of scriptures and other programs.  Harvest time for crops is here.  We make lists of what needs to be done before winter.

Yet September is my favorite month.  It’s generally not too hot or too cold.  It’s a time of new beginnings, new commitments and starting new projects, all of which is exciting.  For the Wyoming Association of Churches, we have wonderful activities planned that I hope you can become involved.

  1. Understanding the Muslim Faith, September 16th Understanding the Muslim Faith

  2. Shape Wyoming, partnering with the Equality State Policy Center, September 17th Shape Wyoming Interim Edition

  3. Our Annual Meeting, October 19-21 in Cheyenne (Save the Date: More information coming.)

o   Theme: Finding Common Ground, speakers Peter Sawtell of Eco-Justice Ministries and Jason Baldes of the Wind River Native Advocacy Center

o   Becoming the Wyoming Interfaith Network (WIN)

  1. Undoing Racism, partnering with the Wind River Native Advocacy Center

o   Cheyenne Site, September 27-28 (Currently filled, but starting a waiting list.)

o   Riverton Site, October 25-27 (Save the Date: More details to come.)

In addition, the board is seeking a new executive director.  For the job description, click here.

I know all of you have plans for the fall.  I hope that it includes us!

Fear not. Be bold. Do justice.


Chesie Lee

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