This is my last Nan’s News.
I want to share with you the standard expectations when a minster leaves a congregation. In an effort to make room for and respect the incoming minister (even when you don’t yet know when/who that will be) and to bring closure with the outgoing minister, the request is for members of RVUUF to not have communication exchanges with me for a year. There will be continued communication between me and ministers who are interested in RVUUF. Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated.
I want to make sure you know what to do if/when a member dies or a hospital crises occurs. Chaplain Pandora Canton with Asante hospital in Ashland has agreed to be available if needed. Your Board President, Jim Meckel, will have her contact information. The RVUUF Caring Team would need to be contacted by emailing email@example.com. Contacting the neighborhood group leader would be helpful too.
Over the next couples of months your new Board will be working on creating a covenant that will help them become unified in the their leadership. I encourage you to continue to use the covenant of right relations as a standard of how you want to be together, especially in the near future when the search for a Developmental minister continues.
You’ve blessed my life. May you bless each other.
May it be so.
Rev. Nan L. White
RVUUF Developmental Minister (2014-2017)
Your generosity and gratitude expressed privately and collectively at the June 11 Sunday service touched Sam and me. We are grateful our paths crossed while in southern Oregon. Our memories and the meaning we gained will be with us for a long time. Thank you.
Gilda Radner’s quote that I spoke about in last Sunday’s service has been repeated several times since this week. Her comment about how she wanted a perfect ending, referencing her impending death from cancer, has somewhat haunted me this week for a particular reason, but rest assured I don’t have cancer.
In 2014 I was told by the search committee that what RVUUF was looking for in a minister was to help you move from an “I” church to a “We” church and to help you practice right relations and compassionate communication.
I am acutely aware of the time remaining I have with this Beloved Community at RVUUF with whom I’ve had the privilege to share the journey of life in the Rogue Valley of Oregon.
It is with gratitude and thanksgiving alongside sadness that Cynthia Parkhill will be leaving RVUUF. She has been the Religious Exploration Administrative Coordinator, a five-hour a week position, for the past three years. She has worked in collaboration with Lead Teacher Liz Bianco, supporting the teachers and children in the Sunday morning Religious Exploration program. Cynthia has also been RVUUF’s web editor for the new website and will continue that five-hour a month position for now. We are grateful her life crossed RVUUF’s path and wish the best for her and her husband, Jonathan, in their journey back to California.
Rev. Nan L. White
RVUUF Developmental Minister
A celebration of gratitude for all who made a pledge to the future of RVUUF was experienced last Sunday, with delicious cakes too! The report of more than $145,000 in pledges so far is deeply appreciated. The request to pledge will continue for those of you who have not done so, by turning your pledge card in this week.
I am challenged to share with you news that is not a reflection of RVUUF, but it is a reflection of two associations of which RVUUF and myself as minister are in direct relationship and therefore has an effect at some level.
As I write this article for April, it’s the first day of spring and sunny outside. I feel a deep sense of gratitude for the earth and her turning seasons, especially the visible transformation from winter to spring. As long as the winter has remained with us this year, the reality of all the work done in the dark, underground, and out of our sight, is astounding to now see the colorful beauty that is bursting forth each day.
March is blowing in with a flurry of activity at RVUUF and the Soul Matters theme asks, “What does it mean to be a community of risk?”