At the end of July, I will be leaving the staff, then going on a honeymoon, followed by a self-funded sabbatical. After 12 straight years of professional lay and ordained ministry I discovered I was over-due for focused reflection and rejuvenation. Although the sabbatical is still taking shape, I feel called to study our larger faith as well as leadership development from a systems perspective. I would not be surprised if I reveal a need that matches my skills which can be turned into an entrepreneurial consulting ministry. Taking advantage of the expansion of my position into the new Assistant Executive Director position allowed me to take my sabbatical without major disruption to the UUMA.
As I reflect on my time at the UUMA I most recall the dedication of the volunteers who serve you in the leadership of this fine organization. It seems the more one knows what the UUMA is up to the more awe struck one becomes. There are many things the UUMA is, does, and is becoming that excite me. At the top of the list is the developing Ministerial Formation Network, congregational trip-advisor platform, and the current UUMA-Wide conversation, "Where Leads Our Call?" I leave the staff and volunteers with deep appreciation for their collegiality and collaboration. I believe the CENTER committee, Collegial Development Team, Coaches, and Lead Mentors will be served well by the incoming Associate Executive Director.