Farewell to Rev. Kevin Brown

Mayflower bid farewell to Rev. Kevin Brown on Sunday, November 6. Kevin is moving to the Minnesota Conference of the UCC to head faith formation work. We will miss him deeply and wish him well in his new endeavors!

Below is the letter Kevin recently shared with the congregation:

Dear Mayflower Faith Community,

After much prayerful discernment, I have accepted a position with the Minnesota Conference United Church of Christ. On November 16, 2016, I will begin serving in the role of Associate Conference Minister for Faith Formation with Children and Youth.  My final day with Mayflower will be Sunday, November 6, 2016.

This new role will be a wonderful and challenging opportunity for me to broaden my ministry and support for the vitally important work of faith formation with the wider church. I will work with congregations and leaders throughout Minnesota and beyond to develop robust programs for children, youth, and families, create ongoing leadership development opportunities, and develop and curate theologically progressive resources for congregations, families, and individuals.

During the past three years, I have deeply appreciated the warm welcome you provided my family and me. Thank you for the opportunity to become a companion on your journeys of faith.  Thank you for creating space in your work for my gifts of ministry.  Thank you for entrusting me with the sacred privilege of loving and nurturing your children.

I am blessed to have served on staff with this healthy and vital faith community.  Your prophetic witness and engagement in the ongoing work of justice, your practice of meaningful and relevant worship, and your commitment to exploring new ways to more fully welcome and engage children and youth within the life and work of the community give me hope for the future of the church.

I end this letter with the words of William Sloane Coffin that I often use as benediction during our worship together.  I offer these words as blessing and encouragement for us all during this season of transition.

May God grant you the grace to never sell yourself short,
the grace to risk something big for something good,
the grace to know the that world is too small for anything but love
and too dangerous for anything but truth.

May God take your minds and think through them.
May God take your lips and speak through them.
May God take your hands and work through them.
And may God take your hearts and set them on fire.

Know that you will be held in my heart and in my prayers during the time of transition ahead.

Grace and peace for the journey,

Rev. Kevin Brown