Message from the President – August 2020

Our new board met for the first time in July. Much of our meeting focused on developing a covenant, pondering by-laws and policy, and learning how we work together to be an effective and transparent board.

Because we currently have no Vice President, Susanne Personette has agreed to coordinate the Council of Chairs. I am very appreciative that she is willing to take on this important task.

Our congregation was well represented at this year’s UUA General Assembly. Five members of our congrega- tion attended this virtual conference (Sue Alexander, Janis Gray, Naomi Yanis, Steve Rice and myself). It was five days of workshops, worship services, general sessions (business meetings), and guest speakers. Ready, Rooted, Inspired was a perfect title for this particular Assembly.

I felt endlessly proud to be rooted in this religious community. UUs have always been a prophetic voice for justice, and that was very clear at this assembly. The pandemic, systemic white supremacy, and the deep con- cern about the upcoming election provided an overlay to everything I attended.

I was inspired by the many younger adults and people of color in leadership roles….facilitating workshops, leading worship services, providing music, and conducting the business of the organization. Our UUA is no longer a sea of white and gray.

And we are no longer a religion made up of refugees from other religious traditions. People visiting our UU churches are primarily unchurched, and are looking for spiritual engagement. Our important task is how to engage them.

I left the Assembly ready to embrace the many obstacles facing our spiritual community in these unpredictable times. Please be willing to hold my hand through the coming year.

In Community, Susan Rice

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