Dear clergy friends (and you know which ones you are),
Thanks for your interest in my upcoming appointment. I'm going to assume you genuinely have my best interest at heart and aren't simply fueling the gossip mill.
However, I would appreciate it if you keep your knowing looks, and hints of trouble, and blantant sharing of negativity to yourself. I know all churches have struggles and difficult people. I know my new church has its share. Still, I plan to go into this knowing God loves 'em, and so do I. If this seems too PollyAnna-ish for you, that's your problem. You see, I prefer my method of chosing hope to the alternative hopelessness. I pray you will also be able to find hope in your own situation.