A Letter from Rev. Kelly Dignan

March 14, 2019

 

Dear UUCB Members and Friends,

 

We have been on a journey together – one that has brought me great joy and fulfillment. When you invited me on your journey, none of us knew exactly how long I would companion you as a minister. We did know that churches are more than their ministers, and that my time with you would not last forever.

 

After much careful thought and contemplation, I have determined that my call to ministry has shifted from parish to community ministry. You can learn more about UU community ministry here: https://www.uua.org/careers/ministers/community.

 

That means I will be leaving UUCB to focus my work on spiritual direction and serve people beyond the walls of a church.

 

Let me assure you that I’m not being asked to resign, nor am I leaving because of any conflict. UUCB has treated me well. You have loved me, and I love you!!  

 

Just think about how much we’ve grown together. I’m a different person because of how you offer courageous love to the world. I knew it was possible, but to watch you actually do it has changed me. One of the highlights of my life was to watch UUCB become a Sanctuary Church. I’m excited each time I see climate justice work being done inside the walls of UUCB, and I’m pretty sure you are a hub for climate justice in Boulder. A visitor once told me that they were blown away by how UUCB names White Supremacy Culture and seeks to dismantle it. Not many places are that bold or clear.  

 

When we went to two Sunday services, I knew that we had run out of room because Unitarian Universalism was offering a saving message to the Boulder community. You are a refuge for those who need love, hope and comfort. I am also inspired by how you care about each other, and how you resolve conflict and love each other through the cycle of promise-making, promise-breaking and promise-remaking.

 

I am really glad that your ways of operating are so efficient. The majority of the membership is engaged in church activities and operations. Systems, processes and policies are in place and followed. The staff is extremely talented and has the capacity and skills to carry forward.

 

You are a healthy, loving congregation. Whoever becomes your next minister will be lucky and blessed.

 

I will be leading worship services this Sunday, March 17. We will also kick off our annual canvass, so be sure to come to a worship service and stay afterward for a short presentation about the budget for next year. (Refreshments will be served in the Earth Room.)  

 

My last Sunday with UUCB will be June 30, 2019.  

 

Rev. Dana and I will be holding listening sessions at the following times so that people can begin to process their feelings about this change.

Tuesday March 19.  5:30 – 6:30 pm (Kelly and Dana)

Thursday March 21.  7:00 – 8:00 pm (Dana)

Sunday March 24. 12:30 – 2:00 (Kelly and Dana)

 

If you’d like, feel free to schedule an individual 30 minute meeting with me using this link:  https://calendly.com/ministeruucb

 

The Pacific Western Region staff, starting with Rev. Jonipher Kwong, is ready to support you in this transition.

 

Know that wherever I go, and whatever I do, I will always love you.

 

Rev. Kelly