March 26, 2020
Dear Pendle Hill Friends and Family,
It’s only eight days since I last wrote to you. A lot has happened in eight days, here at Pendle Hill and throughout the world. On campus, the cherry trees are in blossom and the daffodils in full bloom. I am so grateful that spring’s beauty accompanies me through these challenging times
The Pendle Hill Board is deeply engaged in discerning an institutional response to the sudden drop in income caused by COVID-19 cancellations – and to the new opportunities for ministry. I am buoyed by the Friends who join us on Zoom for worship each morning at 8:30 am Eastern. Each morning, our attendance increases – we now number more than 100! About six of us are physically in the Barn; nonetheless the room fills with the spiritual energy of Friends from across the continent, sprinkled with others from Australia, Great Britain, and Germany. Worship is filled with deep silence, and messages about fear, compassion, and connection that transcends touch. Please join us! Keep an eye on the Pendle Hill website – we may be adding other worship or worship-sharing opportunities soon.
Workshop leaders and our Education staff quickly adapted two Pendle Hill programs so that they could continue as online experiences in spiritual deepening and community building. Our Education staff are discerning which other spring programs might be modified for online engagement.
We continue to recommend to you the Pendle Hill Pamphlet #447 “Living in Dark Times” by Rex Ambler. If you don’t have it on your bookshelf, you can read it online until March 31 at no charge.
Earlier this week, my husband’s favorite uncle died of COVID-19 in Vermont. He was 72. Please stay safe, Friends, and help keep others safe.
Love and Light,
Traci Hjelt Sullivan
Interim Executive Director