Synod Opened My Eyes and Heart

by Patricia Safstrom


WOW!  Imagine worshiping with 2,700 hundred people.  Quite an image for me coming from a small congregation with a membership of 42 and average Sunday attendance of about 15.  You can’t help but feel the Holy Spirit within you. Not that I haven’t had this feeling in our church but this was a Holy Spirit saying you can do this and bring it all back to the Moosup Valley Congregational Church community. I was wishing I could have bottled up the feeling and experience that would ensure I was able to express myself in a strong and spirit filled way.

This was my first Synod experience and truly I was not sure what to expect. It was shock and awe for the first couple of days.  During worship services, I had tears in my eyes from the music of praise and love for God.  I found the Synod experience to be breath taking.

As a delegate, there was work to be done and we were in attendance for seven plenary sessions.  I felt so blessed to have had this opportunity to serve the Rhode Island Conference as one of their delegates and be a voting member on the resolutions and business brought before this 31st Synod. God is still speaking and we listened to his cry for Justice for all. I could go on and on about the excellent speakers we listened to who opened my eyes and my heart making myself and others aware of our world today.

I thank the Rhode Island Conference for this opportunity in taking this country girl out of Foster (even though I was born and raised in Pawtucket) and into the real world.  I hope that I can bring back to the community the lessons and issues from Synod that will make a difference. 

Patricia Safstrom

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