|From the Executive Director|
Happy August! For those of you who still have vacation and study leave to enjoy, lucky you. For those of you who have begun new ministries on August 1, congratulations! And for those of you who (like me) won’t have much time off this summer may the joys of your ministry outweigh the envy of reading about colleagues traveling and studying around the world.
I have just returned from a week in Chicago co-leading the train the trainers session for our next UUMA-wide conversation, titled, “Where Leads Our Call?” We continue to learn and tweak our model of engaging as many colleagues as possible in meaningful conversations that provide us the chance to go connect and go deeper with each other. “Where Leads Our Call?” will look a little different than our previous conversations “Whose Are We?” and “Who Are Our Neighbors?” (three modules and usually delivered in more than one sitting including on-line.) We hope it will help us continue to strive towards and achieve the UUMA’s end/goal for collegial development:
“The UUMA promotes multiple models of collegiality, gathering in covenant to meet both the shared and unique needs of our diverse ministries (including retired, community, candidate, consulting, interim and parish). Shaped by a culture of vulnerability, intimacy, trust and accountability to one another, we embrace leadership and mutual learning and model excellence through collegiality.”
As another year of ministry begins for our members serving in parish settings, let us also remember a different type of new year begins for our recently retired ministers and our candidates who are starting internships or a new year of classes that will bring unexpected learnings and challenges. Even for those of us who are doing the same things we were doing a couple of months ago, the invitation for bringing newness - be that awareness, attitude or anticipation of something that hasn’t happened before - is always with us. Perhaps it’s the chance to be a little more vulnerable or trusting with a colleague or perhaps it is a new insight or practice of ministry. No matter what “it” is may we celebrate and rejoice the chances we have to do and live something new.