In a hurry, but it’s fun

For many of you – and for me, it’s the middle of spring break.  Even if you aren’t on a student’s schedule, I hope you are all finding ways to rest and slow down a little as we approach the end of one busy season and look towards another – to take in a little more of the world’s beauty, and to feel a little more connected to life and its many gifts.

This time of year tends to go very quickly in church life – and this year is no different. We’re looking closely at all the pledges that are coming in, we’re crafting a budget, we’re imagining what we will be able to do – how much of what we might hope for can become reality.  It’s sometimes stressful, often inspiring, and not a small amount of work.  I’m grateful to Carolyn Myers, our Administrator, our finance chair Erik Martinson, and most of all our stewardship team chaired by Kay Williams, for their many many hours in bringing this all together.

Beyond the financial planning that always happens this time of year, we’ve also been prepping for the launch of my new ministry, particularly in our search for a new assistant minister.  With respect to my colleagues, I have to acknowledge a certain familiar rhythm by now – this, my third year in partnership with a minister just a few months from the end of their time serving this congregation.  All three have in their own way continued to offer their ministry to our church, all the way up through June – and yet there is an inevitable stepping back, letting go.  It’s healthy, and good.

Still, I am eagerly anticipating the possibility of a colleague in ministry who will not be nearing their end a year from now. The Assistant Minister Search Committee and I are feeling very good about our search process so far, and we are hopeful that we will have an announcement about our selected candidate to share with you in April.

Along side all this big picture stuff, I cannot tell you how overjoyed I have been to see the continued sustained turnout for the Foundations Series (2nd & 4th Wednesdays)! Over 60 have been in the room each session, and others have followed up by way of our podcasts and online postings. Last week, we talked about this big and complicated question about the UU relationship to Christianity.  Next week we’ll talk about Transcendentalism and the voice of the holy within.  If you’ve missed any of these, check out the handouts and podcasts of the opening lectures here.

As we look ahead in the coming month, I’m excited about Climate Justice month, and the ways we can work together to reduce our impact and increase our sustainability.  Join us for the kick-off workshop on the 20th for more information.

I could list about 20 other things that are happening that are all fun, and important.  Since about 1993, I’ve had this song in my head….

Sometimes it does become “no fun,” and when it does, we need to help each other see that, and to step back.

But in this moment, I’m feeling all the joy of all this good stuff that needs to be done, all the good work of working with and for each of you.  I’m looking forward to this week off – and as I said, I hope you are finding your time away as well – but I am also looking forward to returning, to continuing to do this good and joyful work with each of you.

With much love, and partnership,

Gretchen

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About Rev. Gretchen Haley

Gretchen Haley serves as the Senior Minister of the Foothills Unitarian Church in Fort Collins, CO. She's relentlessly curious about most things, especially the big stuff of theology, the beauty of creation and poetry, the magic of collaboration, and the great joy and often-great-depth of popular (and less popular) television and music. She and her partner of 17 years, Carri, have 2 children, Gracie (10) and Josef (8).
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