Yes, I know about the Breonna Taylor verdict and Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s death and the reality that the number of deaths from the coronavirus is over 200,000. I know that the politics of race continues to be effective as issue to divide us in and outside of the church; and that the possibility of the number of persons that are without affordable health care could skyrocket; and that a woman’s right to make her own choices about reproductive health is at risk; and that efforts are underway to suppress the vote in many areas especially for black and brown people. Yes I know ALL of this. And yet, all you read in eNEWS is about Annual Meeting; has something happened? Well, you don’t have to look too closely to see that Annual Meeting is contextual as one of the core tenants of the UCC is that we live our faith in the public square. So working on planning an annual meeting that is designed to better support and equip KO members in wrestling with some of the concerns that are facing our two states, our country and the world is doing the important work of the church. Sometimes it’s good to write as a vehicle that supports, encourages, maybe even challenges. I hope Annual Meeting does some of those same things but in a very different way, but that only happens if you are willing to be a partner. I read a piece by one of our pastors this weekend that said sometimes it’s important to just show up. So, I encourage you to register for Annual Meeting; we’ve done the work, your job now, is to show up.