Dean’s Message March 2022

Dear chapter members,

You’ll receive this on “Fat Tuesday”, the day before Lent begins. I grew up in a non-liturgical church, and despite decades of service in multiple denominations, I’m still not deeply embedded with the church year. While I recognize that my job is to help parishioners enter into a season of deepening devotion, I am personally quite distracted by preparations for Easter and a finally-full spring concert season! However, there is certainly value in trying to prioritize simplicity and quiet as means for gradual transformation.

Another aspect of the season lies in its etymological roots, with “Lent” being derived from “spring season”, or the lengthening of days. Sowing is part of that season, and part of transformation. On a musical level, I’m trying to sow seeds for the future through practice, education, and professional connections. The AGO can help with all of those things, and I hope to see you at our March celebration of Franck at Spanaway Lutheran! There is also literal sowing to do be done, and I intend to put more time into what my family calls “yardening”. This year’s crop: sunflowers.

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