Co-Moderators Corner

Nothing But Change

“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”—Alan Wilson Watts (1915-1973; English philosopher, writer and speaker)

I have to admit that I’ve gotten a little tired of dancing—and with COVID still out there, the hits keep coming…online worship to outside worship + online worship to inside worship; Zoom meetings to Zoom + in-person meetings; 6 feet apart to 3 feet apart…well you know all about this!

And yet, with all this change I can see that I have grown:

  • As this threat emerged and spread worldwide, I’ve felt a deeper connection to all of humankind.
  • Geographical proximity to friends and family isn’t such a barrier. Thanks to Zoom I now have frequent conversations those I love, which I plan to continue.
  • I’m grateful for the comfort and safety of my home—and I understand on a deep level how privileged I am to have this comfort and safety.

I’ve seen Hillcrest grow stronger as the world changed around us:

  • Zoom fellowship on Sundays created an environment where we were all in one circle instead of separating into individual groups. Our sense of community grew stronger as we learned more about each other.
  • There were few problems that couldn’t be solved. 
    • The Food Room developed needed protocols that allowed it to reopen quickly. Sunday School moved to Zoom. 
    • Adult Ed moved to a time when more could attend via Zoom. 
    • Worship moved online. Many of us learned how to talk and sing into our phones—making beautiful music together!!
  • We reached outside ourselves to find ways to grapple, as faith community, with the issues facing our society. 

All to say, Hillcrest is strong and flexible and up to any challenge. The world continues to change and will always change. We have capacity as a community to embrace the change and emerge even stronger.

—Cindy Durant, Co-Moderator