June messages from church leaders

President’s Perspective – President Iyesatu Kamara-Bush

During last month’s Annual Congregational Meeting, our congregation voted unanimously to approve the ordination of Rev. George Grimm-Howell, our former intern minister. I am honored to travel to St. Louis on June 8 to participate in his ordination alongside the president of his home congregation. I am certain that George will be as much of a blessing to his new congregation in Hendersonville, NC as was to ours.

At the end of this month, the board will bid farewell to the three members whose terms are ending. Let us all take a moment to recognize the service of Susan Even, Board Secretary Connie Ordway and Past-President Melissa Ensign-Bedford. These three board members served through the challenges of Covid, the task of rebuilding our church community post-pandemic, and the complexities of the accessibility project. On behalf of the entire board, I want to express our deep gratitude for the dedication to sustaining our beloved community.

Next month, we will welcome Kim Wade, Andrea Baka and Ryan Carter to the board. There is no doubt that their perspectives and talents will be a blessing to the Board of Trustees and to the congregation as a whole.

This month marks my last as President. I look forward to supporting the leadership of President-Elect Ruth Milledge as she assumes the role of President next month. It has truly been an honor and a privilege to be of service to this community that I have come to hold so dearly.

In Love and Fellowship,
Iyesatu Kamara-Bush
2023-24 President

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Rev. Molly Housh Gordon

Dear UU Churchers,

I am delighted to share with you that from May 29 to June 2, I traveled to Pittsburgh Theological Seminary for my graduation from their Doctor of Ministry Program in Creative Writing and Public Theology after three years of coursework and a capstone project. So much of this program has been informed by my deep relationships with you and our shared practice of Unitarian Universalism, and you and our board have given me unwavering support for this pursuit. Thank you.

My project is an essay collection entitled A Beautiful Perhaps, which uses beautiful, odd questions and lyrical short essays to deepen into, rather than avoid, the existential mysteries of our lives. It is accompanied by a theological work entitled “Pull the Questions Down: A Process Theology of Not Knowing.” Mark your calendars for July 14 when I will be reading excerpts from the creative work for our Sunday service!

A final note on my title. You may have noticed on our worship calendar that my formal title is now The Rev. Dr. Molly Housh Gordon. Unless we are being fancy, formal or public-facing, my wish for daily conversation is to remain Rev. Molly with you, my partners in our shared ministry.

With love, and gratitude,
Rev. Molly

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Jamila Batchelder, Director of Religious Education

June is the start of our summer R.E. programming! The focus of summer will be on community building – the opportunity to form connections and friendships. We will gather together in one all-ages group, and when weather allows, we will be holding R.E. at Shepard Park next door to the church. For those interested in more structured activities, we will be using a Lego-based curriculum to explore UU values. For those who favor the unstructured, we will fully be celebrating the spiritual practice of play!

We are looking for volunteers interested in helping out over the summer. Please email me if you are interested!

Jamila Batchelder
Director of Religious Education

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Violet Vonder Haar, Director of Music Ministry

Musical guests this summer will be Hiroya Tsukamoto on June 30 and Steph Plant on July 7.

Choir takes a break during the summer. Look for information about choir here in the fall.

Violet Vonder Haar,
Director of Music Ministry

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