When a group of us began Gods Friends seven years ago,
we wanted to share the vision that guides St. Gregorys Episcopal
Church: We meet God in all our life experience, its great sorrows
and its giddy pleasures, and the steady pull of simple laborsometimes
hard, sometimes repetitive required for our daily survival.
In all these moments God calls us into intimate friendship. As
our rector, Donald Schell, tells us: From our finite beginnings
we embark on an infinite journey into the depths of Gods
own self. It is in listening to our experience, in our individual
practice and in our corporate worship, that we will discover how
and where God is calling us forward.
With every issue we publish, I still feel a thrill knowing our
writers and readers are going to discover something together,
something that may open them to the power of God at work in their
During my years as Editor of Gods Friends, my husband and
I welcomed a third daughter into our family and our older two
girls grew into adolescents. Our family life has become a wildly
wonderful whirlwind of activity, conversation, learning, and teaching.
I find myself with less and less time to devote to Gods
Friends and I have decided to pass on the role of Editor.
Clancy Drake is an accomplished book editor who has worked in
London and San Francisco. She has agreed to become our new Editor.
She brings not only her professional expertise to the task, but
also her perspective as someone in her 30s, about to be marriedand
helps us fulfill our mission as a magazine and a church to join
the voice of the next generation with older voices.
I will continue to be a member of the magazines Editorial
Board and look forward to many more years of joining with you
in listening for and presenting fresh accounts of God at work
in our experience.