Dear UUFA folks,
I sit with a heavy heart as I realize this is the last Family Tree I will write for the congregation, and the reality of stepping out of the church doors settles in. By the end of May, I will have served the congregation for eight glorious program years, and I have loved this work with all my heart.
I will miss you all very much, yet I’m also excited about the next chapter opening up before me. As of this writing, I plan to co-purchase and live on a 40’ trawler-style boat at the Brunswick Landing Marina (and wherever I cruise!) in Brunswick, Ga.
Upon the close of his business, my partner John will join me as a live-aboard later. There, we’ll continue ongoing plans to acquire a small island on the Altamaha Sound, where we hope to build a home and maybe even a low-key camp and retreat center. This is a very longtime dream coming to fruition! I promise to keep you all posted.
Meanwhile, I’m excited about the DRE Transition Team’s selection of Kelli McConnell to take up the RE helm (yes, boat’s on the mind!) as the Coordinator of Religious Education. Be on the lookout for more information about Kelli later this month. We are graced with some transition time together, as Kelli begins learning to navigate the complex waterways of the Children and Youth RE program on May 15th, working with me through the end of the month. Her first Sunday will be May 21.
I also want to make sure you’re aware of another important aspect of this transition. Religious professional guidelines suggest that the best practice in these transitions is for the outgoing person to step away from the congregation for a year before visiting back. So I want you to know that, aside from special circumstances such as a funeral or wedding that may arise, I won’t be coming in to visit for a while. I am deeply grateful for my time here, and I hope to return for a visit one day down the line.
Until then…. Much love to you all!
There are good ships, And there are wood ships,
The ships that sail the sea.
But the best ships, Are friendships,
And may they always be.