One aspect of my role as director of Communications and Media Services (CoMS) for the Vic/Tas Synod is executive editor of Crosslight. The managing editor, Deb Bennett, has had to train me up and it has been a very satisfying partnership over the last seven-and-a-half years. We have had robust conversations over a range of topics relating to the paper.
The production of Crosslight is the definition of teamwork. Every member of the CoMS team plays an active role – reporting, writing, editing, designing, managing the advertising, updating the website, taking photos and videos and liaising with our readers and writers.
The ultimate privilege has been writing the monthly editorial. Thank you for your support. It has been an honour.
And if this sounds like a good bye, it is. As you may know, the synod has been undergoing a major strategic review, which has led to change both within the presbytery and synod operations.
The implementation of the Major Strategic Review (its recommendations were passed at the 2016 Synod) is now rolling out across synod-based ministries and operations.
The role of director of CoMS has been made redundant. Crosslight will report more on what other changes are afoot in the February edition.
I am not sure what my next steps are. I leave a little heartbroken, as I have had such fun working for the Uniting Church. I have been warmly received, and been greatly encouraged by different individuals along the way. I have even found myself reading the regulations and the Basis of Union!
What impresses me about the Uniting Church? The revised Preamble – wow! The next step is to keep on that journey of truly walking together as First and Second Peoples. The consensus model of decision-making, which is a powerful way to work through complex issues. The commitment of the staff here at the synod to serve the Church.
What will I miss? Helping the church navigate difficult public issues; working with the different moderators; talking to church members; writing for Crosslight; my synod operations colleagues… and especially the CoMS team. It has been a delight leading this group of highly talented, professional and passionate individuals.
Wishing you God’s blessing for the Christmas season as we celebrate the birth of the Christ child and a happy and healthy 2018.