When I first met Anne Howard, I lived in Santa Barbara, California and attended Trinity Episcopal Church. She served as the Associate Rector and I sat in the back of the church. I would watch the Trinity families imagining the easy Sunday mornings when I could bring my future family to church. I left Santa Barbara before meeting my wife. I miss Trinity. Sometimes, I miss those easy Sunday mornings when children magically arrived at church and happily greeted their parents.
Last week, my daughter finally met Anne Howard in Berkeley, California outside Pacific School of Religion.
As the Executive Director of The Beatitudes Society, Anne mentors emerging church leaders across the country. This role seems a natural fit. Whenever I am near Anne, I realize that I am in a constant state of emerging. She is one of the few people who can mentor me, just by staring at me a certain way. I needed my daughter to meet Anne, so that my daughter could see another example of a strong leader.
The next batch of Fellows will be changed forever by Anne’s leadership. Anne recruits talented people and nudges them to become better preachers, leaders… people. I am lucky that I meet these folks. The Fellows challenge me to become a better version of myself.
This last gallery is a collection of portraits. Before I write more about the Fellows, I want to know more about the progress of a certain Long Island congregation. Communities will need compassionate leaders if they are to survive hurricanes and winter storms in November.