January 03, 2022
Beloved in Christ:
Greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
I write today to share two Cabinet appointment updates that will be effective July 1, 2022.
After six years on the Cabinet, the Rev. Dr. Karen Munson, Many Waters District Superintendent, will fulfill her term but has asked not
to be considered for a two-year extension. With deep appreciation for Karen’s ministry and gifts, I have accepted her decision and support her response to God's call in her life.
Karen has brought many gifts to the District and Cabinet: faithfulness, vision, knowledge of the Book of Discipline, steadfastness, and the ability to speak truth in love. She has been the “rock of Gibraltar” for many of us during her term as a DS.
Karen has been a respected leader and much appreciated by all. The Many Waters Committee on District Superintendency (DCOS) received the news with disappointment and sadness while celebrating the gifts Karen has brought to the district, and they named just a few: her ability and willingness to listen deeply, her vision for and openness to new ways of being church, her commitment to our connectionalism, her pastoral care, her ability to lead clergy and laity beyond themselves, her passion for mission, and her capacity for celebrating the uniqueness of each person.
Karen has provided great leadership at the Cabinet table. She challenged us to look at ministry and our leadership in new ways. We will miss Karen on our leadership team but trust that she is making the best decision for herself, her family, and the Conference.
I am in prayerful consideration and will continue in consultation with the appropriate constituents to appoint a new Many Waters District Superintendent who will continue to bring this new district together and keep it moving forward.
At the same time, I am very pleased to announce that through prayerful discernment and after completing the proper consultations in accordance with Book of Discipline, the Rev. Dr. Jacquelyn Brannen will continue as Superintendent of the Katahdin District for another year.
The New England Conference Cabinet and DCOS were overjoyed and grateful to receive the news of Jackie’s continuing appointment.
The Katahdin DCOS affirmed some of the gifts Jackie brings to the district: “Jackie leads in faith, through faith;” she is “trustworthy, present to clergy and laity, supportive of clergy families, and respected.”
Jackie’s presence on the Cabinet these past six years has been a great blessing. I appreciate her pastoral care of her colleagues, myself included, and her spiritual leadership. She is often the one who asks questions to be sure our decisions and direction are processed thoroughly, witnessing to her love and care for not only her district, but for all of God’s children.
Kindly keep Karen and Jackie, their families, the staff and leadership of the districts, as well as all those who are affected by these decisions in your prayers.
In Christ’s love,
Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar