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I am just finishing my first year as your UUMA President. To say the least it has been quite an eventful year. Not the one that I expected, but I have been in ministry long enough to know that one cannot know the future, and that our expectations of what we think should happen do not always coincide with what actually happens. I have been alive long enough to know that your character matters most in the hard times.

What I also know from ministry and life is that to make it through the difficult times you need some good companions on the road with you. People who will share with you the best and worst of times. People who help you up when you have fallen, will give you words of encouragement when you need them, and will tell you hard truths when you they must.

I am most grateful this year for our Board of Trustees. Each of them brings special gifts and talents to the work of the Board. All of them are dedicated to this faith and to the UUMA. Together we have weathered some difficult storms, and together we have shared some precious moments. Thank you Tricia, Olivia, Josh, Elizabeth, Kelly and Eric.

As we approach Ministry Days we do so with uncertainty in the air. On the national front we do not know in which direction the United States is headed, and this affects the rest of the world. We do not know who the next President of the UUA will be which will affect the direction of our faith. And as of this moment, we do not know all that Ministry Days will be as we respond to the desires of the membership. We know that there is a need for us to be together, to talk together, and to find ways to move together while un-agreed on many issues. As Unitarian Universalists this is what we covenant to do, to build a better world while un-agreed on some of the most essential issues of faith. As Unitarian Universalist ministers is up to us to lead the way in living into that covenant well.

As we end this year together I continue to appreciate the work of our UUMA staff, Don, Melissa, Janette and Michelle, all do incredible work on our behalf to make sure we have the resources and tools to live into our mission. I am also incredibly grateful to all the people who volunteer for our committees, task forces and groups. Without you nothing can be accomplished. Thank you.

A special thank goes to our Board members who are ending their service, Tricia Hart, Olivia Holmes, and Josh Pawelek. Your vision, your dedication, your wisdom, your care for the UUMA will be missed. A new group of members will join the board, Christana Willie McKnight, Walter LeFlore and Richard Speck, and they will bring their own gifts to the Board. I look forward to working with each of them.

We do not know what the future will bring. What we can know is that we will shape our future together. We have the ability to choose what our shared future, as the UUMA, will be. If we strive to bring our best selves into covenant with each other our future will be a bright one. If we choose to bring our worst selves then our future will be bleak. I am a woman of great faith, and I believe that together we will strive to bring our best selves. That we will seek to respond in kindness and truth to the issues of the day. This I believe, in you I have faith.

Peace and many kind blessings,

Cheryl M. Walker

Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association, 24 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210-1409
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