On January 6th, I drove home from work after dark. As I turned onto Wachusett Street in Jamaica Plain, I saw with great gladness the three, shining, wise men standing in front of the manger… on Mr. Jack Murray’s lawn...
Dear Beloved Friends,
I am writing to you with news of my upcoming transition in leadership.
As of last week, I accepted an offer to become the Executive Director of Episcopal City Mission (ECM) beginning in April 2016. This is a big transition for Life Together and for me. The transition plan is still forming but will likely include an interim director of Life Together and a more robust hiring process undertaken in the spring/early fall for my successor. We will share further details with you in the new year.
My choice to move to ECM, as you can imagine, was not easy. I had not planned to leave Life Together at this time. Yet as I entered a time of prayer, discernment, and receptivity to imagination, I began to see a beautiful ecosystem, a garden really, of prayerful, prophetic and impactful people and organizations - praying and working for social and economic justice - connecting Christian spiritual practice and community building that enables reconciliation and justice. As I caught this vision for faith-rooted justice in Massachusetts and beyond, my heart opened to possibility. I see Life Together and ECM as existing collaboratively in this same ecosystem, as close partners in this broader web of prayer and action.
I could never leave Life Together if I felt that it was not ready for this transition. We have a very talented and committed staff and Leadership Team, and eight strong Prayer Partners supporting our four intentional communities of fellows. Over the last eight years, and with over 140 alumni, I believe Life Together has developed the organizational and staffing infrastructure, as well as deep confidence in God’s calling, to continue and deepen the work. And I intend to stay in close relationship.
Please pray for me and Life Together staff, Leadership Team, Prayer Partners, and fellows as we live into this new reality. I feel very confident about our next step and will also depend on your prayers.
I am so thankful for each you and for your contribution to Life Together. I look forward to seeing you at Love Matters on Saturday, May 14th at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul's, as well as at other events in the months ahead, for a celebration of our past and future.
Have a blessed and joy-filled Christmas,
The Reverend Arrington Chambliss
God spoke loudly to me this past Saturday afternoon. I sat, with my five-year old daughter, on the edge of our 8 x 8 raised garden putting it to bed for the winter. The clearing of yellow and brown leaves revealed six, hidden plants with long green shoots lying flat against the dirt. Surprised and delighted to find a mini harvest just when we thought there was no more, we gathered the bunches of long leaves like ponytails and Vaeh proudly cut the last of the arugula.