President's Monthly Column

July 2020

Dear Souls,

Two weeks ago, when we were handing out flowers in the church parking lot, I took a peek in the sanctuary for the first time since early March. Normally, this kind of moment would set off a barrage of tears, but this time it didn’t. I was so happy to be in a familiar place, even though it was empty, and to be with familiar people, even just for a moment as you drove through the parking lot.

Now, as we slog on through month 5 of the pandemic, I find myself more and more grateful to serve on the All Souls board of trustees, whether it’s handing out flowers in the parking lot, on a Zoom call with board members, or consulting with our past co-presidents, Maggie Clouet and Laurel Holmes, in the peace garden (physically distanced!). All these connections and kindred spirits mattered a lot before the pandemic, but now they matter even more.

As far as the board of trustees goes, we continue to be supported by all of you and the hard work of those on the finance, building and stewardship committees, as we move forward with the construction of our expanded space. And, we continue to do our work in our community with 25 Jay Street happily occupied, our weekly Black Lives Matter public witness on Fridays, our support of the New London Community Meal Center, and so much more. Even though we are not meeting in person on Sunday mornings, our church can’t help but be vibrant and engaged.

If you have any questions at all about board activities, please take a look at our meeting minutes that David Burnside diligently posts, or contact me at, and I will do my best to answer. And if I can’t, I will try to find someone who can.

Good health to you all,

Sally McGee
All Souls Board President