President’s Perspective – A New Season

By Mindy McPherson, 2019-20 President

As I sit to draft this message, the summer solstice is just a few days away. It’s a great time to marvel at our natural world, while enjoying the blessing of 16 hours and 38 minutes of daylight. The summer season, for me, is also a time of attempted rest and renewal. It also offers me the chance to refocus my energy as I begin my year-long term as your president.

I’ve served on our board for just over a year now, having joined in December of 2017. I’m grateful to have learned from and worked with President Barbara Rupp. I also want to acknowledge the contributions made to our community by Past-President Todd Iveson and Treasurer Patty Daus, who will both be rotating off the board at the beginning of July. My service on the board has been an educational experience, and I look forward to continued growth as I help you and our current board members carry on the important work of our church.

As we move through the summer months, the board will continue to work with the Building Needs Task Force and congregation to flesh out how we can best carry out our mission, balancing both the needs of and our desires for our physical space, as well as the needs of and our desires to support the community around us.

We will build on the engaging workshop we had with Simon Oswald Architects (SOA) in May and work toward a better understanding of how a capital campaign can help us meet our goals. Input from the congregation and continued involvement and awareness of this process are critical to its success. As always, communication is important. If you have questions or comments about the building needs elucidation process or the on-going work to support our mission, please contact a member of the board.

I urge you to explore the many activities and opportunities that the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia has to offer in the coming months. What a great time it is for our religious education children to get outside and explore our UU Seventh Principle, respect for the interdependent web of all existence. Adults can learn from fellow congregants as they share about their areas of expertise in the summer adult R.E. series. Many other engagement opportunities and events, like the X-ennial Supper Club, are listed on our website and highlighted on Facebook groups Columbia UUs and UUCC R.E. Community.

Wherever life takes you this season, I wish you well.