Thank you

A farewell message

May 2019

Curiosity. A strong desire to know or to learn something, an unusual or interesting object or fact – Oxford Dictionary 

Curiosity.  Something that kills cats – Urban Dictionary 

As my final days at UUSM approach, I want to say thank you. Thank you all for sharing your lives with me. Thank you for sharing your children and families with me. Thank you for welcoming and nurturing me as your Director of Lifespan Religious Exploration. Writing my letter of resignation was difficult. It is never easy to say goodbye. It is never easy to face the unknown and the what ifs. The best way we can do this is with a spirit of curiosity and wonder. So after all the feelings, whatever they may be, it is my hope that you will all come together to a place of wholeness through curiosity and wonder to continue the work of the church. 

You may be curious or wonder: 

  • What will RE look like going forward?
  • What does this mean for my family?
  • What does this mean for the work I do here?
  • What can I do to help?

UUSM Board of Directors President Jacki Weber wrote, “The board voted last week to put together a task force of concerned board members, RE leaders and parents and youth.  Thanks to Board VP Beth Brownlie for leading that effort. The task force will be responsible for conducting an evaluation, reporting back on what is working well in RE and what needs attention, and recommending how to make the most of our resources. We’re also interested in broadening into a shared ownership of the ministry for our children. We all need to understand that we need to grow young, not old.” If you are curious or wondering what is going to happen, if you wonder what you can do to help, please contact Jacki or Beth.

Keep working toward our mission. The mission of UUSM is to build a congregational home that supports our vision, that provides opportunities for spiritual and personal growth in an interactive and intergenerational community, that is welcoming and inclusive and that assumes an active responsibility for our community and world. 

This community has grown stronger through our shared work and love for one another. It is my deepest hope that this congregation continues to work together to create more love, more justice, and more hope in the world. I am here to help until the time of my departure with whatever I can do to support you.

I leave you with the following lyrics from a song found in our hymnal. It is a sung expression of the Buddhist prayer known as the metta sutta. Metta means loving kindness, and the prayer is an expression, a visualization, and an openness to loving kindness toward ourselves, toward another, and toward us all.

“May you be filled with loving kindness.
May you be well.
May you be peaceful and at ease.
May you be whole.”

 

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