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Farewell from Jennifer Channin
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Hello Beloved Colleagues,

It seems deeply unfair that one of my last activities as the Program Coordinator for the UUMA is to help lead Ministry Days. Seeing so many of you in Providence  - in worship, in collegial conversation, and the fleeting moments of connection in hotel and convention center hallways - just reminds me how much I love serving the UUMA. I love planning worship that will renew and care for those who spend their careers caring for others. I love the level of insight and depth that ministers bring to conversations about social organizing, community development, and pastoral care. Being your UUMA Program Coordinator has been a delightful, challenging, and fulfilling first ministry for me, and I cannot imagine a better way to have learned about the full scope of UU ministry than to serve you all for these past two years. Of course, it hasn't all been daisies and cupcakes. People say leading UUs in congregations is like "herding cats;" however, planning programs for ministers is sometimes best described using a phrase taught to me this year by a colleague: "pulling a wheelbarrow of frogs." Really wonderful, inspiring frogs.

Because of you all I feel more confident and prepared than I was two years ago to be pursuing my calling in Parish Ministry, as the Assistant Minister of the First UU Church of San Diego. I feel lucky that leaving this job does not mean leaving this community of colleagues. I look forward to hopping around with you all in this wheelbarrow for many years to come!

-Jennifer Channin
UUMA Program Coordinator

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