It’s been nearly 5 years since I said yes to joining Life Together and journeyed over 3,000 miles to join the 2011 cohort. I remember feeling skeptical; skeptical that this organization was really about building God’s dream for the church and for the world. I am so glad that, now, nearly 5 years have passed and I was so wrong. Life Together has been committed to raising up leaders that will do the work it takes to bring God’s dream into fruition and I am so blessed to still be a part of that work.
As Life Together journeys through this season of transition, it has given us an opportunity to dig deeper into our identity as prayerful and prophetic leaders who are faithful in the work of community building, contemplative reflection and peace making. This newsletter is filled with stories of that work: Micah Fellow Adiel Pollydore's reflection on learning from her young people's encounters with institutional racism, 2011-2012 LT alumnus Dalton Funkhouser's journey from self-reliance to community interdependence, and Micah Fellow Gabrielle Crossnoe's story of discovering new spiritual rhythms. Explore glimpses of fellows in action at their site placements and check out every fellow and staff member's answer to why they serve.
During this time, I am certain that God is with us and guiding us towards His dream: a dream that involves each of us to do our part. I am blessed to be doing my part by serving as the Bridge Program Coordinator while Life Together discerns its next steps.
Almost 5 years ago I walked through the doors of the office of Life Together, skeptical and nervous. Today, after the pouring out of so much love and resources, I feel certain and bold in my belief that it is indeed better to go far together. I am proud of Life Together for building God’s dream and I am honored to serve this community.
Hazel M. Johnson