Thank you to all of you who attended our HMA annual membership meeting on October 29! It was a wonderful time of being together and having some time to simply catch up with friends we haven’t seen in a while. We heard how HMA has risen to the challenge of COVID-19 through resources, information, and prayer. We looked forward to expanding virtual (and someday in-person) educational and networking opportunities, building on new offerings this year. We met new Board members and sent off retiring Board members with thanks.
Four members had their names drawn in the autumn recipe raffle, and we’ll all enjoy the recipe booklet showcasing all submitted recipes. It was evident that HMA remains vibrant and that we, members of HMA, remain strong in our commitment to faith and health, whatever the pandemic challenges. Thank you all for your caring service!
We also marked our calendars (and we’re all encouraged to do so!) for the 2021 HMA Annual Conference, which will be held virtually over 3 weeks next October, with a session offered 2 days each week: October 5 and 7, 12 and 14, 19 and 21, 2021. The planning committee is now working to secure speakers; stay tuned for more details!
On a procedural note, our new Board members will participate in an orientation session which will lead to a period of mentoring as they begin their service. The Board meets next in November, at which time they will discern which Director will serve in which role. As soon as Board roles are determined, they will be publicized to HMA members.
One educational and networking opportunity in the works will offer time and space for interested HMA members to learn more deeply about racism and the ways we can help bring healing. This topic was mentioned several times in the membership survey, and it certainly is a critical health and social experience to address. Details will be forthcoming. In the meantime, here’s an experiential resource suggested by one of the planning task force members: https://theantiracisttable.com/.
Finally, as I close my service on the HMA Board, I do so with gratefulness for the opportunity to be so involved with so many talented, passionate, caring, dedicated people who further the intersection of faith and health. I’m confident that with the leadership of our Board and committees and our staff, and with the involvement of each and all of us, HMA will continue to be a force for health in every way—body, mind, spirit, community. Be well and do good!
Rev. Karen MacDonald, M.Div.
Outgoing HMA President