Beginning in April 2021 we will be embarking on a new journey. Let me say that I am excited, honored and humbled to serve you as your sabbatical interim minister during Rev. Molly’s Sabbatical leave. Who would have imagined 70 years ago that the UU congregation of Columbia, Mo. would hire a Black, progressive, Baptist preacher and philosopher to serve our majority-Anglo Unitarian Universalist Church?
During slavery the Black Church used to sing, “the Lord moves in mysterious ways, [Her] wonders to be known….” I do not know any UU churches within the UUA that have taken such a bold move. I believe we are making history.
On this journey we will strive to “do the work” in a continuous spirit of radical love and fellowship. My hope is that we will draw others in Columbia and surrounding areas who believe justice is something one does and not merely a concept affirmed. Together we can present a witness and testimony that will make Columbia take notice… again.
Your work for justice is known. How do we build on what you and Rev. Molly have already done? How do we improve on what we need as a congregation?
All in all, I look forward to working together. Let us not be weary in well-doing but continue the march toward excellence.
The Rev. Dr. C.W. Dawson, Jr.
Interim Sabbatical Minister, 2021