President’s Perspective – So much good is going on!

By Timothy Dickerson, 2021-22 President

Hello, beloved UUCoMo community,

So much good is going on at 2615 Shepard Blvd. as we UUs live our mission. First off, a big shout-out to Rev. Molly Housh Gordon, Director of Religious Education Jamila Batchelder, the COVID Task Force, and all you other stellar UUs who have put in so much time, passion and love to make it possible for us to safely worship in person while still maintaining our much-needed online presence. It has been encouraging and uplifting to see many of your eyes and different masks, but mostly YOU and your inherent worth and dignity, as we once again worship IRL (in real life).

The Accessibility Task Force is planning for an elevator, automated doors, new carpeting, and other necessary improvements to ensure that all who enter our church community feel welcome and empowered to access all the many amazing nooks and crannies our beloved church home provides.

Your board had its annual retreat on Saturday, September 18, and WOW, what a wonderful, thoughtful and compassionate group of humans I get the honor and pleasure to serve with. We started the day with inspiring worship provided by Rev. Molly. She asked that each of us bring an object that we feel represents our spirits and tell their stories. I brought my stuffed Winnie the Pooh that have had for as long as I can remember. If you are curious why, feel free to ask, but be prepared for me to ask to see what object represents your soul and its story.

We spent the rest of the day in deep conversation using the book The Nested Bowls that Rev. Molly gifted us before leaving on sabbatical. We worked through the great thought-provoking questions it provides, ate some yummy food, and learned a lot about and from one another by practicing deep intentional listening with one another.

Your board and minister are very committed to UU ALL and ensuring we continue living our mission and creating a beloved community.

Tim Dickerson