It has certainly been awhile since we have all been together! Kellye and I have been talking at length about the cohort, about how much it has meant to us, and still does. We have also been talking about our future as a family, and what our faith will look like in our family. After many conversations and prayers together, we've decided to focus our time and efforts in a church community on the near West side, in the Hilltop area.
But, we also have talked about how much we love the cohort. I was sharing about our time in the cohort with a friend, and I stated that literally over the past 6-7 years, we have traveled across the country, experienced graduations, births, weddings, and even funerals. We have shared life together, in the fullness of what that means.
It's hard to end well. It's hard to leave one thing and go on to something else. But we want to try our best.
And so we are inviting everyone - EVERYONE - to a "Celebration of the Faithful" (or perhaps, an (un)Celebration of the (un)Faithful??) - Saturday, June 7, in the afternoon/evening.
This invitation is intentionally far in advance so that hopefully as many people as possible can come. Perhaps even some of you who are out of town? (Nick? Cohoons? Others?) And even some of you whom we have not seen for months or years are also welcome. We have much to celebrate!
No one can know what the next iteration of the cohort will look like. What we know, for now, is that it's time for our family to move on. But we want to intentionally take time to be with all of you, to express our gratitude, our laments, our joys and sorrows and everything in between.
And of course, do what the cohort does best - eat and drink!!
Please mark your calendar, and we hope to see you on June 7th, if not sooner.
Jesse and Kellye (and Aleli and Evie)