It is good to be with you, UUCB! It has been a busy but good time to be with you these past few weeks, at the start of the interim ministry here. As I shared in my sermon on July 28, these times of interim ministry can feel like times of significant change, while other times may feel like too little is happening. But I am looking forward to exploring with you your ministry, and discerning together how we will move forward intentionally.
Normally, I will have other kinds of reflections to share in these monthly columns. Now, however, there is something very important to add. As I also noted on my first Sunday in the pulpit, it is sad that we also are losing Abby Highland as our Congregational Life Director. Her last day with us full-time will be Aug. 13. We wish her & her partner all the best in their upcoming move to the East Coast.
Fortunately, we were successful in finding an experienced and skilled person to take on the role of Congregational Life Director. Beth Elliot comes to us from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and from its First Unitarian Church. There she has worked for 5½ years as Membership Coordinator (in a church which has over 850 members), and 2 years ago had the role of Justice Coordinator added to her staff portfolio. She also founded a not-for-profit organization that coordinated ministries with the homeless community among many congregations of various religious traditions, among many other qualifications. We are happy to have her join us. Please see her photo to the left
She will be with us most of the first full week of August, learning directly from Abby about the work here at UUCB. After that, some obligations in Albuquerque will require her to return there for a few weeks, and it will be late September before she can begin full-time. Until that happens though, she will work for us part-time, remotely via email, phone, and videoconference, and Abby has graciously agreed to stay available on a part-time basis through the end of September for similar remote work. I am confident that all will be well in this transitional period, and we will be glad to have Beth with us full-time (and in Boulder County) starting on Sept. 25.