Sunday, July 21, 2019

2019: Where Does SLI Go from Here?

This week's Silver Lake Newsletter will examine some possibilities for SLI as its Worship Committee meets with some additional Board guests on July 29th and then as that is reported and discussed at the August 4th Board Meeting. Historically speaking, change is no stranger to the Silver Lake Institute and will continue to challenge us to keep up with the changing times and generations.

SLI's current chapter in its history began in 2013 with the establishment of the Silver Lake Experience Planning Committee and its first two events--one in 2015 and one in 2017. They now prepare for next month's 2019 four-day event, fashioned after a Chatauqua style program. In the midst of that was SLI's official and legal separation from the United Methodist Church on February 2, 2016 and our recent designation as a 501.3c NP, standing on SLI's own strength.

This season is capping off with newly elected trustees who already seem to have a vision, in harmony with bold, new plans for Epworth Hall. The re-introduction of electrical power in Burt Park adds to a few of the unsung possibilities that will be emerging. Those active but originally hesitant about the changes are finally giving way to the momentum, and hoping the results will be all that is imagined as the next chapter in the Institute's history is begun.

Asked what might have been helpful in changing their minds there were two reasons that have been repeated to us: (1) The Institute has weathered many changes before and successfully came through them; (2) The statement used by a retired pastor at the Spring SLI Board meeting, "The church is not a building, the church is the people."

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