Fantastic News! Last Sunday, Wildflower Church voted in favor of calling Sarah Skochko as our settled minister, with an anticipated start date of August 1, 2020! And, Sarah accepted! We are so very excited about what the future brings with Sarah’s ministry!
The election had the largest turnout Wildflower has ever seen for a vote. Eighty-eight percent of our voting members cast a vote, and 94 % of those voting gave a resounding “YES!” to Sarah! We are so appreciative to the Board for all its work to ensure that everyone who wanted to got the opportunity to vote.
This is our last post on this blog, but this web page will remain up for a few months. It has been an incredible honor and a privilege to serve as Wildflower’s Ministerial Search Team. We are so grateful to the congregation for your support and participation. Thank you for everything.
Hello, I am Esmeralda. It has been an honor and privilege to work with Cathy, Tommy, Michelle, David, Laurie, and Libby. They are stellar. Sarah Skochko is an awesome person. Sarah is a great candidate that would be of outstanding benefit to Wildflower or wherever she may go. Wildflower has been a lovely spiritual home. It is time to move on from the MST, earlier than anticipated, because a truly inclusive culture doesn’t let a few people force the entire congregation or one ministerial candidate into a conversation about race framed by their particular view point.
Wildflower has room to grow in terms of centering the experiences of marginalized identities on certain matters. I have a favor to ask (on the way out, how rude.) When someone posts or references a work you find questionable, please question them publicly. It is important not just for your relationship with the person who posts but also for the Wildflowers on the sidelines. I have been disheartened by the lack of push back at harmful writing.
As a warning, I’m about to say the words white supremacy. Now you can’t tell but I am saying it out loud: WHITE SUPREMACY. I need to be at a church where I can describe my personal experiences of living within white supremacy culture without anyone clutching their pearls. Everyone is in a different place with social justice. I’m in a place where the need to feel safe and supported is paramount. I don’t feel that way at Wildflower.
Tired of dining alone, or with all the same people, during the pandemic? Now’s your chance to shake things up a bit!
Sarah invites you to join her for a dinner party on Zoom tomorrow, Saturday, April 25, at 6 p.m. Fix your grub ahead of time and click this link at 6 p.m. to join the fun: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3368036064
All ages and diets are welcome for this fun event! Just remember — don’t talk with your mouth full! 🙂
In a typical Candidating Week, our congregation would be interacting with Sarah in a more casual, individual manner, spread over time. We’ve scheduled a number of small-group Chats to serve that purpose. However, there would typically also be a whole-church question and answer time with Sarah after her first Sunday service, and we have created a way to replicate that, as well.
This Sunday, April 26, at 1 p.m. (or shortly following Sarah’s first Zoom service with us) we will host a Q & A Zoom Webinar in order to provide a more public, inclusive, whole-community event to learn more about Sarah and her ministry. We have two key pieces of info for you about the webinar.
First, we have a special link to click on in order to access this webinar: https://zoom.us/j/94206907228. This is not the same as the link for the worship service. After the service, you will need to log out of that Zoom room and log into this one.
Second, we want to invite all your questions for this event, but we strongly prefer them ahead of time! Libby Head, Michelle Matula, and Tommy Lukens will be acting as moderators and tech support for this event, and we won’t see or hear any of you on screen–only moderators and Sarah will appear. (This allows for a more secure, better-functioning large group event). You’ll still be able to use the “chat” feature in Zoom to ask and clarify questions, and our moderators will be monitoring the chat, but it will be best if plenty of folks can submit questions ahead of time.
So, got a question you think works well in a public forum and that you believe others would like to hear answered? Send it to the Search Team at email@example.com and we will add it to the question list. And please email us also with any technical difficulties or questions about the Zoom webinar event. Thank you in advance!
Today we’re sharing with you a delightful 15-minute video that Sarah made with her partner Ed! Here’s what she says about it:
Due to the ongoing pandemic, we were unable to come to Austin to meet everyone at Wildflower Church in person. So in order to help you get to know my partner Ed, we sat down, poured some fancy cocktails, and recorded an interview!