Friends and colleagues,
Today marks the end of two eras. The first is our weekly Friday email called Resistance & Resilience that began on January 20, 2017. We had planned to send these weekly poems, prayers and reflections out for four years. But you know what they say God does when you make plans - laughs. Given the decrease in UUMA staff some things will have to be arranged, re-prioritized and stopped. This weekly email is one of those things. Thank you for all the words of encouragement, feedback and support for this project. We know that we need resistance and resilience as much, if not more, than ever. Melissa and Janette will be reflecting on the best ways to offer that in the future but it won't be every Friday through this medium.
The end of the second era is my leaving as Executive Director of the UUMA. That era has been almost eight years and I hope it brought some resistance and resilience to your life and ministry as well. Words cannot express my gratitude for the chance to lead, serve and love you the last eight years. Thank you for who you are, what you do and what you yearn to be. I have had the chance to serve with amazing volunteer leaders and the best staff in the world. As I've shared with many of you who have sent me emails and notes of appreciation, sadness, disappointment and a little anger too, while I am heartbroken at leaving people and work I love, I also leave knowing it is the right time for the UUMA and for me to do so.
In the first Resistance and Resilience on January 20 I wrote: "Of course, none of us really knows what the next four years will hold, but we do know the reservoirs which provide us sustenance, inspiration and comfort can easily dry up in days like those that lie ahead. We hope each week these poems, prayers and practical reflections remind you that you are not alone and we have enough inside and around us to help heal our world."
We have enough inside and around us to help heal our world and - I would add today - our selves and our faith too. I hope you, I hope I, never forget.
And if you will forgive me one last indulgence. One of the things I gave up in my life and ministry when I said yes to becoming the founding, acting, Executive Director of the UUMA was the chance to preach regularly. I know my weekly e-update column could get preachy at times but you know what I mean. I leave you with one last homily on goodbye
from me to you. May it bring some laughter and maybe a tear to your life which is the best any of us can ever hope for.
Blessings & love,
NOTE:As of July 1, I will no longer be the UUMA's Executive Director and Melissa Carvill Ziemer will be the UUMA's new Acting Executive Director.She will bereceiving emails firstname.lastname@example.org.If you wish to reach me for non-UUMA business you can reach me at email@example.com.
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Do you have something to say to your colleagues about resistance and resilience?We are inviting your pastoral and/or prophetic reflections, poems, stories, meditations, etc. for possible inclusion in this weekly electronic publication.Submissions need not need be tied to current events, though timely messages are welcome and should be noted as such.Submissions should be no more than 250 words.We will make selections among submissions and will edit as needed. Submit to:firstname.lastname@example.org