|From the Executive Director|
I’m back home catching up on sleep after my busiest Ministry Days/General Assembly ever. Ministry Days was the usual back to back 15-hour days of meeting, worshipping, learning, celebrating and reporting that is the highlight of the staff’s year (once we are with you that is)! I had my busiest GA ever; probably because the theme was “Building A New Way” and the UUMA is a poster child for building a new way in the past six years. Four GA workshops, two presentations to the delegates and three lunches with our past UUMA presidents/vice-presidents, leaders of many professional organizations and with the UUA President’s Council left me near comatose by time I got on my plane Sunday night.
It was a great week. It always is when we get a chance to gather and be together. Your appreciation and trust for your leaders and staff is welcomed and, dare I say, warranted. We’ve had another good year in every way our performance can be measured. Our finances are better than ever and we have gotten off to a great start in phase one of our Sustaining the Call campaign. We continue to find new ways to nurture excellence in ministry through continuing education, collegiality and collaboration. We are growing in our ability to influence the spiritual/theological direction of Unitarian Universalism and are strengthening our partnerships along the way.
July will come (it’s here)! Which is both a mantra at the UUMA staff in late May and June and a reminder that a new fiscal year has begun. I left Portland wondering what it would be like if we all made a UUMA resolution — something new we want to do so we can better support our colleagues, our faith and our self. Here are some ideas — sign up for a coach; fill out our new mentor database; film a ministry meditation; volunteer for a new service role at the UUMA; join a zoom room small group; make a commitment to the Sustaining the Call campaign or invite someone else to or mentor someone new. Try it — you’ll feel better and more connected to your UUMA.
A sad part of the new year is saying goodbye. Allison Palm, who has been with the staff for almost three years as Office and then Program Assistant, and who is the “mother” of UUMA Connect, will be leaving on July 15 to serve our Nashua, New Hampshire congregation. Allison has done amazing work with us and we will miss her in many ways. Fortunately, we get to say hello to our new Program Assistant, Andrew Mertz. Andrew brings years of experience with youth and young adult programming and will be telling you more about himself in next month’s e-update.
Thank you for making the commitment to give your life in service to love and this faith. And find some time to get some rest over the summer.