November 21, 2016
Dear friends of Bar Harbor Congregational Church,
This past Sunday I was delighted to introduce our new Director of Christian Education, René Colson Hudson. She brings a wealth of experience and wisdom, and is eager to meet everyone and to work to nurture the spiritual growth of our entire congregation – from our youngest to our `most seasoned.’ I’m already enjoying working with her and I know you will, too.
René has extensive experience both in and beyond the local church. She has directed and promoted Christian Education since 1991, working extensively with children, youth, and families, and more recently has developed expertise in contemplative spirituality. As the founding director of the Anam Cara Group, a spiritual direction and retreat practice, she has extensive experience in contemplative practice. Through her kind, authentic, and relational work she encourages people of all ages to pursue deeper relationships with God and with one another.
Prior to moving to Maine this past summer, René served as chaplain at Riverview estates, a long-term care community in Riverton, New Jersey. Before that she served for nearly 12 years as Pastor of First Baptist Church in Moorestown, NJ, and holds ordained standing in the American Baptist Churches USA. At First Baptist she led social engagement initiatives including expansion of the emergency food ministry. Her broader experience includes serving on community boards such as Urban Promise Ministries in Camden (NJ), and the Circle of Twelve (NJ/DR), a non-profit serving children with disabilities in the Dominican Republic.
A dynamic spirit, René and her family now live in Deer Isle, Maine; she and her husband Gordon have three daughters: Sophie, a first-year student at UMO; Anwen, a seventh-grader, and Hallie, who’s in sixth grade.
In addition to all the wisdom she brings to BHUCC, as Director of Christian Education she will help shape our CE programs for children, youth, and adults. With our emerging bumper crop of kids in all age segments (you may have noticed !), she and I will work together to recruit teams to lead our Sunday school / youth programs. No one can do this alone. It’s crucial that each of us devotes some time to build up this next generation of our church, Christ’s body. So give it some prayerful thought – and anticipate being asked. More information will come soon.
Please join with me in giving René a heartfelt, prayerful welcome to our BHUCC family !
Blessings, gratitude, and peace,